It’s Thursday November 4e – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
# 1 – Three people were rushed to hospital after a driver lost control and struck several people sitting outside a Hollywood restaurant on Tuesday night, police said.
The crash happened at around 8:45 p.m. as the driver was heading east in the alley between Harrison Street and Hollywood Boulevard south of 20th Avenue, police said. The driver somehow lost control and struck several pedestrians who were sitting outside a restaurant, police said. A video posted to social media showed police and first responders at the scene working to assist pedestrians. Police said the driver was also taken to hospital. Traffic Homicide is investigating this case to see if the driver will face charges.
# 2 – In a state famous for the recount of the election, only 9 votes separated the main candidates of the South Florida Democratic primary on Wednesday for the US House seat of the late Alcee Hastings, officials said electoral.
By law, this means there will be a manual recount of the ballots that the tabulation machines read as having no votes or too many votes to determine if there is any evidence of voter intent. Unofficial feedback reported by Palm Beach County and Broward County election officials showed Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness to be 12 votes ahead of healthcare company CEO Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick. Broward County Election Supervisor Joe Scott said it appears only 9 votes separate the two. Although ballots cast by members of the military and other overseas Florida residents can be counted if received within 10 days of the election, that number is expected to be low.
# 3 – Congressional candidate Holness’s daughter pleaded guilty Wednesday to securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus relief loans by submitting false tax and salary information for her consulting firm, federal prosecutors said .
Damara Holness, 28, of Fort Lauderdale, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Her conviction is scheduled for January 2022. If found guilty, she faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000. Holness applied for a $ 300,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in June 2020 on behalf of his Plantation-based consulting firm Holness Consulting, Inc., prosecutors said. In the loan application, Holness claimed the company employed 18 people and spent an average of $ 120,000 per month on salaries, prosecutors said. The company has no employees and no personnel costs.
# 4 – Governor Ron DeSantis calls on the Florida legislature to pass more electoral reforms, including the creation of a state office to investigate and prosecute electoral crimes.
DeSantis announced the proposed measures at a press conference in West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning. The governor said the office would investigate issues such as the harvesting of ballots, which he wants the legislature to make a third degree felony. It is currently an offense. DeSantis said he also wanted to impose time limits on county election supervisors to clean up voter lists. In May, DeSantis signed a Republican-backed election bill that places restrictions on postal voting and ballot boxes.
# 5 – It’s not just the bars and clubs on Ocean Drive that will be affected if Miami Beach enforces an alcohol curfew. While the focus has been on the popular strip, businesses elsewhere in town are concerned about the reduction.
On Tuesday, a majority of voters tired of the nighttime violence chose “Yes” to reduce the closing time for alcohol sales from 5 am to 2 am. Behrouz Nazari owns the bar, located on Washington Avenue, with his wife Megan. Going back worries him about his business, his income and his staff. The voters’ referendum came on Tuesday in response to increasingly noisy crowds and public drinking in the South Beach Entertainment District, where tension has been boiling for years as crowds have shrunk from a few weekends with a presence all year round. To find out why some business owners agree, click here to read the story from NBC 6 reporter Jamie Guirola.
# 6 – Da’Realis Dennard is finally home and feeling like him again, but the 17-year-old almost died of heart failure, spending more than three months in a South Florida hospital .
Dennard suffers from a rare genetic condition called Kearns-Sayre syndrome, which can cause muscle problems, particularly affecting the eyes and heart. Basically his heart was too weak to function on its own and he suffered from severe heart failure. After being transferred from another hospital, Dr Svetlana Shugh – a pediatric cardiologist specializing in heart failure and transplants at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital – stepped in and helped Dennard find a solution that would save his life. . To find out how the teenager became the first patient in Florida to receive the treatment, click here to read the story from NBC 6 reporter Amanda Plasencia.