Woman Arrested For Leaving Child In Car Overnight (Sanford, FL) -- A woman is facing charges for leaving a child alone in a car overnight in Seminole County. Sanford 33-year-old Casey Keller was arrested yesterday morning for child neglect after deputies say she left a three-year-old girl in the car for about 12 hours.
Deputies found the girl when Keller called 911 to report her car was stolen. The car was found in her apartment complex parking lot and the girl was taken to the hospital where she's in critical but stable condition.
Putnam Discusses Sand Blaster Derailment (Kissimmee, FL) -- It's unlikely a roller coaster that derailed will reopen anytime soon. This weekend Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam discussed the accident at Dayton Beach Boardwalk.
Putnam was in Kissimmee where he was campaigning for governor and told Channel 9 that before the ride reopens it would need to pass a soup-to-nuts inspection. The derailment last week happened the same day the ride passed inspection.
Engineers ID Flaw That Led To Bridge Collapse (Miami, FL) -- Engineers believe they have found the design flaw that led to the deadly FIU bridge collapse. Engineers not affiliated with the project who studied the plans say too much stress was placed on one brace at the bridge's north end.
They also recently told the "Miami Herald" the bridge's unique design may have made it hard to detect the flaw before it was too late. Six people died when the bridge collapsed three months ago, and the NTSB is conducting an investigation.
Rally In Cocoa Protests Immigration Policy (Cocoa, FL) -- Dozens of people in Brevard County are calling for a change to a controversial immigration policy. A rally was held last night in Cocoa to protest the federal government's policy of separating children from their parents after crossing the border illegally.
About 50 people attended the Free the Children Rally at Riverfront Park. The woman who organized the rally tells "Florida Today" it was a way to resist, and she hopes it will inspire others to do the same.
FSU Alum Koepka Wins US Open (Tallahassee, FL) -- A former Florida State golfer is in some rare company. Brooks Koepka [[ kepp-kuh ]] won the US Open yesterday for the second year in a row. He's only the seventh person to do that, including Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange.
Koepka finished one-over par for a one-shot win, and he took home more than two million dollars. After Koepka's win, Florida State coach Trey Jones said Koepka has great focus and is one of the toughest guys he's ever coached.
Mexican Earthquake Sensors Triggered From World Cup Win Celebrations (Mexico City) -- Celebrations in Mexico City after a stunning win over Germany in the World Cup are literally shaking up the town. Mexico beat the heavily favored German team yesterday and when they did earth-shaking celebrations broke out.
The celebrations were so intense two of the city's earthquake sensors were triggered. The Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations says the sensors were likely set off by massive jumps during the game.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1996, Federal prosecutors in California charged Theodore Kaczynski in four Unabomber attacks.
1928, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean during a flight from Newfoundland to Wales.
1927, the United States Postal Service offered the first postage stamp featuring the name of a living American. The special, ten-cent stamp commemorated Charles Lindbergh and his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined 100 dollars for attempting to vote in the 1872 election -- the fine was never paid.