Armed Standoff Ends In Suicide (Lakeland, FL) -- A man is dead after an armed standoff that lasted about 24 hours in Polk County. Gary Cauley shot and killed himself yesterday afternoon at a home in Lakeland on Dartmouth Road.
The standoff started Saturday afternoon after the 39-year-old got into an argument with his estranged wife at her home. After Amie Cauley called deputies, Gary locked himself inside the home with their six-year-old daughter, who he later released safely.
MSD Survivors Bring Road To Change To Brevard County (Cocoa, FL) -- Gun-rights supporters are warning the Road To Change can be a slippery slope. Survivors of the Parkland school shooting brought their call for new gun laws to Cocoa this weekend. They want what they call common-sense gun laws, but a protester outside the town hall forum warns calls for new gun restrictions will never end.
As part of their statewide tour, students are registering new voters to push for change, but a local NRA member tells "Florida Today" broad, sweeping new laws will only hurt lawful gun owners.
Cocaine Found Floating In Gulf (Pensacola, FL) -- Someone the Coast Guard describes as a Good Samaritan is credited with alerting them to an unusual discovery. Coast Guard Sector Mobile announced yesterday 35 kilos of cocaine were found floating in the Gulf near Pensacola.
The drugs were originally spotted by someone Saturday night. The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Alabama officials searched through the night before the drugs were found yesterday morning.
Report: Alabama Has Most Fast Food Restaurants (undated) -- A new report says Alabama has more fast-food restaurants per capita than any other state. Web data company Datafiniti did research on how many fast-food restaurants each state has for every ten-thousand people.
Alabama came out on top with six-point-three fast-food joints. Nebraska came in second, followed closely by West Virginia and Oklahoma. The state with the least amount of fast-food restaurants is Vermont.
Charges For Woman Who Propositioned Deputy (Greenwood, IN) -- An Indiana woman is in trouble with the law for allegedly offering up sexual favors to avoid drunk driving charges. Deputies in Greenwood say Michelle Cooley was drunk when she crashed into a mailbox last week and then told a deputy she would do "special things" for him if he ignored what had happened.
They say the 34-year-old made the proposition when they took her to jail. She is facing multiple counts and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the deputy did not take Cooley up on the offer.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1999, a jury in Los Angeles ordered General Motors Corporation to pay $4.9 billion to six people severely burned when their Chevrolet Malibu exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. A judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09 Billion.
1997, boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield's ears.
1987, Oliver North admitted to shredding evidence in an attempt to cover up his role in the Iran Contra Hearings.
1968, the National League beat the American League in baseball's first All-Star game played indoors. The game was held in Houston's Astrodome.
1966, an artificial surface was installed into the Astrodome in Houston. That coined the phrase "astroturf."
1956, "Bandstand" hosted by Dick Clark first aired on Philadelphia's WFIL. It was later distributed on ABC-TV and was changed to "American Bandstand."
1872, John Blondel of Thomaston, Maine, patented the doughnut cutter.