SpaceX Launches Falcon 9
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral early Monday morning at 12:45 a.m. EDT carrying a commercial communication satellite for SES of Luxembourg. This was the 11th launch for SpaceX during 2018.
The first stage had flown before -- in September 2017 -- so SpaceX had no intention of using it again and allowed it to simply fall into the Atlantic Ocean with no recovery attempt. WMMB Mission Specialist Jim Banke reports SpaceX hopes to launch twice more in June with one of them scheduled on June 28th in the 6am hour.
Man Arrested For Attack At Laundromat (DeLand, FL) -- An argument is believed to be the cause of a stabbing at a laundromat in Volusia County. Terrance Calkins was arrested yesterday for stabbing Donald Frenier in the neck with scissors outside DeLand's Boulevard Laundry on North Woodland Boulevard.
No details were released as to what the two DeLand residents were arguing about. The 50-year-old Frenier is in critical but stable condition.
Gaetz Comes To Democratic Colleague's Defense (Washington, DC) -- A Panhandle congressman is turning on a member of his own party. Matt Gaetz this weekend criticized Republican candidate Scott Sturgill for a critical ad aimed at Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
FloridaPolitics.com reports the ad says that while Murphy's Central Florida district dealt with Hurricane Irma last year, Murphy was holding a fundraiser in Washington. Gaetz Tweeted last week that flying into the district during an emergency doesn't serve a purpose and it's more helpful to be in DC to coordinate the federal response.
Relatives Of Inmates Upset With Plan To Cut Back On Prison Visits (Tallahassee, FL) -- Relatives of inmates are angry with the Florida Department of Corrections. At a protest in Tallahassee yesterday, loved ones expressed outrage at a plan to cut back on the amount of visits allowed at state prisons.
Starting this summer, visits will only be allowed every other weekend, because prison officials say there are not enough guards to meet the demand, and there is a continued problem with illegal drugs, cellphones, weapons and other contraband being brought in. Instead of in-person visits, families are urged to pay for video conferencing sessions instead.
Texas Toddler Dials Into Action After Mother Collapses (Cleveland, TX) -- A Texas mother is alive today because of the quick thinking of her three-year-old daughter. KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Miranda Craig suffers from narcolepsy (NAR-CO-LEPSY) and she collapsed unconscious to the floor of their house last week.
Her daughter Dorothy quickly picked up a cell phone and dialed 9-1-1. When a dispatcher answered, Dorothy said simply, "Mommy." The dispatcher coaxed a little more information from the toddler and authorities tracked the cell phone signal to a general area and went door-to-door before finding the victim. Miranda, who was treated at her home, said she taught Dorothy to dial 9-1-1 when she was really little. She said this is the second time Dorothy has called 9-1-1 for her mother.
Man Arrested After Allegedly Punching Man Unconscious Over Bike (Fairbanks, AK) -- An Alaska man is in critical condition after getting punched over a bicycle. Police say Ray Diamond was pushing a bike near a bus station in Fairbanks Wednesday when Hoe Young Kim walked up to him and told him the bike belonged to a friend of his.
Kim is accused of then knocking Diamond out with a punch and then getting away with the bike. Diamond was rushed to a hospital, where doctors say he suffered brain bleeding and swelling. Kim was arrested a short time later at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2007, Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson was indicted on 16 counts related to bribery, fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Jefferson used his position and influence to promote the sale of telecommunications equipment to a Nigerian company in return for stock and cash payments.
1998, Terry Nichols received a life sentence for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
1998, Americans aboard Space Shuttle Discovery docked with Space Station Mir to pick up Andrew Thomas, who'd spent four months in orbit.
1937, one of the first grocery store shopping carts was introduced. Sylvan Goldman, the owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is credited with its invention.
1929, George Eastman demonstrated the first Technicolor movie in New York.
1896, Henry Ford took a test drive in his "Quadricycle," his first automobile design.