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    The mother of a 33-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash had a smile on her face Saturday night. There hasn't been an arrest yet, but Carmen Montoya told Local 10 News that she isn't angry. She believes justice will be served.

    Saturday night was about celebrating the life of her only son. Prayer and song filled the sanctuary of a church in Southwest Miami-Dade as friends and family remembered the life of Pedro Gonzalez.

    Gonzalez's mother invited the media, hoping to spread her message to all of South Florida.

    "I want to share this moment with the community, because this is something that can happen to anyone," Montoya said.

    One week ago, Gonzalez lost his life while walking across the street in little Havana.

    Minutes before the deadly hit and run

    Gonzalez was seen on surveillance video leaving a corner store while walking his dog just before being hit by a car. He was hit so hard he was pinned under a parked car, left for dead.

    Days later, investigators found a car with significant damage, which they believe to be the one involved.

    Investigators said Bayron Villalobos was behind the wheel and that he's now on the run, possibly in his native country of Honduras

    "Are you confident that he is going to come forward and turn himself in?" Local 10's Michael Seiden asked Montoya, of Villobos.

    "No way. He's not a responsible person," she said.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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  • 11/26/15--05:06: Notable deaths of 2015
  • Here is a list of some of the notable public figures, athletes, musicians, artists and actors we've lost in 2015.


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    As has become a post-holiday tradition, the Obama family visited a local bookstore in Washington to celebrate Small Business Saturday, an American shopping holiday held the day after Black Friday to celebrate and support local businesses.

    President Barack Obama visited Upshur Street Books Saturday afternoon with his daughters Malia and Sasha, picking up nine books.

    On the list:

    "Purity: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel" by Salman Rushdie "Elske: A Novel of the Kingdom" by Cynthia Voigt "On Fortune's Wheel" by Cynthia Voigt "Jackaroo: A Novel of the Kingdom" by Cynthia Voigt "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8" by Jeff Kinney "Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life" by Rachel Renée Russell

    After their book stop, they stopped for ice cream in a nearby D.C. neighborhood, visiting the popsicle shop Pleasant Pops.

    This is the first time the Obamas have visited Upshur Street Books for their annual shopping trip. The last three years, the president and assorted family members have stopped by another D.C. bookstore, Politics and Prose.


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    Brace yourself for a dose of royal cuteness.

    Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, have released two new photographs of Princess Charlotte, who was born on May 2.

    Catherine took the photographs in early November at their home in Norfolk.

    The two images show the toddler princess sitting on a gingham chair, wearing a pale violet sweater buttoned to the neck over a floral dress.

    In one photo she laughs while playing with a fuzzy toy dog. In the other she looks toward the camera with a more serious expression.

    "The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do," Kensington Palace said in a prepared statement.

    The photos reveal that Charlotte has brown hair and blue eyes. The princess, fourth in line to the British throne, was last seen in public in July when she was christened in the church at St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk.

    Previous official photos have shown her brother, George, who was born July 22, 2013.


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    Wildlife officials have tracked a prowling panther's 800-mile trek through central Florida.

    The 3-year-old male Florida Panther was hit by a car and injured in 2014 in southern Polk County. University of Florida veterinarians worked to repair his broken leg and rehabilitate him for life in the wild before releasing him in January in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported on Sunday.

    The panther now wears a tracking device and researchers say they are learning important information about the habits and habitat of his endangered species.

    Researchers found that the animal, known as Panther 232, traveled 80-plus miles west to the same stomping grounds where he was hit by a car. He circled back north, past Lake Wales and then went east crossing the Kissimmee River. He later crossed Florida's Turnpike and made his way east as far as the neighborhoods of Sebastian, Roseland and Micco before heading north into Brevard County. After visiting Brevard County, Panather 232 turned south again into the citrus groves of St. Lucie County.

    Land said Panther 232 may have been roaming such a distance to seek a female.

    "Females will often set up a territory of an average of 40 to 80 square miles adjacent to their mother's," he said. "Males will distribute much farther and then will have an area of about 100 to 200 square miles where they will stay."

    This year, 36 Florida panthers have been found deceased throughout South Florida where their population is concentrated. Of those, 25 were struck by cars — by far their most common cause of death.

    State and federal agencies are constructing fences and building underpasses on deadly roads like Alligator Alley, the Tamiami Trail and U.S. 29, so that will help soon.

    Land said the chief reason Panther No. 232 is healthy and back in the wild right now is because of quick action by the motorist whose vehicle struck it.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    The state of Florida is marking a big milestone with the official end of the 2015 hurricane season — 10 years without a major hurricane making landfall in the state.

    The Miami Herald reports that the hurricane-free streak is a new record for the state.

    Experts say Floridians shouldn't count on the streak continuing. Michael Brennan of the National Hurricane Center has been exceptionally lucky and that residents should always be prepared for the possibility of a storm hitting the state.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's not willing to accept deadly shootings like the one at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday as "the cost of freedom."

    "We've got to try and keep guns out of the hands of people who are violent and unstable," the Democratic governor said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar on "State of the Union."

    His comments came less than two days after the shooting that killed three people in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

    Hickenlooper listed the shootings along with the racially motivated slayings in Charleston, South Carolina, and the shootings on an Oregon college campus.

    "Detailed plans probably aren't appropriate, but I think we have to come back and look at all aspects of why these shootings have continued to occur -- you know, in Oregon, or South Carolina or Colorado," Hickenlooper said.

    "The frequency is unacceptable, and I don't -- I'm not willing to say, 'Well, we just have to sit back and accept this as the cost of freedom,' " he said. "I think we have to really look at, how do we address -- how do we make sure that people who are unstable, who have violent histories, if somehow a level of domestic violence made it much more difficult to get a weapon, maybe we'd not only keep our communities safer, but also cut down on domestic violence."

    He criticized blogs and television programs -- though didn't name any specifically -- that he said have harsh political rhetoric.

    "The intensity of rhetoric sometimes seems to pull a trigger in their brain," Hickenlooper said. "They lose contact with what reality is."


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  • 11/29/15--20:09: Jets crush Dolphins 38-20
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes, two to Brandon Marshall, and the New York Jets routed the Miami Dolphins 38-20 Sunday to gain some traction in the AFC wild-card race.

    Fitzpatrick also connected with Devin Smith, the rookie's first NFL touchdown, and Eric Decker in New York's fourth win in the last five meetings with Miami. The Jets (6-5) had lost four of their last five overall.

    Miami (4-7) now has dropped four of five and is 3-4 under interim coach Dan Campbell, who took over after Joe Philbin was fired following the Dolphins' lopsided loss to the Jets in London.

    Fitzpatrick and Marshall were far too good for Miami as Fitzpatrick passed for 277 yards and Marshall had nine receptions for 131 yards. Chris Ivory clinched it with a 31-yard TD run on which he broke four tackles.


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    The northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway have reopened after a fatal crash early Sunday morning. 

    Vehicle overturned

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver was killed when their vehicle hit a retaining wall and rolled over around 3 a.m. near Northwest 114th Street in Hialeah. A passenger was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, but their condition was not released. 

    The northbound lanes were closed at Northwest 103rd Street until just after 9:30 a.m. as authorities investigated. 

    Crash scene overnight

    No further information has been released. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. 

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    A man in his 50s was injured when bullets pierced through his Miramar home.


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    How much would it cost to give someone "The Twelve Days of Christmas?" Find out the updated total for 2015, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.


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    The state attorney's office will not prosecute the wife of Miami Dolphins' Brent Grimes after she was arrested at a game in September outside Sun Life Stadium.

    Miko Grimes, 40, faced two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.

    She was arrested Sept. 27 on felony charges after she allegedly broke through a barricade of police bicycles and entered a restricted area of the stadium.

    Police said Miko Grimes disobeyed several orders from officers to stop. They said she quickly became combative and head-butted an officer while she was in handcuffs.

    "F--- you, cops," police said she screamed at them. "You can't tell me what to do."

    A Miami-Dade County judge reduced Miko Grimes' charges last month to misdemeanors, although now she is off the hook on all charges.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    A Local 10 News viewer saw a recent report about a man accused of fondling himself and then groping a University of Miami student earlier this month and identified him to authorities, a law enforcement source told Local 10 News crime specialist John Turchin.

    Coral Gables police confirmed Monday that Richard Sciandra, 49, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

    According to arrest report, a Miami Beach woman said the man captured on surveillance video at the university resembled the same man who attacked her and her daughter in 2012, and whom she identified as Sciandra. 

    In that case, Sciandra was accused of running at the woman and her 14-year-old daughter with his penis exposed and while he was holding a folding knife. 

    Police contacted Sciandra's father on Nov. 18, who identified the man in the video as his son, but claimed that Sciandra had left his home and had not been returning his calls. 

    According to sources, police eventually contacted Sciandra, who said he would turn himself in last week. Sources said Sciandra never showed up to the police station, but officers found him at his family's home in Cutler Bay on Thanksgiving and took him into custody.

    Campus police said the groping incident happened Nov. 16 in the 5400 block of Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

    Police said the student was walking toward campus near the Bank United Center when Sciandra began following her while fondling himself. Police said the man approached the student from behind and grabbed her buttocks before running away toward a nearby Metrorail station.

    "We're lucky that this did not escalate to a more serious (situation)," Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham said. "She was not physically harmed, but the mental anguish that she has to go through knowing she was touched in a sexual manner -- that's something that's very hard to get over with." 

    A surveillance photograph of the man, believed to be Sciandra, shows him wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, a Hard Rock Café T-shirt and basketball shorts at the time of the incident.

    Sciandra faces one count of battery. 

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    A car fire was reported Monday in a parking garage near the Broward County courthouse.

    The fire was reported about 1:15 p.m. on the fourth floor of the garage at 511 SW Fifth Ave. The parking garage is used by the Nu River office and apartment building. 

    Local 10 News reporter John Turchin was in the area as smoke could be seen coming from the garage.

    Multiple fire rescue units arrived quickly to extinguish the flames.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    It's unclear if anyone was injured. 

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    An elderly couple will be able to celebrate the holidays in their modest Miami Gardens homes after facing eviction after they took out a reverse mortgage.

    Willie Leland and his wife of more than 50 years, Rose, raised their family in the home.

    According to their attorney, Johnny Gaspard, the couple took out a reverse mortgage in 2008.

    "They want to keep their home. This is where they have been living, this is where they raised their family and this is all that they have," Gaspard told Judge Antonio Marin in court Monday. 

    A reverse mortgage is a type of loan that allows homeowners 62-years and older to borrow against the accrued equity in their homes. The loan must be paid back when the borrower dies, moves, or no longer lives in the home.

    "Homeowners are required to pay the taxes and insurance every year," Gaspard said, explaining the loan requirements. 

    Gaspard said the Lelands forgot to make that payment in 2013.

    After learning of the oversight Gaspard said he worked with Champion Mortgage to develop a repayment plan for the nearly $9,000 owed.

    He said the Lelands agreed to the plan, signed the agreement, and mailed it to Champion Mortgage along with the initial payment.

    But according to Gaspard, the lender claimed that agreement was lost in the mail this time last year.

    He said Champion Mortgage also "erroneously, force-placed insurance on the Lelands’ home for 2014."

    Local 10 News consumer investigative reporter Christina Vazquez uncovered thousands of complaints filed against the Texas-based lender.

    This comes as federal regulators issue a warning about the integrity of reverse mortgage advertising.

    Despite paying for insurance and taxes in 2014 and 2015, Gaspard said the company placed an eviction notice on the couple’s door last month.

    Marin told both parties that they have 45 days to try and work out the issue before another hearing will be held.

    "I want everybody actively working on this deal now," Marin said in court. T

    While the Lelands did not get the outcome they wanted, they are still hopeful that things will work out in the end.

    "Humans can work together," Willie Leland said. "There is no problem there. All you have to do is have a willing mind."

    The Lelands will be able to remain in their home until at the least the next hearing.

    Follow Christina Vazquez on Twitter @CallChristinaTV

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    A Stock Island man is facing multiple charges after he hid a bag of marijuana in the crack of his buttocks during a traffic stop, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

    According to Herrin, Phillip West, 24, was pulled over Saturday for speeding as he was heading south on the Boca Chica Bridge.

    Herrin said the SUV West was driving had no license plate and West did not have a driver's license. Herrin said West admitted to responding deputies that he was also on probation for robbery.

    A check of his name revealed that West is listed as a violent offender with special conditions.

    Herrin said West ran from the deputies after he was handcuffed but was quickly recaptured. He was later found to be in possession of marijuana, which was found in a plastic bag hidden in the crack of his buttocks, Herrin said.

    West faces charges of driving without a license, operating a motor vehicle with no registration, resisting arrest, introduction of contraband to a jail facility and violation of probation. 

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    After spending several days outside a local Walmart, a group of Cubans are sleeping indoors Monday thanks to a woman who heard about their situation and took them in.

    Cuddled on the concrete, their belongings in shopping carts, a group of Cuban migrants who recently made it to Miami were living and sleeping outside a Walmart in Doral.

    Lisandre has been outside the Walmart since Thanksgiving. His journey began with a flight from Cuba to Ecuador. Until days ago, Cubans didn't need a visa to travel there, but now that's changed.

    They're trying to find a shelter, but they've had no luck at churches and hotels were too expensive. So this 3-foot wide strip of sidewalk became home. But on Monday night, a total stranger who got word of their situation took all six of them in.

    Walmart hasn't responded yet to calls from Local 10, but they were all very gracious and thankful because they said the employees were very nice and allowed them to use the restrooms. When they finally left, their last goodbyes were to those employees.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Investigators are searching for the driver of an SUV who was captured on surveillance camera striking a pedestrian who was crossing a street earlier this month in West Palm Beach.

    The incident was reported Nov. 22 at the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway Avenue.

    The video shows Tomas Tzay-Morales, 32, walking in the crosswalk when he is struck by a white SUV. The SUV slows down and then drives away. Another SUV driving behind the vehicle also slowed down but failed to stop and help Tzay-Morales.

    Tzay-Morales was taken to a hospital by paramedics, where he continues to recover.

    Anyone with information about the driver involved in the crash and any witnesses are asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1869 or 800-458-TIPS.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Miami-Dade schools police are searching for 13-year-old Arahsette Rodriguez, a missing student from Jann Mann Opportunity School.

    Arahsette was last seen leaving the school's campus on Nov. 20 at around 2 p.m. wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and black shoes. She has silver braces on her teeth.

    View: Police tweet for missing teen

    Police said she has no diagnosed medical conditions and is not currently using any medication.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Schools Police Department at 305-995-COPS or 305-873-9275.

    Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10


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    Employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are not screened daily like neighboring Miami International Airport despite safety concerns at airports around the world.


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