Charges Filed In Deadly Crash
(Cocoa Beach, FL) -- Police here in Brevard hope a recent arrest will bring closure to the families of two people killed in a car crash. Cocoa Beach Police recently arrested West Melbourne's Timothy Bahus for a crash three months ago at Bahama Boulevard and North Atlantic Ave. An 80-year-old man and his 78-year-old female passenger were killed. The 32-year-old suspect is facing two charges of vehicular homicide, and Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld commended investigators for solving what he calls a very complex case.
Five Arrested In Stolen Car Parts Sting Operation
(DeLand, FL) -- Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood credits a recent sting operation for putting a serious dent in criminal activity. The sheriff announced five arrests were made this week in a sting targeting people who stole catalytic converters from cars. He says his office has seen a dramatic increase in catalytic converter thefts in recent months. Of the five arrested, two are from Orlando.
Three Arrested In Instagram Beating
(Orlando, FL) -- A 12-year-old boy is among those accused in an attack posted online. Orlando Police announced yesterday three suspects have been arrested for beating a teenager last weekend at the Dr. James R. Smith Recreational Complex. Video of the seemingly random incident was posted on Instagram. The 12-year-old was arrested Wednesday, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested yesterday, and a warrant is out for the arrest of another 14-year-old.
American Airlines Flight Makes Unexpected Landing In Jacksonville Because Of Unruly Passenger
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Passengers on a Chicago bound flight are now at their destination, after making an unexpected stop in Jacksonville yesterday. the plane from Miami had to land at JIA because of an unruly passenger. The nature of the disruption is not clear.
Man Accused Of Hanging Neighbor's Dog For Barking
(Myakka City, FL) -- A Manatee County man is accused of what deputies call a horrible crime. Myakka City's Robert Edwards was arrested this week for strangling Richard Hunt's emotional support dog with an electrical cord because the dog was barking. The 38-year-old Edwards is charged with animal abuse, and he's also charged with child abuse because deputies say he punched a child who refused to help him get rid of the dog's body. Hunt, who's a disabled Navy veteran, tells News Channel 8 he wants the book thrown at Edwards, and if the book's not heavy enough, he hopes they find more books.
NASA Holds Annual Remembrance Day
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- You can't prepare for the future without recalling the hard lessons of the past. That was the message sent yesterday at NASA's annual Day of Remembrance at Kennedy Space Center. The ceremony honors all those who lost their lives in the pursuit of exploring space. Astronauts are expected to launch from U.S. soil this year for the first time in almost a decade.KSC Associate Director Kelvin Manning says yesterday's ceremony is a reminder of just how critical it is that everything goes right.
Police Issue Warning About Fake Super Bowl Merchandise
(Miami, FL) -- Miami Police are telling Super Bowl fans that saving a few bucks on that souvenir could help the growth of criminal enterprises. Authorities warned people yesterday while not to buy fake Super Bowl merchandise. Over two dozen people have been arrested this week for selling counterfeit shirts, hats and jerseys. Dating back to last year, Homeland Security has seized over 100-million-dollars' worth of fake goods, and officials say that money benefits those involved in human trafficking, drug smuggling and identity theft.
PETA Calls To Replace Punxsutawney Phil With Robot
(Punxsutawney, PA) -- PETA is issuing a plea to use a robot on Groundhog Day instead of the real thing. The group wants the famous Punxsutawney Phil to be replaced with an animatronic version that can better predict how much more winter to expect. They’re saying groundhogs are shy and "wouldn't choose to be pulled out to large, screaming crowds." This Sunday will be the 134th year celebrating Groundhog Day.
Controversy Stirs Over Ohio Pizza Shop Owner's Sign
(Barberton, OH) -- A pizza shop owner in Ohio is taking down his sign after it caused some backlash online. Jeremy Clemetson, the owner of East of Chicago Pizza in Barberton, put up a sign with the slogan "Fat people are harder to kidnap." While Clemetson has used the sign before, this time someone wrote an email to corporate headquarters complaining since the sign was up during January, which is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Clemetson says he thought the sign was funny but knows that kidnapping is not a joke. Since the complaint, he has decided to remove the sign.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2006, the Senate confirmed veteran appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservative Alito was President Bush's choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
2000, Illinois Governor George Ryan halted all executions in his state after several death row inmates were found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were about to be put to death.
1990, the first McDonald's restaurant in Russia opened to the public.
1958, the Explorer One satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch marked the United States' entry into the Space Age.
1940, the first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. Ida Fuller of Brattlesboro, Vermont, was the lucky recipient of check number 00-000-001.
1865, General Robert E. Lee was named commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies.
1865, Congress approved the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.