Oregon man stung by scorpion on plane

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland-area man says he was stung on the elbow by a scorpion on a plane as he was flying from Seattle to Anchorage.Jeff Ellis of West Linn told KPTV he was trying to sleep on a red-eye Alaska Airlines flight June 17 when he felt something inside his sleeve and tried to brush it away.When he felt the crawling again he picked up the scorpion with a napkin. Then he felt burning like a bee sting. Ellis was checked by two doctors on board and medics on the ground.The flight originated from Austin, Texas, where Alaska Airlines officials believe the scorpion got on board.Ellis says the airline offered him 4,000 frequent flier miles and two round-trip tickets.last_img read more

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Vancouver pushes fireworks safety

first_imgTips for safely lighting fireworks• Light fireworks on a firm, safe surface, such as a driveway.o Keep fireworks at least 25 feet away from plants or combustibles.o Have a bucket of water and a garden hose ready nearby.o Have a cellphone handy in case something goes wrong.o Keep animals inside (the Fourth of July is the most common day for pets to go missing).o Only adults should light fireworks.o Follow the instructions on the package.o Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.o Never hold or throw lit fireworks.o Don’t try to relight fireworks that aren’t working.o Place used fireworks in a metal container filled with water before throwing them away.o If clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, cover your face and roll over and over again until the fire goes out.Source: Vancouver Fire DepartmentStarting this year, personal fireworks use in Vancouver will be limited to the Fourth of July, leaving officials to wonder how people will respond to the change. In anticipation of the coming holiday, the city increased its efforts to educate locals about the new ordinance and fireworks safety.“We’re trying to go the extra mile this year,” said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli, who spearheaded public outreach.The city put advertisements in the newspaper, had fire department volunteers distribute fliers and approached radio and television stations to get the word out.In 2012, the city council unanimously voted to limit personal fireworks use to the Fourth of July and limit sales to three days, July 2-4. This year, customers at fireworks stands will get a flier with their purchase that outlines the new law.The city also put $10,000 in the 2013-14 budget for increased education and enforcement. Enforcement teams will be out writing citations for people setting off fireworks outside the discharge times or in city parks, which can lead to a fine of at least $250.Scarpelli said she saw this year as an opportunity to teach people about the dangers of fireworks, whether they’re store-bought or illegal. She organized a fireworks demonstration at Camp Bonneville in east Clark County on Monday.last_img read more

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Guild challenges deputy firing in murdersuicide

first_imgThe Clark County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild has challenged the termination of a deputy who was fired in September for allegedly failing to respond to a 911 hang-up call in March from a Fargher Lake-area home. Three days after the call, the couple who lived at the home were found dead from a suspected murder-suicide.Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Bylsma was fired Sept. 9 following an internal investigation into his professional judgment and discretion in choosing to “not physically respond” to an incomplete 911 call in March, according to a press release sent Monday by the guild.“Our leadership has filed a grievance on behalf of Deputy Bylsma because we believe the termination was too harsh, too severe and because our own investigation found that Deputy Bylsma did not violate his responsibilities as a law enforcement officer, and he did not violate any policy, rule or law,” said guild President Bob Mullikin.Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman said the sheriff’s office does not comment on personnel matters.Mullikin said the termination lacked just cause and violated the collective bargaining agreement between the guild and the sheriff’s office.“Ed has been a model employee since 1995 and has been honored with numerous accolades and recognition in his duties and responsibilities as a public servant, which we believe were overlooked when deciding the level of discipline,” Mullikin said.Bylsma was dispatched to check on Milton “Wayne” Allen and his wife, Fay Marie Allen, on March 28 after emergency dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call from the Allens’ residence, but Bylsma never went to the home. A dispatcher called back, and Milton Allen answered the phone. He told the dispatcher that his wife had accidentally dialed 911. The dispatcher then sent Bylsma a message that read “at your discretion,” according to the guild’s press release.last_img read more

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GOP pushes abortion bill through House after earlier stumble

first_imgWASHINGTON — With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.By a near party-line 242-179 vote, the House voted to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.A White House veto threat and an uncertain fate in the Senate mean the legislation has no realistic chance of becoming law. But on a day when crowds of anti-abortion demonstrators stretched for blocks outside Capitol windows — and hours after the embarrassing GOP stumble on another abortion measure — Thursday’s vote let party leaders signal that the Congress they now command is at least trying to end abortion. The GOP’s passage of one bill and the abrupt derailment of another forbidding most late-term abortions underscored the party’s perilous balancing act of backing abortion restrictions crucial to conservatives while not alienating women and younger voters wary of such restrictions.Obama, out West to promote his State of the Union economic agenda, embraced the same 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that the protesters were vilifying.He said the decision in the Roe v. Wade case “reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters.” He said the House-passed bill would “intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today.”last_img read more

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Blind student learns about business through jobshadowing effort

first_imgThis story was written by a staff member of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It is also being published by The Independent at clarkcollegeindependent.com.High school senior Jake Ergler works at a coffee shop and dreams of becoming a chef of his own restaurant someday.He’s also a visually impaired student at the Washington State School for the Blind. Ergler job-shadowed at the College Burger food cart on the Clark College campus on Jan. 16 to help fulfill his graduation requirements and to experience a real job. College Burger Manager Liz Batchelor showed Ergler how the business is run. Ergler practiced taking orders and using an older cash register. The register in his coffee shop uses Wi-Fi and an iPad, Ergler said. Ergler works three nights a week at The Lion’s Den coffee shop at the school for the blind as part of the “Go Out and Live Successfully” class that each senior must complete. “Currently we’re working on job-shadowing,” Ergler said. “We’re going out and practicing interviews, interviewing skills, how to look for jobs.”With the right tools — such as talking thermometers and scales — blind people can easily cook, said Heidi Batchelor, co-owner of College Burger and Chewy’s Really Big Burritos.last_img read more

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Sale of PAGCORoperated casinos put on hold Domingo

first_img RelatedPosts G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo The long-awaited sale of PAGCOR-operated casinos has been put on hold, according to the head of the Philippines gaming regulator.In an exclusive interview with Inside Asian Gaming, PAGCOR chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo revealed that the government was no longer focused on selling its casino licenses anytime soon, with the solid growth of the local gaming industry proving too lucrative to give up. PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applications PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Load More “You know, [the PAGCOR casinos] are holding up quite well. Last year they contributed Php22 billion (US$405.5 million) to our Php60 billion earnings and this year we’re looking at about Php26 billion to Php27 billion,” Domingo told IAG.Asked if that meant PAGCOR would instead continue as both an operator and a regulator, Domingo said, “I think for the next few years, because they’re still profitable – because the PAGCOR owned and operated casinos, the GGR they yield goes directly to the government, 100%.“With the IRs, our share of the GGR is about 19.5% so if you look into that and the contribution to the national government every year, if you take this out it will take five years for a new IR to contribute that amount which automatically lessens our net contribution to the national government by Php22 billion for at least for the next 10 years.”PAGCOR first announced in August 2016 its intention to sell its 47 casinos under order of President Rodrigo Duterte, with the goal of raising funds towards the national budget.It later stated that the sale of its licenses would begin in 2018 and in January this year revealed it had singled out 17 individual casinos under its operation to be offered to interested parties under phase one of the sell-off.However, Domingo told IAG that no discussions with prospective buyers have taken place.“Actually it is prohibited for us to talk to anybody who wants to buy because of the procurement law,” she said. “The issues that are being raised about PAGCOR owning casinos as well as regulating privately owned casinos, that it’s a conflict of interest, this doesn’t actually happen because being a government office, I have to go through procurement law – which is a nightmare.“So I think the privatization thing, there’s really nothing to sell because all of the casinos that we own and operate are in venues that are not owned by us but only leased by us.”Domingo added that although PAGCOR-operated casinos could not compete with the scale of or revenue generated by Manila’s Entertainment City IRs, “We’re keeping our market because we have a niche in the gaming industry.“There’s a certain cultural characteristic of the Filipinos, the ‘Suki’ mentality,” she said. “They’re so used to dealing with these people, the personalized service, the ‘hi, hello’, they know each other’s first names – those are what the IRs will never be able to take from PAGCOR.”The full interview with Domingo will feature in the upcoming October edition of Inside Asian Gaming, available from next week.last_img read more

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Genting Singapore appoints Nanami Kasasaki as Chief Corporate Officer

first_imgShe will also assist the President and COO in the formulation of strategic development for the group’s investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, and new business opportunities.Kasasaki’s previous positions within Genting Singapore have included SVP of Casino Marketing for Resorts World Marketing Pte Ltd, Corporate Officer and EVP, Planning for Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd and EVP of Corporate Planning and Finance for Genting Singapore. Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018 Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Load More Singapore’s international visitation up, spending down in 1Q19 Genting Singapore has named Ms Nanami Kasasaki as its new Chief Corporate Officer, effective from 1 June 2019.The role will see Kasasaki, who joined the Genting Group in 2008, oversee the group’s corporate functions including corporate finance, corporate planning, corporate communications and investor relations. RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories 2228 March 2018

first_imgThe 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 22 and 28 March 2018 were:NHS Employers offers staff three-year pay dealEquality and Human Rights Commission publishes final gender pay gap reporting enforcement actionAsos and BBC named UK’s Top Companies for 2018EXCLUSIVE: 22% blame high employee absence rates on lack of health and wellbeing initiativesEmployee Benefits Awards 2018 shortlist unveiledLeeds City College recruits therapy dogThomas Cook to give cabin crew two-year pay dealFCA publishes changes to pension transfer adviceSky reports an 11.5% mean gender pay gapDPD to give delivery drivers paid leave, pension and sick pay in new worker contractlast_img read more

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Extracurricular clubs rank as most popular employee benefit

first_imgExtracurricular clubs, such as arts and crafts sessions and book clubs, rank as the most popular employee benefit, with a perceived value score of 97.57 out of 100, according to research by engagement and motivation organisation Perkbox.The 2018 Great Perk Search report, which surveyed 2,315 UK employees, found that community-based activities, such as pool tables, ping pong tables and office sports teams, are the next most popular perks, beating more traditional benefits like private healthcare, which ranked 16th, and discounted gym memberships, which ranked 35th out of the top 50.Of the benefits that respondents are currently receiving, 30% have access to free coffee and hot drinks; this is the ninth most popular benefit. A further 30% attend Christmas parties and 29% are able to work flexible hours. In contrast, only 2% of respondents are able to bring to their dog to work with them, although this tallies with this benefit ranking as the 50th most popular, with a perceived value score of 46.64 out of 100.Under a third (29%) of respondents value the opportunity to attend language classes, although other hobby-based benefits employers could consider include cooking and baking classes (20%), craft sessions (18%), dance classes (17%), art classes (15%) and organisational fitness challenges, such as marathons (15%).Around 31% of respondents would feel valued for their work if hobby-related clubs and sports teams were offered at their workplace, while 20% believe they would be more productive and 27% would be more loyal to the organisation. Nevertheless, 48% of respondents still want access to benefits that can save them money in their personal lives.Chieu Cao, chief marketing officer and co-founder at Perkbox, said: “The second wave of Generation Z graduates are entering the workplace for the very first time this year. Therefore, it’s critical that employers offer the benefits [Generation] Z crave in order to attract and retain the very best talent from this demographic.“It’s good news for employers that [Generation] Z value simple perks the most. Wherever possible, employers should have workforce benefits in place, especially as they cost so little, especially for desired perks such as hot drinks and flexi-hours. Yet the [return-on-investment] for employers investing in these types of workplace benefits would be substantial.”last_img read more

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Miami Police arrest man accused of shooting mother of 6

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police have arrested a man in the case of a mother shot multiple times.According to police, 30-year-old Terrell Jimmel Robinson was arrested Friday and is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after being wanted for attempted murder.The incident occurred between 10 and 11 p.m., Monday, at a home located at 450 N.W. 73rd Terrace.One neighbor spoke to 7News about what happened after she heard the multiple gunshots. “I waited till the gunshots was over,” Sheffield said. “I heard her kids screaming in the back about their mama, so I ran outside and looked over and saw the woman on the ground, and I just stood over her and prayed over her and called 911 to get us some help.”Police believe Robinson is responsible for shooting Shaqueenia A. Hanna nearly a dozen times, Monday.She remains hospitalized in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Water main break causes A1A lane closures boil water notice

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews are working to repair a water line break in the northbound lanes of Florida State Road A1A, in Fort Lauderdale, Monday.According to Fort Lauderdale Police, northbound lanes near North Ocean Boulevard have been blocked due to a sink hole caused by a water main break on the roadway.Northbound traffic is being diverted west onto Northeast 21st Street to Northeast 33rd Avenue and then north to Northeast 23rd Street, then east, back to A1A.Both northbound lanes will remain closed from Northeast 21st Street to Northeast 23rd Street through the afternoon rush hour. The southbound lanes are moving as they normally would at this hour.The rupture led officials to issue a boil water advisory for a small section of a nearby neighborhood. Those living between Northeast 23rd and 19th streets are advised to boil all water used for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth and washing dishes until further notice.Repairs are expected to be completed this evening.To avoid delays, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. For more information contact the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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MiamiDade Animal Services hosts 4th Annual MegaMatchAThon

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Animal Services is hosting their Fourth Annual Mega-Match-A-Thon, Saturday.The 24-hour event kicked off Friday just before midnight with family-friendly entertainment and hundreds of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies available for adoption.The event is taking place at Tropical Park at Southwest 40th Street and 79th Avenue, in Southwest Miami-Dade.New pet owner Jill Manning gave her opinion as to why events like the Match-A-Thon are so important. “I think because there is just a really big need. People need help, and the animals need the help, and I think the animals complete the family,” she said.Adoption fees begin at $30 for dogs over 4 months and all cats. Puppies under 4 months have a $75 adoption fee.All adopted pets were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped for their new families.The 24-hour event, which also features food trucks, music and children’s activities, will take place until 11:59 p.m., Saturday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Investigation underway at Fort LauderdaleHollywood Intl after FedEx plane fire

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation and major clean up are underway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Monday, just days after a FedEx cargo plane caught fire upon landing, causing extensive damage to the aircraft and the airport runway.Monday morning, 7SkyforceHD captured workers hooking up a sling to the damaged wing of the plane. By Monday afternoon, the crew will then place the wing onto a flat bed and tow the aircraft off the runway. Crews were also seen working on the area of the runway where the plane hit the pavement, causing extensive damage. This runway remains closed.One noticeable difference to the plane’s appearance, Monday morning, was something that was no longer there — no FedEx logos or lettering were visible on the sides or tail of the aircraft.The reason for this paint job is not known.On Friday, a FedEx cargo plane’s left wing and fuel tank caught fire as it landed at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. The FedEx jet was arriving at FLL from Memphis, Tennessee, when the incident occurred.According to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, the fire didn’t spread to the thousands of pieces of mail and other cargo the plane carried.FedEx confirmed in a statement, Friday, that the plane’s only crew members at the time of the fire were pilots who were both able to safely escape the aircraft down a rope ladder. After the landing, officials ordered a complete ground stop at FLL, Friday evening, causing some delays for travelers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police searching for missing elderly Miami woman with Alzheimers

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police is asking for the public’s help in finding an elderly woman who has Alzheimer’s disease.Seventy-five-year-old Caridad Zaya went missing on Wednesday from 6700 N.E. 4th Ave.Zaya is black with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Police Department at (305) 603-6300 or (305) 603-6307.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lyft introduces 2 new ride sharing options in Miami

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A popular ride sharing service is rolling out two new premium car rides in several cities, including Miami.According to a spokesperson, Lyft announced, Thursday, that Lyft Lux and Lux SUV will be available in Miami for the first time since 2014.Lyft Lux is a more luxurious ride sharing option and according to the press release, an option for business travelers. For drivers, this is another way to make use of their high-end vehicles.Courtesy: LyftTo qualify, Lyft Lux drivers must drive in a Lyft city where Lyft Lux or Lux SUV is available and drive an approved Lyft Lux or Lux SUV vehicle.The approved vehicle list can be found here.The other cities where these services are available include:AtlantaBaltimoreBostonDallasDenverDetroitLas VegasMinneapolisNew JerseyOrange CountyPhiladelphiaPhoenixSan DiegoSeattleWashington, D.C.last_img read more

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Pedestrian hit by car in Miami Beach causes road closures

first_imgPlease check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this breaking story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a pedestrian to the hospital after, officials said, the victim was hit by a car in Miami Beach.Miami Beach Police are on the scene of the accident near Washington Avenue and Seventh Street, Wednesday afternoon.Officials have closed down the area from Sixth to Eighth Street, as of 5 p.m.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene where caution tape has been put up.Police said the driver remained on the scene and is cooperating.According to a Miami Beach Police spokesperson, the victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with head injuries.Police are investigating this case. last_img read more

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1 dead after shooting at New Years Eve party in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a shooting at a New Year’s Eve party left a man dead.Officers responded to the home near Northwest 17th Court and 52nd Avenue just before 11 p.m. Sunday after reports of shots fired.When they arrived, they found the victim unconscious and not breathing.According to investigators, the victim was attending a New Year’s Eve party with some friends when another man approached him and opened fire. The subject then fled the scene.The subject is described as a man standing 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Firefighter hurt battling flames in abandoned Miami Beach home

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A firefighter was injured on the job while battling flames at a Miami Beach home, Tuesday night.The abandoned, two-story home near 85th Street and Byron Avenue was engulfed in flames by the time fire rescue arrived.The house was also boarded up, leaving crews unable to enter the property to see what sparked the fire.One firefighter was taken to Ryder Trauma Center with a leg injury and may need surgery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to 2017 Palmetto Expressway shooting

first_imgNone of the civilian victims were present in court, but the officers who responded were.“The prosecutor in this case was very fair considering the 30 or so charges of attempted murder, police officers involved. I think it was over 100 rounds fired,” said Howard. “To avoid the statutory minimum mandatories and potential life in prison is a win.”Ruiz’s guilty plea was made in exchange for 18 years in prison at a 10-year minimum sentence. He was also given two years of community control and 10 years of probation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man has pleaded guilty to multiple attempted first-degree murder charges in a 2017 Palmetto Expressway shooting.In May of 2017, 36-year-old Horvin Ruiz unloaded at least 108 rounds from a modified AK-47 and handgun at police and traffic near Northwest 74th Street on the Palmetto Expressway.Related: Man arrested for shooting AK-47 on SR 826Ruiz’s lawyer said his client was mentally ill and suggested this could have been prevented.“Obviously, my client accepted blame for his actions today by taking the plea,” said defense attorney Josh Howard. “There’s something to be said for self-admitting to a hospital for mental health issues and a week later this happens.”Police said on the morning of May 29, 2017, Ruiz was driving south on the Palmetto Expressway when he quickly turned around and drove the wrong way.He then crashed into a minivan packed with a family, including a pregnant woman.Ruiz then got out of the vehicle and opened fire at passing cars before surrendering to authorities after running out of ammunition. last_img read more

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Video shows thief swiping package from SW MiamiDade home

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Southwest Miami-Dade homeowner is asking for the public’s help to catch a porch pirate who targeted his home.Doorbell camera video captured the man, seen wearing a black baseball cap, a white T-shirt and dark colored pants, as he grabbed a package outside a house along Southwest 189th Street and 132nd Avenue, back in February.Officials said the subject took off on a bicycle.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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