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    A monkey has been spotted several times in Apopka and Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are searching for it. The monkey was spotted over the weekend near Central and Michael Gladden Boulevard. It appears to be a rhesus macaque that likely came from the Silver Springs area. Residents sent Channel 9 the pictures of the monkey seen above.  FWC officials are warning residents in the area not to approach the monkey, because it could charge.
  • A 25-year old Apopka man died after he lost control of his car on State Road 50 around 12:15 a.m. Monday. Anthony Disla was driving west on State Road 50 when he changed lanes to avoid traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He then lost control of his car and veered onto the westbound shoulder and down an embankment, before crashing into a tree. FHP said Disla was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
  • A 17-year old boy was arrested on Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting last month outside a nightclub. Daeshawn Simmons was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year old Terron McCarty on March 21st, outside LUX Ultra Lounge on International Drive and South Kirkman Road. The Orlando Police Department said Simmons and McCarty started arguing inside the club, which spilled out into the parking lot and ended with gunfire. Almost 20 spent shell casings and bullets were found in the parking lot.
  • A new report finds Florida drivers are the second worst in the country when it comes to being distracted behind the wheel. The Everquote report has Florida in 49th place when it comes to distracted driving. Only Louisiana finished worse. Vermont drivers ranked as the nation’s least distracted. Florida also ranked 39th in overall driving safety. Read the full report here.
  • On Sunday, police found the body of a 35-year old woman in a car parked at a motel. Gillande Jean was found at a motel on West Colonial Drive in her green 2002 Toyota Forerunner according to the Orlando Police Department. Investigators said the cause of death is still under investigation, but the circumstances are suspicious. The death hasn’t been ruled a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call the Orlando Police Department.
  • Police in Holly Hill are searching for two men who tried to lure a 12-year old boy into their vehicle. According to Holly Hill Police, the boy was riding his bike home from school near Granada Street and Ridge Boulevard on Tuesday. Two men in a red vehicle then drove up to him and offered him money or candy. The boy then rode his bicycle into a nearby driveway, and pretended like he lived there, until the men drove away. The first man is described as a 40-year old black male with a beard who was driving the car. The second man was described as 30-year old white man with medium length brown hair. Police were unable to find the vehicle after searching the area. An investigation continues.
  • The man working as a snake apprentice who left a cage open when a cobra escaped in Ocala, has been charged according to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. Ian Nesmith was found to be in violation of allowing wildlife to escape from an enclosure, cage, leash or which results in injury to any person.  The 2-foot cobra disappeared on March 13th at an Ocala home, escaping the cage, but also a snake-proof room. Nesmith said he went to check on the snake, and it escaped when he opened the cage because he couldn’t see it. Once it reappeared, Nesmith said he freaked out, screamed and tried to get it back in the cage, but it escaped. FWC conducted a search for the cobra, but it was never found.
  • State Road 46 in Sorrento is back open according to Lake County Fire Rescue. Fire officials had closed SR 46 between County road 437 and Niles Road because of a brush fire in the area. Fire crews said the brush fire burned 18 acres and is now 100 percent contained. Crews saved a dozen homes that were in danger, but one greenhouse was destroyed Lake County Fire Rescue said. Lake County school buses have also been cleared to drop students off after being held at their respective schools.
  • A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The cargo ship is headed on a resupply mission to the International Space Station with more than 7,600 pounds of gear, the most gear ever taken up on one mission. The rocket launched at 11:11 a.m.
  • A 24-year old woman fatally struck a man in the Holden Heights neighborhood early Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Nyasha Powell was driving north on South Orange Blossom Trail at 39th Street just after midnight. That’s when 52-year old Denny Weaver walked in front of the oncoming car. The car hit Weaver, killing him, and Powell left that scene before returning 45 minutes later. FHP said charges are pending against Powell. The crash remains under investigation.
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  • North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around the east coast city of Wonsan. South Korea's defense ministry could not immediately confirm the report, according to Reuters. North Korea warned that the United States will have to choose between political and military surrender, according to the Yonhap report. 'If the U.S. and warmongers run amok with a reckless preemptive strike, we will stage the most brutal punishment of a preemptive attack in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice,' according to Rodong Sinmun, spokesman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
  • Arkansas completed the first double execution in the country in 17 years Monday night, as the state executed death row inmate Marcel Williams, KARK reported. >> Read more trending news Williams was executed at 10:33 p.m. by lethal injection on the same gurney where fellow inmate Jack Jones died at 7:20 p.m. It was Arkansas’ first double execution since Sept. 8, 1999, according to the Department of Corrections, and the first in the United States since two men were put to death by the state of Texas in 2000. Williams was the third Arkansas inmate put to death in the past week. Ledell Lee was executed by lethal injection on April 20. Williams had labored breathing, and then grimaced slightly before losing consciousness, according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution.  Jones’ execution was close to its scheduled time, beginning at 7 p.m. Williams was supposed to follow at 8:15, but the execution was postponed after District Judge Kristine Baker issued a temporary stay as questions arose about whether Jones’ execution was humane or not, KARK reported. The stay was lifted about an hour later and Williams, who had been on death row for more than 20 years, was put to death. Jones also had been on death row for more than two decades, KARK reported. Gov. Asa Hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period, which would have been the most by a state in such a short span since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Arkansas said the executions needed to be carried out before its supply of one lethal injection drug expires on April 30, the Los Angeles Times reported. Williams was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Stacey Errickson. On Nov. 20, 1994, Errickson, then 23, was forced into a car at gunpoint by Williams. He drove her to several ATMs to make 18 different transactions, then raped her, strangled her in an abandoned storage shed, and buried her body in a shallow grave, KARK reported. Two days later, Williams kidnapped and raped two other women within 12 hours. In 1996, Jones was convicted and sentenced to death for the June 6, 1995, rape and murder of Mary Phillips. Phillips was strangled to death with a coffee pot cord while her 11-year-old daughter Lacey was tied to a chair. Lacey Phillips regained consciousness as police photographers took pictures of the crime scene, CNN reported.
  • Hours after a U.S. Senator accused the Trump Administration of using taxpayer dollars to promote President Donald Trump’s private club in Florida, the State Department pulled down a story written by government employees about the resort, what some ethics experts said was nothing more than an advertisement for Mr. Trump’s personal business interests. “Use of public office for private gain pure and simple,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics attorney for President George W. Bush. “Realtor.com — not the State Department– should help President Trump sell club memberships for $200,000,” Painter added on Twitter. At issue was a post done by an internal unit at the State Department about the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, lavishing praise on its history, much like a vacation brochure. Trump's not treating @StateDept websites like brochures anymore, but that doesn't come close to fixing his flagrant conflicts of interest. — Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) April 25, 2017 “I am curious,” tweeted Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). “Why are taxpayer dollars promoting the President’s private country club?” The State Department was silent about the post, but after it began to ricochet around social media – and in the political arena – the story was removed from the “Share America” platform, which can be used by diplomatic posts around the world to highlight American items of interest. “The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders,” a statement read on the Share America website, which is run by the State Department. “We regret any misperception and have removed the post.” “One Trump emolument down. Soon to follow: many more,” said Trump critic and ethics expert Norm Eisen. Yes, I am curious @StateDept. Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President's private country club? pic.twitter.com/IlPhUlvMwa — Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 24, 2017
  •   It’s the beginning of snake season in Texas and authorities are warning people to watch out for the reptiles as they emerge from hibernation. >> Read more trending news The Laguna Vista Police Department posted the warning on its Facebook page after a close call between a giant rattler and a group of hikers on a local trail.  Police posted photos of the massive snake and another photo showing a fearless cat staring down a big rattler. Rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation in Texas in March or April, according to the police post. They favor temperatures that remain 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above, and are most active when temperatures reach 80 to 90 degrees.
  • The people who run Orlando International Airport are tired of apologizing for problems with the Automated People Movers, now calling out the manufacturer to rescue their reputation. Three times in the last five days, the new tram stopped working, forcing hundreds of passengers to take a bus or walk to their gates. Some flights had to be delayed, but yesterday 56 passengers missed flights, according to Executive Director Phil Brown.  The tram was down for 53 minutes on Monday, but no passengers missed their flights, he said. He told reporters today that the airport operations has verbally contacted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, to make this a priority. “This afternoon we sent them a letter notifying them... We expect them to salvage their reputation,” said Brown. He also said he wants Mitsubishi to repay those passengers affected and a third party will be employed to receive those claims. Details to come. Monday’s shutdown was due to human error, he said, involving a contractor for Mitsubishi.