Mick's Morning News: 05.18.18

Subject Of AMBER Alert May Be Missing Miami Girl  (Titusville, FL) -- The subject of an AMBER Alert in Brevard County could be a missing girl from Miami. The alert was issued this week for a girl believed to be 15-years-old that a witness says was pulled into a car in Titusville.

Police say the witness originally said the girl did not match a description of Miami 17-year-old Dania Bellegarde, (BELL-A GARD) but now the witness isn't so sure. Today marks 11 days since the girl went missing.

OPD To Enforce New Gun Laws At Weekend Event  (Orlando, FL) -- Orlando Police plan to start enforcing a new gun law this weekend. The Central Florida Fairgrounds tomorrow will be the site of the first gun show since a law was passed to close the so-called 'gun-show loophole.'

The law requires buyers to undergo a background check and a three-day waiting period. The OPD tells Channel 9 officers were given a memo yesterday telling them to make sure the new law is followed.

Taser Used During Arrest At School  (Margate, FL) -- A school official is defending an officer who used a Taser on a teenage girl during a fight. The student was one of six arrested during the fight yesterday at Margate's Ascend Academy Charter High School.

A mother of one student was also arrested for battery after showing up at the school. Students who witnessed the tasing say it wasn't necessary, but an administrator tells 'Local 10 News' the girl refused to comply with several instructions to calm down.

Website Owners Arrested For Extortion  (Sacramento, CA) -- Two South Florida men are facing charges in California for running a cyber exploitation website. That's how California's attorney general describes Mugshots.com, which he says tries to profit off people's humiliation.

West Palm Beach's Thomas Keesee (KEY-SEE) and Lighthouse Point's Sahar Sarid (SAR-REED) own the website that posts mug shots and arrest reports.  The pair is accused of charging a fee to those who want the information removed from the site. The two were arrested in Florida this week on charges that include extortion.  They’ll be extradited to California.

Click It Or Ticket Stop Leads To Arrest  (Anchorage, AK) -- Charges are being filed in Alaska against a woman who police say was caught driving a stolen car during a Click It or Ticket stop. The Anchorage Police Department says Kaylynn Spindler was pulled over recently at an intersection for not wearing her seatbelt.

They soon discovered the 2012 Lexus had been reported as stolen a few weeks ago. The 28-year-old was taken into custody and faces charges that include vehicle theft, driving without a valid license and driving a vehicle without a front plate. She was also got the ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.

Judge Rules Removal Of Confederate Statues From Memphis Parks Legal.  (Memphis, TN) -- A Tennessee judge says there was nothing illegal about the removal Confederate statues from two parks. The statues of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate President Jefferson Davis were removed after a company called Memphis Greenspace bought the parks where they were on display.

It went to court with a judge ruling the day before yesterday the parks are no longer public property since they were sold to a private company.  A state protection law for Confederate monuments no longer applies.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1980, Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupted after lying dormant for more than 100 years. The explosion killed more than 55 people and destroyed 160-thousand acres of forest. Geologists say the eruption was 500 times as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War Two.

1914, "The Mariner" became the first steamboat with cargo to pass through the Panama Canal.

1896, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed racial separation with its ruling in the Plessy versus Ferguson case. The decision sanctioned separate but equal public facilities for blacks and whites. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.

1860, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for President of the United States by Republican Party leaders.

1652, Rhode Island enacted the first law declaring slavery illegal.

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