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    A brushfire that broke out on Osteen Street has spread to about 20 acres and some nearby homes are being evacuated as a precaution. The Florida Fire Service and local firefighters are battling the flames in Volusia County.
  • Police here have released photos of a man they said exposed himself while walking through the aisles of a Family Dollar at the corner of Silver Star and Bluford. It happened last week. WFTV spoke with neighboring businesses in the strip shopping center and some remembered the man, but none recognized him. Police also said they have not had prior encounters with him, according to WFTV. Investigators are asking customers who may have seen something, but declined to report it, to come forward now so more serious charges can be considered.  Right now, the man is facing a misdemeanor.  
  • Rollins College suspended a Christian student for challenging his Muslim professor over her controversial claims about Christianity, according to the website Central Florida Post. The report states that student Marshall Polston, identified as a Christian conservative, challenged his “Muslim Humanities” Professor Areeje Zufari over her “assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God.”   “It was very off-putting and flat out odd,” Polston told the Post.  “I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.” Polston says shortly after he challenged her on the belief, Zufari failed him on a major essay, refusing to provide more details as to why she gave him a 52 percent grade. Continuing with the Post account, Zufari then reported Polston to the college’s office of campus safety for making her feel “unsafe.”  She apparently posted on Facebook asking the local chapter of the ACLU for advice over what she called her student’s “hate speech.” Rollins College’s dean of students sent Polston a suspension letter on March 24, 2017, which was posted online.  The letter says the student’s “actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the College and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community and yourself.”   Finally, Zufari filed a police report against Polston for allegedly violating the suspensions order for him to have no contact with her.  The report accuses Polston of staring through a glass door into Zufari’s classroom and then disappearing.  Polston says he was nowhere near campus that day and even provided a video still from a restaurant surveillance video to back up his claim.  He tells the Post he thinks it’s “shameful” Zufari lied to the police.
  • Wrestlemania is almost here in Orlando, and fans are catching a glimpse of the set construction.On Sunday, April 2, WWE fans from around the world will descend up the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.  Wrestlemania will air live on the WWE Network at 7 p.m. News 96.5 WDBO got this picture of the Citrus Bowl construction from our chopper:
  • The number of drones in the U.S. is rapidly growing according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says 770,000 drone registrations have been filed over the last 15 months.  Drones were required to be registered with the FAA beginning in December 2015.
  • A 5 year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was bit by a rattlesnake in DeBary on Saturday. Volusian County investigators say Elijah Vaughn of Tampa and his family were at a relative’s house on Fort Florida Point Road after leaving a funeral. The boy saw what he thought was a toy snake underneath a jungle gym.  As he reached for the snake, it bit him on the right index finger, according to a police report. Vaughn’s mother rushed him to meet with deputies and he was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital where he received anti-venom treatment. Vaughn was then taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where officials said the boy’s swelling had no spread down his arm and was primarily on his hand and wrist. The snake, believed to be a pigmy rattlesnake, was caught and killed.
  • The man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend by shooting her with an assault rifle in her bedroom has confessed, according to a police report. Allen Cashe is to face a judge this afternoon in Seminole County on charges related to the death of Latina Herring, and the shootings of her two sons and her father. Police say her oldest son, Branden, died from his injuries at Arnold Palmer Hospital.  Her younger son remains in critical condition there. Her father is at a different hospital, also in critical condition at last report. The boys’ father told WFTV “My boy didn’t have to go through this.” And to the shooter he said, “You did that. You did that.  You took a piece of me.”  Branden Christian fought back tears as he called his sons some of the sweetest most respectful boys you’d ever meet.   Walt Griffin, the superintendent of Seminole County Schools, issued this statement after the boy’s passing: 'We are deeply saddened to learn that one of the young student victims of yesterday's horrific and senseless shooting has passed away from his wounds. The entire Seminole County Public Schools district grieves for the family and entire Sanford community. There are no words to describe the tragic loss of a young and innocent life taken so soon. “We have placed grief counselors at all our schools directly impacted by this incident for any student, faculty or staff member that requires their services to cope and heal. The counselors will remain in place for as long as necessary.
  • A judge says Florida's governor can remove a prosecutor from a death penalty-eligible case and has denied a request to delay the proceedings.  State Attorney Aramis Ayala today asked a judge to delay proceedings for two weeks while she prepares an argument for the Florida Supreme Court. But Circuit Judge Frederick J. Lauten denied her request Tuesday. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY THAT ORIGINATED ON MARCH 16, 2017 Earlier today, Governor Scott called on State Attorney Ayala to recuse herself immediately from prosecuting Markeith Loyd after she refused to consider the death penalty in this case. State Attorney Ayala has refused to recuse herself and Governor Scott has removed her from the case and reassigned it to State Attorney Brad King.  Governor Scott said, “Earlier today, I called on State Attorney Ayala to immediately recuse herself from this case. She informed me this afternoon that she refuses to do that. She has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King.  “Let’s remember, Markeith Loyd is accused of executing a brave law enforcement hero and murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis was also killed while actively searching for Markeith Loyd following these heinous murders. I am outraged and sickened by this loss of life and many families’ lives have been forever changed because of these senseless murders. These families deserve a state attorney who will aggressively prosecute Markeith Loyd to the fullest extent of the law and justice must be served.”
  • After being partially closed this morning in Orange and Brevard counties due to smoke from a brush fire, the Florida Highway Patrol has reopened the Beachline. Troopers closed State Road 528 from State Road 520 in east Orange County to I-95 in Cocoa due to visibility issues. FHP is asking motorists in that area to drive with caution.
  • Berlin police say suspects used a wheelbarrow to make off with a 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.  Police said Tuesday at least two burglars broke into the Bode Museum early Monday morning using a ladder to climb up to a window from elevated railway tracks running alongside the building.   The thieves grabbed the 'Big Maple Leaf' coin, on loan to the museum's coin collection, loaded it onto the wheelbarrow, then carted it out of the building and along the tracks across the Spree river before descending into a park on a rope and fleeing in a getaway car.   Police say the three-centimeter (1.2-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches) and worth some $4.5 million for the gold alone, was likely damaged in the theft.

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  • A woman has a warning for people who use the changing rooms at a Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, mall. Heather Lapinski said that while she was trying on bathing suits at Macy’s in the Mall at Robinson, she noticed a cellphone under the door. She grabbed it, but a man’s hand grabbed it back.  >> Read more trending news By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone. “I got ahold of it and a man's hand came down and grabbed it. I couldn’t scream. I was in so much shock,” Lapinski said. “I was crying. I didn't have my top on (and) I’m not running out completely naked.” By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone. Lapinski described the man as having a medium build and balding in the front of his head. She said she hopes that someone recognizes the man before he does it again. “I want someone to say, ‘I know him.’ He can't keep going back and keep doing this to women. I’m going to be traumatized for the rest of my life,” she said. “When I go to bed, I toss and turn thinking about his face.” Both Macy’s and the Mall at Robinson said in statements about the matter that the safety of customers is a top priority. They could not confirm whether other incidents were previously reported.
  • When a teenager in Texas borrowed a family friend's computer, he made a shocking and sickening discovery. The boy found nude photos of his 10-year-old sister on the computer of Joe Garza Jr., according to the Star-Telegram. >> Read more trending news Garza, 65, was arrested March 3 on child pornography charges, and faces additional charges after it was discovered that he allegedly molested an older sister in the family years ago. The Star-Telegram reports that the boy, who was trying to fix the hard drive on his own computer, asked to borrow Garza's computer. While using it, he clicked on a folder and discovered the images of his sister. He returned the computer to Garza and told his mother about the images. She asked the boy to request to use the computer again so she could see the images for herself. The mother confronted Garza about the images and police were called to the scene. Officer Domingo Martinez, who works for the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Task Force, told the Star-Telegram that Garza admitted to the mother that he had a problem and said he would disappear if she didn't call police. In interviews with authorities, the 10-year-old victim said Garza bought her items and gave her money, and told her not to tell her parents about the abuse.  Garza remains behind bars while investigators work to determine if there are additional victims.
  • A judge says Florida's governor can remove a prosecutor from a death penalty-eligible case and has denied a request to delay the proceedings.  State Attorney Aramis Ayala today asked a judge to delay proceedings for two weeks while she prepares an argument for the Florida Supreme Court. But Circuit Judge Frederick J. Lauten denied her request Tuesday. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY THAT ORIGINATED ON MARCH 16, 2017 Earlier today, Governor Scott called on State Attorney Ayala to recuse herself immediately from prosecuting Markeith Loyd after she refused to consider the death penalty in this case. State Attorney Ayala has refused to recuse herself and Governor Scott has removed her from the case and reassigned it to State Attorney Brad King.  Governor Scott said, “Earlier today, I called on State Attorney Ayala to immediately recuse herself from this case. She informed me this afternoon that she refuses to do that. She has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King.  “Let’s remember, Markeith Loyd is accused of executing a brave law enforcement hero and murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis was also killed while actively searching for Markeith Loyd following these heinous murders. I am outraged and sickened by this loss of life and many families’ lives have been forever changed because of these senseless murders. These families deserve a state attorney who will aggressively prosecute Markeith Loyd to the fullest extent of the law and justice must be served.”
  • A brushfire that broke out on Osteen Street has spread to about 20 acres and some nearby homes are being evacuated as a precaution. The Florida Fire Service and local firefighters are battling the flames in Volusia County.
  • A North Carolina county could be in major violation of HIPPA laws after mistakenly releasing hundreds of patients’ private medical records to a Charlotte TV station that was investigating a medical story. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA, was enacted in 1996 to ensure patient privacy rights. >> Read more trending news Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio revealed Tuesday afternoon that the county mistakenly released the private medical records of some 1,200 patients to the media. The county attorney confirmed patient health information was compromised.  'I'm absolutely speechless with anger at how something like this could happen,' Diorio said. Channel 9 had requested public records related to the county's failure to notify nearly 200 women about abnormal Pap smear results.  While WSOC-TV received that information Monday, the county also mistakenly included detailed medical history about hundreds of patients. The information included an Excel spreadsheets documenting the patients’ full names, addresses and dates of visits.  For some patients it also included a detailed description of why they visited and what services they received. Diorio said the information should not have been in spreadsheets in the email and the practice of putting medical information in Excel sheets will end immediately. Diorio said she believes the release is a category 2 HIPAA violation with a minimum fine of $1,000 per violation up to $50,000. A county worker collected the records Tuesday morning from WSOC.  “We do everything we can to protect the personal information for all of our patients,” Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said. “In this particular instance, the checks and balances were not completely followed and we had a lapse.' Diorio said an IT staffer mistakenly included the information in the public records request. She also said no one checked the file before it was released. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here “This was a person who works in our IT security area so it’s not as if everybody has access to this information,” she said. It’s unclear if the hundreds of patients will be notified about the information leak. Diorio is planning to discuss the next steps with the county attorney on Tuesday.   >> Click here to read the full story.