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Family warns public about cat killer on the loose in Palmetto Bay

<p> A family says their beloved cat was shot and killed with an arrow in their Palmetto Bay community.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:21:45 GMT

Man attempted to abduct teen girl walking to school, Miami-Dade police say

<p> A man attempted to abduct a 17-year-old girl on her way to school, Miami-Dade police said.</p><p> The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest 87th Street.</p><p> Investigators said the teen was walking to school when the man grabbed her and attempted to force her into his vehicle.</p><p> The teen was able to escape his grasp, and the man fled the scene in an unknown direction, according to police.</p><p> Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying the man, described by police as a 35- to 40-year-old black man who is about 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 180 pounds with a muscular build, and has low-cut hair, brown eyes and a beard. </p><p> Police said the man was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt with dark-colored jeans. The man's vehicle was described as an older model four-door dark vehicle with a spoiler on the trunk.</p><p> Miami-Dade police said residents must remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.</p><p> Anyone with information regarding the man in the provided sketch is asked to call Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:51:30 GMT

One of Local 10's Jeff Weinsier's favorite restaurants ordered shut

<p> A Dirty Dining report hits close to home for Local 10's Jeff Weinsier after one of his favorite restaurants was ordered shut.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:05:48 GMT

Women in Miami Beach hope to break record for most challah bread at one time

<p> What do you get when you get 4,600 women together with 10,000 eggs, 3,960 pounds of sugar, more than 25,000 ounces of vegetable oil, 250 pounds of salt, 12,320 pounds of flour, 80,256 ounces of water and 154 pounds of yeast?</p><p> A record-breaking challah bakeoff, and an unbreakable bond among the bakers.</p><p> Women and girls from South Florida gathered Thursday at the Miami Beach Convention Center for the challah bakeoff.</p><p> The bakeoff is part of the Shabbos Project, a worldwide movement for people to connect with each other and to celebrate Jewish culture.</p><p> Challah bread is an important part of weekly Shabbat (sabbath) tradition.</p><p> According to the Shabbos Project's website, "At the forefront of the project is the idea of Jewish unity. Our aim with the Shabbos Project is to create a grassroots movement of people with Shabbos at its core; a movement that unites Jews all over the world through one common achievable goal."</p><p> At the Convention Center, the women hope to break a Guinness world record for the most challah made at one time.</p><p> PHOTOS: Miami Beach Great Big Challah Bake</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:17:42 GMT

Teen injured in crash 2 years ago completes 5k race

<p> Two years ago Eric Quinn was crushed by a car that careened into the bus stop where he was waiting with a group of people. Doctors feared he wouldn't walk again.</p><p> Not only has he defied the odds, but this week Quinn completed a 5k race for breast cancer at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High.</p><p> "I kept running," he said. "Kept breathing, I just kept going."</p><p> </p><p> Quinn was one of seven people struck by a car while waiting at a bus bench outside a Miami Gardens CVS in October 2012. One of the victims died.</p><p> Several good Samaritans rushed to the scene to help. They are credited with helping save Quinn's life after they lifted the car off him. The driver was arrested.</p><p> In the last year since his release from the hospital, Quinn has become an athletic trainer for the junior varsity football team at Krop. He credits his family, teachers and family for his strength.</p><p> "And the whole Michael Krop family, because they really are my family, and I really love them and they really encourage me," he said. "I thank God I'm alive."</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:16:37 GMT

Man videotapes mother, 2 children nude in bathroom, deputies say

<p> A South Florida man is facing video voyeurism charges after allegedly secretly videotaping a woman and her two young children while they were nude inside their bathroom.</p><p> According to the arrest report, Isaias Ramos, 32, has been renting a room in a North Lauderdale home from the 25-year-old victim since January.</p><p> The woman told deputies that Ramos' ex-girlfriend, who used to live in the home, gave her Ramos' email address and password and told her that he had secretly recorded the mother and her children in the bathroom.</p><p> Deputies accessed Ramos' account and said they found multiple nude videos and images of the victim and her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. Deputies said the recordings were taken through an opening at the bottom of the bathroom door, and showed the mother and her children using the toilet, entering the shower and changing their clothes.</p><p> Ramos is being held in jail on no bond.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:23 GMT

Student arrested in South Plantation High School bomb threat

<p> A student has been arrested after he created a fake Twitter account and threatened to bomb South Plantation High School, police said.</p><p> According to the arrest report, Andrew Leacock, 18, tweeted several threatening messages on Wednesday, including, "They call me a school shooter anyway so I might as well live up to that name (South Plantation)," "BTW none of you are safe," "Bye and (expletive) you all," "Soon the laughter will cease," "I pick who lives I pick who doesn't," "Next time you see me these pipe bombs will be blowing," and "Time is ticking."</p><p> Leacock allegedly indicated in the tweets that he would bomb the school at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.</p><p> </p><p> Police said Leacock admitted to creating the Twitter account and posting the messages. He said he used the name of a classmate in his third-period chemistry class, who he said fits the stereotype of a "school bomber."</p><p> As a precaution, Plantation police and school authorities swept the building before  classes began Thursday. Nothing suspicious was found in the school.</p><p> Leacock is charged with one count of making a false report of planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:29:09 GMT

Coral Gables residents upset at neighbor who wants to cut back live oak tree

<p> Some homeowners in Coral Gables are trying to stop one neighbor from cutting back a live oak tree that has been in the community for decades.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:58:00 GMT

Structures pop up during I-95 Express lane expansion construction

<p> The I-95 Express lane expansion northbound on the interstate is in full swing and there are some curious structures that have popped up in the process.</p><p> As you rumble along I-95 from Miami-Dade to Broward -- keeping your eyes on the road of course -- you can't miss the I-95 Express lane extension project construction.</p><p> But how about the handful of light beige, nondescript dwelling-like structures sprouting just off the break-down lane, such as one of the structures under construction off I-95 north, just south of the Ives Dairy Road exit?</p><p> "This is what we call the toll-hub building," said project spokeswoman Tish Burgher. "All the electronic equipment, the electricity, generators and everything that runs the gantries is housed here."</p><p> There are devices that will be attached to a toll gantry will capture your Sunpass with the information traveling along wires into the building.</p><p> Intelligent Transportation System is a fancy way of describing the components that make the digital displays you travel under work. Local 10 spotted another hub near Sheridan Street off I-95 south headed toward Miami.</p><p> Through spring of next year, crews will be extending existing Express lanes north from the Golden Glades interchange in Miami-Dade to Broward Boulevard in Broward County.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:34 GMT

North Miami Beach police seek missing 14-year-old boy

<p> A 14-year-old boy who was last seen late Wednesday night is currently being sought by the North Miami Beach Police Department.</p><p> Menachem Williams was last seen at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday from the 1300 block of NE 181st Street, police said.</p><p> Menachem, who is also known as Jerrod or Rod, is known to hang out in the northeast section of Miami-Dade County, according to police.</p><p> Police described Menachem as a black boy who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 215 pounds and has medium-length dreads.</p><p> Anyone who knows Menachem's whereabouts or has seen him is asked to call the North Miami Beach Police Department at 305-949-5500.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:12:57 GMT

After breast cancer kills mom, brave survivor battles disease twice

<p> Two weeks after her Cuban mom died of breast cancer, Gloria Suardiaz Alvarez was diagnosed with the unrelenting disease. </p><p> She learned her first lesson about breast cancer, the disease is not only for the elderly, or for those choosing unhealthy lifestyles. She was 42. As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, she had been a regular at the gym for years.</p><p> "I was obsessed with exercise and healthy eating at the time, six-pack tummy and all," Suardiaz Alvarez, 57, said.  </p><p> The Miami Killian Senior High and Florida International University computer science grad was the busy mother of two teenagers, Kyle and Kelly. She was married to Ralph Alvarez, a busy Cuban-American businessman from the University of Miami, and the former president of McDonald's Corporation.</p><p> "My bleakest moment ever was having to tell my children that their mom had the same illness their beloved grandmother had just died from," she said.</p><p> The cancer was caught early and was highly treatable. It was ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive cancer that keeps the cells inside the breast milk ducts. As she was mourning the loss of her mother, she underwent two lumpectomies and several weeks of radiation therapy meant to kill cancer cells.</p><p> During treatment, she continued to have a non strenuous exercise regimen.</p><p> COMPLETE COVERAGE | Meet Miami's cancer dancer</p><p> In 2005, she became a board of directors member of the Y-Me, an organization that ran a 24-hour hotline meant to connect survivors with patients nationwide. Two breast cancer patients founded the organization in 1978.</p><p> "Then in the Fall of 2007, I was diagnosed again," she said. "It was the same breast but a different kind of cancer. It was a shocker to my doctors."</p><p> The disturbingly harsh news: It was invasive ductal carcinoma. This meant the cancer cells had spread out of the milk ducts and into the breast tissue. It was in a different area of the breast from where the first cancer was.</p><p> This cancer was also highly treatable, and even curable. It was a stage 1, which means the cancerous cells were confined to a small area. They fed on estrogen and progesterone hormones, and they were a grade 2 out of 3, which means they were dividing faster than normal.</p><p> Suardiaz Alvarez opted for a bilateral mastectomy, surgery to remove both breast. For five years, she was also prescribed a pill of Arimidex a day. The drug is meant to stop the production of estrogen and reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence.</p><p> The effects of radiation therapy she had back in 2000 complicated her reconstruction surgery. It was a painful process that included using her own tissue and skin substitutes.</p><p> The technique using her own tissue is called Thoracodorsal  Artery Perforator flap. Her surgeon used skin and fat from her upper back and moved it to her chest. The skin substitute included the option of using pig or cadaver skin that was treated for support.</p><p> COMPLETE COVERAGE | With pink boxing gloves, couple fights together </p><p> Radiation therapy "has been the culprit of most of my challenges and the numerous reconstruction surgeries that I have had to endure," she said. "Still today I have swelling and side effects and a compromised reconstruction on the right side."</p><p> There were other difficulties. In 2012, Suardiaz Alvarez was the vice chair of Y-Me. She had to sign a letter announcing that the organization could no longer go on. This was a very sad and frustrating time for her.</p><p> She continues to be an advocate and always has suggestions for breast cancer patients and their families.</p><p> "Do not panic when you hear the scary diagnosis. Take time to understand your options. Try not to scour the internet too much, but only one or two top internet sites or it will drive you insane.</p><p> "Be patient with all the ridiculous advice people give you; they mean well but really don’t understand. Get more than one opinion and select the doctor that feels right to you."</p><p> Suardiaz Alvarez believes that early detection was key to her survival, so her most important suggestion to all women is to get a mammogram.</p><p> "Get your checkups ladies, because early detection is a life saver."</p><p> </p><p> </p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:46:21 GMT

On this day: October 24

<p> The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT