Police Release Transcript Of Cruz' Confession (Parkland, FL) -- Nikolas Cruz' confession sheds light on his thought process before the deadly school shooting. In a transcript of the confession released yesterday, the 19-year-old admits to killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School because voices told him to burn, kill and destroy. Cruz also claims he tried to commit suicide twice. An edited video of the confession will be released today.
Titusville Man Facing Child Porn Charges (Titusville, FL) -- A Brevard County man is facing hundreds of child porn charges. Titusville 28-year-old Aaron Williams was arrested at his home last week on more than 300 charges of possessing or transmitting child porn. Most of the images and videos involve children between the ages of one and six.
Video Reveals Details Of Deadly Deputy-Involved Shooting (DeLand, FL) -- A man killed in a deputy-involved shooting can be seen on video ordering the Volusia County deputy to shoot him. Body camera video from this weekend's domestic violence call in Seville has been released.
It shows Emmanuel Alquisiras telling Deputy Brandon Watson to shoot him before saying, "kill me..kill me," but Watson can be heard saying he doesn't want to hurt him. Alquisiras then grabs Watson's Taser and says he doesn't care if Watson shoots him, but Watson resists shooting him until Alquisiras grabs his Taser a second time.
France Takes Leave Of Absence From NASCAR (Daytona Beach, FL) -- A top NASCAR official is taking a leave of absence after being charged with DUI. The Daytona Beach company announced yesterday CEO and Chairman Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence.
He's the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, and his uncle, Jim France, will take over in an interim role. Brian France allegedly rolled through a stop sign Sunday in Long Island, and police say his Blood Alcohol Level was more than twice the legal limit.
Beach Visitor Finds Engagement Ring (Panama City Beach, FL) -- A recent visitor to Bay County now has a fiance and faith in humanity. Taylor Farrar was visiting Panama City Beach this weekend where he planned to propose to his girlfriend, but when he was in the water, he lost the ring that was in a bag in his pocket.
Friends searched the beach for 45 minutes before coming across a woman who found the bag and gave it to them. Farrar tells the New Herald he's super thankful for the woman's honesty, and before he could lose the ring again, he proposed to his girlfriend, who said yes.
Alexa Skill Could Deter Burglars (Seattle, WA) -- Alexa may now deter potential burglars. Amazon's smart speaker has a new feature called "away mode." The feature attempts to trick would be thieves into believing people are actually at home, going about their business as usual.
Alexa plays pre-recorded audio tracks that run about an hour each of real conversations and skits that could be taking place inside the home. Creators of the feature say the idea is built around "funny, but somewhat common conversations," including a couple breaking up. Some of the seven tracks to choose from were created by former Saturday night live comedy writers.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2015, the Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was sentenced to life without parole. Holmes was convicted for killing a dozen people and wounding 70 others during a July 2012 shooting spree. Verdict forms indicated the jury could not agree on a death sentence, leading to the lesser punishment.
2004, Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in the big leagues to reach the 300-win plateau when his Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-4 at SBC Park.
1985, cable television mogul Ted Turner bought Metro Goldwyn Mayer for one-and-a-half billion dollars.
1942, U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal. This marked the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War Two.
1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky broke out.