Owner of van carrying 250 gallons of gas arrested in Miami, police say

A man was arrested Wednesday after his van was found carrying more than 250 gallons of gasoline in the Little Havana section of Miami, police said.Randy Gonzalez, 24, faces charges of traffic in counterfeit credit card and unlawful conve…

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Google now documenting South Florida’s waterways

The folks at Google are hitting the water and going high tech to document South Florida’s waterways in an attempt to make your travels on the water easier.

In a first of its kind in the world, Google will map South Florida’s intracoastal waterways from Jupiter to Ocean Reef.

“It is the same technology that the Google cars use, the same camera systems,” Waterway View project director Jim Hilker said. “We have mounted it onto a boat and we are capturing 360-degree imagery on the Intracoastal Waterway, on the rivers, on the canals.”

A total of 143 miles of waterways will be covered in the first phase. Some of the waterway level mapping is already online, and has garnered 450,000 views since March 1. 

Google representatives said it will help boaters be safer and more familiar with where they are boating.

“To help them plan their day, plan their trips. To figure out where they can moor, where they can dock,” Hilker said. “So, it really helps the businesses give the information to the boaters (that) the boaters need to make their decisions.”

South Florida’s boating industry is a huge economic engine for the economy, so the Marine Industries Association signed on right away.

Marine Max sponsored the filming platform, a brand-new Boston whaler with three screws, and also the captain and the fuel. Waterside restaurants love the idea as a way to increase the number of boating patrons they serve.

“This gives them the entire perspective from the water, not just looking at the restaurant, but looking at what is around them. Is there a drawbridge nearby I have to worry with?” Hilker said. 

Google is also building a companion mobile app that will go live in June, and South Florida boaters seem to be on board with the idea.

“They see the boat and they wave and take pictures. Some of them hoot and holler,” Hilker said.

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5 Theta Tau members file federal lawsuit against Syracuse University

Five unnamed members of Theta Tau fraternity have filed a federal lawsuit against Syracuse University, contesting the decision to suspend them after a series of disturbing videos filmed at fraternity events surfaced.

The videos depict “egregious behavior,” including sexual assault, violence, discriminatory mockery and hostility toward people with disabilities, University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement Sunday.

But the complaint asserts that the videos do not depict unlawful behavior. “Several times, University officials have described the conduct as criminal despite District Attorney William Fitzpatrick stating there was ‘nothing’ criminal about the videos,” the complaint says. The suit seeks a reversal of their suspension and one million dollars in damages for each of the five members.

The university would not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit.

Over the weekend, the university announced it had expelled the engineering fraternity from campus. “The University stands by the actions it took to protect the well-being of the campus community and maintain a respectful and safe learning environment,” said Sarah Scalese, Associate Vice President for Communications.

The Theta Tau central office vowed to take action based on findings from an investigation. “Theta Tau is deeply troubled by the recent events that occurred at our chapter at Syracuse University, and we strongly condemn the offensive actions and despicable language depicted in the recently released videos,” the central office said in a statement.

“We have cooperated fully with university and police officials, and we will pursue appropriate disciplinary measures in the near future to hold the individuals accountable for their actions.”

The central office did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about the lawsuit.

Why the students were removed

Syracuse said Monday that it removed the 18 students from classes as a precautionary measure.

“Out of an abundance of caution and ongoing concern for our campus community, Provost Michele Wheatly and Dean of Students Rob Hradsky notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation, effective immediately,” Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado said in a statement.

“Alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward,”

In addition to the 18, more students may be implicated as the investigation continues, he added.

The university will review the Greek life culture to establish new practices and require bias training for Greek and student organization leaders, members and advisers, and mandatory student training will be implemented, Syverud wrote in a letter to alumni last week.

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Woman watches on surveillance system as man burglarizes her Cooper City home

A South Florida woman said she is frightened after her home was burglarized Monday morning.

Michelle Miller-Hayle lives on a quiet street in Cooper City with her husband and their two children.

“We had researched everywhere and we found it to be one of the most safe neighborhoods. It’s why we moved there,” she said. 

Miller-Hayle said she hasn’t been able to sleep ever since the burglary.

“It’s hard knowing someone invaded your privacy like that, and me and my kids could have been home,” she said. 

Miller-Hayle said she was at work when she got a call from her security company that her alarm was going off. She quickly accessed the live feed from a surveillance camera inside her home and saw a man running from her bedroom, trying to get out of the house.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the thief was holding jewelry, but Miller-Hayle said he could have taken other items too. She just hasn’t been able to bring herself to check.

“We know he had stuff in his hand, but when I go in there, I just turn away, because I just can’t deal with it,” Miller-Hayle said. 

Miller-Hayle said the crook squeezed through a small window in her 7-year-old daughter’s room to get into the home.

Just minutes later, he escaped out a side door. Deputies arrived soon after the break-in, but the man was long gone.

Another neighbor’s security camera captured a car driving in front of Miller-Hayle’s home just before and after the break-in.

She said the man not only took her things, but took her sense of security, too.

“If he got away with stuff, so be it. I have my life, my husband, my kids. Nothing happened to us, so whatever he got away with is materialistic, but I don’t feel safe in my own home,” Miller-Hayle said. 

Neighbors are on high alert, even calling the police when they saw Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol in the area. 

Anyone with information about the burglar’s identity is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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Miami police evacuate building after report of suspicious package

Miami police evacuated an office building and shut down a portion of Northeast First Avenue Wednesday after someone found a suspicious package that contained white powder.Police were called around 4:30 p.m. The view from Sky 10 just before 5 p.m.&…

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