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6 Things to Know: Scary Boca Plane Crash, ‘Last Straw' on Miami Beach

What to Know

  • It’s Thursday, September 12th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Thursday, September 12th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

No. 1 – South Florida will need to keep those umbrellas handy for the next few days as rain chances increase through the weekend and chances of a system developing get bigger over the next five days. Keep your NBC 6 app handy for First Alert Doppler 6000 and push alerts for any serious weather updates.

No. 2 - A man with a “history of violent behavior” who had escaped from a South Florida mental hospital has been found, authorities said.

Pembroke Pines police were searching for John Ireland, a court-ordered patient of South Florida State Hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia who escaped from the facility at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, Ireland was taken into custody by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies in Oakland Park.

No. 3 - Surveillance footage shows a small plane slamming into a fence and nearly hitting a worker during a crash at the Boca Raton Airport Wednesday morning.

The footage shows the single-engine Piper PA28 aircraft skimming the fence line sideways before its wing catches and spins the plane, causing it to break apart as it just misses the worker. Boca Raton Police officials said the aircraft with two people on board crashed after circling back to the airport from takeoff around 10:30 a.m.

No. 4 - An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian's aftermath, the government said Wednesday. But it cautioned that the names had yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters.

Carl Smith, a spokesman for the country's National Emergency Management Agency, said he expected the list to shrink as the names are checked.

No. 5 - Then there were 10: the Democratic Party's strongest presidential contenders — according to polls and fundraising, at least — meet on the same debate stage for the first time Thursday night.

The lineup in Houston will be different but the dynamic familiar: Former Vice President Joe Biden will fight to preserve his front-runner status as a crowded stage of lower-tier candidates scrap for attention and momentum any way they can.

No. 6 - Miami Beach City Commissioners have voted unanimously on an ordinance that bans single-use plastic straws and stirrers.

In a statement, Miami Beach says the ban would reduce plastic pollution in the city's storm drains and waterways on top of improving water quality.

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