Mick's Morning News: 05.15.18

Tornado Suspected In Brevard County  (Merritt Island, FL) -- A tornado is being blamed for some damage in Brevard County. A waterspout off Merritt Island moved onshore yesterday morning, developed into a tornado and hit the River Palms Mobile Home Park.

One home on Banana River Drive was damaged, but no injuries were reported. The National Weather Service has not graded the strength of the tornado, but Channel 9 reports it was likely an EF-Zero.

Brevard Superintendent Of Schools Resigning  (Titusville, FL) -- The head of the Brevard County School District is leaving. Superintendent Desmond Blackburn announced yesterday he is resigning to be CEO of a nonprofit education group. He has been superintendent for three years, and his contract was set to expire in 2020.

In his resignation letter, Blackburn thanked Brevard County residents for welcoming him with open arms, and he writes he will miss everyone dearly.

Seminole County Tax Collector To Accept Bitcoin  (Sanford, FL) -- Seminole County residents will soon have a new way to pay their tax bills. Tax Collector Joel Greenberg announced yesterday his office will accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash starting this summer.

Greenberg says this will make the county the first US government agency to accept cryptocurrency. Unlike credit and debit cards, which can still be used, Greenberg says bitcoin allows the county to avoid paying high third-party processing fees.

ERAU Grad Recounts Helping Damaged Southwest Plane Land Safely  (Daytona Beach, FL) -- An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University grad is responsible for helping a damaged plane make an emergency landing. Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had just left New York last month when an engine caught fire and a window in the cabin broke, which led to a passenger's death.

ERAU grad Cory Davids was working air traffic control in Long Island when he noticed the plane descending, and he helped clear the air so the plane could make an emergency landing. He recently told Channel 9 it was like trying to get cars off the road during rush hour on I-4 between Orlando and Daytona.

 

Trial Begins This Week In Key West Gold Bar Theft  (Key West, FL) -- A Key West museum could get closer this week to solving an eight-year-old mystery. Jarred Goldman will go on trial for stealing a gold bar in 2010 that was on display at the Mel Fisher Museum.

The bar was found almost 40 years ago during a search of a 17th century shipwreck 25 miles off the coast. A museum official hopes the trial reveals where the bar is, and he tells 'CBS4 News' it's his greatest fantasy to be able to put the bar back on display.

Snake Causes Delay In Minor League Baseball Game  (San Antonio, TX) -- A Friday night Minor League Baseball game in Texas turned into a game of chase after a huge snake slithered onto center field. The five-foot long snake made its debut during a game between the Double-A San Antonio Missions and the visiting Frisco Roughriders.

The grounds crew took to the field armed with rakes and a bucket to corral the creature, but it had other ideas as it made one of the crew dance a bit to get away before eventually being captured. The Missions also had a game delayed Thursday when a cat had to be removed from the warning track.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1973, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels pitched the first of his seven career no hitters.

1972, Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning in Maryland. Arthur Bremer was later convicted and sentenced to prison for the shooting.

1950, the first all-local radio network was formed in Arlington, Virginia.

1928, Mickey Mouse was seen for the first time in a cartoon called "Plane Crazy." He appeared in a non-speaking role. His first vocal appearance came in "Steamboat Willie."

1905, the city of Las Vegas, Nevada was founded.

1862, the United States Department of Agriculture was created.

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