Shooting At Daytona Beach Parking Lot (Daytona Beach, FL) -- A search is underway for two suspects wanted in a shooting in a Daytona Beach parking lot. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon at Bethune Village Market near Bethune-Cookman University.
Police say a man with a rifle fired several shots at a parked car before driving away. The victim is expected to survive, and police believe the shooter and victim know each other.
Tampa Woman In Court For Killing Child (Tampa, FL) -- The woman accused of drowning her child in the Hillsborough River thinks she may have been under a spell. That's what a detective said yesterday during a hearing for Shakayla Denson, who's charged with first-degree murder in the death of her four-year-old daughter last week.
The detective testified that Denson told him a maintenance man put a spell on her apartment. Relatives say Shakayla loved her baby, and something must have driven her to go to the river that day.
Parents Of MSD Victims To Call For Superintendent's Resignation (Parkland, FL) -- Several changes are in place at Broward County schools, but some parents say there's one big change that still needs to be made. Parents who lost children in February's deadly shooting in Parkland will announce today they're uniting to demand the superintendent's resignation.
Classes are set to resume next week, and Superintendent Robert Runcie said yesterday improvements have been made to make schools safer. He also says he expects the first day next Wednesday will be emotional and difficult.
Melbourne Trying To Educate Residents On Recycling (Melbourne, FL) -- One Brevard City is trying to stop a recurring problem with its recycling program. A Melbourne environmental official spent time yesterday checking on recycling bins in Feather Lakes, and she found a lot of items in recycling bins that don't belong there.
Those items include food, food containers, electronics and clothing, but Environmental Programs Coordinator Michelle Smith says the biggest problem is plastic bags. Smith has been inspecting recycling bins throughout the city for six weeks, and she tells Florida Today more than 60-percent of homeowners are putting the wrong items in their bins.
Woman Reported As Opiate User After Eating Bagel (Towson, MD) -- A hospital in Maryland reported a woman to the authorities, alleging she had opiates in her system and now the woman is sharing her story. This spring Elizabeth Eden was at the hospital and in labor when the doctor came into the room and told her that she had tested positive for opiates and that he had reported her to the state. It turns out that Eden had a poppy seed bagel for breakfast that day.
Poppy seeds come from the poppy plant and opium is made from the sap from that plant. All it takes is for someone to consume just a teaspoon of poppy seeds to falsely test positive for drugs. Eden says her baby had to stay in the hospital for five days while a case-worker investigated. In the end her poppy seed defense was accepted and the case-worker closed the file.
Woman Pays It Forward For Country Star (Medford, NJ) -- A New Jersey woman who has made a habit of paying it forward was paid back in surprising fashion the other day. As she had done many times before, after overhearing the man say he found himself a little short on cash, Ruth Reed decided to help a stranger pay for his coffee at a gas station.
When the stranger thanked her and introduced himself, Reed found out she had just kicked in five bucks to help country music super star Keith Urban pay his bill.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1993, charges were filed against Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss for running a call-girl operation.
1974, President Richard Nixon's resignation became official. He was the first U.S. President to resign.
1969, actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and three others were found brutally murdered in Tate's L.A. home. Cult leader Charles Manson and his disciples were later convicted of the killings.
1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The blast and its after effects killed an estimated 74-thousand people.
1944, Smokey Bear made his debut as a spokesbear for forest fire prevention.
1910, A-J Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.
1859, Nathan Ames patented the escalator.