Would-Be Carjacker Killed By Victim (Orlando, FL) -- A carjacking suspect is dead after the victim apparently took matters into his own hands. Orange County deputies say the would-be victim shot a man who was trying to carjack him early yesterday morning near the Mall at Millenia. The carjacking suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been announced, but the investigation is ongoing.
Shots Fired At Marion County Deputy (Citra, FL) -- A scary incident has the Marion County sheriff saying enough is enough. Sheriff Billy Woods was referring to an incident early yesterday morning in Citra where several shots were fired at a deputy. Woods says Deputy Joseph Spratlin was trying to disperse a crowd outside the Paradise Bar and Lounge on US 441 when the shots were fired, but no one was hit. Deputies are looking for the shooter, and Woods says after the deadly shooting of two deputies in Gilchrist County, his people are on edge.
Brush Fire Spreads In Keys (Big Pine Key, FL) -- A brush fire is causing Keys residents to freak out. That's what one resident of Big Pine Key wrote on Facebook yesterday as the fire spread and destroyed a home. Keys Energy Services estimates two thousand customers lost electricity after the company was told to cut power to contain the fire. At last report, Monroe County estimated the fire was 40-percent contained, and residents have been warned to prepare for a possible evacuation.
Girl Knocked Out At Gas Station (St. Petersburg, FL) -- A man is facing charges after a shocking incident in Pinellas County. Deputies say St. Petersburg's Kolbe Smith punched a 13-year-old girl in the face and knocked her out cold. Witnesses inside the RaceTrac kept Smith from leaving the store until deputies arrived. Deputies say Smith did not know the girl, and they say Smith admitted to taking LSD.
Brevard County Looking Into Building New Wastewater Treatment Plant (Titusville, FL) -- Brevard County is taking steps to avoid a repeat of what happened after Hurricane Irma. The county's Utility Services Department is proposing building a new and larger wastewater treatment plant near Indian Harbour Beach. The push for a new plant came after sewage discharged into the Indian River Lagoon last year following Irma. Utility Services Director Jim Helmer recently told "Florida Today" if this new plant had been in operation then, there would have been no sewer discharges. THE FLORIDA TODAY REPORT IS LNKED FOR YOU ON TODAY’S SHOW PAGE AT BILLMICK.COM
Colorado Man Bitten By Shark, Bear, Rattlesnake: Oh, My! (Undated) -- A Colorado man might want to think again before taking another walk on the wild side. Outdoor enthusiast Dylan McWilliams now holds the unique distinction of being bitten by three dangerous wild critters in less than four years. McWilliams was bitten by a shark in Hawaii last week. He has now been bitten by a bear, rattlesnake and shark. The 20-year-old from Grand Junction, Colorado, told the Honolulu "Star-Advertiser" he's either really lucky or really unlucky. The shark bite required seven stitches.
Man Under Arrest On Suspicion Of Stealing Beer Truck (Santa Rosa, CA) -- Charges are being filed in California against a man accused of stealing a beer truck. Police in Santa Rosa say Matt Hermsmeyer took the Coors truck last Thursday afternoon while it was outside of a liquor store and later abandoned it on an overpass. Police caught up to the homeless man a short time later and tossed him into the county jail. He is facing multiple charges, included felony grand theft. None of the beer was missing. NONE OF THE BEER WAS MISSING? POOR GUY WASTED THE EFFORT!
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a controversial immigration bill into law. The bill aimed to prosecute and deport illegal immigrants and gave police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Critics, including President Obama, said the bill gave license to harass and discriminate against immigrants.
1985, the Coca Cola Company announced it was changing the 99-year-old secret formula for the world's best-selling soft drink. The move turned out to be an unpopular with classic Coke fans and the company soon changed its mind and brought back the original version. IT COULD BE THE BIGGEST PR BLUNDER OF THE 2oTH CENTURY!
1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
1956, the United States Supreme Court put an end to racial segregation on buses.
1616, dramatist, playwright William Shakespeare died at the age of 52. HIS IMPACT HAS BEEN SO FAR BEYOND THE SPAN OF HIS SHORT LIFE