Child Hurt In Brevard County (Rockledge, FL) -- A child is hurt after a shooting in Brevard County. The child was airlifted to an Orlando hospital after deputies responded to a call in Rockledge outside Ruby Tuesday's yesterday afternoon.
The child was in a truck that had a small hole in one of its windows, and Fire Rescue workers were treating the child for a head injury. The child is expected to survive, and investigators believe the child may have been hit by a stray bullet fired nearby.
Plane Crashes Into Pond (Daytona Beach, FL) -- A plane has been destroyed after a crash in Volusia County. It happened this weekend in Daytona Beach when a Piper PA-44-180 landed in a pond on Campanello Court.
Two men on board suffered minor injuries, and two homes that were hit suffered damage. There's no word on a cause. The crash did happen during a storm.
Teacher Arrested For Inappropriate Contact With Teen Girl (DeLand, FL) -- A teacher in Volusia County is facing charges for having inappropriate contact with a student. Stetson Baptist Christian School PE teacher and volleyball coach Stephen Ward was arrested this weekend.
The mother of the 14-year-old girl called deputies after she found text messages on the girl's phone from the 69-year-old Ward. Deputies are asking any other possible victims to come forward.
Audio Of SESH Murder Suspect's Interrogation Released (Tampa, FL) -- The death of a loved one may be responsible for leading a man to kill four people in Tampa. The police interrogation in November of suspected Southeast Seminole Heights killer Howell Donaldson, the Third, was recently released.
Police asked Donaldson to speculate as to what could cause someone to kill four strangers, and Donaldson told them perhaps it could be the death of a relative. A transcript by the "Tampa Bay Times" shows Donaldson then revealed an aunt he was close to had recently died of cancer.
Tallahassee Dad Gets Response From J.K. Rowling (Tallahassee, FL) -- The interaction between a billionaire author from Great Britain and a struggling dad from Tallahassee is touching people around the world. Matt Burke Tweeted to J. K. Rowling that he appreciated the Harry Potter books because it was giving him a chance to bond with his daughter.
He also told her that as a single dad who's poor and depressed, he felt inspired by her struggles to overcome similar obstacles. To his surprise, Rowling and others across the globe told Burke they're inspired by his message, and he recently told the "Tallahassee Democrat" he hopes his hand can be the hand that lifts up others.
Pickle Slushie At Sonic (Oklahoma City, OK) -- Pickle lovers have a new thing. Sonic is offering up a pickle juice slushie starting today. For those who would rather ease into drinking pickles, customers can also have pickle juice added to any drink at the drive-in chain.
Body Found Inside Wall At Flea Market (Clover, SC) -- Deputies in York County, South Carolina say a dead man found stuck inside the walls of a flea market died when he got trapped. A bad smell is responsible for leading deputies to the gruesome discovery last Wednesday in Clover and they later said the man was 33-year-old William Powers.
Powers broke into the market but got trapped and could not get out. They're not sure exactly how long he was there but it was likely at least a few weeks. His truck was found a short distance away and officials say there was no foul play involved, other than the attempted burglary.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2002, the talent search series "American Idol" premiered on Fox.
2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others.
1993, the Supreme Court ruled that people who commit hate crimes motivated by bigotry may face a harsher punishment, and that religious groups can sacrifice animals.
1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1972, the controversial XXX-rated film "Deep Throat" opened at the Mature World Theatre in New York City.
1936, the Presbyterian Church of America was formed.