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    A South Florida soccer team is hosting a game for charity after seeing a recent report on Local 10 News about a sick teenager diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

    Dwyane Mitchell, who is the son of Miami Beach Police Detective Christopher Mitchell, was found unresponsive by his grandmother May 16.

    Doctors told Mitchell's family that the teen went into cardiac arrest after contracting a viral infection. They also determined that Mitchell had the heart disease and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

    Mitchell suffered a large amount of swelling to his brain, but the family is hopeful that he will recover.

    Palm Beach Suns FC head coach Eduardo De Souza saw Local 10 News' original report. He told the Boca Raton Tribute that his heart "was compelled to help."

    After calling the Miami Beach Police Department, De Souza thought the best thing to do was involve the Palm Beach Suns. According to the Boca Raton Tribute, the Suns will be donating all of its ticket profits to Mitchell's family during the team's upcoming game versus the Florida Adrenaline.

    The game takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at West Boca Community High School. For more information, click here.

    Click here to donate to the Mitchell family for Dwyane's medical expenses.

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    The dream of Major League Soccer returning to South Florida moved a step closer to reality Friday morning.

    After an early morning meeting involving Mayor Tomas Regalado, the city of Miami and David Beckham's ownership group have agreed to build an MLS stadium.

    The proposed stadium will be built on a parcel of land next to Marlins Park in Miami.

    "Today's meeting with Mayor Regalado was another positive step toward bringing a world class soccer club to Miami," a Miami Beckham United representative said. "We're still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site."

    Since he was granted ownership rights to an expansion team by the league, Beckham has long desired to return the MLS team to South Florida.

    The group originally desired a stadium to be built on a waterfront site in downtown Miami, but after city officials denied those options, Beckham began to look further inland.

    The English soccer icon toured Marlins Park itself as a possible site for a new team in 2014.

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    Marlins Park was originally considered undesirable by Beckham, with one of his business partners even going so far as to call the site "spiritually tainted" by the financing deal that had taxpayers footing the majority of the stadium's costs.

    Past stadium talks included a possible partnership with the University of Miami to find a home for its Hurricanes football team that currently plays their games 25 miles away from campus at Sun Life Stadium.

    But a university partnership was not discussed in Friday's meeting.

    South Florida has been without an MLS team since the Miami Fusion folded in 2001 after four seasons of play.

    Follow Local 10 Sports on Twitter @Local10Sports


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    A 16-year-old boy from Miami was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of a homeless man.

    According to an arrest report, Rhyheim Shadrach Woodard and his friend were fishing May 24 in the Miami River in the area of Northwest North River Drive and Third Street.

    Police said the victim was sleeping next to a wall near the river when the boys started "harassing him, asking for bait."

    Police said Woodard grabbed the man's hat and threw it into the river. Police said the victim stood up and Woodard pushed him into the river. The homeless man struggled to stay afloat, went under and never surfaced, according to a witness.

    According to the report, Woodard grabbed the victim's bag and rode off on his bicycle.

    A witness who was walking his dog flagged down an officer, but authorities were not immediately able to locate the man in the water.

    The victim's body was found the next day floating off West Flagler Street, three blocks away from where he was pushed into the water.

    A medical examiner determined the cause of death to be drowning and the manner of his death to be homicide.

    Woodard's friend was interviewed by detectives, who said the boy claimed that Woodard pushed the victim into the river and left him to drown.

    Woodard's sister questions the friend's statements.

    "You have two people there. If I saw somebody push you in the water, you think I'm going to stand there and let you drown?" she said. "No I'm not. I don't care if I know you or not. I'm not going to stand there and let you drown. I'm going to try to get help for you to get you out of there."

    Woodard's father called said his son is a church-going boy who "knows right from wrong."

    His mother also told Local 10 News reporter John Turchin that she doesn't believe that her son was involved in the victim's death.

    "I don't have a clue," Willie Mae Woodard said. "I do know that he wouldn't mess with nobody unless they were messing with him"

    Woodard faces one count of second-degree murder and could soon be charged as an adult. He remains in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    One person was injured in a car crash in Weston Friday afternoon.

    Authorities shut down Bonaventure Boulevard at Duval Court as one person was taken to a hospital.

    Sky 10 was above the scene just before 6 p.m. as a red car was seen with its windshield cracked.

    No other details were immediately released.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Panera Bread said it will no longer use razor blade-type tools in its kitchens.

    As Local 10 News first reported last month, a Homestead woman claimed to have found a razor blade at the bottom of her lemon orzo soup.

    Wyteeshia McRoberts said she picked up lunch for herself and some co-workers at the Panera Bread on Campbell Drive at Florida's Turnpike.

    "I start eating the soup and then I hear this sound, and the spoon is not moving, so I happen to look down, and I see something shiny," she said.

    McRoberts said she started freaking out, because she'd eaten more than half the soup.

    "I'm like, 'oh my God, could there have been another one in there? Could I have already swallowed one?' Everything is going through my head," she added.

    Now, after investigating the incident, Panera Bread said there have been changes made.

    "Reports of this nature are exceedingly rare, and Panera responds with tremendous caution and swift, thoughtful action," Panera Bread said in a statement to Local 10. "Bag openers with sharp edges are used in our bakery-cafes to prepare soups. After a reported incident in a Miami bakery-cafe, we immediately conducted a review of all such tools systemwide. We decided to discontinue the use of these bag openers and, instead, use scissors. This change is immediate and systemwide."

    Follow Jeff Weinsier on Twitter@jweinsier

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    Workers discovered human leg bones this week at a Deerfield Beach construction site that was once a black cemetery, making it the second macabre discovery at the site since the city commission approved the controversial project in April.

    "There was a finding of human remains, leg bones actually," said Dwayne Dickerson, attorney for the site's owner, Robert Kassab. "There were leg bones and artifacts that were consistent with a wood coffin... We immediately stopped the excavation and notified the state architect."

    Last month, workers discovered skull fragments, gold-capped teeth and coffin parts at the site. While those bones and teeth were moved off-site to a laboratory, the leg bones remain on site and it is not yet known if the remainder of the skeleton is located nearby, said Dickerson.

    "We want to fully understand the full extent of the human remains that might be on the site," he said. "We do think that any remains should be relocated to a proper public cemetery."

    Funeral home director Theodus Times disagrees. He and many others in the black community warned human remains would be found at the site before the city commission approved the controversial townhome project in April.

    Times said the remains need to stay where they are and that the city should purchase the land and transform it into a memorial park.

    "There were some individuals there that were former slaves that were buried there," he said. "And I just feel like those individuals had such a hard life, why should they have a hard death?"

    The state is in charge of the archeological study now being done on the site and could possibly be the final arbiter on the fate of the project.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Local 10 News has learned four restaurants at one South Florida shopping center were ordered shut by the state.


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    Hialeah police have arrested a getaway driver sought in connection to an ambushing, but the search continues for the shooter.

    The armed robbery and shooting happened at 6:20 p.m. Friday at the roadside in the 5000 block of East First Avenue.

    Carlos Alberto Cura, 46, was ambushed by Marquis Strange, 20, as he was getting out of his vehicle to visit acquaintances, police said.

    Strange shot Cura in the left leg while struggling to remove the victim's gold chain, wallet and cash. Police said Strange got back into a getaway vehicle, driven by Terry Alfred Joseph, 21, and fled the scene with Cura's property.

    Cura was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in stable condition, Hialeah police said.

    Investigative leads led detectives to Joseph's home on Northwest 97th Street in Miami. Police said further investigation led to the identification of Strange as the shooter. Joseph and Strange face armed robbery and attempted murder charges.

    The black 2000 Pontiac Gran Prix used in the robbery belongs to Joseph's father, according to Hialeah police.

    Strange is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or Hialeah police at 305-687-2525.

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    A neighborhood is put on lockdown as a SWAT team moves in to take a suspect down. It all began with a call to 911 about reports of a woman shot in the face.


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  • 07/18/15--23:00: On this day: July 19
  • Rome burns, a famous gunslinger kills for the first time, Marilyn Monroe passes a big test, and The King's first single is released, all on this day.


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    Rapper 50 Cent is only the latest celebrity to go broke following money troubles.


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    A 37-year-old woman is facing prison after officials say they confiscated magic mushrooms, marijuana, pot cookies and hashish from her luggage at Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday they uncovered more than three ounces of the drugs, including multiple mushroom kits, from the bags of the unidentified traveler earlier this month.

    Authorities said she is a U.S. citizen who was arriving from Amsterdam. They did not say what she was charged with.

    "Our CBP officers work hard every day to prevent dangerous drugs from entering the United States," Orlando-Sanford International Airport Port director Frederick Ryner said. "This is a great example of our officers' commitment to protect America."

    The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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    Gov. Rick Scott released an executive order instructing the Florida adjunct general to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen on Saturday.

    The order was issued to protect Florida National Guard personnel that work in recruiting centers in the wake of the Tennessee shooting where five military members were murdered.

    The governor’s executive order directs Florida Adjunct General Michael Calhoun to take three immediate actions:

    Relocate all Florida National Guard personnel at the state’s six storefront recruitment centers to the nearest Florida National Guard Armory until there are recommendations made to improve the security of store-front recruitment centers. Begin discussions with local law enforcement agencies to arrange regular security checks for Florida National Guard ArmoriesEnsure that all qualified full-time guardsmen are adequately armed for their personal protection.

    The governor was expected to hold a media availability in West Palm Beach Saturday afternoon.


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    Officials for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are re-examining some test questions as more Floridians are failing the revamped written driver's license test.

    Three out of every five have flunked through the first six months of the year. In some counties, more than 80 percent of drivers were unable to pass.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports more than half of test takers in June either flunked or gave up.

    Officials overhauled the test, which had been used for 20 years, as the number of crashes among teen drivers was spiking.

    The previous test had 20 written questions plus a separate road sign quiz. The new test has 50-questions that mix both and encourage drivers to think through scenarios instead of simply regurgitating facts.

    Drivers must score 80 percent or better to pass.


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    A man who fell in to an industrial meat grinder was apparently one blade swipe away from a fatal injury.

    The accident happened Thursday at a meat processing plant in San Luis Obispo, California.

    The machine's blades "came around and broke his arm and came around again and broke his arm a little further up the next turnaround," San Luis Obispo Fire Battalion Chief Neal Berryman told CNN affiliate KEYT. Berryman told the affiliate the man's head or neck would have been hit next.

    The man's screaming alerted his coworker, who saw the victim's legs protruding from the machine and switched it off in the nick of time.

    The man ended up in the predicament, when he tried to yank out some meat that was stuck, and got the long sleeve of his work coat caught in the machine's inner workings, fire officials believe. The meat grinder then pulled him in.

    A picture taken by a firefighter shows the man entangled in the machine up to his waist -- his legs pointed upward, with rescuers on all sides.

    Hydraulic tools had to be used to pull the blades apart and free the man, who survived his injuries.

    Berryman says he gave the man this advice: "Buy a lottery ticket because he's the luckiest person around."


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    A police K-9 died Thursday evening after being left for hours inside his handler's patrol car.

    Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, was found dead at the handler's residence in Rockdale County, Georgia, according to Conyers Police Department spokeswoman Kim Lucas.

    The bloodhound worked as a tracking dog with the department for four years, three with his handler, Cpl. Jerahmy Williams.

    The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded to Williams' home Thursday and is conducting an investigation with the county district attorney's office.

    Williams came home from a 12-hour shift at work and went to sleep feeling ill, according to Lucas. When Williams was getting ready for work in the afternoon, he discovered Zane dead inside his SUV, which was parked in his driveway. The dog had been in the car about 10 hours, Lucas said.

    Williams called his immediate supervisor to report the incident.

    "We are committed to the care and proper treatment of our working K-9s. We are mourning the loss of our own," Police Chief Gene Wilson said.

    Wilson announced Friday during a press conference that the department will look into a device that is used in daycare vans in order to keep their K-9s safe.

    "It's like a kill switch for the vehicle," Lucas said. "A person will have to physically go to the rear of the vehicle and see the dog before turning off the ignition."

    Wilson also mention in the conference that he believed Zane's death was an accident.

    Williams' car did have a device known as a "Hot-N-Pop," which is an alarm that would alert the officer of the car's temperature and roll the windows down for the canine. But the device was not activated because the ignition was turned off.

    Commenters on Conyers Police Department Facebook page were critical of the police department, demanding the officer be charged with animal cruelty.

    Williams, who has been with the police department for five years, is on administrative leave with pay, pending on the outcome of an internal investigation.


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    A standoff that had a neighborhood on lockdown late Friday evening has come to an end.

    After several hours of back and forth with law enforcement, the SWAT team stormed inside the house only to find a lone man dead.

    Residents in the North Miami Beach neighborhood watched and waited as a crime scene investigation unfolded only steps from their front doors.

    Hanna Depauoa has lived in this neighborhood her entire life.

    "This never happens," Depauoa said. "This is not like our neighborhood at all. You just see this on TV. It's not normal."

    Depauoa and her neighbors were forced to stay behind the crime scene tape after a man locked himself inside a house nearby. This went on for the entire evening. Several blocks along Northeast 180th Street and 19th Avenue were blocked off. No one was allowed in or out of their homes until the standoff was over.

    "I went over to go ask a cop and they were like, just like, 'No, you have to leave,' but my cousin was there," Depauoa said. "I wanted to see if they were OK, you know?"

    It all started when police got a call about 6:30 p.m.

    When officers showed up, Major Kathy Katerman said, they found a woman waiting in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the face.

    The woman was immediately taken to Aventura Hospital to get treated. Meanwhile, the man at the home barricaded himself inside.

    Strong blasts coming from the house sounded like gunshots or mini-explosions, but police said no shots were fired during the standoff.

    The SWAT team and hostage negotiators stepped in, using what are known as flash bangs to help lure the suspect out, but that didn't happen.

    SWAT team members eventually forced their way in, only to find a man's body inside the home.

    The woman remained in critical condition Saturday night.

    Although the incident remains under investigation, it appears to be an attempted murder-suicide involving a husband and wife.

    Follow Shyann Malone on Twitter@ShyannMalone

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    A man known to sleep under semi-trucks at a Jacksonville-area truck stop died when he was crushed by two trucks.

    Florida Times-Union reports that the drivers of the two trucks did not know the man was sleeping near one of the truck's wheels when they drove off late Friday, running over the unidentified man.

    A passerby discovered the person's body later just after 6 a.m. Friday, WJXT-TV reports.

    The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said the victim was known to sleep under the trucks at the Flying J truck stop on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County.

    The Florida Highway Patrol's report notes that the semis were properly parked.

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    A man who crashed his vehicle after being shot has been taken to a hospital, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

    The shooting happened around 4 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 5300 block of North State Road 7 in Tamarac.

    Devon Williams, 27, and two other men left the Players Bar and went across the street to the Vintage Wine and Sports Bar parking lot to hang out with a large group of people who had gathered in the lot, deputies said.

    An argument ensued and several shots were fired by an unknown man. Deputies said Williams was struck by two projectiles.

    Williams ran to a Dodge Charger and attempted to drive away, but crashed into a parked box truck, according to BSO.

    Williams then got out of the Dodge Charger and ran east across State Road 7 to Players Sports Bar, where he was found by deputies.

    Deputies said Williams was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. His condition was not given.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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    A fire forced the evacuation of an oceanfront Hallandale Beach high-rise complex.

    It happened Saturday night at a high-rise at 3180 South Ocean Drive.

    Residents told Local 10 News that flames ignited on the 15th floor of the high-rise.

    The complex was temporarily evacuated, but residents were allowed back into the building.

    Follow Terrell Forney on Twitter @TVTerrell

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