Records Released In Chuluota Killings
(Sanford, FL) -- An argument over an online relationship appears to be at the heart of a triple homicide in Seminole County. Grant Amato is accused of killing his parents and brother four months ago in Chuluota, and records in the case were released yesterday. They show Amato's parents gave him an ultimatum to end an online relationship with a European webcam model or move out of the house. Amato agreed to end the relationship, but his father later found out Amato was still chatting with the woman, and that apparently led to an argument that turned deadly.
Brush Fire Forces Evacuations In Marion County
(Ocala, FL) -- A brush fire is responsible for hundreds having to temporarily leave their homes in Marion County. The fire started yesterday afternoon in Ocala National Forest near Lake Bryant in the Ocklawaha Basin. The fire spread to 750 acres at one point, and residents of 50 homes were told to evacuate. At last report, though, the fire was down to 500 acres and the evacuation order was lifted.
Florida Highway Patrol Releases Details On Pilots Involved In Mid-Air Collision
(Green Cove Springs, FL) -- More details are being released about the mid-air collision of two small planes in Clay County. Florida Highway Patrol says 77-year-old David Dollarhide had just taken off near Haller Airpark in Green Cove Springs yesterday morning. He hit a plane that was already in the air, being piloted by 74-year-old Robert Woolley. The crash was fatal for Woolley. Dollarhide was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
TPD Officer Shot In Struggle With Suspect
(Zephyrhills, FL) -- A police officer is hurt after a struggle with a hit-and-run suspect in Pasco County. The Tampa Police officer was off-duty yesterday morning when he witnessed a hit-and-run in Zephyrhills at Highway 301 and Sixth Street. The unidentified officer chased the suspect, confronted them, and during a struggle, accidentally shot himself in the shoulder. He's expected to survive, and the suspect is in custody.
Plastic Bags, Straws and Styrofoam Products Could Soon Be Illegal at Orlando Parks, Venues
(Orlando, FL) -- Orlando City Council will soon vote on a proposal to outlaw single-use plastic bags and straws, as well as Styrofoam food containers at city parks and venues. Officials say the move would divert tons of waste from landfills. It also means vendors would have to find alternative eco-friendly materials for those who attend large-scale events at the Amway Center and other sites.
Former Yankees Reliever Pitches Plan For Long Island Car Dealership
(Port Jefferson Station, NY) -- Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is pitching a plan for a car dealership on Long Island. He and his partners are looking to buy and expand the North Shore Certified car dealership in Port Jefferson Station. It would bear his name, just like Rivera's Toyota dealership in Mount Kisco and would sell Hondas. Rivera didn't speak at Port Jeff's Civic Association meeting last night, but didn't need to say a word. The Hall of Famer was introduced as the greatest closer of all time with local leaders voting to send a letter to Brookhaven officials voicing no objection to Rivera's plan.
Japanese Father Arrested For 'Disciplining' Children With Stun Gun
(Tokyo) -- A Japanese man is under arrest for supposedly using a stun gun to discipline his three children. The 45-year-old father reportedly told authorities when his 17, 13 and 11-year-old kids "didn't follow the rules" he would shock them with the stun gun. The youngest child is said to have suffered a minor burn on his arm. No other injuries were reported. This follows the initial approval in Japanese parliament of a ban on using corporal punishment on children.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1985, ABC Television announced all World Series baseball games would be played at night in order to attract the biggest audience possible.
1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1896, the first-ever automobile accident occurred in New York City when Henry Wells struck cyclist Ebeling Thomas who suffered a fractured leg.
1868, Memorial Day was observed for the first time in the United States. It was originally called Decoration Day because General John A Logan had seen women decorating graves of Civil War heroes.
1783, "The Pennsylvania Evening Post" became the first daily newspaper in the United States.