Top Stories of the Day – NBC 6 South Florida
Today is Tuesday February 22n/a – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
#1 – A Cooper City shooting that killed an ATV rider and another hospitalized was committed by someone in a car, a Broward County commissioner said Monday.
The incident happened around 4 p.m. Sunday near the 5000 block of South Flamingo Road. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and her deputies responded to the scene where they found two men with gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their identities have not been revealed. Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller confirmed Monday that authorities believe the shooter was someone in a car. He condemned the shooting while also condemning dangerous ATV riders.
#2 – A family has been left with nothing and is looking to rebuild after a massive fire destroyed their 25-year-old Southwest Miami-Dade home.
The fire occurred in the middle of the night on February 16. Ceaser and Jacqueline Molina woke up to the sound of the fire crackling and were able to escape just in time. Their nephew was the first to wake up. The couple’s daughter, Samara, felt genuine panic when she received the call that her childhood home was on fire and her parents had been rushed to hospital. Click here to learn more about how their worlds are now turned upside down in a report from NBC 6’s Julie Leonardi.
#3 – World leaders rushed on Tuesday to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin – and signal possible sanctions – after he ordered his forces into breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
While Russian troop movements were still unclear, leaders in Asia and elsewhere expressed strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, as well as concerns about how a European war could harm to global and local economies and endangering foreign nationals trapped in Ukraine. A conflict could devastate Ukraine and cause huge economic damage across Europe, which relies heavily on Russian energy. But Asian nations are also worried. Putin blamed NATO for the current crisis and called the US-led alliance an existential threat to Russia.
#4 – For decades, drug traffickers and their potential ties to terrorist groups have been a constant concern of law enforcement and military leaders at US Southern Command in Doral.
Now the cartels are going to have a harder time hiding, and that’s partly because of what’s happening nearly 400 miles above the earth. The US Space Force, which has only been around for two years, sends satellites into orbit for several days from Cape Canaveral. Some are heading into orbit over the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America – where drug lords for years produced and then shipped cocaine and marijuana to the United States using the waterways in and around South Florida. NBC 6 has gained exclusive access to see how space, land and sea forces use what satellites provide. Click here for a closer look into a report by NBC 6 investigator Willard Shepard that you’ll only see on 6.
#5 – For the first time, a woman has reached the rank of captain within the Plantation Police Department.
Captain Jessica Ryan has been in law enforcement for two decades. Her roles have varied over the years – she has been involved in a few task forces, including internet crimes against children. Now she is in charge of the highway patrol division at Plantation PD. Before becoming captain, she had already marked the history of the department when she was promoted to lieutenant. According to the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement, only 3% of senior positions in law enforcement are held by women. Click here to learn more in a report from NBC 6’s Victor Jorges.
#6 – Not being able to hear hasn’t stopped Rose Adams from doing what she loves: teaching.
She was teaching at a high school in Palm Beach County when her health failed. Doctors determined that Rose had a problem with her red blood cells that was wearing her down with breathing issues. She chose the Cleveland clinic to help her. Three years ago, she said she arrived at Weston Medical Facility thinking it was just for an initial blood test. Rose said she stayed for what she described as a frightening six days at the Cleveland clinic with no idea what was being said because they didn’t provide a sign language interpreter, even though she said she had asked for one repeatedly. Click here to learn more about how the hospital was fined following a lawsuit in a report by NBC 6 investigator Willard Shepard that you’ll only see on 6.