Mick's Morning News: 01.30.19

Deputy Shoots K9 

(Bartow,  FL)  -- A Polk County K9 is dead after it apparently turned on a deputy. Master Deputy Scott Cronin shot and killed K9 Recon this week after he says Recon bit his hand and wouldn't let go. Cronin had been caring for Recon for about a week as Recon's handler was away, and it's not clear what led the dog to attack. The Ledger reports Cronin had to undergo surgery on his hand, and it's not clear how the injury will affect his future.  

DeSantis Talks Environment In Naples Speech 

(East Naples,  FL)  -- Environmentalists like what they heard during the governor's appearance in Collier County. While in East Naples, yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis pledged more than 600-million-dollars for the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee, among other projects. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and other environmental groups tell the Naples Daily News they support the proposal, but there's concern about where the state will get the money. 

Appeal Filed In Medical Malpractice Case 

(Cocoa Beach,  FL)  -- A Brevard County hospital is appealing a ruling in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Cape Canaveral Hospital was ordered last month to pay former Coconuts on the Beach GM Chuck Benoit more than three-and-a-half million dollars. Benoit's 60-year-old wife died in their care over five years ago after receiving treatment for an epidural abscess. In addition to the hospital, Benoit also sued Health First Medical Group, which, in its appeal, called the ruling inexplicable because it was made without a jury trial.

Gillum Joins CNN 

(Tallahassee,  FL)  -- Andrew Gillum is staying in the political arena, but in a different role. The former mayor of Tallahassee announced yesterday he will join CNN as a political commentator. Gillum made his debut last night on Cuomo Prime Time with host Chris Cuomo. You can see him this morning on CNN's New Day.  

Car Falls Nine Stories Off Parking Garage 

(Miami,  FL)  -- A Miami Beach man is mourning the loss of a car he says is like a kid to him after a bizarre accident. Matt Olechnowicz's car fell nine stories last night at a Miami parking garage on Biscayne Boulevard and caught fire. The garage uses elevators to get cars up and down, and when an attendant went to the ninth floor to get the car, it lurched forward into the elevator shaft and fell to the bottom. Olechnowicz tells Local 10 News the hardest part was watching the car go up in flames right in front of him, and he tells CBS4 News it's irreplaceable. 

Georgia Mother Mistakenly Donates Mug With Son's Stash Of Money 

(Conyers, GA) -- One man's junk is another man's treasure, and one shopper at a Goodwill in Georgia may potentially hit the jackpot. A woman said she feels terrible about mistakenly donating a mug that belonged to her adult son, where he had stashed 65-hundred dollars. She said she wasn't aware he had stashed the money, which he had just gotten on Sunday when he sold a car and the banks were closed, inside the yellow metal coffee travel mug. Goodwill is confirming the mug had already been sold, but the family is hoping whoever bought it will return the money.  

Bat Infestation Prompts School Closure In Louisiana 

(Vermilion Parish, LA) -- High school students in one Louisiana Parish will get an extra few days off school due to a bat infestation. Students at Gueydan High School in Vermilion Parish, located just outside of Lafayette, have been out of school this week while officials work to clear up the problem. Reports say roughly six hundred bats were making themselves at home in the hallways of the school after they likely made their way in through a vent or similar kind of opening. Officials say bat infestations in schools are rare, but not completely uncommon in Louisiana.  

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2016 , Facebook banned private gun sales on the social networking site.

1973 , G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted of burglary, wiretapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building.  

1968 , North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong guerrillas launched surprise attacks on South Vietnamese provincial capitals in what was known as the Tet Offensive.

1835 , President Andrew Jackson survived the first ever assassination attempt on a U.S. President. 

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