Surveillance video shows Miami firetruck colliding with vehicle, wall of business

Surveillance video obtained Friday by Local 10 News shows a Miami Fire Rescue truck colliding with a car and crashing into the wall of a business.

The crash was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday in the area of Northwest 12th Avenue and 54th Street.

Authorities said the Miami Fire Rescue truck was responding to an emergency call with its lights and siren on when a gray sedan turned into the path of the truck.

The video shows the firetruck pushing the vehicle across the sidewalk, striking the wall of a linen business.

The owner of Royal Linen Service told Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez that she grabbed her mother and daughter and took them outside before running back in to shut off the power.

“We were so scared because the impact was in the other door, the big door, next to my mom,” Maria Rodriguez said.  

The business’ front metal door and an outside awning were damaged in the crash. 

Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll Jr. said the driver of the car was checked out by paramedics and taken to a hospital.

The extent of the driver’s injuries has not been released.

The crew inside the firetruck was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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1 person shot in Oakland Park, found at gas station

One person was injured after being shot in Oakland Park on Friday.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the victim was found at the Valero location at 2699 West Oakland Park Boulevard, but it is believed he was not shot at the station.

The victim was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.

BSO officials say the victim is being uncooperative with their investigation.



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JetBlue flight bound for Fort Lauderdale lands in Charleston after reports of smoke in cabin

A JetBlue flight that was bound Friday for Fort Lauderdale landed in Charleston, South Carolina, after reports of smoke in the cabin, JetBlue spokesman Brian Mazur said in an email to Local 10 News.

According to a statement from the airline, Flight 913 from White Plains, New York, diverted to Charleston because of the smoke.

The airline said the flight safely landed at 10:30 a.m.

All 122 passengers and crew members were evacuated from the plane.

Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden spoke to one of the passengers on the phone, who praised the crew for keeping everybody calm and informed.

“About 10 o’clock, the airplane started to get a little stuffy and hot and they said, ‘We have a problem with the air conditioning,'” Frank Migliorelli said. “And then, all of a sudden, you started smelling like an industrial or an electrical kind of burning and they said, you know, there’s obviously a problem.”

Migliorelli said the airline is working to get all passengers rebooked onto other flights to Fort Lauderdale. He said he was pleased with how the crew handled the situation.

“The crew was amazing,” Migliorelli said. “The captain got on and just said, ‘Look, we know this plane, we’re trained on this plane, we know how to handle emergencies, we have this under control.’ And, you know, the crew was up and down the aisles talking to everybody and just saying, ‘Everything’s going to be alright, everything’s good. If you have any questions, whatever.’ Nobody panicked.” 

Airline officials said no one was injured during the incident.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport officials said the passengers are expected to arrive in South Florida later in the day.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

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Man threatens to blow up mosque after incident at Muslim-owned convenience store

A South Florida man was arrested Thursday after he threatened to blow up a mosque in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Islamic Center of South Florida at 507 NE Sixth St.

According to an arrest report, Shawkat Mzayek, 38, called the mosque and said, “Your mosque is going to be blown the (expletive) up tonight. We are going to kill all of you and ISIS in America.”

Deputies said Mzayek hung up the phone and the person who received the call at the mosque called 911 and evacuated the building.

The director of the mosque, Mihad Sakallah, told Local 10 News that the mosque was preparing to have people come to break their fast for the holy month of Ramadan when the threat was made. 

He said there were 10 to 20 people inside the building when the call was made.

Deputies said caller ID linked the phone number to Mzayek’s wife, but said Mzayek confirmed that he is the sole user of that phone number.

Detectives said Mzayek told them that he used to be Muslim, but converted to Judaism and believes the Muslim community considers him a “dead man” now.

He said he made the call to the mosque and to a Muslim-owned convenience store in Plantation after he got into an altercation with employees at the store, the report said.

Detectives said Mzayek said that he threatened to burn down the mosque and the store.

He was arrested on a charge of falsely reporting a bomb threat.

Court records show that Mzayek was on probation at the time of the incident for pointing a gun at another driver in a road rage case. 

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Chef Ralph Pagano injured in explosion at new Bimini restaurant

Chef Ralph Pagano, who is the host of Lifetime’s culinary show, “All Mixed Up,” was injured this week in an explosion at his new restaurant in Bimini.

Pagano’s friend, Tony Albelo, told Local 10 News that Pagano was working on his new restaurant  Thursday at Resorts World Bimini and was about to turn on the gas burners when an explosion occurred.

“He turned it on and it exploded. There was a couple other of his crew with him and he took the brunt of the punishment. It exploded on him,” Albelo said. “There was a lot more damage than you would expect, like something like an oven blowing up.” 

Albelo said Pagano was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he is being treated for third-degree burns to his legs and hands.

Albelo said a mutual friend spoke to Pagano and he appeared to be in decent spirits.

“I’m concerned,” he said. “He’s a good friend and a great all-around guy to the restaurant scene in Miami, and South Florida and to the food world.” 

Authorities and officials from JMH did not immediately release further details about the incident or Pagano’s condition.

Pagano owns Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch in Miami and Naked Crab in Fort Lauderdale. He has also made TV appearances on shows like “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Iron Chef.”

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