ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program’s shipment of 25 metric tons of U.S. hi-pro soybean meal has arrived in Pakistan. The soybean meal will be utilized by local WISHH partner Oryza Organics in the production of floating fish feed as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded “FEEDing Pakistan” program.The feed produced by Oryza will be the first of its kind produced locally in Pakistan. A recent USDA Global Agriculture Information Network report highlighted the projected increase in aquaculture production in Pakistan, which is estimated to increase the demand for soybean meal from 42,000 tons to 260,000 tons.WISHH Country Representative R.S.N. Janjua (left)and Oryza Organics CEO Zahid Yaqoob show off bags of U.S. soybean meal at Oryza’s factory. (ASA/WISHH/PK photo)
o What: Second BRT design workshop.o When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.o Where: C-Tran administrative office, 2425 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.C-Tran planners on Wednesday offered the most detailed look yet at what a bus rapid transit system could look like on Vancouver’s crowded Fourth Plain corridor.About a dozen people gathered at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall for a hands-on design workshop to offer their thoughts on what doesn’t work on the corridor and what does. Planners also steered participants through three-dimensional computer models showing what new boarding stations and stops along a revamped Fourth Plain could look like.C-Tran has spent most of this year seriously exploring the idea of bus rapid transit (BRT). On Wednesday, C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm characterized the project as only the latest step in Fourth Plain’s development over the years.“Fourth Plain didn’t always look like it does today. It evolves. It changes,” Hamm said. “I think we’re at one of those points now.”BRT works by using any number of features — larger vehicles, raised boarding stations, dedicated bus lanes and specialized traffic signals among them — to move passengers more smoothly and reliably. A system on Fourth Plain wouldn’t necessarily use all of those tools, but rather some combination of them in different parts of the corridor.
Well, it just doesn’t get any better than this in the month of February — at least the early part. The price we had to pay for the sunshine was of course those gusty east winds, but hey, we will take it. And a nice one for National Weatherperson’s Day,Feb. 5!Looking ahead, I certainly do not see much weather action the next 10 days or so — maybe some clouds this week from time to time, and a sprinkle here and there, but really not much to write home about.Temperatures varied greatly around Clark County Friday and Saturday depending on wind exposure. Wind-sheltered areas dipped into the 20s while other locations remained in the 40s. Afternoon highs reached 60 degrees in some locations. I saw a bank sign reading 60 degrees Friday afternoon.If you want to read some amazing facts about the snow and ice that hit western Washington last month, the Washington State Climatologist’s office has it all in its February newsletter: http://climate.washington.edu/newsletter/2012Feb.pdf.There you will find that during the five-day event, Ocean Shores recorded over 16 inches of snow; Olympia Airport, 14.2 inches; Rochester, 19.9 inches; Winlock, 27.6 inches; Onalaska, 26.2 inches; Cosmopolis, 17.6 inches; and Forks, 27.5 inches.
Republican Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt will not be allowed to speak Saturday at the Clark County GOP Convention along with other candidates, party chairman Brandon Vick said Wednesday, March 28.Candidates are allowed to give a three-minute speech. Vick said Boldt may attend as an observer, but as part of a sanction imposed last year he cannot give a speech.Boldt, who served five terms as a state legislator, is running for his third term as a county commissioner.The convention runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.Boldt met Tuesday with the party’s executive board and asked members to remove sanctions aimed at convincing Boldt to vote more in line with the board’s thinking. “It was a good discussion,” Boldt, a resident of Hockinson, said later Tuesday night. “Everyone got their points out and I’m just hoping for the best.”Vick said Wednesday that Boldt answered questions for 90 minutes from board members.“Obviously there were a lot of highs and lows but it was respectful,” Vick said.After Boldt left the members discussed the fact that when the sanction was imposed in late November, there were no targets for Boldt to meet in order for the sanction to be lifted.
Getting outdoors in the Pacific Northwest often means enduring rainy weather.So the gray clouds threatening rain throughout the day Saturday — and at times delivering sprinkles — didn’t deter families from visiting the Fort Vancouver National Site for National Get Outdoors Day.“It’s just a little rain,” said Micah Just, 9, of Vancouver.As tiny droplets fell, Micah slipped into a harness and helmet and scaled a rock wall, taking the toughest route to the top. His grandmother, Brenda Hunt, watched from the ground below, offering advice and encouragement as Micah climbed.“We always like to try and find things on the weekend to do with the kids,” Hunt said.Saturday’s free event featured more than 60 groups, including service organizations, conservation groups, businesses, local recreation groups and national parks agencies. The event gave kids a chance to experience fishing, hurling, rock climbing, disc golf and archery, among other activities. And the Audubon Society of Portland showed off some of its winged friends, including a 5-year-old turkey vulture.Reneé Robinson of Portland brought her three kids to the historic site after hearing about Saturday’s event from a co-worker. Robinson and her kids spend as much time outdoors as possible, including frequent bike rides, she said.Saturday’s event let the kids try some new things outdoors — even if it was raining.“We wanted to get out,” she said. “It’s going to rain regardless.”“It’s a fun day for the kids, a family day,” she added.Across the field from the archery targets, dozens of young fishermen and women dropped their lines into fire tanks stocked with trout. Once they successfully snagged fish, volunteers dropped the still-flopping trout into small plastic bags. Steven Lane/The ColumbianCharlotte Frampton, 11, catches a trout from a fishing pond at the Get Outdoors Day event at the Fort Vancouver National Site on Saturday. The two fishing ponds were stocked with 800 trout.
Any moisture that might have been in the picture on Labor Day has evaporated, and our fine weather will continue during the long holiday weekend and beyond. Many kids go back to the classroom next week, and as often happens, temperatures are expected to rise.Forecast charts Wednesday afternoon show that the high temperature might go back into the 80s again for next week. The dry spell continues after more than a month without rain. The last measurable rainfall of 0.05 of an inch was on July 20. Forest fire danger will remain high, so factor that into your outdoor plans this weekend. July’s total rainfall was less than a quarter of an inch, so it is good that we had nearly 3 1/2 inches of rain in June to help our annual rainfall totals. I’m thinking about the monthly rainfall report from our friends and neighbors around the area; the next one will be short for this month.Because there isn’t much to talk about in the weather department; let’s see what I was writing about a few years back as we also headed into the long Labor Day weekend. In 2000, I penned this paragraph: “Looking ahead towards the last big holiday weekend of the summer, things look a little cloudy. In fact, weather forecast charts are calling for a good shot of rain and even snow at the higher Cascade ranges. Snow could fall between 5,000 to 7,000 feet.” At least we don’t have to endure that chilly forecast this year! Another season is about to wrap up and go in the record books for us weather and climate folks. We consider Sept. 1 to be the beginning of fall, while the rest of you wait for the official start of fall with the autumnal equinox that rolls in at 7:49 a.m. Sept. 22. And, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, that will be the earliest arrival of autumn since 1896.
Anita Will has worked for years to keep a historic mill near Whipple Creek from tumbling down.A product of Day Hilborn, perhaps Southwest Washington’s most prominent architect of the mid-20th century, the mill is in a rugged state of disrepair. It’s getting “hammered” with graffiti, says Will. And despite the work to clean it, the spray paint just has a way of coming back again and again.For more information on the group, visit its Facebook page or its website.“Look, there’s more I tried hours to clean,” she says, pointing out the muted orange letters on the mill’s eastern wall.The structure has lost its mill look, as well. The water wheel is gone, the roof is caved in and the walls aren’t exactly all there.Bottom line: this old mill needs some work.So it’s a good thing people like Will love it so much. And it really helps that the structure is nestled into the forest enclave of Whipple Creek Park.The park is a beauty in its own right. A 300-acre forest enclave with miles of trails helping hikers, cyclists and equestrians get lost in spots where the sun can’t properly heat the cool air beneath the canopy.
Dr. Alan Melnick Dr. Alan Melnick is now at the helm of Clark County Public Health.Beginning today, Melnick, the county’s health officer since 2006, is filling the department’s new top position: health officer/administrator.Consolidating two health department administrative positions to create the new position is one of several staffing changes that will save the department more than $262,000 per year.“I think we’ll be leaner and meaner,” Melnick said.The reorganization efforts began after former Director John Wiesman left the county in April to become Washington secretary of health. Deputy Director Marni Storey was tapped as the interim director, but last month, Storey announced she was leaving the county to take a job in Washington County, Ore. Her last day was Tuesday.In July, the health department’s leadership team — composed of Storey, Melnick and Jeff Harbison, the administrative services manager — proposed consolidating the director and health officer positions. The proposal also eliminated a vacant coordinator position and an administrative assistant position that became vacant after a July 31 retirement.The Clark County commissioners unanimously approved the proposal.After Storey announced her plans to leave the county, the leadership team explored whether the department would benefit from additional leadership changes. They decided to eliminate the deputy director position and bring two of the department’s program managers — Tricia Mortell and Janis Koch — onto the leadership team, Melnick said.The reorganization doesn’t change the number of people in the leadership team — which now consists of Melnick, Harbison, Mortell and Koch — but it does lower the total salary cost of the team by nearly $74,000 per year.
Click to enlarge. Percent of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals:o Statewide: 46 percent.o Washington Elementary: 91.7 percent.On Nov. 1, food stamps were reduced to pre-2009, pre-recession levels, cutting food stamps by:o $11/month per individual.o $36/month for family of four.The reader board on the lawn at Vancouver First United Methodist Church proclaims: “We love our neighbors.”Those words are not just a platitude to the congregation’s members. They really mean it.On Saturday, church volunteers gathered to pack Thanksgiving food boxes for Washington Elementary students and their families. On Monday, they delivered the boxes to the school. Later, families picked up the boxes in the school’s Family-Community Resource Center.Those boxes contained the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner in addition to cereal, peanut butter and other staples to tide the students and their families over during the long Thanksgiving weekend. Typically, the kids would eat breakfast and lunch at school.Students who receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunches would be missing six school meals during the holiday weekend. The folks at the church rallied to prevent any Washington Elementary student from missing a meal.Starting weeks before Thanksgiving, church members began filling large boxes just inside the church entrance with nonperishable food. Some hefted hams and turkeys and stashed them in the church’s refrigerator.Then Elizabeth Owen, program director at the church, tallied what had been gathered.Next, Owen called Christy Bayly, a longtime church member and the church’s official shopper. Bayly works full time, but the weekend before Thanksgiving, she makes a couple of colossal grocery shopping trips to supplement what food items are still needed to complete the boxes. The church spends from $300 to $500 on the additional food.
Vicki Elliott (pictured), senior partner and leader of the Global Financial Services Talent Network at Mercer, said: “Overall, total compensation levels remain broadly the same compared to levels prior to regulated bonus caps.“However, banks, particularly in Europe, have significantly increased fixed pay levels improving the certainty of pay delivered to key risk-takers.” Around two-thirds (61%) of employer respondents increased employees’ fixed pay by more than 5% in 2015, according to research by Mercer.Its 11th annual Global financial services executive compensation snapshot survey, which is based on the pay practices of 71 global financial services firms, also found that 58% of respondents reduced variable pay by more than 5% last year.The research also found:92% of respondents expect total compensation levels to remain relatively unchanged in 2016.Global average base salaries are expected to increase between 2% and 2.7% in 2016.Respondents in Latin America and Asia project average salary increases of 4.3% this year.Respondents in North America and Europe forecast average salary increases of 2.4% and 2.3%, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: Dr Shaun Davies (pictured), global director of safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability at postal organisation Royal Mail Group, will discuss why employers should integrate a health and wellbeing strategy with business strategy at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, ‘Managing health and wellbeing at work’, will form part of the health and wellbeing conference stream on Tuesday 10 October. Davies will present the session alongside Gareth Mullen, head of safety, health, wellbeing and security, retail and group services at Thames Water, and Sharron Pommells, people operations director at Virgin.During the session, Davies will discuss why it is important that employers integrate a health and wellbeing strategy into an organisation’s daily decision making and business operations, rather than having health and wellbeing initiatives as an add on to existing working practices.He will also explore how an integrated approach to health and wellbeing can play a vital role in an organisation’s talent attraction and retention strategy, as well as the impact on productivity and engagement.Davies will also speak about the broader benefits of integrating health and wellbeing into an organisation’s business strategy, for example its role in supporting an ageing population. Protecting the health of employees can impact how competitive and successful an organisation can be.Davies said: “[Employers] have got to have [health and wellbeing] as an integral part of [the] business and the operations rather than it being an afterthought or an add on.“Organisations need to be effective, productive and profitable, so […] not only does [a wellbeing strategy] mean that [employers] get good-quality, fit, healthy, well people, but through a wellbeing strategy, [employers] can keep them that way, which is good for them and good for business.“If [employers] don’t protect and value [their] asset, [their] people, […] then [they] really run the risk of putting [themselves] out of business or out of competition by not having the right sort of people.“The thing for me is about moving health and wellbeing up the agenda. It’s not [about] fresh fruit and water coolers, it’s a lot more than that. People need to understand that and think about the business benefits of a wellbeing strategy at work.”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.
Technology organisation Google is subject to a lawsuit that alleges, in the US state of California, female employees are discriminated against under the organisation’s approach to pay and opportunities for promotion.Three former female employees have filed a class action lawsuit accusing the US-based business of paying women less than men for comparable work.The lawsuit, Ellis v Google, which was filed on 14 September 2017 at the Superior Court of the State of California, alleges that Google systematically pays female employees lower compensation than it does to male employees with similar job experience and who perform similar work in similar conditions.The lawsuit also claims Google places female employees in job ladders and levels with fewer advancement opportunities and lower compensation ceilings than male employees. For example, one plaintiff was placed on a level three software engineering job ladder, which is typically used for entry-level graduates, while a male employee who graduated in the same year and had similar qualifications and experience was hired to the level four software engineering job ladder, which receives higher salary and bonus opportunities.The claimants allege that Google knew, or should have known, that female employees were paid less than male counterparts because the organisation completes annual internal pay equity analysis and maintains employment records, which detail wage rates and job classifications.They claim that this is a violation off the California Equal Pay Act and are therefore seeking payment of unpaid wages, a 10% interest on the due wages, and liquidated damages.As well as seeking relief for the affected plaintiffs, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, the lawsuit will apply to all women employed by Google in California at any time in the past four years, through to the trial date.Gina Scigliano, spokesperson at Google, said: “We work really hard to create a great workplace for everyone, and to give everyone the chance to thrive here. In relation to this particular lawsuit, we’ll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations. Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these decisions. And we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly. But on all these topics, if we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees.”James M Finberg, attorney at Altshuler Berzon, one of the law firms representing the claimants, said: “Google’s motto is to do no harm, but it has harmed its [female] employees by not treating them as well as its male employees. It is time for that to stop.”Kelly M Dermody, attorney at Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, which is also representing the plaintiffs, added: “While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century. This case seeks to ensure fairness for women at Google.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched an online financial tool as part of an updated financial wellbeing offering to staff.Money Wizard, which launched on 4 June 2018, was created by Wealth Wizards, and is designed to help and support the financial wellbeing of the FCO’s 12,500 employees.The Money Wizard tool provides FCO employees with help and advice, recognising their financial priorities and strategically implementing a series of tools and tips around how to improve their financial health.This product enhances the organisation’s current offer, broadening the financial education and budgeting provision to staff.Money Wizard is designed specifically to help employees understand what their priorities should be, and to provide personalised tools and tips to improve. Additionally, employers receive anonymised information on the areas in which their employees need help the most, so that they can design a strategy accordingly.Andrew Firth (pictured), chief executive officer of Wealth Wizards, said: “We are delighted that the FCO is adopting Money Wizard, our digital financial tool designed to support employees in planning ahead. Whether it is offering tools and tips or extended digital financial advice, organisations are increasingly seeing their employees’ financial health as a key part of their corporate responsibility plans, and it is great to see the FCO lead from the front.”Colin Lacey, head of pay and reward at the FCO, added: “Financial wellbeing is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is one of the key strands in the FCO’S overall attitude to wellbeing. We look forward to working with Wealth Wizards, who have delivered a solution through Money Wizard that will provide employees with financial education to help them feel more in control of their finances.”
Around 155 staff based at an Argos warehouse in Kettering, employed by logistics organisation Wincanton, will receive a 19% pay increase by 2022.The pay deal, which was negotiated with trade union Unite, has been designed to equalise pay among the 300 members of staff based at an Argos warehouse in Kettering, Northamptonshire.In 2017, 145 employees were transferred from an operating site in Magna Park, Leicestershire, to the site in Kettering; these individuals remained on a higher salary than the existing staff, which led to disruption among the workforce.The agreed deal ensures that staff on the lower rate of pay will receive a 19% pay increase by 2022, rising wages from £10 an hour to £11.88 an hour. Employees on the higher rate of pay will also receive a payment worth around 6% of salary.Mick Orpin, regional officer at Unite, said: “[Unite] has now negotiated parity for the workforce by securing a 19% pay increase for the lower paid [employees]. The remaining [staff] also received a payment worth 6% and they overwhelmingly supported the deal. It now means the [employees] are strong, organised and united. This was a complex set of negotiations, but the deal delivers for the entire workforce.”Wincanton was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A Tri-Rail train struck and killed one person in Oakland Park.Police responded to the scene near Northwest 38th Street alongside Interstate 95, at around 5 p.m., Wednesday.It is unclear if the casualty was a pedestrian or on a cycle of some kind.Tri-Rail has set up bus bridges between the Cypress Creek and Fort Lauderdale stations and is urging commuters seek alternate routes.Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are on the lookout for a trio of people who robbed a Miami Beach home.Police said on Jan. 20, three people approached a home located along South Hibiscus Drive and East Second Court and broke inside.Police said they managed to get away with nearly $150,000 worth of jewelry.Luckily, the ordeal was captured on camera.If you have any information on this burglary, 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.
Wilson went on to explain that, after working with other members of Congress, Obama signed the bill into law just days before the ribbon-cutting. “The president signed the bill into law this past Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 with a bang, bang, bang,” she said.“So [Kelly] didn’t tell the truth, and he needs to stop telling lies on me,” Wilson told CNN.While the speech doesn’t support Kelly’s allegations, the White House is standing by his claim. “He was stunned that she had taken that opportunity to make it about herself,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.When a reporter pressed her on the matter, Huckabee Sanders replied, “If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that’s something highly inappropriate.”This week of ugly exchanges between Wilson and the White House was sparked by allegations from the congresswoman that the commander in chief was insensitive to Myeshia Johnson when he called her to express his condolences.“Everyone is tired of the back and forth,” said Wilson.The congresswoman said this day is not about a war of words but about honoring an American hero. “My emphasis today is on my constituents and helping them lay our hero to rest,” she said.7News has reached out to Wilson’s office for more clarification on her comments in the New York Times interview, but as of Friday night, there has been no response.Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Wilson said the 2015 video backs up the congresswoman’s account about the dedication of the FBI building.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A snowballing war of words between a South Florida congresswoman and the Donald Trump administration’s chief of staff reached a fever pitch this week when she responded to claims that have since been disputed in a story published in the Sun-Sentinel.In a new interview with The New York Times posted online, Friday night, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., went beyond calling Chief of Staff John Kelly a liar. She is quoted as saying, “The White House itself is full of white supremacists.”The latest twist comes after days of name-calling and accusations between Wilson and Kelly amid growing controversy surrounding Trump’s condolence call to the widow of Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson.“He can’t just go on TV and lie on me,” Wilson said in an interview with CNN Friday morning. “How dare he?”Johnson, a Green Beret from Miami Gardens, and three other soldiers were killed in Niger after, officials said, they were ambushed by Islamic State-linked militants, Oct. 4. That incident is now under investigation by the Department of Defense.Kelly’s allegation involves the FBI building in Miramar. The chief of staff claims Wilson bragged about her work securing funding for the structure at the building’s dedication in 2015.“How she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call he gave the money, the $20 million to build the building,” Kelly said during a White House news conference, Thursday. “She said that, and we were stunned.” Kelly accused Wilson of grandstanding on a day that was supposed to be about honoring FBI agents killed in a 1986 gunfight for whom the building would be named.However, a story published in the Sun-Sentinel on Friday cites a video of the dedication showing Wilson’s full speech. The footage, pulled from the newspaper’s archives, shows Kelly didn’t get his facts straight, the report states.“It’s very clear from the video that Congresswoman Wilson didn’t say what the White House chief of staff said she did,” said Anthony Man with the Sun-Sentinel.“She talked for about nine minutes, a little more than minutes, and for most of the time, she was effusively praising the FBI agents who were killed in the line of duty and praising other law enforcement officers,” said Man.“It is our patriotic duty to lift up Special Agent Benjamin Grogan and Special Agent Jerry Dove,” Wilson said in the 2015 speech.In that same speech, the congresswoman spoke of her mission to get the building, not funded, but officially named in honor of the FBI agents in less than four weeks, something that she was told was impossible.Wilson told the crowd, “I said, ‘Excuse my French: Oh, hell no. We’re going to get this done.’ Immediately I went to attack mode.”
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 75 years after the historic day, a ceremony in Dania Beach paid tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Pearl Harbor, Sunday.In attendance was 101-year-old Joseph Iscovitz, one of the oldest remaining survivors.On Friday, 7News sat down with him and his family in Coconut Creek to hear the historic tale.Icovitz said he enlisted in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, and was 25 years old at the time of the attack. “I called Fort Shafter, and they said, ‘Japan has bombed us, Japan’s bombed us,’” he said.His son, Doug Iscovitz, elaborated further. “He was in a tent when the Japanese planes were coming overhead, and he could hear the explosions, came running out and saw the eyes of the pilots, saw the planes coming overhead and dropping the bombs on the ships, and the explosions,” he said.More than 2,300 Americans died Dec. 7, 1941, when 300 Japanese fighter planes bombed the base, drawing the U.S. into World War II.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
As crooks across South Florida look to spoil the season for many, Lopez has a message to those responsible.“Don’t mess up Christmas for other people. You’d hate for that to happen to your family, you understand?” Lopez said. “Don’t mess it up for other people.”If you have any information on any of these crooks or burglaries, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Several South Florida houses have been targeted by holiday Grinches trying to steal Christmas lawn decorations.Homeowners in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have captured crooks trying to steal Christmas decorations on surveillance camera, and they’re hoping the clue can lead to the capture of the vandals.Julia Lopez, who lives in Hollywood, saw on her home surveillance a group of vandals trying to take the light-up candy canes from her front lawn.“It’s upsetting because you want to make things pretty and nice, and they come and vandalize it,” Lopez said.One of the burglars from the group could be seen trying to grab the candy canes, but they didn’t get away with it.“They saw the moment of opportunity, ‘Hey, let’s get some candy canes,’ just to be mischievous or whatever and grabbed them, and it just so happened they were tied to the other end,” Lopez said.The vandals then bolted to their car empty handed from the scene near South 24th Avenue and Jackson Street on Dec. 11. “It hurts, you know, it hurts. I fix the house for Christmas because my kids come over and my grandkids, so they can see it nice, and here they come to mess it up,” Lopez said. “I’m just glad they weren’t able to steal them.”This is the latest crime in a string of holiday thefts.On Dec. 14, surveillance video captured a crook taking off with several ornaments from a Davie home.Police said the thief, who tried to conceal herself, hit several homes between Interstate 75 and Southwest 160th Avenue and took off with a laser light display and inflatable decorations.In another holiday heist on Dec. 7 in Hollywood, a Christmas crook was seen snatching an inflatable Santa as an accomplice stole Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas plushes from the front porch of a home on the 6600 block of Thomas Street.“They’re children here,” said a homeowner. “You’re taking away from the kids. That’s what Christmas is all about.”Another house on Dec. 8 was burglarized in Southwest Miami-Dade. In this case, a thief ran off with a pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ornaments from the front lawn of a house near Southwest 110th Street and 69th Drive.
Buissereth said, “We have at least 30 on the ground. There could be more.”According to police, the shooting reportedly happened at 1:15 a.m.Buissereth said at least two cars that fled the scene were also struck by bullets.“There was two other vehicles that were involved that were victim vehicles — in two separate vehicles — that saw what happened,” she said. “They fled the scene during the shooting. There’s a possibility that they may have gunshots in the vehicle because so many shots were fired on the scene.”According to police, the shooter or shooters fled in a four-door, white vehicle.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-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. NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have confirmed three people have been shot in North Miami and one died as a result of a drive-by shooting, as the hunt continues for the shooter or shooters responsible.North Miami Police had to shut down roads in an area of North Miami as they opened an investigation into the fatal shooting outside a Shell gas station near Northwest Seventh Avenue/State Road 441 and 125th Street, early Monday morning.“Upon arrival, officers discovered that there was one black male, approximately 20 years old, lying on the ground,” said North Miami Police Officer Natalie Buissereth. “He was already deceased from his gunshot wounds.”The two injured were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.“At this time, we’re told they are in stable condition, and they’ll be fine,” said Buissereth.By noon, the roads were open but the gas station remained closed and surrounded by crime scene tape.Dozens of evidence markers could be seen outside the gas station.