ORLANDO, Florida. – Today is Friday, August 19, and this is the latest edition of Your Florida Daily.

Man with machete shot dead by deputies

A man who broke into a landlord’s apartment was fatally shot by law enforcement after severing a deputy’s hand with a machete, the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office said.

The Fruitland area owner told 911 dispatchers he awoke with the suspect using a baseball bat to sharpen a large machete. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect walked up to the responding deputies and chopped off a deputy’s hand with the machete.

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The unidentified suspect was shot and died at the scene.

The MP suffered serious hand injuries and was sent to hospital for emergency surgery.

I messed up ‘really bad’

A text message from a group of lawyers leads to a mistrial in a South Florida murder case.

According to a report by the South Florida SunSentinel, the prosecutor complained about the judge’s refusal to allow a 911 call against Corey Gorden, accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in 2015.

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Assistant District Attorney Katya Palmiotto sent the text to a group chat featuring current and former prosecutors, including the judge.

Defense attorney Michael Gottlieb filed for a mistrial on Wednesday, saying in a summary that the 15-year-old veteran prosecutor was overheard saying she screwed up “really bad.”

The judge was furious and declared a mistrial.

The calm before the storm?

We’re heading into the peak of Atlantic hurricane season, but so far the tropics have been eerily calm.

In 2022, we only had three named storms and no hurricanes. Even with active seasons in recent history, researchers say they’ve seen a decrease in storms since 1900.

A study published this summer by leading climatologists found that the Earth’s warming actually results in fewer tropical systems.

Although climate change may spawn fewer storms, researchers say storms that do form have a higher chance of becoming major destructive hurricanes.

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A completely random fact in Florida

Here’s a connection between Florida and one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.

Amelia Earhart set off on her second attempt to fly around the world from Miami Municipal Airport in 1937. It was the last time she was seen on American soil.

An elementary school in Hialeah is named in his honor.

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About the Author:
Katrina Scales

Katrina Scales joined News 6 as a television producer in June 2021.