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    The first sighting came in this past weekend, when a woman and her family saw it near Central and Michael Gladden boulevards.   A resident says she saw the rhesus macaque near a restaurant less than a block away from where it was originally seen.   On Sunday, a woman tried to photograph the animal, but she drove off instead when she said it charged at her and her kids.   The Central Florida Zoo deputy director said there's a big population that breed of monkey in Silver Springs in Ocala, and that the one wildlife officials are looking for could have been kicked out of its group and somehow made its way to Apopka.   Wildlife officials said anyone who comes across the monkey shouldn’t stare at it or approach it, because the animal may see it as a sign of aggression.   They also want the monkeys carry diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis and herpes.   Anyone who spots the monkey is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 
  • If you need something to make you smile today, this is the only 7 seconds you need.Rosie got a little too excited when she arrived at Nobby Beach on the Gold Coast. Her owner, Shannon Johnston, says the black rescue pup took off after a tennis ball that she had thrown over a fence.As Rosie jumped over the fence, her back paws clipped the edge and sent her flipping over, making a less than perfect landing.“Even though it looks bad she was fine, brought the ball straight back for another go,” Johnston told 9News.The video has racked up more than 6 million views on Facebook.You can see the hilarious moment HERE.
  • A world champion in martial arts will go before a judge this morning, accused to soliciting sex from an 11-year-old student.Stephanie Figueroa, 21, was arrested last June after police say the mother of the victim found sexual messages from Figueroa on her son’s cellphone.  According to an Orlando police report, Figueroa allegedly told the boy she 'could not wait for another sleep over at the karate school, so she could have sex with him in a hard way.” Figueroa is an instructor at Next Gen Xtreme Martial Arts on Goldenrod Road where she met the boy when he was a student. The victim also told police that Figueroa would flirt with him and send him full body nude photos as well as photos of her private parts. He claims she once slid her hand on his thigh and he told her to stop.In another disturbing text message, police say the two communicated through the Kik app and she invited him over to her house for her 21st birthday, because no one would be home. “I want to have sex with you,” she messaged the boy, according to the police report. “OK IDC (I don’t care),” he responded. When police asked to see the messages and photos, the boy’s mother couldn’t locate any of them.The owner of Next Gen says their security cameras don’t show any inappropriate behavior between the two. According to the school’s Facebook page, it appears that Figueroa still works there and is actually the profile picture for the facility.  She has pleaded not guilty to all charges. (Facebook) (Facebook) (VIDEO)
  • A man in India jumped for life to avoid being attacked by a leopard!Forest department rangers were trying to trap the animal that was wandering a Kuruli village. The leopard ended up on the roof where one ranger was standing. Moments later, the animal ran at the ranger and he was forced to jump from the roof to safety. According to Mashable, the leopard was on the loose for at least 12 hours and injured three people, including the roof-jumping ranger. It was eventually captured and has been relocated to Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar. Watch the video HERE.
  • Accused cop killer Markeith Loyd will have some more explaining to do after a report that he sent text messages to his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon after shooting her last December.“Don't know if you go make it, hope you don't,” is one of the messages that Loyd reportedly sent, according to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.  Hours later, he sent another message.“You caused this,” and blamed Dixon’s brother for  intervening the night he shot her. Dixon’s brother was also shot but lived.There is also reportedly a 10-page letter, written by Loyd, that lays out why he shot Dixon.  It was found in the home on Lascott Lane in Orlando where Loyd was found by police on January 17 after a weeks-long manhunt. He also called the death of their unborn baby an “unintended consequence.”Loyd is charged with murder for the deaths of Dixon and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, who approached him outside of a Walmart in January. Loyd’s next court appearance is scheduled for next month.
  • A 17-year-old Palm Beach, Florida high school student is making a statement with a prom dress she had designed to honor black men and women who have been killed.The Black Lives matter-inspired dress depicts the faces of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown in black and white photos throughout her gown. Milan Morris posted the photos to her Instagram account.Morris captioned the photo: “Yes I’m black. Yes I’m 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that’s bigger than me. #AllLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #MoveWithPurpose.” (Instagram) (Instagram) The dress was designed by Terrance Torrence. I took him over four days to create the gown, reports the Daily Mail.  Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford. Michael Brown made headlines after he was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri (Brown was unarmed). Sandra Bland hung herself in a jail cell in Texas after she was arrested for not using a turn signal.Morris has received mostly positive feedback for her controversial prom attire.“Such an inspiration for young black women everywhere. God bless. Done with so much class,” writes @m.sunshine3042. Morris is a star basketball player at Cardinal Newman High School. According to the Palm Beach Post, she’ll attend Boston College in the fall.
  • ‘Stay off Broadway,’ Kissimmee Police tweeted out Friday morning after a suspicious package was found on Broadway near MLK Jr. Blvd.'Suspicious package on Broadway. Business(es) are asked to evacuate through the back door. Stay off of Broadway. KPD/KFD working incident.” By 12:30 the bomb squad robot pulled a large suitcase away from a propane tank, located in a parking lot on Broadway, and into the street where it was safely detonated. No bomb was found. Kissimmee police have charged Jacob Ortiz, 20, with false report of a bomb. Earlier, employees of shops along Broadway from West Monument to West Neptune were told to exit out their back doors. Police spoke with the man who they say openly stated that it was a bomb. No immediate word on charges.  (tweet) (tweet) (tweet)
  • Take that!A photo of a Detroit, Michigan college student has gone viral after posting his celebratory graduation picture to Twitter....but there’s A LOT more to this story.Daivon Reeder will  officially graduate from Eastern Michigan University on Saturday with a degree in criminal justice and military science...an accomplishment his stepdad said he would never achieve. “My stepdad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate....4 years later, he’s in jail and I’m well.....” tweeted Reeder, proudly wearing his cap and gown, smiling from ear to ear.The photo has been retweeted more than 60,000 times. Reeder tells Buzzfeed News that he appreciates the support and kind words from strangers who have heard his story.'I'm just a first generation college kid from Detroit trying to beat the odds. I guess people can relate to a humble beginning.' (tweet)
  • Authorities say a body was discovered offshore in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday morning.It’s not known if it’s the body of 8-year-old Hezekiah Hill, who went missing on Saturday after being pulled into strong currents. The boy was playing in the surf when he was carried away. His 11-year-old sister tried to save him but had to be rescued after being pulled under. Listen to News 96.5 WDBO for details as they develop.
  • That tire clearly had a mind of its own.After falling off a vehicle, the large tire is seen on several security videos bouncing off into the street, and slamming into a tree before making its final destination inside a pharmacy and taking aim at two guys sitting inside.The bizarre incident occurred in Turkey’s southern Adana province, according to Daily Sabah. 'We are a pharmacy. We were waiting for patients. A wheel came instead. We're shocked,' said owner Abdulkadir Erdeve whose friends were hit in the tire attack.Fortunately, the tire had a lost a bit of momentum before it made its surprise appearance in the store and the two men weren’t injured. (tweet)
  • Samantha Jordan

    Samantha Jordan is a reporter for Orlando's Morning News and website contributor for News965.com.

    After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Samantha interned for the morning show at Magic 107.7 in 2010. She was then offered a job in Houston, TX for the top 10 radio news station KTRH 740. Trading in her swimsuit for a cowboy hat, Samantha made the move to KTRH where she worked as the web reporter and writer. Her on-air segment 'Connected' brought to life all of the viral videos that are trending on the web. Houston listeners dubbed her 'the web goddess' as she brought light-hearted and comedic relief during the morning commute.

    Television came calling and Samantha was approached by the local TV station Fox 26 to participate in their weekly 'Fox in Focus' segment, which talked about women's issues in a debate-style setting. In 2012, Samantha was offered a job with News 96.5 as an anchor/reporter and happily returned to her hometown. 

    When Samantha isn't reporting or scouring the web for cat videos, she enjoys going to concerts, movies, and spending time with her son and their dogs, Sebastian and Maya. 

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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.