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Wilson's lawyers discuss his time in hiding

<p> Days after he fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, Officer Darren Wilson was cutting grass when he was told his home address was circulating online.</p><p> Within three hours, he'd grabbed some bags and gone into hiding, according to his attorneys.</p><p> "He had to leave the grass, literally, half mowed," his lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, told CNN's Don Lemon late Wednesday. </p><p> Since then, he's stayed under the radar by moving from house to house, including briefly living with one of his lawyers, and spending time watching movies in dark theaters to avoid detection. </p><p> 'Not a question of if ... but when'</p><p> His lawyers revealed details about his time in hiding to CNN and The Washington Post newspaper Wednesday. </p><p> They told CNN that Wilson is in talks to leave the Ferguson Police Department and may give up being an officer altogether -- after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the death of Michael Brown.</p><p> "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," Bruntrager said about his leaving the Police Department. </p><p> Bruntrager confirmed what CNN originally reported last week. </p><p> His time in hiding</p><p> Wilson's shooting of the teen sparked days of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. </p><p> As a result, the officer's address was shared online, forcing him to flee his home, his attorneys said. </p><p> "There were death threats out against him," Bruntrager said. "There were bounties that had been placed upon his life."</p><p> His client, he said, resorted to various measures to hide his identity. </p><p> "He's had to learn to live in a way that makes him completely unnoticeable. As a consequence, there are several techniques that he utilizes that make that happen," Bruntrager said without elaborating. "It's an odd way to live your life. But for him, it's all about his family."</p><p> Except for his getting married last month, Bruntrager told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Wilson mostly stayed out of the public eye. </p><p> Wilson preferred going to the movies because it was dark, Bruntrager told the paper, jokingly saying that the officer "cross-dressed a lot." </p><p> Keeping him safe was the first priority, he said.</p><p> Future uncertain</p><p> Immediately after the shooting, Wilson maintained that he wanted to return to his job as a police officer, his lawyers said. </p><p> But his officer days may be behind him.</p><p> "Realistically, he can't go back to being a police officer," Bruntrager said. "He knows that. There's no illusion about any of this. But it's the way in which he leaves ... that's important to him on different levels."</p><p> "We want to make sure when he does, it's amicable," he told CNN.</p><p> "He's on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion."</p><p> Another attorney told The Post that Wilson's safety had a lot to do with his decision to leave. </p><p> "I think I expressed to him, 'Do you realize your first call (back on the job) will be to a blind alley where you're executed?' He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, 'Oh.' That is the reality," his attorney, James Towey, told the paper. </p><p> Wilson, 28, spent six years with the Ferguson Police Department before being placed on leave after the shooting on August 9. Before his stint in Ferguson, he worked for two years at another police department.</p><p> Last week, CNN reported that Wilson told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers. </p><p> Wilson had expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.</p><p> His many interviews</p><p> Wilson has said he killed the 18-year-old out of fear for his life during their encounter. He maintains he did nothing wrong and was forced to shoot Brown after the teen attacked him and tried to take his gun. </p><p> "I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I've described it is, it was like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," Wilson told ABC News on Tuesday. "That's just how big this man was. He was very large, very powerful man."</p><p> His lawyers said his story has remained the same throughout. </p><p> "I met Darren Wilson approximately one hour after the incident," his attorney, Greg Kleoppel, told CNN. "That statement has been consistent one hour after the shooting, the following interview with the St. Louis County detective and on August 10 when it was recorded at the St. Louis County Police Department." </p><p> Bruntrager said the officer went through a series of interviews. </p><p> "Before he testified before the grand jury, he was also interviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department. They came in and gave him an exceedingly rigorous interview, where they didn't leave any question unasked," he said. </p><p> Called a 'murderer'</p><p> Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., didn't mince words when he spoke about the officer. He described him as a "murderer" during an interview with CNN. </p><p> "He understood his actions. He understood exactly what he was doing. You know, he didn't have a second thought, a pushback thought, or nothing. He was intending to kill someone. That's how I look at it," the elder Brown said. "He was going to kill someone at that point."</p><p> Next steps</p><p> Wilson's legal fights may not be over. There's a federal investigation under way. </p><p> "So we have a civil rights charge potentially down the road," Kleoppel told CNN. "However, that's going to be very difficult to prove, because on a civil rights violation, you must prove that he intended to violate an individual's rights, and in this case, his life. Civil suit ... we'll have to wait and see."</p><p> But his legal issues are the least of Wilson's worries.</p><p> "He still has to deal with so many other issues because of all this," Bruntrager said.</p><p> 'Sorry for your loss'</p><p> Though he has not said much, Wilson sympathizes with Brown's family, his lawyers said. </p><p> "His remorse and his sadness about what happened is there, and it's real," Bruntrager told CNN. </p><p> "But in respect to the Browns, he's been very careful to sort of stand back. He knows that whatever he says, it's not going to be read as he means it. He thought it's better to say, 'I'm sorry for your loss.' It's simple, but it's direct. And if you knew him, you'd understand that's the kind of guy he is." </p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:35:38 GMT

Man steals from church while serving community service, deputies say

<p> A man from Big Pine Key is facing charges after stealing from a church where he was serving community service at, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports.</p><p> Brian Sheppared, 22, is charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and fraud.</p><p> According to deputies, the pastor of the Vineyard Community Church noticed several items missing from the church Monday, including computer equipment, an air compressor, Nintendo controllers and two recurve bows.</p><p> The pastor said his son found the items at a pawn shop nearby.</p><p> Investigators said pawn shop employees identified the man who sold them the items as Sheppard. Sheppard had been serving community service at the church while he was on probation from August to October.</p><p> Deputies said Sheppard admitted to stealing the items and pawning them at two separate pawn shops.</p><p> He was taken into custody Wednesday.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:05:01 GMT

Shoppers line up early Thanksgiving to snag best deals

<p> Shoppers in South Florida lined up dark and early to snag holiday deals on Thanksgiving morning, also known as Gray Thursday.</p><p> At the Kmart location in Hollywood's Oakwood Plaza, shoppers of all ages could be seen clutching coffee cups and keeping warm in sweaters and jackets an hour before the store opened.</p><p> Kmart stores across the country opened their doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open for 42 hours straight.</p><p> "I have a limited income and kids I got to shop for, so you got to do what you got to do to afford something," said Beth Nye, who waited outside the store before it opened Thursday.</p><p> Customers and store managers say the hottest products with the best deals this year are tablet computers.</p><p> "The one we've got on promotion is for 39.99," said store manager Alberto Rodriguez.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:50:45 GMT

South Fla. organizations help feed homeless, needy on Thanksgiving

<p> The Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers will be serving about 3,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and needy.</p><p> On Thursday. they're cooking up 200 turkeys and serving some famous side dishes, like mashed potatoes, string beans, and pies.</p><p> There's also a block party with live music and volunteers will be giving free haircuts for the men and free facials for the women.</p><p> More than 600 volunteers will be helping out at all three locations.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:50:56 GMT

Unclaimed Lotto ticket purchased in Miami expires Christmas Day

<p> An unclaimed Florida Lotto ticket worth $12 million will expire if it isn't claimed by Christmas Day.</p><p> The Florida Lottery announced Wednesday that the Jackpot drawn June 28 hasn't been claimed.</p><p> The winning ticket was a Quick Pick purchased at a 7-Eleven in Miami. Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.</p><p> The prize must be claimed by midnight on Christmas at the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:17:32 GMT

Machete-wielding robber, accomplice caught on camera

<p> A crime at a Hollywood gas station of two armed robbers was caught on camera. Investigators said they believe the robbery may be connected to other crimes in the city.</p><p> Surveillance video captured the great lengths two crooks went through to rob a gas station on Sheridan Street and Northwest 72nd Avenue of loose change.</p><p> The men -- identified by Hollywood police as 24-year-old Jeremy Daye Gordon Toylor (pictured) and 21-year-old Kevon Michael-Dean Mowatt -- can be seen in the video using a machete to break through the glass of a machine where coins build up and few fall down.</p><p> </p><p> "You just put quarters. There are a few $5, $10 bills," said Arun Simon, who works at the gas station. "It's just such a hassle. And you're not stealing much. We're such a small business, there is not a whole lot of money here."</p><p> In the video the clerk is seen trying to stop the pair. The clerk said he realized the weapon one of the men was wielding was a machete. Police said Mowatt used the machete to break open the machine.</p><p> The owners said the men are behind a string of robberies in the area and Tuesday night their sights were set on the now-busted machine at their store.</p><p> A short time later at 11:40 p.m. Toylor and Mowatt were involved in an altercation at an Exxon Mobil station, at 6390 Sheridan St. However, there wasn't a crime or victim at the gas station, police said.</p><p> "It's scary that they came in with a big machete. (But) everyone is fine and OK," Simon said.</p><p> Early Wednesday morning police caught up with two men at a home off Sherman Street and Northwest 64th Avenue.</p><p> Investigators said Toylor also went after another money machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.</p><p> A woman claimed Toylor cashed out her machine and ran away with the ticket.</p><p> "I looked out the window and saw police officers with their guns out," the woman said. "They got one guy and waited for the other to come out."</p><p> Toylor was charged with robbery with a weapon, resist an officer without violence, and probation violation (original charge – burglary). Toylor is being held in the Broward County Main Jail on no bond.</p><p> Police said Mowatt was charged with robbery with a weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.</p><p> On Thursday, Mowatt's bond was raised to $55,000.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:56:06 GMT

Miami-Dade Publix store evacuated due to pepper spray

<p> A Publix store in west Miami-Dade was evacuated because of pepper spray that was set off, authorities said.</p><p> The incident happened Wednesday at the Publix store at 87th Avenue and Flagler Street.</p><p> A customer had left behind the pepper spray. A worker picked up it up and somehow set it off. The store was evacuated and the mace was cleaned up.</p><p> Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said several people complained about feeling sick. One person was treated for difficulty breathing.</p><p> Hazmat crews were called to the store.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:03:07 GMT

Firearms trafficker gets life in prison for killing associate

<p> A federal agent spotted a student at a gun range buying several receivers for AR-15 rifles. He sensed something suspicious.</p><p> Timothy Trenschel, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confronted the student. And he learned that the kid was a small player in what was an international arms trafficking organization.</p><p> It would take authorities about a year to gather enough evidence against the men, who had sent the student to buy receivers that were going to end up in Cali, Colombia, and later in the hands of leftist FARC rebels.</p><p> The student told Trenschel that Erik Comesana had hired him to buy weapons for Andres Campo. It took authorities about a year to arrest Comesana. A jury indicted him on several firearms charges including dealing in arms without a license. </p><p> Campo and Comesana, 25, were friends and associates. Campo fled to New York and came back to continue his business. He was helping Comesana pay his legal fees. But when he sensed that Comesana had turned into a snitch, Campo killed him, prosecutors said.</p><p> He first asked Comesana to meet him at a warehouse, so that he could give him money, police said. Campos shot him twice in front of Carlos Rios, a man who worked with him. He used a machete to chop his legs. Rios helped Campos to wrap his body in plastic and used an extension cord to hold it.</p><p> The men then took the body to a desolated area, covered it in gas and set the corpse on fire. Fire rescue found the body, Items the two men left at the scene would help police track them down.</p><p> On July 3, 2012, agents searched a home and found their identification and firearms trafficking paraphernalia.  Just 23 days later, police would find the Campos and Rios hiding in a Miami motel.</p><p> Rios filed a guilty plea and was sentenced to life in prison. Campos plead not guilty.</p><p> A jury found him guilty of firearms trafficking, conspiracy, first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon as a fugitive and obstruction of justice in September.</p><p> U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga sentenced Campos to life in prison Nov. 26.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:46:18 GMT

Scene in Ferguson more peaceful after Brown's parents speak

<p> Protests break out overseas, but hours after hearing from Michael Brown's parents the scene in Ferguson looks much more peaceful.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:13:38 GMT

Janepsy Carballo found guilty in murder of late husband's business partner

<p> A South Florida woman accused of killing the man she believed killed her husband was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday.</p><p> Earlier in the day, the 12 men and woman who make up the jury in the Janepsy Carballo murder trial delivered a note to the judge saying they were 11-1 in favor of the first-degree murder charge and asked the judge, "Where do we go from here?"</p><p> The jurors were instructed to continue deliberating, and that's just what they did.</p><p> "There's no joy for anybody," prosecutor Abbe Rifkin said of the verdict. "We've got a man who's dead. We've got a woman whose life is basically over."</p><p> Carballo's attorney told Local 10 News he was hopeful that a mistrial would be declared.</p><p> "We were hoping that whoever the juror was who was holding out was going to stand strong and stick by his or her gumption and beliefs, but apparently that juror may have caved in," attorney Bruce Fleisher said.</p><p> Carballo was immediately sentenced to life in prison, handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.</p><p> The North Miami widow was accused of fatally shooting her husband's business partner.</p><p> Orlando Mesa was shot to death outside the couple's home in 2008. At the time, he was holding their 20-month old son, who was grazed by one of the bullets.</p><p> A month later, Carballo shot Ilan Nissim inside her house. Her attorneys claim he showed up unexpectedly and threatened Carballo, ripping her blouse and reaching for what she believed was a gun. It turned out there was no weapon.</p><p> The trial centered on whether Carballo shot and killed Nissim as an act of revenge or if she shot him in self-defense.</p><p> Carballo's defense team said they plan to appeal her conviction.</p><p> Follow John Turchin on Twitter @johnturchin</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:26:00 GMT

Local 10 viewers show off Thanksgiving Day treats

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:18:26 GMT

20 easy ways to burn 100 calories

<p> Need to work off that Thanksgiving dinner? Check out Self magazine's list of easy ways to burn 100 calories.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT