Officer Hurt In Shooting Remains In Coma (Orlando, FL) -- The Orlando police officer shot in the line of duty is facing a difficult recovery. That's what Kevin Valencia's surgeon said yesterday as the 27-year-old remains in a coma.
He was shot in the face at an apartment complex where four children and gunman Gary Lindsey wound up dead after a standoff. Valencia's wife Meghan said yesterday they were childhood sweethearts, and she called him the most amazing father ever to their two children.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Officer Valencia. After one day, hundreds have donated more than 45-thousand dollars to the account to help Valencia and his family.
Fernandez Accused Of 'Overlooking Every Ethical Law' (Tallahassee, FL) -- A former Tallahassee official is accused of ignoring every ethical law on the books. That's according to a Florida Commission on Ethics lawyer writing about former city manager Rick Fernandez in documents released yesterday.
The commission voted unanimously last week to find probable cause that Fernandez committed 20 ethics violations. The charges refer to a discount he received from a city-backed restaurant for his daughter's wedding and FSU football tickets he got from a lobbyist.
Judge Denies Motion To Throw Out Charges In Shark Dragging Case (Tampa, FL) -- A judge has said no to a motion to dismiss the charges against two men accused in a Florida shark-dragging case. Robert Benac and Michael Wenzel's request was presented at a hearing today.
The two are accused of animal cruelty after a video of the incident surfaced and went viral. The video shows the shark being broken into pieces while tied to a boat traveling at high speed in the Gulf of Mexico last year.
SpaceX Plans Include 300-Foot Tall Tower (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX expansion plans include a big change to the local skyline. A recent environmental review from Kennedy Space Center shows SpaceX plans to build a 300-foot tall tower. The tower would be home to a control center to monitor launches and landings. No timeline is included in the plans, but "Florida Today" reports KSC has no environmental objections.
FL Man Arrested After Asking Police To Test His Meth (Hawthorne, FL) -- A Florida man is under arrest after he called police to have his drugs tested. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department says 49-year-old Douglas Kelly of Hawthorne told officers he wanted to press charges against the person who sold him his meth.
Kelly reportedly told police he had a bad reaction after smoking the meth. Detectives told Kelly that if he brought the meth to the sheriff's office they could test the quality of the narcotic. The Sheriff's Department says the drug tested positive for meth and Kelly was charged with possession.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2004, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a constitutional challenge to the Pledge Of Allegiance brought by a California atheist. The man, who sued on behalf of his elementary school-age daughter, said reciting the pledge's words "under God" in schools violated the separation of church and state. The high court said Michael Newdow didn't have the legal right to file suit on behalf of his daughter.
1990, the Supreme Court upheld police checkpoints that check motorists for sign of intoxication.
1951, Univac One was unveiled in Washington, D.C. It was billed as the world's first commercial computer.
1943, the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be forced to salute the American flag if it conflicted with their religious beliefs.
1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to observe Flag Day as a legal holiday.
1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio.
1775, the United States Army was founded on this date.