Mick's Morning News: 10.22.18

Brevard Officials To Discuss Red Tide Response  (Titusville, FL) -- State and local officials will share ideas today in Brevard County on how to tackle a persistent problem. The FWC and the county's Natural Resources Management Department will discuss what to do about red tide. The algae bloom was confirmed last week on the county's coast. Dead fish were seen washed up on the beaches this weekend, but a lifeguard official tells Florida Today the wind, thankfully, kept the smell away.

Volunteers Clear Dead Fish Off Cocoa Beach  (Cocoa Beach, FL) -- Volunteers are credited with cleaning up a mess caused by the red tide.  About 70 people spent time Saturday helping Keep Brevard Beautiful pick up thousands of dead fish that washed up on Cocoa Beach. Testing is being done today in Volusia County to see if red tide is present there, too.

Gillum, DeSantis Debate  (Tampa, FL) -- Andrew Gillum believes how he handled Hurricane Michael shows what kind of governor he would be. The Democratic nominee and Republican Ron DeSantis debated yesterday in Tampa on CNN. Gillum said as Tallahassee's mayor, he put politics aside and worked well with Republican Governor Rick Scott before and after the storm. DeSantis called Gillum a failed mayor who would raise taxes as governor and destroy the economy.

Subject Of Chase Apparently Commits Suicide  (Palm City, FL) -- A man is dead after a police chase ended in an apparent suicide in Martin County. The car chase took place Saturday from Florida City to Palm City, and it led to deputies closing the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike for hours. Hollywood 28-year-old Michael Sardinas was wanted after leaving the scene of a crash, and he fled when a deputy tried to pull his car over. As Sardinas lost control during the chase, deputies say they heard a gun go off inside the car.  Sardinas was found dead inside the vehicle.  Sardinas once served time for sexual battery, and his father tells Local 10 News his son had told him he would rather die than go back to prison.

Shooting Near TIAA Bank Field May Be Gang-Related  (Jacksonville, FL) -- A shooting near TIAA Bank Field may be gang-related. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported six people were shot at a laundromat about a half-hour before the Jaguars kicked off. Detectives believe the shots were fired from a car, but they're not sure how many shooters there were or how many shots were fired. Witnesses, though, say they heard about a dozen shots, and one woman tells First Coast News she saw one man shot in the head.

Lotteries Offering Jackpots Worth More Than Two Billion Dollars Combined  (Undated) -- More than two-billion-dollars will be up for grabs this week in the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. There was no winner in Saturday night's Powerball drawing. That means Wednesday's drawing is expected to reach at least 620-million-dollars. And that'll be a day after the Mega Millions is offering a world-record jackpot of one-point-six-billion-dollars. Powerball had the previous world record at just under one-point-six-billion for a 2016 drawing. These are two of the top five biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

Men Busted Due To Bad License Plate  (Huntington, WV) -- Two men in West Virginia are in serious trouble with the law after getting pulled over for a loose license plate. According to WSAZ, the duo was nabbed several days ago as they were leaving Huntington Tri-State Airport with close to 60 pounds of pot. They caught the attention of officers with the license plate but then the marijuana was found in a suitcase after police say they were given conflicting stories from them. The luggage had the drugs and was tagged for a trip from Los Angeles to West Virginia.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1991, the first Planet Hollywood restaurant opened in New York City.

1979, the 100-millionth person passed through the gates of Walt Disney World.

1969, Paul McCartney officially denied the rumor that he was dead.

1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.

1934, notorious bank robber "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot and killed by federal agents in East Liverpool, Ohio.

1907, Ringling Brothers bought out their rival, Barnum and Bailey circus, to form the most famous circus in the world.

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