Mick's Morning News: 05.23.18

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Deadly Plane Crash In Port Orange  (Port Orange, FL) -- One person is dead after a plane crash in Volusia County. It happened last night in Port Orange at the Spruce Creek Fly-In where the plane crashed in a field.

One person in the Cessna 140 died at the scene, while a man in the plane survived the crash and was taken to the hospital. 'News 6' reports he's in critical condition.

Autopsy Done On Man Who Died In Police Altercation  (West Melbourne, FL) -- An autopsy appears to rule out a neck injury as the cause of death for a man who died in a physical struggle with West Melbourne Police. The autopsy was done yesterday on Palm Bay 45-year-old Donald Whitmer, Jr.

No cause of death was revealed, but police say the report showed no gross trauma to the neck. Whitmer died after the incident this week at a Publix where police were called when he refused to leave the store.

Teacher Fired Over Laptop Misuse  (Viera, FL) -- A Brevard County teacher is out of a job after school officials say porn was found on his work computer. The school board voted yesterday to fire special-ed teacher Jonathan Goosey from his job at Palm Bay's Columbia Elementary School.

Superintendent Desmond Blackburn recommended the firing for what he calls immorality and conduct unbecoming of a public employee. "Florida Today" reports no criminal charges have been filed.

Armed Standoff Suspect Found Drenched In Gasoline  (Panama City, FL) -- Even though hundreds of shots were fired, the suspect in an armed standoff in Bay County apparently had plenty more ammo he could have used. After breaching the Panama City apartment yesterday where Kevin Holroyd was found dead, deputies say they found him wearing body armor with hundreds of rounds of ammo and high-powered rifles.

They also say he had poured gasoline all over himself, and he was holding flares he could have used to set himself and the apartment on fire. It's not clear if Holroyd was killed by officers or took his own life.

Orlando Partners With Amazon On Real-Time Facial Recognition Software  (Orlando, FL) -- A new partnership between Orlando and Amazon has the ACLU worried. The city recently announced it has partnered with Amazon to test the company's real-time facial recognition software called Amazon Rekognition.

The software could one day be used with the city's surveillance cameras to enhance public safety, but the ACLU is worried about invasion of privacy. ACLU lawyer Matt Cagle tells Channel 9 many times programs meant to be used for public safety wind up being used in ways the public did not consent to.

Alexandria Will Not Pay For Damages Caused By Trash Truck  (Alexandria, VA) -- The City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia is not going to pay for the damage to a vehicle after it was badly damaged by a garbage truck. Elena Mazzeo claims the SUV was parked along the curb when the truck hit the rear of the car and lifted it up in the air.

The crash caused nearly five-thousand-dollars in damages and Mazzeo says she was initially told the damages would be taken care of. However, she received a letter from the city recently after police and a solid waste supervisor took reports that said the city has no liability. Alexandria says the city isn't liable for damages caused while providing government services.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay boys to join the organization but upheld its ban on gay scout leaders.

1994, four men convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

1953, Cliff's Notes were first used in schools.

1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed by police in Louisiana.

1873, Canada created the North West Mounted Police. They would later become known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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