Toddler suffers burns on 40 percent of body in Lauderhill, authorities say

A 3-year-old girl was seriously burned Monday night in Lauderhill, authorities said.The incident, which involved boiling water, was reported about 7 p.m. at a home on Blueberry Court.Lauderhill Fire Department officials said the child had suffered seco…

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Toddler suffers burns on 40 percent of body in Lauderhill, authorities say

A 3-year-old girl was seriously burned Monday night in Lauderhill, authorities said.The incident was reported at a home on Blueberry Court.Lauderhill Fire Department officials said the child was taken to a hospital with second-degree burns on 40 percen…

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Ruptured pipe sends gallons of sewage spilling into Miramar canals

A crew hired by the city of Miramar has been pumping potentially contaminated gunk out of canals in the Country Club Ranches neighborhood as residents in the area worry about long-term issues.

A tree knocked over by Hurricane Irma caused a pipe to burst on Sept. 11, sending gallons of sewage spilling into the canals and even into a yard.

“It is just disgusting. It really is. It’s a foul odor that’s just — you can just imagine,” Yeddy Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez and her family live near a canal just down the street from where the break happened.

She said the stench was unbearable until city workers came by and treated the water and roads with 700 pounds of chlorine.

But now, neighbors said they’re dealing with new infestations of mosquitoes, and they are worried that the well water they use every day to survive could be in danger of contamination.

“We’re utilizing this water to bathe (and) brush our teeth. We don’t know if this is getting into our well water,” Rodriguez said.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to take for this contamination to get into our wells, possibly, but it’s a real risk,” another neighbor, Mike Kaufman, said.

City officials said they have pumped out hundreds of thousands of gallons of the water in the canal and they are continuing to do testing to make sure the wells aren’t contaminated.

So far, no fecal bacteria have been found, but neighbors are worried that it’s just a matter of time.

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South Florida state senator used FPL connections to have power restored to family

A day after the outskirts of Hurricane Irma pounded South Florida, causing hundreds of thousands to lose power, one local politician attempted to use her Florida Power & Light connections to restore electricity to the homes of her family.

A series of text messages to an FPL lobbyist beginning on Monday, Sept. 11 shows Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-North Miami Beach, sent company Vice President John Holley the addresses for her mother and sister, requesting help with power restoration.

“I am helping people, helping constituents with some of their lights,” Campbell told Local 10 News. “I have done nothing wrong for all this news, news, news, news.”

Rise News was first to report the story and Campbell confirmed to them that the texts were real.

Campbell, who represents District 38, which includes Miami Beach, North Miami, and other parts of northeastern Miami-Dade County, confirmed the texts at an event Saturday night.

The first text to Holley came at 1:55 p.m. on Monday, with Campbell requesting help as she had a sick person in her house on oxygen.

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After Holley replied that he would work on the matter, Campbell immediately texted back that it was her sister’s house, not her own.

A day later, Campbell texted again saying the power was still not on at her sister’s house, and then asked for help at her mother’s house.

Holley wrote back “I will def let them know,” referring to FPL.

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FPL confirms the text exchanges took place, but denied any wrongdoing on Holley’s part.

“I am positive that she did not receive special treatment,” FPL spokesperson Mark Bubriski told Rise News. 

Campbell told Local 10 that her mother is a constituent and her medical condition made her a priority.

“My mother is on oxygen,” Campbell said.

Power was eventually restored to her mother’s address and that of her immediate neighbors on Sunday evening, but much of the neighborhood remains without power.

“I did ask for other constituents,” Campbell said.

One week after Irma struck the South Florida area, almost 53,000 homes remain without power in Miami-Dade County, with an additional 13,400 in Broward County.

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Knife-wielding, masked man robs bank in Doral, FBI says

A knife-wielding man who had his face covered by a cloth or shirt robbed a bank Monday afternoon in Doral, the FBI said.

The robbery was reported about noon at an Eastern National Bank branch at 7800 NW 25th St.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said the robber pulled out a knife and demanded money from an employee.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators believe the robber is the same person who robbed at least five other banks:

  • Aug. 14, Sun Trust Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 21, City National Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 25, Chase Bank, Miami
  • Aug. 29, PNC Bank, Miramar
  • Sept. 7, Banco Community Bank, Hialeah

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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FPL hopes to have power restored in Miami-Dade, Broward counties by Tuesday night

Many South Florida residents remain frustrated this week, as they are going on week two with no power following Hurricane Irma.

Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden visited a North Miami neighborhood on Monday that remains in the dark.

But Florida Power & Light crews were there, as they have been working around the clock to try to restore power.

An FPL spokeswoman said 95 percent of Miami-Dade County is with power, but there are still thousands without it.

She said they’re hoping to have power restored in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by Tuesday night.

In the meantime, crews were out early to Palmetto Bay, one of the hardest hit areas in Miami-Dade County.

The biggest challenge was clearing debris after huge trees toppled onto power lines, creating a challenging situation for crews going neighborhood to neighborhood.

By Monday afternoon, there were 37,060 FPL customers without power in Miami-Dade County and 9,080 without power in Broward County.

There were 18,684 Florida Keys Electric and Keys Energy customers without power Monday afternoon in the Florida Keys.

Click here for updated numbers on power outages throughout South Florida.

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