6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, May 15

What to Know

  • It’s Wednesday, May 15th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, May 15th – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, you’ll need to keep that umbrella handy this afternoon as a front stays over South Florida for much of the day with temperatures down slightly for the rest of the work week.

No. 1 - At least two people were taken into custody Wednesday morning after an alleged burglary attempt of a vehicle at the home of a Miami-Dade Police officer inside of a Kendall neighborhood.

Officers and investigators arrived at the home in the Kendale Lakes neighborhood after reports of the attempted break-in before 2:30 a.m. with the officer involved telling others at the scene that he heard alarms going off and saw two people breaking into the car that belongs to his wife.

No. 2 - Frightening dash cam footage showed the moment a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a hydroplaning car on Interstate 95 in Boynton Beach.

FHP officials said the trooper, 30-year-old Jeremy Medastin, had responded to a separate 3-car crash in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Woolbright Road just before 6 p.m. Monday and was walking in the inside shoulder when he was struck by the Toyota Prius.

Despite his efforts, Medastin was struck and suffered a leg injury, officials said. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

No. 3 - Rapper Kodak Black is due in Miami federal court on weapons charges that prevented him from performing last weekend at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival, around which several violent incidents occurred.

Court records show the 21-year-old Black is scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday and learn whether he will be released on bail. A grand jury indictment says Black on two occasions falsely filled out forms to buy weapons at Lou's Police Distributors in Hialeah.

No. 4 - Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.

DeSantis said the hackers didn't manipulate any data and the election results weren't compromised. He and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were briefed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Friday as DeSantis signed an agreement with the FBI not to disclose the names of the counties.

No. 5 - Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country.

The legislation would make performing an abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions. The passage Tuesday by a wide margin in the GOP-led Senate shifts the spotlight to Gov. Kay Ivey, a fixture in Alabama politics who's long identified as anti-abortion.

No. 6 – Newly released body cam videos show a traffic stop involving a Miami-Dade Police officer that has led to a lawsuit and growing questions about what the video revealed.

To see the complete video as well as reaction from the sheriffs of both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, click on this link.

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