Mick's Morning News

Brevard County Commission To Discuss Half-Cent Sales Tax Projects

(Viera, FL) -- A meeting today in Brevard County could lead to a cleaner Indian River Lagoon. The county commission will meet this morning to discuss how to spend 55 million dollars being raised by a half-cent sales tax. More than half that money would go toward replacing septic tanks with sewer system hookups. The goal behind those projects would be to reduce the amount of human waste that could make its way to the lagoon. 

Family Releases Video Of Six-Year-Old Girl's Arrest

(Orlando, FL) -- The family of a six-year-old Orlando girl hopes a new video will change state law. The video released yesterday shows Orlando Police arresting six-year-old Kaia Rolle five months ago at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy. Rolle had allegedly kicked and punched some school employees, but the officer who arrested her was fired because he didn't get a supervisor's permission before arresting someone under the age of 12. Rolle's grandmother tells the Orlando Sentinel she hopes the video, which shows Kaia crying and pleading for help, leads to a new state law that makes it illegal to arrest anyone under the age of 12. 

More Alleged Rape Victims Come Forward

(DeLand, FL) -- A Volusia County man is accused of being a diabolical predator. That's how Sheriff Mike Chitwood describes DeLand's Jason Miinton, who was arrested after allegedly raping a woman last week. Since that arrest, Chitwood says six more women have come forward with accusations against the 43-year-old, including one who says she was 14 when Minton raped her. Chitwood tells Channel 9 he thinks they're just scratching the surface, and he's asking more victims to come forward. 

SFL Democrats Criticize Sanders Over Castro Comment

(Washington, DC) -- Bernie Sanders is facing criticism from his own party over what he said about Fidel Castro. In an interview that aired on CBS' 60 Minutes this weekend, Senator Sanders said not everything about Castro was bad, which some South Florida Democrats took exception to. Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell said yesterday that Sanders' comment was absolutely unacceptable. Congresswoman Donna Shalala said Sanders doesn't get it and is simply off-base. 

Man Arrested For Attacking Deacon At Church

(Pompano Beach, FL) -- A Broward County man is facing charges for what the Miami Archdiocese calls a frightening incident. Thomas Eisel [[ EYE-sill ]] was arrested for allegedly attacking a deacon this weekend at St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. Deacon George LaBelle wasn't hurt in the alleged attack, and 10 parishioners, including an off-duty deputy, detained Eisel until police arrived. The 28-year-old Eisel is facing misdemeanors that include disturbing the peace.  

Hurricanes' Ayres Becomes First Emergency Goalie To Win A Game

(Toronto, Ontario) -- A Zamboni driver is getting the credit for the first emergency backup goalie win in NHL history. David Ayres came after James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured in the Carolina Hurricanes win over the Maple Leafs 6-3 in Toronto. The 42-year-old is a Zamboni driver for Toronto's AHL affiliate. He stopped eight of ten shots and will reportedly be paid 500 dollars. After the game, the Hurricanes began selling shirts with Ayres' name and number on it.

Coronavirus Could Cause Wedding Dress Shortage

(Wuhan, China) -- Some brides-to-be are quickly shopping around for a dress before stores run out. About 80-percent of all gowns are made in China but several factories remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. This has caused at least a month delay, but many are worried about a shortage by summer. Retailers such as David's Bridal have inventory set aside at warehouses while others are stocking up.

College Team Buys Airport Ticket To Get Chick-fil-A

(Troy, NY) -- Some college students in New York are proving they'll do anything to get Chick-fil-A. The cross country team had such a craving on Saturday, they didn't want to drive 90 minutes away. So they went to the next closest location - in an airport. They split the cost of a 98-dollar plane ticket and the team's captain went through security. He bought nearly 230-dollars worth of food for 18 people and then carried it all right out the airport. Not bad for a ticket that came out to only five bucks per person.

New Zealand Surfer Punches Away Shark

(New Zealand) -- A New Zealand surfer is recovering after he managed to fend off a shark. Sixty-year-old Nick Minogue was swimming off the North Island coast when what he believes to be a great white slammed into him. The shark then managed to sink its teeth into Minogue's board and part of his arm. In defense, he claims he punched the creature twice in its eye and told it to "F-off" before it unlatched. The injury was not too deep, saving Minogue's arm. He says if the shark had open its jaw sooner, his arm and part of his torso would probably be gone. 


2005, police in Wichita, Kansas announced they had made an arrest in the notorious BTK serial killer case. Fifty nine-year-old city employee, Dennis Rader was accused of terrorizing the city with a series of murders dating back to the 1970s. 

1989, Tom Landry was fired after 29 years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

1964, seven-to-one underdog Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight boxing title. The next day he changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

1928, the Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories.

1870, Hiram R. Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, became the first black member of the U.S. Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis.

1836, Samuel Colt received a U.S. patent for his Colt 45 pistol.

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