6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Thursday, December 13

What to Know

  • It’s Thursday, December 13th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Thursday, December 13th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, seasonable temperatures return with high temps in the mid to upper 70s with warm temperatures and a chance of rain on the way for the weekend.

No. 1 – Miami-Dade Police are mourning the death of a veteran officer who was killed in an ATV crash Wednesday afternoon. Director Juan Perez said the officer, who has not been identified, was part of a group that was investigating complaints of illegal activity in the area near SW 211th Street and South Dixie Highway.

No. 2 - A Miami Beach cop has been reassigned and an internal affairs investigation is underway after the officer was caught on camera punching a man in the head earlier this month.

The incident happened the night of Dec. 3 at the Pelican Hotel at 826 Ocean Drive, after officers responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance, according to an arrest report.

No. 3 - Authorities say two white teens sent threatening and racist messages to each other on school-issued computers about a black teacher at a high school in Florida.

A Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release says the boy and girl, both 16, were charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday, though no arrests were immediately made.

No. 4 - The panel investigating the Parkland school massacre recommended that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.

The MSD Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers. Florida law adopted after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians.

No. 5 – French officials say they are looking to catch the suspect behind a mass shooting earlier this week that killed three people and left others wounded, including one person declared brain dead. More than 700 officers are involved in the manhunt for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.

No. 6 – The Miami Hurricanes are reportedly looking for a new defensive coordinator after Manny Diaz agreed to become the head coach of the Temple Owls, according to the Associated Press. Diaz, a Miami native who is the son of the former mayor with the same name, spent three seasons with the Canes and led them to the third best defense nationally in the 2018 season.

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