Threat Reported At Brevard County School
(Titusville, FL) -- A threat is responsible for heightened police activity at two Brevard County schools. Police responded to Titusville High School and Madison Middle School yesterday afternoon after hearing of a school shooting threat. The threat didn't specify which school, but lockdowns were ordered at those schools plus Astronaut High School and Jackson Middle. No threat was found, and no arrests have been announced.
UCF Student Found With Fully Loaded AR-15 In Car
(Orlando, FL) -- A UCF student is accused of having a machine gun on campus. University police arrested 19-year-old sophomore Max Chambers this week after they say he admitted to having a fully-loaded AR-15 in his car on campus. Police say the gun was tampered with to turn it into an automatic weapon, which is illegal, but Chambers apparently told police he doesn't like laws. Chambers is not accused of making any threats against the school, and police believe the engineering major is just a gun enthusiast who went too far.
Guidance Counselor Arrested At School
(Davenport, FL) -- A school guidance counselor is accused of shoving a Polk County deputy in Davenport. Ridge Community High School's Marcus Franklin was arrested for the incident this week that happened while deputies were arresting a 15-year-old student at the school. The female student was wanted for battery on another student, and deputies say Franklin got physical with deputies who tried to arrest the teenager. Franklin is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, and he was placed on leave by the school district.
Gillum Accused Of Ethics Violations
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Broadway tickets and a birthday cake for his wife have Andrew Gillum in trouble. The state's ethics commission, yesterday, released records of their investigation into the former mayor of Tallahassee, who is accused of ethics violations. Gillum claims he didn't know the tickets to Hamilton or the cake for his wife came from a lobbyist, but the commission found that's only because Gillum didn't want to know. Gillum could be fined for the violations.
Daytona Beach Police Show Off New Way Of Apprehending Suspects
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Daytona Beach police have a new way of catching bad guys, and it looks like something a superhero might use. Police yesterday showed off the BolaWrap 100, which is a rope that fires out of a device and wraps itself around the suspect so they can't move. Wrap Technologies invented it two years ago as a way for officers to subdue suspects without having to get physical or violent.
Girl Suffered Injuries After Falling Into Rhino Exhibit
(Melbourne, FL) -- Details are out on a scary incident involving a child at the Brevard Zoo. A one-year-old girl fell into the rhino exhibit at the zoo in Melbourne on New Year's Day.A report released yesterday by the FWC reveals the injuries she suffered. She was found to have a lacerated liver, a bruised lung and bruises to her head and upper body. After falling into the enclosure, two of the rhinos used their snouts to push the girl into a metal pole.
Tunnel Found Near South Florida Bank
(Pembroke Pines, FL) -- Police and the FBI are investigating after discovering a tunnel that appears to lead to a South Florida bank. Pembroke Pines police responded to reports of a sinkhole yesterday when they discovered the tunnel that stretched toward a nearby Chase Bank branch. Local 10 News reports police found a pair of muddy boots, a homemade ladder, a stool, digging tools and a generator in the tunnel. The entrance to the tunnel was discovered in some nearby woods and was covered by a wooden pallet.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2006 , the Senate confirmed veteran appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservative Alito was President Bush's choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
2000 , Illinois Governor George Ryan halted all executions in his state after several death row inmates were found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were about to be put to death.
1990 , the first McDonald's restaurant in Russia opened to the public.
1958 , the Explorer One satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch marked the United States' entry into the Space Age.
1940 , the first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. Ida Fuller of Brattlesboro, Vermont, was the lucky recipient of check number 00-000-001
1865 , Congress approved the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.