FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (WESH) — A Florida man is dead after a frightening and bizarre police chase.
Authorities identified a man killed Tuesday night in a confrontation with law enforcement officers as Wayne Dorcey, 49, of Leesburg.
Dorsey is accused of driving his truck into a Fruitland Park gas station several times, attempting to carjack an occupied vehicle and attacking a deputy in chest-deep water with an oar.
Bob Hannon said he saw Dorsey driving into a fence around 6 p.m. Tuesday. He approached to see why.
“He had his left hand on the steering wheel and he was going like this to me,” said Hannon, wagging his finger. “I was trying to get him safe somewhere.”
He said Dorsey then drove into his car, wrecking it and sending him to the hospital in what Hannon called a “crazy, scary” scene.
“Really glad I had my seat belt on because he hit me really hard and I was very dizzy,” said Hannon. “If I had gotten out of the car I truly believe I would not be here.”
Dorsey then drove to a nearby Citgo gas station and rammed into the store three times.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person has died in a roll-over accident in east Wichita. The crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday on the K-96 Highway ramp to eastbound Kellogg.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said at the scene the victim is a 33-year-old Wichita woman. She was driving a Ford SUV when it left the roadway, overturned and was ejected. Troopers say her identity will be provided later Friday after her family is notified.
The Patrol has re-opened eastbound Kellogg to through traffic.
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Former Ohio Senator and Astronaut John Glenn has died at the age of 95, according to a statement from Ohio State President Michael Drake.
A source close to the Glenn family confirms that Glenn, 95, had been hospitalized since late last week and that he was gravely ill. His family had been with him since that time.
Glenn was born in New Concord, Ohio, on July 18, 1921. He started his life as a small-town Midwestern boy, and his beloved wife, Annie, was at his side for all of it.
Their parents were best friends, and the pair met in a playpen as infants.
Glenn said there was never a time when he did not love Annie, and years later when World War II delayed their wedding, he told her he was just stepping out for a pack of gum.
“You know, I don’t know how that popped into my mind. When I was leaving, and it was a pretty sad time of course, I told Annie, ‘Don’t worry about it. I’m just going to run down and get a pack of gum, and I’ll be back shortly.’ Every time I had to leave to do something then after that, whether it was in the Korean War or later on or in the astronaut program, it got to be regular. It sounds rather funny and peculiar,” Glenn said.
Glenn said he eventually brought Annie that pack of gum, and said, “I think to this day, she carries a little gum wrapper in her wallet.”
Glenn willingly went into battle, enlisting within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor, without hesitation.
“No, there wasn’t, and I think back on it now, [it] the last war that the United States had where the people of this country were really united. I mean, like 98, 99 percent of the people wanted to do what we were doing and were willing to support us,” Glenn said.
Glenn flew 59 combat missions in WWII and 67 in the Korean War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six separate equations.
After the wars, he became a fearless test pilot, setting the supersonic transcontinental record of three hours, 23 minutes and 8.4 seconds.
Then came the space program.
“Early in life, there was no such word as astronaut. Nobody knew there was such a word,” he said.
Few could picture the strapping 6 foot 3 inch tall Glenn folding himself into a tiny compartment in a 9 foot capsule.
“It was very important to the country at that time, and when you look back on it, I think people forget what the importance was, so much of the astronaut program back in those days. We were in the depths of the cold war with the Soviets at that time. And the Soviets were claiming technical superiority and research superiority to the United States,” Glenn said.Astronaut John Glenn relaxes aboard the USS Noa after being recovered from the Atlantic near Grand Turk Island after his historic Mercury flight. (NASA). Click photo for gallery.
Neither Glenn nor NASA knew the true dangers of orbital flight. In fact, there was an eye chart inside the capsule because some doctors believed with sustained weightlessness he could go blind.
“You knew what the dangers were but the advantages of going were, like going on a combat mission you’re representing your country. There were some dangers, well, you accepted that. People often ask, ‘Were you afraid?’ Not afraid at the point where you would let it interfere with what you were doing,” Glenn said.
Glenn, and America’s six other space pioneers set about the job of launching the world’s leading space program.
“I thought Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right Stuff, had a lot of points. There was a thread that ran through that of some of the things that we were doing back then as test pilots and as astronauts that rang true. It was very good. But when Hollywood got ahold of that, they sort of took Hollywood license with a lot of things, and the seven of us didn’t care for the movie at all,” Glenn said.
Years after his famous orbit around the world, Glenn learned that President John F. Kennedy told NASA not to send him back into space. Kennedy didn’t want to risk the life of such an American hero.
But Glenn got his second flight at the age of 77, on the shuttle, when the first American to orbit the earth became the oldest man ever in space.
He also served four terms as a U.S. Senator.
“I had been through two wars when I got to the Senate and I thought nothing could be more horrible than contemplating a nuclear war, and so I was going to join forces with whoever was working on nuclear non-proliferation,” Glenn said.
Glenn was a best friend to Bobby Kennedy, and few people knew it was Glenn who sat on the edge of each Kennedy child’s bed to tell them their father was dead.
“It was one of the hardest things I ever did,” Glenn said.
In May 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Glenn the nation’s Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of service to his country.
But Glenn still had work to do.
“You know, I’ll leave legacies up to somebody else…I think I invented another word the other day. I said that instead of legacy, I like to think of it as a live-acy,” Glenn said. “I think you keep going every day. Not by what your calendar tells you, but by the way you feel, and that’s sort of the way we’ve tried to run our lives.”
AMERICUS, Ga. (MEDIA GENERAL) — The two officers shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Americus, Georgia, on Wednesday grew up together.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said Thursday that his department’s officer, Nicholas Smarr, went to high school and later the police academy with Georgia Southwestern State University Police Officer Jody Smith and the two were “very good friends.”Officer Jody Smith, left, and Officer Nicholas Smarr (Facebook/Chesley Smarr)
He said Officer Smith responded to the call at an apartment complex near the university to “back up his friend.”
Both men were shot. Smarr died and Smith suffered critical injuries.
“When Jody heard the call, and he knew that Nick was on his way, even though we already had two Americus police officers [responding] as backup… [Jody] heard that call over the radio and he took it upon himself to respond and back up his friend,” Chief Scott said.
He said he was unsure if Smith knew about the death of his friend.
“I can’t say enough about them,” Scott continued. “They are model officers. They’re both heroes in my opinion. They were there together. They were there together through it and even after the shooting, they were there together throughout the whole ordeal.”
Georgia Southwestern State Police Chief Mike Tracy called Smith a “fine and intelligent young man” who is scheduled to get married in the spring.
“My heart goes out to their families,” Chief Scott concluded. “Our job now is to support them in any way that we can and to make sure that Nick is honored in the days to come and that his family is taken care of.”
Officer Smarr had served with the Americus Police Department for one year.
The suspect in the shooting, 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, was found dead inside a home Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.2 officers shot in Americus, Georgia Minquell Kennedy Lembrick (Albany Police Department via Facebook) Minquell Kennedy Lembrick (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Officer Jody Smith, left, and Officer Nicholas Smarr (Facebook/Chesley Smarr) Nick Smarr, left, and Jody Smith (Facebook) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL) Two police officers were shot in Americus, Georgia, on Dec. 7 2016. (WRBL)