Mick's Morning News: 03.29.18

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Deliberations Underway In Salman Trial  (Orlando, FL) -- A signed confession could be key to deciding Noor Salman's fate. Jury deliberations began yesterday in Salman's trial after closing arguments. During deliberations that will continue today, jurors asked the judge for copies of a statement Salman signed that states she knew about the Pulse nightclub attack ahead of time. Her lawyers say that statement was coerced the night of the shooting two years ago.

Tree-Clearing Fire Spreads And Closes I-95  (New Smyrna Beach, FL) -- A developer may have to face some questions after a controlled burn got out of control. Parts of I-95 had to be shut down yesterday and all night from New Smyrna Beach to Port Orange after a wildfire severely reduced visibility. New Smyrna Beach's fire chief believes the fire started when contractors at the Coastal Woods subdivision were burning piles of debris while clearing land. City Commissioner Jason McGuirk tells the "News-Journal" he wants the developer to explain what he'll do to make sure this doesn't happen again.

School Bus Has Close Call With SunRail Train  (Longwood, FL) -- An alert school bus driver is credited with avoiding what could have been a tragic collision with a train. The bus was carrying students to Longwood Elementary School in Seminole County yesterday morning when it stopped at a railroad crossing. The crossing arms were down, and as they lifted, the driver started to go through, but she suddenly stopped when she realized the arms were coming back down. Shortly after, the SunRail train passed by without incident, and FDOT is investigating. ARE WE MARCHING TO BAN TRAINS YET?

Man Charged With Firing Gun At Neighbor And Friend  (Holiday, FL) -- A man is accused of turning violent when his request for a kiss was denied. Holiday's Dean Moran was arrested yesterday after Pasco County deputies say he shot at a neighbor and a friend of hers the night before. Deputies say Moran approached the woman in her garage and asked for a kiss, but she refused and asked him to leave. Later, when she and a man approached Moran's home on Appletree Road, deputies say he shot through the door, and a piece of wood wound up hitting the man.

Father Wants Newborn To Live With Him In Cuba  (Miami, FL) -- A newborn is at the center of an international custody dispute. Three-week-old Valeria was born in Miami, but her mother died while giving birth. Valeria's dad is in Cuba, and he wants to raise the girl there, but her local relatives want to raise the girl here. An immigration lawyer tells CBS4 while Valeria is a US citizen, her father, as the sole surviving parent, should determine where the child will live. SEE; ELIAN GONZALES…CASE CLOSED

Port Canaveral To Host Commissioning Of Nuclear Sub  (Port Canaveral, FL) -- Port Canaveral will play host to what's considered the Super Bowl event for military ships. The port was recently selected by the Navy to be the site where a nuclear-powered sub will be commissioned. The commissioning of the USS Indiana is expected around Labor Day, and it will mark the ships entry into active service. Port Canaveral was chosen over two other finalists, and a retired Navy official tells "Florida Today" the commissioning ceremony could bring thousands of visitors to the area.

Would-Be Car Thieves Foiled By Manual Transmission  (Bonita Springs, FL) -- Two boys' plan for a joyride got off to a promising start, but it appears they were tripped up by one crucial detail. A pizza delivery man had stopped at a house in Bonita Springs last week on Vermont Street, and when he got out of the car, he left it running. Lee County deputies say a 14 and 12-year-old then got in the car and tried to drive off, but the car has a manual transmission, and it appears the boys don't know how to drive a stick shift. The boys bailed from the car, but they were arrested a short time later.

Machine Dispenses Cokes At The Cost Of A Hug  (Panama City, FL) -- No spare change or crumpled dollar bills are needed to get soft drinks from one special machine. A Coca Cola vending machine at FSU-Panama City this week was dispensing drinks for the price of a hug. The machine had the words 'hug me' written on it, and those who followed the instructions were rewarded with a free Coke. Those who missed out appear to be out of luck, though, as 'News 13' reports the machine has been removed from campus and taken to Tallahassee.

Man Accused Of Ordering Daughter To Sell Marijuana  (Burgettstown, PA) -- A Pennsylvania man is accused of trying to force his young teen daughter to sell drugs. Authorities in Washington County say 43-year-old Kevin Mick gave the 14-year-old marijuana and wanted her to sell it to someone for 150-dollars. However, the girl pulled out bags of the pot from her book bag at a park and handed it out to some young kids. Five kids between the ages of seven and 14 ate the drugs and the trail led back to Mick. He was arrested earlier this week and is in all sorts of trouble. Charges that include drug delivery and endangering the welfare of children are already in the works and more counts are expected. NO RELATION TO YOUR HOST…I HOPE AND PRAY!

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1994, Jimmy Johnson resigned as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. AND HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AS AN ANALYST SINCE THEN

1971, a jury in Los Angeles, California, recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three females followers for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. The four later had their sentences commuted.

1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.

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