Top Stories of the Day – NBC 6 South Florida

It’s Friday, September 16e – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.

#1 – Parents of a 19-year-old woman who was one of five youths killed in a back-to-back crash on the Palmetto Freeway last month are suing the man police say is responsible.

Briana Pacalagua’s family is seeking a jury trial and are seeking more than $30,000 in damages against 30-year-old Maiky Simeon, according to the civil lawsuit. The accident happened in the early morning hours of August 20 on the Palmetto Freeway near Northwest 57th Avenue. Five people, including Pacalagua, Daniela Marcano, Giancarlos Arias, Valeria Pena and Valeria Caceres, all in their late teens, were killed. They were returning from Arias’ going away party that night when Simeon, traveling east in the westbound lanes, hit them head-on, authorities said. Florida Highway Patrol officials said Simeon’s blood alcohol level was 0.15, nearly double Florida’s legal limit.

#2 – A group of suspects fled on foot after a high-speed police chase of a stolen car in South Florida on Thursday.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said the pursuit began in Miami-Dade when Miami-Dade police spotted a white Honda sedan on Florida’s Turnpike near Bird Road. The Honda, which had been reported stolen in Palm Beach County and had been used in other property crimes, fled police, officials said. Footage showed the sedan speeding and weaving in and out of traffic as it was chased by FHP soldiers on the northbound turnpike in Broward County. At one point the car slowed down and at least three suspects were seen fleeing on foot near an apartment complex in Lauderhill. The driver, whose identity has not been revealed, was being jailed. Officials said the two passengers remained at large.

#3 – Some tenants of a luxury apartment building in Fort Lauderdale are fed up.

They say crime happens almost every day and management is not enough to keep them safe. “I was missing a few items. I went and saw the Xbox disappear, then went straight to my jewelry, which was all gone,” Parker Newell said. Newell says he had just moved into the luxury Motif apartments in April and already wants to move. He says he came home from the gym on Wednesday afternoon to find about $15,000 in valuables. NBC 6 has obtained a list of 911 calls made to the Fort Lauderdale building. Police have responded to it at least 127 times this year alone.

#4 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis defends his actions after sending two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, as Democrats denounce the action.

At a press conference Thursday, DeSantis reiterated that the state is sending immigrants to a “sanctuary” destination. “We’re not a sanctuary state and it’s better to be able to get to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we’ll help facilitate that transportation so you can go to greener pastures,” DeSantis said. There are believed to be around 50 migrants in total, most from Venezuela, who arrived on the island of Massachusetts on Wednesday. DeSantis and other Republican governors have drawn attention to what they see as the failure of the Biden administration’s border policies.

#5 – Josue Camuse says he’s lucky to be alive. The 12-year-old is at home recovering after he and a friend were shot while waiting for the school bus in the Pinewood area of ​​northwest Miami-Dade on September 8.

“I saw the guy, but I didn’t really think about it,” Camuse said. “Then he tried to get my phone, and I said no, then he went to get my friend’s phone since he had an iPhone.” Camuse and the other 12-year-old victim did not didn’t return their phones, and that’s when he says things took a violent turn. Camuse was shot in the hand and leg. He still has a bullet lodged in his thigh. also said his friend, the other 12-year-old victim, had been shot in both legs but was already home and recovering.

#6 – It’s been years since NBC 6 Responds first told you about Mark Block, the owner of a custom window treatment business in South Florida.

In 2019, three homeowners accused him of taking deposits to install custom window treatments and not doing the work. In 2021, two additional owners called NBC 6 are responding with similar allegations, including Robert Liguori. “How many more people have to be victimized before they see this man for what he is,” Liguori told NBC 6. The entrepreneur was arrested in connection with the Liguori case, but he says it doesn’t didn’t stop Block. Click here to read more in a report by NBC 6 consumer investigator Sasha Jones.

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