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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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  • Dozens of deserving children with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida got to pick out Christmas gifts with the helping hands of the Orange County Fire Rescue. Each child received a gift card and was paired with a firefighter at the Toys “R” Us at Millenia on Thursday night. Firefighters dressed in their Class A uniform escorted the children around the store, while other firefighters in bunker gear wrapped the gifts outside. A fire engine was displayed for the children to enjoy. Santa also dropped by. Donations are still being accepted in order to benefit more children. Click here to learn more.
  • GOP nearing huge victory as Republicans unveil final tax reform deal Republicans on Friday evening unveiled the details of a final tax reform compromise, as the drive for approval of a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms gained new momentum, with two key Senators announcing their support for the plan, as party leaders planned final votes in the House and Senate for next week, on the verge of a major political victory. “This bill is far from perfect,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who voted against the original Senate plan. “But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity…is one we should not miss.” Corker’s announcement came soon after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) signaled his support, after a late change to the bill’s details on a child tax credit provision, all but insuring that the plan would make it through the Senate. First, here are the links to the important documents: + This is the text of the bill, along with some explanation of the provisions. + This second document also offers more details on what was agreed to in the final conference report. Now, let’s see what we find: –
  • A 17-year-old Wekiva High School student has been arrested for bringing a gun to school, Orange County deputies said. On Friday, Clevens Delice posted a video on Snapchat of himself with the gun, and a student notified school resource officers at the school, deputies said. Deputies later confirmed the gun was loaded. Delice faces charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of an altered firearm. Eyewitness News has named the juvenile because both offenses are felony charges. Delice did not threaten anyone with the firearm, deputies said. Sheriff Jerry Demings applauded the student who reported that Delice had a gun, investigators said. 'They did the right thing. I don't know who they were, but they should be getting a gold medal basically,' student Jesse Sanders told  Channel 9’s Len Kiese . Principal Michele Erickson sent a phone message to parents to alert them of the situation and to let parents know the school was briefly placed on lockdown while deputies located Delice, investigators said. 'The appropriate disciplinary action will be handed out in accordance with the code of student conduct,' Erickson said in the phone message.
  • Pregnant women have to take a ton of precautions to help keep their babies healthy healthy. A new report suggests avoiding fracking sites should be one of them.  >> Read more trending news While fracking, the process of injecting liquid into the ground to free up petroleum resources, can benefit local economies, there are potential health risks. That’s why researchers from Princeton University, the University of Chicago and other institutions across the country recently conducted a study, which was published in Science Advances, to determine the human health hazards associated with fracking. To do so, they analyzed 1.1 million births in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2013, examining expectant mothers who lived between 1 and 3 kilometers from fracking areas, before and after the wells were active, and those who lived 10 miles or more away. Analysts then compared the birth weights of siblings born at different distances to wells.  They found that pregnant women living within two-thirds of a mile to a fracturing well were more likely to give birth to a smaller infant than women who lived at least 10 miles away during pregnancy. In fact, babies born to mothers who lived closest to or, about 1 kiometer within, a well were 25 percent more likely to weigh less than 5.5 pounds, which is classified as a low birth weight. Low birth weights are linked to infant mortality, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, lower test scores, lower schooling attainment and lower lifetime earnings. “Given the growing evidence that pollution affects babies in utero, it should not be surprising that fracking, which is a heavy industrial activity, has negative effects on infants,” Janet M. Currie, co-author of the study, said in a statement. While scientists are unsure whether the pollution is coming from air, water, on-site chemicals or increased traffic, they said the results prove “hydraulic fracturing does have an impact on our health.” They are now looking forward to investigating the source of the pollution and challenging lawmakers to consider the dangers to health. “As local and state policymakers decide whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in their communities,” co-author of the study Michael Greenstone said, “it is crucial that they carefully examine the costs and benefits, including the potential impacts from pollution.”
  • Guns, drugs and money were confiscated during recent busts in Seminole County. At least 21 people have been arrested in the racketing and drug case that spanned a nine month investigation involving the Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, investigators said. Deputies identified some of the suspects as Carlos Alicea-Mota, 27, Juan Rafael Montanez-Concepcion, 33, Osvaldo Nieves-Ortiz, 26, Kennya Perez-Diaz, 29, Mar Perez-Diaz, 25, Roberto Perez-Guadalupe, 24, Quinton Rumph, 34, Terry Tillman, 30, Quentin Terrill Wilson, 40. Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl, firearms and money were seized in the operation in Seminole and Orange counties, deputies said. Agents believe the suspects imported 25 to 30 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin into Central Florida every month since July. 'Some of these folks feel they are untouchable and I'm so glad to see these arrests. I am so glad we could round these individuals up and get them off the streets,' Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said. Deputies have investigated many drug overdoses in recent months and drug dealers have been charged in people's deaths, investigators said. There were 51 overdoses and four documented deaths in 2015 and 116 overdoses and 12 documented deaths in 2016, investigators said. Deputies said from Jan. to Nov. there have been 213 overdoses and 34 documented deaths. Narcan was used 103 times this year to save lives, investigators said.   #New: These are the 10 individuals arrested as part of @SeminoleSO operation. Livestream of news conference begins at 2pm on https://t.co/Szuzf2fTXS #WFTV pic.twitter.com/xR9Tthpu7k — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) December 15, 2017     #New:@SeminoleSO showing off several of the guns and drugs confiscated during a recent operation. Will give us specifics on https://t.co/QfmVTaS2zV coverage https://t.co/Szuzf2fTXS #WFTV pic.twitter.com/U3OaUfD1UJ — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) December 15, 2017