Man Accused Of Attacking Police Officer
(Melbourne, FL) -- A Brevard County man is accused of attacking a police officer. Indian Harbour Beach's Justin Gentgen was arrested yesterday after allegedly attacking the Melbourne police officer who was trying to arrest him for shoplifting. The 33-year-old was able to get away during that initial arrest attempt at Beall's Outlet on Eau Gallie Road, but he was found hours later in Satellite Beach on Cinnamon Drive. The female officer suffered injuries described as significant but not life-threatening.
Investigation Continues Into Deadly Stabbing
(Apopka, FL) -- A search is underway to find two witnesses to a deadly stabbing in Orange County. Deputies believe the two and another person broke into a home in Apopka this weekend on South Central Ave and attacked a resident. That female resident then allegedly stabbed one of the suspects to death, and the other two fled the scene. Investigators believe the resident knew at least some of the attackers, but no motive has been released.
Vigil Held For Man Killed In Police Shooting
(Pensacola, FL) -- Friends and family are still trying to understand what led to a man's death in a police shooting in Escambia County. A vigil was held last night in Pensacola for Tymar Crawford, who died in last week's shooting outside his home. Police say the 28-year-old was shot after he disarmed an officer during a traffic stop, but his girlfriend denies that. FDLE is looking at body camera footage, and the officer who fired the deadly shot is on administrative leave.
Truck With Child Inside Stolen
(Largo, FL) -- A child's watch is credited with leading police to a kidnapping suspect in Pinellas County. Deputies say a seven-year-old boy was in a pickup truck yesterday afternoon in Largo on Ulmerton Road when Adam Vachon got in and drove off. Vachon eventually dropped the boy off at a hotel in Pinellas Park, but the boy left his watch, which has a GPS tracker, in the truck. That allowed police to find Vachon at an apartment on Lois Ave North, and the 23-year-old was arrested for kidnapping and grand theft auto.
School Principal Reassigned Over Holocaust Comment
(Boca Raton, FL) -- A school principal in Palm Beach County is being punished for what the superintendent calls a grave error in judgment. Spanish River High School's William Latson was reassigned yesterday after he told a parent last year, in an email, he couldn't say for sure that the Holocaust happened. He had been principal at the Boca Raton school for eight years, but the district says his leadership has become a major distraction.
Study: Minecraft May Encourage Creative Thinking
(Undated) -- The popular video game "Minecraft" may encourage creative thinking. Iowa State University psychology professor Doug Gentile [[ jen-TEEL ]] says students were asked to draw an alien as a creativity test, and there was something special about those drawn by "Minecraft" players. Gentile says those who played Minecraft were much more creative than others.
Nebraska 9 Year Old Accused Of Crashing Stolen Car
(Grand Island, NE) -- A Nebraska boy is in legal trouble after he allegedly stole a car and crashed it into a house. The "Omaha World Herald" reports that the nine-year-old suspect stole a stranger's car late Sunday night in Grand Island and crashed it into the front porch of a home. The boy then allegedly spat on a Grand Island police officer and used racial slurs against the officer, who is Hispanic. The child was given a ticket and released to his parents.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1997, boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield's ears.
1966, an artificial surface is installed into the Astrodome in Houston. That coined the phrase "astroturf."
1956, "Bandstand" hosted by Dick Clark first airs on Philadelphia's WFIL. It was later distributed on ABC-TV and was changed to "American Bandstand."
1953, New York Airways began the first, commuter passenger service by helicopter.
1878, the corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe of Washington, Missouri.
1872, John Blondel of Thomaston, Maine, patented the doughnut cutter.