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    The Miami-Dade Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection to a police-involved shooting.

    The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in the 13200 block of Northeast Seventh Avenue in Miami.

    Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Howard Arom Morraz, 24, for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Miami-Dade police said officers arrived at the apartment and were confronted by Marvin Arroliga, 21, who began shooting at the officers.

    The officers returned fire, striking Arroliga, police said. He was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he was pronounced dead before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

    Police said Arroliga was wanted in connection with a recent shooting. Detectives recovered a firearm at the scene.

    Arroliga's brother, Morraz, was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, police said. Morraz should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Miami-Dade police.

    Anyone with information or knows Morraz's whereabouts is asked to call Miami-Dade police Homicide Detective J. Grossman at 305-471-2400.

    Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Miami-Dade County Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or 866-471-8477. If the tip leads to Morraz's arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a reward up to $3,000, police said.

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    The parents of a 3-month-old baby are facing child neglect charges after they left their son outside a bar in Margate earlier this week while they got drunk, police said.

    Antonio Nieves, 28, and Amy Schafer, 27, both face a child neglect charge. Nieves also faces a charge of domestic battery.

    According to an arrest report, police were called to a Margate home in the 5700 block of Northwest 27th Street on Tuesday after someone called 911, saying a man was trying to get into their house.

    Police said Nieves was standing outside the home, where he does not live, with his baby when officers arrived. They said Nieves had been knocking on the door and attempting to unlock it with keys that did not work. Police said two other men who live at the house were outside with Nieves.

    As Nieves was being questioned by authorities, an officer noticed a large knot on the left side of his forehead and said Nieves claimed that he had fallen down. The officer said Nieves' eyes were bloodshot, and he smelled of alcohol.

    According to the report, Schafer was waiting for Nieves inside their car and also had bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol.

    Police said Schafer had multiple injuries on her face and told the officer that Nieves had punched her at least three times after she called him an (expletive).

    Police said the couple, who are engaged, had been drinking at O'Malley's Sports Bar in Margate.

    According to the report, Schafer told detectives that the couple had left their baby in his carrier outside the front door of the bar while they consumed multiple alcoholic beverages.

    Police said she claimed that she left the bar every five minutes to check on the baby before going back inside to take shots. Police said Schafer said that another woman that she met that night at the bar also checked on her son for her.

    A Child Protective Services investigator took custody of the baby.

    Police said CPS has a previous open case involving the couple. The details of that case were not immediately released. 

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    South Florida residents are urged to prepare for Tropical Storm Erika in case it makes land.


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    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and police responded to G. Holmes Braddock High School in southwest Miami-Dade Friday after receiving reports of a suspicious package.

    Sky 10 was above the scene at 3601 SW 147 Ave. about 8 a.m. as students were evacuated from the building and stood in the school's parking lot.

    A Miami-Dade County Public Schools police representative said that the package was found on the second floor by the school's auditorium.

    Police K-9s were called in to inspect the package.

    Parents told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that they received a text from the school informing them about the package, and reassuring them that all students and faculty were safe.

    The school also told parents who wish to pick their children up to do so at the baseball field adjacent to the school.

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    Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Erika has caused devastation on the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving at least four people dead and more than 20 missing, authorities said.

    Erika's center was headed toward the Dominican Republic on Friday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Rain from the storm also affected the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the center said.

    Erika is expected to remain a tropical storm as it approaches South Florida on Monday. However, the hurricane center says conditions are volatile and that could change in the coming days.

    "The very latest is not what you went to bed with last night," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said Friday. "This is going to be a rainmaker -- it's not going to be a wind-maker that blows every building down."

    Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said Erika caused "extensive damage" across the small island after floods wiped out roads and swamped villages.

    He expressed particular concern for Petite Savanne, a community hit by mudslides that rescuers haven't been able to reach yet.

    "This is where many are feared lost," Skerrit said.

    The immediate focus for authorities is on search-and-rescue efforts, with other countries in the region providing helicopters and other assistance.

    Skerrit said the task of repairing Dominica's "dramatically affected" infrastructure would come later, estimating that the cost of fixing homes, roads, bridges and other structures would run into tens of millions of dollars.

    Storm warning from Puerto Rico to the Bahamas

    The Prime Minister posted photos on his Facebook page of roads washed away by muddy floodwater and a video of a raging river spilling over its banks and swamping cars in a built-up area.

    By late Thursday, the center of Erika had moved west-northwest, and Dominica was getting some relief from the downpours. The storm is forecast to gain strength as it nears Florida early next week.

    The tropical storm warning in place currently includes islands from Puerto Rico to the Bahamas.

    Erika was expected to produce rainfall of 4 to 8 inches -- with a maximum of 12 inches possible -- across parts of the Leeward Islands (which can include Dominica), the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeast Bahamas through Saturday.

    "These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the National Hurricane Center said.

    Erika's maximum sustained winds were 50 mph, with higher gusts, the forecasting center said early Friday. Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 150 miles from the storm's center, it said.

    'Erika has wreaked havoc'

    Natalie John, the chief executive officer of Dreamy Weddings & Tours Inc., said her staff and friends in Dominica "aren't doing so well."

    "Erika has wreaked havoc there," said John, who lives farther north on the island of St. Kitts.

    An employee on Dominica told her that a friend's family was missing after their house was swept away, she said.

    At least one of Dominica's airports was badly damaged. Photos of Douglas-Charles Airport on the Prime Minister's Facebook page showed a flooded runway and a small plane with water up to its doors.

    Erika's winds, light for a tropical storm, could weaken a bit as the system moves over Hispaniola on Friday. The island is home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

    "Some weakening is forecast today as Erika moves over land, followed by little change in strength through Saturday," the hurricane center said Friday.

    Florida ports told to prepare

    The latest tracking has Erika sliding between Cuba and the Bahamas, pushing into the southern tip of Florida early Monday and churning through the heart of the peninsula in the following days.

    The U.S. Coast Guard warned ports in the south of the state late Thursday to prepare for the possibility of sustained gale-force winds within 72 hours.

    "Mariners are reminded that there are no safe havens in these facilities and that ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum," the Coast Guard statement said. "All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port."


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    A man is thankful to be alive after his car crashed through a home's fence Friday in southwest Miami-Dade County and plunged into a swimming pool.

    "It came through that, and of course it went all the way and then it flipped and the wheels were up," homeowner Adolfo Garcia said.

    Police said the driver of the Mazda sedan collided with another car and the impact sent the sedan flying through the fence and into the backyard pool of the home on Southwest 63rd Avenue and 33rd Street.

    "I'm speechless right now," the driver, Marc Herrera, said.   

    Herrera told local 10 News that his wife and two children were in the car.

    "I don't know, she missed the stop and everything happened in seconds," he said.

    Garcia said he is still shaken up about the crash, but is thankful that it wasn't any worse.

    "If it had been a couple of hours later I might have been in the pool," Garcia said.

    The story could have been worse for the Herrera family as well, if not for a good Samaritan who stepped in to help pull the family out of the sinking car.

    Authorities said no one was injured in the crash.

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    Tropical Storm Erika could prove to be the first big test of Miami Beach's new drainage pumps -- a construction project that is only 10 percent finished.


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    A South Florida man, his daughter and his former employee have been sentenced for the fatal shooting of the daughter's ex-boyfriend.

    A Broward County judge on Friday sentenced Michael Bilotti and John Pacchiana to life in prison. They were both previously convicted of first-degree murder. Bilotti's daughter, who was 17 at the time of the killing, received 30 years in prison for her second-degree murder conviction.

    Authorities said the daughter told her parents in July 2005 that 18-year-old Richard Rojas had raped her. The daughter lured Rojas to their Davie home, and Pacchiana shot him.

    A juror emailed the judge after the conviction came down asking for leniency for Christin Bilotti. The juror said that she believed the woman had led her boyfriend to the home, but did not mean for him to be killed.

    Christin Bilotti testified that she didn't know inviting Rojas over would lead to his death. Michael Bilotti said he didn't know Pacchiana was going to shoot the teen, and Pacchiana said he only fired when Rojas attacked him.

    Throughout the trial, Michael Bilotti's attorney claimed there was no setup, and said Rojas came to the house looking for trouble and found it.

    Wayne Palazzola, 47, and Richard Corbin, 39, who worked with Pacchiana at a Miami strip club owned by Bilotti, each pleaded guilty to an accessory charge in connection with the murder. They face between 13 and 30 years in prison when sentenced.

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    Fall classes have been suspended at a U.S. Department of Labor vocational school in South Florida where one student was hacked to death with a machete and four other students were later charged with his slaying.

    A spokesman confirmed Friday that the Homestead Job Corps' summer break has been extended until at least Sept. 9, and 17 students who had been staying at the school over the summer have been moved to another Job Corps center.

    Miami-Dade police charged four of 17-year-old Jose Santos Amaya Guardado's classmates earlier this month with second-degree murder.

    An arrest report said the suspects lured Amaya Guardado to a wooded area near the live-in school for at-risk students in June.

    Authorities said that's where Amaya Guardado was hacked to death with a machete. His body was found several days later by his brother.

    Detectives said the suspects dug a hole in the woods two weeks before they killed Guardado on June 28 and buried him.

    According to the report, Kaheem Arbelo, 20, used a machete to slash Guardado after the group lured him into the woods and ambushed him.

    Police said Arbelo's friends watched him kill Guardado and that Desiray Strickland, 18, complained that she missed part of the attack because she left for a few minutes to urinate in the woods.

    According to the report, as the victim was dying, he was instructed to lie in the grave. Police said Guardado made a final attempt to fight off Arbelo, but was struck by the machete multiple times until his face caved in.

    Arbelo, Stickland, Christian Colon, 19, and Jonathan Lucas, 19, are being held in jail without bond.

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    Police are searching for a 20-year-old man who was reported missing Saturday morning.

    Police believe Malcolm McKenzie walked away from his home at 1280 SW 101st Terrace in Pembroke Pines late Friday night or early Saturday.

    McKenzie suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

    He was last seen wearing a black shirt, baggy black leather pants and purple Adidas sneakers.

    Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Pembroke Pines police at 954-431-2200.

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    Monroe County officials say they are not taking any protective actions yet as Tropical Storm Erika moves farther west, but said they are prepared in case the storm makes landfall.


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    A South Florida organization is raising money to help victims of Tropical Storm Erika in the Caribbean.

    The Miami Foundation has established the Caribbean Community Relief Fund. Organizers say the fund's purpose is to provide financial support for ongoing relief efforts in Dominica.

    Miami Foundation officials say their board of trustees will provide strict oversight of the fund. They will also provide a tax acknowledgment letter to all donors.

    If you would like to donate, head to miamifoundation.org.


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    Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika nears Florida.

    The storm could hit the peninsula Monday. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it's predicted to go through the middle of the state.

    Scott's emergency order said Erika "poses a severe threat to the entire state."

    The order calls for the activation of the National Guard and gives authorities the ability to waive tolls and rules to allow emergency crews and vehicles to move throughout the state.

    Scott later held a news conference outside Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters in Doral, cautioning residents to be prepared.

    "Make sure every member of your family's ready," Scott said.

    Scott warned residents not to be complacent and reminded everyone to know where their area shelters are located.

    A hurricane hasn't hit Florida in 10 years, but Scott recalled the flooding in Palm Beach County after Tropical Storm Isaac in 2012. The latest forecasts show that Erika will remain a tropical storm when it makes landfall.

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    Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan wants residents to stay informed as Tropical Storm Erika is threatening the region.

    "Now is the time to ensure that your emergency plans are in place," Ryan said.

    Ryan said the county is monitoring the storm.

    DOWNLOAD: Local 10 Hurricane Survival Guide

    Sheriff Scott Israel said his office "has never been better prepared" to deal with a storm.

    "We are ready for whatever the storm brings," Israel said.

    The sheriff also had a message for the citizens of Broward County.

    "Pray for the best and prepare for the worst," he said.

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    Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is telling residents to be prepared in the event that Tropical Storm Erika impacts the region.

    Gimenez held a news conference Friday to discuss the county's storm plans.

    He reminded residents that they should have a three-day supply of food and water just in case Erika impacts the county.

    Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said it's possible that Erika could dissipate over the high-terrain of Hispaniola, but there is a chance that it could strengthen again.

    DOWNLOAD: Local 10 Hurricane Survival Guide

    "You can never predict Mother Nature, and while it's looking a little better for South Florida, you know, things have a way of changing," Gimenez said.

    Gimenez said there are no evacuations being ordered, and he didn't anticipate opening shelters at this time. He said county officials will reevaluate Saturday.

    "We are somewhat worried about rainfall," Gimenez said.

    Gimenez cited the seasonal high tide, mentioning Miami Beach, which is prone to flooding.

    A decision on whether to close Miami-Dade County Public Schools would be made sometime this weekend.

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    At least one person was killed on Interstate 95 in Hollywood Saturday morning after a AAA pickup truck crashed into the back of a U-Haul.

    The crash was reported just before 6:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Stirling Road.

    Sky 10 was above the scene, showing the truck's crushed front end. The U-Haul also appeared to have sustained significant damage.

    Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates.

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  • 08/29/15--23:00: On this day: August 30
  • The vacuum is invented, Ty Cobb makes his major-league debut, Bob Dylan releases "Highway 61 Revisited," and Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first black justice on the Supreme Court, all on this day.


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    Jonathan Fluker's best friend started calling him Superman after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.

    Fluker was just 11 years old when doctors discovered a peripheral nerve sheath tumor. But the Tennessee teen never let it be his kryptonite, eventually going on to play on the defensive line for Morristown West High School's beloved Trojans football team, friend Lyric McCaroll said.

    "He never stopped smiling and he never stopped putting a smile on my face. Even when I was full of negativity, he would reassure me that he was never going to leave me," the 17-year-old told CNN.

    "I said to him 'You're my Superman, you're always going to be my Superman because you have the strength to get through this. I know you'll keep fighting and you won't give up.' "

    The nickname caught on at school. Living up to the name, he wore a Superman T-shirt under his tuxedo to prom in 2014, attending in a motorized wheelchair thanks to a specially equipped van provided by the local Children's Hospital.

    The disease finally took Fluker's life on Aug. 24. To honor his memory, Morristown West High School students donned Superman shirts and costumes at Friday night's football game, filling the student section with a sea of blue.

    Students began planning the tribute after learning of his death, reportedly buying out all Superman merchandise from the nearest Wal-Marts, Lyric said.

    "He was like the hero of our school. He was always just so nice and he brightened everyone's day," student Emily Campbell told Tennessee station WATE.

    It was just one way the school community honored Jonathan at Friday's game. Before kickoff, a video tribute played on the Jumbotron and a banner displaying his name and jersey number, No. 76, was carried onto the field. Before an estimated crowd of some 6,000 people, the Trojans beat Greeneville Devils 28-3.

    "It was a very special night," head coach Lamar Brown said. "It's been an emotional time for our team and the school community. He's in a better place now; he's not suffering anymore and we're grateful for that."

    With his faith and the support of his community, Jonathan wore a brave face throughout his battle with cancer. After a period of remission, the cancer returned in 2013, attaching to his spinal cord and confining the defensive linebacker to a wheelchair.

    Even after his condition left him unable to attend school full-time, he attended games and practices whenever possible to cheer on his former teammates, periodically texting his coach to let him know he was OK.

    "Jonathan was a special young man. He always had smile on his face and it was real hard to find out how Jonathan was doing because he was always worrying about how we were doing," he said.

    "He was here to support us and bring us encouragement. He didn't want it to be about him -- he wanted it to be about the football team."

    It runs in the family, apparently. Two days after Jonathan's death, his mother texted Brown to let him know she was praying for the football team.

    "That sums up the family in one statement," Brown said. "They know life is greater than them, they know they're here for a greater purpose."

    Born on August 7, 1998, in Orlando, Florida, Jonathan lived with his family in Birmingham, Alabama, before settling in Morristown. In addition to football, Jonathan loved to sing, performing with the high school choir and the youth choir at the Bethel Baptist Church, where he was an active member, his family said in a funeral home notice.

    He also was an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, representing the organization as a Youth Survivor in 2012 and working at an annual WCRK radio station fundraiser for the organization.

    "We believe that God shared Jonathan with us to teach us many life lessons. He taught us how to handle suffering with dignity. He taught us how to love a little more and to hug a little tighter. He taught us about valuing family, whether it was biological, spiritual or by choice (like his Trojan family)," his family said.

    "Most of all, he taught us how to smile. Jonathan never lost hope. He never stopped fighting. He never stopped smiling. He never stopped touching lives. He taught us these lessons, and now it is our responsibility to carry out the legacy that he left for us."


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    Ryan Tannehill threw for 145 yards in less than a half despite working behind a makeshift offensive line, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 13-9 in an exhibition game Saturday night.

    While Tannehill wasn't touched, counterpart Matt Ryan was sacked three times in four series.

    Miami center Mike Pouncey departed in the first half because of a knee injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday. His departure left the Dolphins (1-2) with only two starting offensive linemen at their regular positions.

    Tannehill, who played six series, went 15 for 19 with one score before leaving shortly before halftime with Miami leading 7-3. His touchdown pass covered 2 yards to Rishard Matthews.

    Throwing mostly short, Tannehill is 33 for 41 during the exhibition season for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

    "Guys are getting open and making plays for me down the field," Tannehill said. "I'm making good decisions and getting the ball in the right spot. There are plays I don't do perfectly, but I feel like we're going in the right direction, and we have to build on what we've done."

    The Falcons (1-2) ran 15 plays against Miami's first-team defense, netting 33 yards passing and minus-1 rushing. Ryan had a perfect 158.3 passer rating in each of the first two games, but against Miami he settled for 3 for 7 for 49 yards, including a 28-yard completion to Leonard Hankerson.

    BACKUP QBS:

    Falcons: T.J. Yates, battling for the backup job behind Ryan, went 18 for 28 for 187 yards.

    Dolphins: Miami played three centers in the first half, including Pouncey, and got Tannehill out of the game just in time. Replacement Matt Moore was shaken up and lost a fumble when he was sacked by O'Brien Schofield, who beat starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James.

    ATLANTA RECEIVERS:

    Free agent Nick Williams, bidding to claim a spot on the Falcons' 53-man roster, led them with four catches for 43 yards. Teammate Julio Jones sat out shortly after the announcement of his $71.25 million, five-year contract extension.

    INJURIES:

    Dolphins: Kick returner LaMike James departed with a chest injury, and reserve cornerback Zack Bowman left with a thigh injury.

    Falcons: Backup tight end Tony Moeaki was sidelined with a thigh injury, and backup tackle Tyler Polumbus hurt his knee.

    MIXED RESULTS FOR SPECIAL TEAMS:

    Falcons: Williams and Devin Hester collided when both tried to catch a kickoff in the second quarter. The ball squirted away, but a teammate recovered.

    Matt Bryant went 3 for 3, kicking a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, also making 43- and 39-yarders.

    Dolphins: John Denney, who has seniority on the roster entering his 11th season with Miami, short-hopped a snap to backup punter Matt Darr, who was tackled by the Falcons.

    Andrew Franks, challenging incumbent Caleb Sturgis for the kicking job, went 2 for 2, from 32 and 51 yards.

    RUNNING BACKS:

    Falcons: Tevin Coleman, who started after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury, carried four times for 2 yards.

    QUOTABLE:

    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin on the way his team pressured Ryan: "They got after the quarterback real well. He had a hard time setting his feet and throwing the ball and looking downfield."

    Falcons coach Dan Quinn said his defense showed improvement, but his offense was "a little bit inconsistent in terms of protection and the run game. We got into some negative situations in terms of down and distance."

    Watch: A look at Sun Life Stadium's renovations

    UPGRADED STADIUM:

    The game was the first since a two-year renovation project began at the Dolphins' stadium. Two escalators were not working, there were problems with credit card machines, and the press box elevator was shut down. But team president Tom Garfinkel said glitches were expected, and he declared the opening a success.

    Fans fled their seats when rain fell in the first quarter, and they'll welcome the canopy that will be erected early next year to cover most of the stands.


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    A Florida mom has been arrested after authorities say she repeatedly ignored a dentist's warning that her 4-year-old needed surgery on her rotting teeth.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Bay County Sheriff's officials say Catlyn Haley was told by a dentist and multiple other medical professionals for more than a year that her daughter had severe cavities.

    Officers said the child's top four teeth were rotted to the gum and blackened. But the girl was never taken to the dentist and allegedly told authorities she doesn't brush her top teeth because it hurts.

    Haley, 21, was arrested Thursday on child neglect charges.

    The News Herald reports the child's father was also named on her arrest affidavit as a co-defendant, but a record of his arrest was not available.


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