Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Top 5 at noon: Hurricane Florence’s track shifts south; Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves out for season with shoulder injury; and more

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DEFENDANT’S MOTHER: DOCTOR DEEMS MENTALLY ILL MAN UNFIT FOR TRIAL IN DEATH OF NEW TAMPA FATHER

A doctor has determined that the man accused of running down and killing a New Tampa father is unfit to stand trial, according to the defendant’s mother. A psychologist completed an examination this week of Mikese Morse and declared that he is too mentally ill to participate in court proceedings, Khadeeja Morse said. "This comes as absolutely no surprise to us since Mikese’s severe mental illness is the most obvious thing about this case," she said. Morse’s next court hearing is set for Thursday morning. It will be up to a judge to officially deem him incompetent.

HURRICANE FLORENCE’S TRACK SHIFTS SOUTH; CAROLINAS BRACE FOR ‘MONSTER’ CATEGORY 4

Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 140 mph winds and drenching rain that could last for days — but with a shifting track that could more severely impact a wider range of coastline and interior areas of the Carolinas. While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren’t taking any chances.

BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH VIDEO VOYEURISM

A Bloomingdale High School teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with video voyeurism after after he admitted to placing two camera phones in a changing room to secretly record students getting undressed, records show. Fashion design teacher Mark Ackett, 49, of Plant City, told deputies he placed the two cameras in an area of a classroom designated for students to get changed for a class assignment, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. A 17-year-old female student told investigators she found the cameras on Tuesday while she was getting changed, the report says.

VERNON HARGREAVES’ SHOULDER INJURY WILL END HIS SEASON

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has played his first and last game for the Bucs this season. After undergoing an examination Wednesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, it was determined that Hargreaves suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Bucs’ 48-40 win Sunday at New Orleans. He will be placed on injured reserve by the Bucs later today. It’s a crushing blow for the Bucs and Hargreaves, the former Florida Gators and Wharton High School star whose career has been derailed by injury.

BUSCH GARDENS REVEALS PLANS FOR FLORIDA’S TALLEST LAUNCH ROLLER COASTER

Busch Gardens will open Florida’s tallest launch coaster in spring 2019, company officials announced today. The triple-launch, tiger-themed roller coaster called Tigris will hurl riders 150 feet into the sky, turn them upside down and swirl through curves at 60 miles per hour. It will also move backward. Busch Gardens president Stewart Clark also revealed that a "big attraction" is coming in 2020 in the space currently occupied by the closed wooden roller coaster Gwazi.

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