N Florida warned to watch for heavy rains, floods
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A storm system is expected to bring heavy rains and significant flooding risks to northern Florida.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management reports that up to 5 inches of rain is forecast Saturday morning from Tampa northward. A flood watch is in effect for the Panhandle, the Big Bend area and northeast Florida. Gusty winds and hail also are possible.
River flood warnings have been issued for 11 rivers that flow through more than 20 counties.
Florida emergency management chief Bryan Koon warns drivers to turn around if they encounter flooded roadways.
Father charged with murder in son's stabbing
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a South Florida father is facing murder charges in the stabbing death of his adult son during an argument over the mother's stabbing years earlier.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said Friday that 63-year-old Joseph Horace Troutman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 40-year-old Tyrone Troutman. The older man was hospitalized with a hand injury. It wasn't clear if he had hired an attorney.
Deputies say the two were arguing late Thursday about Joseph Troutman's stabbing of Tyrone Troutman's mother several years earlier. Joseph Troutman allegedly grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed his son in the back. Tyrone Troutman ran to a neighbor's house but collapsed and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Joseph Troutman told deputies he was acting in self-defense.
SpaceX launches supplies to space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station.
A SpaceX rocket blasted off Friday with 2½ tons of cargo, more than a month late. Storms cleared out at Cape Canaveral just in time for the mid-afternoon launch.
The California company's Dragon supply ship will reach the orbiting lab Sunday - Easter morning. That pushes urgent spacewalking repairs to Wednesday.
Two U.S. astronauts will attempt to replace an external backup computer that failed last Friday. The primary computer still works fine, but NASA wants a reliable spare. A double failure would seriously compromise critical space station systems and hinder visits by the Dragon and other vessels.
BLUE ANGELS INVESTIGATION
Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy says a California-based officer has been relieved of duty because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team.
Navy officials said Friday that Capt. Gregory McWherter has been removed from his post as executive officer of Coronado Naval Base, where he had served since November.
An investigation continues into recent allegations of an "inappropriate command climate" at the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
The allegations refer specifically to the period when McWherter served as Blue Angels commanding officer, from November 2008 to November 2010 and again from May 2011 to November 2012.
He has been temporarily reassigned to Naval Air Forces in San Diego. A call seeking comment from McWherter was not immediately returned.
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