6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Thursday, March 7

What to Know

  • It’s Thursday, March 7th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Thursday, March 7th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, cooler temps wake up South Florida for a second straight day with slightly warmer temperatures by the afternoon reaching the mid to upper 70s in some areas.

No. 1 - A South Florida teenager is accused of setting a cat on fire and then watching it burn.

Cameras were rolling as the teenager, who was identified as 19-year-old Roberto Hernandez, doused a live black cat trapped in a cage with some sort of combustible liquid. That’s when police said he lit matches and the set the cat on fire. But Hernandez's grandparents say it wasn't a cat - it was a racoon.

No. 2 - A teen accused of sexually battering a girl at knifepoint while she was walking to school in Lauderhill has been arrested, authorities said.

Brandon Joseph Mathieu, 17, was arrested Tuesday on charges including armed sexual battery, extortion and contributing to the delinquency of a child, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.

No. 3 - Davie Police are looking for a group of men who they believe scammed an elderly woman out of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

Police say cameras were rolling the moment an elderly woman met a group of men at a local grocery store, who would later con her out of thousands of dollars.

No. 4 - Jury deliberations are headed into their second day in the trial of a fired South Florida police officer charged with killing a stranded black motorist.

The jurors will return to Palm Beach County courthouse Thursday to resume deliberating the fate of Nouman Raja. The 41-year-old former Palm Beach Gardens officer is charged with manslaughter and attempted murder for the 2015 shooting of 31-year-old Corey Jones.

No. 5 - Startling leaked documents released by a homeland security source reveal the U.S. government tracked journalists, activists and others while investigating last year's migrant caravan from Mexico.

The documents date back to a January database listing at least 10 journalists, seven of them U.S. citizens. Also named were a U.S. attorney and 47 others, some labeled as organizers or "instigators."

No. 6 - "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek said he has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer but intends to fight the disease and keep on working.

In a video posted online Wednesday, the 78-year-old said he was announcing his illness directly to "Jeopardy!" fans in keeping with his long-time policy of being "open and transparent."

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