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    It's definitely not the first time residents of the Springs located in Longwood to see bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in broad daylight. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' said one neighbor. Another neighbor said, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' The mother and cub resorted to staying in the shade and trees, most likely to avoid the heat.  Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you. In the meantime, let's admire those adorable round ears on that cub.
  • It's not the first time residents of the Springs have seen bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in the middle of the day. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' says a neighbor. Another neighbor says, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' >> Read more Floridoh! stories The mother and cub seem to be wanting to escape the Floria heat by catching some shade in the trees. Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you.
  • A panel of law enforcement experts speaking exclusively with News 96.5's Joe Kelley and Star 94.5's Monica May, on what law enforcement is doing in Central Florida Wednesday evening. The expert panel consisted of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, former Chief Judge Belvin Perry, and Executive Director of Crimeline, Barb Bergin. The event being simulcasted by both Star 94.5 and News 96.5, is also aimed for local law enforcement to answer questions from citizens. 
  • Drunk drivers will be targeted by law enforcement officers from several agencies in Orange County Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.Sheriff's officials said the DUI saturation patrol operation will run from 11 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m.  Saturday. Along with deputies from the sheriff's department, police officers from cities in Orange County and from the University of Central Florida will take part.Officials said the goal of the operation is to remove suspected DUI offenders and traffic violators from the streets and to educate motorists.
  • Jones High School’s head football coach Kevin Lewis confirmed with News965 that they have welcomed their new female football coach, Acoreous Lewis. Acoreous Lewis is an FSU graduate who teaches English at Jones High School.  Except English isn't the only topic she teaches, as she's also a football coach that's been working with the school's offensive and defensive linemen.  'I love sports and I always wanted to be involved with sports...so I end up finding out who the head coach was at Jones High School, and I told him I was interested in coaching football.' Lewis ended up getting the coaching job, but not without raising a few eyebrows.  'He [the coach] was shocked at first but very welcoming, and open and very excited for me to coach football.'  Lewis isn't the first female to be involved with football, as there have been female high school football players before. Coaching however is a completely different matter. I've looked for records indicating if there have been female high school football coaches before in Florida, and so far I've come up empty.  If that's true, then that would make Lewis the first female high school football coach in the state of Florida.  But to Lewis, this coaching position isn't just a score for her, but for women everywhere.  'I really feel like I'm breaking a barrier for women.' Although Lewis doesn't want to end her football coaching career at the high school level. 'One thing I think that is going to be challenging is my pursuit to coach football at a higher level...not as many people would be as accepting to a female coaching football.' Football season doesn't return until the beginning of fall, so Lewis has been working with the offensive and defensive linemen for their upcoming spring game versus Lake Minneola. “I love the coaches I coach with, and I love the enthusiasm about coaching football.' Kickoff against Lake Minneola is 7 pm, on May 21st. 
  • Senior Vice President Katherine Jaeger of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores tells News965 that Florida's painkiller abuse is rising.  Last year the CDC listed Florida as having anywhere between 72 and 82 prescription painkiller medications per 100 people.   According to Jaeger, drug abuse is the leading cause death for adults between 24 and 44.   'More people die from overdosing on prescription pain medication than cocaine and heroine combined.'   Jaeger also credits this rise of abuse to young adults who can get to the medication easier.   'Most young Americans get these prescription pain killers through their family's or friend's medicine cabinet.'  Some of the more popular medications people are getting their hands on are Vicodin, Percocet, and Hydrocodone.   However, Florida did experience a plunge in prescription drug abuse when the state government cracked down on 'pill mills', or clinics that conspire in  prescribing and dispensing controlled substances outside of medical practice standards.   The CDC reports Florida experience a 23 percent decrease from overdoses on prescription pain medication  from 2010 to 2012. 
  • Daytona Beach police are searching for the man who they said punched a 76-year-old woman as she was walking down the street Friday. Police said the unidentified woman was walking northbound on the sidewalk on S. Ridgewood Avenue when she was approached by a man who appeared to be in his 30s. Raw: Man punches elderly woman in face She told police he asked her, “Where’s the freaking police?” twice before he punched her in the face. Surveillance video captured the incident. It shows the woman being punched on the left side of her face and immediately falling to the ground. She was taken to Halifax Hospital with a possible broken nose, bruised left eye and possible brain swelling. Police said the suspect and the victim do not know each other. The man was described as a white, in his 30s with blond hair, and was wearing a white and red shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
  • It's the second time in a week where the Eye has had to be shut down.  The wheel's operating systems detected an irregularity around 11 AM Thursday, forcing the staff to close down the wheel.  It was later revealed that an oil leak caused the ride to shut down. The ride has been shut down for over 24 hours, and it's still not clear when it will be open again. 
  • In an exclusive interview, I was able to talk to former head coach Earl Holmes before he made his official announcement of suing FAMU. For reminder purposes, Holmes was a legend when he was a player at FAMU.  In his college days, he was known as the Hitman, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles. Holmes was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He went on to play in the NFL for 10 seasons, before getting a call to join the football staff at FAMU. He would later make the transition of being defensive  coordinator to head coach. However it would be the week of FAMU’s 2014 Homecoming game where Holmes would be notified that his time as head coach was over.  Holmes tells me, “You know at the end of the day it was done…no one explained anything other than ‘we’re moving in a different direction’.” Holmes finished with an overall 6-16 record but contests that certain athletic department officials were either uncooperative or didn’t communicate  with him.  “I never really got a chance to sit down with Kellen Winslow…there was no communication…When you’re a head coach you try to…especially with someone coming in late, you try to let that person or people know the 3-5 year plan [on rebuilding the program]...but that never took place,” claims Holmes. Now Holmes will be filing a wrongful termination lawsuit today in Leon Circuit Court. Reasons for  Holmes’ suing the school range from the school allegedly breaking of a good-faith and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the university. “To this day, no one has come out and said the truth,” says Holmes. Attorney Tim Jansen will hold a 3 p.m. news conference today at the Leon County Courthouse, where Holmes is expected to speak. “It was very disrespectful.  Again, you put your faith in God and not in man,”says Holmes. It has yet to be confirmed if Holmes has secured a coaching job at the University of Florida. News965 has contacted FAMU’s athletic department and is awaiting their response.
  • From January 1st through January 7th, you may be seeing your neighbors lighting blue lights on their front porch. The blue lights are meant to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers in an event called National Blue Light for the Fallen. KFSM News in Arkansas reports that the national event was recently started by a woman over social media, Callee Landers who felt like police weren't getting enough support. Landers started a Facebook group called Turn the Neighborhood Blue, which then went viral. Landers says she got the idea after two NYPD cops were shot and killed in December. Now states all over the nation are participating in the National Blue Light for the Fallen event.
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  • An Orlando Police department officer is in the hospital after crashing their pickup truck into a toll booth on State Road 408 Saturday morning.   The truck crashed into a collapsible safety barrier at the toll plaza on the East/West Expressway eastbound near Andes Avenue.    The truck catapulted into the guardrail and caught fire, prompting the officer to flee from the scene. Police are investigating this as a hit and run.    The pay lanes were closed and traffic was diverted into the E-pass lanes. Tolls were waived by the Expressway Authority while the scene was being cleared. All lanes are now open.    Police have not released the name of the officer driving the vehicle, but were able to locate him and took him to the hospital for his injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.    The officer involved in the crash has been relieved of duty and an internal investigation is underway.    The identity of the officer, as well as whether or not they will face charges has not yet been released.
  • A Montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter the day before he was elected in May, claiming that “liberal media” were “trying to make a story,” the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Saturday, citing audio and documents. >> Read more trending news U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, told an officer in an audio interview after the attack that reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian newspaper had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor. Audio of Gianforte’s interview with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Secor was released along with documents requested by the Chronicle and other news organizations after Gianforte was cited for assaulting Jacobs on May 24. Gianforte later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.  The Chronicle requested the documents in June. After Gianforte, Jacobs and Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert did not object to the release, Gallatin County District Court Judge Holly Brown ruled this week that the documents could be released. \The audio of the interview with Gianforte comes from a recording made by Sgt. Scott Secor outside of Gianforte’s headquarters shortly after the 5:07 p.m. call Jacobs made to 911, a minute after he posted on Twitter, “Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses.” Once at the scene, Secor spoke with Jacobs first. “This is the weirdest day,” Jacobs told Secor.  The documents include interviews with members of a Fox News crew who were in the room with Gianforte and Jacobs at the politician’s Bozeman campaign office.  Gianforte told Secor that he was preparing for an interview with Fox News when “this man broke into a private room in the back and stuck a microphone in my face and started asking me obnoxious questions.” Gianforte said he tried to explain to him that he was in the middle of an interview, but that Jacobs kept “waving” the microphone in his face, the Chronicle reported. “I probably shouldn’t do it but I reached out for his phone ... he grabbed my wrist, he spun and we ended up on the floor ... so he pulled me down on top of him,” Secor quoted Gianforte as saying. After the incident Gianforte’s campaign spokesman, Shane Scanlon, issued a statement that also blamed the attack on Jacobs, saying the reporter had grabbed the candidate’s wrist.  Gianforte publicly apologized to Jacobs and told supporters he wasn’t proud of his actions. His spokesman, Travis Hall, insisted on Friday that the documents contained “nothing new.” “No one was misled, and anyone who says otherwise is mistaken. Greg took responsibility for his actions and is focused on serving the people of Montana,” Hall said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press.
  • Two men are recovering in the hospital after a shooting incident took place in Pine Hills.   Around 1 a.m., deputies responded to 4919 West Colonial Drive for a possible shooting.  When they arrived at the scene, they located a 40 year old man with a gunshot wound. The other victim, a 39 year old male was found nearby with an injury to his hand. His 29 year old girlfriend was found with him as well.    Both men were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries and remain in stable condition. The victim's girlfriend is considered a suspect by investigators and was taken into custody.    It is not yet known how the man's hand was injured or if the woman would face charges.
  • District 4 Orlando City Commissioner, Patty Sheehan, Veterinarian Geoffrey Gardner and specially trained volunteers showed up to participate in the City of Orlando's 10th Annual Lake Eola Swan Round-Up.   The round up began at 7:00 a.m. where trained volunteers arrived on foot and took to their kayaks in the water to safely corral the famous Lake Eola swans to the west end of the park. From there, the volunteers brought the swans to a temporary clinic where they would be weighed, inoculated, and checked by the Veterinarian. The swans would also be given a a name and fitted with a microchip, along with having their wings clipped. They would then be released back into the lake and free to go about their business. Each swan has its own health record that will continue to be updated.    Lake Eola is home to over 50 swans from over five different breeds including Trumpeter swans, Black Neck Swans, Whooper swans, Royal Mute swans and Australian black swans.    The quarters that are collected from swan food feeders around the lake also help to generate annual income each year to help insure that these swans receive proper medical care.
  • As the House voted along party lines on Thursday to approve a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms, one peculiar part of the floor debate came when a number of Republicans – who voted for the bill – took to the floor to request changes in the their party’s plan, as some highlighted unintended consequences, while others objected to the basics of the measure. Known in parliamentary parlance as a “colloquy,” the scripted exchanges between lawmakers are often done to clarify the legislative intent of a bill, or in this case, to urge action in a specific way in House-Senate negotiations. And for some Republicans in this week’s tax reform debate, it was clear they wanted some provisions altered. Some requests were specific, like Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), who made the case for historic preservation tax credits, which were eradicated by the House GOP tax reform bill. “Without the credit, projects that transform communities in all 50 states, from West Virginia to Texas, to Wisconsin, simply will not happen,” McKinley said on the House floor, as he asked for Brady’s word that he would help reverse the decision. That didn’t happen. “I commit to working with him and continuing to work with him on this issue because I know the importance of it,” Brady responded, making sure not to guarantee anything in some of these floor exchanges. For Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), a staunch advocate of the GOP bill, he was assured by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that more would be done in terms of tax help for the people of Puerto Rico, whose island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. “I look forward to working with you on ideas to best serve the people of this island,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who thanked fellow GOP lawmakers for their concerns, but made no promises. For Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), the issue was with a new excise tax from Republicans that would be levied on the endowments of private colleges and universities. Barr said that would harm Berea College in his district, a ‘work college’ that uses its endowment money to pay the tuition of all students. It was noted in press stories back home. Barr Fights for Berea College in Tax Reform Bill – https://t.co/YoBgs5CWvp – — BereaOnline.com (@bereaonline) November 16, 2017 “I was pleased to learn that the Senate version of the bill exempts schools with fewer than 500 tuition-paying students from the excise tax,” Barr said, urging Brady to accept that position in any House-Senate negotiation. Brady said he would try. “Mr. Speaker, we will work together for a mutually accepted solution to make sure we exempt work colleges to use their endowments to provide tuition-free education,” the panel chairman responded. For Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the problem he brought to the House floor was under the heading of unintended consequences, as the GOP tax bill would subject native settlement trusts in Alaska to a higher rate of taxation. “This would make it more difficult for Alaska Native Settlement Trusts to provide long-term benefits to Alaska Natives,” Young said on the House floor, asking Brady to include provisions of a bill to remedy that and more. Unlike some of the other requests, Brady acknowledged that the GOP tax bill would “unintentionally” change the tax rate for the Alaskan settlements, agreeing to focus on this in conference as we finalize individual rate structures between the House and the Senate.” Others weren’t so lucky to get a guarantee of action, as they pressed for changes in maybe the most controversial part of the GOP plan, which limits a deduction for state and local taxes. “I am concerned about its impact on some of my constituents in Maryland who pay high state and local income taxes,” said Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), the only Republican member of the House from that state, which would be one of the biggest losers on the SALT issue. That subject also drew two California Republicans to make the same appeal to Brady later in the debate; Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) echoed the concerns of Harris – all of them got a murky assurance of help. “I am happy to commit to working with both of them to ensure we reach a positive outcome for their constituents and families as we reconcile our differences with the Senate,” Brady said, making no promises. Other Republicans brought up education, and a provision in the GOP tax reform bill that would hinder colleges and universities from providing tax free tuition waivers and reimbursements, a matter that has drawn more and more attention in recent days. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) – whose district includes Dayton University – and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) – whose district includes the University of Illinois – both appealed to Brady to make a change. “I believe that an unintended consequence of this bill would hinder middle class Americans pursuing a higher education degree in an attempt to better their lives,” Turner said. “I am worried it is going to have an impact on the custodians and the assistants in the Registrar’s Office who are just working at these institutions to be able to send their son or daughter to college,” said Davis. There was no guarantee that the provision would be changed. “I have a keen interest in this issue,” Brady told Turner and Davis. “I will work with you toward a positive solution on tuition assistance in conference with the Senate.” Democrats noted the exchanges on both days of the House tax reform debate, arguing that it showed off the haphazard nature of how the bill was put together. “I also was intrigued by the colloquy where Members came to ask the leadership if they will work with them to take out egregious elements of this tax proposal,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI). “We get this sort of, “Yes, I will work with the gentleman,” answer,” Kildee added, raising his voice on the floor. “Why did you put it in in the first place?” Kildee yelled. “Why are you cutting historic tax credits in the first place? Why did you put it in in the first place? You just wrote the bill. You just wrote it,” he said. GOP lawmakers said this past week that anyone can find a reason to vote against a big bill like this tax reform plan – we’ll see in coming weeks whether these publicly voiced concerns become an issue for the final version of tax reform in the Congress.