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    SEOUL, South Korea - It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom. His dark olive-green jeep speeds down a straight, tree-lined road, past drab, barren fields and, headlights shining, across the replacement for the Bridge of No Return, which was used for prisoner exchanges during the Korean War. The shock of soldiers watching the jeep rush by is palpable from the video released Wednesday, and no wonder: They're beginning to realize that one of their comrades is defecting to the South. They sprint after him. The jeep slows and turns at a monument to North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, the staging point for North Korean tours of the area. The border is near, South Korea just beyond it. (App users can see video here) ___ Four North Korean soldiers, weapons in their hands, race by the blue huts that straddle the line and are familiar to anyone who has toured the only spot on the border where North and South Korean soldiers face off within spitting distance of each other. There are no tourists this day. Right at the line that divides North from South, the defector crashes the jeep into a ditch. Seconds pass as he tries in vain to gun the vehicle out of the gully before leaping out and sprinting into the South. He kicks up leaves, ducking below a tree branch just as the North Korean soldiers skid into view. Muzzles flash. The North Korean soldiers, one of whom drops flat into the leaves, fire at the defector at close range with handguns and AK-47 assault rifles — about 40 rounds, the South says. Suddenly, two of the North Koreans run away while the soldier in the leaves jumps up and dashes across the dividing line into South Korean territory before stopping, turning on his heels and sprinting back to the northern side after his comrades. The defector falls stretched out and unmoving in a pile of leaves against a small wall on the South Korean side. The entire sequence, from the first appearance of the jeep to the soldier's frenzied crossing, lasts four minutes. It unfolded Nov. 13 in the Joint Security Area, which is overseen by both the American-led U.N. Command and North Korea and lies inside the 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) -wide Demilitarized Zone that has been the de facto border between the Koreas since the war. Forty minutes later, the video has switched to infrared to show the heat signatures of two South Korean soldiers as they crawl on their hands and knees, using a wall as cover, toward the prone defector. They grab hold of the defector and drag him to safety. Not far away, heavily armed North Korean troops begin to gather near the Kim Il Sung monument. For the moment, the border is quiet again. ___ Surprisingly, North and South Korean soldiers didn't exchange fire during the shooting, the first in the area in more than three decades. The bullets went in only one direction. The defection, subsequent surgeries and slow recovery of the soldier have riveted South Korea. But his escape is a huge embarrassment for the North, which claims all defections are the result of rival Seoul kidnapping or enticing North Koreans. Pyongyang has said nothing about the defection so far. North Korea's actions during the defector's escape at the Panmunjom border village violated the armistice agreement ending the Korean War because North Korean soldiers fired across and physically crossed the border in pursuit of the soldier, U.S. Col. Chad Carroll, a spokesman for the U.N. command, told reporters in a live TV briefing Wednesday. A U.N. Command statement said a meeting had been requested with the North's military to discuss the violations. After undergoing two surgeries last week to repair internal organ damage and other injuries, the soldier has now regained consciousness and is no longer relying on a breathing machine, according to hospital official Shin Mi-jeong. While his condition is improving, doctors plan to keep him at an intensive care unit for at least several more days to guard against possible infection. While treating the wounds, surgeons removed dozens of parasites from the soldier's ruptured small intestine, including presumed roundworms that were as long as 27 centimeters (10.6 inches), which may reflect poor nutrition and health in North Korea's military. The soldier is 1.7 meters (5 feet, 7 inches) tall but weighs just 60 kilograms (132 pounds). About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly across the porous border with China, since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Now add one more to that tally — a man in uniform, fleeing gunfire toward a new life one overcast afternoon across the world's most uneasy border. ___ AP writers Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung contributed to this report.
  • The widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger earlier this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on 'Good Morning America,' saying she was 'very angry' about President Donald Trump's condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to 'remember my husband's name.' ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke to Myeshia Johnson, who criticized Trump's handling of the phone call that started a firestorm of controversy. (More from ABC News) (App users can see video here) 
  • Well this is awkward. A New Jersey family took their 15-year-old miniature pinscher to be euthanized back in May, but they just found out Caesar has been living with a veterinary worker for the last five months. The couple says the dog was suffering from a long-term illness and poor quality of life when they brought him to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital to be put down. A police investigation reveals Dr. George Menez, who recently sold the veterinary practice, allowed the technician to take the dog home. The dog was returned to his original owners, who spent some time with him before he was finally euthanized. The investigation is ongoing and could lead to theft and animal cruelty charges. 
  • Spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, and talk radio host, Dana Loesch has abruptly moved her family out of her Texas home after receiving a series of violent threats to their safety.  Dana revealed the troubling information in a series of tweets Sunday.  Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton ... an ardent gun control advocate ... tweeted in support of Dana. 
  • The trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago's Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen. It featured new and familiar characters from the Star Wars universe. The clip opens with voiceover from the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke saying, 'When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power — and beyond that, something truly special.' Then Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown wielding her light saber and questioning her destiny as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) observes, 'I've seen this raw strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now.' John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher also appear in the trailer, as does Chewbacca and a new bird-like creature known as a Porg. 'The Last Jedi' is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise since the Disney reboot that began with 2015's 'The Force Awakens.' It's set to hit theaters Dec. 15. (App users can see video here)
  • What was once America’s “favorite sport” is no longer and many fans and analysts alike credit the drop to the continuing and renewed protests and boycotts by a handful of players.  From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport. (Washington Examiner) Townhall.com: This is now the second major poll in recent weeks to show the NFL is losing fans en masse, disgusted with acts of perceived disrespect towards the flag and the country.  On September 28, Townhall reported on a Politico/Morning Consult poll which showed similar results. That poll showed 'The NFL's net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 to 17% on September 28.” As the New York Post notes, 'Jefferies analyst John Janedis drilled down further and estimated a 10 percent ratings drop for the season would cost game-carrying networks — CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC — $200 million in lost operating income.
  • A Wyoming high school offered an apology and investigation after students at Jackson Hole High School were given a multiple choice test in their English class that gave as one option “He was shooting at Trump.”  The Jackson Hole News and Guide quotes an outraged parent who noted how poor the timing was for implying violence against the President of the United States.  The timing couldn't be worse to insinuate violence, McCollum said. Stephen Paddock's Sunday night shooting rampage in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured more than 500.  'The Las Vegas thing still weights on us,' he said. 'We are absolutely devastated. Just like any other American, we are devastated by what happened.' Napoleon has the gun fired for a new occasion. What is the new occasion? He was shooting at Trump  His birthday  For completion of the windmill  To scare off the attackers of Animal Farm In a statement this morning, the district said, 'TCSD #1 administration learned late yesterday that a quiz was administered to a class of high school students that contained an inappropriate answer to a multiple choice question. Administration is investigating this incident and verifying the information we have received. “TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind, regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel.
  • Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the Orlando area Thursday afternoon and the Orlando International Airport is advising anyone using the airport for flights in/out to plan extra time to allow for rolling roadblocks.  Mr. Pence is in Orlando to discuss relief efforts for Puerto Rico, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.  From the airport: It is suggested that passengers and those arriving to pick-up passengers arrive early and allow for more time during the crucial rush hour time period this afternoon.  While every attempt will be made to minimize traffic disruptions, drivers are still cautioned to pack-your-patience when coming to Orlando International this afternoon. The VP will attend two meetings during his visit to Central Florida - one of which at at OIA.  But his second meeting is in Kissimmee, which requires his motorcade to drive through Orlando-area roads and highways. Historically, presidential (and vice presidential) motorcades don’t share roads with other drivers, thus the rolling roadblocks.  While the White House does not reveal exact travel times and routes for security purposes, you get a fair idea of what roads COULD be involved in his travel.  At 7:00 PM, Mr. Pence will deliver remarks at Iglesia de Dios in Kissimmee (Church of God).
  • Join Florida Hospital, WFTV-Channel 9, 107.3 Solo Exitos and News 96.5 WDBO for a community-wide Blessings for Puerto Rico donation relief drive on Sunday, October 8th, at Calvary Orlando Church.  From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the community can drop off any of the items listed below, at the parking lot of Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park.   The requested items include:   Canned Goods   Canned or Powdered Milk   Cookies   Crackers   Rice   Dried Pasta   Bottled Water   Dried Fruits and Nuts   Baby Food   Can Openers   Flashlights & Batteries   Hand Sanitizer   Baby Wipes   Toothpaste & Tooth Brushes   Feminine Hygiene Products   Razors   Reading Glasses   Cleaning Wipes   Diapers   Insect Repellent   OTC Medications (aspirin, allergy medication, vitamins)   Florida Hospital is partnering with the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for this relief effort. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency will distribute the collected items in Puerto Rico.
  •  “Waking up this morning was a bit of a flashback for all of us in Orlando ... it brings us back to a really dark place.”  Those were the words of Barbara Poma, who owns the Pulse nightclub in Orlando which, until this morning, was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.  Poma spoke live to News 96.5 WDBO host Scott Anez as part of our special live team coverage on the shooting massacre that began shortly after 10:00 pm Sunday night on the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip.  Now, Las Vegas, Nevada, is waking up with that dreadful benchmark of death affixed to their tourist destination.  Sheriff Joe Lombardo of LVMPD said at least 58 people were killed and 515 others injured as a result of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas. (App users can hear audio here) For the law enforcement in Las Vegas, Poma offered “I’m sure the loss of life could have been catastrophically worse than it was in Vegas and for that we’re grateful.”  The Pulse nightclub shooting happened on June 12, 2016 in which 49 people died and more than 50 others were injured.  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman asked that anyone who wants to help victims of Sunday's deadly mass shooting donate blood. She praised the quick response Sunday night by law enforcement officers and highlighted that the gunman acted alone during a news conference Monday morning. 'This is a crazed lunatic full of hate... not an extension of what we believe in,' she said. 'This is something that is simply outrageous, uncalled for. ... It's been a hugely traumatic time.
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • An armed man is still at large after robbing and shooting at a Maitland gas station employee.   The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. at the Shell gas station at 500 South Orlando Avenue. The employee was counting money in the back and the man came in and pointed a gun at the clerk.    The worker ran from the store, and the robber fired a shot, but missed the worker, shattering the glass front door.    The suspect was able to get some money and fled the scene with two others, heading north on US 17-92 in a red Nissan Altima, which has a South Carolina license plate.    Police are reviewing surveillance video to gather more information about the incident and the people involved.    Anyone with information is asked to call Maitland police at 407-539-6262 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477)
  • On 11/20/2017 around 9 a.m., the victim, a tourist from Scotland, was walking towards his hotel at 7600 International Drive, when a black male suspect tried to take his bag. The suspect was able to get some money and fled on foot.   The victim stated that the suspect was on the same Lynx bus with him and observed the suspect was with a heavier set black female while on the bus.    The male suspect is believe to be between the ages of 18 to 25, is average built with a short afro, about 6 feet tall with facial hair, and was wearing a black hooded jacket and carrying a red book bag.    The female companion is between the ages of 25 to 30, is heavy set, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and was wearing a gray sweatshirt that reads 'Florida Orlando'.    There is a reward up to a thousand dollars to anyone with any information leading to the identification of the suspect.    If you have any information, you are urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS(8477).
  • Orange County deputies are investigating the circumstances of a shooting that left three people injured Saturday evening.   It happened shortly after 5pm along the 12700 block of East Colonial drive. A woman was transported to the hospital after she was shot, and is expected to survive.    Deputies said the other adult and the child were also injured, but were not taken to the hospital.
  • Orange County deputies are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon that left one person in the hospital.   Around 5pm, deputies responded to a shooting that took place in the 800 area of Willie Mays Parkway. Upon arrival, deputies learned that OPD responded to the Popeyes near Columbia Street where they located the victim with a gunshot wound in the back.    The wounded individual indicated that the incident initially occurred during an argument. The victim was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was reportedly conscious and speaking.    Police have not identified the person who shot or indicated if they are looking for a suspect.
  • First it was Pizzagate. The completely bogus 2016 election conspiracy theory that almost resulted in tragedy at my neighborhood pizza joint, spurred by the ridiculous assertion that supporters of Hillary Clinton were running a child sex ring out of Comet Ping Pong Pizza in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A year later in December of 2017, the conspiracy theorists are back on my doorstep. This time, instead of my family’s favorite pizza parlor, they’re after my long time hobby, convinced that a woman with ties to Fusion GPS got a ham radio license in order to hide communications to help a bid to undermine President Donald Trump’s campaign. The focus is on a woman named Nellie Ohr, who is married to a top Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr. Why she was working with the group Fusion GPS – which was paying a former British intelligence agent to put together the Trump Dossier – is certainly something of note. But the idea that Ohr was using ham radio for secret communications with Steele on the dossier, or items related to the Trump campaign – is somewhat laughable to me and many in the amateur radio community. RT ARmastrangelo: Now we're learning that they were communicating by ham radio. Robert Ohr's wife even applied for a ham radio license so that nobody could monitor them during their Trump investigation, while they prepared the dossier. Real cute. — Ex-GOP Ronin! (@ShawDeuce) December 15, 2017 And just like with Pizzagate, there are no actual facts to back up claims like that one on Twitter about the ham radio link – but that hasn’t stopped it from making the quick jump from social media to talk radio. “Now we find out that Robert Ohr’s wife applied for a ham radio license?” said Rush Limbaugh as he opened his show on December 14, not even three full days after it surfaced on Twitter. “They were communicating by ham radio,” Limbaugh declared with authority, adding that it was an effort to get around monitoring efforts of the National Security Agency, evidently to facilitate contacts by Orr and former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Sigh. Let’s start with this question – could Nellie Orr use ham radio to be in contact with Steele in England, or others on the European continent? Take it from me – a few weeks ago, I was furiously trying to make as many contacts as possible with European ham radio operators – it wouldn’t be easy for someone with a new license like hers. And I could come up with a lot better choices. @jamiedupree Can't quit laughing about this talk of KM4UDZ using her 'ham radio' to write a campaign document. idiots know nothing about subject OR who she was communicating with or which band (& it's limitation) – ridiculous. — Jim Bowman (@W4DFS) December 14, 2017 “It would be one of the least efficient communication methods one could choose,” said David Isgur, the Communication Manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for ham radio in the U.S. As Isgur pointed out to me in an email from ARRL HQ, not only would you need good antennas, and some good knowledge about when signals are the best between the United States and Europe, but Ohr’s license grade is a “Technician,” which is the lowest level license issued by the FCC. Hams who are “Technicians” have the smallest amount of privileges on the various amateur radio frequencies. Most of her frequencies would support very local communication, not even out of state, let alone across the country, or across the ocean  to Europe. And with her license, class, the best way she could communicate with someone in Europe would be in Morse Code – and that’s not easy for a beginner (it isn’t part of the license requirement any longer in the United States). But like Pizzagate, those kind of facts don’t matter to those who want to spread this story. The ham radio angle seems to have originated with a Twitter user who goes by the handle @TruthinGov2016, who found that Nellie Ohr had applied for an amateur radio license, and been granted the call sign KM4UDZ. Why is Nellie Ohr communicating via amateur HAM radio and with who? Here’s her call sign. You can listen in. https://t.co/NEYPPj1dIq pic.twitter.com/TmS2rGLzmm — TruthInGovernment (@TruthinGov2016) December 12, 2017 That tweet on December 11, would quickly gain attention on social media, and end up on talk radio just a few days later. Ham radio operators who have been in touch with me were trying not to laugh too much. “If you wanted to have secret, encrypted communications, why would you even bother getting a ham radio license,” said one amateur radio operator on my Facebook page. As for the idea that Ohr would be using ham radio to get around the National Security Agency, “this is 100% totally, completely, wrong,” said another ham, who noted that the NSA records the entire radio spectrum 24/7/365. “That you think ham radio has anything to do with this is hysterical,” one ham wrote to @TruthinGov2016 about the supposed Chris Steele link. “Absolutely hysterical.” But even with comments like that from people who know the limits of the hobby, it didn’t stop the conspiracy theory from spreading fast over the internet. Nellie Ohr gets a HAM radio license so she can communicate with Steele or MI6 or the Russians or whoever! Tom Clancy couldn't make this stuff up on his best day! — Tom Joad (@blakemankansas) December 12, 2017 I got my ham radio license when I was a freshman in college back in 1981, so I’ve seen a few things in the hobby. If Nellie Ohr were trying to get in touch with England or Russia via ham radio, it’s more difficult than normal, as we’re in a time period where radio signals aren’t bouncing around the globe as easily as they can – all of that is related to the low number of sunspots, and how it impacts radio signals here on Earth. But just like when I told people that there weren’t sadistic paintings on the walls at Comet Ping Pong – and they accused me of protecting a child sex ring – people are going to believe conspiracy theories, because they want to believe conspiracy theories, not because there are facts behind them. Amateur radio could always use a little good publicity. But not a conspiracy theory like this one. Pizza and ham radio go together. Pizzagate and ham radio do not. 73.