6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Friday, March 8

What to Know

  • It’s Friday, March 8th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Friday, March 8th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, the roller coaster of temperatures continues in South Florida with a few passing showers in the forecast and highs in the upper 70s and into the 80s by the weekend.

No. 1 - A Hialeah man is facing animal abuse charges after police say he allegedly swung and choked a dog.

According to police, Victor Suero was walking two Siberian Huskies in February. Police said Suero was providing obedience training to the dogs and became upset, grabbing one dog by her collar, swinging her in the air and choking her.

No. 2 - The trial of a North Miami police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man in 2016 continues Friday.

The officer, Jonathan Aledda, is charged with two felony counts of attempted manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for shooting Charles Kinsey in July 2016.

No. 3 - The Florida Senate passed a repeal of the state's medical marijuana smoking ban Thursday rather than face the prospects of seeing patients get access to smokable pot with no regulations at all.

The 34-4 vote came after nearly two hours of discussion. Some senators said they don't approve of letting patients smoke marijuana, but voted for the bill anyway because letting courts decide the issue would be worse.

No. 4 - Much of Venezuela remained engulfed by darkness into early Friday amid one of the largest power outages in years, raising tensions in a country already on edge from ongoing political turmoil.

The blackout hit 22 of 23 states by some accounts. It struck the capital Caracas, which until now has been spared the worst of a collapse in the nation's grid, at the peak of rush hour.

No. 5 - An internal investigation at the Chicago Police Department has been opened regarding the possibility of information being leaked in the Jussie Smollett case, officials confirmed.

Smollett is charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making a false police report. His attorneys say he's innocent. His report to police prompted days of intense media scrutiny.

No. 6 – New technology is offering a “safe room’ to lock out hackers from effecting home sales across the country. Real estate insiders say cyber thieves are on the prowl with one homebuyer telling NBC 6 Responds he lost $300,000 dollars after a hacker sent fraudulent wiring instruction to his email.

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