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    One child was injured in a house fire in Hallandale Beach Tuesday afternoon.

    The fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at 729 SW Fourth Court.

    A Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue representative said three children were at the home with their grandparents when the fire started.

    One of the children was burned on the foot, but was treated at the scene and did not have to go to a hospital.

    No one else was injured in the fire.

    Authorities said the family will most likely not be able to stay in their home Tuesday night. The American Red Cross was called in to help the family.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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    At least half a dozen firefighters were hurt in a crash involving a fire truck and ambulance Tuesday afternoon in Miami.

    The crash occurred near Northwest 12th Avenue and Northwest 14th Street.

    "It sounded like an explosion. It was loud and it was scary," a witness told Local 10 News.

    A Miami Department of Fire-Rescue official said the ambulance was traveling west on 14th Street and the truck was headed north on 12th Avenue when they collided. He said both vehicles were on their way to a call.

    "One of our pumpers was heading northbound on 12th Avenue responding to a building assignment. The rescue truck was going to the hospital and they collided at this intersection," Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez said.

    Sky 10 was above the scene as a fire truck was on its side. The front of the ambulance was also damaged.

    "When you look at that damage you wonder how anyone survived, but by the grace of God, everybody wasn't hurt too bad," Gomez said.

    Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez said four firefighters in the fire truck and three firefighters in the ambulance were injured.

    Suarez said three other people -- two children and their grandmother -- in the ambulance were hurt, as well as a child and adult in a car.

    They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

    Both vehicles had their sirens on when they crashed.

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    Sky 10 above scene of crash involving Miami Fire Rescue trucks


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    Police are searching for three men who robbed a jewelry store at the Shops at Skylake in Miami-Dade County.

    The robbery was reported about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Burt's Jewelers, 1676 Miami Gardens Drive.

    According to police, three men came into the store posing as customers. Police said two of the men pulled out guns, sprayed employees with pepper spray and tied them up. 

    "I don't know where these people came from," jewelry store owner Eileen Lieberman told Local 10 News.

    Police said the owners provided the thieves to the safe and unlocked some of the cases that had jewelry inside.

    The thieves left with $1,500 in cash and several pieces of jewelry valued between $50,000 and $100,000.

    "These people came in with guns, they tied them up, and I can't even consider my children getting hurt," Lieberman said. "It's not worth it."

    Lieberman and her husband, Burt Lieberman, started their family-run business in 1958 and opened the location that was targeted Wednesday in 1970.

    The thieves are described as black men in their mid 20s or early 30s. Police said they are between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet tall.

    Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed outside the cafeteria of Miami Killian Senior High School in March has been cleared to play football again.

    DeAndre Johnson posted a photo of him with the doctor who has treated his injuries for the past several months on his Twitter page, saying "Just got cleared…the man on the left saved my life. Ready to get back with the cougar fam."

    The football team has already resumed practices, although school officially begins Aug. 24.

    Briahanna Rolle, 17, was arrested after she allegedly stabbed Johnson multiple times in his upper chest.

    Andrew Davis, who is a teammate with Johnson, said he witnessed the stabbing and helped Johnson. He said Rolle was "going berserk with the knife" until a school security guard grabbed her.

    Johnson, a defensive end on the school's football team, was taken to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a pierced lung and artery.

    According to Johnson’s father, Andre Johnson, his son did not know Rolle before the incident other than sharing a class together.

    Rolle accepted a plea deal last month and will not be tried as an adult.

    As part of the plea deal, Rolle pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery with great bodily harm and will remain under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

    She will also be placed in a maximum-risk residential program, where she will have the opportunity to finish her education and be treated for mental illness.

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    Miami Beach police are investigating a possible case of animal abuse after a cat was found with a severe laceration to the side of its head.

    Police said the cat was found Tuesday inside the parking garage of the Bay Garden Manor condominiums at 1250 West Ave.

    According to an incident report, the cat was found bleeding from the side of its head and couldn't move.

    Police responded to the building and could not locate anyone who witnessed the injuries happen or the owner of the cat.

    The cat was taken to the Miami Beach Animal Hospital where it had to be euthanized due to the severity of the injuries.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

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    A $3,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest after a Pembroke Pines family's dog was found beaten to death with a note on the pet's body.

    Pembroke Pines police said the reward is being offered by Broward County Crime Stoppers.

    Verline Barthelemy told Local 10 News she let Foxx out of her home Friday while she was cooking, but she couldn't find her beloved Pomeranian a few minutes later.

    The next day, Barthelemy's boyfriend found the 13-year-old dog's body on the back porch, along with a note that read, "We beat it 2 death. LOL! Hahaha!"

    Major Carlos Bermudez said police have received "overwhelming public concern" about the animal abuse investigation.

    Graphic: dog beaten to death

    Dr. Ron Ridge, a veterinarian at St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital, said he believes the dog likely died from being repeatedly kicked. X-rays showed Foxx had a dislocated spine, broken ribs and a broken jaw, among other injuries.

    Police called it the worst case of animal abuse the city has ever seen.

    Bermudez said anyone wishing to donate money to the reward purse should contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Click here to donate to Crime Stoppers.

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    A group of firefighters and several others are recovering after an ambulance collided with a 50,000 pound fire truck Tuesday near Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

    "In 30 years on the job, this is the first time I've seen an accident at the same time of two apparatus," Miami Department of Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Pete Gomez said.

    Sky 10 was above the scene at Northwest 12th Avenue and 14th Street as the fire truck was on its side. The front part of the ambulance was sheared off and a third car was hit when the fire truck spun out.

    "It sounded like an explosion," Kyera Greene, who heard the crash, told Local 10 News. "It was loud and it was scary. We didn't know where the trucks were going to go."

    "One unit was responding to a fire. Another unit was transporting a patient to the hospital and we had an unhappy meeting," Gomez said.

    According to Gomez, both vehicles had their lights and sirens on.

    "Right after that moment of impact, the driver of this emergency vehicle jumped into action (and) rushed out of this truck, where he immediately started helping his fellow firefighters," Gomez said.

    Firefighters used axes to smash the front windshield of the vehicles to get the victims out.

    Twelve people were taken to the hospital, including seven firefighters who were on board both fire-rescue vehicles. A grandmother and two children, who were inside the ambulance, were also taken to the hospital, as were two people in the car.

    The firefighters and the family, who was riding in the back of the ambulance, were discharged from the hospital late Tuesday night.

    "I was shocked that there wasn't more serious injuries and that no one died at this scene," Gomez said.

    The Miami Police Department is investigating the crash and is expected to provide an update by the end of the week.

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    A man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his 19-year-old girlfriend at their Dania Beach apartment Tuesday afternoon.

    Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Clifford Stewart III, 20, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Tynecia Williams, 19.

    Moschella said Stewart initially told deputies that an unidentified man shot Williams and drove off in a getaway car. However, he later changed his story, telling detectives that he and Williams were playing Russian roulette when she was shot, Moschella said.

    Stewart eventually admitted that he and Williams were alone in the apartment when he accidentally shot her in the abdomen, Moschella said.

    Williams was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    Moschella said Stewart confessed to burying the gun in a wooded area behind their apartment building.

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    The nation's first driverless vehicle open to the public is on display until at least early-September at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

    "(It's the) only public venue that allows interaction with a driverless car," MOSI Director of Exhibits Johnny Scotello said. "So in other places you may go and see one on display, but here at MOSI you get in (and) you go for a ride."

    WED EXTRA: MOSI Director of Exhibits Johnny Scotello on driverless car

    Scotello said the driverless and electric Meridian Shuttle on display is a prototype. "There are four in the world and we have one of them," he said.

    The Meridian Shuttle, with its golf cart look, is a far cry from the images of self-driving cars that have captured our imagination over the decades.

    "I think the driverless vehicle experience is pleasantly underwhelming," Scotello said. "You come in with a certain sense of fear and you come out with a really satisfying sense of calm and relaxation."

    It is on that ride that you learn about the interesting technology that makes it work.

    It is "built on a platform with two engines, two batteries and four LIDAR systems. LIDAR is laser radar so it shoots 30 beams per second out of any of those four radars. It's continually localizing or figuring out where it is in relationship to what it knows could be there. And if there's any variation within three meters it slows down, within six meters it comes to a complete stop and it is accurate within two centimeters," Scotello said. "All of them come with emergency stops, and we've never had to hit it. The car is statistically safer than a person driving.  They are much safer -- a thousand times safer than a person driving, according to statistics."

    MOSI staff said that while the shuttle goes up to 25 mph, it has been programmed to have a top speed at the museum of 4 mph.

    Its design may not be daring, and it may not go very fast, but it is a first in that is allowing the public to experience the technology.

    Scotello said pragmatic applications of the autonomous shuttle include university campuses and theme parks. The company also envisions it could be utilized at airports, resort centers, hospitals and industrial sites.

    "It's significant because it's a really good discussion about the future of technology and vehicles and the automobile market," Scotello said.

    Since the 1950's, Americans have been enthralled with the idea of driverless cars.

    We have imagined all the things we could do with a computer manning the wheel -- play cards, read a book or just take a nap. 

    Now that dream is getting closer to reality with companies like Google, Ford, Audi, and Mercedes working to bring the self-driving car to the market.

    WEB EXTRA: "Your safety first."

    WEB EXTRA: "Key to the future."

    Autonomous concept cars, like the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion research vehicle and Audi's RS 7 piloted driving concept, are very cool. The design is modern, sleek, and sexy.

    WEB EXTRA: Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in motion

    WEB EXTRA: Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept at Hockenheim

    But one small French technology company beat the rest by offering a driverless car for sale.  $250,000 is the estimated cost of a Meridian Shuttle.  The company's website boasts that it is 100 percent driverless and 100 percent electric.

    WEB EXTRA: Induct technology and Navya technology

    The car maneuvers with a whisper-quiet electric motor and laser-based LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors. This is how it can "see" where it is and detect obstacles. If it senses an obstacle in the way, it comes to a stop.

    Scotello said there are three computers that have to sync and "each password is protected and they are connected in a mini network that is completely sealed. That makes it really difficult to hack." He said a hacker would have to get through three computers and about six different passwords, "So it is fairly stable and a lot more secure than your bank account."

    As for the company behind the Meridian shuttle, "They are moving this technology to Tampa and the Florida area because it was the best possible place for a tourist industry related shuttle," Scotello said. "So they are moving operations and manufacturing sales to Tampa and right now MOSI as their partner is the exclusive place where someone can see it. MOSI is moving towards that model of harboring future technology that is pre-consumer."

    The MOSI Meridian Shuttle is part of an exhibit that includes drones and code robots.

    "This is world-changing technology and it makes sense for it to debut at MOSI, our community's resource for science and technology," Molly Demeulenaere, president and CEO of MOSI said. "By making these new and developing technologies accessible to everyone, MOSI gives its visitors a sneak peek into their not-so-distant future and inspires our next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors to see that anything is possible."

    Tampa is already home to driverless test tracks along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, just one of a handful of places in America certified for driverless car testing.

    Last summer Audi tested its "Traffic Jam Pilot."

    WEB EXTRA: Audi shows piloted driving with Florida demonstration.

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    A man who was arrested after his son was found buried in his Hallandale Beach backyard pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony counts of giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

    A Broward County judge rejected a motion to change the charges to misdemeanors.

    Meanwhile, two child neglect charges were dropped against Calvin Melvin Jr.

    Melvin and Brittany Sierra were arrested in January 2013 after it was discovered that their son, Dontrell Melvin, had been missing since 2011.

    Police later found Dontrell's body in the back of the couple’s home.

    Police reports indicate the body had blunt trauma to the skull caused by police during the recovery. The medical examiner's office determined the bones were too damaged to determine a cause of death, but said Dontrell's death was due to "violence by undetermined means."

    Child neglect charges were dropped against Sierra in April. According to a closeout memo, Sierra and Melvin had discussed placing the baby up for adoption. Sierra told detectives that Melvin took it upon himself to give the baby to his parents without her consent. She said his parents didn't like her and she believed they were keeping her son away from her.

    Detectives made contact with the parents, who said they hadn't seen Dontrell since he was two months old. Dontrell would have been 18 months old at the time his body was found.

    According to the memo, law enforcement did not intervene after Sierra's numerous phone calls to police, because they believed it was "strictly a civil matter."

    Neither parent was ever charged with murder due to a lack of evidence in the case.

    Melvin faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18.

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    Police are investigating the death of 15-year-old Jakyri Fleurimar, of Hollywood, who was fatally shot inside a northwest Miami-Dade County home.

    The shooting was reported at 11:37 a.m. Wednesday at 5321 NW 27th Place.

    Miami-Dade police Detective Marjorie Eloi said officers found the teen dead from a gunshot wound.

    Police said there were three other people between the ages of 12 and 18 in the home at the time. They were being questioned by police.

    Eloi said the shooting should serve as a reminder to parents to keep guns away from children.

    "Store them in a place where children don't have access to them," Eloi said.

    It wasn't immediately known who pulled the trigger.

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    Dozens of people were evacuated after a gas leak was reported Wednesday afternoon in north Miami-Dade County.

    Authorities said 20 people, including 15 others from a day care were evacuated from the area of 250 171st St. after construction workers ruptured a gas line.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said a crew was called in to repair the gas line.

    No injuries were reported.

    Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates.


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    A crash involving three vehicles delayed traffic on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County Wednesday afternoon.

    The crash was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway at 135th Street.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said two people were injured in the crash, which involved a van and two cars.

    Sky 10 was above the scene as a woman was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

    Several southbound lanes were shut down after the crash, including at least one express lane.

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    A woman visited a cemetery Wednesday to leave flowers at her husband's grave, but her visit was ruined when someone broke into her daughter's vehicle.

    The incident was reported at the Woodlawn Park cemetery off Southwest 116th Street and 117th Ave in Miami-Dade County.

    Maritza Lopez told Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez that her ailing mother had left her purse in the backseat of her car as they visited her father's grave.

    "We just put the flowers in the water and not even two minutes.." Lopez said.

    "I never thought something like this could happen here," Lopez's mother, Hilda Lopez, said.

    The 84-year-old woman told Local 10 News that she was about five minutes walking distance from the vehicle when she heard a noise.

    When the women returned to their car, they found that someone had smashed their window and took Hilda's purse, passport and medications.

    Hilda Lopez, who lives in New Jersey, was scheduled to fly home on Thursday after spending two weeks with her family in South Florida.

    "She had $540 in her purse," Maritza Lopez said. "She had her ID and passport. She had her airline tickets too. She was supposed to leave tomorrow."

    The women said two workers at the cemetery told them that cars have been broken into in the past, but said they didn't see anyone near their car.

    Maritza Lopez said her sister's car also had been broken into recently while visiting her father's grave.

    Suarez was told that the cemetery only has surveillance cameras at its entrance.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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    Fidel Castro is celebrating his 89th birthday with a newspaper column repeating assertions that the U.S. owes socialist Cuba "numerous millions of dollars" for damages caused by a decades-long embargo.

    The essay, published in the Granma newspaper, comes a day before a historic moment in U.S.-Cuba relations: Secretary of State John Kerry is to raise the Stars and Stripes over a restored American Embassy in Havana, though the economic embargo legally remains in effect.

    The rapprochement after 54 years of formal diplomatic estrangement was engineered by Fidel Castro's brother Raul Castro, who took over Cuba's presidency after the elder Castro suffered a health crisis in 2006.

    Thursday's essay said Cuba "will never stop fighting for peace and the well-being of all human beings."

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    A man convicted of sexual battery and kidnapping is among the fugitives most wanted in South Florida.


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    A former deputy in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was granted bond Thursday after he was accused of traveling to South Florida to meet with a boy.

    Matthew Bondi, 22, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Aug. 4 on suspicion of enticing a minor.

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said it immediately fired Bondi after his arrest due to his probationary status. Bondi had served as a deputy with the department for less than a year.

    "We hold ourselves accountable for our actions," Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow set Bondi’s bond at $200,000.

    Prosecutors claimed Bondi was a potential danger to himself and others, but Snow said the evidence presented by federal prosecutors did not show that Bondi was a sexual predator, and that pretrial detention was not warranted in the case.

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    The family of a young woman who was killed, allegedly by her boyfriend, is raising money for her funeral expenses.

    Clifford Stewart III, 20, was arrested Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Tynecia Williams, 19.

    Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Stewart initially told deputies that an unidentified man shot Williams and drove off. However, he later changed his story, telling detectives that he and Williams were playing Russian roulette when she was shot, Moschella said.

    Stewart eventually admitted that he and Williams were alone in the apartment when he accidentally shot her in the abdomen, Moschella said.

    Williams' family didn't buy that story, telling Local10.com that Stewart had been controlling over his girlfriend, who was a recent graduate of the Hollywood Beauty Institute, and had just received her aesthetician license from the state of Florida.

    "She suffered silently at the hands of a controlling and jealous man," Williams' cousin Marshelle Davis said. "He took her away from us at the peak of her life."

    Williams was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital after the shooting, where she was pronounced dead.

    Moschella said Stewart confessed to burying the gun in a wooded area behind their apartment building.

    Click here to donate to Williams' family for her funeral expenses.

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a judgement of more than $365,000 against the Bliss Cabaret strip club and its parent company this week after a bartender was allegedly fired based on her race.

    The EEOC said the Clearwater strip club and its successor corporation, Executive Gentlemen's Club, fired Quatavia Harden as a bartender because its owner, Michael Tomkovich, said he didn't want a black bartender working at the club.

    The EEOC claimed that former manager Patrick Franke, who hired Harden, was suspended and then fired after he refused to comply with Tomkovich's request.

    The EEOC later added Southeast Showclubs LLC, the parent company of the strip club, as a defendant in the lawsuit.

    "Stopping blatant discriminatory hiring such as this is crucial," EEOC Regional Attorney Robert E. Weisberg said. "This employer implemented discriminatory policies at all levels of management, then retaliated against the one manager who opposed such policies. Such conduct flies in the face of the anti-discrimination laws EEOC enforces."

    The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida after the EEOC initially attempted to settle the matter informally through its conciliation process.

    The commission claimed the defendants failed to respond to the allegations, which led to the lawsuit.

    A total of $365,024.47 was awarded to Franke and Harden, which included punitive damages, compensatory damages, back pay, interest and tax-penalty offsets.

    Tomkovich owns and operates a chain of strip clubs located throughout Florida.

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    Police have identified the ex-boyfriend of one of two women found dead in their Hialeah duplex as a suspect in their deaths.

    Hialeah police said Adrian Leyva, 43, is the prime suspect in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Tina Gutierrez, and her neighbor Martha Perdomo.

    Police said the bodies of Gutierrez, 32, and Perdomo, 82, were discovered Monday in the duplex they shared on East 23rd Street.

    The women were discovered by Perdomo's daughter, who rushed to the home after her mother repeatedly failed to answer her phone calls.

    Police haven't said how the women died.

    Neighbors said they believed Leyva was jealous of Gutierrez, believing that she may have been in a relationship with another man.

    Sgt. Carl Zogby said Leyva is homeless but known to frequent the east Hialeah industrial area and Miami's Allapattah neighborhood, where he regularly works at auto body repair shops. Zogby said Leyva has a reputation of manipulating shop owners into letting him stay with them while working for them.

    Anyone with information as to Leyva's whereabouts is asked to call police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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