Mick's Morning News: 07.24.18

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Suspect In Deadly Hit & Run Turns Himself In  (Cocoa, FL) -- A man wanted for a deadly hit-and-run is now in custody. Mims' Daniel Strickland turned himself in to FHP troopers yesterday after last month's crash in Orlando.

Strickland is accused of hitting 49-year-old bicycle rider Jorge Arias and fleeing the scene before Arias' body was found in a ditch. FHP says some anonymous tips led them to identify Strickland as the driver after the car was found in Cocoa.

Handyman Accused In Couple's Murder  (Kissimmee, FL) -- A search of a couple's cell phone is credited with leading deputies to arrest the man now accused of killing them. Osceola County deputies this weekend arrested Federico Gondola for shooting to death Roosevelt and Janette Dixon last week in their Kissimmee home.

Roosevelt's cell phone showed the last person he contacted was Gondola, who worked for the couple as a handyman. Channel 9 reports investigators say they tracked down a friend of Gondola's who told them Gondola admitted to shooting the couple in a robbery attempt.

Flight School Shuts Down After Deadly Collision  (Miami, FL) -- A flight school is now closed for good after a deadly mid-air collision. Miami's Dean International Flight School informed students yesterday it has ceased operations after more than 20 years of training pilots.

The decision came after four people were killed when two of the flight school's planes collided over the Everglades last week. Students tell CBS4 News they have nothing to show for the money they spent on tuition, but owner Robert Dean says he'll liquidate the school's assets to recover the costs.

Four Hillsborough Fire Rescue Workers Suspended  (Tampa, FL) -- Four rescue workers have been suspended for their roles in a woman's death in Hillsborough County. The employees were suspended with pay last week as the Fourth of July incident is under review.

The four responded to a home where a 33-year-old woman had passed out, but instead of taking her to the hospital by ambulance, they allowed her mother to drive her there. The woman eventually died, and a county official tells ABC Action News the rescuers made bad decisions and failed to follow protocol.

Building Collapses In Miami Beach  (Miami Beach, FL) -- A man is in critical condition after he was hurt when a building collapsed in Miami-Dade County. It happened yesterday morning in Miami Beach during what was supposed to be a controlled demolition, but something went wrong.

The man was hit by debris one witness estimates was the size of the front end of a car. Police say the incident is now a criminal investigation.

GA Chick-Fil-A Launches Meal Kit  (Atlanta, GA) -- Customers in Atlanta will soon be able to order meal kits at Chick-Fil-A drive-thrus as the company tries to break into the two-billion-dollar industry.

The fast food giant announced they would test the service at the 150 restaurants in the Atlanta area between August 27th and November 17th. Customers will have five recipes to choose from and the kits will have enough food to serve two people.

Umbrella Injures Woman  (Ocean City, MD) -- A Pennsylvania woman is recovering after being impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella. The woman was at Ocean City in Maryland over the weekend when the umbrella was uprooted and swept away by a gust of wind.

The umbrella flew along the shoreline before finding its way into the 46-year-old's body. It somehow pierced the woman in the chest and she was flown to an area hospital.  She is expected to survive.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2015, AT&T bought DirecTV, making the combined company the country's largest pay-TV provider. It took more than a year for the FCC to approve the buyout.

1978, New York Yankees manager Billy Martin was fired by team owner George Steinbrenner. He was later rehired, then fired, then rehired, then fired.

1974, the Supreme Court ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to prosecutors investigating the Watergate scandal.

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