Citizens Review Board To Recommend Firing OPD Officer (Orlando, FL) -- An Orlando Police officer could lose his job over some social media posts. The Citizens Review Board voted yesterday to recommend Police Chief John Mina fire Officer Robert Schellhorn over comments made last year on Facebook.
The officer is accused of calling athletes who kneel during the national anthem "overpaid thugs." He was suspended without pay, but one member of the review board says that he should not be patrolling the streets.
Mother Of Teen Shooting Suspect Will Not Face Charges (Palm Bay, FL) -- No charges will be filed against the mother of a boy who used her gun in a shooting here in Brevard. State prosecutors decided last week not to file charges against Palm Bay's Brenda Maldonado for not properly securing her gun.
Phil archer’s office says they had no independent evidence that could prove she failed to secure her weapon. Her 13-year-old son is accused of using the gun to shoot two teenagers last month.
Homeowner Tackles Burglar (Deltona, FL) -- A scary incident could serve as a warning to folks in Volusia County and the rest of us. A Deltona man woke up early yesterday morning to find a man in his home on Crawford Court trying to steal a TV.
The homeowner tackled the suspect who ran off. Deputies are calling it a crime of opportunity as the homeowner left his car door unlocked and his garage open.
Prosecutor Recommends Charges Against Fernandez (Tallahassee, FL) -- A former Tallahassee official is likely to face state ethics charges. The "Democrat" reports an Ethics Commission lawyer will recommend the board file charges against former City Manager Rick Fernandez.
The commission will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss a complaint filed against Fernandez last year. Fernandez is accused of accepting a discount from a caterer that does business with the city and accepting football tickets from a lobbyist.
State Trooper Credited With Averting Possible Murder-Suicide (Palmetto, FL) -- A state trooper is credited with preventing what could have been a murder-suicide on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. A Manatee County woman says her ex-boyfriend kidnapped her yesterday morning and drove to the bridge where he threatened to kill her and himself.
When a state trooper pulled up the woman escaped from the car and ran to the cruiser. The suspect, Alfred Facundo (FA-SOON-DO) of Bradenton, escaped and Palmetto Police believe he's armed and dangerous.
Sex Robots Might Not Aid Mental Health (London) -- Sex robots might not produce significant mental health benefits. There's an argument that realistic sexbots could have a range of positive impacts, from protecting children from pedophiles to providing companionship and easing loneliness.
But, research out of Kings College London finds that there's little evidence to support any of these claims. Lead study author Susan Bewley (BEU-LEE) urges researchers to study the issue more in depth before making any potentially false and ultimately harmful claims. The study is published in the journal "BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health."
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2000, a U.S. District judge ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corporation declaring the software giant in violation of antitrust laws.
1998, the racially-motivated murder of a 49-year-old black man shocked the nation. Three white men were convicted of chaining James Byrd Junior to the back of a pickup truck and dragging him to his death in Jasper, Texas.
1976, "The NBC Nightly News" with John Chancellor and David Brinkley aired for the first time.
1965, Sony Corporation unveiled their brand new home video tape recorder. It sold for 995 dollars.
1955, "The 64-Thousand Dollar Question" premiered on television.