Day: October 11, 2021

Brevard County woman in motorcycle shootout dies; suspects charges upgraded

The motorcycle suspect who shot a biker of a different club Friday on I-4 near U.S. 27 had his charges updated after the Brevard County woman who rode as a passenger on his motorcycle died later that day.

Ronald Donovan, 38, of Cocoa now faces a second-degree felony murder charge, an attempted first-degree murder charge, a charge for possession of a firearm by convicted felon, a tampering with evidence charge, two counts of resisting with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer after a shootout between him and an Osceola County biker.

In other news:Polk County school district details plans for $202M in relief funds

10 years of Legoland:How the theme park helped save the Polk tourism industry

The shootout happened shortly after midnight when, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the two groups neared U.S. 27 and members of the Thug Riders Motorcycle Club passed members

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California moves toward ban on gas lawn mowers and leaf blowers

Sprinklers water the front lawn of a house on Zelzah Avenue in Encino.

Sprinklers water the front lawn of a house in Encino. A new California law will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday.

The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission — essentially to be battery operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determined it is feasible. New portable gas-powered generators also must be zero-emissions by 2028, which also could be delayed at the discretion of the state agency.

Machinery with so-called small off-road engines also includes chain

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