FBI seeks man who robbed BB&T Bank branch in Fort Lauderdale

The FBI is searching for a man who they said robbed a BB&T Bank branch Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

The robbery was reported just before 4:45 p.m. at the BB&T at 900 SE 17th St.

FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said the robber approached a teller and demanded money.

Marshall declined to say whether any money was taken.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Suspect appears in bond court after southwest Miami-Dade drive-by shooting

A man appeared Thursday before a judge after he was accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting in southwest Miami-Dade.

Tony McGhee Jr., 26, was ordered held in lieu of a $9,500 bond.

Miami-Dade police arrested McGhee Wednesday morning after they said he bailed out of a car that was used in a drive-by shooting.

Four people, ages 34 to 64, were injured in the shooting just after 8 a.m. Wednesday near a home on Southwest 139th Avenue and 266th Street.

Police said another suspect, Byron Curry, 26, also jumped out of the vehicle and was arrested later in the day.

Dozens of police officers searched neighborhoods in the area, along with K-9 units and a police helicopter.

Police said Curry was found hiding in a model home a few miles from where the suspects bailed out of the car.

Police said the victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“They came banging on the door, and I looked out the window and hear people crying and screaming and stuff. So I just jumped out the bed to see what was going on,” LaToya Jackson, who lives in the area, said.

Curry is expected to go before a judge Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said the victims are not cooperating with the investigation.

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Miami homeowner fatally shoots burglar, police say

A homeowner fatally shot a burglar Wednesday afternoon after finding him in his home in Miami, authorities said.

The incident was reported just after noon in the area of Northwest 71st Street and Fifth Place.

The homeowner’s wife said she was at work when the incident happened. She said her 3-year-old son heard a noise and woke up his father, who grabbed his gun.

Police said the man shot the burglar in the living room.

Miami police spokesman Christopher Bess said the burglar was pronounced dead at the scene.

The homeowner was questioned at the police station.

No other details were immediately released.


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Boy rushed to hospital after shot in Miami Gardens

A boy was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after he was shot in Miami Gardens, authorities said.The shooting was reported at 21415 NW 13th Court.Police said the victim was taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. His identity and condition…

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Man, 3 children accused of robbing 2 women, leading police on chase

A man and three children were arrested Monday in connection with two robberies that led to a police chase in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police originally took five people into custody after the chase ended in a crash at Miami MacArthur South Senior High School.

The suspects who were arrested were identified Tuesday as Charles Flowers Jr., 27, two 14-year-old boys and a 12-year-old boy. Local 10 News does not identify children younger than 16 who have not been charged as adults.

Flowers made his first court appearance Tuesday morning and was ordered held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. The juveniles were ordered to remain in juvenile detention until at least their next court appearance.

According to Miami-Dade police, the suspects crashed into the side of a building Monday morning at the high school in Naranja after snatching purses from two women in southwest Miami-Dade County.

The first robbery was reported by a 60-year-old woman at a bus stop on Southwest 200th Street and U.S. Highway 1.

Police said the suspects then drove to Southland Mall, where they snatched a purse from a 94-year-old woman in the parking lot. The woman, Kathleen Johnson, told Local 10 News that she suffered bruises on her arm and hand during the robbery.

“You can’t let them overpower you and you have to stand up for yourself, don’t you?” Johnson said. “And as I said, I fought him back. He tried to grab the purse, and then I turned and grabbed it back from him, and then he took it a second time.”

Police said no one else was injured in the robberies and police chase.

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Stolen trailer full of toys recovered in Sunrise

A stolen trailer containing toys intended for children with cancer was recovered late Monday night in Sunrise.

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her North Miami home early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online.

Tips led police to a home in Sunrise, where they found the trailer and many of the toys.

“When we arrived there, the toys were not in the trailer, but we waited until about 2:30 in the morning when Sunrise police obtained a search warrant for a shed that’s in the backyard,” Vanni told Local 10 News. “When we opened the shed, the majority of the toys were there.”

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

Sunrise police arrested Dudley Merus, 30, and a teenager. They face charges of grand theft.

Vanni said the toys will be given to children who are battling cancer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital next month.

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