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Fake officer pulls over a real undercover officer in Florida - Authorities say a Florida man impersonating an officer flipped the red and blue lights on his SUV while unknowingly trying to stop a car with a real officer. The Tampa Bay Times reports 26-year-old Matthew Erris was arrested on a charge of impersonating a public officer.

Boy Injured in Mall of America Fall Is 'Showing Real Signs of Recovery' The family of a 5-year old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony by a man at the Mall of America last Friday say their son is "showing real signs of recovery," despite remaining in intensive care for over a week, NBC News reported. "We have good news to share with you on this good Friday.

ICYMI: Miami Housing Crisis; Hooded Burglar Here are some of this week's top stories from the NBC 6 Weekend Digest:. What Miami Is Doing About Affordable Housing Crisis. The City of Miami is creating a "master plan" to address its affordable housing crisis, with a goal of creating 12,000 affordable units by 2024.

11-foot alligator captured in Miami MIAMI - A Miami Fire Rescue crew came across an 11-foot alligator lurking around a Miami neighborhood. The team had noticed something strange during their drive back to the station near Northwest 13th Street and 37th Avenue, Friday night. At first, the crew thought the reptile was a body until they realized it was actually an alligator.

National Park Week kicks off Saturday with free entry The 2019 National Park Week has kicked off across the country. To celebrate the week, many national parks across the country will be allowing people in for free, Saturday. National parks will be waiving admission fees throughout Saturday, including the Everglades National Park.

Knaus Berry Farm closes for summer - A South Florida favorite is temporarily shutting its doors. Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead is closing for the summer season, Saturday. Known for its cinnamon rolls, fresh-baked bread and strawberry shakes, it's now going back to the fields to grow more goodies for the public.

Miami 4/20 Day Food and Drink Guide The Beaker and Gray co-owner has always used a healthy dose of elixirs and botanicals in his recipes. So it stands to reason that Potts is embracing CBD as an ingredient at the Sylvester, his new project with Beaker and Gray partner/chef Brian Nasajon.

Man accused of voting in Florida, then New Hampshire - A New Hampshire man has been accused of voting in the state and in Florida during the November 2018 general election. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says Robert A. Bell was charged with knowingly checking in in Atkinson, New Hampshire, and casting a ballot there, after having already cast a ballot in Palm Coast, Florida.

Child Falls Out of Moving Vehicle in Allapattah: Police Police are investigating after a child fell out of a moving vehicle Friday night in Allapattah. The incident happened near NW 37th Street and NW 15th Avenue, Miami police said. Police said the child's car seat was not buckled in correctly and the car door was also not closed correctly.

Miami Marlins Join Ban On Plastic Straws MIAMI - The Miami Marlins are among five Major League Baseball teams which have joined the 'green team,' by banning plastic straws from their concession stands. The plastic straw ban at Marlins Park is part of the MLB clubs' sustainability practices.

Handyman swipes cash, valuables and gun from disabled couple's home - A disabled South Florida couple is reeling after, they said, the handyman they hired stole hundreds of dollars in cash and valuables, including their handgun. Paul and Jena Giliberto said they brought a day laborer into their Fort Lauderdale home on Tuesday to paint their house and do odd jobs around the house.

Miami Woman Left Child Inside Car While She Went Shopping: Police A Miami woman was arrested after she left her child, who has autism, behind inside her car while she shopped at a Bed, Bath and Beyond, police said. Veronika Lopez, 47, faces a charge of child neglect with no great bodily harm, an arrest report said.

Toddler in car seat falls from car in Miami MIAMI - Rescue crews have taken a toddler to the hospital after he fell out of a moving vehicle in Miami while still on his car seat. City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 15th Avenue and 37th Street, at around 8:30 p.m., Friday.

GOP Congressman Climbs 'Border' Wall, Doesn't Actually Make It to Mexico Duncan Hunter is facing backlash for pretending to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, NBC News reports - something his Democratic opponent says would have violated the terms of the congressman's parole stemming from federal charges of misusing campaign funds.

Bad Weather Delays, Cancels Hundreds of Flights at MIA, FLL Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled Friday evening at Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports due to severe weather in the northeast. FLL is expecting more than 100 flight delays and at least 25 cancellations, with some delays running more than several hours long.

Maison Valentine hatches Easter egg made with edible gold Give the gift of gold this Easter - and we're talkin' about edible gold. We found a spot you can hop right over to from now through Easter for a very special egg. Maison Valentine on Miami Beach has all kinds of pastries - but wait just a minute. What's that one?

La Centrale in Brickell puts Italian spin on Earth Day Friday's Deco show was kinda green. We love a good a theme. Monday is Earth Day, so Deco checked out a spot that's going green for a good cause. La Centrale in Brickell is going green for Earth Day to raise awareness for the environment. Ivan Haller, La Centrale: "We believe that we have to do something for the Earth that we live on.

South Florida businesses offer CBD-infused specials for 4/20 For some folks, 4/20 means April 20. For others, it's a time to live the high life, and at some South Florida hot spots, it's a time to get some smoking deals. Spa the good life. The Spa at the Miami Beach EDITION has a deal you're gonna want to experience.

Kentucky welding class builds iron throne for student's wedding We have a major "Game of Thrones" spoiler: We know who's claiming the iron throne! It's not Jon Snow or Daenerys or even Bran Stark. It's going to be a wife from Kentucky. Character in "Game of Thrones": "I promise to fight for the living." He fights for the throne, but someone isn't up for the fight, so he just built his own!

Miami Rescue Mission Feeds Homeless, Needy On Good Friday MIAMI - On this Good Friday, there was plenty to give thanks for, at the Miami Rescue Mission. The non-profit organization served thousands of meals to the homeless and needy at its annual "Thanksgiving on Good Friday" block party. There was also plenty of treats and activities for kids.

Crews free cat stuck in SW Miami-Dade storm drain - Crews came to the rescue of a cat that had become stuck in a storm drain in Southwest Miami-Dade. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews found the trapped feline near Southwest 127th Avenue and 145th Street, Friday. With the help of a ladder, rescuers climbed six feet below to pull the cat to safety.

City Considers Lawsuit Against Melreese Country Club Operator The drama over the effort to bring Major League Soccer to Miami is heating up, as the city is now considering a lawsuit against the management company that operates at a public golf course where a massive soccer complex could be constructed.

Miramar Mayor's Bid For Presidency Off to Bumpy Start After reporting more than $80,000 in contributions, Wayne Messam for America amended its report to show half that much was raised, blaming a software error. The campaign also has issues with pay for contractors…

Zoo Miami chimpanzees undergo annual medical exams MIAMI - Chimpanzees at Zoo Miami went to the doctor to take their annual physical exams. Four chimpanzees underwent several medical exams this week. Despite minor health issues, three of the chimpanzees are doing well. A fourth one, unfortunately, is suffering from heart disease.

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