Mick's Morning News: 07.25.18

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Man Wanted In Deadly Crash Cleared By FHP  (Titusville, FL) -- New video is leaving investigators with more questions as they try to solve a deadly crash in Brevard County. Troopers were looking for a driver they believed was involved in a road-rage incident that killed Orlando's Jeffrey Brookshire this weekend on SR 528 in Merritt Island.

That driver came forward yesterday and offered video that shows he was not involved in the crash, and he was cleared. There's no word on if troopers have any more leads.

Brevard County Commission Rejects Proposal For Children's Services Tax Referendum  (Titusville, FL) -- A measure one critic compared to a slush fund won't be going on the ballot in Brevard County. The county commission yesterday declined to put a referendum on the ballot that would have raised taxes, if passed, to fund a Children's Services Council.

The tax increase would have raised 100-million dollars over the next 12 years to fund children's programs for, but the commission would have had no control over how the money was spent. Residents spoke out against the tax increase, and Commission Vice Chair Kristine Isnardi told colleagues and Florida Today it would have amounted to taxation without representation.

Man Threatens To Blow Up Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport  (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- A 32-year-old man is facing charges after deputies say he made three 9-1-1 calls threatening to blow up the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Investigators were able to track down Byron Brown using his cell phone information. When they found him he was in the airport and he told deputies he made the calls because he was depressed, suffers from mental illness and he had seen a violent movie at the airport Monday morning.

Drivers Pass The Time In Traffic Jam  (Tallahassee, FL) -- When you're stuck in a traffic jam for hours, sometimes you just gotta dance. That's what one woman said happened during yesterday's 45-car pileup on I-10.

Tallahassee's Kara O'Ferrell was one of many stranded on the highway after the crash, and she said everyone just made the best of it. She tells the Tallahassee Democrat people were playing music and dancing, and some were passing down water bottles from the overpass.

 Congressional Candidate Accused Twice Of Impersonating Cop  (Baton Rouge, LA) -- A candidate for Congress in Louisiana is accused of impersonating a police officer - twice. WAFB-TV says Billy Burkette told workers at two separate motor vehicle departments this month he was a commissioned police officer but that is being called a lie by investigators.

They say the police commission card Burkette was referring to was from the Chief of Police for the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians. He is running for a seat in Congress in District 5 but was arrested last Friday at the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office while qualifying to run for office.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1999, the three-day Woodstock '99 music festival came to a fiery end as rowdy fans set fires and began looting the site in Rome, New York.

1990, Roseanne Barr's ear-piercing rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of a doubleheader at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium set off a firestorm of controversy.

1981, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton became the highest paid player in the National Football League. He signed a new, three-year deal, worth nearly two-million dollars.

1978, the world's first test-tube baby was born in England. Baby Louise was born to Lesley and Gilbert Brown.

1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the United States Army. He was the first American officer to reach the rank.

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