Hatzel Vela, WPLG Local 10 News

Hatzel Vela

WPLG Local 10 News

Miami, FL, United States

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Past articles by Hatzel:

Video shows girl fleeing Fort Lauderdale abduction attempt; search for suspect continues

Fort Lauderdale police handed out flyers in the Poinsettia Heights neighborhood Friday as they continued searching for a man suspected of trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into his van with candy. → Read More

Miami-Dade school board approves mask mandate, defying state

The school board in Miami-Dade County voted to approve a face mask mandate that will be in place when the new school year begins next week. → Read More

Broward families adjusting to virtual learning in new school year

Despite some minor glitches, Broward County Schools is celebrating a successful first day that kicked off online. → Read More

With 1st day of virtual class approaching, community supports school-supply giveaway events

Parents and administrators are preparing students for the beginning of virtual classes in South Florida. → Read More

Teachers, learning centers adapting with new strategies for virtual return to school

Sarah Schubert's classroom at Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City is ready, but when school starts Wednesday across Broward County, Schubert’s students won’t be in it. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Broward mayor speaks about measures against coronavirus

Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness will be speaking to reporters about measures to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Broward mayor speaks about measures against coronavirus

Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness will be speaking to reporters about measures to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Miami-Dade County Public Schools releases back-to-school guide for parents

Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a guide to help parents prepare for their students first day of distance learning on Aug. 31. → Read More

Adapting to distance learning model presents challenges to Broward parents, teachers

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie presented the district’s final School Reopening Plan to the School Board for approval on Tuesday. The plan also outlines the path to a return to physical classrooms. → Read More

Lawsuit over Florida schools reopening won’t be heard in Miami-Dade

The lawsuit was filed by the Florida Education Association after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order saying schools had to open their doors physically at least five days a week. → Read More

Teacher who survived coronavirus is afraid to go back to classroom during pandemic

Stefanie Miller was on a ventilator for 21 days at Memorial West Hospital. The Broward County Public Schools’ teacher underwent blood plasma treatment after searching for a donor in April. When the transfusions didn’t work, she fought for access to Remdesivir, an antiviral medication, in May. → Read More

Police director wants to fire Miami-Dade officer seen hitting woman at airport

An arrest report released Thursday outlines what a Miami-Dade police officer said occurred before he struck a woman in the face this week at Miami International Airport. → Read More

State budget cuts will affect dozens of South Florida services

Gov. Ron DeSantis cut $1 billion in spending from the state budget that runs from July 1 through June 30, 2021, partly because of shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Juneteenth ‘Drive to Justice’ heads to Fort Lauderdale

A “Drive to Justice” is taking place from Lauderdale Lakes to Fort Lauderdale on Friday in celebration of Juneteenth. The motorcades are happening in more than 30 cities across the county. → Read More

Pandemic prompts more vote-by-mail responses in South Florida

About 260,0000 Broward County residents have decided to vote by mail. Broward County Supervisor of Elections Pete Antonacci attributes the vote-by-mail response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Law enforcement agencies across South Florida have multiple openings, but few applicants

Police departments across the country are trying to reassure their communities that they are there to protest and serve, but the classes at the police academy keep getting smaller. → Read More

Wettest May on record causes more flood-prone businesses headaches in Doral

There were nearly 15 inches of rain in three days. The storms turned this May into the wettest on record. With 18.89 inches it surpassed the 1968 record of 18.54 inches. And in just five hours, it created nightmarish flooding for business owners in areas of northwest Miami-Dade County. → Read More

Flooding causing problems for Brickell businesses trying to reopen

Flooding has caused a lot of problems for local businesses who are trying to get back on their feed. → Read More

Woman loses husband of 44 years in Pompano Beach car crash

A South Florida woman spoke to Local 10 News on Monday about her husband of 44 years who died over the weekend, days after being involved in a car crash. → Read More

Singer/songwriter Betty Wright’s funeral fit for a superstar

Miami music legend, R&B singer Betty Wright, is laid to rest after a battle with cancer. → Read More