Primary Election Day In Central Florida (Undated) -- The governor's race will grab the most statewide attention today on primary day, but there are other races on the ballot that will get our attention. Brevard races for the Florida House, County Commission and School Board have been contentious and not always honest. It will be interesting to see which candidates voters decide are worthy of serving.
Court Appearance For Man Accused Of Shooting Deputies (Titusville, FL) -- A man accused of shooting at Brevard County deputies claims he thought he was saving his niece from kidnappers. John DeRossett was in court yesterday in Titusville for the shootout three years ago at his home in Port St. John.
Deputies showed up at the home on Covina Street to arrest his niece for prostitution, but they were in plain clothes, and DeRosset says he didn't know they were law enforcement. DeRosset wants charges against him dismissed under the Stand Your Ground defense. The hearing is scheduled to last through Thursday.
Curry Says Violence Has Gone Beyond Tipping Point (Jacksonville, FL) -- When it comes to violence in Jacksonville, the city is beyond the tipping point. That's what Mayor Lenny Curry said yesterday after a violent weekend that included two deadly shootings, including the one at Jacksonville Landing.
Curry says he finds himself asking the same questions such as why would a young person choose to shoot someone, and what is the root cause of the violence. Meanwhile, the Landing is expected to reopen today for the first time since the shooting.
Jax Official Calls Landing Shooting 'An Anomaly' (Jacksonville, FL) -- While the shooting at Jacksonville Landing is getting the most attention, some city leaders believe another incident is more troubling. Before the mass shooting that left three dead during an esports event, a teenager was killed in a shooting at a high school football game Friday night.
That shooting happened despite dozens of police and security personnel on site. City Council President Aaron Bowman believes the Landing shooting was kind of an anomaly, but he tells the Florida Times-Union the football game shooting has many feeling like enough is enough.
DeBary Sinkhole Stops Growing (DeBary, FL) -- There appears to be good news for a Volusia County neighborhood dealing with a sinkhole. FDOT said yesterday the sinkhole in DeBary on US 17-92 appeared to stop growing.
The sinkhole opened Thursday night and continued to spread about a mile from the center of town. The road is closed, but a construction crew hired over the weekend is expected to finish repairs in a few weeks.
Mother Finds Camera Inside Stuffed Fair Bear (Lebanon, TN) -- Police don't believe anything was intentionally done after a Tennessee woman found a camera inside of a stuffed animal. The woman took the toy to police after her child won it over the weekend at the Wilson County Fair.
It did indeed have a camera inside but officers say it was not functional and lacked a power source. They followed up with the vendor who operates the booth where the toy was won were told it was bought in bulk from a discount facility in Georgia. They believe it's probably a returned nanny cam that was discounted for resale.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2005, residents in New Orleans were forced to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in the city's Louisiana Superdome as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the state of Louisiana.
1981, John Hinckley, Jr., pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.
1972, Mark Spitz won the first of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympic Games.
1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mahalia Jackson and Peter Paul and Mary were among the artists who performed before an estimated 200-thousand civil rights marchers who gathered for the rally.
1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on WEAF in New York City.