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  • A U.S. Navy destroyer was involved in a collision with a merchant ship Sunday. >> Read more trending news The USS John McCain collided with the 'Alnic MC' at 6:24 a.m. in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Singapore in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet. The USS John McCain sustained damage to its left rear side. Search and rescue efforts are underway, officials said. The ship is named for both McCain Sr. and Jr. who served in the Navy. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
  • The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday at a Daytona Beach motel.   Deputies responded to a 4:26 a.m. call about a person who was shot at the Motel 6 at 2992 W. International Speedway Blvd. A witness said the shooting happened following a confrontation and argument stemming from a traffic incident.   The victim, a 33-year-old man, was riding in a vehicle with two other people when a pair of vehicles cut them off at ISB and Tomoka Farms Road. The vehicles all pulled into the Motel 6 parking lot, where an argument ensued.   The victim's friends said the shooter was part of a group of several males who fled immediately following the shooting. Witness descriptions indicated one was a newer model silver car, possibly a Mazda with Oregon tags, and the other was a blue Infiniti.   Shot once in the left abdomen, the victim's injuries were non-life-threatening. He was conscious, alert and talking before he was transported from the scene to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.   Sheriff's detectives are investigating and no additional details are available at this time.
  • Kissimmee police detective are looking for a person of interest in a shooting incident.     On August 18, 2017, Officers responded to the area of Cypress Street and Palmway Street in Kissimmee, in reference to shots at two Kissimmee Police Officers and they were down. Based on the investigation, Kissimmee police detectives need to speak with Maribel Gonzales King. Maribel is NOT a suspect in this crime. Maribel is known to frequent the McLaren Circle area.   If anyone knows the whereabouts of Maribel Gonzales King or comes in contact with her, please immediately notify the Kissimmee Police Department at 407-846-3333
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Whitten, 33, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Johnson, 25, are charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said Whitten’s 5-year-old son was discovered with severe injuries and living in filth among 15 animals, reports KGTV. >> Watch the news report here The police and fire departments in Murrieta, California, reportedly discovered the boy when they responded to a call for medical aid. The boy was airlifted to a San Diego County hospital, where he currently remains in “grave condition.” The injuries, which police said were caused by Whitten and Johnson, were unspecified beyond this. >> On Rare.us: YouTube parent-pranksters who lost custody of their children are now facing jail time KGTV reported that the home was said to be in “extremely unsanitary” conditions. Animal control removed “11 dogs, four cats and two fish.” “I didn’t even know there was a child who lived in the house,” neighbor Kristine Hendrickson told KCAL. “Did not know. We’ve lived here for 21 years.” >> Read more trending news The boy reportedly hadn’t been seen since Christmas of last year.
  • In an executive order issued Saturday evening, Gov. Rick Scott reassigned the prosecution of the man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers from State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Scott said he removed Ayala from the prosecution of Everett Glenn Miller, 45, because she refuses to seek the death penalty in any case prosecuted by her office. Read: Man charged with first-degree murder in Kissimmee officers shooting deaths Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle at about 9:30 p.m. Friday at Palmway and East Cypress streets near East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Main Street, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said . Timeline: Shootings of Kissimmee police officers Baxter died of his injuries at the scene. Howard succumbed to his injuries at Osceola Regional Medical Center Saturday. Kissimmee police identified Miller as the suspect in the fatal shooting of the two police officers. Read: Police: 2 Kissimmee police officers fatally shot As with the other potentially capital cases from which the governor removed Ayala, Scott reassigned the case to state attorney Brad King. Read: Rick Scott’s, Aramis Ayala’s arguments over death penalty heard in Supreme Court This marks the 25th case the governor has removed Ayala from as part of an ongoing feud between the two after Ayala said in March that she would not consider the death penalty in any prosecution by her office. The governor's office issued the following release regarding the executive order: Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-222 reassigning the case of Everette Glenn Miller from State Attorney Aramis Ayala to State Attorney Brad King. Everette Glenn Miller is accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers – Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard. In March, State Attorney Ayala unilaterally decided to not seek the death penalty in any case prosecuted by her office. As Governor, Governor Scott has sole authority in Florida to reassign cases when he determines that the reassignment will serve in the interest of justice. Governor Rick Scott said, “Last night’s violence against our law enforcement community is reprehensible and has no place in our state. In Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence and those who attack our law enforcement. Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve.” Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “Two Florida police officers were brutally murdered and the victims’ families deserve a prosecutor who is willing to consider all sentences, including the death penalty - that is why the Governor and I agree the investigation and prosecution of this case must be reassigned.” When asked for comment about being reassigned, Ayala told Channel 9 that her condolences are with the families of the fallen officers. 'My reaction right now is strictly to the victims. That's it and we'll deal with the rest of it as it comes but again I focus and I think that community should be focused on the victims,' said Ayala. Scott's power to strip Ayala of murder cases because she won't seek the death penalty was tested before the state Supreme Court in June. Ayala's lawyer asked the court to block Scott from assigning her then-24 murder cases to a neighboring prosecutor. Read: Bondi files motion supporting Scott’s claims against Ayala Read: Governor changed his view on meddling in cases, Ayala says Justices heard arguments in the dispute that began in March when Channel 9 broke that Ayala wouldn't seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd -- who is charged with the fatal shooting of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton -- or any other death case. Scott said he reassigned the cases to State Attorney Brad King because Ayala wasn't following Florida law. Ayala argues that Scott doesn't have the right to take the cases from her because she's independently elected. Read: Ayala says Scott violated constitution by removing her from death penalty cases Read: Officials: Rep. Bob Cortes receives threat over Ayala stance Ayala sued Scott, claiming that he abused his authority by reassigning the cases. Justices scrutinized her attorney's arguments. 'Your honor, respectfully, there is nothing in Florida law that requires State Attorney Ayala to seek the death penalty,' Roy Austin, Ayala's attorney, said during the hearing. Hear Ayala's attorney's reaction to the hearing below: 'This is not a question about seeking the death penalty,' Justice R. Fred Lewis said. 'This is a question of following the statute and applying the death penalty. You may end up with a death penalty and others not.' Austin said that Ayala had the authority to prosecute cases however she pleased. Read: 9 Investigates: Emails show months of collaboration between Ayala, anti-death penalty groups Supreme Court is in recess. Wow. It was a lot to take in. Justices pulled no punches. Waiting to talk to all parties. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/atoeneD1Sb — Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) June 28, 2017 Read: Ayala calls budget cuts to office ‘political posturing' He likened her decision to not seek the death penalty to other expensive cases in which prosecution is left up to a prosecutor's discretion, like fraudulent checks or small amounts of marijuana possession. Austin said a win for Scott would be unprecedented because the state's highest office would have unfettered abilities to meddle with an independent justice system. Read: 9 Investigates: Florida taxpayers foot bill for State Attorney Ayala's fight against death penalty Watch the full hearing below: The court will have to balance a desire to ensure that justice for murder suspects is consistent statewide with the need of keeping the governor in check. The Associated Press contributed to this story. % INLINE %