FDLE Announces New App For Finding Registered Sex Offenders (Tallahassee, FL) -- Before you take your kids out trick-or-treating, there's a new app from the FDLE you might want to check out. The app released yesterday allows users to find any registered sex offender in a given area. The search results include an address and a photo of the offender. With Halloween tomorrow, the FDLE says it couldn't think of a better time to launch the app.
No Charges Filed Against Deltona Woman Accused Of Illegal Recording (Deltona, FL) -- A Volusia County woman claims she's the victim of retaliation by Deltona officials. Brandy White was accused of illegally recording city officials during a face-to-face conversation in city hall six months ago. Prosecutors recently announced they won't pursue the case because of a lack of evidence. White believes the complaint was an effort to intimidate her, and she tells the News-Journal she doesn't know how far city officials are willing to go.
Shots Fired Into Volusia Republican HQ (Volusia County, FL) -- No injuries are being reported after someone fired at least four shots into the Volusia County Republican headquarters building in South Daytona. It happened sometime between Sunday afternoon and this morning after staffers left the building. There's no word yet on suspects, or a motive.
False Alarm Evacuates PCSO (Winter Haven, FL) -- A mail-order item is responsible for causing a brief scare in Polk County. A Winter Haven woman showed up at the sheriff's office with a package mailed to her that looked suspicious. The sheriff's office was evacuated while the package was inspected. The all-clear was given once investigators found the package was an item the woman ordered in the mail.
AAA: Florida Gas Prices Falling (Tampa, FL) -- Prices at the pump continue to fall in Florida. Triple-A says today's statewide average for a gallon of regular is two-70, which is five cents less than last week and 12 cents less than last month. The auto club says prices are being pushed lower due to seasonal demand, winter-blend fuel being used, and falling crude prices. The most expensive gas prices are being found in Panama City, and the least expensive is in Tampa Bay and Orlando.
Giant Inflatable Colon Stolen From Kansas Hospital Found (Kansas City, MO) -- A giant inflatable colon that was stolen in Missouri has been recovered. The ten-foot, 150 pound tubular intestine was stolen from the bed of a pick-up truck parked in a neighborhood in Kansas City earlier this month. It came from the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and was supposed to be put on display at a breast cancer charity run two days after it was taken. Kansas City Police said on Twitter that it was found in a vacant house. The colon is worth around four-thousand dollars, and is used to teach people about colon screenings and the dangers of colon cancer. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and it is their number-two priority.
Naked Man On Tries To Punch K9 Cop (Sarasota County, FL) -- A naked man is in trouble with the law for a bizarre incident. Viktor Revega is accused of banging on the door of a Sarasota County home over the weekend with a shovel and causing some damage to the place. Officers say the 27-year-old was naked when they got there and he tried to punch a police dog while being taken into custody. He was arrested and police believe he was under the influence of drugs.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1988, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon conducted a mass wedding ceremony in South Korea for more than 65-hundred of his followers.
1983, the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
1976, Jane Pauley became news co-anchor of the "Today" show.
1970, Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced in Miami to six or eight months hard labor for indecent exposure and profanity.
1938, Orson Welles' classic radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS. The live drama panicked some radio listeners who actually thought that the play's faked news reports about a Martian invasion was true.