Expect traffic delays during back-to-school rush in South Florida

Students from Palm Beach to Monroe counties return to school Monday morning and that means traffic delays for South Florida drivers.

The law enforcement community is ready to issue speeding tickets. Hollywood Police Department Officer Chris Christianson said he is ready. 

“Make sure you maintain those speeds in the school zones,” Christianson said. “It’s important that you watch the traffic control devices. Those are the signs that say ‘No Parking,’ ‘No Turning Left,’ ‘No Turning Right’ so the traffic flow is really good.”

Teachers, administrators and district employees prepared and trained to welcome the crowds of children and teenagers. Aside from the occasional headache and new school anxiety, teachers in Miami-Dade will also have to decide if their students will be observing the solar eclipse

“It’s going to be a great day. We are excited about the first day of school,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. “For me, it is the best day of the year.”

Students will be showing off new book bags and gadgets. Retail experts estimate the typical family spends about $668 in the U.S. The retail industry expected consumers to spend some $29.5 billion on supplies. This year’s new trends include  

Backpacks, tablets and water bottles were among the most popular items purchased. Some teachers will be looking to help students in need. Churches and organizations like Community Partnership for the Homeless in Miami were still accepting donations. 

Parents will have to worry about making sure their children’s vaccination records are in order. School districts require diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTaP), polio series (IPV), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), hepatitis B series (Hep B) and varicella tetanus/pertussis booster (Tdap) vaccinations.

Also experiencing anxiety and in some cases tears will be the children going to school for the first time. Share your experience, difficulties, photos and videos at Share@Local10.com



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Person of interest located in shooting death of Kissimmee officers, police say

A person of interest sought in connection to a shooting Friday night that killed two Kissimmee police officers was located Sunday and questioned, police said.

Authorities Sunday located Maribe Gonzalez King (pictured below), the person of interest, and she was interviewed by detectives, but gave no further information about her questioning.

A U.S. military veteran with documented mental health issues was arrested for the murders of Sgt. Sam Howard and officer Matthew Baxter, both of whom were fathers.

Baxter, who was with the department for three years, died Friday night. Howard, a 10-year veteran, died Saturday.

Authorities arrested Everett Glenn Miller, a 45-year-old U.S. Marine not in active duty. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was held without bond.

Two police officers in Jacksonville were also shot Firday. The accused gunman in Jacksonville incident was killed.

Kissimmee detectives are asking anyone with information to call the department’s crime line at 1-800-423-8477.



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Get your special glasses ready for Monday’s solar eclipse

The moon will be covering part of the sun when the earth, moon and sun line up perfectly Monday. Eye doctors were reminding everyone in South Florida to get their solar glasses ready for the partial eclipse starting about 1:26 p.m. 

Doctors warn the sun rays are capable of cooking the retina, a delicate light-sensitive tissue inside the eyeball. The damage can be temporary or permanent. Sunglasses do not offer enough protection during an eclipse. High-quality solar filters are also required at the front end of cameras, binoculars or telescopes. 

“Can’t wait for the cosmic moment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science missions. 

It will be the first time in 99 years observers in the U.S. can experience a solar eclipse from coast to coast. Millions were traveling to areas of the country in 14 states from Oregon at 1:16 p.m. to South Carolina at 2:47 p.m., where they will be able to observe the moon cover then sun completely. 

Clouds can get in the way of the experience, which won’t happen in the U.S. again until 2024. Local 10 News Meteorologists Jennifer Correa and Luke Dorris said they expect fair to good visibility in South Florida. 

In Miami-Dade, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami will be distributing 5,000 glasses Monday. In West Palm Beach, the South Florida Science Center at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach will start distributing one pair of glasses per family starting at 9 a.m. 

There will also be some glasses at The Stocker AstroScience Center at Florida International University at 11200 SW Eighth St., at the Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., and the Fox Observatory at16001 State Road 84, in Sunrise. 

Local 10 News Glenna Milberg is on her way to South Carolina to bring you the latest from the path of totality. 

Follow Local 10 News’ live coverage of the solar eclipse on Local10.com and use the complete guide to be prepared. 


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South Florida, expect a rainy week

Local 10 News’ Weather Center meteorologists expect a rainy week in South Florida. 

On Sunday, the rain in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties should start to come to an end later on this afternoon. But it will be a cloudy day. 

“Expect high temperatures to stay in the upper 80s for today,” Meteorologist Jennifer Correa said. 

Monday is solar eclipse day. It will not be as cloudy, which means there will be good visibility. 

“Tomorrow’s drier weather conditions will be short lived as a surge of deep tropical moisture arrives,” Correa said. 

A tropical wave moving in from the Atlantic will start to bring in heavy rain Tuesday. The chance of thunderstorms is high Wednesday through Saturday. 



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Officials: No Powerball winner, jackpot swells to $650M

Powerball officials say there was no grand prize winner in the latest drawing, meaning one of the nation’s largest lottery jackpots will continue growing.

Maura McCann of the New Hampshire Lottery says no ticket matched all six numbers following Saturday night’s drawing. The winning numbers are: 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13.

The new jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is $650 million, which would be the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

The prize has grown so large because no one has matched all six balls in more than two months, so the jackpot has grown after every drawing.

The odds of winning the giant prize is one in 292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Scott reassigns case of man accused of shooting, killing Kissimmee officers

Gov. Rick Scott has issued an executive order reassigning the case of a man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers.

Scott’s office said Scott issued Executive Order 17-222 on Saturday reassigning the case of Everett Glenn Miller from State Attorney Aramis Ayala to State Attorney Brad King, WKMG-TV reports. Miller is accused of shooting and killing two officers — Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard.

In March, Ayala unilaterally decided to not seek the death penalty in any case prosecuted by her office. Scott’s office said as governor, Scott has sole authority in Florida to reassign cases when he determines that the reassignment will serve in the interest of justice.

“Last night’s violence against our law enforcement community is reprehensible and has no place in our state,” Scott said. “In Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence and those who attack our law enforcement. Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve.”

“Two Florida police officers were brutally murdered and the victims’ families deserve a prosecutor who is willing to consider all sentences, including the death penalty — that is why the governor and I agree the investigation and prosecution of this case must be reassigned,” Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

This article is courtesy of WKMG-TV.

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