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    Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a man who was seen trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl Tuesday morning. Witnesses told deputies they saw a man and the girl in a physical struggle around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday inside the Alexandria Parc Vue Apartments community.   The girl was able to fight the man off.  The altercation left her bruised and shaken. Witnesses describe the suspect as a white male in his 20’s with a thin build, brown hair and facial hair.  Investigators say he fled the scene in a tan or beige 4-door vehicle. Crimeline is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. If you know anything call 800-423-8477. 
  • A group of residents living in east Orange County want to break away from the county and create a new municipality. The group, Save Orange County says creating a new town would keep taxpayer dollars in east Orange County, promote responsible growth, maintain a better quality of life for residents while preserving east Orange County’s rural lifestyle.  Supporters also say creating a municipality would provide residents with faster emergency response time, better protection and local solutions to traffic problems. The group wants to limit urban sprawl and development east of the Econlockhatchee River. You can sign the petition by CLICKING HERE.
  • A Polk County man who was bitten by a rattlesnake outside of a hunting camp earlier this month says he’s lucky to be alive. Jerome Roddenberry was bitten by a 5 ½ foot rattlesnake on April 9 at the River Ranch in rural Polk County.  On Friday, he met with the paramedics who responded and ultimately saved his life. Roddenberry remembers very little about what happened, only that he heard gunfire and thought the snake was dead.     'I went over there, stepped on him and picked him up behind the head and [brought] him up to take a look at him, and he actually turned in my hand and bit me,” said Roddenberry.” Roddenberry says he took about ten more steps and collapsed.  He says he doesn’t remember anything else until he woke up in a hospital bed. Roddenberry was bitten on the hand.   Roddenberry’s friends called 911 and paramedics from the Polk County Fire Rescue responded.  He was airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center where doctors gave him 32 vials of antivenin. Roddenberry is now back home recovering.  On Friday, he met with the paramedics who saved his life.   >>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
  • Osceola County deputies need your help finding two men who robbed a pet boarding facility and salon in Kissimmee. The robbery happened Tuesday around 11:40 a.m.  Investigators say two men walked into the 5 Paws Hotel and Salon and struck up a conversation with an employee behind the check-in counter.  Seconds later, they drew handguns, pointed them at the employee and demanded money from the register. Both men were able to make off with an undisclosed amount of money, but deputies say no one was injured during the robbery. >>READ MORE ON THE ROBBERY BY CLICKING HERE
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is hiring to fill multiple open positions within the department. In an effort to connect with qualified candidates, they’re hosting a career fair on April 18 at the Acacia Banquet Hall on North Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. The sheriff’s office is looking to hire both deputy and civilian positions.
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation between two guests during a fireworks show at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Wednesday night. According to the arrest report, Tabbatha Kaye Mature, 41, attacked a teenage girl Wednesday night because the girl blocked her view of the fireworks. The victim and a group of friends stood up as the fireworks started and Mature, who was sitting  behind the group with her family, told them to sit down. Words were exchanged and the teens got up to leave.  As they walked away, the girl said to Mature, “You can take our spot.” Deputies say Mature responded by grabbing the girl by the neck and squeezing.  The girl told deputies Mature told her, “You don’t want to mess with me.” The girl told Disney employees who called the sheriff’s office. Mature was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.   She was released from the Orange County Jail after posting $2,000 bond.
  • Florida Rep. Bob Cortes and four other Republican lawmakers want Gov. Rick Scott to remove State Attorney Aramis Ayala from office. Cortes hosted a news conference Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.  Fellow Seminole Republican Rep. Scott Plakon also spoke at the conference calling for Ayala to step down. The lawmakers also sent the governor a letter Tuesday calling for Ayala’s removal.   On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order reassigning 21 murder cases in Orange and Osceola counties to State Attorney Brad King, who is already handling the case against accused cop killer Markeith Loyd. Ayala criticized Scott's decision Monday, issuing her own written statement saying she learned the cases were being reassigned through local media. 'Ms. Ayala remains steadfast in her position the governor is abusing his authority and has compromised the independence and integrity of the criminal justice system,' a spokeswoman for Ayala said. Cortes issued a written statement a day before Tuesday’s press conference. 'I appreciate the governor’s decisive action to pursue justice for the victims of the unspeakable crimes represented by these cases,' Cortes said. 'I continue to believe justice would best be served by her suspension from office, and I urge Gov. Scott to seek her removal.
  • The Orange County man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a master sergeant with the Orlando Police Department made a court appearance Monday morning. Markeith Loyd is about to stand trial for killing Sade Dixon and the couple’s unborn baby last December.  Dixon’s brother was also critically wounded in the shooting. For weeks, Loyd has told the judge that he wants to represent himself, refusing to accept a court-appointed defense attorney.   The judge appointed stand-by counsel and ordered a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether Loyd is even competent to stand trial. During Monday’s status hearing, Loyd surprised the court by submitting a motion to have a south Florida criminal defense attorney represent him.  Loyd told the judge he now wants Terrence Lenamon to defend him at trial. The judge agreed to consider the motion, and will render his decision on Wednesday, April 12. Loyd faces a second trial for the January killing of O.P.D. Master Sergeant Debra Clayton. 
  • A south Florida man who calls himself the “PythonKing” shared pictures of his latest catch on social media. Judging by his Facebook page, Leonardo Sanchez spends a lot of his weekends in the Everglades searching for invasive python species.  Photos of his latest catch, a massive python, made their way onto social media over the weekend and they’re quite impressive.   By the looks of other social media posts from Saturday, Sanchez had some help wrangling this 15-foot beast. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the largest python removed to date from the Everglades measured close to 17-feet in length. Sanchez will have to keep catching pythons if he wants to set a state record.
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is looking for homeowners who want to make their community safer. They’re looking for volunteers for the department’s Citizens on Patrol program. Volunteers will get training and training, in addition to an OCSO uniform and specially marked vehicle. If you’re interested, send an email to koreen.baker@ocfl.net.   You can also call 407-254-7374.
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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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  • As if traffic on I-4 near the attractions isn't enough on it's own, a depression opened up in the median near World Drive Thursday, causing additional slow downs.   As emergency personnel arrived to investigated the incident, drivers slowed down to get a better look as well.   The depression, which is about 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep, was reported just before 5 p.m. rush.   The Florida Department of Transportation was evaluating the situation and had not released any information on what would be done to mitigate the depression.   No other details were immediately released.
  • Prosecutors are building a money trail of deposits, withdrawals, and lavish spending allegedly benefiting former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, through the testimony of an FBI Special Agent. But Brown’s defense says, at no time, did she have control of the account in question. Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section Criminal Division Eric Olshan’s questioning of FBI Special Agent Vanessa Stelly has spanned two days of Brown’s federal fraud trial. Stelly was assigned to this investigation as part of her work in the white collar crime division. She told the court she had worked through bank and business records for Brown, as well as the alleged sham charity One Door For Education, which Brown and a few others are accused of funneling money through. Stelly confirmed that at no time was One Door registered in either Virginia- where it was incorporated as a business- or Florida to solicit charitable donations as a 501(c)(3) organization. One Door’s President, Carla Wiley, opened a bank account for the organization in 2011, but it closed about a year later because of a negative balance. Wiley opened another account with a $250 initial deposit, and there was no activity until August 2012, when Stelly says there was a $25,000 check deposited by a Political Action Committee based in Virginia. That PAC is backed by a lobbying firm where Brown’s daughter, Shantrel Brown, works. Corrine and Shantrel Brown share a home in Virginia. One of the points that prosecutors are trying to hammer in is that there was a habit of using One Door donations for the personal expenses of Brown and a few others. To do that, Olshan first walked Stelly through repeated instances where bank records show hundreds of dollars at a time being taken from the One Door account at an ATM near the home of Brown’s Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons, with a like sum soon after deposited in one of Brown’s accounts- also in Laurel, Maryland, where Simmons lived. Prosecutors further showed surveillance of Simmons making at least one withdrawal and deposit. Prosecutors alleged Simmons would sometimes withdraw the cash and give it directly to Brown, and there was a surveillance photo of Brown herself making one deposit. Another focus is a trip by Brown and her daughter to the Bahamas, and later Los Angeles. A July 2013 check for $3,000 from the One Door account made out to a specific Bank of America bank account said in the memo line that it was for children’s summer camps. Stelly says bank records show $3,000 being deposited around the same time in to Shantrel Brown’s bank account, and $1,000 being transferred from Shantrel Brown’s account to that of her mother. At the same time, Stelly says bank records show several cash withdrawals from One Door’s account in Simmons’ city of residence amounting to $3,000, the same sum which was then deposited in to Brown’s account as well. This all happened as Brown and her daughter first spent time at a resort in the Bahamas and then traveled to the Los Angeles-area, where they did a significant amount of shopping, according to Stelly’s analysis. When Stelly’s testimony resumed Thursday, the focus turned to more than $330,000 in One Door funds that the US Attorney’s Office says funded events hosted by Brown or in Brown’s honor which didn’t actually result in any kind of scholarship fundraising. There were several events Stelly says were represented as being paid for by another group, like Friends of Corrine Brown, but actually had at least some One Door dollars. Still other events were almost entirely funded by One Door, but raised no scholarship dollars. Brown’s attorney, James Smith III, led questioning where Stelly admitted that at no time did One Door apparently solicit donations claiming it would only be for scholarships. He added that some of those events, including an annual reception held in DC, could provide for good networking opportunities with lawmakers and other important parties. Additionally, Stelly confirmed that Brown herself did not have control over the One Door accounts and was not ever formally affiliated with the organization. This is a developing story that will be updated as testimony continued in to the afternoon. WOKV is inside of the federal courtroom and will bring you new information as it comes in.
  • A pair of protective hawks has residents in one central Florida neighborhood ducking and running for cover this week. The birds are attacking people who get too near their nests in Oviedo in suburban Orlando, local news outlets reported. >> Read more trending news It hits me on the side of the head, not just hit, but grabbed, knocked me to the ground. I had to kind of shake my head loose,' resident Beverly Bonadonna told WPLG-TV.  'At that point, I started screaming for my husband ... then it flew away, it finally let go. >> Related: Man allegedly stuffed puppies into pillow cases, left them in drain Bonadonna had to go to the hospital for treatment of puncture wounds and a tetanus shot, but she said more than anything she was terrified during the attack. 'I have never been attacked by one; never even considered that I could be. I have never, I mean, they swoop real low over our head but never considered it was really a possibility,' she told WPLG. Bonadonna isn’t the only victim. Another resident in the same neighborhood, Don Cochran, has a hawk nest in tree next to his house and has been attacked twice. 'He scratched me right in the back of the head, but if you weren't thinking about him, he could have knocked you down because he weighs about 5, 6 pounds,' Cochran said.' >> Related: Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose Cochran says he now uses an umbrella to go to the mailbox and hasn’t been attacked since. Hawks and their nests are protected under Florida law and can’t be moved or harmed.  Sarah Elsesser contributed to this story.
  • A wildfire has grown to 250 acres this afternoon in Volusia County, crossing State Road 44 after the wind shifted. Called the Damascus Fire, it forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a section of the road between DeLand and Samsula, so fire plows could safely work in the area. Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said 14 tractor plows are trying to keep the flames from spreading further, with assistance from local fire departments. Federal personnel are also on the scene. “We had a sudden wind shift in the midst of the battle, and it caused a little bit of an issue with spotting over,” she explained. Cause of the fire is not known, but gusty winds help it to spread in the mostly rural area.
  • Its not clear why he went up there, but a naked man spent hours on a 140-foot utility tower in New Orleans East. Firefighters were able to raise a ladder and rescue him about 3 p.m. He was seen being placed in ambulance. Power was cut off to prevent him being electrocuted during the rescue.  The tower is near a Luzianne plant, but on Entergy property.