It’s Thursday, June 9e – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
#1 – A Miami-Dade police officer is facing harassment and other charges after officials say he used Apple Airtags to track his ex-girlfriend.
Javier Magarin, 27, was arrested June 2 on one count of harassment and two counts of installing tracking devices, according to an arrest report. The arrest report states that Magarin’s girlfriend ended their relationship on March 20 “at the end of a heated argument and repeated irreconcilable differences” and that Magarin left the residence they shared the same day. . But from that day and for the next month, he repeatedly harassed her using Apple Airtag tracking devices without her consent, according to the report. Magarin also repeatedly called her, texted her and contacted her through social media and email, according to the report.
#2 – A customer received a response “Whopper” in a drive-thru at a Hallandale Beach fast food restaurant when he said he asked an employee about a missing drink.
The confrontation, which was caught on video, occurred early Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. between customers and an employee of a Burger King on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. In the video, the employee is seen throwing drinks at Melody Gomez and her boyfriend Elier after they argue over missing items from their order. The video, which was posted on social media, shows that even before Melody and Elier received their order, the employee had already had a confrontation with another customer. Hallandale Beach Police confirmed they responded to the Burger King, but there is no active investigation and currently no charges are pending.
#3 – This is Miami’s downtown prison that rises from the concrete below and is surrounded by radiant luxury condos.
The federal detention center, known as “FDC Miami”, houses 1,300 detainees, including the likes of Alex Saab, who the federal government says is a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. FDC Miami staff told NBC 6 investigators exclusively that drones were used more than once in an effort to circumvent concrete prison security. Eric Spears is a corrections officer at FDC Miami and president of the officers’ union. Spears shared an email he says he sent in April, telling the facility’s management that he had received multiple reports of “inmates or cohorts” using drones to “deposit narcotics and/or ‘other contraband items (i.e. weapons, cell phones, etc.)’. Click here for the answer in a report by NBC 6 investigator Willard Shepard that you’ll only see on 6.
#4 – After residents of Cutler Bay faced heavily flooded streets in downpours, city leaders are looking for ways to prevent these issues through the rest of hurricane season.
A resident told NBC 6 on Wednesday that the streets were improving days after he was encouraged to stay home to avoid crossing flooded streets in the community of Saga Bay, located near 87th Avenue and Old Cutler. Road. Residents say they are very concerned about the progress of the flood plan as they have never experienced heavy flooding in the city. Cutler Bay manager Ralphs Casals said he has committed more than $11 million to stormwater improvement projects. Casals says they also offer courtesy flood inspections in this area. He told NBC 6 that the stormwater improvement project is expected to be completed in about two years.
#5 – When his old fridge stopped working, Edward Branch said he thought a Whirlpool fridge would be a good buy.
“That’s what the repairman who came to see my other refrigerator told me,” Edward said. “He said they had very few problems with repair work on Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerators.” So, in June 2021, Edward paid over $1,800 for the fridge and an extended three-year warranty. But three months later, he said, it stopped cooling and freezing overnight. He said he called Whirlpool and about a week later someone went to his house to try to fix it but couldn’t. Service records he shared with NBC 6 show that an appliance repair company replaced various components of the refrigerator and sent technicians to Edward’s home on multiple occasions. But Edward said the fridge still wasn’t working. Click here for a report from NBC 6 consumer investigator Alina Machado.
#6 – Broward County Public School students celebrate the last day of the 2021-22 school year on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the 2021-2022 school year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools is on the books. It was difficult in many ways – as students emerged from the COVID disruptions of the previous year, many had to get used to being back in class, and the year began with the mask mandate controversies. Adjustments therefore had to be made by students, teachers and parents. Click here for more in a report from NBC 6’s Ari Odzer.