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    Some residents are wondering whether money was well spent on a new $300,000 Hallandale Beach welcome sign.

    The sign is 23-feet high and consists of a fountain with water and lights.

    "I think the fact (is) the sign is vibrant, we're vibrant, we are loud, the colors are loud, the water -- It is everything we have," Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London said. "We are trying to be a bright new community and that is what we are trying to project here."

    The sign now greets drivers at Halladale Beach Boulevard off Interstate 95.

    "When I moved here in 1992, we were considered God's waiting room," London said.

    The new sign is part of the city's re-branding, and the signage is seen on vehicles, buildings and road signs.

    But the new welcome mat didn't come cheap. About $310,000 tax dollars were spent on the one sign.

    "What? $300,000? Wow, that's a lot," Hallandale Beach resident, Justin Chapman said. "I don't agree with it. It is too showy…For the money that they might have spent on it, I don't think it's worth it."

    "I did not know it was $300,000," resident Stan Wojcik. "It was well worth it. I saw it one time and I said, 'that is great,'"

    Commissioner Bill Julian told Local 10 News by phone that he would have liked to have seen the $300,000 be used for affordable housing for residents. But he said what's done is done.

     


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    A 13-year-old girl was shot in southwest Miami-Dade late Thursday night, police said.

    The victim's mother, Libis Morales, told Local 10 News that she was with her two children and a neighbor outside of her home in the area of Southwest 221st Street and Southwest 115th Court when a van pulled over and someone inside began firing gunshots. 

    Her teenage daughter, identified as Lazara Retana, was struck by a bullet, which went through her stomach and out her back. 

    "She said she went to go cover her little brother and that's how she got shot," the victim's aunt, Melissa Altuaga said. "So she's trying to save another life and gets caught up in the cross fire."

    Morales called 911 but began driving her daughter to the hospital when she felt paramedics were taking too long. An ambulance met up with them along U.S. 1 at Southwest 168th Street. 

    Morales told Local 10 News that it took about 25 to 30 minutes for emergency crews to arrive.

    Morales said this is the fourth time that she has been targeted in a shooting. She said she is supposed to have police protection because she helped detectives in more than 40 cases. Police have not confirmed Morales' claims.

    Retana, whose mother said is a straight-A student at Citrus Middle School, is being treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. She underwent surgery and is expected to survive. She was critical, but stable.

    "She's such a strong 13 year old," Altuaga said.

    Police said the gunmen were riding in a red Chevy Astro van.

    A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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    Two people were hit by a car while sitting at a bus bench in North Miami Friday morning, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

    The crash was reported about 9:40 a.m. in the area of Northeast 125th Street and 12th Avenue.

    Witnesses said two men, who were inside the car and had ran a stop sign, fled from the scene on foot.

    "I followed them as far as I could calling 911, but I lost them," Lori Agostini, who witnesses the crash said. 

    Sky 10 was above the scene as fire rescue removed the victims from in between the car and the bus bench, which was sitting against a tree.

    One person was seen being airlifted to a nearby hospital. Witnesses said the woman was pinned underneath the car. The second person was taken by ambulance to Aventura Hospital.

    Local 10 News reporter Jenise Fernandez said three women and a girl were sitting on the bench. An 11-year-old girl, identified as Chelsea Romain, and her grandmother were not injured.

    "It was very scary. It's the scariest thing that's ever happened to me," Romain said. "It missed me and my grandma."

    Romain's grandmother, however, was taken to a hospital due to high blood pressure and has since been released.

    The extent of the victims' injuries were not immediately released.

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    A baseball coach at the Cooper City Optimist league was arrested Thursday on allegations that he molested an 11-year-old boy he coached.

    David Solomon, 47, faces two sexual assault on minor charges.

    According to the arrest report, one incident happened April 9 during a sleepover at Solomon's house and another happened during a car ride.

    The report said Solomon also placed his hand on the boy's penis, on top of his clothes, and moved his hand back and forth.

    The victim told detectives that Solomon also molested him about five to eight times on separate occasions around the time of the sleepover.

    According to the report, Solomon told the victim that they were playing games when the sexual acts would occur.

    The victim told detectives that he eventually told Solomon that he was uncomfortable with the sex acts, but Solomon told him not to tell anyone.

    Deputies said the victim eventually told his mother in May, and she immediately pulled him out of the baseball camp and confronted the suspect.

    Deputies said some of the victim's former teammates told him that they too were molested by Solomon.

    According to the report, the parents became aware of the allegations, confronted Solomon and then called police.

    Solomon was arrested at his home and remains at the Broward County Jail without bond.

    Solomon was previously arrested in 2000 on molestation charges while working as a physical education teacher at Hialeah Gardens Elementary School.

    In that case, Solomon and his attorneys claimed that the two boys, who were under the age of 14, were lying. One of the boys eventually recanted his claims, and the state dropped the charges against Solomon.

    "I feel relieved and I just know it was a matter of time, (and) justice prevailed I guess," Solomon told Local 10 News 15 years ago after the charges were dropped. "Kids know what to say and when to say it to get them out of whatever they need to get out of, and you just got to look our for number one."

    Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross released the following statement Friday: "The accused individual passed comprehensive background checks which were conducted by the Optimists each year he coached. The city and the Optimists remain committed to safety as the first priority of the Optimists youth sports program within Cooper City."

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    Detectives with the Broward Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in finding an elderly women with dementia who went missing from her home.

    Charitable Edmon was last seen at 9:30 a.m. Friday at her home in the 100 block of Northwest 40th Court in Oakland Park.

    Deputies said Edmon is from the Bahamas and has only been in the U.S. for one month, and she does not have any routine or friends in the area.

    Edmon was recently diagnosed with dementia and speaks only Creole, according to BSO.

    Deputies described Edmon as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 156 pounds. She wore a brown sundress, a white shirt, a black hat and sandals.

    Anyone with information about Edmon's whereabouts is asked to call BSO Detective Walter Foster at 954-764-HELP (4357).

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    More than 2,000 counterfeit televisions that originated from China were seized Friday morning at the Miami Seaport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

    Officials said the TVs have an estimated retail value of more than $600,000. The shipment was destined for an address in the Midwest, authorities said.

    CBP officers inspected the TVs and said they observed possible infringing recorded MHL and HDMI trademarks, and later determined that the items were indeed counterfeit.

    "Counterfeiters are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their efforts, and CBP officers and import specialists at the Miami Seaport take great pride in protecting Americans from low quality and unsafe products," Miami Seaport Port Director Diane Sabatino said.

    CBP spokesman Keith Smith said most counterfeit goods that were seized by CBP last fiscal year originated from China, Hong Kong, Canada, India and the United Arab Emirates. The items seized last year were worth an estimated total of $1.2 billion.

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    An 18-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of a teenager who was found dead Sunday in an alley in North Miami Beach.

    Zeke Powell is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

    According to an arrest report, the victim, identified as Anthony Holley, 16, and a friend met up with Powell and another male, who the friend claimed was Powell's brother, in the area of Northeast 176th Street and 16th Avenue.

    The friend told detectives that the men knew Holley and spoke on the phone with him before they met up. The friend said the Powell brothers asked them to meet up in an alley.

    According to the report, Holley had a conversation with the brothers while his friend waited for them nearby. The friend told detectives that he grew tired of waiting and told Holley to hurry up.

    According to the friend, Holley bent down to tie his shoes. Detectives said Holley was shot in the back of his head by Powell's accomplice as he was standing up.

    The friend told police that Powell pointed his finger at him, and Powell's brother then pointed the gun at him.

    People who live in the area said they heard about six gunshots.

    The friend was not shot, but he told police that a bullet hit his cellphone, which he was carrying in his hand.

    A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Local 10 News that she saw two boys running away shortly after the shooting.

    "I saw two young boys running down the alley, and I said to them, 'Stop! What's going on here?'" she said. "It's scary because we have kids, and it's a problem."

    Police are still searching for the gunman.

    "I will not be able to smell him, touch him or hear him call my name," Holley's mother, Jada Ferrell said. "I need this like no other. Please, if you know anything, please get in contact with the police department."

    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.

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    A man was arrested Thursday after a woman was found dead in a home in west Miami-Dade County that morning.

    Miguel Diaz, 20, faces a charge of second-degree murder.

    According to an arrest report, Diaz called 911 to report a home invasion robbery at a two-story home where he lives at 10939 NW First Lane.

    When detectives arrived, Diaz claimed a man, who was armed with a knife and had similar features as him, entered his home and threatened to kill him if he called police.

    The report states every window and door in the home was locked.

    According to the report, officers used forced entry to get inside the home and found a woman dead.

    Police said detectives later learned that the victim was the suspect's landlord and he was renting a bedroom from the victim, which is located on the first floor.

    Investigators said Diaz provided various versions of how the supposed robber entered the home, stating that the man entered through his locked bedroom window, and later claiming that the man was outside of the home.

    Police said Diaz claimed he ran from the home when the man entered, but that the victim was still inside.

    According to the report, surveillance video from a neighbor's home showed an unknown man entering the victim's home through Diaz's side-bedroom door. The video also showed Diaz approach his front bedroom window and then riding off on a bicycle.

    Police said the video shows Diaz returning to the scene twice and leaving on his bike before he meets with detectives.

    The report states that the victim's injuries were consisted of "a ligature around her neck and several stab wounds to her neck."

    Diaz was arrested after being questioned by police. He remains in jail.

    The victim's identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin. Police described her as a white female.

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    Katherine and Alex Yepes are the parents of three little girls. One of them is a special needs child.

    The Yepes family's public social media posts show a loving, happy and very busy family. There are pictures of the girls in cheerleader outfits, playing soccer and learning karate. And mom is in graduate school.

    "10 [years] into parenting ... Tough job nonetheless," the Broward County-area mom said in the caption of a photo she recently took while in the car with her daughter.

    A Broward County judge told the mom Friday that she had made some serious mistakes. Miramar police officers stopped her while driving down the wrong side of the road Thursday.

    Yepes, 30, was drunk while driving with her three children, police said. Police stopped her before she crashed. They handcuffed her and took her to jail.

    When Yepes appeared in bond court, Judge John Hurley said he was really concerned about the safety of the girls.

    "That could have been a disaster," Hurley said.

    Yepes was facing charges for driving under the influence, while accompanied by a child and child neglect.

    It was her first offense. Her lawyer told Hurley that the mom was coming home from a beach day and was not a regular drinker. Hurley ordered her to undergo weekly drug and alcohol tests.

    "Hopefully that's the wake-up call," Hurley said.

    Pembroke Pines police is conducting the DUI investigation.

    Follow Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez on Twitter @PerezLocal10

    Follow Local10.com reporter Andrea Torres on Twitter @MiamiCrime


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    A residential facility for the elderly has been ordered shut by the state after deplorable and unsanitary conditions were discovered inside the Hialeah building.

    According to inspectors, residents were not only found in their own waste, but some were tied to their beds.

    The Hialeah house is now empty, and the elderly residents have all been moved out by the state.

    Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier confronted the owner of the assisted living facility that was called Better Care Home.

    "(It's) very very hard for me," Olimpia Martinez said.

    State records show inspectors recently showed up at 8 a.m. to find an 86 and 87-year-old tied to their beds.

    One of the residents was laying in her own feces. The other was wearing a diaper that hadn't been changed in 14 hours and was full of human waste.

    The investigation showed the residents had been tied up for hours each night. The report said supervision there was "clearly insufficient."

    "It says, according to the state, that the patients were tied to the beds and sitting in their own feces," Weinsier said to Martinez.

    "Yes, but let me explain something. It's not my problem," Martinez said.

    Martinez said she's owned the ALF for 15 years, and blames her staff. She claims they were trained in what they could and couldn't do at the facility and didn't follow rules.

    "Is any of this your fault?" Weinsier asked.

    "Of course it's not my fault," Martinez said.

    Six elderly residents were in the house when it was ordered shut.

    "How often did you go to the house?" Weinsier asked.

    "Every day," Martinez said.

    "You didn't see them tied up? You didn't see them in their feces?" Weinsier asked.

    "No, no, no," Martinez said.

    Martinez said she was fined $30,000 by the state and can't afford to fight it. She said she is going to die of hunger and be homeless. She said she also plans to write President Barack Obama.

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  • 07/25/15--23:00: On this day: July 26
  • The Inca civilization suffers a blow, the Postal Service, the FBI and the CIA are born, The Babe makes his last public appearance, and the space shuttle returns to space, all on this day.


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    "Jurassic World" continues to take a chomp out of the box office, climbing to No. 3 all time as of July 21. As the summer movie season continues, take a look at Box Office Mojo's list of the top 20 highest-grossing movies worldwide.


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    Walmart and Evenflo announced this week a new infant car seat with technology designed to remind drivers of their backseat passengers, and stop children from dying in hot cars.

    In most new cars, an alert sounds if a driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt or if headlights are left on. Using a similar idea, a sensor on the infant seat harness triggers a series of tones if a child is still buckled in when the ignition is switched off. The feature is meant to remind drivers who might forget that a child is in the vehicle.

    On average, 38 children die every year as a result of being trapped in hot cars. In about half the cases, children are forgotten in the back seat, according to the nonprofit KidsAndCars.org. Often, a parent has forgotten to drop a child off at daycare.

    The Evenflo Advanced Embrace with SensorSafe infant car seat retails for about $150, which is comparable to other popular infant car seats on the market. It has a wireless receiver that plugs into a car's on-board diagnostic port and syncs with the chest clip that goes around the baby. It does not require the use of Bluetooth, cellular or other devices, the companies said.

    Research and testing was done on the sound, to make sure it wasn't too similar to existing car sounds, or popular smart phone ring tones, said Sarah McKinney, Walmart's director of corporate communications.

    "It's the first and only crash-tested car seat that has this type of technology embedded," McKinney said. "Right now (on the market) it's more attachments or accessories or mobile apps, but there's not one that's an actual car seat that has this technology."

    The car seat will be available exclusively at Walmart for one year. It's available now on Walmart.com and will be in stores mid-August. The new car seat is part of an expansion in Walmart's baby department, adding about 20 new brands in the past two years, McKinney said.

    As recently as last year, David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration, warned that the technology to protect children and adults from heatstroke "just doesn't seem to be there yet." Janette E. Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, said she has a list of hundreds of products invented by well-meaning people to prevent children from dying in a hot car, and the new Evenflo car seat is the most promising development so far. Her organization has been pushing for driver reminder systems to reduce deaths.

    "This is the first time where I can say with a great deal of confidence that there is something that works, and you've got some big companies behind it, and it will save lives," Fennell said. "Because it's been crash tested, I have a high degree of faith that it will work, and you don't have to do anything extra. ... it's literally getting it set up one time and then every time you put the baby in, of course you're going to close the chest clip and then it's activated."


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    Janitors everywhere are rejoicing.

    San Francisco city officials are implementing a new "pee-proof" paint around the city to combat the persistent problem of public urination.

    Public Works crews have painted 10 walls in the city with a special UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, according to CNN affiliate KPIX.

    Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was inspired by a project in Hamburg, Germany, where walls in a night club district were coated with the liquid-repellent paint.

    If an offender tries to urinate on a wall coated with the super hydrophobic paint, the urine, instead of running down the wall, will spray back at the person relieving himself, potentially hitting his clothes or shoes.

    Public urination has been a chronic issue in San Francisco for a long time. In 2002, the city passed legislation banning public urination and imposing a $50 to $100 fine for offenders, but the ban has had little to no impact on the problem.

    Since the beginning of January, Public Works has had about 375 requests to steam clean urine from various areas in the city. The hope is that the new "pee-proof" paint will help quell some of the city's hottest urinating zones.

    San Francisco's public urination problem is not unique to that city alone. Last year, Hong Kongers and Chinese tourists nearly clashed after a Chinese toddler was filmed urinating on a Hong Kong city street. The video went viral and caused public outrage in the region.

    And in 2009, the Indian capital of New Delhi launched a campaign to discourage urinating in public areas by displaying large billboards along the city's dense roads.


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    A body has been found after a search for a suspect who fired at a state trooper on a north Florida highway.

    Interstate 75 near Micanopy was shut down in both directions for hours Saturday as authorities searched for an armed suspect.

    Authorities tell The Gainesville Sun that a body with a gunshot wound was found Saturday afternoon a few hundred yards from the highway.

    The body is believed to be the suspect's.

    Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace of Florida Highway Patrol said the trooper was not injured.

    Additional details about the shooting or the search for the suspect were not immediately available.


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    A man was found drifting face down in a waterway Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.

    Police said Gregory Rousseau, 62, was discovered around 11:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Southwest 15th Avenue.

    Officers from Fort Lauderdale Police Department's Marine Unit arrived to the area where they found and removed Rousseau from the water, police said.

    Investigators do not suspect foul play to be a factor in Rousseau's death.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Detective Orlando Almanzar at 954-828-5546 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).


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    Flames and thick plumes of black smoke from a quick-spreading fire engulfed the 14th-floor pool deck of a sprawling Las Vegas Strip resort Saturday.

    Videos posted on social media showed the inferno consuming the poolside tent-like cabanas, imitation palm trees, and just about everything else on the open-air deck of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel.

    An unknown number of guests and employees at the 3,000-room resort were evacuated. There were no serious injuries, but two people suffered smoke inhalation, according to Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell.

    Amy Rossetti, vice president of public relations for the Cosmopolitan, said the fire started at about 12:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET) and was contained to the Bamboo Pool, located in the resort's west end tower.

    "The pool was fully loaded," Cassell said.

    Fire ''took off like a rocket'

    The fire chief said that in 26 years on the job he'd seen his share of casino fires, but never one quite like this one.

    "What made it move so fast were all the fake palm trees," Cassell said. The plastic foam used to construct the imitation Arecaceae "is like solid gasoline to us," he said. That's why the fire "took off like a rocket."

    Corbin Williams, a guest staying on the 14th floor, described a chaotic scene.

    "Alarms started going off and it became really chaotic.," Williams, from Los Angeles, told CNN, "It's pretty crazy over here. There are fire trucks everywhere."

    Matt Mills, who was sharing a suite with Williams, shot video through the door leading to the pool as the evacuation was underway.

    "This is unbelievable. Unbelievable," Mills is heard saying on the video.

    Cassell said that several rooms on the 14th floor sustained heat damage, but the fire never got into the hotel itself.

    Cause under investigation

    Clark County fire spokeswoman Sandra Baker said, "Early preliminary reports indicate a landscaping fire," but that investigators were still looking into the cause. Cassell said an electrical fire was also possible due to the amount of decorative lights festooned about the fake palms.

    Williams, however, said his experience at the pool a day earlier left him with an unsettling premonition that it might have been something else.

    "I noticed cigarette burn holes in my cabana's roof, I assumed they had been flicked from above balconies," he said. "And I had that exact thought, that these things could catch on fire."

    Williams, who said he was staying in a complimentary suite because of "issues we had the last time we stayed (at the hotel)," nevertheless remained upbeat.

    "Cosmo is one of the best places to stay, in my opinion," he said. "You know, except for the last two times."


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    A California community college professor has won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, the literary highlight of Key West's annual festival celebrating author Ernest Hemingway.

    A story titled "Between My Ribs," written by Riba Taylor of Palm Springs, was announced Friday night as the best of 857 American and international entries.

    Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, said Taylor displayed profound empathy in her story about a woman who lost her lover, a life reclaimed and the power of memory.

    The six-day Hemingway Days festival includes Saturday's whimsical Running of the Bulls and the finals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar.

    Among the look-alike contest's 122 contestants is Michael Groover, husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen, who is in Key West with her spouse.

    --Photos courtesy of Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau


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    A caregiver for a missing Florida boy has been lying to investigators about the child's disappearance, authorities said Saturday.

    William Ebron initially told investigators that he had left 21-month-old Lonzie Barton of Jacksonville in a car early Friday outside the apartment wA caregiver for a missing Florida boy is now a suspect in the child's disappearance, authorities said Saturday.

    William Ebron initially told investigators that he had left 21-month-old Lonzie Barton of Jacksonville in a car early Friday outside the apartment where they lived with the boy's mother, and the car was stolen with the boy still in it when he went back inside.

    The car Ebron reported stolen was found with its keys inside shortly after a 911 call alerted authorities to Lonzie's disappearance. Detectives and K-9 units continued searching the area for the boy Saturday.

    "The facts that have come together have led William Ebron to being a suspect," the Jax Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday.

    Ebron has stopped cooperating with investigators, who now believe he lied about Lonzie's disappearance, Tom Hackney, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office chief of detectives, told reporters Saturday.

    "Without a doubt, the report that he gave, that his car was taken by some unknown suspect and left by some unknown suspect is a lie and is not true," Hackney said.

    Ebron also was inside the apartment doing cocaine at the time he said Lonzie was abducted, Hackney said.

    "He's where our attention is going to be focused," Hackney said.

    An Amber Alert was issued for Lonzie, who weighs about 20 pounds and has blue eyes and blond hair.

    "We're still going to work this as a child abduction because, honestly, I don't know what happened to Lonzie," Hackney said. "I can't say at this point and time whether Lonzie is alive or dead."

    Hackney said that approximately 150 detectives, patrol officers and other resources from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, and the Jacksonville branch of the FBI have all assisted in the search for Lonzie.

    Police searched a wooded area, bodies of water and a mobile home park on Saturday near Philips Highway and I-295. Hackney said law enforcement would continue to search that area Sunday.

    Ebron, 32, was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of child neglect in a different case. His first court appearance was scheduled Saturday afternoon. Duval County jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

    Lonzie's mother and father, who lives in nearby Baker County, are cooperating with police and investigators don't believe either had anything to do with Lonzie's disappearance, Hackney said.

    The sheriff said during a news conference Saturday evening that there is still some hope that Lonzie may be found alive.

    "As time progresses that hope fades," he said.here they lived with the boy's mother, and the car was stolen with the boy still in it when he went back inside.

    The car Ebron reported stolen was found with its keys inside shortly after a 911 call alerted authorities to Lonzie's disappearance. Detectives and K-9 units continued searching the area for the boy Saturday.

    Ebron has stopped cooperating with investigators, who now believe he lied about Lonzie's disappearance, Tom Hackney, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office chief of detectives, told reporters Saturday.

    "Without a doubt, the report that he gave, that his car was taken by some unknown suspect and left by some unknown suspect is a lie and is not true," Hackney said.

    Ebron also was inside the apartment doing cocaine at the time he said Lonzie was abducted, Hackney said.

    "He's where our attention is going to be focused," Hackney said.

    An Amber Alert was issued for Lonzie, who weighs about 20 pounds and has blue eyes and blond hair.

    "We're still going to work this as a child abduction because, honestly, I don't know what happened to Lonzie," Hackney said. "I can't say at this point and time whether Lonzie is alive or dead."

    Ebron, 32, was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of child neglect. His first court appearance was scheduled Saturday afternoon. Duval County jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

    Lonzie's mother and father, who lives in nearby Baker County, are cooperating with police and investigators don't believe either had anything to do with Lonzie's disappearance, Hackney said.


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    Two people have been arrested after a hit-and-run accident involving a bus bench, police said.

    Friday's accident hospitalized three people that were sitting on a bus bench at Northeast 125th Street and Northeast 11th Place in North Miami.

    Police said Devon James has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury and driving without a valid driver's license.

    A passenger in the car, Aquicresha Tameka Gibson, has been charged with allowing a non-licensed driver to operate her vehicle, police said.

    The pair were processed at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County.

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