Tornado Possible In East Central Florida
(Melbourne, FL) -- Severe weather is possible as we begin the Easter weekend and parts of Central Florida could be hit by a tornado. The National Weather Service said yesterday that an isolated tornado is possible today in East Central Florida. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected as well. There's also a chance that fast moving lightning storms will develop in the afternoon or evening.
Mueller Report Says Volusia County Was Targeted By Russian Hackers
(DeLand, FL) -- Volusia County appears to have been targeted by Russian hackers. The Mueller Report released yesterday claims county elections officials in 2016 received a spearfishing email with attachments that contained malware. The email supposedly came from a Tallahassee company that makes software for voting machines, but county elections officials say the attachments were never opened. The Mueller Report, though, claims at least one county was hit with malware, but the county is not named in the report.
Supreme Court Reverses Ruling On Orange County Elections
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Orange County officials are celebrating a ruling their lawyer calls weird and unprecedented. The Florida Supreme Court announced yesterday that Orange County can continue to make its elections for local constitutional offices partisan, which reverses a ruling the court made just three months ago. That first ruling upheld a 2014 referendum where voters ordered the county to remove from the ballot the party each candidate belonged to. The court determined having the elections be nonpartisan violated the state's election code.
Death Penalty Sought In Murder Of Brevard County Woman
(Cocoa, FL) -- A man accused of killing a mother of four could get the death penalty. Prosecutors this week announced they will seek the death penalty against Joshua Taylor, who allegedly killed Cocoa 31-year-old Tashaun Jackson two months ago. Investigators believe Taylor killed Jackson because she was going to testify against him in another case. Jackson's body was found in Osceola County after she disappeared following a trip to 7-Eleven.
Sheriff Debunks Chicken Shooting Story
(Pensacola, FL) -- Escambia County's sheriff is trying to set the record straight about a dead chicken. Social media users have been claiming this week that a deputy in a patrol car shot and killed a chicken on Monday. Sheriff David Morgan, though, posted a Facebook video this week that shows the chicken died after getting hit by the deputy's patrol car. Morgan also criticized those he says were demeaning and defaming his deputies by spreading lies on social media.
Fake Officer Arrested After Pulling Over Real Officer
(Dade City, FL) -- A Florida man is facing charges after allegedly targeting the wrong victim. Twenty six year old Matthew Erris was arrested this week for impersonating a police officer. He was caught after Hillsborough County deputies say he carried out a traffic stop on a man who turned out to be an undercover detective. Deputies say Erris had an Airsoft gun that looked like the real thing, and they say he also had a light bar on top of his SUV and flashing lights in the grill.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2015, Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in police custody in Baltimore. His death sent the city into riots over police brutality and race relations.
2013, after an intense manhunt authorities captured the second suspect linked to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the week. The first suspect was killed in a shootout with police hours earlier.
1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were convicted of planning and committing the crime.
1994, the city of Los Angeles awarded Rodney King nearly four-million dollars for the beating he suffered at the hands of Los Angeles police officers in 1991.
1993, a 51-day standoff came to an end when FBI agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and more than 80 other cult members died when the compound burned to the ground.
1897, the first Boston Marathon was run.
1775, the Revolutionary War began with battles at Lexington and Concord when the British fired "The Shot Heard 'Round The World."