Parents sue Pennsylvania police, local prosecutors for fatal shooting of son Christian Hall
The parents of Christian Hall, the 19-year-old fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) in December 2020, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the agency and two prosecutors with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office last Wednesday. The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, accuses PSP officials, Commissioner Robert Evanchick, Monroe County District Attorney David Christine and First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso of protecting the officers that shot Hall by releasing misleading details about the incident. As seen in an unredacted video, Hall had his hands up in the air for 14 seconds before PSP officers fired seven shots that ultimately killed him.news.yahoo.com
Boat carrying Russian migrants lands in Key West, officials say
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said the migrants, many carrying luggage, arrived on a 30-foot vessel. He said there remains “some questions” about how many, if any, of the occupants “dissipated into the community” before they could be apprehended.washingtonpost.com
How many fish did a captain catch off the Keys? Cops say boat had 2,611 over the limit
Late last month, state fish and wildlife police spotted a commercial fishing boat on their radar moving in a pattern that suggested it was using a runaround gillnet to catch fish in federal waters on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Lower Florida Keys.news.yahoo.com
Georgia car crash kills 4 after hitting speeds of up to 170 mph: report
Four people died in the early morning car crash on a Georgia interstate after authorities said the car attempted to evade law enforcement before apparently losing control and crashing into a line of trees in Monroe County, according to a report.news.yahoo.com
Man accused of stealing bobcat from Pennsylvania animal farm
Bobcat theft suspect Police released these images of a man suspected of stealing a bobcat from an animal farm in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. (Pennsylvania State Police)Police arrested a man Friday afternoon on suspicion of stealing a 22-year-old bobcat from the Pocono Snake and Animal Farm in Smithfield Township. Jon Lowris, whose family owns the Pocono Snake and Animal Farm, told the Pocono Record that an employee left the business’ front door unlocked on Thursday night. Pocono Snake and Animal Farm employees found chunks of hair and broken claw in the area, the Record reported. “We’re stabilizing (Blanche) and making sure she’s not dehydrated for the two-and-a-half-hour trip to see the exotic veterinarian,” Lowris told the Record.wftv.com
Kazakh president issues shoot-to-kill order to quell protests
After days of escalating violent protests in Kazakhstan, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he has ordered his troops 'to shoot to kill' in order to quell the countrywide uprising. Protests began in response to a sharp increase in fuel prices.news.yahoo.com
The DMZ that separates North and South Korea is a haven for wildlife
North and South Korea are still technically at war, seventy years after the Korean war officially ended. A two-and-a-half-mile wide buffer zone, the DMZ separates the two countries. It's a no-go area for humans, which has made it a rare haven for wildlife. Elizabeth Palmer visits the DMZ with South Korean biologist Seung Kim to scout for animals and hear how lasting peace – while good for people – is a looming threat to naturenews.yahoo.com
After 130 years, descendants of landmark segregation case unite for Louisiana's first posthumous pardon
"CBS Morning" lead national correspondent, David Begnaud, spent nearly a week interviewing the key people surrounding Louisiana's first posthumous pardon, descendants of the landmark Homer vs. Plessy segregation case. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Homer A. Plessy for sitting in a train car for "whites only." He died a convicted felon in 1925. This week, Governor John Bel Edwards pardoned him posthumously.news.yahoo.com
Drugs found in frozen lasagna box during raid
Drugs found in frozen lasagna box during raid. Photo of approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine found during a drug raid in Monroe County, Tenn. (Monroe County Sheriff's Office/)MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. — Investigators found drugs hidden in a freezer during a raid in Tennessee. >> Read more trending newsThe Monroe County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook announcing the raid, which ended with two arrests and more than 200 grams of methamphetamine in custody. Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office investigate a drug bust. (Monroe County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)Sheriff’s deputies went into the home, where they said they found most of the drugs hidden inside a lasagna box in the freezer.wftv.com
16-point deer in Missouri turns out to be doe
16-point deer turns out to be doe Hunter was surprised to bag 16-point deer and discover it was female. — A hunter was surprised when he bagged a 16-point deer that turned out to be a doe. ANTLERED DOE: Monroe County Agent Jessica Filla received a call over firearms deer season about an antlered doe... Posted by Missouri Dept. of Conservation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021This isn’t the first time an antlered doe has been bagged in Missouri. Antlered female deer are rare, but not unheard of.wftv.com
Michigan woman accused of trying to use fake ‘Rent-A-Hitman’ website pleads guilty
MONROE COUNTY, Mich. — A Michigan woman charged with trying to have her ex-husband murdered pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including solicitation of murder. MichiganLive reported that the terms of Wendy Wein’s plea agreement include a cap on the minimum sentence at 108 months. >> Read more trending newsThe owners of the website “Rent-A-Hitman.com” contacted Michigan State Police in 2020, when they received a message through the website asking for services. WJBK reported that Wein met with an undercover police officer posing as a representative from the website multiple times, not only asking for her ex to be murdered, but offering $200 in payment. Wein is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 13, 2022.wftv.com
Miami mayoral candidate arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer in the Florida Keys
Frank Pichel was arrested early Friday on a felony charge of impersonating a police officer after the 59-year-old mayoral candidate allegedly flashed a badge and claimed to be an active deputy in Key Largo, Fla., according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.washingtonpost.com
‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise
Officials prepare to elevate streets despite financial shortfalls, amid recognition that not every home can be saved The neighborhood of Stillwright Point in Key Largo, Florida. Photograph: Saul Martinez/The Guardian Long famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved. Following a gruelingnews.yahoo.com
Mayor's husband arrested in Rochester, charges still secret
The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was awaiting arraignment on criminal charges Thursday following a police search of the house he shares with the mayor. Timothy Granison, Warren's husband, was to be arraigned in Rochester City Court at 9:30 a.m., a spokesperson for the Monroe County district attorney said.news.yahoo.com
Bicyclist fatally struck in Port Orange crash on New Year’s Eve
A 38-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Monroe County. (WDIV)PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Port Orange police are investigating a New Year’s Eve crash that left a bicyclist dead. According to police, a driver struck the bicyclist with their vehicle Thursday at 8:43 p.m. at the intersection of Dunlawton Avenue and Village Trail. Police said the driver is cooperating with the investigation. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information about it to call Port Orange Police Department Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Garay at 386-506-5838.
10-foot bull shark attacks man snorkeling in Florida Keys
A 30-year-old snorkeler from Atlanta was attacked by a 10-foot bull shark in the Florida Keys. Monroe County sheriff’s officials say Andrew Eddy was with his family exploring a reef at Sombrero Key Light on Sunday when he was bitten on the shoulder by the shark. He was then airlifted to a hospital, but his condition is not known. Authorities said boaters in the area had spotted the bull shark earlier. Witnesses said the shark was 8 to 10 feet in length.
Health officials: 4 new Dengue fever cases in Florida Keys
KEY LARGO, Fla. Four cases of Dengue fever have recently been confirmed in the Florida Keys, bringing the total number of cases reported this year to 26, health officials said. Most of the Dengue fever cases are in a two-mile (3,218-meter) area of Key Largo, the Miami Herald reported. In 2010, 66 cases of locally acquired Dengue fever in Florida were associated with Key West, health officials said. Dengue fever often presents flu-like symptoms with severe muscle aches and pain, fever and a rash. Health officials said this is the same mosquito that carries the Zika virus, which has symptoms similar to Dengue.
FBI investigates reported assault on Black man as hate crime
Tears roll down the face of Vauhxx Booker as he speaks to the hundreds gathered at the Monroe County courthouse, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP)INDIANAPOLIS The FBI is investigating as a hate crime the assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake, the victim's attorney said Tuesday. Katherine Liell, Bookers attorney, said at a news conference that the FBI is questioning witnesses and that charging decisions could be made soon. Ryan Pedigo told The Associated Press that the confrontation happened near the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Bloomington on Monday evening. A 35-year-old man then grabbed the driver's side of the car and held on as the vehicle continued to accelerate.
Governors warming to the idea of the return of pro sports
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Governors around the country are warming to the idea of the return of professional sports to their states, with two caveats: continued progress against the coronavirus and no spectators in the stands. The heads of California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania spoke Monday of the return of professional sports to their states, possibly as soon as next month. Gavin Newsom tied the return of pro sports with the state's continued progress against the virus. He also urged the state's pro sports teams to begin planning to resume playing without fans. New York state will help those major sport franchises to do just that, Cuomo said.
Florida Keys will reopen to visitors June 1 amid coronavirus pandemic
KEY WEST, Fla. The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on June 1, more than two months after the island chain closed to visitors to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to reopen comes amid the low coronavirus infection rate in the Florida Keys, the Miami Herald reported. As of Sunday, Monroe County had 100 positive coronavirus cases and three people deaths. The move to reopen was the toughest decision Monroe County officials had to make, Monroe County Spokeswoman Kristen Livengood told the Miami Herald. Checkpoints at U.S. 1 and State Road 905 were set up five days later to bar visitors from coming into Monroe County.
The Latest: NASCARs Pocono races might be run without fans
___Bundesliga soccer players will be reminded not to celebrate goals together after Hertha Berlins team shared hugs and high fives over the weekend. ___Players from Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano have refused to practice in protest against reduced salaries. Spanish media say the players practiced at home instead of going to the teams training center for the start of group sessions. The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining. ___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the countrys top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.
People are frightened: Across rural Illinois, economic frustrations mix with anxiety over COVID-19
Over the following weeks, she said, she pressed the seriousness of the issue with the countys 32,000 residents in a public information campaign through local newspapers and radio, as well as her departments Facebook page. So far, there has been only one recorded COVID-19 death in her county, according to state figures. However, in adjacent Monroe County, which also has a population of 32,000, there have been 10 deaths among just 69 recorded cases of infection, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.chicagotribune.com
High housing costs, low pay force Florida teachers to stretch limits
In the first analysis of its kind, USA TODAY Network reporters examined salaries and housing costs for teachers all over Florida. In nearly every corner of the state, teachers spend more than a third of their monthly income on housing costs. Rising housing costs in population centers have made it nearly impossible for teachers to live where they work. "No room for error"The demand for affordable housing in Florida has never been stronger, and supply is low. Even looking at median pay, only 22 districts told USA TODAY they pay at or above that amount.news-journalonline.com
High housing costs, low pay force Florida teachers to stretch limits
In the first analysis of its kind, USA TODAY Network reporters examined salaries and housing costs for teachers all over Florida. In nearly every corner of the state, teachers spend more than a third of their monthly income on housing costs. Rising housing costs in population centers have made it nearly impossible for teachers to live where they work. "No room for error"The demand for affordable housing in Florida has never been stronger, and supply is low. Even looking at median pay, only 22 districts told USA TODAY they pay at or above that amount.dailycommercial.com
High housing costs, low pay force Florida teachers to stretch limits
In the first analysis of its kind, USA TODAY Network reporters examined salaries and housing costs for teachers all over Florida. In nearly every corner of the state, teachers spend more than a third of their monthly income on housing costs. Rising housing costs in population centers have made it nearly impossible for teachers to live where they work. "No room for error"The demand for affordable housing in Florida has never been stronger, and supply is low. Even looking at median pay, only 22 districts told USA TODAY they pay at or above that amount.ocala.com
126 days with feels like temps of 105? Florida's heading that way
Climate change: Study says if we don't make changes, the heat will be 'above and beyond what Floridians are used to today.' A pint-size heat wave last month smothered South Florida with temperatures that felt like 108 degrees, triggering rare heat advisories for Palm Beach County as humidity levels skyrocketed. By the end of the century, Palm Beach County could feel as many as 126 of those days if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to a study released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Scott Lewis, who owns a West Palm Beach-based landscaping company, said hot days are a double-edge sword for his industry. Were looking at preventative and adaptive strategies when we talk about mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, said Megan Houston, Palm Beach Countys director of resilience.dailycommercial.com
Report: Heat index on the rise in Florida
'If you look at the averages nationwide, Florida as a whole will have the highest number of days with heat indexes above 105 by late century if we do nothing.' Collier County, which includes Naples, and Monroe County, where the unique chain of Florida Keys stretches to the southernmost point in the U.S., could feel nearly three months each year of 105 heat index days under global warmings best case scenario. Florida climatologist David Zierden, who reviewed the report, called it useful and said the science is sound. The heat index is a combination of the temperature and dew point temperature a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air. One issue not covered in the report is the warmer overnight temperatures that are increasing in Florida.ocala.com
Storms slam Midwest, tornadoes bombard millions
A huge weather system is slamming the Midwest with heavy rains and strong winds, and it’s moving toward the East. A line of powerful storms is churning near the Great Lakes. At least 10 tornadoes have been reported. Rain and wind pummeled parts of Iowa overnight. Adriana Diaz is in Monroe County, Iowa, where homes have been damaged.cbsnews.com