Two Killed During Training Flight (Daytona Beach, FL) -- The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University mourns today after a tragic accident. A student and an FAA examiner were killed yesterday morning when their plane crashed. Witnesses say one of the plane's wings came off shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. The victims have not been identified, but a student tells the "News-Journal" the student who died was a Navy veteran.
ERAU Has Better Than Average Safety Record (Daytona Beach, FL) -- Despite that crash, Embry Riddle students are among the safest. Crashes involving the flight school are rare. A school spokesperson says in its last million plus hours, it has only recorded ten minor accidents and no injuries. She tells the "Daytona Beach News-Journal" that's a safety record five times better than the industry average.
OPD Citizens Review Board Wants More Investigation Into Officer's Facebook Post (Orlando, FL) -- Orlando Police are being blamed for the way they handled an investigation into an officer's Facebook post. The OPD Citizens Review Board met yesterday and discussed posts made last year by Officer Robert Schellhorn calling athletes who kneel during the National Anthem overpaid thugs. Schellhorn was responding to a post by Officer Shawn Dunlap, but the review board says the investigation that led to Schellhorn's suspension was not done properly. The board says it was never allowed to see the investigation into Dunlap's post, and the "Orlando Sentinel" reports members say that casts doubt on the investigation into Schellhorn.
Mother Of Student Arrested For Bringing Gun To School Wants Him Locked Up (South Fort Myers, FL) -- A mother is calling for drastic action to get her son to change his behavior. South Fort Myers High School student Christopher Salters was arrested yesterday after a gun was found in his backpack on campus. Mother Lakesha Robinson posted a video on Facebook in which she says she wants her 16-year-old son locked up. NBC2 reports she says that's the only way her son will change, and she'd rather see him in jail than in a grave.
Residents, Visitors React To Painting On Graffiti Bridge (Pensacola, FL) -- A bridge is the talk of the town and the subject of debate in Pensacola. Someone this week painted an image of a female body part on Graffiti Bridge with the caption 'Worship the Woman.' Residents and visitors seem to be split over whether it's offensive or just art. Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille tells 'Channel 3 News' it could be considered obscene, and that could lead to charges against whoever's responsible. WAIT- DEFACING THE STRUCTURE ISN’T ENOUGH, NOW IT ALSO HAS TO BE OBSCENE?
MSD Baseball Team Gets To Play Game At Marlins Park (Miami, FL) -- The Miami Marlins deserve some credit for this act for the Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team. They played a game yesterday at Marlins Park against Coral Springs High. MSD Coach Todd Fitz-Gerald says they're very grateful to the Marlins for what he calls an awesome and just unbelievable experience. WHILE SEVERAL STUDENTS ARE GRABBING HEADLINES WITH PROTESTS AND THE LIKE, IT’S GOOD TO SEE KIDS JUST TRYING TO RETURN TO SOME NORMALCY ARE GETTING THIS EXPERIENCE.
Northeast Florida Man Remembers Family Brush With Dr. King (St. Augustine, FL) -- A Jacksonville lawyer remembers seeing the personal side of a man who became a civil rights icon. Dale Carson was a child when Martin Luther King was arrested in St. Augustine for entering a segregated restaurant in 1964, and Carson's dad agreed to house King in the Duval County jail where he was sheriff. The younger Carson now remembers the jail cell door was kept open so King could feel some sense of freedom, and his mom drove King's dad to the jail from the airport so the two could visit. While their time together was brief, Carson still treasures it, and he recently told 'Action News Jax' he remembers his dad, before he passed, saying Dr. King was one of the smartest people he ever met.
Detroit Zoo To Hand Out Buckets Of Poop (Detroit, MI) -- Get your poo at the zoo. The Detroit Zoo will be handing out buckets of animal poop for free to one-thousand visitors at its upcoming Greenfest, an annual celebration for Earth Day. The five gallon bucket of what's being dubbed "Detroit Zoo Poo" is actually a nutrient rich compost processed at the zoo's anaerobic digester. Each year, the processor converts tons of animal waste into gas that helps power the zoo's animal hospital and the fertilizer is a byproduct of that process. The event takes place on April 14th. ANYBODY UP FOR HAVING THIS EVENT AT THE BREVARD ZOO?
Man Busted After Being Rescued (Kanawha County, WV) -- A West Virginia man is not only recovering after being rescued by a house fire, he's also facing drug charges. Officials in Kanawha County say they pulled John Ferrell from a burning house fire after he called for help. The 63-year-old was trapped by the flames and called 911 for help but his troubles were just starting. Officers say they found guns and a marijuana grow operation at the place.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1987, the Fox Broadcasting Company began airing programs. The first two shows created for the new network were "Married...With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show."
1955, Sir Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister.
1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.
1923, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon tires.