MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — History was nearly made on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2.
The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team never to have thrown a no-hitter.
After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed, matching the longest outing of his career. He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
The performance came in Paddack’s first appearance against the Marlins, who made the right-hander an eighth-round draft choice in 2015 and traded him to San Diego for reliever Fernando Rodney the following year.
Austin Hedges hit a two-run homer, his seventh, against Trevor Richards (3-11) to help San Diego break a four-game losing streak.
Paddack retired the first 15 batters before Cesar Puello reached on a throwing error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Pinch hitter Yadiel Rivera, who walked with two out in the sixth, was the only other baserunner against Paddack.
Kirby Yates pitched around back-to-back throwing errors to start the ninth for his 31st save. Castro’s two-out RBI single made it 3-2 before Yates struck out Curtis Granderson with two on for the win.
Paddack dominated from the outset against the lowest-scoring team in the majors. He needed only eight pitches in the first inning and struck out four of the first five batters. Garrett Cooper was so badly fooled by a pitch he whiffed and sent his bat flying into the eighth row, where it landed on an empty seat.
The Padres scored three times in the fourth after Richards retired the first two batters. Greg Garcia hit an RBI single, and Hedges’ homer bounced off the top of the bullpen fence.
Richards allowed three runs in five innings.
The Marlins nearly broke up the no-hitter with two out in the sixth, when Miguel Rojas hit a line drive that popped out of first baseman Eric Hosmer’s glove. Hosmer scrambled after the ball and tagged Rojas as he slid headfirst into the base.
Umpire Paul Nauert called Rojas out, and the call stood after a 2½-minute review.
Before the game, the Padres optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Triple-A El Paso and reinstated LHP Eric Lauer from the bereavement leave list.
Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (5-4, 3.46), who is scheduled to start the rubber game of the series Thursday afternoon, is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA in three career outings against San Diego.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 6.30) is scheduled to make his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery.
It describes inadequate conditions at the facility, based on two visits by Amnesty International; one in April 2019 and one in July 2019.
“Homestead is not a home for children,” said Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights and Amnesty International USA. “Homestead is an industrial line for processing mass numbers of children, instead of focusing on their best interests. The message from this administration is clear: if children come to the US fleeing for their lives, the government will lock them up and make it as difficult as possible to secure their release.”
According to the report, over 2100 children ages 13-to-17 were housed at the facility in early April.
That number went up to nearly 2500 children at one point.
In the report, it states that the Homestead facility’s director confirmed that children spent an average of 89 days there.
“The facility in Homestead, Florida must be shut down as quickly as possible and children should be immediately placed in licensed, small-size shelters and released to appropriate sponsors. The senseless detention of children who faced horrific violence and persecution in their home countries, only to be put behind bars in the United States, is a stain on the US human rights record. Children who come to the US should be treated just like any other children and receive our care, not our contempt,” said Bell.
Caliburn International, the company that runs the facility, issued a response to the report that was included in its release.
In a letter dated July 10th, Caliburn states that the facility “is operated in accordance with United States law” and that the children receive “excellent care.”
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The Homestead shelter, which is the only for-profit child detention center in the country, currently houses over 1300 children, all ages 13 to 17 years old.
It is the largest child detention center in the United States for unaccompanied minors, at one point this summer housing around 3000 children.
The facility is run by Caliburn International, a Virginia based company awarded a government contract to manage the center.
President Donald Trump’s former Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, is on the company’s board.
Caliburn International operates the facility under a no-bid contract that is worth more than $350 million.
They are waiting to be reunited with their families or paired with sponsors once they are screened by the U.S. government.
Many of the children are fleeing gang and domestic violence and will end up seeking asylum.
Children sleep up to 12 per room in steel-framed bunk beds, and warehouse-sized, air-conditioned white tents where minors attend classes and watch movies.
The facility has a command center. Inside are cameras, computers, and staff members who watch over the kids. They keep track of how many kids are in the shelter and how many are moved.
While numbers vary, officials say most are reunited with family members. Those who are not can be at the shelter for as long as 57 days. On average, a child’s stay there is about 25 days.
The children have school six hours a day and there are recreational activities.
At night, lights go out in the rooms at 10 p.m. but are left on in the hallways. The children are awakened each day at 6:30 a.m. for a full day’s program of activities and classes.
During the day, the kids are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three snacks.
The children meet with their attorneys once a week. They also have access to clinicians and social workers.
On their arrival, they are given a five day supply of clothes, laundry is done every other day.
The facility, contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services, is surrounded by chain-link fence, but there is no barbed wire. There are guards, but they are not armed. Doors have been removed from the dormitory bedrooms.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sunrise police say a man was arrested after admitting to sexually assaulting a girl in January of this year.
Police said they arrested 50-year-old Raul Jose Ventura after the Broward Sheriff’s Office obtained a report from a detective with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in California.
The minor who is visiting her grandmother in California told a San Bernardino detective that Ventura had sexual intercourse with her against her will back in January of this year.
The arrest report indicates the victim provided video clips to authorities of Ventura rubbing, kissing and sucking on her feet.
The girl’s father was notified by police and wanted to press charges against Ventura.
Sunrise police were able to locate Ventura at his home and took him in for questioning.
Ventura admitted to detectives that he kissed the minor and even stated he believed the girl was attracted to him. Furthermore, Ventura admitted to police that he had discussed sex with the girl and even texted her a photo of male genitalia.
The arrest report indicates Ventura had sex with the girl one night in January and then had a conversation with the minor where they agreed to speak about the incident.
Ventura was placed under arrest and faces two counts of sex assault by a custodian and sex battery on a victim 12 years of age, under 18, providing liquor to a minor and obscene material distributed to a minor.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — For the first time in the history of Zoo Miami, a two-toed sloth has given birth.
According to Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill, the mother is a nearly 3-year old sloth named Marge who gave birth Wednesday, July 16.
Marge, who came from a private breeder, has been a resident of Zoo Miami since October 2016 and this is her first baby.
The first time father’s name is Montey and he also arrived at the zoo in October of 2016 from the same private breeder and is a month older than Marge.
Newborn baby sloth being cleaned by its mother at Zoo Miami on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy: Zoo Miami/Ron Magill)
The newborn is estimated to weigh just under a pound. Its gender won’t be known for several weeks.
Both mother and baby will be off exhibit for an undetermined amount of time in a “maternity ward” where they will have time to properly bond and zoo staff can closely monitor the newborn’s development.
WEB EXTRA: WATCH MARGE WITH HER NEWBORN BABY
Sloths are arboreal mammals that are found in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Their popularity soared after the hit movie “Zootopia,” that featured a sloth as one of its stars.
They are considered one of the slowest animals on earth moving only about 6 feet a minute on the ground and slightly faster in the trees. However, they are excellent swimmers.
They feed primarily on the leaves of Cecropia trees but will also eat a variety of other vegetation as well as fruits and vegetables under human care. They only come down to the forest floor about once a week to defecate and urinate.
Though not endangered, their populations are threatened by development and pressures from the pet trade.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – To mark the anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is inviting guests to Apollo 11 Day.
It will be a celebration of space exploration and the invitation is for this Saturday.
“What we’re celebrating on Saturday is the anniversary of 50 years since we landed on the moon. It’s very exciting. It’s a whole day specializing on landing on the moon and space travel itself,” said Kimberly Cullen of Frost Science.
All throughout the museum, the day will commemorate one of the greatest achievements in science showcasing many hands-on astronomy-related activities and interactions including an exploration of the night sky in a pop-up planetarium.
Walking through the ‘Feathers to the Stars Exhibition,’ you will see a history of space travel that has always had a nod to the future.
“Look! Girl on the moon,” said Cbs4’s Lisa Petrillo, pointing out a book from the time on display.
“Soon maybe, one day let’s hope,” said Cullen.
The museum will also be showing multiple exclusive screenings of the Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary, the day we walked on the moon. It’s an in-depth look at one of the most important 24-hour periods in history.
Another showcase is in the main planetarium. It’s a film called ‘Phantom of the Universe the Hunt for Dark Matter.”
The gravity chairs showcase how much less you way on the moon than here on earth.
Many of the exhibitions and activities currently at the museum will remain there, but the big Apollo 11 Day will feature exclusive events only on that day with your regular park admission.
MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A prison inmate used a smuggled cellphone to shoot video of several guards punching an inmate who was being held on the ground.
An unnamed Lake Correctional Institution inmate in Clermont gave commentary as the beating happened. The video lasted five minutes and inmates in the recording said that the beating had gone on for five minutes before they began recording it. The incident took place on July 8th.
An inmate sent the video to his friend, Joshua Polulech, who uploaded it to YouTube.
The video shows a group of officers encircling the inmate and several threw punches while he was held on the ground. Eventually, more officers came out, joining the attack.
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Lake C.I. Captain and officers brutally beating an inmate. - YouTube
Polulech, a former inmate at the prison, said that the inmate who recorded the video was transferred after prison officials identified him.
“These beatings happen and I wanted to get it out there because inmates really risked their lives to record this,” Polulech said. “They could be beaten like the guy in the video if they were caught. I felt that I had to post it so that they didn’t do it for nothing.”
Shantell Grace told the Associated Press on Wednesday that her brother, Otis Miller, was the inmate who was beaten. Miller, 44, weighs 140 pounds (63.5 kilograms) and stands 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall, she said. She said he was found with a cellphone charger and he ran after it was discovered, prompting the altercation.
Grace said prison officials refused to let her visit her brother and gave her conflicting reports on his injuries and the reason for his confinement.
“When I asked why, one person said he was high on drugs,” Grace said. “Then they later said he punched an officer. So which is it?”
Miller was transferred to the Central Florida Reception Center last Saturday, Grace said. She managed to finally see her brother Tuesday, eight days after the incident.
She said Miller did not receive medical treatment for five days until she contacted Democratic state Rep. Dianne Hart seeking help.
Grace said Miller has broken ribs and a fractured jaw.
The Florida Times Union received screenshots of a private group chat between the correction officers in which they made jokes and praised the attack.
“Lmfao. All that over a piece of charger,” one message read.
Mark Inch, secretary of Department of Florida Corrections, said in a statement that the video was “deeply disturbing” and the department is investigation. He said the officers identified in the video are no longer in contact with inmates. He said criminal charges could be filed if the department determines officers abused the prisoner or failed to report abuse.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The mother of an autistic 12-year-old boy says her son’s summer camp used excessive force while he was being restrained and she has asked Miami-Dade Police and the Department of Children and Families to investigate.
The founder and a principal director at the school meanwhile is fighting back, saying the youngster was restrained because he was trying to bite another child and saying this is the first such allegation about her summer camp and school in 12 years.
In an exclusive interview with CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, Millie Jimenez says her son Angelo came home June 25th from the Learning Links School and summer camp with bruises on his face and arms and a cut on the back of his neck.
She showed CBS4 the photos of his injuries.
She also showed us a “behavior notification” report from that date in which the school at 14515 Southwest 120th Street said that Angelo “did not calm down and went to hurt the teacher.”
“He had a very big bruise on his jaw line over to his neck,” said Jimenez, “At the top of it he had a lot of big bruises and swelling under his eye. He was brutally restrained by a P.E. Coach who is not PCM certified, that is he is not certified in Professional Crisis Management which is what you need to show you how to respond to kids with special needs and to know how to restrain them and how to use certain force.”
“I’m just very frustrated and upset and confused,” she said. “Because for 9 years I trusted and loved the teachers there and the betrayal is what hurts. Just because he is tall and screams does not mean he will hurt you.”
Olga Ruiz, a Principal Director and founder of the school, told CBS4 that “He was restrained to prevent another child from getting attacked and so we could evacuate the rest of the children. A DCF investigator was in and out of here and left in a very positive way with no findings.”
She said the investigator went to the school on Tuesday.
Ruiz said she did not want to comment on camera and said while the employee was not certified, he had “extensive experience over 9 years in dealing with kids with special needs.”
She also said, “We received 5 stars from greatschools.org and nothing like this has happened in 12 years. I am very shocked.”
She also said she could not be more specific because she did not want to criticize a minor with special needs.
A source close to the school said Angelo had attacked several teachers in the past and was an “aggressive child.” But his mother said she was never told anything like that.
On Tuesday afternoon, the mother’s attorneys said a report was filed with Miami-Dade Police and they said they were told that investigators would look into the allegations.
NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — There are new details on the pipe bombs sent by 57-year-old Cesar Sayoc to several Democratic political figures in a terror spree last year.
An FBI analysis of crudely made pipe bombs mailed to prominently critics of President Donald Trump has concluded they wouldn’t have worked, according to a report made public Tuesday.
The January report on the analysis was filed in Manhattan federal court, where U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff is scheduled to sentence Sayoc in September after the Florida man pleaded guilty to explosives-related charges in the scary episode weeks before midterm elections last year.
Sayoc faces a mandatory 10-year prison term and up to life. Sayoc has repeatedly said he never intended to injure anyone, a claim that his lawyers will likely argue was supported by the report.
The FBI said the devices wouldn’t have functioned because of their design, though it couldn’t be determined whether that was from poor design or the intent of the builder.
It said the fuzing system for each device lacked the proper components and assembly to enable it to function as a method of initiation for an explosive.
It also said the devices contained small fragments of broken glass, fragmentation often added to explosives to injure or kill people nearby.
Whether the devices might have exploded became a major focal point of recent hearings when Sayoc asserted that they could not and prosecutors seemed to leave the question open.
Sarah Baumbartel, an assistant federal defender, declined comment, though the issue was likely to be addressed when his lawyers submit written sentencing arguments next week.
In a letter to the judge several months ago, Sayoc wrote: “Under no circumstances my intent was to hurt or harm anyone. The intention was to only intimidate and scare.”
Sayoc admitted sending 16 rudimentary bombs — none of which detonated — to targets including Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, several members of Congress, former President Barack Obama and actor Robert De Niro. Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in New York and Atlanta.
The bombs began turning up over a five-day stretch weeks before the midterms. They were mailed to addresses in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, California, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia.
Sayoc was arrested in late October at a Florida auto parts store. He had been living in a van plastered with Trump stickers and images of Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces.