Mick's Morning News: 08.24.18

Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations And Closures  (West Melbourne, FL) -- Hazmat crews responded to the scene of a gas leak in West Melbourne yesterday morning. Three homes were evacuated and the neighborhood near Hollywood Boulevard and Henry Avenue was blocked off. Police reported no injuries. No additional details have been revealed.

Parents Of Children Found Living In Condemned Home Arrested  (Cocoa, FL) -- The parents of two young children are behind bars for alleged neglect. Cocoa police say a six-month-old and a four year-old and their parents were living in a house that was condemned. 

The home had no electricity and no running water. Officers also found three guns inside, one of which was stolen. The children have been placed in safe homes with family members.

High School Student Arrested For Bringing Gun Onto Campus  (Ocala, FL) -- An Ocala tenth-grader was in court yesterday for allegedly taking a gun to school earlier in the week. Another student alerted the school resource officer at West Port High and the officer located the 16-year-old suspect and removed him from class.

An unloaded gun and a loaded magazine were recovered from the student's back pack. Police say the weapon was a .380 caliber handgun that was reported stolen out of Suwanee County.

Release Of Documents On Deadly Bridge Collapse Delayed  (Tallahassee, FL) -- There's another delay in the release of records related to the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University. The U.S. Attorney's Office is now asking a federal judge to decide the case.

On Tuesday, a state judge ordered the Florida Department of Transportation to release the documents that may explain why the 950-ton bridge collapsed in March, killing six people. The Miami Herald sued FDOT in state court for the release of the records.

Four High School Students Ruled Ineligible For Fake Documents  (Winter Park, FL) -- The Florida High School Athletic Association says four Winter Park High School students are now ineligible to play football. Officials started an investigation into the school after noticing an influx of athletic transfers this year.

After reportedly finding doctored documents, the students are forbidden from playing high school football for one year. Two of them are seniors who now worry their chances of playing at a college are ruined.

Police Arrest 12-Year-Old Driver, Passenger In Stolen SUV  (Pittsburgh, PA) -- Charges are being filed in Pennsylvania against two very young criminals, an eleven and a 12-year-old. Police in Pittsburgh say the 12-year-old boy stole an SUV this past Tuesday and was spotted by officers.

After noting the suspect looked too young to be driving, they ran a check on the car and found that it had been reported as stolen. There were several other young passengers in the car.  A couple of them got away. Fortunately, no one was hurt.


1988, Minnesota North Star Dino Ciccarelli became the first hockey player to serve jail time for a penalty on the ice. He was sentenced to 24-hours in jail and fined one-thousand dollars for hitting another player with a stick. He only stayed behind bars for two hours.

1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison for the murder of former Beatles frontman John Lennon. Chapman was denied parole yesterday (08.23.18) after his 10th parole hearing a day earlier.

1963, the Little League World Series was covered for the first time by ABC's "Wide World of Sports."

1954, the Communist Control Act went into effect, outlawing the Communist Party in the U.S.

1891, Thomas Edison applied for a patent for the motion picture camera.

1853, Chef George Crum introduced the first potato chips.

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