Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting In Orlando (Orlando, FL) -- A deadly officer-involved shooting appears to be a case of self-defense. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in Orlando outside a Marshalls in Colonial Plaza where two police officers confronted a suspected shoplifter. The officers shot and killed the driver of a van they say refused orders to stop. The officers were not hurt, but Orlando Police Chief John Mina says they feared for their lives.
Highlands County Deputy Dies After Shooting (Lake Placid, FL) -- For the first time in its history, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a deputy shot to death in the line of duty. Nine-year veteran William Gentry died yesterday from injuries he suffered in a shooting this weekend in Lake Placid on Baltimore Way. Joseph Ables is accused of shooting the 40-year-old Gentry in the head after Gentry went to Ables' house to investigate a complaint that Ables shot a neighbor's cat. Neighbors tell '10 News' Ables was a loose cannon and a bit off.
Student Charged With Pepper Spraying Teacher (Tallahassee, FL) -- A student is facing charges and a possible expulsion after an incident with a teacher. The unidentified female student at Lincoln High School is accused of pepper-spraying a male teacher last week. The student is suspended, and the school board will discuss expelling the student. In an email obtained by the "Tallahassee Democrat," the principal writes that he will do what it takes to make sure the student does not return to the school.
Lakeland Commission Votes To Move Confederate Statue (Lakeland, FL) -- After months of debate, Lakeland's Confederate monument will get a new home. The city commission voted unanimously yesterday to relocate the monument from Munn Park to Veterans Memorial Park. The move is expected to cost 250-thousand dollars, and it will be paid for with private donations. There's no word on when the move will happen. Some residents are not happy with the move that would place the statue in Moorehead, which was the first black community in the city. Some former Moorehead residents told the committee it would be inappropriate to place the monument there.
Zimmerman Charged With Threatening Private Investigator (Sanford, FL) -- George Zimmerman is facing new charges. The Seminole County resident, found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin six years, ago was charged last week with threatening a private investigator. Deputies say the PI contacted Zimmerman on behalf of a filmmaker working on a documentary about the shooting. The filmmaker told deputies Zimmerman threatened to find the private investigator and feed him to an alligator.
Port Canaveral's First Cruise Ship To Cuba Sets Sail (Port Canaveral, FL) -- Norwegian Sun set sail yesterday for the first cruise to Cuba to launch from Port Canaveral. The four-night cruise is sold out. The ship is set to arrive in Cuba tomorrow, and passengers tell "Florida Today" they were drawn by the opportunity to explore a land few Americans have ever seen.
Man Caught After Jumping In Creek (Miami, WV) -- Charges are being filed in Kanawha County against a man who officers say was caught after jumping into a creek. Hughie Petry allegedly ran from officers yesterday morning when they responded to a disturbance complaint. The 40-year-old was caught pretty quickly and told officers he was trying to kill someone who had ripped him off. Deputies also say he fired a gun on Friday near a school in Miami, West Virginia and caused a lockdown.
Couple Finds Convicted Felon Sleeping On Couch (Rittman, OH) -- Nobody is hurt after an Ohio couple found a convicted felon sleeping on their couch. It appears to have been a random incident that included the man busting into the Rittman apartment through a window and helping himself to several pieces of candy from an Easter basket. The couple was able to get him out of the place without serious trouble and he was arrested after they called 911. Authorities found two knives and prescription medication on the suspect.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2007, Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced that researchers had discovered the grave and tomb of Herod the Great. Herod was the Roman empire's "king of the Jews" in ancient Judea. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents," which was the killing of all male children in Jesus' birth city of Bethlehem out of fear he would lose his throne to a new "king of the Jews."
1987, Gary Hart withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after his affair with model Donna Rice came to light.
1984, the Soviet government announced it would boycott the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Soviet officials said they feared for the safety of their athletes in what they said was a "hostile" and "anti-Communist" environment. THAT’S NOT THE HOLLYWOOD WE KNOW!
1978, David Berkowitz pled guilty to the murder charges against him in the New York City "Son of Sam" killings.
1956, Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of "Mad" magazine for the first time.
1985, New Coke began rolling out of Coca-Cola bottling and canning plants. Company officials quickly brought back the old product after realizing most Coke drinkers preferred the original formula to the new one. THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN PRODUCT HISTORY!
1886, Dr. John S. Pemberton created the formula for Coca-Cola while working on a new medicine for headaches and hangovers. It came about when a drugstore clerk mistakenly mixed it with carbonated water instead of straight water. SO, LET’s GET THIS STRAIGHT- COKE WAS AN ACIDENT!