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    Dashcam footage from two different vehicles captured a plane crash Sunday on a busy Clearwater road. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office shared the video on YouTube Sunday, within hours of the crash. Two deputies were driving on North Keene Road as the plane tried to make an emergency landing.  The plane’s wing clipped a wing, sending the plane crashing into a wooded area. A resident in the area quickly recorded video of the response. According to reports, the pilot and passenger were able to escape the wreckage uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the incident.
  • Allegations of misconduct and bad behavior are swirling around Tallahassee and the head of Florida's Democratic Party is the latest casualty. Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel resigned Friday in response to the accusations leveled against him. Politico Florida reports as many as a half dozen former female party staffers have accused Bittel of creating an “unprofessional workplace environment” by making inappropriate comments and demeaning women. Bittel acknowledged the allegations and issued a public apology. “Every person, regardless of their gender, race, age or sexuality should be treated with respect and valued for their hard work and contributions to our community and if any of my comments or actions did not reflect that belief I am deeply sorry,” Bittel said. “I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better.' It’s the latest story in a series of accusations against state lawmakers. Last month, Democrat State Senator Jeff Clemens resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with a lobbyist. Republican State Senator Jack Latvala was caught on camera kissing a female lobbyist.  Both denied having a relationship. Latvala has also been accused of groping women and making offensive statements to others about their physical appearance.
  • Police were called to a Cape Coral home this week to remove what the department called a “suspicious package.” What they found was an alligator camped out on the front porch of the home.  Rather than calling in a trapper, the officers who responded to the call used a cell phone to record the beast before coaxing it back into a pond behind the home. After the call, Cape Coral P.D. shared the video on their YouTube channel.
  • You don’t have to be a college football fan to realize that the University of Miami’s Turnover Chain has become something of a cultural phenomenon. A large University of Miami emblem hangs from the gaudy, oversized gold chain.  Miami’s turnover chain weighs close to 6 lbs.   Whenever a Hurricanes player creates a turnover during a football game, he is rewarded on the sideline with the Turnover Chain.   It’s been the talk of the ‘Canes’ season and its influence has spread all the way to the Florida State Capitol. Democrat lawmakers in Tallahassee have recreated their own turnover chain and they’re using it to troll their Republican counterparts.   State Senator Perry Thurston was spotted this week sporting the turnover chain.   Marc Caputo of Politico Florida has been having fun with the Democrats’ turnover chain and what their real motivation for it may be.
  • Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office say a student at Lake Minneola High School died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The boy reportedly shot himself in the bus drop off line at the school.  Students found the body while conducting a fire drill shortly after 8 a.m. The school was placed on lock down immediately after the shooting. Investigators later confirmed the boy died from his injuries. Grief counselors are expected at the Minneola campus later today. The Lake County School District says worried parents will be reunited with their students at nearby Minneola Charter Elementary School.
  • Investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office have identified a man accused of firing a gun at drivers Monday morning at a busy Oviedo intersection. Several drivers reported seeing a gunman shooting at cars near the intersection of County Road 426 and Oklahoma Street. One said they saw a man standing outside of a Cadillac Escalade using the vehicle’s door to steady his aim as he opened fire on vehicles traveling up and down C.R. 426.  Thankfully, no one was shot, but several vehicles were hit.  Bullet holes were also found in the sign of a nearby business.  When deputies arrived to investigate, they found Marc Anthony Garcia sitting in his vehicle with a pair of handguns and an empty magazine in his lap. According to the arrest affidavit, Garcia admitted to the shooting, telling deputies that he “emptied three magazines.”  Garcia, 40, also reportedly asked deputies if he “laid anyone down.” At least three witnesses positively identified Garcia as the shooter. Garcia, who lives in Winter Park did not tell deputies why he was in Oviedo. Deputies took him to a hospital for a medical evaluation before booking him into the Seminole County jail.
  • A Volusia County man is behind bars, accused of trying to make a weapon of mass destruction. Deputies responded to a home on Bradwick Circle in DeBary Sunday afternoon.  They were called because of a domestic disturbance between Christopher Langer, 31, and his parents. When deputies arrived, they found a grenade and what appeared to be an explosive booby trap in the back yard of the home.   Langer was arrested and charged with making/possessing a destructive device.  Inside his parents’ home, deputies recovered dozens of bottles filled with bomb making materials. Upon further investigation, deputies found more marerials and literature on how to create weapons of mass destruction. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told reporters Monday morning that Langer has been Baker Acted a total of four times and just two weeks ago, deputies used Narcan to save him from a heroin overdose. Chitwood says Langer’s bond is set at $5,000 but they’re working to have his bond revoked. Langer will likely face more signficant charges.
  • It’s been a week since a gunman stormed a Texas church, killing more than two dozen people in the deadliest church shooting in American history. The attack on the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs left 26 people dead and 20 more wounded. A Texas-based organization has been working for the past eight years to educate churches on the dangers of open doors. Sheepdog Safety Seminars focus on all aspects of church security.  They’re intended not only for security teams, but also pastors, church staff and members. Founder Jimmy Meeks tells News 96.5 WDBO the concept is simple. “There’s three kinds of people in this world, wolves, sheep and sheepdogs,” said Meeks. “The wolf will attack people and the people are sheep.  Most people in society are sheep and we need the sheepdog to step up and stop that wolf from mauling, devouring, killing, or molesting, whatever the case may be, sheep,” said Meeks. Meeks and his team tour the country giving safety seminars to church groups across the country. To schedule a seminar at your church, click HERE.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a program to relocate Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program is available to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because of storm damage.  Using your tax dollars, FEMA will pay for eligible applicants to fly to the U.S. and stay at a hotel until they can return home.  FEMA will also pay for the evacuees to fly back to Puerto Rico after the repairs have been made. For eligible applicants currently on Puerto Rico: Consistent with the Governor’s request, FEMA will prioritize placements for the people who are currently residing in emergency shelters in order to target those most in need. FEMA will be providing transportation to select locations in the Continental United States, where you will be connected with support services and lodging. FEMA will not provide any additional transportation within the Continental United States and cannot provide reimbursement for travel arrangements you may have already made. Transportation also will be provided for your return back to Puerto Rico. Applicants should expect that it may take several weeks to arrange transportation, given the limited availability of commercial flights.  For eligible applicants currently in the Continental United States: Make sure you update FEMA with current information by contacting us. may stay at any participating hotel. FEMA will not reimburse for travel that already occurred, or travel to a participating hotel within the Continental United States. Applicants should expect that it may take approximately one week before hotels have the information necessary for you to check in. Applicants are responsible for identifying a participating hotel and checking for availability. For more details on the FEMA’s TSA program, click HERE. For a list of participating hotels, click HERE.
  • Baby Frost watch is officially over. The university and its fans have been on pins and needles for the past few weeks awaiting the birth of head football coach Scott Frost’s first child. Frost said, if his wife Ashley went into labor during a game, he would hand over his headset to an assistant coach and rush to be by her side.  During the team’s last game at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a private plane was reportedly on stand-by should Frost need to leave. Ultimately, the emergency evacuation was unnecessary as Frost got to announce the birth of his child to his team.  UCF shared video of the emotional announcement on social media Thursday morning. While coach Frost settles into fatherhood, there is speculation about his professional future. The up and coming coach has been linked to the vacancy at the University of Florida.  Frost, who is a Nebraska alum and former Heisman Trophy winner at the school, has also been rumored to replace the Cornhuskers’ current coach Mike Riley. Frost has has appeared on several national media outlests, saying he enjoys his current job at UCF and loves Orlando.
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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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  • Rahmael Sal Holt, the suspect in the shooting death of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Officer Brian Shaw, is in custody after a days-long manhunt. >> Watch the news report here Police had been searching for Holt since Friday night’s shooting. Holt’s family made a public plea Monday for him to turn himself in. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage Shaw, 25, was killed after he pulled over a Jeep on Friday in a traffic stop on Leishman Avenue. According to court documents, the Jeep never stopped and Holt, who allegedly killed Shaw, fled and Shaw pursued him on foot.  >> Suspect named in Pennsylvania police officer's shooting death Tavon Harper, who police say was driving the Jeep, took off, police said. Holt then fired multiple shots, killing Shaw, according to court documents. Shaw was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital, where he later died.  >> Read more trending news WPXI confirmed with multiple sources that Shaw was ambushed that night and at least one of the bullets went through a soft spot in his body armor. Read more here.
  • Jacksonville, Florida, officers say a man was high on 'loveboat' when he shot and killed a driver on I-95. >> Watch the news report here Police said 32-year-old Tyrell Brown was sleeping in the passenger seat of 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady's car as they drove through Jacksonville on Sunday. The group was traveling from Orlando to North Carolina. At one point, Brown woke up and shot Grady in the face, a witness told police. The witness, who was in the backseat of the car, tried to gain control of the wheel. The car ran off the interstate and crashed near the Union Street exit around 3:15 a.m. >> Read more trending news Officials said Brown violently resisted officers when they got to the scene. There was no indication of a prior altercation between Brown and Grady, officers said. A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Brown smoked a cigarette dipped in formaldehyde and marijuana before the shooting. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville for his safety, officers said. Brown is facing a murder charge. His next court date is Dec. 12.
  • A dentist in Washington state didn't show up for an appointment Saturday, so just after 7 p.m., a family member called the King County sheriff. >> Watch the news report here What they found has devastated a family and touched people in Sammamish and Seattle, where he and his wife worked. Dr. Rick Nicolini, his wife and adult son were all found dead inside their home in Sammamish's tony Broadmoore neighborhood. It is a development where neighbors say they know each other by name. But few people knew the Nicolinis well. 'They kind of kept to themselves,' said neighbor Rick Willard. 'I saw the kid when he was going to school.' And Willard said he saw nothing that foreshadowed this.  'And you never heard, you never saw anything between, among them, that would make you say ...' he was asked.  He interrupted the question and said, 'Never heard them yelling or screaming. Nothing, yeah. Just heard them doing yard work.' >> Read more trending news He said the entire neighborhood was surprised to see King County sheriff's deputies surrounding their home Saturday night.  On Monday, investigators said all indications are that Richie Nicolini killed his parents, then took his own life.  Nicolini and his wife, Mary Ellen, worked at his dental office on Olive Way near downtown Seattle. KIRO-TV went to Sound Dentistry.  'Hi there,' said reporter Deborah Horne. 'We're from KIRO 7.' But the receptionist said everyone was grieving too much to talk. No patients were waiting; the Nicolinis didn't work Mondays.  Back at their home in Sammamish, a second car was parked in the driveway. The people in it said they had nothing to say. All of this is a sorrowful coda to three lives. 'Yeah, it's sad,' said Willard.  'Sad and, as you said, a surprise?' he was asked.  'Yeah,' he replied. 'I don't know what would drive somebody to do that.' That is what detectives are trying to determine, too: why Richie Nicolini shot his parents and himself in the head. The case remains an active investigation.
  • Police are investigating a Facebook Live video that shows at least two men with guns inside a mall in Memphis, Tennessee. >> Watch the news report here >> On Fox13Memphis.com: PHOTOS: Video shows men with guns in Oak Court Mall The 39-minute video was broadcast live Saturday at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. The video shows a man and several friends walking inside the mall. Several minutes into the video, he pulls out a gun. A few moments later, a second man pulls out another gun. >> Watch the video here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.) The video has been viewed more than 7,000 times. One of the suspects has been identified as 19-year-old Artavius Lynshun Lipsey, police said. He is wanted for questioning. >> Read more trending news  He has two active felony warrants for domestic violence and failure to appear in a felony case. WHBQ reached out to the Oak Court Mall. The mall said it will not be releasing a statement.
  • Charles Manson’s infamous “family” numbered around 100 people in 1969, when Manson orchestrated a series of murders in Los Angeles that, over two nights, left seven people dead.  Nearly five decades later, the names of only a few family members are remembered, mostly due to the grisly nature of the crimes for which they were convicted. >> Read more trending news Here’s where the most notorious Manson family members are now: Charles Manson Manson, 83, died Sunday night at a hospital in Bakersfield, California. He was taken there last week for treatment of an undisclosed illness from the California State Prison at Corcoran, where he was serving a life sentence. Manson, along with several of his followers, was convicted of multiple counts of murder for the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of actress Sharon Tate, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, her partner Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent, as well as the Aug. 10, 1969, murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.  Manson was also convicted of the unrelated murders of music teacher Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea.  Though Manson was not present for the Tate-LaBianca homicides, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. That sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972, when the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Manson’s stay in prison was not a peaceful one. He racked up hundreds of infractions and over the years was denied parole 12 times.  His next parole hearing was scheduled for 2027, the Times said.  Susan Atkins Susan Atkins, who was 21 at the time of the crimes, died of brain cancer at the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla in September 2009, just a week shy of 40 years after her conviction. The longest-serving female inmate in California, she was denied compassionate release by the state parole board. Described by a former prosecutor as the “scariest of the Manson girls,” Atkins played a large role in the murders, particularly that of Sharon Tate, who was nearly nine months pregnant when she was killed. The Times reported that Atkins confessed to stabbing Tate to death as the young actress pleaded for her life and that of her unborn son. “Woman, I have no mercy for you,” Atkins testified she told Tate.  Atkins also participated in the LaBianca murders the following night.  The Manson family became suspects in the murders, in part, due to Atkins’ confession to cellmates while she was jailed on unrelated charges.  Atkins, who embraced Christianity while incarcerated, married twice while behind bars, the Times said. Despite prison staff advocating for her release as far back as 2005, Atkins was denied parole 13 times before she died.  Charles “Tex” Watson Tex Watson, 71, is imprisoned at Mule Creek Prison, where he is an ordained minister, the Times reported. A model prisoner, he works as a janitor at the facility.  Watson, who described his position in the family as Manson’s “right-hand man,” was the Manson-appointed leader at both the Tate and LaBianca murder scenes. According to testimony in the murder trial, Watson shot Parent, Sebring and Frykowski, who was also pistol-whipped. He also inflicted some of the stab wounds on the victims in the Tate murders. Manson also put Watson in charge the next night at the LaBianca house, where he killed Leno LaBianca and participated in the slaying of Rosemary LaBianca. Watson, who was married and divorced in prison, and fathered four children, has his own ministry, Abounding Love. His website, run by an administrator outside of the prison, states that he “testifies that anyone can be forgiven and transformed by Christ, even a former member of the Manson family.” Watson has been denied parole 17 times, most recently in October.  Leslie Van Houten Leslie Van Houten, 68, remains jailed at the California Institution for Women at Corona, where she has spent her entire sentence as a model prisoner, the Times said. She was convicted of murder and conspiracy in 1978, following her third trial on the charges. A former homecoming princess and the youngest of Manson’s followers, Van Houten held Rosemary LaBianca down as Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel stabbed her to death. Testimony at trial indicated that Van Houten also stabbed the victim, but did so after she was already dead.  Van Houten once told a parole board she was “deeply ashamed” of her role in the slayings, the Times reported.  “I take very seriously not just the murders, but what made me make myself available to someone like Manson,” she said.  The state parole board recommended Van Houten for parole in April after 19 previous tries, but California Gov. Jerry Brown reversed the decision.  The parole board again recommended her for parole in September, and Van Houten is awaiting Brown’s response, the Times said. Patricia Krenwinkel Patricia Krenwinkel, who became the longest-serving female inmate in California upon Susan Atkins’ death, remains at the California Institution for Women at Corona, where she works in the prison’s rehabilitative programs, the Times said. She has condemned Manson in the years since the murders. “What a coward that I found myself to be when I look at the situation,” Krenwinkel told the New York Times in 2014. “The thing I try to remember sometimes is that what I am today is not what I was at 19.” Krenwinkel participated in the murders at both the Tate and LaBianca murder scenes. Testimony at trial showed that she chased an injured and screaming Abigail Folger from the house onto the expansive lawn, where she continued to stab her 28 times, CNN reported.  The following night, Krenwinkel stabbed Rosemary LaBianca to death, testimony showed. She later scrawled “Death to Pigs” on the wall in Leno LaBianca’s blood. Krenwinkel has been denied parole 14 times, most recently in June.  Linda Kasabian Linda Kasabian, who drove the killers to both the Tate and LaBianca scenes because she was the only family member with a valid driver’s license, was offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony at trial.  Kasabian, who Watson ordered to remain outside during the Tate murders, later recalled seeing some of the victims run screaming from the house, followed by their killers. She also remained outside at the LaBianca house.  The Times reported that, as of 1994, Kasabian was a mother of four. She was believed to be living on the East Coast.  Robert “Bobby” Beausoleil and Bruce Davis Bobby Beausoleil, 70, who was convicted of murdering Gary Hinman on Manson’s orders, is housed at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, according to CNN. In jail awaiting trial for Hinman’s slaying in August 1969, he was not involved in the Tate-LaBianca murders.  Bruce Davis, 75, is imprisoned at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo, where he is serving a life sentence in the murders of Hinman and Shorty Shea. Davis, who the Times reported has been denied parole 30 times, became a born-again Christian in prison and earned a doctoral degree in religious philosophy.  Steve “Clem” Grogan Clem Grogan, who rode along with Manson and the other killers the night of the LaBianca murders, did not participate in the killings. He did help Manson, Watson and Davis kill Shorty Shea, however.  Grogan, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, was released on parole in 1985 after he helped authorities recover Shea’s remains by drawing a map to where the stuntman’s body was buried.  Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Squeaky Fromme, who was one of Manson’s most devoted followers, did not participate in the murders, but was present outside the courthouse every day during the murder trial of Manson and the other defendants.  Fromme achieved her own notoriety in 1975 when she attempted to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford during a visit to Sacramento. Her gun did not fire and Secret Service agents wrestled her to the ground.  The Times reported that Fromme, who was sentenced to life in prison, escaped from a West Virginia federal prison in 1987, but was recaptured two days later. She continued to write to Manson while in prison.  Fromme, now 68, was paroled in August 2009 after serving 34 years in prison, the newspaper said.