6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, June 19

What to Know

  • It’s Wednesday, June 19th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, June 19th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, the storms stick around across South Florida in the afternoon but chances get lower for the rest of the work week and into the weekend.

No. 1 - President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term.

On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, Trump complained that he had been "under assault from the very first day" of his presidency by a "fake news media" and "illegal witch hunt" that had tried to keep him and his supporters down.

No. 2 – Governor Ron DeSantis' decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics, not facts, a lawyer said Tuesday as a Senate hearing began on whether to uphold the suspension.

The lawyer for suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel portrayed DeSantis as using the deaths of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for political gain. The hearing was being held before former state Rep. Dudley Goodlette, who was appointed to hear facts in the case and make a recommendation on whether Israel should be removed from office.

No. 3 - The police department of North Miami has informed Jonathan Aledda of their intent to fire him.

The officer is now suspended without pay after a jury found him guilty of culpable negligence in the shooting of an unarmed man back in 2016.

No. 4 - Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz.

Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the alleged shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men.

No. 5 - Today is Juneteenth, also known as "Juneteenth Independence Day" or "Freedom Day." The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 when slavery was abolished in the state of Texas.

It also celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the confederate states at the end of the Civil War.

No. 6 - Residents at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex said they aren't feeling safe after several cars in the community were vandalized.

The break-ins happened at The Atlantic Cypress Creek on Pacific Point Place. Residents believe the windows of eight to 10 vehicles were smashed and that the crooks targeted high-end cars.

Now residents of this apartment complex are frustrated because they say they were promised luxury -- instead they complain there aren't any surveillance cameras and not enough security.

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