Rocket Launch Is A Success
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- There's cause for celebration at SpaceX. The company successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket last night and landed all three boosters. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in operation in the world, and this is the first time SpaceX landed three boosters. Two sonic booms could be heard after the launch of a satellite that successfully reached orbit.
Volusia County Deputy Shot In Line Of Duty
(DeLand, FL) -- A Volusia County deputy is lucky to be alive after a shooting. Sergeant Tommy Dane was shot yesterday afternoon near DeLand on SR 44 by an unidentified carjacking suspect, but the bullet just grazed his head, and no serious injuries were reported. The suspect was killed in a shootout with five deputies. Sheriff Mike Chitwood also says Dane was just a millimeter away from a much worse outcome. The sheriff was directly behind Dane and says Dane never retreated and kept moving toward the shooter. Chitwood says he has never seen anything like it.
Mina PAC Founder Arrested For Theft
(Orlando, FL) -- The founder of a pro-John Mina PAC is accused of stealing from the organization. Eric Foglesong was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing 20-thousand dollars from Citizens for Safety and Justice last year. The Maitland 42-year-old set up the PAC to help Orlando Police Chief John Mina get elected sheriff. Mina is not charged, and he says he's outraged that someone would steal from his campaign.
Former Mayor Used Drugs While In Office
(Port Richey, FL) -- A former mayor in Pasco County is accused of using drugs while in office. FDLE records released yesterday show former Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad smoked crack every night and also used meth and marijuana. The 68-year-old is in jail after he was arrested over a month ago. He has since resigned as mayor but maintains his innocence.
Naked Women Arrested In Pasco County Rest Area
(Wesley Chapel, FL) -- Three women are in the Pasco County jail for allegedly standing naked at a rest area. A janitor called police Wednesday to say they were applying suntan lotion and at some point they claimed to be "air drying" after taking a shower. Eventually they were arrested after a chase on I-75 and a violent confrontation with the FHP and Dade City Police.
Melbourne Gets National Ranking On Top Places To Live List
(Melbourne, FL) -- For the second time in a month Melbourne is getting some positive publicity. U.S. News & World Report ranks it number 25 on the list of top 25 places in the country to live, while Sarasota is in 18th place. Previously the same publication called Melbourne the number one beach community in the United States. The rankings are based on job markets, affordability, health care, crime rates and morning commutes.
Mars Wrigley Offers Candy-Tasting Internship
(Chicago, IL) -- Candy maker Mars Wrigley Confectionery is offering a candy-tasting internship. The paid position is similar to last year's "World's Sweetest Internship," but this year's winner will also be required to organize public events and activities. The intern must be willing to taste test new flavors in the Chicago based factory. The eight to 12 week opportunity will also include a signing bonus of one year's worth of candy. The company says you must be at least 21 years old to apply and be "someone who isn't afraid to ring every doorbell in every neighborhood on Halloween."
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2015, Freddie Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury while being transported in a police van after being arrested in Baltimore. His death a week later led to days of protests and rioting. Six Baltimore police officers were charged in connection with the case. All of the officers were found not guilty or had their charges dropped.
2009, high seas drama came to an end when U.S. Naval forces rescued the captain of a U.S. cargo ship who was held hostage for five days at sea by Somali pirates. The Navy confirmed that three of the four buccaneers who held Captain Richard Phillips were killed by naval forces. A fourth pirate was taken into custody.
1999, a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying during his sworn deposition in January 1998, when he had testified that he had not had sexual relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He became the first sitting president ever to be held in contempt of court.
1981, the space shuttle Columbia, the first reusable spacecraft, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its first test flight.
1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin became the first person to orbit Earth.
1861, the Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumpter in Charleston, South Carolina.