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    Orlando Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was found shot to death outside an apartment complex Thursday night.. The shooting was reported around 7:20 p.m. at Venetian Place Apartments on 4528 Commander Drive in Orlando.  Police found the victim, who was not identified, dead outside one of the apartment buildings.No other information was immediately released.  This is a developing story. The Orlando Police department is asking anyone with any information about the incident, call 911 or Crimeline.
  • Two people are facing drug trafficking charges after transporting some 260 pounds of marijuana into Orlando on a private jet. Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security say a confidential informant tipped them off that the plane was on its way to Orlando Executive airport and they were waiting when it landed about 1 a.m Monday. Agents observed two individuals take luggage of the jet from California and load it into an SUV.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office chopper tracked the SUV along State Road 408. When deputies attempted to pull it over for speeding in a construction zone, the SUV sped up and exited the highway, before crashing.  Deputies at the crash scene, reported a strong odor of marijuana and found 260 pounds of marijuana packed in airtight plastic inside the wrecked vehicle.  Cesar Martins was ejected from the SUV and Chayla Archambault was trapped inside, but both were not seriously injured.  Archambault and Martins were arrested after being treated for minor injuries at the scene.
  • Three South Florida men have now been charged in connection with a controversial video showing a shark being dragged behind a fast-moving boat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced the charges late Tuesday following a four month investigation.  Michael Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto, Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton, and Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, were all charged with multiple crimes in connection with the video and other social media posts.  Florida Gov. Rick Scott released the following statement on the charges:  “I was outraged by the sickening video of a shark being horribly abused earlier this year. Florida has no tolerance for this mistreatment, and I am proud of the hard work of FWC law enforcement during this investigation to hold these individuals accountable for their horrific actions.”  See video in APP:  https://youtu.be/k94iJo-X0PI Florida Fish and Wildlife issued this statement : 'As we've said since this video and other images came to light, these actions have no place in Florida, where we treasure and conserve our natural resources for everyone,' said Commission Chairman Bo Rivard. 'We appreciate the patience and support of the public as our law enforcement investigators worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to identify a number of serious violations that will be brought to the courts for adjudication. It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated.'  All three men face two counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty. one of the men issued isued a video apology after the initial social media backlash to the video: Vie win the APP   https://youtu.be/Mb90gJuHqrU
  • 10 p.m. update:  Heavy rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph pushing through Sumter County into northern Lake County.  A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the national weather service for Sumter County shortly after 10 p.m. As of midnight,  some thunderstorms with lightning were pushing through Volusia County with the most severe activity in Daytona Beach and along the coast. Meteorologists are watching for the possibility of high winds gusts, as well as, am isolated threat of tornadoes. Rain and any potential storms will push off by morning and then the cold air will move in for the rest of the weekend. During the day Saturday, temperatures will slowly fall and hold steady in the mid to upper 50s. A breezy northwest wind will make it feel even colder. Sunday morning’s temperatures will come in around 40 in the Orlando area, and close to freezing across Marion County.  Sunday will be sunny but the afternoon high will only reach 60. That’s about 15 degrees cooler than our normal high.
  • Another Uber driver is in trouble with the law. An Orlando man is facing charges after a passenger said he carried her into a hotel room and sexually assaulted her while she was drunk. Jorge Alberto Antunez Quintero, 38,  was arrested Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery, for the alleged May 21 incident. Antunez Quintero admitted to taking the young lady to a Red Roof Inn off International Drive and carrying her to the room because she had a hard time walking.  According to an arrest warrant, the victim told police she requested a ride from a friend’s house and to be dropped off at the hotel. Antunez Quintero told police the woman asked him to pull over on the way because she felt sick. He said she pulled up her dress, and wasn’t wearing underwear. He claims he took that as a sign that she wanted to have sex. He is being held at the Orange County Jail on no bond.
  • Thousands of people waited for hours, many in the rain to hear and see President Donald Trump speak at a 'Make America Great Again Rally' in Pensacola Friday night. 'You remember the campaign. I said, 'Let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas,'' Trump said to cheers from the crowd. Trump said he can think of no better Christmas present for the American people than a big massive tax cut. Trump then ridiculed the news media and highlighted the economy and Fridays strong jobs report showing 228,000 jobs created in November . “By the way,” he said, “How are your 401(k)’s doing?”In true Trump fashion, the President ran the table on familiar topics, ISIS, the wall, last years campaign , trade deals, Hillary Clinton and sanctuary cities. Before arriving in Pensacola, the President tweeted his support of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore saying, that the 'LAST thing' he needs in the closely divided GOP-controlled Senate is a 'Liberal Democrat' who opposes his agenda. During the rally he again encouraged supporters in Alabama to vote for Roy Moore next week. The President closed by saying “my job is not to be president of the world, but to be President of the United States of America.” Saying we are just getting started and we are so close to passing a beautiful new tax bill.
  • Four men were arrested as they attempted to rob a bank in Apopka Thursday morning.  Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said multiple agencies have been searching for the men for several weeks in connection to multiple bank robberies throughout Central Florida. “They were dangerous. They were armed. We have recovered multiple firearms,” Demings said. “We are elated we were able to take them into custody.” The suspects were identified as Tariq Cherry, Lamarcus Harvey, Walter Jones and Cory Robinson. Detectives didn’t say how they know the robbery was going to go down, but they knew the men would be coming to the Iberia-bank 1420 W Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka. Officers arrested the men before they got into the bank without incident, deputies said. The FBI is investigating.
  • The mayor of Davenport was arrested Tuesday after deputies said they caught her using a dead person’s handicapped parking tag at city hall. Polk County deputies say they got word that Mayor Teresa Darlene Bradley, 60, was parking in handicapped spots, but was not handicapped. Deputies witnessed Bradley park in a handicapped space, place a placard on her mirror, then take it off when she got back in the car.  “Video was also obtained of Bradley exiting the vehicle with no assistance, removing a large wheeled brief/suit case from the trunk and walking into the City Hall meeting without assistance,” deputies said. The owner of one placard died in Aug. 2012.  Bradley is facing charges of criminal use of a deceased person’s identification, possession of a counterfeit decal and unlawful use of a handicapped placard.  “We expect our elected officials to set the proper example. She not only violated the law, she embarrassed the citizens of Davenport with her illegal conduct,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  She was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting $2,250 bond.
  •  Seminole County deputies gave a 109-year-old woman a birthday surprise Tuesday Deputies designated Dorothea Nelson an honorary deputy of the Seminole County Sheriff's office and threw her a birthday party complete with a cake and a chance to sit in the back of a patrol car.  Nelson told Channel 9 that she stays healthy by doing Pilates, eats chocolate and drinks a glass of milk every day for lunch.  The 109 year old Nelson lives with her daughter in Lake Mary.
  • Officer Omar Delgado, with the Eatonville Police Department, was one of the first officers to respond to the terror attack at Pulse nightclub. Delgado has been on 'light desk duty' for the past 8 months due to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Eatonville Town Council voted Tuesday night to pay some of Officer Delgado's accrued sick time before he is dismissed from the force on Dec. 31, six months before he qualifies for his pension.  Delgado was declared a hero the night of the Pulse attack after he pulled victim Angel Colon and others to safety.  Colon was shot six times during the June 12, 2016, attack and said that Delgado saved his life.  'He was my hero,' Colon said. 'He saved my life, and for them to just do what they're doing in front of my face, it's a slap to my face as well.'  Colon attended theTown Council meeting Tuesday night in protest of the city's decision to let Delgado go.  Delgado couldn't believe that the town won't let him continue with the police department long enough to qualify for his pension.  Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole refused to answer questions about Delgado's dismissal and why he was being let go when he is so close to being able to qualify for his pension.
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  • City leaders in Lakewood, South Sound residents and members of the media had warned that the Point Defiance Bypass route, on which numerous people were killed or injured when an Amtrak Cascades passenger train derailed Monday near Lacey, could lead to fatal accidents and traffic disruptions. >> Read more trending news Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed Monday morning during its inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass route. The train left the tracks on an Interstate 5 overpass in Pierce County, slamming into cars and throwing passengers and crew members. Authorities confirmed that multiple people were killed, but they declined to say how many by early Monday afternoon. The editorial board of The News Tribune in Tacoma questioned in 2013 whether the new line, which shaved about 10 minutes off the Seattle-to-Portland route, was worth the threat to public safety. >> Related: Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment “A train accident on tracks near I-5 easily could create backups stretching miles in both directions,” the editorial board wrote. “Is making the train ride to Portland 10 minutes quicker worth the threat to public safety and all the disruption it will create for thousands of drivers? Is the state really that desperate for federal rail funds?” >> Related: Fatalities reported after train derails onto Interstate 5 in Washington The new high-speed route takes trains inland and runs parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Dupont, separating passenger trains from freight trains that continue to use a waterfront route. It’s the same route that Sound Transit uses for its Sounder commuter train, but that is not a high-speed train. The News Tribune was not alone in its fear of what could happen. >> Photos: Amtrak train derails in Washington The city of Lakewood sued Amtrak to stop the rerouting, and Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and some residents in the area have long voiced their concerns about the danger. At a city meeting on Dec. 5, Anderson said he believed the trains were too close to traffic and pedestrians. >> Related: A history of some of Amtrak's deadliest derailments “Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens,” Anderson said at the city meeting. Anderson also told local media that it would be only a matter of time before the high-speed trains kill someone.
  • An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday, killing at least six people and injuring  dozens of others, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  Amtrak Cascades Train 501, carrying 78 passengers and five crew members, jumped the track near Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, plunging off an overpass onto the I-5 freeway below, according to Amtrak officials. Amtrak has provided a phone number for people to call with questions about family or friends who may have been on the train: 800-523-9101. At least 70 people were taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center and at least 20 were transported to the Madigan Army Medical Emergency Center. The main phone number for St. Joseph’s is 253-426-4101. You can inquire about a loved one at this number by providing the name of the person. >> Related:  LIVE UPDATES: At least 70 sent to hospital, 6 dead after train derails on I-5 Madigan has two numbers listed for patient admissions: 253-968-3827 and 253-968-3829.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice released its review of how officers with the Orlando Police Department responded to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. More than 100 people were injured and 49 people died at the nightclub June 12, 2016 when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire as the club was closing. Photos: Victims of Pulse nightclub Orlando Police Chief John Mina requested the independent review by the DOJ and Police Foundation to identify best practices and areas in which to improve regarding planning, training, polices, procedures and practices, the report said. The report found: The tactical response by the OPD was consistent with the department’s policies, procedures, and training as well as recognized practices;  The OPD successfully leveraged existing relationships with federal, state and local public safety agencies in their response to the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack;  OPD leadership prioritized the mental health of all OPD personnel following the response to the Pulse attack;  Pre-existing Orlando police-community relationships, fostered and sustained over time, enhanced the resilience of the community in the aftermath of the Pulse terrorist shooting.   Read: Pulse nightclub victims' detail terrifying moments of Orlando mass shooting Dispatchers had to mute their phones to compose themselves when victims, survivors and others called 911 for help, the report said. The report said the Police Department had a “laser-like” focus to stop the killings and save lives. The SWAT team said in the report, however, that the response during the incident was disorganized and that more training is needed for future joint response. Read: Orlando firefighter remembers treating Pulse attack's patient No. 1 Read the full report here.  Channel 9's Shannon Butler is following this story. Follow her on Twitter and Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. for updates. Report: teams like swat said response during incident was disorganized. Need to train more together in joint response— Shannon Butler (@SButlerWFTV) December 18, 2017   The @COPSOffice has released its review of the Pulse nightclub attack - calls it 'a valuable guide to #LawEnforcement or #FirstResponders seeking to prepare for similar mass casualty incidents.' OPD release: https://t.co/8vJPia1O7O Full report: https://t.co/V73UMs75HF pic.twitter.com/GMJIXMztPa — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) December 18, 2017  
  • The United States Department of Justice today has released the results of a 'critical incident review' requested by Orlando Police Chief John Mina in response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub.    Chief Mina says the goal of the review is that it 'allows for open feedback in a constructive way and enables law enforcement officials to speak with total candor in an open forum.'    The independent federal review contains information on decision making from leadership and relationships, an in depth description of the timeline starting before the attack as well as the aftermath, and even includes observations and lessons learned from things like tactical response, emergency medical care, and post event victim welfare.    The review concludes by saying it 'honors the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack and the bravery of the Orlando law enforcement community and serves as a call to action for our nation's elected officials and law enforcement and public safety leaders. You can check out an interactive version of the critical incident review here.
  • A church in Ocoee is ensuring that children with autism will still be able to celebrate the holidays in way that will be safe and not overstimulating.   Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church is partnering with Autism Law Enforcement Response Training(ALERT) to offer a traditional Christmas Eve candelight service, but with a slightly different approach to cater to the sensitivity of light and volume.    Rather than use candles, children will be offered glowsticks instead. In addition, 20 sensory kits donated by ALERT will be provided for use during the service.    The church says that space may be limited and they encourage anyone who wants to attend to register in advance for free tickets to the service.    You can register for the event here.