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    A 13-year-old boy was taken to a Fort Lauderdale hospital after being injured by fireworks.

    Fort Lauderdale fire-rescue paramedics were called to a fireworks injury on Northwest Ninth Avenue.

    The teenager was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.

    Details of what led to the teen's injury weren't immediately known.

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    A Miami Gardens man is accused of holding his estranged wife at knife point and forcing her to have oral sex with him.

    Jermie Collier, 31, was arrested on charges of armed sexual battery, battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and use of a weapon while committing a felony.

    According to a Miami Gardens police report, Collier was picking up clothes at the home he shares with his wife and 4-month-old child when he began to choke her.

    Police said Collier held his wife at knife point and forced her to perform oral sex. The report said Collier threatened to stab her if she bit him.

    The report said Collier then took her keys and cellphone so that she couldn't leave home or call police.

    Police said the couple was separating because of Collier's "drug problem."

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    Every day, more and more families are crossing into Haiti from the Dominican Republic with very little clothes, food or water.

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    The eastbound lanes on the Julia Tuttle Causeway were closed after a pedestrian was killed in an accident Wednesday night.

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    Lauderhill police are investigating after an 11-month-old was found unresponsive in a hot car Wednesday evening.

    Police tell us the toddler's family went grocery shopping, returned to their apartment complex off NW 19th ST in Lauderhill, unloaded the groceries and after about an hour, realized the baby was nowhere to be found.

    That's when they went to the parking lot and found the baby unresponsive inside their Ford Explorer. They performed CPR and called police. Authorities transported the baby to Plantation General Hospital where it was pronounced dead around 6:30 p.m. 

    One relative said, "this is tragic."

    Lauderhill police say it looks like this was a tragic accident. Police are not telling Local 10 News if this was a baby boy or girl. They're questioning the mother, father, and four siblings.

    No arrests or charges but it's still early in the investigation..

    Follow Victor Oquendo on Twitter @VictorLocal10

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  • 07/09/15--23:00: On this day: July 10
  • The United States takes possession of the Sunshine State, Howard Hughes flies around the world, a new milestone is reached in space and a "classic" soft drink returns, all on this day.

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    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will have surgery to remove prostate cancer Monday.

    A representative from Nelson's office said the senator showed no symptoms and doctors detected the cancer early during a routine medical exam.

    GALLERY: Top-ranked hospitals for cancer

    "I've been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service -- and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida," Nelson said.

    Nelson said the diagnosis will not affect his plan to run for re-election in 2018.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    The longtime restaurant and watering hole is closing its doors for good at the end of the month.

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    A brush fire burning in southwest Miami-Dade County continues to force road closures near Southwest 167th Avenue and Southwest 56th Street.

    Firefighters said the blaze has consumed about 400 acres.

    As of 11 p.m., crews said the fire was contained. However, firefighters continued battling hotspots and flareups within their line.

    Residents in the area said they were concerned by how fast the fire was spreading.

    "To see that it was in my own backyard and how close it actually was -- it's kind of scary," resident Carlos Gutierrez said.

    Krome Avenue remained closed between Kendall Drive and Eighth Street.

    Miller Drive was also closed at Southwest 167th Avenue, where fire crews were setting up and bringing in equipment.

    Forestry officials said they brought in additional units from Broward and Palm Beach counties to help battle the fire.

    Firefighters said no homes are being threatened because the wind continues to push the fire away from neighborhoods. Fire officials, however, were keeping a watchful eye, saying the winds could change and they didn't want to take any chances.

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    The mother of the former high school basketball star who was murdered in front of his home Wednesday spent part of Thursday afternoon officially identifying her son at the morgue.

    Miami-Dade police are asking for the public's help in finding who fired at least one shot that killed Marquise Warren. He was shot in the leg and bled to death as crews rushed him to the hospital.

    A detective's spray-painted orange arrow outside the home at Northeast 14th Avenue and 147th Street marks the spot where the shooting happened.

    Loved ones told Local 10 News that Warren, 20, was preparing to head to college. He graduated from Miami Beach High School in 2014 as a basketball standout.

    Grieving family and friends gathered at Warren's home Thursday.

    Police passed out flyers in the neighborhood and have spoken to neighbors in hopes that someone witnessed the shooting.

    "He took my name, how many people living here --me and my grandson," a neighbor told Local 10 News.

    A family friend told Local 10 News that Warren was taking out the garbage for curbside pickup about midnight, though Miami-Dade trash collection in the area is scheduled for Thursday mornings.

    There are no street lights on the block.  

    Police have not said whether they believe Warren was targeted.

    News of Warren's murder spread on social media among his former Miami Beach High basketball teammates and coaches.

    "You always saw Marquise with a basketball in his hand or on the side. Basketball was his life," said Joy Cooper, a family friend.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    A South Florida hospital has begun an "aggressive internal investigation" into the release of an NFL player's private medical records.

    The investigation comes a day after ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted a photo of a medical chart indicating that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a finger amputated as a result of a fireworks mishap on the Fourth of July.

    ESPN defended Schefter's reporting, noting that the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act -- or "HIPPA," as it's commonly known -- "does not apply to news organizations."

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    But the law does apply to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where Pierre-Paul was being treated.

    "Late Wednesday, media reports surfaced purportedly showing a Jackson Memorial Hospital patient's protected health information, suggesting it was leaked by an employee. An aggressive internal investigation looking into these allegations is underway," Carlos A. Migoya, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Health System, said in a statement. "If these allegations prove to be true, I know the entire Jackson family will share my anguish."

    Multiple tweets indicate that Pierre-Paul had procured a large amount of fireworks for the Fourth of July. The fireworks appear to have been stored in a rented U-Haul van. Pierre-Paul posted an Instagram video in front of the van prior to the incident.

    Cellphone video obtained by Local 10 News shows fireworks in a Coral Springs neighborhood that are believed to be the same used by Pierre-Paul. One resident said they "were big, major fireworks, like you would see at a fireworks display."

    "Those fireworks were definitely illegal," she told Local 10. "They were the kind that went way up in the air. They were beautiful, but not if you don't want your house to catch on fire."

    Pierre-Paul initially went to Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, but he was later transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

    Migoya vowed to take swift action if anyone within the organization violated Pierre-Paul's privacy.

    "If we confirm Jackson employees or physicians violated a patient's legal right to privacy, they will be held accountable, up to and including possible termination," Migoya said. "We do not tolerate violations of this kind."

    The two-time Pro Bowl player attended Deerfield Beach High School and the University of South Florida. He was a first-round draft pick of the Giants in 2010.

    Follow Local 10 Sports on Twitter @Local10Sports

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    The Miami-Dade Police Department is warning the community about the discovery of a candy coated drug that is laced with ethylone.

    Police said a drug bust in late June turned up a bag of candy. Lab testing confirmed that candy was coated with ethylone, a synthetic drug that is a derivative of flakka.

    Police said this is the first time they've discovered the drug being distributed in candy form and are concerned about its increased marketability to children.

    "For the first time, we saw a case that was submitted in the form of candy where the drug was actually substituting for the sugar coating on the candy," said Stephen Snipes, who works in Miami-Dade police's crime lab. "We wanted the community to be aware that this is a new way to market or distribute this dangerous substance, and it is the first time we saw it. And we want the community to know it is a danger."

    Police advise parents to talk with their children about the dangers of taking candy from strangers and to not consume candy that is not properly packaged. 

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    About two dozen protesters got loud Thursday, as they wanted Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the County Commissioners to listen to their demands.

    They wore black T-shirts that read "Black Work Matters" and protested in and out of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st St., in downtown Miami. There was drumming and there were speeches.

    "When I look at what has happened in my community over my 34 years of living, it's really disgusting," Overtown resident Kandiz Lamb said.

    Although there was some pushing between protesters and security, no one was injured. Miami-Dade County police officers collected the information of some of the protesters and escorted them out, a protester said.

    "We want Wi-Fi," one shouted. "End segregation," another said. And then they started to chant: "Black Work Matters. Black Work Matters. I say black work, you say matters."

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    Gentrification fears sparked the organized effort. The outrage in the Overtown community boiled late last year, after Miami commissioners approved tens of millions of dollars of tax rebates toward the Miami Worldcenter project, between Northeast Sixth and 11th Street and North Miami Avenue and Northeast Second Avenue.

    There have been evictions and buildings have been demolished to move way for the 24-acre project. The protesters said city of Miami and Miami-Dade County officials were responding to Miami Worldcenter principal developer Nitin Motwani's requests for financial assistance, but not to theirs.

    With the tax breaks comes a promise that the developer will create financial opportunity for the neighboring residents, who have struggled with poverty for generations. The developer was committed to paying construction workers at least $12.83 and electrical journeymen $30.11 hourly.

    The $2 billion commercial project planners promised 10,000 construction jobs. And hundreds of applicants showed up to a developers' job fair at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 1750 NW 3rd Ave., Wednesday. Overtown residents had priority and workers with a minor criminal history would be considered.

    The City of Miami hired a consultant to oversee the job creation effort. The developer will be paying the consultant about $430,000 annually.

    "It's a lot of money that's getting ready to come forward," Marquise Hardrick said. "We want to make sure that the black workers people of Overtown better and Overtown right now benefit."

    Activist Phillip Agnew said that while many people attended this week's job fair, the promise of jobs is not enough.

    "You can invite people to apply for a job. Giving them a job is a completely different thing," he said.

    Commissioners were scheduled to vote July 14 on an ordinance granting the developers' petition to create a Community Development District, which comes with special discounts on taxes and assessments. It also includes means of providing financing, so that the developer doesn't have to pay for the construction upfront.

    The legislation said the district "will constitute a timely, efficient, effective, responsive and economic way to deliver community development services in the area, thereby providing a solution to the county’s planning, management and financing needs for delivery of capital infrastructure."

    The developer already has the first phase of development approval from the City of Miami. It includes a 429-unit luxury residential building, the Paramount condominium, Luma at Miami Worldcenter and The Mall at Miami Worldcenter.

    In an email to Local 10 News, a spokesperson for the Miami Worldcenter said local jobs are contractually guaranteed.

    "Miami Worldcenter's developers have been working with Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA Chair Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and a host of local organizations to create a comprehensive community benefits package that prioritizes opportunities for the immediate neighborhood," wrote spokesperson Tadd Schwartz. "Key components of the package include: Guaranteed local participation for skilled and unskilled construction workers, subcontractors, vendors and professional service providers; and priority hiring from the immediate Overtown and Park West neighborhoods, followed by the five poorest ZIP codes in the city and county."

    Follow Janine Stanwood on Twitter @JanineStanwood

    Follow Local 10 News reporter Shyann Malone on Twitter @ShyannMalone

    Follow reporter Andrea Torres @MiamiCrime

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    A 73-year-old woman was robbed of her Rolex watch after leaving a Bed Bath & Beyond in Aventura Thursday, police confirmed.

    Police said the woman had gotten in her car and was searching through her glove box when someone opened the door, grabbed her by the face and pulled her out.

    The victim told police she began blowing the horn and yelling, but the robber told her to stop and said, "I don't want to hurt you" before wrestling her Rolex watch off her wrist.

    Police said the woman was punched, but not seriously injured. She was treated for her injuries at the scene.

    A witness told police the thief got away in an ivory-colored Fiat.

    The robber was described as a black man who is between 20 and 30 years old. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 175-185 pounds with a medium build. His hair is black and about 2 inches long.

    Police said the man's complexion is dark brown and he has a deep voice.

    Employees inside the store told Local 10 News reporter Ross Palombo that they had no comment.

    Anyone with any information on the man's identity or whereabouts is asked to contact the Aventura Police Department or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    The mother of an 11-month-old baby who died after being left in a hot sport utility vehicle in Lauderhill attended a shelter hearing for her remaining children Thursday.

    Lauderhill police said the infant's family members went grocery shopping, returned to their apartment complex off Northwest 19th Street, unloaded the groceries and, after about an hour, realized the baby was nowhere to be found.

    That's when they went to the parking lot and found the baby inside the SUV, Lt. Gregory Solowsky said.

    "The family members opened up the door, saw that the child was unresponsive, immediately began CPR and then contacted the police and fire-rescue," Solowsky said.

    Paramedics took the baby to Plantation General Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. 

    Elaine Weaver was joined by her husband, Kenneth Weaver, at Thursday's shelter hearing. Her four other children, ages 2, 5, 12 and 13, are now in the care of a relative while the Department of Children and Families investigates.

    Local 10 News learned that Elaine Weaver temporarily lost custody of one of her children in 1995. She completed an improvement plan and was reunited with that child.

    "She got the children back," attorney Jeff Levy said. "She has always cooperated with the Department of Children and Families and ChildNet, and I am expecting that they will offer her another reunification case plan. It was a terrible accident I understand."

    Judge Hope Tieman Bristol ruled that the parents would have limited contact with their children.


    "Supervised visits by the department only at this point, and I am going to admonish the parents to not discuss the facts of this case with their children until their statements have been taken by police," the judge said.

    Kenneth Weaver had nothing to say to Local 10 News about the child's death.

    "I don't want to talk about it," Kenneth Weaver told Local 10. "Please respect that. My son has just died, so leave me alone."

    Follow Todd Tongen on Twitter @toddtongen

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    A woman was hit in the arm by gunfire Thursday night in a Liberty City home, where she was with a 4-year-old boy and two teenagers.

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    Local 10 News has discovered rotting fruits and vegetables continue to make their way back into the marketplace, despite the fact they were thrown out.

    Local 10's Jeff Weinsier first exposed the situation around the Miami Produce Center in 2013 and has spent the past weeks in the area again.

    Past articles: Rotting produce picked from dumpsters | Restaurants buy dumpster-picked produce

    Local 10 News cameras spotted several people dumpster diving for produce, then reselling the products to unsuspecting customers. Some of the products were brought by a Pompano Beach restaurant.

    "This is not supposed to be going on. We are trying to make this a thing of the past," said Willie Timmons, chief sanitation inspector for the city of Miami.

    The produce is being thrown out by licensed produce companies at and around the Miami Produce Center, which is west of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

    The produce is being pulled from dumpsters infested with flies and maggots. Much of the produce is rotting.

    The city of Miami said since Local 10's first stories ran in 2013, it has doubled the number of inspectors in the area.

    Timmons said what Local 10 saw were isolated incidents and things in the area are better.

    "It has to stop," Timmons said.

    Weinsier confronted several of the dumpster divers, who denied reselling stuff from the dumpsters, despite the fact they were caught on camera.

    City of Miami code says dumpsters are supposed to be locked and in a fenced-in enclosure. But Local 10 News found dumpster after dumpster full of rotting produce that was not secure or locked.

    Timmons said 30 citations and 34 warnings have been issued around the Miami Produce Center in the past year.

    The city has doubled the number of inspectors and is focusing on the area to prevent the situation.

    Follow Jeff Weinsier on Twitter @jweinsier

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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  • 07/10/15--23:00: On this day: July 11
  • A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

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    The Broward Sheriff’s Office is looking for a group of children who trespassed on Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes multiple times last month and broke into several vending machines.

    BSO deputies said surveillance video shows five boys entering school property multiple times from June 12 to June 14.

    Deputies said some of the boys used their T-shirts to hide their faces from cameras.

    According to authorities, the boys used a bolt cutter to break through the metal fences surround five of the vending machines and removed the glass display screens to gain access to the food and drinks inside.

    Deputies said the kids used school trash cans and trash bags to carry away candy, soda and snacks.

    Deputies said thousands of dollars’ in damage was done to the vending machines.

    Anyone with information about the identity of the culprits is asked to call Detective Nicolene Johnson at 954-321-4800. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 35-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10

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    Authorities are investigating after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in the city of Miami.

    The fire was reported about 11 a.m. Friday at 1710 Northwest First Court.

    Local 10 News was at the scene as residents were evacuated. The front door of an apartment unit on the second floor was charred.

    Authorities said the fire is under investigation, but Local 10 News reporter Christina Vazquez previously investigated the owner of the building, who racked up code violations for the building.

    In October, the city filed a lawsuit against the six companies that at that time owned the nine properties in an effort to collect more than $2.4 million in unpaid fines.

    In that lawsuit, the city claimed the company that owns 1710 Northwest First Court owed more than half a million dollars in "pending and recorded liens."

    The suit also stated that the building was in "a state of severe disrepair" and that "necessary fire suppression equipment is non-existent.

    A boy who lives in the apartment said he saw smoke and sparks coming from a cord in the living room and said his mother threw water on it to try to stop the fire.

    The woman was treated for minor injuries at the scene and no other injuries were reported.

    Authorities said the woman lives at the apartment with her three children.

    According to court documents, the building is currently in receivership.

    According to the city's lawsuit, the building's violations "threaten the health, safety and welfare of the community."

    State records show Denise Vaknin of New Jersey owns all the companies that own the nine buildings subject of the suit.

    Gil Cohen told Local 10 News that he was hired by Vaknin's husband Abraham "about two months ago" to begin fixing things around the buildings.

    During a court hearing, a Miami-Dade County judge told Vaknin's attorney that the changes were coming "too little too late."

    The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office released the following statement Friday: "We have already been in contact with city of Miami and are awaiting the report from the Fire Department regarding the fire at 1710 NW First Court. Upon receipt, we will review it and take any appropriate action that may be warranted."

    Online commercial real estate records show the property is currently up for sale with an asking price of $1,000,000.

    With the property currently under receivership, Vazquez asked former state and federal prosecutor David Weinstein if the company that owns the building would be able to sell it. He said the short answer is no, "not without prior approval of the court per paragraph 25(e) of the Order Appointing the Receiver."

    The American Red Cross is assisting the family whose home was severely damaged by the fire and other neighbors who suffered water damage.

    READ: "Left to Rot" Call Christina investigation:

    PART 1:Miami residents living 'like we are dogs' say landlord doing nothing to help

    PART 2:Landlords of Miami residents living in 'slums' deny owning properties

    PART 3: Law seems to protect landlords of Miami residents living in 'slum conditions'

    PART 4:Tenants of dilapidated apartment file lawsuit against 'slumlord millionaire'

    PART 5: Officials: Apartments in deplorable conditions a "city-wide" problem

    PART 6:City officials move closer to improving Liberty City tenants quality of life

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