6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, January 9

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What to Know

  • It’s Wednesday, January 9th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, January 9th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, a milder Wednesday is in the forecast with the latest cold front moving through the area by the afternoon and making for much colder night into Thursday morning.

No. 1 - Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel may soon be out of a job. The head of BSO's union, Jeff Bell, confirmed to NBC 6 that Israel told staff he "expects to be removed in the near future" over the department’s response of the Parkland shooting.

Newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis has not made a formal announcement of Israel's removal.

No. 2 - A man from Sweden is being accused of groping a teenage boy at a park in Broward County.

Coral Springs police said 85-year-old Bo Gunnar Hansson approached a 13-year-old boy at Fern Glen Park on Jan. 3 and tried to assist him on the monkey bars without permission.

No. 3 - President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall in a somber televised address that was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered little in the way of concessions or new ideas to break the standoff that has left large swaths of the government shuttered for 19 days.

No. 4 - A SunPass scam is targeting consumers with emails pretending to collect unpaid tolls by threatening possible court action, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

FDOT said an email address – SunPassNotice@ezpass-collections.net – is contacting residents.

No. 5 - The parents of a South Florida teenager killed when a Tesla sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the electric car company alleging that the battery pack on its electric Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires.

Edgar Monserratt and Esperanza Martinez de Monserratt allege in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court that the car's battery was inadequately protected, making the whole vehicle defective.

No. 6 - A sheriff’s deputy in the Tampa Bay area is out of a job after admitting to sending a toy bomb to a member of his department as a joke.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joseph Gerretz received a package at his desk through inner-office mail. When he opened the box, he found a red object with wires and a hand written note saying “boom”. Deputy James Piper told his supervisor that he had sent it as a joke before resigning from his position effective immediately.

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