1) DeJesus pre-trial hearing today
There will be a pre-trial hearing today for Timoteo DeJesus, the Plant City man charged in a hit and run crash in January that killed 16-year-old Brandon Michael Sullivan and left 15-year-old Erick Gonzalez with serious injuries.
Police say the teens were walking to a convenience store at the time of the crash on January 22. DeJesus was arrested the following day outside his place of employment, after a Plant City Police K-9 found him hiding in a pile of debris.
DeJesus was charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury, and driving without a driver license resulting in death.
He also goes by the alias Gabriel DeJesus Hernandez, and faces additional charges stemming from an unrelated domestic battery case.
2) 9/11 memorial ceremony in Palm Harbor
As the country remembers 9/11 today, the city of Palm Harbor will hold a special memorial ceremony at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens this morning.
Part of that memorial includes a steel beam acquired through the New York Port Authority. The memorial will be unveiled at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at:
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens
1750 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
The public is invited to attend, and guest speakers will include media personality Jack Harris as the Master of Ceremonies, FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Gala Jr. and Chief of Personnel and Florida State Fire Marshal, Julius Halas.
There will be additional appearances by the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Honor Guard Presentation of Colors, Pinellas County Pipes and Drums Band, the United States Coast Guard Fly Over and National Anthem will be sung by the Ozona Elementary School Choir.
3) Bob Woodward releases book on Obama
A new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward is out today. "The Price of Politics" focuses on President Obama and his handling of the economy.
The book highlights issues between Republicans and Democrats.. and the White House's efforts to tame the deficit problem over the last two years.
The New York Times says the book "chronicles the descent of Barack Obama's Washington into partisan trench warfare and mines the minutiae of the largely failed negotiations between House Republicans and the White House." The Times says Woodward's book highlights problems that are well known in Washington, but manages to get to the details from the president, House Speaker John Boehner, and people in their inner circles.
To find out more about "The Price of Politics," you can visit bobwoodward.com.
4) Mickey's "Not-So-Scary" Halloween Party begins at Disney's Magic Kingdom
There may be almost two months to go until Halloween, but one famous mouse is already starting the celebration.
Mickey's "Not-So-Scary" Halloween Party begins tonight at Disney's Magic Kingdom, where guests of all ages can dress up and go trick-or-treating through the park.
In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, the event is filled with special entertainment, including:
- Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade-including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
- Happy HalloWishes-a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
- Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
- Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.
The tone of the event is, well, "not-so-scary", and is appropriate for children of all ages.
The party will be held on select nights from September 11 through November 2.
For more information, you can go to Disney's web site for the event.
5) Hernando County water service interruption
If you live in the Pine Island area near Spring Hill, the Hernando County Utilities Department has an important announcement for you this morning.
There will be a water service interruption affecting those in the area of Pine Island Drive from 9 to 11 a.m.
The county will be doing repairs on the lines during that time. It's recommended that you turn off appliances that automatically draw water such as ice-makers, water heaters, heat pumps, and irrigation systems to prevent any potential damage to your equipment during the time the water is off. The county also recommends that you reserve a supply of water for use during this period.
You may want to allow faucets to run for a few minutes after water is restored to clear any sediment from the system.
If you have any questions, you can call Hernando County Community Relations at (352) 754-4490.
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