DeSantis Says Evidence Show Gillum Lied (Orlando, FL) -- Ron DeSantis believes new information shows Andrew Gillum is hiding something about a trip that is the subject of an ethics investigation. Text messages made public yesterday show that Gillum, while in New York a couple years ago, accepted a ticket to Hamilton from a man he thought was a developer looking to do business in the city. Gillum has claimed he got the ticket from his brother, and while campaigning in Orlando yesterday, DeSantis said these messages show Gillum lied. The two will face each other tonight in a debate in Broward County.
DeLand Man Charged In Attack On Ex-Girlfriend (DeLand, FL) -- A Volusia County man is facing charges for a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Deputies this week arrested DeLand 24-year-old Ashton Churchwell for the incident at his ex-girlfriend's house. Deputies say Churchwell broke a window to get into the home, fired a shot, threatened to shoot his ex, pistol-whipped her boyfriend, slashed the tires on two cars, filled a gas tank with dirt and stole a license plate. The charges against Churchwell include attempted murder.
Launch Put On Hold (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Plans for a rocket launch are now on hold. NASA announced yesterday it has postponed a launch set for Friday of a Pegasus XL rocket. A problem with the rocket was found as it was transferred to Cape Canaveral from California. No new launch date has been set.
Bay County Teachers Asked To Return To Work Next Week (Panama City, FL) -- Bay County wants schools to start to plan to reopen. The Bay District School Board announced yesterday that it wants teachers to return to school on Monday, and it hopes schools will reopen no later than November 14th. Some students whose schools are too damaged to reopen will attend other schools where modular classrooms are being brought in. Also, students will be served two free meals a day until January.
Three MPD Officers Facing Federal Drug Charges (Miami, FL) -- Three Miami Police officers are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that officers Schonton Harris, Kelvin Harris and James Archibald are facing drug charges. They're accused of trying to help dealers traffic cocaine, but those dealers turned out to be undercover FBI agents. Schonton Harris is also accused of selling a police uniform and badge to one of these undercover officers.
'Oldest Intact' Shipwreck Found (Bulgaria) -- The world's "oldest intact" shipwreck is lying at the bottom of the Black Sea. Researchers from the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project discovered the ancient Greek trading vessel near Bulgaria after three years of surveying more than 700 miles. They say oxygen-free conditions underwater have preserved the ship for at least 24-hundred years. A documentary project on the ship opens at the British Museum in London today.
Man Gets Jail Time For Crashing Ambulance (Virginia Beach, VA) -- A Virginia man will spend a year behind bars for getting drunk and crashing an ambulance. The intoxicated man climbed into a running ambulance at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital after a night of partying in Virginia Beach and drove away. Prosecutors say his blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit at the time and he got into a pretty nasty wreck. The ambulance flipped four times when he crashed it in a grassy area. He’s getting a year in jail and will pay $150-thousand dollars for the totaled ambulance.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1997, sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a making a courtroom apology to the woman he had bitten during a sexual romp.
1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72 hours in jail, 120 hours of community service and $13 thousand in fines for slapping a police officer.
1989, popular television evangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500 thousand following his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. He was released after serving only five years.
1962, the United States' blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis began.
1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
1901, daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She emerged from the 175-foot fall without any injuries.