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1 dead after car slams into tree, catches fire in Coral Springs

<p> A driver was killed when a car crashed into a tree and caught fire Tuesday night.</p><p> The crash occurred in the 3000 block of Coral Springs Drive, just south of Sample Road, shortly after 10 p.m.</p><p> Lt. Brad McKeone said witnesses told police they observed the four-door Cadillac speeding when it struck the tree.</p><p> Cellphone video captured the aftermath as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.</p><p> McKeone said the driver, identified as Javon Marquis, was the only person in the car. He died at the scene.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:14:20 GMT

David Lopez attempted to lure girls into prostitution, police say

<p> A convicted felon was taken back into custody Tuesday, accused of attempting to lure two high school girls into a life of prostitution.</p><p> David Lopez, 46, surrendered peacefully when officers swarmed his 15th-floor apartment at 2100 San Souci Blvd. in North Miami.</p><p> FBI agents and a police SWAT team surrounded the building with concerns Lopez may have been armed with several firearms.</p><p> The bust is a major victory for Miami-Dade County state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, whose office now has a full-time human trafficking unit devoted to fight this type of crime.</p><p> "The brutality that's involved, the trauma that's involved -- physical, emotional, sexually -- it's all just so unfathomable," she told Local 10 News.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:45:45 GMT

Miami Beach narrows search for new police chief

<p> The search for Miami Beach’s new police chief has been narrowed down to one.</p><p> Aurora, Colo., Police Chief Dan Oates is the sole candidate for the job, according to the ABC affiliate in Denver.</p><p> Retiring police chief Ray Martinez announced his resignation in early March. He planned to serve until early this month.</p><p> Martinez had served on the Miami Beach Police Department for more than 12 years.  </p><p> Last week, organizers of the Ultra Music Festival announced Martinez had been hired to oversee security at future events, following scrutiny by the city of Miami. A guard was trampled by gate-crashers during the March festival and hospitalized for several weeks. </p><p> Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales confirmed his intention to appoint Oats on Tuesday night, the Miami Herald reports. Mayor Philip Levine and the police commission will have to approve the appointment.</p><p> Oates became Aurora's police chief in 2005 and was the head of the department when a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 others inside a movie theater. The incident was the most deadly shooting in the city's history.</p><p> The city's population is more than three times the size of Miami Beach’s.</p><p> Oates will step down from his current post by June.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:45:32 GMT

Going viral: Mr. Awesome has a message for you

<p> A self-portrait that a boy drew before his tragic death last week was on display at the AmericanAirlines arena Tuesday. It was one of the many nationwide tributes to honor the memory of Mr. Awesome, who was all about adventure, laughter and kindness.</p><p> Carla Kaufman and Chris Sloan lost their son Calder Jacob Sloan 7 days after his 7th birthday.</p><p> The Lehrman Community Day School first-grader was swimming in his family's pool when high voltage coming from a pool light launched him up. He died of electrocution April 13.</p><p> After a family friend began a social media campaign for the boy nicknamed Mr. Awesome, a politician, journalists, celebrities and a Miami Heat player spread the message.</p><p> Calder's services were at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach Friday.  In the family's legacy profile, his mom remembered a soccer game when she asked him to be aggressive with an opponent.</p><p> "When you see him coming just stop the ball, and he will roll right over it," she said.</p><p> She remembers his look of "slight disbelief." Calder was not doing that.</p><p> "Mom, if I do that he could get hurt," he said. "I don't like that idea."</p><p> His mom said she took her seat "on the shame bench." Her son had taught her a lesson she will never forget.</p><p> Calder's family and friends are determined to turn the tragedy into a positive legacy. They want other home owners to remain extra cautious of safety in their pools. They also set up a foundation in their son's name.</p><p> Going viral Mr Awesome has a message for you</p><p> A family friend asked his Facebook community to take Calder's self-portrait on adventures, and now the One and Only Local 10 News is asking you to join in.</p><p> HERE IS A LINK: High-resolution image of the poster. Share it on social media and tag your picture with Local 10 News on Twitter and Facebook, so that we can add you to the inspiring photo gallery below. E-mail your photos to Share@Local10.com </p><p> MR AWESOME GALLERY</p><p> MORE MR. AWESOME SELFIES </p><p> - The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh </p><p> - U.S. Senator Bill Nelson </p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:50:02 GMT

Miami Beach seeks public input on soccer stadium proposal

<p> Miami Beach residents can weigh in on the soccer stadium proposal at PortMiami.</p><p> Commissioners will hold a public input town hall meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the possible impact of the $250 million stadium to the city.</p><p> Those in opposition and in support of a proposal to build a new stadium will be able to speak.</p><p> Soccer legend David Beckham is bringing a Major League Soccer team to the Miami area.</p><p> Four sites are under consideration, but Beckham wants to build the stadium at the PortMiami site.</p><p> The stadium would be built with private money, but there are concerns about the impact on the MacArthur Causeway and Miami Beach traffic.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:33:30 GMT

Gov. Rick Scott backs beer growler legislation

<p> Gov. Rick Scott supports the legalization of the refillable half-gallon beer containers known as growlers among craft beer lovers.</p><p> But Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Tuesday whether he signs a bill to allow 64-ounce growler sales at Florida craft breweries is still to be determined.</p><p> Breweries can now sell unlimited gallon and quart growlers, but Florida's odd container laws prohibit the half-gallon size that's the industry standard in 47 states.</p><p> Legalizing the half-gallon size is the top priority this legislative session for the booming craft beer industry.</p><p> But a Senate bill ties the growler size to more regulation that would hurt the craft beer industry and slow its growth.</p><p> A House bill would allow 64-ounce growlers with no strings attached.</p><p> Scott has repeatedly said he opposes regulations that cost jobs.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:12:24 GMT

Michel Escoto found guilty of killing wife days after marriage

<p> A man accused of killing his wife three days after they were married has been found guilty.</p><p> It took jurors about 2 1/2 hours Tuesday to convict Michel Escoto of first-degree murder after sitting through the month-long trial.</p><p> Escoto was accused of killing his wife, Wendy Trapaga, in 2002 to collect her $1 million life insurance policy.</p><p> Now he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.</p><p> Escoto had been serving as his own attorney throughout the trial until Monday, when he had his stand-by attorney, Terry Lenamon, give the closing arguments.</p><p> It was the latest antic by Escoto after about a month of testimony often punctuated by dramatic disruptions.</p><p> Escoto's ex-girlfriend, Yolanda Cerrillo, testified that she helped him plot his new bride's death. Throughout his cross examination, assistant state attorney Gail Levine raised an objection and called him "obnoxious" as he attempted to defend himself.</p><p> Then there was the moment when Escoto threatened a witness who surmised that he killed his wife to collect her life insurance money. The judge held him in contempt of court.</p><p> His actions prompted Levine to call him "a time bomb waiting to explode." She then asked that the configuration of the room be changed so she wasn't pinned against the wall in case he lashed out again.</p><p> Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez warned against any outbursts before the verdict was read.</p><p> Lenamon said he wasn't surprised by the verdict.</p><p> "The jury, I believe, just did not like him because he was painted out as an unlikeable person," Lenamon said.</p><p> Lenamon said Escoto had "some significant deficits that he should have been dealing with before he became his own lawyer."</p><p> Levine said she was "very, very pleased."</p><p> "We're happy for Wendy today," she said.</p><p> Escoto was fingerprinted and led out of the courtroom in handcuffs as he awaits his May 7 sentencing date.</p><p> Lenamon said he will file an appeal.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:59:00 GMT

Rothstein's former financial agent pleads not guilty

<p> Scott Rothstein's CFO was in court Tuesday to face charges for her involvement in the billion-dollar fraud scheme.</p>

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:38:31 GMT

Career fair to be held Wednesday in Miami Lakes

<p> A career fair will be held in Miami Lakes Wednesday, offering more than 2,000 jobs with 35 companies.</p><p> The event will be held at Don Shula's Hotel, 6842 Main St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.</p><p> Many big-name companies will be there, including Coca-Cola, Performance Food Service Miami, Aldi, Amerijet, Walmart and Carnival Cruises.</p><p> To preregister for the event, (which is required) click here.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:09:43 GMT

$10,000 reward offered for return of stolen dump truck

<p> A South Florida business owner is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of a stolen dump truck.</p><p> Omar Amritt learned the 15-ton, five-axle vehicle was missing on the morning of April 11 from a construction site in the 12000 block of Northwest 39th Street in Coral Springs.</p><p> The truck is valued at about $27,000, but Amritt is offering the reward out of his own pocket.</p><p> "They'll get the money -- $10,000 -- no questions asked," Amritt said.</p><p> The theft is the fourth such incident on the property that Amritt and his cousin use to store construction vehicles and heavy-duty equipment.</p><p> Coral Springs police are examining surveillance video from nearby businesses, but so far no clues have been captured.</p><p> Residents with information on the missing truck are being urged to contact Coral Springs police.</p>

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:43:41 GMT

WPLG general manager inducted into Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame

<p> Miami Dade College recently inducted several of their alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame.</p><p> The awards ceremony was held Tuesday night at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami.</p><p> Among those inducted was Bert Medina, WPLG's vice president and general manager. He represented the Journalism-Broadcast category.</p><p> "I am completely humbled by this award, and on top of that I have the privilege to be able to work at the one and only Local 10," Medina said. "You can't have a greater night than this."</p><p> Medina grew up in South Florida and graduated from Miami Dade College in 1982.</p><p> This year's inductees represent a variety of industries including business, health care, visual arts, journalism, sports, law and public service. Other Hall of Famers include music industry mogul Emilio Estefan, former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore, Carnival Chairman and CEO Micky Arison and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.</p><p> The college's annual Hall of Fame gala benefits the alumni scholarship fund, a prime source of scholarship funding and support for students.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:01:32 GMT

Boat captain, tourist reel in bull shark

<p> A boat captain and an 18-year-old tourist from Australia reel in a bull shark off the coast of Biscayne Bay.</p>

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:34:42 GMT