1 dead, 6 hurt in Miami crash

One person died and six others were injured Sunday in a crash in Miami.

The two-car crash took place about 2 p.m. at Southwest 17th Street and Southwest 25th Avenue.

A Volkswagen Jetta and a black BMW collided at the intersection and were sent skidding into a front yard, police said. The driver of the Jetta died at the scene of the crash.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said two women and four men, who range in age from 25 to 35, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

“They hit the fence,” witness Sonny Santiago said. “They destroyed the whole fence.”

Several neighbors in the area attempted to help the victims.

“It was really scary,” Suarez said.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

One man told Local 10 News that it’s not uncommon for people to speed in the area. This is the second crash to happen in front of the home, he said.

The intersection was shut down after the crash.

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Florida man leaves shoe behind after robbing Cocoa home, deputies say

A Titusville man left his shoe at the scene of the crime after he stole guns, a PlayStation, cash and other items from a home in Cocoa, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.

The homeowner’s surveillance video showed Joseph Knight, 27, and another unidentified man entering the residence around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. When Knight and the other man leave the home several minutes later, they’re carrying guns, and Knight is missing one shoe and his baseball hat, the report said.

The two men get into the Toyota Corolla they arrived in and drive a few feet away before the car stops and one of the men gets out and tries to bend the license plate as if to conceal from cameras, deputies said.

The Corolla returns to the home and Knight goes inside, according to the affidavit. He comes back outside carrying items wrapped in a blanket and the two men leave in the car. Knight was still only wearing one tan slip-on shoe but had put his orange and black baseball hat back on.

The homeowner told deputies that guns, a PlayStation, an Epson Projector, a Harbor Freight wall mount safe, bills and titles, and $300 cash were stolen. 

Deputies located the Corolla at a home in Titusville. The owner, who is Knight’s mother’s boyfriend, gave deputies consent to search the vehicle. A slip-on shoe matching the one left at the crime scene was found inside the car, deputies said.

The owner of the Corolla was able to identify Knight as the man in the surveillance video.

Knight was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Friday on an armed burglary charge.

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New construction projects are changing Fort Lauderdale’s skyline

The Fort Lauderdale skyline is reaching new heights, as giant buildings are transforming the city.

Whether you are driving or walking  through downtown, you can’t miss the massive cranes scattered across the city.

One structure leading the pack is called 100 Las Olas and it’s slated to be the tallest building in Fort Lauderdale, standing at nearly 500 feet.

“Fort Lauderdale is coming into a transformation from the retail standpoint and of course, a residential standpoint,” Peggy Fucci, a real estate strategist, said. 

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on hand Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the building, which will contain a hotel, more than 120 residential units, along with 8,500 square feet of retail space.

He says the project will do wonders for the city.

“We’re trying to create a very walkable, livable, 24/7 live, work, play downtown and I think these buildings are helping to deliver that,” Seiler said.

Just a few blocks east stands the 455-foot icon Las Olas Condominium Tower next to the Federal Highway Tunnel, literally steps away from restaurants and shops.

Meanwhile, Gale Residences Fort Lauderdale Beach is currently in the works, and when it will be completed next year, it will feature nearly 130 units, with views of the beach and intracoastal.

“We’re not trying to be any other city, we’re just trying to be the best city we can be,” Seiler said. 

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Mother of missing child admits to drinking, making up kidnapping story, police say

A Palm Beach County woman is expected to be arrested after she told police she made up a kidnapping story, to cover up the fact that she’d been drinking and simply couldn’t remember where her daughter was, the sheriff’s office reports…

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Venezuelan-American in Doral helps refugees arriving in South Florida

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) teamed up with the mayor of Doral Friday to honor a woman and her organization, which is helping those who are fleeing to South Florida from Venezuela.

“They’re coming because they want to live in freedom,” Patricia Andrade told Local 10 News.

Andrade’s mission is to help families who are seeking political asylum in the United States from Venezuela. 

“We live off donations and give for free because the Venezuelans are short of money,” she said.

The Venezuela Awareness Foundation, known as Raices, works out of a storage facility in Doral. It’s also where they keep the many items they collect through the help of donations. 

Raices has four storage units full of supplies, bed linens, appliances and other items to help people start a new life in the U.S.

“Every unit is $345 a month,” Andrade said.

The group seeks to help Venezuelan immigrants integrate into American life, defend the victims of human rights violations and provide aid for those in need. 

“Getting used to the new culture, making sure your kids have a good future, making sure you have a job,” Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez said.

“We get around 100 people per day,” Andrade said.

David Bavaresco, a 21-year-old martial arts champion and vocal critic of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, is among those whom the group has helped. 

“We don’t have food. We don’t have human rights. We don’t have medicines for people who are dying,” he said.

Bavaresco and his family came to South Florida to escape the crisis in their country. 

“I’m starting to work and compete. At first it was hard, but it’s now more stable,” he said.  

With the situation in Venezuela worsening, asylum claims are reaching record numbers.

According to the Pew Research Center, Venezuelans account for 10,221 asylum applications filed between October 2015 and June 2016, which is up from 3,810 filed during the same time period the year before. 

Andrade and her movement received an honor Friday from the office of Diaz-Balart, recognizing her tireless work to help other Venezuelans. 

“It’s an honor as a Venezuelan-American. It’s an honor,” Andrade said. 

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