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Student who stood near victim critically hurt describes FSU shooting

A student who witnessed Thursday morning’s shooting at Florida State University is speaking exclusively to Local 10 News about the gunman’s actions during the incident. The gunman, Myron May, sent packages to friends before the shooting. The FBI said the contents are not a danger to the public. RELATED: Exclusive: Friend of FSU gunman speaks to Local 10 News Meanwhile students are back at Strozier Library, where the shootings took place. “The look on his face is what really scared me,” said Robert Cohen. The images are so vivid, Cohen can’t get rid of them. “Everything I see just has the guy’s face, and the image of him with the gun and looking down at the kid,” Cohen told Local 10 News. The sophomore from Delray Beach was with a friend outside the library at the tables under the trees. “I heard a loud noise. It sounded like a gunshot but I thought if it was a gunshot there’d be chaos,” said Cohen. “He came around the side of the building but didn’t have his gun in the air. He had it down by his side then all of a sudden he lifted up his arms, fired some shots at people in the area. He was about 20 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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7 crew members rescued as 100-foot freighter sinks of Haiti coast

U.S. Coast Guard officials said seven crew members were rescued Friday after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti. The coastal freighter, Calypso, was found 50 miles off the coast of Great Inagua. Officials said a helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer down with a dewatering pump. The freighter began to slowly move to the coast of Haiti to investigate the source of the flooding. Coast Guard crew members were taken to the freighter at 12:30 p.m. Friday and helped with the dewatering of the boat. Officials said the freighter began to list on the right side due to the amount of water in the lower compartments. To ensure the safety of everyone aboard, all seven crew members were removed and taken to the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton with no medical concerns, authorities said. The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis arrived at 7 p.m. Friday and took the seven crew members from the cutter Sexton to the cutter Thetis, officials said. Crew members from Thetis reported at 7:30 p.m. seeing Calypso continue to list on the right side before sinking 45 miles north of Cap Haitien, Haiti. Coast Guard officials said the freighter sank …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Miramar police search for missing 73-year-old woman

Police are searching for a 73-year-old woman last seen Friday night in Miramar. Christiana Louis Jean, 73, was last seen leaving her home at 5479 Southwest 190th Ave. Police said she was going for a walk. She is visiting South Florida from Haiti for three weeks and only speaks Creole. Jean has medical conditions that require attention, police said. Jean was wearing khaki shorts, a gray shirt with stripes and sneakers. Anyone who has seen or knows Jean’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Member of Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club speaks against homeless feedings in public

As media flocked to Fort Lauderdale to cover the city’s criminalization of feeding the homeless in public, which has led to numerous arrests and citations in downtown’s Stranahan Park, Mayor Jack Seiler pointed to complaints from the historic Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club as one reason for new laws on the homeless. On Friday, a club representative sat down with Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman to tell that side of the story. “I’m here today to bring awareness to the community of the fort Lauderdale Women’s Club and what we are currently facing,” said Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club public affairs chair Sally Alshouse. Alshouse said there’s a good reason the club wants homeless people to stop gathering at neighboring Stranahan Park, namely that those gatherings hurt its ability to rent the facility for weddings and other events it needs to survive financially. “It makes it difficult to rent the property,” said Alshouse. “There have been crowds down there sometimes, and it frightens the ladies. Sometimes you get approached by some of these folks and it just scares people, unfortunately.” Neighboring businesses feel the same way, saying the large homeless presence hurts their bottom line and has led to friction. “They speak verbally abusively,” said Alshosue. “That …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Anger over lack of turkeys in Miami Gardens

A turkey giveaway turned into a chaotic scene Friday in Miami Gardens. After waiting in line for hours in the rain, many Miami Gardens residents said they were told to leave empty handed. Benjamin Thomas was one of the many waiting at Cloverleaf Park, 303 NW 191 St. “We stood up here in line in Mami Gardens trying to get a turkey for thanksgiving,” he said. “If we was in another neighborhood.. don’t you think it would be more organized, more faster, more everything? But we’re standing in the rain waiting.” Residents said that they registered and didn’t get the turkey they had signed up for. Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis sponsored the event held from 1 to 5 p.m. Miami Gardens Mayor Olver Gilbert will be hosting a turkey giveaway at 11 a.m., at Hope Church of Christ, 295 NW 199St., in Miami Gardens. For more information, call 786-309-8160. Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 27th. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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FSU shooting victim Elijah Velez from South Florida

One of three students wounded by a Florida State University alumnus who returned to campus and opened fire at the main library is from South Florida. Elijah Velez, 18, of Miramar, was one of three students shot by 2005 graduate Myron May at the Robert Manning Strozier Library early Thursday morning. Tallahassee police said Friday he was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene. The other victims, identified as Nathan Scott, 30, of Tallahassee, and Farhan Ahmed, 21, of Apopka, were being treated at a hospital. Police shot and killed May early Thursday morning. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said May and officers exchanged more than 30 shots. A first-floor window at the Robert Manning Strozier Library where May opened fire remained boarded up Friday morning after it was shattered by bullets. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at the library the same way again, knowing what happened,” FSU junior Zachary Gillis told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden. FSU President John Thrasher, who has only been on the job for two weeks, greeted students as they entered the library Friday. Seiden asked him what he thought of the news that the shooter was an alumnus. “I don’t like it, but it …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Takeout Food Finds

By Brittany Wallman From a conference room on the third floor at work, Danny Haughton sees it happen. He doesn’t know the men and women who park in the vacant lot across the street, but he knows they’re about to be towed. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Takeout Food Finds

By Brittany Wallman From a conference room on the third floor at work, Danny Haughton sees it happen. He doesn’t know the men and women who park in the vacant lot across the street, but he knows they’re about to be towed. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Armed man who followed woman home in Dania Beach arrested, deputies say

An armed man who followed a 26-year-old woman home from a Hollywood gas station and robbed her at knifepoint has been arrested, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reports. Ramon Fernando Rivera-Lopez, 35, was located in New Port Richey on Thursday where he was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service. Deputies say the woman initially encountered the man while pumping gas at the BP gas station at 2547 Sheridan Street on Nov. 7. The woman claims she ignored the Rivera Lopez’s romantic advances and at some point went inside the convenience store to withdraw money from the ATM. She then drove to her apartment at the Sheridan Beach Club in Dania Beach and took her dog outside for a walk. According to deputies, Rivera-Lopez approached her again, and the victim continued to deny his romantic gestures, telling him she was married. Deputies said he then grabbed the woman and held a knife to her throat. Her screams were heard by a couple of neighbors who were trying to jump-start their car a couple of parking spots away. Deputies said Rivera-Lopez told them he and the victim were just having a fight and threatened the victim to tell them she was his wife, which she …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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