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    A 26-year-old Bunnell man is dead after his motorcycle crashed on an Interstate 95 on-ramp, the Florida Highway Patrol said.  Read: Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home Troopers said the man was driving on the entrance ramp to I-95 from U.S. 1 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle.  Read: Teacher embroiled in student sex scandal in Seminole County bonds out of jail His motorcycle flipped over and threw him off, troopers said.  The man died at the scene, troopers said.  The crash remains under investigation.  Troopers have not yet identified the man. 
  • More than 60,000 people have already registered for the  event, which is meant to help people with food following Hurricane Irma. Over 100,000 thousand are expected to show up throughout the week. Organizers say the event was prepared based off of similar event that were held in Volusia and Brevard Counties. The events caused huge lines that stretched out the door. The DCF Regional Director says the program is open for people not already on public assistance who suffered some sort of loss or damage because of the storm. They will leave with a debit card to buy groceries. Those who live in neighboring counties but could not make it to their county’s registration events will not be turned away. Roughly 15,000 Orange County residents have already been served at other events. People in Seminole County are encouraged to go to Orlando Live Events in Casselberry. People who decide to show up should expect to wait in line for hours, as well as expect traffic congestion. Attendees are advised to bring a valid Florida Driver License or Identification card. Attendees are also advised to show up on days corresponding to the first letter of your last name. The centers will be open between October 21st and October 25th. The information for the Orlando and Casselbery centers are as follows: Orange County: Camping World Stadium1 Citrus Bowl PlaceOrlando, FL 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day Seminole County: Orlando Live Events6405 S US Hwy 17 92Casselberry, FL 32730 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day More information can be found here: https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml
  • This spotted beauty came by the station today to let us know she is looking to be adopted! Dottie (get it, because the black dots?) is a happy, loving girl who is the perfect adventure buddy. She may be 8-years-old, but she rivals some puppies with the amount of energy she has! As Kathy of Pet Alliance puts it, “I think she could play fetch for hours!” That said, she is just as willing to curl up in your lap and give you kisses as she is to join you on a jog. If you are interested in meeting Dottie or any of her other adoptable friends, head over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Dottie here!
  • Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, many Puerto Ricans are struggling to get back on their feet. No water, no food and no electricity are still, understandably, some of the biggest challenges facing the Puerto Rican community. Photos: WFTV returns to Puerto Rico WFTV Channel 9’s Nancy Alvarez visited the island days after the Category 4 hit Puerto Rico. The island was already struggling from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Alvarez is now back in Puerto Rico witnessing the ongoing issues first-hand. Watch below: Puerto Ricans head to San Juan for supplies Hospitals Many hospitals are running on limited generator power, Alvarez wrote on Facebook. Gustavo Martinez is 11 years old and is at the Children's Hospital in Bayamón. He’s undergoing tests for a possible bacterial infection. Martinez told Alvarez he hopes he and 'all of Puerto Rico feels better soon.' Unemployment Hundreds of people stood in the unemployment line in Bayamon. People told Alvarez that they’ve stood in line since 3 a.m. and just wait for word on jobs.  One woman said she’s dropped her resume off at dozens of places. Many people are traveling to San Juan for jobs, food, water, gas and a cellphone signal. Watch below: Long unemployment lines in Puerto Rico: Follow  Channel 9’s Nancy Alvarez 's journey in Puerto Rico on Facebook and watch Eyewitness News Monday for her reports on the devastation.
  • iFly Orlando,  an indoor skydiving center, is helping  the special needs community take flight on Friday, October 20. The location on International Drive is hosting ‘All Abilities’ night to help those with physical and cognitive challenges push past their limitations and make the dream of flying a reality. The program has been custom designed to help create an environment where what seemed like the impossible, possible. All flyers will be assisted by specially trained flight Instructors with extra attention and accommodations based on participant needs, according to iFly. All participants will get a pre-flight training session, flight gear, and two, one-minute flights in one of the center’s two wind tunnels. The cost for this special event is $39.95 and includes a free video! The event runs  from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. You can reserve your spot by calling 407-337-4359. iFLY Orlando is located at 8969 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. (VIDEO)
  • A Seminole County teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said. Jaclyn Truman, 30, had sexual contact last year with a 15-year-old Paul J. Hagerty High School student multiple times at school, Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Kealing said. 'In th classroom, that's where you would expect to be a zone for this child and instead that trust was violated,' Kealing said. Read: Florida teacher accused of molesting 13-year-old girl Seminole County investigators arrested, charged 30 year old high school teacher Jaclyn Truman w/two counts of lewd acts on minor student. pic.twitter.com/zwh7uvimO9 — Seminole County S.O. (@SeminoleSO) October 20, 2017 Read: District to pay $3.6M for blaming 3rd graders after teacher molested them The victim told investigators that the two had sexual encounters five to 10 times from March to May 2016, an arrest report said. Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said Truman worked at the school as a long-term substitute teacher at the time of the alleged relations. Truman most recently worked at Lake Howell High School, but she was placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 4 after the alleged incident was reported to the Florida Department of Children and Families, Lawrence said. Truman worked for the Seminole County School District since 2005 and worked at Lyman High School and Lake Howell High School. She then worked at Asbury Theological Seminary as coordinator for mentored and pastoral counseling since 2013, the school district said. Read: Police: Mount Dora High School counselor molested teen at school #Update: Truman turned in her resignation which was effective yesterday. This happened while she was a long-term sub at Hagerty High.#WFTV pic.twitter.com/7kTKbpY1H5 — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) October 20, 2017 Read: Brevard County teacher accused of 2-year sexual relationship with student Lawrence said Truman had a clean record and no reports of prior incidents. He said the school district performed background checks on her before hiring her as a full-time teacher. 'During that time frame the teacher had already turned in (her) resignation to the district, which actually was effective and final yesterday,' Lawrence said. 'Therefore, this individual is no longer an employee of SCPS.' Deputies said Truman surrendered Thursday at the Sheriff's Office. She was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on two counts of lewd acts on a minor. A judge set her bond at $40,000, which she has since posted. Read: Volleyball coach accused of performing sexual act on boy, 14, at school Deputies said they're looking into the possibility that Truman has other victims. No other details were given. Anyone with information about other possible incidents is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6650. Read: Ex-Palm Bay therapeutic school teacher’s aide charged with having sex with student  
  • It’s been more than a month since Hurricane Irma ravaged the state of Florida and assistance is still being made available to families recovering from the storm. The Food for Florida Disaster food Assistance Program is available to residents in 48 different Florida counties included in the FEMA’s disaster declaration. The Florida Department of Children and Families in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are administering the program. More than 2 million Floridians have already received assistance through the program.  On Saturday, the program will open two new offices in Orange and Seminole counties.  The Orange County office will be open from 10/21-10/25 at Camping World Stadium.  The Seminole County office will be housed inside Orlando Live Events in Casselberry. The offices will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There are restrictions to the program. First, applicants can not be receiving SNAP food assistance. They must also demonstrate a financial loss as a direct result of Hurricane Irma. If approved, recipients will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to purchase food. Officials are urging residents to APPLY ONLINE before visiting a temporary DCF office to save time.
  • Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to travel to downtown Daytona Beach this weekend for the 25th annual Biketoberfest. Business owners are hopeful that more people make the pilgrimage this year. Read: Police: Man, teenage boy rob Daytona Beach hotel at knifepoint About 100,000 people typically attend the gathering, but attendance figures dipped to 40,000 last year because the festival was held one week after Hurricane Matthew tore through Central Florida. The event began Thursday and will run through Sunday. Read: Business owners say downtown Daytona Beach needs more parking Daniel Myara, who owns Cruisin' Cafe, said the annual festival has grown significantly over the last 20 years. 'It's getting bigger and bigger,' Myara said. 'The more events, the better... I think we should have more events.' The Daytona Beach Police Department said it's partnering with the Florida Highway Patrol to police festival areas along Main Street, North Beach Street, Dr. May McLeod Bethune Boulevard and West International Speedway Boulevard. Read: Fight over sunglasses leads to man's death in Daytona Beach Deputies from Volusia, Flagler and Seminole counties will also patrol Biketoberfest festivities to keep bikers safe and roadways clear. Resident Jackie Johnston said she's confident this year's event will be as safe as those held in previous years. 'Everyone needs to do their share and do their part to be safe,' Johnston said. 'And to be just a part of a fun time.' Increased security is on everyone's mind. 'It is high presence of the police, which is needed because of the sheer amount of people that are going to be in one little area in particular areas throughout the city,' biker Chris Waddell said. Drivers should expect traffic congestion on Main Street and on Ridegewood and Atlantic avenues through Sunday. Read: Police: Prison transport driver solicited inmate in Daytona Beach
  • Major League Baseball’s postseason continues and News 96.5 WDBO will air game 6 of the American League Championship Series tonight. The New York Yankees currently lead the Houston Astros 3-2 in the series.  The Yankees are looking to punch their ticket to the franchise’s record 41st World Series appearance. New York made it into the postseason by beating the Toronto Blue Jays to win the A.L. Wildcard. As for tonight’s match up, the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound.  Jason Verlander will get the start for the Astros. News 96.5 WDBO’s coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. immediately following Orlando’s Evening News. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. For a complete broadcast schedule for the MLB postseason, click HERE.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Police are investigating after a young child's body was found on a Texas beach. >> Read more trending news Officers responded to a call Friday evening from an individual who said they found a body near the shoreline of a Galveston beach, according to the report posted on the Galveston Police Department's Facebook page. Police determined that the body was that of a white boy, approximately 3-5 years old. The child has not been identified and no missing persons reports match the child's description, KHOU reported. Galveston police Capt. Joshua Schirard told KHOU that this is a very unusual case. Schirard said the U.S. Coast Guard and agencies in surrounding counties are assisting with the case.
  • A 26-year-old Bunnell man is dead after his motorcycle crashed on an Interstate 95 on-ramp, the Florida Highway Patrol said.  Read: Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home Troopers said the man was driving on the entrance ramp to I-95 from U.S. 1 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle.  Read: Teacher embroiled in student sex scandal in Seminole County bonds out of jail His motorcycle flipped over and threw him off, troopers said.  The man died at the scene, troopers said.  The crash remains under investigation.  Troopers have not yet identified the man. 
  • More than 60,000 people have already registered for the  event, which is meant to help people with food following Hurricane Irma. Over 100,000 thousand are expected to show up throughout the week. Organizers say the event was prepared based off of similar event that were held in Volusia and Brevard Counties. The events caused huge lines that stretched out the door. The DCF Regional Director says the program is open for people not already on public assistance who suffered some sort of loss or damage because of the storm. They will leave with a debit card to buy groceries. Those who live in neighboring counties but could not make it to their county’s registration events will not be turned away. Roughly 15,000 Orange County residents have already been served at other events. People in Seminole County are encouraged to go to Orlando Live Events in Casselberry. People who decide to show up should expect to wait in line for hours, as well as expect traffic congestion. Attendees are advised to bring a valid Florida Driver License or Identification card. Attendees are also advised to show up on days corresponding to the first letter of your last name. The centers will be open between October 21st and October 25th. The information for the Orlando and Casselbery centers are as follows: Orange County: Camping World Stadium1 Citrus Bowl PlaceOrlando, FL 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day Seminole County: Orlando Live Events6405 S US Hwy 17 92Casselberry, FL 32730 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day More information can be found here: https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml
  • A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom.  Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation. >> Read more trending news During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported. The weapons included the following: An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip A .308-caliber rifle A .50-caliber pistol A 12-gauge shotgun Numerous other handguns About 15 knives A baseball bat with protruding nails in it  A crossbow Brass knuckles A container of gunpowder More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition Three incendiary devices A homemade silencer Tactical vests Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered. Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them. Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.
  • A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, hoping to give more momentum to the bid for the first major tax reforms since 1986. Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders signaled their plan to simply accept the budget plan passed 51-49 by the Senate, setting a Tuesday meeting of the House Rules Committee, which sets the ground rules for bills on the floor of the House. “We want Americans to wake up in the new year with a new tax code, one that is simple and fair,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Now it is time to meet this moment and deliver real relief to hardworking people.” Approval of the Senate-passed plan would allow tax-writing committees in both the House and Senate to get to work on the actual details of tax reform; what’s been released so far is an outline, but not the fine print. “This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As for Democrats, some feel like they are being set up by the GOP, predicting that Republicans will unveil their tax reform bill, and then demand a vote on it days later. “I am perfectly willing to negotiate,” said Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO). “I can’t do it in a vacuum.” “It doesn’t work that way,” McCaskill told reporters. “Why can’t we have a bill?” When you look back at the 1986 Tax Reform Act – that took months to make its way through the House and Senate, and then a conference committee for final negotiations. Need some weekend reading? Here is the link to the explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act – it’s only a little under 1,400 pages. It’s a gentle reminder that if you do ‘real’ tax reform – it is a very complicated endeavor.