Rocket Launch This Morning
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- You might see a cool sight outside your office windows today. United Launch Alliance has a launch set for this morning at Cape Canaveral. The 27-minute launch window starts at 9:00, and launch conditions are 80-percent Go. The Delta IV rocket will be carrying an Air Force GPS satellite, and you can follow the launch online at ULALaunch.com.
Still No Sign Of Missing Boaters
(Jacksonville, FL) -- The search for two missing firefighters is now in critical times. That's what Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers said yesterday after another unsuccessful day. Jacksonville firefighter Brian McCluney and friend Justin Walker have been missing since they went fishing Friday off Port Canaveral. With the search almost a week old, Powers says time has become the enemy. The search is now focused outside Florida. Today, the search will focus on the waters off Georgia and South Carolina. The Coast Guard says, so far, the search has covered over 90-thousand square miles in about 250 hours and is expected to decide today whether to call off its search.
Bowles To Be Executed Tonight
(Raiford, FL) -- Twenty-five years after he murdered a Volusia County man, a serial killer will be put to death. Gary Ray Bowles is sentenced to die at 6:00 tonight at Florida State Prison in Union County. The 57-year-old was convicted of killing six gay men over eight months starting in 1994. His first victim was Daytona Beach's John Roberts.
Man Called Hero After Deadly Shooting
(Trinity, FL) -- A Pasco County man is being praised as a hero after a deadly shooting. Sheriff Chris Nocco says a man he calls Victim Two shot and killed a man in a domestic incident last night in Trinity. Nocco says during the domestic incident, Victim One was releasing children from a second-story window when Victim Two helped lower the children to the ground below. At one point, a man came out of the house and shot at Victim Two, who fired back and killed the man.
Risk Protection Order Issued Against Teacher
(Lakeland, FL) -- A Polk County teacher is accused of making what school leaders call upsetting comments. Police yesterday got a risk protection order against Lakeland High School teacher Keith Cook for comments he made last week. After a lockdown drill, Cook allegedly described hypothetical acts of violence against the school. Cook has taught math at the school for almost five years, but he's now on administrative leave.
Grocery Store Shooter Appears In Court
(Pensacola, FL) -- Prosecutors will seek what they call a very long sentence in their case against a man accused of opening fire in a grocery store in Escambia County. Reginald Booker appeared in court yesterday via video from his hospital room. The 29-year-old is facing charges for allegedly firing shots inside a Grocery Advantage store in Pensacola last week. Bond is set at two-million dollars, and prosecutors tell the News Journal Booker is a danger to the community.
BSO Unveils New Emergency Procedures
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Broward County's sheriff hopes a new approach to emergencies will save lives. Sheriff Gregory Tony yesterday showed off the new procedures he hopes will reduce confusion like what happened during the Parkland shooting last year. Tony tells NBC6 the new procedures quickly identify which deputy is in charge of a scene so a chain of command can be established.
Missouri Police Called Over Man Carrying Sex Doll
(Kansas City, MO) -- Missouri police are laughing off an earlier incident involving a sex doll. Officers in Kansas City say they received numerous calls of what residents thought was an attempted sexual assault or abduction. Dozens took video of the reported man carrying what looked like an "unconscious woman" down city streets. When officers responded, it turned out the unidentified man was actually trying to take home a sex doll he found in a restaurant trash bin. Police later detailed the event in a humorous social media post, saying they told the man not to take the doll around in public any more.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1992, Hurricane Andrew rolled through south Florida, Louisiana, and the Bahamas causing more than 20-billion dollars damage.
1984, the last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line.
1979, Led Zeppelin released their final original album, "In Through The Out Door."
1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first President to ride in an automobile.
1846, the United States annexed the territory of New Mexico.