Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport has reopened after a lockdown Thursday morning, police say.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 7:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: The airport has reopened, Melbourne police tweeted just before 7 a.m. EDT Thursday. Travelers should check with their air carriers to see whether their flight was delayed, police said.
Original report: Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport is closed due to police activity, officials said Thursday morning.
All flights have been suspended, officials said.
Police are asking people to avoid the area.
The airport will be closed until further notice, police said.
Melbourne officials said that a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance.
The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said.
The student was apprehended by airport police.
The airport is being secured, and the student’s car that is parked outside the terminal is being investigated.
The student’s name has not been released.
– Visit WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.
Thursday is National Pepperoni Pizza day, according to the folks who decide what “national day” it is, and that’s a good thing.
It’s a good thing because you can score a deal on the most popular type of pizza sold in the United States. More than one-third of all pizza orders include pepperoni as a topping, and we eat around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni every year, according to the National Association of Pizza Operators.
If you are craving a slice today, here are a few deals you may want to consider.
(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)
Domino’s: Get a large two-topping carryout pizza for $5.99 each through Sunday.
Papa John's: Use PAPATRACK and get 25 percent off a regular-priced pepperoni (or any other type) pizza.
Papa Murphy's: You can get a free Signature Pepperoni Pizza using the promo code FREEPEP. You must order another pizza online to get the free pepperoni pizza deal.
Pizza Hut: Buy any large pizza Thursday and get one medium pepperoni pizza for $1 if you use the promo code PEPPERONI2018.
PT’s Taverns: Get a classic pepperoni flatbread for $8 on Thursday.
Round Table Pizza: Get 20 percent off a large or extra-large pepperoni pizza when you use the code PEPP. The offer runs through Tuesday.
Urban Bricks: Get an Urban Classic Pepperoni Pizza for $4 on Thursday.
YNot Italian: Get 20 percent off any pizza to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Mention the code NPPE18 when ordering.
Smithsonian magazine would like you to be their guest at a museum this weekend.
Museum Day is an annual “celebration of boundless curiosity,” according to Smithsonian.com. The organization will provide free admission for two people at nearly 1,500 museums across the country on Saturday, Sept. 22.
For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day, click here.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 3:53 a.m. EDT: According to WCAU, authorities found Bruce Rogal, 59, of Glenmoore, dead early Thursday after his car crashed in the West Bradford Township neighborhood where his ex-wife lived.
Authorities have not said what caused his death.
Original report: The manhunt has ended for a Pennsylvania man who authorities believe killed both of his parents at a retirement community Wednesday evening after shooting at his ex-wife in her driveway, multiple media outlets are reporting.
Accoroding to WPVI-TV, Rogal drove by his ex-wife's West Bradford Township home about 5:45 p.m. while she was changing her car's oil and opened fire, hitting several houses but missing her, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Wednesday night.
He then drove to the Bellingham Senior Living Center in East Goshen Township, where he shot and killed his parents, William and Nancy, about 6:15 p.m., Hogan said. He reportedly fled the scene.
Earlier Wednesday, Rogal had learned that his divorce was official.
"He received an order making his divorce final and awarding the home to his now ex-wife," Hogan said, according to KYW-TV. "That appears to be what set him off."
We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that.
The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.”
"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," the band said in a statement.
KISS hasn’t yet announced dates for this final run, but will update fans in the next few weeks on www.kissonline.com.
In 2000-01, KISS embarked on “The Farewell Tour,” which, in fairness, turned out to be the final tour with the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. But the band returned in 2003 for a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith and has remained steady road warriors.
The band’s current members are Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Andre Davis said he was working at Captain D's in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a 17-year-old girl ran inside.
Police said 25-year-old Patrick McManus has been arrested after he reportedly forced the teenage girl into his car and assaulted her.
McManus is charged with kidnapping and human trafficking.
“He was following her, and my manager told him, ‘No, you're not allowed in the girls’ bathroom,’” Davis said. “Everybody was panicking. They didn't know if he had a gun. Like, it was crazy in here."
Police said they were called to a motel on Reagan Drive around 4:50 p.m. Friday for a report of a 17-year-old who had been assaulted and kidnapped. Officers said the victim and suspect left before they arrived.
Officers were then called to the Captain D’s around 5:38 p.m. The 911 caller said a woman who had been kidnapped was inside the restaurant.
Police said officers located the victim and McManus, who was arrested on the scene.
"The manager grabbed cleaning supplies to act like she was cleaning the bathroom the whole time when I was on the phone with police," Davis said.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit was brought in to investigate and found the 17-year-old victim had known McManus for less than a week.
Police said the girl told them she was staying at the nearby Royal Inn, where McManus was also staying.
Court documents show the teen said McManus told her he loved her, but he was physically abusive and forced her into prostitution so he could buy drugs.
“That's crazy,” Davis said. "At a young age, that's real, that's real bad."
The girl told detectives that McManus demanded she work as a prostitute to earn him money. She said when she refused, he threatened and assaulted her.
She told police she lied to McManus and tried to hide, but he found her, choked her and forced her into his car while he was holding a Taser.
The victim was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
"Nobody would want that to happen to their kid,” Davis said.
Detectives said the teen put up a fight for more than 2 miles and attempted to jump out of the moving car.
"About a minute after I got off the phone, the police (were) here,” Davis said.
Police said McManus was being taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail after his interview when he was able to move his handcuffed hands to the front of his body and assault the officer who was driving.
Police said he spit on two officers that responded and kicked the patrol car door.
McManus was eventually restrained. Police said McManus had minor injuries after the incident and was taken to Novant Health for evaluation.
McManus is charged with kidnapping, human trafficking, assault on a female, assault by strangulation, assault on a government official, damage to property, two counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner, resisting and promoting prostitution. He is in jail on a $120,000 bond.
Police are asking anyone who has information about this case or suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
A man accused of strangling his wife opened fire Wednesday at the magistrate’s office in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, injuring four people before police shot and killed him.
Patrick Shawn Dowdell, 61, faced felony charges in an August incident in which his wife said he wrapped a belt around her neck until she couldn’t breathe.
Dowdell was scheduled to appear before District Judge Daniel Shimshock on Wednesday afternoon in Masontown when he began shooting a handgun at a woman outside the magistrate’s office.
Witnesses said the woman, whom authorities did not identify, fled into the East Church Avenue office as Dowdell shot at her.
"As soon as I looked down the hallway and seen that woman running and the glass shattering behind her with the bullets coming through the glass, I grabbed my mom's wrist and we went to the floor,” said Todd Endsley.
As dozens of people waiting for court scattered to seek cover, Dowdell entered the office and followed the woman down a hallway, still shooting. One witness said Dowdell entered the courtroom in the middle of a hearing and pointed his gun directly at one person or more before leaving, witnesses said.
"For me, the most terrifying thing was that the shooter came in, swept the room with the gun, pointed it at me and then just walked out," said attorney Eric Randolph.
However, state police Lt. Steve Dowlin said Dowdell stayed in the municipal building's main area and did not enter a courtroom.
Dowdell headed back toward the lobby, where he exchanged gunfire with responding police officers, including German Township Police Chief Dave Hromada.
"You could tell when police started firing," said Alan Brown, who was in the lobby. "There was a lot more gunfire at that point."
Dowdell left the lobby and encountered at least one more officer outside, who fired several shots at Dowdell, killing him. Officials have not identified that German Township police officer.
Masontown Sgt. R. Scott Miller suffered a gunshot wound, and two other men and a woman also were injured. Witnesses said the woman was Dowdell’s target, and she suffered a gunshot wound to her arm.
Endsley said he used his belt as a tourniquet for her injury.
"For that whole time, I sat there and held her arm up and was talking to her,” he said. “She needed help and I helped."
All the victims, including Miller, are expected to recover.
"It's unfortunate that someone lost their life, but I'm proud of my officers, and everyone did what they were trained to do," Hromada said at a news conference.
Nearby schools were placed on lockdown immediately following the shooting, but officials said the moves were precautionary and staff and children were never in danger.
Update 10:30 p.m. EDT Sept 19: The suspect in the murder of Iowa State golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena is jailed on a $5 million bond, according to the Des Moines Register.
Collin Daniel Richards, who is charged with first-degree murder in Arozamena’s death, made a first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, the Register reported.
He’s due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 28.
Investigators said Richards is a homeless man and they believe the murder was a “random act of violence.”
Update 11:29 a.m. EDT Sept. 18: Police have released additional details on the discovery of the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena.
Police said her body was found in a pond with several stab wounds to the head, neck and upper torso, The Des Moines Register reported.
Collin Daniel Richards, who is accused of killing Barquin Arozamena, appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Police said during their investigation, they spoke to a man, identified as D.B., who was leaving the golf course area. Police said D.B. asked police, “What did he do to her?” KCCI reported. Police continued their questioning of D.B., who identified Richards as an acquaintance of his who was staying at a temporary camp near the golf course at the same time D.B. was staying there, KCCI reported.
D.B. told police Richards had told him that he “had an urge to rape and kill a woman” as they walked near the golf course, the Register reported.
As police were at the camp, Richards approached them. Police said Richards had several fresh scratches on his face and he tried to cover a deep cut on his left hand, multiple media outlets reported.
He was there after two other people told police they were planning on driving him to Jefferson, Iowa, and that he was at the campsite to pick up his tent, the Register reported.
At the site, police said they found two pairs of shorts with what they believe are blood stains and a knife, KCCI reported.
During an interview with Richards, police said he told them he had been staying at the home of a man identified as C.J. Police interviewed that man, who said Richards came to his home earlier in the day, covered in blood, sand and water, and appeared disheveled. C. J. said Richards asked if he could bathe, KCCI reported.
C.J. offered to wash Richards’ clothes, KCCI reported. The Register reported Richards left the home with them in a backpack.
A judge set a $5 million cash-only bond after Richards was deemed a flight risk and a threat to the community, KCCI reported. He was told by the judge that he faces life in prison.
Original report: An up-and-coming golfer has been found dead, her body discovered on a golf course in Iowa.
The discovery of Barquin Arozamena’s body came after golfers found a golf bag on the course earlier that morning, but no one was around it, ABC News reported.
Police said Barquin Arozamena was found “some distance away” and had been assaulted, KCCI reported.
But police did not say exactly how she died, KCCI reported.
Police arrested Collin Richards Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder in connection to her death, ABC News reported.
She was a senior at Iowa State and was from Puente San Miguel, Spain, according to her Iowa State biography.
She will be honored at Saturday’s Iowa State football game. Her funeral arrangements have not been released yet.
Barquin Arozamena had qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open this summer. The Alabama event was a LPGA Tour major. She didn’t advance past the first two rounds, ABC News reported.
A sandstone statue of a sphinx was discovered in an ancient temple in Aswan, Egypt, as workers were trying to lower the groundwater level, and experts believe it’s more than 2,000 years old.
A sphinx is a mythical creature created by the Egyptians with the head of a human man, the body of a lion and sometimes wings. In Greek mythology, a sphinx had the head of a woman.
The statue likely dates to the Ptolemaic period from 305 BC – 30 BC, according to Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.
The sphinx was found in the Kom Ombo temple near an area where two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V were found two months ago, according to a press release from the Antiquities Council.
Cleopatra was the last Ptolemy to rule Egypt and the most famous of the dynasty, which was actually Greek but ruled both Egypt and Greece at the time.
The director of Aswan Antiquities, Abdel Moneim Saeed, said researchers are searching for more information on the sphinx and that more archaeological studies are planned in the same area.
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