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    Apparently, when you own your own golf course, you can do whatever you want...literally. Video making the rounds on social media shows President Donald Trump committing a cardinal sin in the game of golf.  He’s seen driving a golf cart directly on a putting green. Barstool Sports shared the video on Instagram after a Twitter user posted it Wednesday.   It has since been shared by other websites and is gaining attention. Some might criticize Trump for the faux pas, but nobody mentions it as he rolls by. 
  • A rabbi affiliated with  a Maitland synagogue is behind bars, accused of impregnating a girl. Lloyd Haughton, 41, is being held in the James K. Polk Correctional Facility on a charge of sexual battery on a minor. Sanford police began investigating Haughton’s relationship with a 15-year-old girl on March 31, when she came forward to report the rabbi molested her. The girl’s mother told police, about a month later, that her daughter was pregnant and Haughton was the father.  The two allegedly met at Synagogue Beth Israel two years ago.  The girl reportedly terminated the pregnancy.  Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say Haughton was, in fact, the biological father. Haughton’s bond has been set at $35,000.  He’ll go before a judge Thursday afternoon.
  • It may have sounded like fun at first, but a Minor League Baseball team from South Carolina has issued a public apology for mocking Tim Tebow. The general manager of the Charleston RiverDogs has apologized for mocking Tebow during a recent series against Tebow’s team, the Columbia Fireflies over the weekend. Among the jabs, some subtle, and some not-so subtle, the RiverDogs played the “Hallelujah Chorus” every time Tebow came up to bat.  The RiverDogs mascot also started “Tebowing” throughout the game. “Tebowing” refers to Tebow’s infamous celebration by praying in the endzone after scoring a touchdown during his football playing days. Charlie T. RiverDog also wore eye black strips with the Bible verse John 3:16, also worn by Tebow during his football days. Throughout the game Friday night, the RiverDogs showed other Fireflies players on the stadium’s jumbotron with “NOT TIM TEBOW” accompanying each player’s image. After receiving widespread backlash on social media, the RiverDogs general manager issued a formal apology published in the Charleston Post and Courier.  #BushLeague 
  • Video of a close call at a Korean zoo has gone viral. The CCTV video comes from the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea.  It shows a calf and an adult walking along the side of a pool, when the smaller animal slips and falls in the water.   Within seconds of falling in, another elephant races to investigate. Without hesitating, both adult elephants spring into action.   They wade into the pool and quickly pull the smaller elephant to safety. Since, the video was posted on Sunday, it’s been viewed and shared tens of thousands of times. >>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
  • Hikers on a north Florida trail got to see a female alligator defend her offspring from the prying lens of a would-be photographer. The dangerous encounter played out in front of hikers over the weekend along the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville.  One of the hikers, Ben Boukari Jr., recorded what he saw and posted the video to Facebook. Luckily for the man, he was able to get out of the way of the charging gator.  His camera appears to have taken the brunt of the attack. Seconds after the alligator crawled back into the water, it charges at the man a second time. Another hiker can be heard talking about the female gator.  The woman predicts the animal would come back, which it did. It’s unclear if the man’s equipment was damaged. >>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
  • Machine Gun America in Kissimmee touts itself as “Orlando’s only automatic adrenaline attraction.” The attraction offers tourists a once in a lifetime opportunity to use firearms they can’t buy at their local sporting goods store in a controlled environment with a range safety officer. Machine Gun America is also in the process of planning an expansion.  Brian Rahl, MGA’s general counsel and principal, says there are plans to open up a military history museum within the next year.   Rahl says the museum will, “go through the evolution of firearms, from the very beginning to the present day.”  He says besides entertaining guests, MGA also works to educate people. “It’s not just coming in, giving someone a firearm and letting them go shoot like a typical gun range,” said Rahl. MGA also offers a simulator for folks who aren’t comfortable in a “live fire” situation.  They also recently opened a movie room where guests can learn more about the firearms at MGA. Once inside the range, each guest gets their own safety officer who goes over each firearm and safety measures.  MGA has a variety of packages that allow guests to pick out which guns they want to shoot to tailor their experience.      Orlando’s Morning News reporter Darrell Moody got to check out MGA and get a hands-on education on the range. >>CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
  • A tourist attraction in Kissimmee is offering free firearms safety courses in honor of the victims of the Pulse terror attack one year ago.   President Marc Adler says several of their staff members at Machine Gun America were directly affected by the attack last year that left 49 people dead and dozens injured. “Everyone on staff wanted to do something.  So, we all sat down and decided that the best thing we can do is to promote education,” said Adler. Out of that discussion, Adler said they decided on a “three-pronged approach.”  Machine Gun America is offering free firearms safety courses this month.  They’re also giving away free gun locks, while supplies last, and facilitating firearm transfers. Adler says it’s just their way of giving back to the community. “We wanted to make that we got that knowledge out to our community.  We do live here and we want to make sure that we’re  doing the best that we can to give back,” said Adler.  The fire firearms safety courses are being offered on Saturday, June 17, and the following Saturday, June 24. Space for each class is limited.   To sign up, send an email to shoot@machinegunamerica.com.
  • According to a new report, total U.S. credit card debt has reached its second highest level since 2008 and could soon top the $1,000,000,000,000 mark by the end of 2017. For the past five years, WalletHub has released an annual report examining Americans’ credit card debt. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says the $89.4 billion in credit card debt added last year is troubling. “Right now, for instance, we’re expected to end 2017 with more than $60 billion in new credit card debt, says Gonzalez.” Gonzalez says at that pace, total U.S. credit card debt will exceed $1 trillion by the end of the year. “We’ve never hit the trillion dollar mark before,” says Gonzalez. According to WalletHub, U.S. credit card debt reached $984 billion during 2008 at the height of the “great recession.”  In the 4th quarter of 2016, that number climbed to $980 billion. Americans paid down $31.5 billion in credit card debt during the 1st quarter of 2017, but Gonzalez says that provides little reason for comfort. “We’re spending more and more every year, we’re paying down less and less.  That’s a dangerous combination,” said Gonzalez.
  • There is another video of a large alligator strolling across the fairway of a South Carolina golf course. This latest video was posted to Facebook last week by the Fripp Island Activity Center. This is not the first time an alligator has stopped play at a South Carolina golf course. Last week’s video has been viewed and shared hundreds of thousands of times.  >>WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
  • Orlando will pause a week from today to honor the victims of the Pulse terror attack nearly one year ago. June 12, has been designated  “Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness.” Orlando residents are encouraged to take some time during the day to do good in their community. A series of events will be held throughout the day to remember the 49 people who were killed and 53 others left injured by the Pulse terror attack. The Orange County History Center will feature its collection of artifacts related to the attack.  The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Admission to the museum will be free throughout the day. The Orange County Administration Center will display a section of the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag. At 11 a.m., Pulse will host a community gathering for reflections and remembrance.  The ceremony continues until 1 p.m. Lake Eola Park will be the site of the Orlando Love ceremony, where thousands will gather around the lake to remember those who lost their lives. The day’s events concludes back at Pulse for another community gathering from 10 p.m. until midnight.
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.
  • A dive team is searching a ditch along I-4 from which Orlando firefighters removed a car early Saturday, police said. A car flipped into the ditch near the Kirkman Road exit. Emergency services responded to the car around 8:15 a.m. App users click here to see the video. 
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building. >> Read more trending news One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital. The survivor’s condition has not been released.
  • A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer. Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly. After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said. The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor. Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft. TSA said in a statement to WFTV: TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.
  • A scare happened at a Leominster, Massachusetts, supermarket after a 4-day-old newborn was left locked inside of a hot car while her mother was inside shopping. >> Read more trending news Mother Sharma Murphy said that on her way to Market Basket supermarket on Friday, she stopped by the fire house to make sure her baby’s car seat was properly installed. Less than an hour later, those firefighters helped rescue her 4-day-old baby, who was locked in her hot car. A shopper called Leominster police after spotting a newborn alone inside a car. It was Sharma Murphy's silver Chevy Malibu. >> A reminder of hot car dangers as temperatures climb Murphy said she was out for the first time with her newborn daughter, 4-day-old Katherine, and was nervous. “I went, I bought it. Came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me. Screaming at me,” said Murphy. Murphy said she brought her newborn inside with her to Market Basket and then returned to the car when Katherine fell asleep. She said that she ran back inside for two or three minutes to buy some baby formula. “I went (in and) I bought it,” Murphy said. “(I) came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me.” Related: Two toddlers dead after 15 hours in hot car, police say Police said the windows were rolled up. “I believe she locked her keys in the car because they had to use the jimmy to get the baby out,” witness John Casey told WFXT. According to WFXT meteorologists, the outside temperature was 84 degrees at the time. Murphy said she didn’t want to wake her newborn. “I thought, ‘OK, if I run in and run out...’ It was one of those things where she's gotta eat because I have nothing left for her and that's when everything happened and I'm like, oh my God,” Murphy said. Katherine was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Her mother said he is fine. The baby is currently in custody of DCF. No charges have been filed.