It’s Wednesday, March 31st, and NBC 6 has the top stories of the day.
# 1 – The ex-girlfriend who was dating Aliex Santiesteban when he was arrested Tuesday morning for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and shooting a 12-year-old boy last weekend spoke exclusively to NBC 6.
Police arrested the 43-year-old on multiple charges, including sexual battery with a lethal weapon, kidnapping and attempted murder. He was admitted to Miami Dade Prison early Tuesday morning and was being detained without ties, records show. Police say DNA evidence and “good old-fashioned policing” brought them to Santiesteban. Investigators say the incident happened at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday when the boy was walking in the Northwest 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue area when he came home after meeting friends when he was met by a man in a black four-door sedan was raised, Miami-Dade police officers said.
No. 2 – Two locations will be open at 8:00 am Deliver 400 Johnson & Johnson single doses to the people you need: Miami Beach at 8500 Collins Avenue and Homestead at 27401 Southwest New York Avenue.
A location in Hialeah, in Babcock Park, opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday after opening on Monday because the vaccine was not shipped. Publix Pharmacy has no appointments on the Easter weekend and can therefore cancel the planning option for Wednesday. The online reservation system will reopen as usual for appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday April 2nd.
No. 3 – Three men were related to the Tuesday fatal drive-by shootout of a 17-year-old girl in southwest Miami-Dade in 2019.
In the early morning of May 24th, 2019, Gabriela Aldana stood in the parking lot of a mall on Coral Way and 118th Avenue when she was hit by a vehicle, said Miami-Dade police. Someone from the car opened fire and hit Aldana. She died in the hospital. Carlos Paterson-Torres, 29; Randy Rodriguez-Fernandez, 21; and Yondeivis Wongden-Hernandez, 26, were arrested in connection with the murder, police said. All three were arrested in Doral on Tuesday afternoon, according to the arrest warrant.
No. 4 – Republican MP Matt Gaetz, a prominent Conservative who represents Florida in Congress and is a close ally of former President Donald Trump, said Tuesday He is being investigated by the Justice Department over a previous relationship however, denied any criminal misconduct.
Gaetz told Axios that his attorneys were informed that he was the subject of an investigation “regarding sexual behavior with women,” but that he was not a target of the investigation. He denied ever having had a relationship with underage girls, saying the allegations against him were “as scorching as they are false”. His comments came shortly after the New York Times reported that Gaetz was being investigated by the Justice Department to see if he was violating federal sex trafficking laws and having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old while paying her to do so with him to travel.
# 5 – Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber unveiled his plan to convert the city’s entertainment district into an Art Deco cultural district that features improved policing, code enforcement, and a final call to sell alcohol at 2 a.m. includes.
In a video, Gelber presented the 12-point plan for district conversion that he has been pushing for since taking office in 2017. In the plan, facilities in the entertainment district cannot sell alcohol after 2 a.m., only facilities with adequate security and good compliance records could qualify for a late night nightclub license. The final call could be extended to nearby facilities “to prevent these challenges from migrating to other parts of our city”. The current last call time is 5 a.m. To learn more about his plan, click here for the story of NBC 6 reporter Steve Litz.
# 6 – The home of the Miami Marlins will get a new name punctually for the start of the season on Thursday.
California-based lenderDepot announced that it has signed a multi-year rights agreement to rename Little Havana Stadium, known simply as Marlins Park for the past nine seasons. The financial terms have not been disclosed and the deal is expected to be announced by team officials on Wednesday morning. The stadium’s official name will be “LoanDepot Park”. The Marlins open the 2021 season on Thursday against rivals Tampa Bay Rays. The first place is planned for 4:10 p.m.