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    An Orlando man with a gun, hired for security was arrested Thursday on the campus of the University of Florida. Moments before the start of the controversial speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, Alachua County Sheriff Deputies arrested Sean Brijmohan, 28, on a charge of carrying a firearm on school property.  According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, a deputy saw Brijmohan walking with a gun on his waist and under his shirt. Brijmohan does posses a concealed carry license, deputies said.  It's not known which media organization Sean Brijmohan was hired by or what security firm he is employed by.  The streets of Gainesville were empty hours before Spencer's speech, with only media and uniformed law enforcement officers lining streets of the university.  Protesters shouted, 'Not in our town! Not in our state! We don't want your Nazi hate!
  • Less than six minutes into the opening game of the 2017 NBA season, Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtic's was carted off the court with a very serious injury. Playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, Hayward suffered a really ugly looking ankle injury.  TNT play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan repeated in the broadcast, 'Hayward broke his leg, Hayward has broken his leg, Hayward has broken his leg.'  A stretcher was brought out to take Hayward off the floor.  After the game, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Hayward had suffered a fractured tibia and a dislocated ankle. See it: https://youtu.be/fRe-AdlD4uQ
  • Melania Trump is out with a new public service announcement.  The First Lady recorded a PSA in the White House, urging Americans to continue to donate time and money in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. This is the First Lady’s latest effort to help storm victims after she and President Trump toured parts of the U.S. that were devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  She offers these resources for help: NVOAD.ORG and READY.GOV
  • A former Orlando City B team soccer player was arrested over the weekend after police said he punched a taxi driver in the face after a dispute about Cab fare. According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 25 yr old Benjamin David Polk,punched the driver in the face repeatedly, knocking out a front tooth and bloodying his face.  Deputies say they were called to Island Shore Lane, in Lake Mary just after 3 a.m. Saturday morning by a passerby who saw the driver on the ground bleeding.  The driver told deputies he picked up Polk and another man in downtown Orlando and that the two became angry at the price of the fare and that Polk then punched him the face several times.  Polk, who played eight games for Orlando City B in the United Soccer League this season, has been charged with aggravated battery. He was taken to the Seminole County Jail and released after posting $15,000 bail.
  • A Lake County homeowner is being told a sign on her own property in support of President Trump and America must come down.  The sign that reads 'Proud to be an American' and 'toot for Trump' stands in Elaine Simmons' backyard along busy North Hancock road near Minneola. The problem apparently, is that a lot of drivers are tooting their horns, day and night and the sign has been up since President Trump was candidate Trump.  Now, Simmons is being told the sign has to go, because the county has received complaints.   Lake County officials say the sign is a code violation, because of how long it's been up, not because of what it says.
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting at the Magnolia Court Condominiums on Forest City road. We brought it to you as breaking news Wednesday afternoon, when Orange County Deputies responded around 4:45 p.m. following a report of shots fired.  One of the men shot has died, while the other remains critically injured at Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Jeff Williamson, Orange County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer said the gunman has not been found. The identities of the victims have not been made public.  Lockhart Middle School was also placed on lock down during the investigation.  Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 407-423-TIPS.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge, Danny Banks, announced Wednesday he won’t run for Orange County sheriff in 2018. “After several months of careful consideration, I have decided I will not file as a candidate in the 2018 special election for Orange County Sheriff,” Banks said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “In order to avoid a conflict of interest, my resignation as the Special Agent in Charge of FDLE Orlando would be required in June 2018 to enter the race for this elected position. My resignation would occur 6 months shy of my 25-year anniversary of law enforcement service to Central Florida, an important milestone in the Florida Retirement System in which I am invested.”  There has been wide speculation of a showdown between Banks and Orlando Police Chief John Mina for the Orange County sheriff’s race in 2018. However, Chief Mina has not officially announced that he is going to run either.  Retired Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul “Spike” Hopkins who ran against Sheriff Demings in 2016 has also expressed interest in running.  Sheriff Jerry Demings will run for Orange County mayor in 2018, which will leave his current position open.
  • Republicans will keep the seat of Florida House District 44 following a special election Tuesday. Former Winter Garden commissioner Bobby Olszewski beat Democrat Eddy Dominguez, 56 percent to 44 percent.  Olszewski, 39, will replace Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, who resigned earlier in the year for a judgeship.  District 44 includes much of southwest Orange County, including parts of Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee and the Williamsburg area.  Eddy Dominguez was a late entry, replacing Paul Chandler, who withdrew after it was discovered he had been registered to vote in another state last year.  The district has long been Republican, but in 2016 a majority of voters there supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by about 6,000 votes.
  • Update:  A Lady Lake father is under arrest, accused of drowning his 17-month-old daughter in a bath tub.  Lake County deputies said Ocala police received a call about 9:30 a.m. from the child’s mother saying her husband,  Jeremy Main,  38, called her and admitted to killing the toddler.  Deputies say when they arrived at Jeremy Main's home, they tried to make contact with him, but ended up making a forced entry into the house and found the toddler dead in a bath tub.  “It does not appear to be an accident based on language he used with the mother,” said Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Fred Jones.  The Sheriff's office also said Main turned himself in to police. Deputies also said the incident may have stemmed from a marital issue between the child smother and father.  Neighbor Joe Washburn told channel 9 Eyewitness News, he couldn't believe something like this could happen anywhere, let alone so close to his home.  'That's just heartbreaking,' he said. 'Sickening. There's no excuse for it.' Jeremy Main is charged with first degree murder.
  • 35 year old David Gray was arrested Friday and charged with several counts after a customer at a Chick-fil-A allegedly caught him raping a baby girl in the bathroom.  The witness told police that he went to the restroom and saw something questionable in a reflection on the wall tile.  An Orlando police report reads like this, “(The witness) was not sure if the baby was bouncing or if they were having sex,” the report said. “(The witness) stated he flushed the toilet on purpose to let the man hear him in the bathroom.'  The witness told investigators that the man, later identified as David Michael Gray, panicked and tried to leave the bathroom.  When the witness confronted him, Gray reportedly pulled out a stun gun and threatened to use it on the man.  Another witness told officers that Gray comes into the restaurant at least twice a week with a woman and children.  “She saw him take the baby into the bathroom, and on several occasions, he took other small babies into the bathroom with him,” the report said.  Gray was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a child younger than 12, lewd or lascivious battery, lewd or lascivious molestation on a child younger than 12, delinquency of a minor, and a variety of other charges.  He is being held at the Orange County Jail without bond. A judge denied Gray bail at his first appearance hearing Saturday.
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  • The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that an Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional. >> Read more trending news The statement was released after Stuart Public Schools enacted a policy requiring all students, staff and spectators to stand for the national anthem, prohibiting any form of protest. The Hughes County school's policy was announced amid a nationwide conversation about kneeling during the national anthem. Professional football players started kneeling in protest of police brutality against minorities. The protests received increased scrutiny after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who chose to join the protests. While some say the protests are disrespectful to U.S. service members, other say they fall under free speech and raise awareness to an important domestic issue in the country. The ACLU of Oklahoma's legal director released a statement Wednesday: “Stuart Public Schools’ new policy is blatantly unconstitutional and unenforceable. The Supreme Court has made clear that students have the right to express themselves. Our Constitution guarantees that public schools can neither mandate forced displays of patriotism and nationalism, nor forbid lawful protests against injustice. Stuart Public Schools has chosen to violate both of these guarantees. This school district’s school’s leaders are in desperate need of a First Amendment lesson, one that they are likely to receive swiftly in the event they actually attempt to enforce this unlawful policy.” The organization's director of external affairs also released a statement: “Forcing students to stand for the National Anthem is irresponsible and flies in the face of every conceivable understanding of the First Amendment. If this school district were actually interested in real patriotism, they would do their duty as a government actor to uphold the values of the Constitution rather than waste taxpayers’ time and resources with an unlawful attempt to shut down the expression of their students and staff.”
  • An Orlando man with a gun, hired for security was arrested Thursday on the campus of the University of Florida. Moments before the start of the controversial speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, Alachua County Sheriff Deputies arrested Sean Brijmohan, 28, on a charge of carrying a firearm on school property.  According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, a deputy saw Brijmohan walking with a gun on his waist and under his shirt. Brijmohan does posses a concealed carry license, deputies said.  It's not known which media organization Sean Brijmohan was hired by or what security firm he is employed by.  The streets of Gainesville were empty hours before Spencer's speech, with only media and uniformed law enforcement officers lining streets of the university.  Protesters shouted, 'Not in our town! Not in our state! We don't want your Nazi hate!
  • A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old boy was injured Wednesday evening when a fight escalated into an exchange of gunfire, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were called shortly before 9:30 p.m. to Hummingbird Lane near Lake Underhill Road and South Chickasaw Trail, where Joshua Zapata had been shot, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. 'We heard some voices out here and we looked out the window and there were some people across the street,' said Stephen Stull, who lives nearby.  Zapata, who was described as very uncooperative, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition, Tejada-Monforte said. Photos: Teenage boys shot in Orange County Just heartbreaking-- a 15 yr old is dead and a 17 yr old is recovering following a shootout between two teens. We are live outside ORMC pic.twitter.com/4GZRk3wi1F — Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) October 19, 2017 Read: Deputies: Man, 25, shot during fight in Orange County Investigators said Anthony Jamie Santiago, who was shot multiple times, was found minutes later on nearby Puffin Drive. Santiago was taken to Florida Hospital East, where he died. Deputies said the boys got into a fight, but its cause is unknown. Neither boy lived in the neighborhood. The shootings remain under investigation. No other details were given. Read: Police: Orlando bike cop shoots man who shot at him
  • A 46-year-old man shot a 25-year-old man Wednesday evening during a fight, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. The shooting was reported shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Hollister Road near Lake Pickett and Chuluota roads in the Bithlo neighborhood, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. Jose Irizarry Caraballo was arguing with a man when another man tried to break up the fight, Tejada-Monforte said. The identities of the other two men haven't been released. Read: Deputies: 1 of 2 teenage boys shot in Orange County dies Investigators said Caraballo shot at the man who was trying to breaking up the argument but hit the man with whom he was arguing instead. The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition, deputies said. Watch: Luis Toledo trial: Detectives' interview played for jurors Caraballo was booked into the Orange County Jail on an aggravated battery charge. The shooting remains under investigation. No other details were given. Read: White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at University of Florida
  • An Orange County fire chief said he and his team treated around 1,300 patients when there were stationed in Puerto Rico for eight days.  Juan Atan said he left with a group of 36 emergency personnel from South and Central Florida and was stationed in Manati on the island.  'Once you see it with your own eyes, it's a whole different ball game,' he said.  Read: Orange County elementary school holds forum to help displaced Puerto Rican families adjust Atan said his team was an acute care unit that took care of patients ranging from people coming in ill to helping the injured.  Video: Puerto Ricans struggle to secure flights off island after Hurricane Maria 'We work long hours. We worked anywhere from 12 to 16 hours. Yes we were tired. But our fuel was when those folks came in and looked at us and smiled,' he said.  Watch: Officials: 23K Puerto Ricans evacuate to Orlando, many more waiting on flights He said what struck him most about the trip was the gratefulness of those affected by the storm. Photos: Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean  'Again, that is what gives us fuel to do that. This lady, I mean she basically lost a lot of stuff. She just had a big smile when we brought her on the helicopter, she was a true trooper,” he said.  Video: Supply drive ongoing for students, families displaced to Central Florida from Puerto Rico He said he isn’t sure if he will be called back to Puerto Rico—as aid workers are still assessing the prolonged need for recovery.  According to Orlando International Airport, nearly 9,000 individuals have visited the Disaster Relief Center there to receive services with relocating to the area.  Read: KUA sends linemen to help Puerto Rico; for some, it's personal Channel 9's Nancy Alvarez is traveling to the island to survey recovery efforts. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.