Mick's Morning News with Jorge Medina

Launch Scrapped Due To Weather

(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Mother Nature is to blame for scrapping an unusual rocket launch. Last night's scheduled launch of a Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket was called off due to the weather, and another attempt is set for 9:30 tonight. Unlike most launches, this one calls for the rocket to launch from almost 40-thousand feet in the air from a Stargazer aircraft. It'll take place about a hundred miles off Daytona Beach, so the only way to see it is through NASA TV or NASA.gov. 

Child Found Safe After AMBER Alert

(DeLand, FL) -- The search for a child who was the subject of an AMBER Alert has a happy outcome in Volusia County. Orlando two-year-old Jenzell Perez was found safe and sound yesterday afternoon in DeLand. The AMBER Alert was issued early yesterday morning after police say his mother took him at gunpoint from a home on South Conway Road in Orlando. She's charged with aggravated assault and armed burglary. 

Lakeland Official Caught In Sex Sting

(Tampa, FL) -- A prominent official in Polk County is facing embarrassing charges in Hillsborough County. Lakeland City Attorney Timothy McCausland was arrested yesterday in a prostitution sting at a Brandon hotel. Deputies say the 69-year-old went to the hotel in response to an ad posted by the sheriff's office on an adult escort site, and he's charged with public solicitation. McCausland has been city attorney for almost two decades, and he has been a city employee for almost three decades. 

Man Arrested For Robbing Bank And Stealing Patrol Car

(Sanford, FL) -- A man is in custody after a brazen crime spree in Seminole County. Deputies yesterday arrested Gumersindo Reyes after he allegedly robbed a bank while dressed as a woman, ran from deputies, tried to grab a deputy's gun and then stole a patrol car. The 51-year-old was caught after he crashed the patrol car. No one was seriously hurt.

Tesla Sued Over Crash That Killed Teen In Broward County

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- A Broward County family is taking on a major car company after a deadly crash. Eighteen-year-old Barrett Riley died last year in Fort Lauderdale after his Tesla burst into flames after the high-speed crash, and this week, his parents sued Tesla. The lawsuit filed in California claims Tesla removed a speed-limiting feature on the car without their permission, and the company was negligent for not taking steps to reduce the risk of fire. 

Owner Charged After Cougar Escapes In Broward County

(Parkland, FL) -- A boxing champ is facing a legal battle over his exotic pet in Broward County. Tyrone Spong is facing almost two dozen charges for allowing his pet cougar to escape from his home in Parkland New Year's Day. Deputies believe the cat escaped by jumping over a fence at Spong's home on Northwest 80th Terrace, and it's now being cared for at a wildlife facility. If convicted, the 34-year-old could be fined 500-dollars and sentenced to 60 days behind bars for each of the 23 charges that were filed this week. 

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted 'Witch' Murder

(Grand Forks, ND) -- A North Dakota man is pleading guilty to trying to kill a woman because he though she was a witch. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Akmal Azizov stalked a female University of North Dakota student and formulated a plan to kill her after becoming convinced that she was wicked. He bought an antique silver pocket knife online, broke into the woman's apartment, and slashed her throat several times. She managed to escape to a neighbor's place, and Azizov was eventually arrested, telling police he "needed to slay her." His attorney told the court he is schizophrenic. Azizov, who pled to charges of attempted murder, stalking and criminal mischief, could face 20 years in prison or deportation to his native Uzbekistan.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2015, "Playboy" magazine announced it would stop publishing pictures of fully nude women in its print editions. About a year later, the magazine resumed printing nude photographs.

2001, President Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden and his associates.

1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew pleaded no contest to one count of federal tax evasion and later resigned his office.

1966, the game "Twister" was introduced by Milton Bradley.

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