DeSantis Sworn-In As Governor (Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida's new governor is promising a stronger, cleaner and safer future. Former Sixth District Congressman Ron DeSantis was sworn-in yesterday in Tallahassee. DeSantis says some of his first actions will be to appoint three new Supreme Court justices, roll out policies on marijuana and the environment and remove several elected officials who have been accused of wrongdoing. He replaces fellow Republican Rick Scott, who was sworn-in yesterday as senator.
Broward Sheriff Expects To Be Suspended (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- A new governor could soon mean a new sheriff in Broward County. Sheriff Scott Israel has reportedly been telling people around the office that he expects to be suspended now that Ron DeSantis has been sworn in as governor. Israel has been criticized for his department's handling of the Parkland school shooting, but DeSantis has not said what he'll do about Israel. If Israel is forced out, former Sheriff Al Lamberti would reportedly be a candidate to replace him.
State Rep. Hill Files Bill To Repeal Gun Restrictions (Tallahassee, FL) -- A Panhandle lawmaker wants to repeal what he calls a direct infringement on our constitutional rights. First District State Rep. Mike Hill filed a bill this week that would undo some new gun laws passed last year. Lawmakers voted to raise the minimum age for gun purchases, prolong the waiting period and ban bump stocks. Hill tells Channel 3 News those changes will do nothing to stop incidents like the deadly mass shooting in Parkland.
Florida Man Arrested For Three Murders, Now Admits To Fourth (Pasco County, FL) -- A Florida man charged with murdering three of his in-laws, now admits to killing a fourth person. Detectives say they have now determined remains found behind a home in Pasco County are those of 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic [[ee-Van-sick]] who was the wife of 25-year-old triple murder suspect Shelby Nealy. After he was arrested last week in Ohio for driving his wife's parents stolen vehicle, he admitted to killing them and their son. He now also admits he killed their daughter, who he was married to, but why is not clear.
SunPass Scam (Undated) -- SunPass is warning customers about a scam targeting drivers with past-due bills. Third parties have been contacting them by email warning them to make old toll payments within 30 days, or they will be taken to court. But SunPass says it only sends official toll notices through U.S. mail, not email.
Salinas, California Police Looking For Doorbell Licker (Salinas, CA) -- Police in California are looking for a prowler caught on security video licking a doorbell and relieving himself on the lawn. The Salinas homeowners say the camera system sent them several alerts while they were out-of-town early Saturday morning about movement outside their door. The video shows the man licking their doorbell for three solid hours, but he doesn't try to break in. Officers identified the suspect as 33-year-old Roberto Daniel Arroyo, who faces misdemeanor charges if he's caught.
Roommate Steals $10M Lotto Ticket (Vacaville, CA) -- A California man is facing grand theft charges after trying to cash in his roommate's ten-million-dollar lottery ticket. Vacaville police say a man bought a 30-dollar scratcher last month and thought he had won just ten-thousand dollars. Excited nonetheless, he told his roommates about it. That's when police say one of those roommates bought the same kind of ticket, scratched it and switched it out with the winner. When the man discovered what he thought was the winning ticket was now worthless, he filed a police report. The roommate discovered the ticket was actually worth ten-million dollars and went to the lottery office in Sacramento Monday to collect. All he collected was a criminal charge, as the police were waiting.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the Macworld 2007 convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Using a touch screen, the new device combined the features of Apple's iPod with a mobile phone, allowing users to field phone calls and play music and videos.
1951, the United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
1894, the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first battery operated switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard completed the first successful balloon flight in the United States.