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Mexico orders release of US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

<p> A Mexico court has ordered the release of U.S. Marine from Weston who has been held in a Mexican prison since March on a weapons charge, a Mexican federal government press release said Friday. </p><p> Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson assisted in Friday's release of U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Paul Tahmooressi. The Richardson Center said Richardson was in the San Diego/Tijuana area this week advocating for Tahmooressi's release and will escort Andrew and his mother back home Friday.</p><p> "I feel that the Baja California corrections officers and the Mexican government have been very helpful," said Richardson. "I respect Mexico's judicial process, and I am pleased that Andrew was released today and will return home to his family.”</p><p> Tahmooressi was arrested March 31 at a Tijuana, Mexico, checkpoint after Mexican customs agents found three firearms in his truck, including a .45-caliber pistol, a pump shotgun and an AR-15 rifle.</p><p> Mexico's strict federal gun laws prohibit anyone illegally bringing weapons into the country.</p><p> Since his arrest, Tahmooressi has maintained that he took a wrong turn on the California side of the border into Tijuana.</p><p> "He does have (post-traumatic stress disorder), because I can see his affect that is very guarded and flat," Andrew's mother, Jill Tahmooressi, told Local 10 News in August. "I know he feels like he is always under a microscope and is being examined."</p><p> "Every minute Andrew spent in that Mexican prison was a minute of denied care for his PTSD," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. "The most important thing for Andrew now is to get him the proper attention he needs immediately so he can begin to heal."</p><p> "It is my hope that Andrew can transition back to life in the U.S. after this ordeal as soon as possible, including securing the treatment he needs for his post-traumatic stress disorder and being honored for his service to our nation," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of our men and women in uniform."</p><p> Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story.</p>

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:33:53 GMT

Authorities search for man who escaped from Dade Correctional Institution

<p> Authorities are currently searching for a 39-year-old man who escaped from a South Florida prison, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.</p><p> Ronald McCoy was determined to be unaccounted for after a routine inmate count Friday afternoon at Dade Correctional Institution, authorities said.</p><p> "Public safety is the department's first priority, and the department is working closely with local law enforcement and (the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) to extend every resource to apprehend this inmate," the department said.</p><p> Brown is described as a black man who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm and right chest area.</p><p> Anyone who has seen McCoy or may know his whereabouts is asked to call 911.</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:42:56 GMT

Burglars caught on camera inside Cooper City home

<p> A pair of robbers thought they were being sneaky as they crept through the sliding glass door of a Cooper City home into the living room, but little did they know they were being filmed on the family's indoor home surveillance system.</p><p> The burglary happened Oct. 24 at a house on Lakeview Court off South Flamingo Road.</p><p> The men are seen walking around the living room, and then going upstairs, where deputies say they ransacked two bedrooms.</p><p> The thieves left through the front door with a gold rope chain, a gold baseball charm, a gold cross charm, a backpack, an iPhone charger and an air gun.</p><p> Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:36:44 GMT

Arrest made after 4 teens overdose on synthetic marijuana at Miami park

<p> A 20-year-old man is facing charges after several teenagers overdosed at a Miami park Thursday morning.</p><p> According to the arrest report, at least three of the victims claimed Jordy Garcia arrived at Sewell Park and supplied the teenagers, whose ages range between 14 and 16 years old, with a synthetic marijuana called Ambrosia.</p><p> They said Garcia was with another underage girl and boy.</p><p> Police said they were called to the park after reports of juveniles consuming drugs and screaming uncontrollably.</p><p> When paramedics arrived, they found two of the teens convulsing and hallucinating. They said the kids were running around the park, ducking in and out of trees and bushes.  A 14-year-old girl who was with the group was unconscious and a fourth teen, who is also 14 years old, was seen trying to help his three friends.</p><p> Police said they later identified a fifth boy who told police he did not smoke the synthetic marijuana because he was scared, and left the scene before authorities arrived.</p><p> The four teens who ingested the drug were all taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.</p><p> The girl, who remained unconscious for much of the day, later told police that she had skipped school with her friends and decided to smoke the drug. She said she must have had a "bad reaction" to the Ambrosia and did not remember being taken to the hospital or why she was there.  </p><p> Garcia is charged with child abuse involving great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released from jail on $8,500 bond.</p><p> Sewell park</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:02:35 GMT

Parents of wrong-way crash victims sue driver's ex-employer

<p> The parents of two women killed in a wrong-way crash on the Sawgrass Expressway are suing the surviving driver's former employer.</p><p> Christine Ferrante, whose daughter was killed in the November 2013 crash, told Local 10 News the lawsuit was filed Wednesday.</p><p> Kayla Mendoza has pleaded not guilty to the crash that killed Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante, both 21.</p><p> The lawsuit claims a T-Mobile store in Tamarac hosted a work-related party at Tijuana Taxi Co., where Mendoza was served alcoholic beverages before the crash.</p><p> "The mobile store operators themselves have testified that they were there that she was there with them wearing their uniforms," said attorney Jamie Finizio.</p><p> After receiving drinks underage Mendoza drove off alone. Mendoza is also being sued.</p><p> "They knew she was underage and they allowed her to drink to the point of oblivion," said Finizio.</p><p> "We want Kayla to be able to take accountability for what she did and her other party involved needs be held accountable," said Kaitlyn Ferrante's sister, Ashley Ferrante.</p><p> "You can't put monetary value on what happened on this day, but we can hold every accountable for it and seek justice," said Marisa Catronio's father, Gary Catronio.</p><p> Attorneys said the monetary value will be decided during the lawsuit.</p><p> The Florida Highway Patrol said a toxicology report shows Mendoza had a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent, and traces of marijuana in her system when her car slammed into another car.</p><p> Mendoza, 21, wrote "2 drunk 2 care" on Twitter just hours before the crash.</p><p> Court documents filed in a civil lawsuit against Mendoza show she spent about $65 on alcohol before the crash, even though she was underage at the time.</p><p> The family members are also suing the restaurant and bar and Mendoza's ex-boyfriend, who lent her the car.</p><p> The two families of the victims will hold a road safety gathering in a safe area at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Commercial Boulevard and Sawgrass, so that the public can see the new wrong-way signs have been recently put in place there.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:07:13 GMT

City of Fort Lauderdale passes law outlawing many from feeding homeless

<p> The city of Fort Lauderdale last week passed an ordinance that effectively outlaws several humanitarian groups from feeding the homeless in public with a penalty of up to 60 days in jail. The law kicked in Friday, setting up a potential showdown between those groups and police.</p><p> Micah Harris is co-founder of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Project, which feeds the homeless of Fort Lauderdale.</p><p> "When you go out there almost every day you have 72 meals and you keep these down to a dollar," said Local 10's Bob Norman.</p><p> "A dollar a meal -- a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, water, pretzels and a banana," said Harris.</p><p> Along with Harris' wife, donations, volunteers and son, Jackson, the project has not only fed countless homeless but he said also helped get 36 people off the street.</p><p> "Literally, they are literally starving on the streets," said Harris.</p><p> But the city of Fort Lauderdale recently placed restrictions on feeding the homeless in public that is effectively outlawing Harris from feeding the hungry, and that law kicked in Friday.</p><p> "If you want to arrest me for feeding a hungry person then arrest me for feeding a hungry person," said Harris.</p><p> Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said that is exactly what his city will do.</p><p> "Just because of media attention we don't stop enforcing the law," said Seiler. "We enforce the laws here in Fort Lauderdale."</p><p> "So it's fair to say if they break the law this weekend they will be arrested?" asked Norman.</p><p> "If they break the law and it's observed by one of our law enforcement officers they are subject to arrest," Seiler said.</p><p> "I'm sorry that he's going to tell his police force to do that," Harris said.</p><p> "Are you going to stop doing what you're doing?" asked Norman.</p><p> "Nope," said Harris. "For lack of a better term it's atrocious, it's disgusting."</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:09:50 GMT

Bicyclist struck, killed by waste removal truck in Miami Beach

<p> A bicyclist was struck and killed by a garbage removal truck Friday in Miami Beach.</p><p> The accident occurred near the entrance to South Pointe Park.</p><p> Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg said the man was riding his bike when he was apparently struck by a Pronto Waste Service truck.</p><p> That man was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> Sky 10 was above the scene as a yellow tarp covered the body, which was near the DecoBike racks. It appears the victim was riding on his own beach cruiser at the time.</p><p> The driver of the truck remained at the scene. Milberg said witnesses saw him get out of the truck screaming.</p><p> "So sad, nothing we can do to help," said Michael Ruffin, who witnessed the fatal crash while working at a condo building across the roadway entrance to South Pointe Park. "You could see he passed away under the trunk."</p><p> Witnesses told Local 10 News that the victim appeared to be in his 40s and was wearing a wedding band.</p><p> Police have not released the victim's identity and are continuing to investigate the death.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:29:17 GMT

6 Cuban migrants arrive ashore Lantana Beach

<p> Six Cuban migrants are the latest of dozens more that made the journey across the Florida Straits this week.</p><p> The group's small makeshift boat washed ashore just south of Lantana Beach in Palm Beach County Friday morning.</p><p> On Monday, nine Cubans were rescued from the waters of Biscayne Bay. Two others made it to land and another two remain lost at sea.</p><p> The next day, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued another 33 Cuban migrants off the coast of Boca Raton.</p><p> A wooden boat was seen abandoned in the water. Another boat was upside down in the water.</p><p> The Coast Guard spotted the group while searching for the two missing migrants from Monday. That search has since been suspended after the Coast Guard searched about 3,100 miles for the men.</p><p> Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma called the boat "grossly overloaded."</p><p> Many of the migrants jumped out of the boat while waiting to be rescued.</p><p> Somma said he believes all the migrants have been accounted for in that case.</p><p> "The aircraft that fly have pretty good sensors on board so they can detect very small things," said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard’s 7th District. "They can detect coconuts floating on the water."</p><p> Conditions in Cuba are still difficult, and with no recent major storms in the Florida Straights, more and more Cubans are risking their lives to get here.</p><p> "We see a lot of repeat customers. Up to seven to nine times we will see them come back," said Fedor.</p><p> Once on board the cutters, migrants are given a dry jumpsuit, a medical evaluation and then fed twice a day. Often they sleep on mats on the stern for up to three to five days before being repatriated.</p><p> For Cuban-American Coast Guard personnel, it can be difficult.</p><p> "I think it is a mission that is very personal to them," said Fedor. "Especially if they are second generation. They might have relatives in Cuba."</p><p> "Once they are part of the Coast Guard they see the value that we provide in saving lives at sea," he added.</p><p> The migrants' vessels are destroyed because they are a hazard to navigation, and with the number of migrants increasing each year officials often have to coordinate their efforts.</p><p> "If we get too many people, too many migrants on a cutter, we will bring another one in," said Fedor.</p><p> Coast guard officials said they don't see any reason as to why these numbers should decline. In fact, they expect to see a spike over the holidays. The prevailing theory is that Cubans think that there will be fewer patrols over the holidays, but the Coast Guard said that is not true.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:52:28 GMT

Southwest Ranches school ditches the books

<p> In the sleek new library at Archbishop McCarthy a few relics remain. We're talking about the books of course. What was once a traditional library with big bookshelves, is now almost totally book free.</p><p> In fact, you won't find text books at this Southwest Ranches high school. They're all digital all over campus, the iPad idea implemented by Maverick principal Richard Jean. The pens and pencils and paper not totally extinct as students still use them for some tests, but everything else, like a massive digital classroom is all synced via iPads and Apple TV.</p><p> Teachers love the system.</p><p> "The work we're getting is amazing," says math teacher and tech mentor Melissa Chriswisser. "Students are no longer limited to what they get in the classroom, or what database they can access. It ups their game."</p><p> The graphics and the audio from teachers' lectures are all recorded and uploaded to a network. Students can tap into that network anytime.</p><p> "We have all types of different apps that we can go back to see what teachers are saying," describes junior Lauren Garcia. "It's like going to class again."</p><p> That means no more lost notes or lost homework. Assignments must be submitted digitally by a certain time every morning. Tuition includes iPad insurance against loss, theft or damage. And the school's hallways are free of back breaking backpacks.</p><p> "It's a lot easier to carry things around. Helps me learn coming up in new generation with lots of technology in our lives," says junior Justin Nicholson.</p><p> English teacher Irene Rodriguez agrees.</p><p> "This one device gives them more than I ever could have," says Rodriguez. "A lesson in Shakespeare used to be seven pages. (Now) A lesson in Shakespeare is Google earth, going down into the Globe Theatre to see what it looks like today."</p><p> The iPads are filtered to restrict inappropriate content. The teachers at Archbishop McCarthy say they've been across the country, even to Egypt, training other schools how to set up a similar system.</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:14:22 GMT

Ex-FAMU band member convicted in hazing death

<p> A jury has convicted a former Florida A&M University band member of manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major who prosecutors say was brutally beaten during a hazing ritual aboard a bus.</p><p> The jury convicted 27-year-old Dante Martin Friday of Robert Champion's death after deliberating for a short time. The charge carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.</p><p> The 26-year-old Champion died almost three years ago in Orlando.</p><p> Prosecutors said Martin was the ringleader of the hazing. A medical examiner said Champion died of internal bleeding caused by severe bruising.</p><p> Some others involved in the hazing have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Three other former band members await trial.</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:25:54 GMT

Ingredients to make crystal meth found inside car in Hollywood

<p> Two people are in custody after ingredients used to make crystal meth were found inside a car they were riding in Friday morning.</p><p> The couple has been identified as Colleen Kirk, 44, and Mitchell Haine, 32.</p><p> Collen</p><p> Police said they pulled the driver over at Cleveland Street and Dixie Highway, and found the materials inside the car's trunk.</p><p> Moments later, the DEA, fire rescue officials and a Hazmat team arrived at a home in connection with the people inside the car at Garfield Street and 24th Avenue, expecting to find a meth lab operating out of the apartment.</p><p> Authorities blocked off several square blocks in the area, and evacuated anyone who lives or works nearby.</p><p> "They rattled us out of bed and told us, 'You need to get out in ten minutes. There are dangerous materials around here and a possible explosion could happen,'" said a man who lives in the neighborhood.</p><p> Police said pseudoephedrine, liquid heat, batteries and fuel were just a few of the questionable materials found inside the car. After further investigation, authorities said no one appeared to be operating a meth lab outside the home.</p><p> Still, police are questioning Kirk and Haine and charges are pending.</p><p> Kirk was previously arrested in 2003 in Broward County on possession of cocaine charges. Haine has no arrest history in South Florida.</p><p> Slideshow</p><p> Follow John Turchin on Twitter @johnturchin</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:18:09 GMT

South Fla. elections officials say they're ready for new check-in system

<p> With the new system, voters hand the election worker their driver's license and the system instantly identifies you, the precinct you vote in and the kind of ballot you need.</p>

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:26:15 GMT