JUDGE: PULSE GUNMAN’S WIFE WILL GET MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION
The federal judge in Noor Salman’s case said Tuesday that she can be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist picked by prosecutors since her defense attorneys plan to introduce evidence related to her mental health. Salman has pleaded not guilty to obstructing the investigation and aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION EMILY HEADS AWAY FROM SOUTHEAST COAST
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon that Emily, after crossing the Florida peninsula on Monday, is now 220 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral. The storm has top sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and is moving to the northeast at 15 mph. The hurricane center says the poorly organized storm is expected to lose tropical characteristics in coming hours as it meets up with another front.
POLICE: FEDERAL AGENT SHOOTS SELF IN FOOT AT FLORIDA AIRPORT
Local news outlets report the shooting happened around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in the passenger lobby. An Orlando police statement says the bag knocked his weapon from its holster. The agent “tried to catch the firearm and inadvertently pulled the trigger.” Police said the agent was going to be flying with a loaded gun. The Orlando Sentinel reports the agent is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
FLORIDA REPORTS 1ST SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED ZIKA CASE IN 2017
A Florida Department of Health statement says the Pinellas County resident’s partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus after a recent trip to Cuba. Officials said both patients tested positive for Zika. Zika can cause a mild illness, with fever, rash and joint pain. Infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects.
TEEN STRUCK BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO LATER TURNS SELF IN
Orange City Police Lt. Jason Sampsell tells local news outlets the teen was struck around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Her body was found a short time later, next to a skateboard. A police officer performed CPR, but firefighters pronounced her dead at the scene. Investigators say 30-year-old Walter Gunther called them shortly after police arrived, saying he thought he might have hit an animal.