2 people from capsized boat rescued out of Biscayne Bay
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Two people from a capsized boat were rescued early Thursday morning from Biscayne Bay and brought to No Name Harbor. They were floating in the water for quite some time, though it’s not confirmed how long. Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue received a call at about 4:30 a.m. of a hazardous situation involving two people in the water. Coast Guard officials say the two people were rescued from a 17-foot boat that capsized after a good Samaritan found them floating. One was seen by Local 10 News cameras being brought in on a stretcher.
FHP: Man in custody after assaulting police officer, fleeing from authorities
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – A 25-year-old man from Minnesota was arrested Tuesday in South Florida after he was accused of being involved in an aggravated assault on a Key Biscayne police officer and fleeing from authorities. According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes, Musab Mohamed Salih Alhussein assaulted the officer on Monday and then fled the scene. Key Biscayne police were able to obtain the license plate number on the Nissan Pathfinder that Alhussein was driving, which came back to a rental company. Alhussein was eventually taken into custody after troopers conducted a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 near the 46 mile post. AdAlhussein was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and fleeing and eluding.
Miami Seaquarium releases sea turtles into the ocean after completing rehab
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – The Miami Seaquarium has released two sea turtles back into the ocean after being rescued over a year ago. According to the Miami Seaquarium, the two male sea turtles, Yule and Buoyance, were rescued off the coast of South Florida after suffering nearly fatal injuries over a year ago. The larger sea turtle, Yule, was rescued from Black Point Marina in Dec. 2019 when he was discovered in dire shape. “He came with hooks, fishing hooks lol over his body,” says Julie Heyde, who is part of the Miami Seaquarium team who took care of the two sea turtles. “Floating on his back end just bobbing around from impaction.”According to Heyde, they’ve already rescued at least 12 sea turtles this year alone.
Pythons, iguanas: Florida restricts some exotic reptiles
Florida is moving to restrict 16 invasive reptile species that have wreaked havoc in the Everglades and across the state. “Breeding invasive species in Florida is like playing with matches in a tinder box,” said Julie Wraithmell, vice president and executive director of Audubon Florida. “I'm very sensitive to the people in the pet trade and enthusiasts,” said Robert Spottswood, a member of the Florida commission. “But this action is a result of the invasive species that continue to get in the wild. Some kill native Florida wildlife as well as pets, while others dig burrows and become a threat to human constructions such as manmade fountains and gardens.
Lucky dog: Owner grateful after saving rescue pup from shark attack off Virginia Key
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A typical day playing on the beach took a turn for the worst for a South Florida pet owner and her rescue dog. Miami Veterinary Services told Local 10 News the dog’s owner was playing with her at Darwin Beach on Virginia Key, a recurring activity at a regular spot for the two. The dog’s owner ran to the beach and was able to pull Boobie out of the sharks mouth. Boobie the rescue dog is recovering after being attacked by a shark off Key Biscayne. (WPLG)Boobie was rushed to a veterinarians office on Key Biscayne, where doctors were able to stitch up the dogs wound.
School officials plead for students, families to be more responsible after COVID-19 outbreak at MAST Academy
The newspaper reported that McKoy called families who had students in the school telling them that MAST was the No. 1 Miami-Dade County School in the central region for the most COVID-19 positive cases, and blamed the cases on students having parties, get-togethers and sleepovers without masks. According to the school’s dashboard, MAST Academy has a total of 46 cases, which is the tenth most of schools in Miami-Dade County. Email from MAST Academy Principal Derick McKoy:This is Dr. McKoy, principal of MAST Academy calling with a very important message. MAST Academy is the number one school in Central Region with the most number of COVID positive cases.
Leshaw Home destroyed in fire, leaving only 6 in Stiltsville
City of Miami firefighters were seen spraying the home, known as the Leshaw House, with water and Coral Gables police boats and Key Biscayne police boats were also at the scene. Historic home in Stiltsville destroyed in fireAccording to the National Park Service, Stiltsville dates back to the 1930s and at its peak in the 1960s, Stiltsville was home to 27 structures out on the water. Branton spoke off camera to one of the owners of the Leshaw House, who said she is upset by what occurred and just hopes to find out what happened. The Stiltsville Trust was established in 2003, giving those who have usage rights the opportunity to rehabilitate the structure, but not rebuild. Owners who spoke with Branton Monday said the Leshaw House will not be approved for rebuilding given that it is a total loss.
Coast Guard ends search for man who vanished after boat crash off Key Biscayne
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday evening that the search for a 33-year-old man who vanished after a Jan. 4 boat crash off Key Biscayne has ended. Florida Fish and Wildlife reported divers found human remains belonging to the man identified as Spencer Sheridan, according to the Coast Guard. It was near the Bear Cut Bridge, which connects Virginia Key with Key Biscayne. Man, 33, vanishes at sea after boats crash off Key BiscayneFour were injured and Sheridan vanished at sea prompting a massive search involving three police departments, a state agency, and a federal agency. FWC investigators found Sheridan and the other six people were in an unlicensed charter boat.
Search for man continues in Mashta Flats area after boaters crash off Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – The search for a 33-year-old man continued on Tuesday in Biscayne Bay. He vanished after two Open Fisherman, a 19-foot boat and a 21-foot boat, collided on Monday evening off Key Biscayne. The man who vanished was in the Open Fisherman that was carrying seven people when it capsized after the collision near the Bear Cut Bridge, which connects Virginia Key with Key Biscayne. Two Open Fisherman boats collided on Monday evening off Key Biscayne. This is a photo of the man who was involved in a Monday night boat collision off Key Biscayne.
DeSantis: Florida to receive 480K more COVID-19 vaccines this week
Ron DeSantis said Florida is receiving more than 480,000 COVID-19 vaccines this week — including about 361,000 from Moderna and more than 120,000 from Pfizer. DeSantis said Florida received 61,000 vaccines from Moderna on Monday and will receive 300,000 more on Tuesday. Pfizer’s delivery of 120,000 more COVID-19 vaccines, he said, will arrive either on Monday or Tuesday. DeSantis, 42, said he will eventually get the vaccine, but not before those in the vulnerable groups that he is prioritizing receive the vaccine. Each state has the authority to direct its COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announces $20 million for Biscayne Bay protection
Ron DeSantis announced Monday that $20 million will be invested in protecting Biscayne Bay, with $10 million of that funding coming from the state and $10 million coming from Miami-Dade County. DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where he was joined by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Lt. Gov. The state’s portion of the funding comes as part of DeSantis’ planned $625 million to be spent on water resources projects. Ron DeSantis is in South Florida on Monday and will be holding a news conference about Biscayne Bay resiliency. Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Monday, December 21, 2020ALSO SEESaving Biscayne Bay: New county mayor outlines ‘very costly’ plan to get rid of septic tanksSaving Biscayne Bay: Miami-Dade’s septic tanks have to go, scientist saysThis is a developing news story.
Presidential election: Here is why eastern Miami-Dade is celebrating and western Miami-Dade is not
Some of the wealthiest areas in eastern Miami-Dade sided with Trump and agricultural areas in western Miami-Dade sided with Biden. 86.60%: 138 - North Miami Elementary School86.60%: 128 - Oak Grove Park at 680 NE 159 St., in Golden Glades. 86.52%: 141 - North Miami Public Library86.52%: 226 - Golden Glades Elementary School at 16520 NW 28 Ave., in Miami Gardens. 83.99%: 137 - North Miami Jaycees83.97%: 136 - Miami Union Academy at 12600 NW 4 Ave., in North Miami. 80.68%: 143 - First Church of North Miami80.57%: 133 - Miami-Dade County Fire Station #19 at 650 NW 131 St., in North Miami.
Police: Officers arrest 2 suspects after Key Biscayne carjacking, Crandon Park-area crash
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Officers arrested two suspects after stealing a car in Key Biscayne and crashing on Thursday afternoon in the Crandon Park area, police said. The suspects stole a car in the Village of Key Biscayne and were traveling northbound on Crandon Boulevard when they crashed, police said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene of the crash. Officers near the scene said the officer who was also involved in the crash was not seriously injured. 5 PM TRAFFIC ALERT
Tribe returns to Seaquarium for annual quest to bring whale home
We have a right to call her home,” said Squil-Le-He-Le Raynell Morris of the Lummi Nation. Lummi Nation tribe members traveled from the Pacific coast to Miami to demand that the Miami Seaquarium free their sister Tokitae. (Local 10 News)The Lummi Nation has vowed to bring her home as their sacred obligation and they believe after 50 years, it’s time for her to retire. Lummi Nation members and their supporters continue their efforts to save Lolita from confinement at the Miami Seaquarium. Lummi Nation members and supporters continue to visit the Miami Seaquarium to demand they free Tokitae.
To honor his wife, widower creates ring to raise funds for breast cancer cure
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Sergio Mendoza vividly remembers the day he first laid eyes on his wife, Sarah Fernandez, at a book store in Coral Gables. “And then we had our first child, my son Sergio Michael, who’s now 8 in 2012 and my daughter, Anais, in 2015 and she’s now 5,” Mendoza said. But the pregnancy and their first child turned bittersweet when Fernandez-Mendoza was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mendoza designed a pink sea urchin shaped cocktail ring to honor his wife and all the important women in his life. “It’s really been amazing to support Komen in something that I believe so strongly through my designs,” he said.
NFL to use advisory committee to avoid conflicts of interest
FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president, speaks to the media during the owners meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla. The NFL will consult an advisory committee made up of former coaches, general managers and players on such issues as postponing, moving or even canceling games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Vincent said Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 that the advisers, who will report to Commissioner Roger Goodell, will help avoid any inequities in those decisions. Vincent did not identify any members of the panel, saying he was awaiting their approval to do so. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's chief medical officer, noted that setting firm schedules for anything during the pandemic is foolhardy.
Key Biscayne police chief tests positive for coronavirus
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles R. Press announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Press said he has worn his face mask, he has washed his hands and he has kept his social distance. Key Biscayne cases have been increasing. According to the Florida Department of Health, there are 214 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Key Biscayne. Jason Younes, the deputy chief of the administrative division, is Press second in command.
Advisory to avoid contact with water issued in Miami-Dade
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A precautionary No Contact with Water Advisory is being issued to avoid recreational water activities including swimming, fishing and boating for all beaches within Virginia Key, Key Biscayne and Fisher Island. A temporary electrical power outage at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD)'s Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in an overflow of fully treated, chlorinated effluent from the plant's pump station into the waterway immediately adjacent to the facility, otherwise known as shrimp lagoon. WASD staff switched the plant to generator power and within an hour had reset the pump station. However, approximately 100,000 gallons of the fully treated, chlorinated effluent entered surface water. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the affected waters and the advisory remains in effect until two consecutive days of clear testing occur after repairs are completed.
Rickenbacker Causeway shooter appears in court for cyclist's murder
Piedrahita was riding a motorcycle when he was following Alex Palencia, 48, who was cycling with a group on the William Powell Bridge on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Detectives said Piedrahita, who was on Facebook Live as he followed the Don Pan cycling group, fatally shot Palencia on Wednesday morning in the stomach during a scuffle. "I lost my dad, the most important man in my life, without the chance to say goodbye," Palencia's daughter, Alice Palencia, wrote on Instagram. Piedrahita, whose son is a member of the Don Pan cycling group, made a threat in a video on Facebook. "I can genuinely say that this is the worst pain my heart has ever felt in my life," Alice Palencia wrote.
Bicyclist dies after being shot on Rickenbacker Causeway
MIAMI - A bicyclist has died after he was shot Wednesday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami police said. The shooting happened about 6 a.m. on the bridge that connects Miami to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne across Biscayne Bay. A view from Sky 10 showed paramedics treating the wounded man, who was lying in the middle of the causeway. According to fellow cyclist Lee Marks, the victim and the motorcyclist had been involved in an ongoing feud for about two weeks. People get heated and I don't know if that was the genesis of it," Marks said.
Bicyclist shot on Rickenbacker Causeway
MIAMI - A person was shot Wednesday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami police said. The shooting happened on the bridge that connects Miami to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne across Biscayne Bay. A view from Sky 10 showed paramedics treating the male victim, who was lying in the middle of the causeway. Local 10 News reporter Madeleine Wright spoke to a bicyclist who said he was riding in a pack of about 50 to 70 people when a motorcyclist started shooting at another bicyclist. Police diverted eastbound traffic into one westbound lane.
Police officers host back-to-school party for Liberty City students
MIAMI – With only days away from the end of their summer vacations, dozens of students attended a back-to-school party in Miami’s Liberty City. Officers who were volunteering handed out backpacks and other supplies during a party with games and food. Quanisha Williams, like other Liberty City mothers, said she was very grateful because her family wouldn't have been able to afford all of it. Press said police officers from Miami-Dade, Surfside and Miami Beach joined his officers from Key Biscayne to volunteer for the event, which is one of many the foundation hosts every year. Moss was among the 10 students sponsored to attend President Barack Obama's conference in San Francisco in February.
Nurses speak about assisting shark bite victim off Key Biscayne
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Two quick-thinking nurses who rushed to help after a bloody shark attack off Key Biscayne spoke to Local 10 News Tuesday about the ordeal. "The two guys had put a good tourniquet on him already, (who) were on the other boat," Martin said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews waited at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to transport the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital. "(We're) just thankful that we were there to be there for someone who really needed our help," Haines added. At last check, the diver remained hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Shark attack victim off Key Biscayne remains hospitalized in Miami
Sig Ozols' boat said. He focused on two fishermen in another boat who helped the victim onto Ozols' boat. "I just tried to keep him awake, asked him if he needed water," Evans said. Berard said a shark took a bite of the left hand and wrist of a 20-year-old woman who was surfing and a shark bit a 21-year-old man's right foot. Source: University of Florida's International Shark Attack FilesCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Shark bite victim off Key Biscayne remains hospitalized in Miami
Someone used a blue fabric to apply a tourniquet in his left arm before he jumped into the charter boat. Sig Ozols' boat said, "Those men have rescued him." The man nodded in the affirmative when Kayle Evans asked him if a shark had bit him. The charter boat rushed the injured man to Key Biscayne where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. Source: University of Florida's International Shark Attack FilesCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Worker safely gets off scaffolding after mechanical failure in Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Key Biscayne Fire Rescue officials were called to a building Wednesday afternoon after a mechanical failure on scaffolding, authorities said. Deputy Chief Marcos Osorio said one man was on the scaffolding when the incident occurred. The worker was able to stop the mechanism and get out safely, authorities said. Key Biscayne Fire Rescue evaluated the worker at the scene and said he appeared to be OK. The cause of the scaffolding collapse was not immediately clear.
Landscaping worker shocked by power line in Key Biscayne, authorities say
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A landscaping worker was shocked by a power line in Key Biscayne on Thursday, authorities said. The incident was reported Thursday afternoon at 524 Hampton Lane. Key Biscayne Fire Rescue officials said the 30-year-old worker was shocked when he touched a power line. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. No other details were immediately released.
2 bicyclists struck by vehicle in Key Biscayne, authorities say
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Two bicyclists were struck by a vehicle Friday morning in Key Biscayne, authorities said. The incident was reported shortly before 10:30 a.m. at 250 Crandon Blvd. Miami Fire Rescue crews are at the scene, but no one has yet been transported to a hospital. NBC 6 reported that its anchor, Johnny Archer, and photojournalist Shane Walker were injured in the crash. NBC 6 reported that Archer was also injured, but didn't go to the hospital.
Water main break reported on Crandon Boulevard in Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A water main break was reported Wednesday afternoon on Crandon Boulevard in Key Biscayne, authorities said. Key Biscayne Fire Rescue officials said the 24-inch break was reported at 12 Crandon Blvd. Crews are working to repair the water main, a process that is projected to take between eight and 10 hours. One lane of traffic is closed, which is expected to affect traffic during the evening rush hour. No other details were immediately released.
PETA holds protest outside Miami Seaquarium to demand release of Lolita
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals held a protest Tuesday morning outside the Miami Seaquarium to demand the release of Lolita. The Miami Seaquarium's last orca was captured 47 years ago in Puget Sound during a "violent whale hunt," PETA officials said in a news release. She was taken from her family, taken from her home, and that's not right. More than 65,000 school children visit Miami Seaquarium each year to learn about Lolita and the other residents of the sea. "Lolita will continue to be an ambassador for her species from her home at Miami Seaquarium."
Miami Seaquarium camp keepers help release sea turtle back into ocean
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A loggerhead sea turtle was released back to her natural habitat Tuesday after she was successfully rehabilitated. Miami Seaquarium camp keepers came out Tuesday morning to release Winnie and send her off into the ocean in Key Biscayne. Winnie is a loggerhead sea turtle who was rescued April 29 from the water off St. Lucie County. The Miami Seaquarium took her in for treatment and, in just two months, Winnie gained 11 pounds. The Miami Seaquarium has a summer camp program, in which they teach children about rescue, rehab and release, and provide them with a hands-on experience.
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne guest drowns in ocean
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Amid a National Weather Service rip current risk alert on Saturday afternoon, a man who was a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne drowned while swimming in the ocean. The man was swimming when he went into cardiac arrest, according to Key Biscayne Fire Rescue. The National Weather Service issued a coastal hazard message about 4 p.m. warning of a "high rip current risk" that will be on effect until Monday morning. Authorities were advising swimmers to remain calm and swim in a direction following the shoreline when caught in a rip current. Another man died while swimming in the ocean off Miami Beach on Friday night.
Federer beats Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in Miami Open final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the third time this year Sunday, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Miami Open and become the tournament's oldest men's champion. Playing some of the best tennis of his career at age 35, Federer also beat his longtime nemesis in the Australian Open final in January and at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Federer was coming off a thrilling three-hour semifinal win over Nick Kyrgios, but nonetheless looked fresh against Nadal and erased all four break points he faced. Federer failed to take advantage of five early break-point chances himself but broke in the next to last game of both sets.Federer also won the tournament in 2005 and 2006. Nadal fell to 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals.
Worker left dangling from building after scaffolding collapse released from hospital
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A worker who was left dangling from the 12th floor of a building in Key Biscayne Thursday after the scaffolding he was on collapsed has been released from the hospital, authorities said on Friday. The worker was identified by police as Marcus Perdomo, 63, of Hollywood. Key Biscayne firefighters and Miami Fire Rescue's technical rescue team were called to the Grand Bay Club on Grand Bay Drive after the scaffolding collapsed. A member of the technical rescue team lowered himself down the side of the building to reach the worker. Authorities said Perdomo was the only person on the scaffolding at the time of the incident.