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    Threats written on the walls of a girls bathroom have landed a Timber Creek High School student in the Orange County Juvenile Assessment Center.  Detectives with the sheriff’s office learned of the violent threat on November 14. They found the words “I’m going to shoot this s__t up” written on a bathroom mirror as well as “Don’t come to school 11-17-17.” Another threat was written on the wall. A female student originally reported finding the written threats, but detectives learned that her handwriting was similiar to “distinct characteristics” found in the written threats and she eventually cooperated with the investigation. The student, 15, is charged with felonies including threats to discharge a destructive device. Her arrest was announced a day after other threats forced the evacuation of Windermere high School on the other side of Orange County. No threat was found. Law enforcement is urging parents to sit down with their children and explain that pranks are not without consequences.
  • Five members of the Florida Highway Patrol from Central Florida are working over the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico. They are part of a detail of 50 troopers who are responding to the Puerto Rico Police Department’s call for assistance. Among them is Sgt. Dave Rodriguez, pictured walking with his travel bag and gear bearing the design of the Puerto Rico flag.  Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida remains committed to helping Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.” “I want to thank these brave men and women for sacrificing time away from their families during Thanksgiving to serve in Puerto Rico. We will continue to work with state, federal and local partners to assist Puerto Rico in any way that we can,” Scott said in a statement released by his office yesterday.
  • Windermere High School was placed on a lockdown Wednesday afternoon due to a “suspicious incident” that proved to be untrue after a nearly two hour search of the campus. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a parent’s concern after her child texted her with word that a student may be locked in a bathroom with a gun. No weapons were reported to have been found. Initially, deputies told News 96.5 WDBO's Joe Kelley that they are investigating what they called a “potentially violent situation.'  All students and staff were moved to the athletic fields. The school posted on its Facebook page that all students and staff are safe. This is the second time since September that law enforcement has had to respond to the school over a potential threat. Today, parents were cautioned to talk with their children about the seriousness of the matter. “This is not a time to be joking around,” said Deputy Sheriff Ingrid Tejada-Monforte. This is a developing story, check back for updates.
  • A second medical marijuana dipensary is about to open in Orlando. Trulieve is putting the finishing touches on a store located at North Orange Blossom Trail, near the intersection with Lee Road. Two months ago, Trulieve opened a store in downtown Bradenton. Orlando would be its 13th location in Florida. Under Florida law, patients seeking medical marijuana must be registered with the Florida Health Department and have received a prescription from a doctor also licensed with the state. Click here to learn which ailments and diseases qualify for medical marijuana in Florida and which doctors can prescribe it. It is still illegal under federal law.  
  • Home owners looking to improve the storm readiness of their property can get some free advice from specialists with FEMA beginning Monday at the Home Depot on West Vine Street. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending teams to several home improvement centers in Osceola, Lee, Highlands and Broward counties for the next two weeks. Click here to learn more about ways to protect your home from the next hurricane. Most information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Covered topics include flood insurance, rebuilding flooded homes, and elevating utilities, according to announcement from the federal agency.
  • Space pioneer Richard Gordon, Jr. has died at age 88, according to an announcement by the Orlando-based Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. “Dick Gordon is an American hero, and a true renaissance man by any measure. He was an American naval officer and aviator, chemist, test pilot, NASA astronaut, professional football executive, oil and gas executive and generous contributor to worthy causes,” said Curt Brown, board chairman of the Foundation. Gordon first went into space as pilot of Gemini 11 in September 1966. Three years later, he piloted the command module for Apollo 12. Gordon also published several technical papers for the Navy and NASA before retiring at the rank of Captain in 1972, according to the Foundation. He was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in 1993. Gordon died Monday at his home in California.
  • A student of Florida State University died over the week at an off-campus house party, then another student was charged with cocaine in an unrelated case, which led to an announcement today by FSU President John Thrasher to suspend all Greek Life at the school. “We’ve got a serious problem,” he said and announced the formation of a group that will include representatives from fraternities and sororities to create what he called “a new normal.” Other non-Greek student groups are also on notice not to serve alcohol at any of their gatherings. Click here to read the statement from FSU.  
  • For the first time, a woman has won a major half-marathon run in the United States, being the first to cross the finish line ahead of a field that was dominated by women, according to Walt Disney World. Giovanna Martins of Salta, Brazil won the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon with a time of 1:19:16. The first man to cross the line was six seconds behind her. “To my knowledge, this is the first time a female runner has won a major half marathon race that included both male and female runners,” said race director Jon Hughes. “What I think is amazing is that in the 80s, the race field was only 15% women. “Fast forward to today and our race participants are nearly 65% female. It’s exciting to see the growth of female participation, and to see women becoming more competitive and making gains in the industry,” said Hughes in a WDW news release. “It’s a story I’ll tell my family, friends and students. I’ll never forget it,” said Martins of her historic win.
  • A small plane landed in the median of Interstate 4 this afternoon, north of State Road 434 near Longwood. There were no injuries. The pilot reported running low on fuel and tried to land at a nearby golf course, but chose the unopened stretch of the highway instead. He was alone on the plane. Initially, traffic was heavy and slow, because of the unusual sight, but otherwise is not being affected. Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes told News 96.5 WDBO “no eastbound traffic was affected.” Seminole County Fire Rescue responded to the scene. The FAA is also expected to interview the pilot. Plans to fly the plane off the highway to Orlando Executive Airport are in some doubt as the evening approaches.
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released a video of a young man being sought after a bank robbery this week. Deputies report that on Friday October 27, around 1:30 in the afternoon, a man entered the SunTrust Bank at 1751 N. Alafaya Trail and passed a note to the teller. The note contained a threat advising he had a weapon. The teller complied and gave him an undisclosed amount of money, according to OCSO. The suspect left the bank on foot. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
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    Joe Ruble is a veteran radio reporter, afternoon anchor and baseball fan.

    He claims to have been to every spring training site in Florida over the last ten years. "Steinbrenner Field in Tampa is one of my favorites," he said.

    Before landing in Orlando a year after the hurricanes did, Joe reported for Newsradio 740 KTRH in Houston for 15 years. He also covered news in Denver at KOA and was a news director for KYGO AM-FM. He is now a Broncos fan after watching John Elway from the press box at Mile High Stadium for two seasons. 

    Joe was raised in Hawaii and began his reporting career there while still a student at the University of Hawaii. He has earned awards for his reporting from natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Not wanting to press his luck, he stayed away from high surf.  

    Joe has interviewed former presidents, professional athletes and music legends over the years. Most memorable chat? "Stevie Wonder, he joined me live on the radio in Hilo one night. He was touring and writing music for an album. I played his records while he sat on the other side of the turntable talking about his songs. Unforgettable."

    Ruble is married, raising two pups and living in Ocoee, Fla.

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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.