Mick's Morning News

Reopen Florida Task Force May Work Through Weekend 

(Tallahassee, FL) -- The handpicked group of experts trying to figure out the best way to reopen Florida businesses may need more time. They are supposed to give Governor Ron DeSantis a list of suggestions tomorrow, but if they miss the deadline, they are prepared to keep working on it this weekend. Numerous business leaders and those in the hospitality and theme park industries are on the Reopen Florida Task Force.

Curry Announces Stimulus Package

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Jacksonville is trying to give struggling residents some financial help. Mayor Lenny Curry yesterday announced the creation of the Jacksonville COVID-19 Relief Program. Those who make up to 75-thousand dollars a year who have lost 25-percent of their income because of the shutdown will be able to get a thousand dollars. The plan also includes 26-million dollars for small businesses and 35-million for more COVID-19 testing.

Suspect Hurt In OPD Shooting

(Orlando, FL) -- Mental illness could be a factor in a police-involved shooting in Orlando. A police officer yesterday shot a 27-year-old man who allegedly refused to drop a knife at a Greyhound station on North John Young Parkway. Police believe the man is homeless, and he was Baker Acted. He's expected to survive, and the FDLE is investigating while three officers are on administrative leave. 

Pastor Arrested For Fight

(Opa-locka, FL) -- A Miami-Dade County pastor is accused of violence. Opa-locka's Burnice Mikell was arrested this week for allegedly punching a man. Police say the 64-year-old Mikell was upset the man was giving away food without Mikell's permission. Mikell allegedly confronted the 70-year-old man outside the Opa-locka Church of God and knocked him out with a punch to the face. 

Florida Attorney General Takes Legal Action Against Tampa Company For Fake Stimulus Checks

(Tampa, FL) -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking legal action against a Tampa-based advertising company. It's accused of mailing fake stimulus checks to homeowners as a car sale promotion. The fake checks were made out for more than three-thousand dollars.

Florida Based Publix Buying Excess Milk, Produce From Farmers, Giving To Food Banks 

(Lakeland, FL) -- Florida based Publix is buying excess milk and produce from farmers, and donating it to food banks during the pandemic. Thousands of acres of fruit and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools. Already, Publix says it has purchased more than 150-thousand pounds of produce, and 44-thousand gallons of milk.

Tom Brady Walks Into Wrong Home

(Tampa, FL) -- Imagine if NFL quarterback Tom Brady walked into your house without knocking. Do you call the police or ask for a photo? In David Kramer's case, he was too flabbergasted to do either. Brady was looking for the home of Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. It was the house next door. Kramer said after a moment where they were both confused, Brady went to Leftwich's house and it was only later that he realized he should have asked for a photo.

Florida Police: Man Beheaded His Own Cat

(Clearwater, FL) -- Police say they arrested a man for beheading his own cat. Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Pena-Cadillo, of Clearwater, is said to have decapitated his cat named Cinnamon before posting its head to a stand in his backyard. Police say Cedillo told them he wanted to show his roommate what he was capable of. He has been charged with animal cruelty.  

Florida Lawyer Wearing Grim Reaper Costume To Beaches During Pandemic

(Jacksonville, FL) -- One Florida lawyer promises to dress up at reopened beaches to make residents more aware of the coronavirus pandemic. On Twitter, Daniel Uhlfelder said he would wear a Grim Reaper costume and visit beaches in the state starting May 1st, because they are opening up prematurely. The lawyer had previously gained attention for suing Governor DeSantis over a stay-at-home order and wearing a paintball outfit to various Florida beaches. This comes as local officials open up areas like Cocoa Beach, even as death totals statewide reach nearly one-thousand. 


2018, genealogy websites led to the arrest of Joseph DeAngelo. He charged with eight murders of the Golden State Killer.

2008, actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in a federal prison for tax evasion charges. The actor was given the maximum sentence by a federal judge in Florida. 

2003, in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, country music trio the Dixie Chicks said they were living in fear after group member Natalie Maines set off a firestorm of controversy by telling a London concert audience she was ashamed that President Bush was from the group's home state of Texas.

1888, the Eastman Kodak Company was formed.

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