Mick's Morning News: 06.05.18

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Investigation Into Possible Abduction Suspended  (Titusville, FL) -- The investigation into a possible kidnapping is now suspended. Titusville Police recently called off the search for a girl a witness said was dragged screaming into an SUV last month on Bama Ave.

An AMBER Alert is still in effect, but police say not enough significant evidence has been found to continue investigating.

Former Parkland SRO Peterson Speaks Out  (Parkland, FL) -- After months of silence, the deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School is explaining his actions during the deadly shooting. School Resource Officer Scott Peterson recently did interviews with the "Washington Post" and NBC's Today, and he says he's haunted by his actions that day.

Peterson told the Post if he knew then what he knows now, he would have been in the building in a heartbeat. His interview with NBC will air this morning and tomorrow.

Fred Guttenberg lost his daughter in the shooting, and he says Peterson has no right referring to the victims as his kids. Guttenberg tells 'CBS4 News' Peterson did not go to a single funeral or mourn a single child, and he's accusing Peterson of going on a pity party tour to portray himself as a victim.

Markeith Lloyd Lawyer Wants Prosecutor Dismissed  (Orlando, FL) -- Markeith Loyd's lawyer believes the prosecutor may have a conflict of interest. Loyd's lawyer is Roger Weeden, and he filed a motion this weekend to get State Attorney Brad King dismissed from the case.

The "Orlando Sentinel" reports Weeden claims King has a conflict because King sits on a state board that oversees funding of expert witnesses for Loyd and other low-income defendants. Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton.

FSU Hurricane Model Ranked As Nation's Best  (Tallahassee, FL) -- Those trying to predict the path of the next hurricane will likely rely on the expertise of an FSU scientist. A forecast model called the Superensemble was invented 20 years ago by late meteorology professor T.N. Krishnamurti.

It’s been voted by the National Hurricane Center as the best last year for predicting the path of Atlantic hurricanes.

Alligator Rearranges Couple's Patio Furniture In Florida  (Bradenton, FL) -- A Florida couple says their patio furniture was rearranged by a decorative alligator. Mary Charbonneau found her patio furniture gathered at the front door. When she asked her husband, Mike, if he moved it to mow the lawn, he said no.

The couple reviewed their home security footage, only to find that a large alligator was the culprit. The footage shows the alligator with one of the chairs stuck to its head as it thrashes around until the chair falls off. Alligators are pretty common in the area which has many ponds.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2013, the British newspaper "The Guardian" reported that the National Security Agency had been collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers under a secret court order. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden later revealed himself as the whistleblower who furnished "The Guardian" with the information.

2007, former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined 250-thousand-dollars. Libby was convicted in March on four felony counts of giving false statements to FBI agents and grand jurors looking into how the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame was leaked to the press.

1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin while campaigning for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination in California. He died the next day. Gunman Sirhan Sirhan was arrested for the attack.

1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined "The Marshall Plan" during a speech at Harvard University. The plan would provide aid to war-torn Europe.

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