It’s Friday, April 1st – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
No. 1 – A suspect who managed to arm himself while police and federal agents executed a search warrant at a home in southwest Miami-Dade was fatally shot by officers on Thursday, officials said.
The incident occurred as Miami-Dade Police officers were assisting Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Marshals officers in executing the warrant at a house in the 1900 block of 127th Court Southwest, officials said. Footage showed a large police presence outside the house and the area was sealed off with yellow tape. Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said authorities contacted residents of the home and took the 53-year-old man who was the subject of the arrest into custody. investigation when he said he had started feeling ill. Authorities called firefighters to the scene and while they checked on him, he managed to arm himself, Zabaleta said. Officers shot the man, who was killed inside the house, Zabaleta said.
#2 – Police released video from an officer’s body camera that shows a different perspective of a fight at a Fort Lauderdale hotel between an employee and a guest.
The incident happened in January at the Best Western on Seabreeze Boulevard. Previously released hotel surveillance footage shows Raymond Rachal, 28, working at the desk in the lobby when a man approaches him, walking past a pole. Rachal eventually put the man in a headache and held him for several minutes until the police arrived. The video shows the officers immediately approaching Rachal, pushing him before taking him into custody. The newly released body camera showed officers responding before the fight, when the employee and guest were already in conflict. Rachal had told the officers that the guest was commenting on the MLK day. Click here to see the video in a report by NBC 6’s Jamie Guirola.
#3 – The United States will release 1 million barrels of oil a day from its strategic reserves to help lower gas prices and fight inflation across the country, the White House announced Thursday.
President Joe Biden plans to tap the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve over the next six months as domestic producers ramp up production, according to a fact sheet released by the Biden administration. A senior administration official told reporters Thursday morning that, in combination with similar actions in other countries, the average daily amount released from global strategic reserves is expected to exceed 1 million barrels. Oil prices fell on Thursday after news surfaced Wednesday night suggesting such a move was imminent.
#4 – A man is still healing months after he was mauled by a dog while trying to protect his nieces.
Ivania Perez wants justice for her nephew, Salvador Martinez. Martinez was visiting family in North Miami Beach on July 18 when he was violently attacked by two bulldogs. The bite marks are still healing on his head, feet, arms and legs. Perez says Martinez went out with his two nieces Hannah and Grace to help walk their Shih Tzu. A few minutes later, she says she heard the chaos. Click here to learn about a report from NBC 6’s Kim Wynne that you’ll only see on 6.
No. 5 – A South Florida woman has set off on a historic journey as she sets sail with the first all-black team to tackle Mount Everest.
Abby Dione challenges herself and all of us to cast off all fear and go for it. She spoke exclusively with NBC 6 about the rise to open up the outdoors to people of all backgrounds. “A stillness – calm. That’s how I feel,” Dione said as she prepares to tackle 29,032 feet of Mount Everest. Dione spoke to us about training kids and adults at her Coral Cliff climbing center near the Fort Lauderdale airport. She’s ready to do something that’s never been done – to summit Mount Everest with an all-black team. Click here to read about a report by NBC 6 investigator Willard Shepard that you’ll only see on 6.
No. 6 – He caught the eye of casting directors by playing TV roles as a cop, coroner and cartel member, according to his online filmography.
But now Jose Alfredo Fernandez’s role in $1.2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans has caught the attention of investigators from NBC 6. And, he says, the FBI. Fernandez, 35, who grew up in Miami-Dade and previously ran a tax preparation business here, moved to Georgia in 2017. That’s when he organized the first of three businesses who years later would get more than $1.2 million in PPP loans over 24 years. days in 2020, according to data from the Small Business Administration. NBC 6 investigators uncovered several apparent problems with loans made to businesses linked to Fernandez and his family. Click here for more in a report by NBC 6 investigator Tony Pipitone.