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    West Orange High School was on lock down this morning, after a threatening note was found in one of the school’s bathrooms. Orange County Public Schools said the lock down started at 10:35 a.m., and was lifted around 12:45 p.m. No students or faculty were injured, according to West Orange High School. An investigation into the note is ongoing.
  • A bear cub recently got into a home in Monrovia, California, and began eating food. The homeowner captured the whole thing on video, and tried to get one of the cubs out, who was eating their cats’ food. Eventually the group of cubs did leave, after checking out the family’s swimming pool. The owner admitted they often leave the sliding glass door cracked to let their cats in and out. The bear cub was apparently able to get through that opening. See the full video here.
  • For the second straight year, Orlando will host the Pro Bowl. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium on January 28th, 2018 at 3 p.m. Last season, the NFL played the Pro Bowl in Orlando at the first time. The 2018 game will feature the AFC vs. NFC, the same format that returned last season. The NFL has a two year deal to play the Pro Bowl in Orlando with the option for a third year. Don’t miss you chance to see the NFL’s best and brightest stars. Get tickets here starting at $45.
  • On Tuesday, a dog was taken to the vet after eating a meatball stuffed with a fish hook at Bicentennial Park in Ormond-by-the-Sea. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of contaminated meat found in the dog park. Upon arriving, a deputy found several meatballs with small fish hooks stuffed inside.  Nine meatballs were found in the park. Deputies said the meatballs were like liverwurst, and felt like they had been unfrozen and left outside. The park was temporarily shut down while teams searched for more, and reopened after several searches by Volusia County Animal Control. The dog who ate one of the meatballs did not ingest any hooks, and will be ok, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. At this time, there is no suspect descritpion, and park staff did not report seeing anyone suspicious. Two years ago, meat stuffed with pills was located at the same dog park.
  • Vice President Mike Pence will visit Orlando on Thursday, as part of President Trump’s push on tax reform. He’ll be joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Florida Governor Rick Scott. They’re set to discuss the need for tax reform will local businesses, community leaders and Florida families. The Vice President will speak at Correct Craft, a manufacturing company in eastern Orange County.
  • A 51-year old Ormond Beach man is dead after being hit by a pickup truck in a hit and run accident in Daytona Beach on Sunday. Jeffrey Martin was driving his motorcycle at 5:15 p.m., when he was hit by a 2004 Ford pickup truck on on San Jose Boulevard and 13th Street. Troopers said, the driver ran a stop sign, hitting Martin. The driver of the pickup truck is described as a man wearing a red hat, white tank top and jean shorts. He apparently got out of his truck and called someone. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police. An investigation is ongoing.
  • In the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night, a Pulse survivor has penned an open letter to the city. Ricardo Negron-Almodovar writes that Las Vegas “now belongs to a club where membership is unwanted.” He discusses the aftermath of a traumatic event like this, and says Orlando will have the city’s back. Read the full letter here.
  • A 37-year old teaching assistant in Marion County has been arrested, accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year old Fort McCoy Middle School student. Back in July, investigators found Katie Carsey partially clothed in a vehicle leaving a church parking lot, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Carsey told police she was meeting an adult male, and she was allowed to leave. On Tuesday, a tip lead deputies to the alleged 14-year old male victim, who said he was meeting Carsey that night. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Carsey, a married mother of two, admitted having sexual contact with the boy. She is being charged with lewd or lascivious molestation.  Marion County Schools said Carsey had never been in trouble before.
  • A portion of a road in Melbourne is shut down after a huge washout, according to city officials. A culvert and a section of Gateway Drive at Hibiscus Boulevard has collapsed. It’s still unclear when the city plans to re-open the road, after they say the washout got worse. The washout was initially reported back on September 10th.
  • Orlando is the second most fun city in the county according a new study by Wallethub. The rankings were based off 58 metrics, including the number of restaurants, golf courses, breweries and affordable activites. Orlando tied for first overall with New York City and Las Vegas in restaurants per capita. The City Beautiful finished only behind Las Vegas in the overall study, while Miami came in at number four, and Tampa at number 15.
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  • A man was fatally shot late Wednesday at an apartment complex on Lake Monroe, the Sanford Police Department said. The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at The Overlook at Monroe apartments on West First Street west of North French Avenue, Sanford police spokesman Ronny Neal said. Antoine Haggins was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown men approached him, Neal said. One of them shot him and they both ran away, he said. Photos: Fatal shooting at Sanford apartment complex #Breaking #Sanford #News Sanford Police investigating a shooting @the Overlook at Lake Monroe Apartment Complex.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) November 23, 2017 Read: 2 men lead Sanford police on chase Haggins was taken to a hospital, where he died. The shooting remains under investigation. No other details were given. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Read: Sanford woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device
  • We know you would much rather listen to News 96.5 WDBO all day, but sometimes you need to let your mind rest and watch a classic. We’ve assembled a list of classic Thanksgiving movies and television shows that will be (or should be) airing this Thanksgiving Day.  A must see for everyone is the Macy’s Thansgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 a.m. We poured though sites like TVGuide.com and  NewsObserver.com to compile a list of Thursday’s television marathons and where they will air below: The Simpsons (FXX, 8pm-12am)Friends (TBS, 1pm-6pm)Gilmore Girls (UP, 6am-12am)Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6am-10:30pmLong Lost Family (TLC, 4pm-3am)Blue Bloods (ION, 11am-12am)South Park (Comedy Central, 6am-9pm)Dirty Jobs (Discovery, 9am-7pm)Duck Dynasty (FYI, 10am-4pm)Ozzy and Jack's World Detour (FYI, 5pm-4am)Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 2pm-4am)Forged in Fire (History, 7am-4am)Tanked (Animal Planet, 2pm-6am)Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network, 6am-3pm)The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) followed by M*A*S*H (TVLand, 11am-5pm)Forensic Files (HLN, 6pm-6am)The Three Stooges (IFC, 6am-6pm)Gone With the Wind (Sundance, 6am-12am)Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic, 12pm-3am) The Godfather and Godfather 2 run all day on AMC starting at 9 a.m.  Godfather 3 will air at 2 a.m. Friends (TBS 1 p.m.)  watch 10 Turkey Day episodes If your feeling nostalgic, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like Coming to America,  Grease,  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and  Pretty Woman.  Click here for the schedule.  We didn’t forget the kiddos, FX is offering family-friendly films from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.  See movies like, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be playing alongside  Despicable Me 2  and Minions. Furthermore FXX will be showing comedy classics like Anchorman 2 followed by The Simpsons marathon listed above.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If you missed it click here to watch it on teachertube. Finally, you MUST revisit or see for the first time the classic Turkey’s Away episode from WKRP in Cincinatti that originally aired October 30, 1978.  Watch the entire episode on youtube by clicking here. You will surely Thank Yourself if you do. 
  • Orlando-area Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says the massive influx of Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida will have a long-term positive effect on the area’s growth, but there are many short-tern needs to be met. To date, 120 to 160 thousand Puerto Ricans have moved from the island to the US with many choosing to live in Central Florida.  Soto says the growth will eventually turn into more jobs for the area, but right now it’s stressing out budgets: school boards, cities and counties. Along with Republican Congressman Dennis Ross and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Soto co-signed a letter requesting additional federal funds for HUD housing vouchers, Section 8 assistance in the short-term, and HUD dollars to build more affordable housing in the region. “In Central Florida, we have a need for higher paying jobs and affordable housing,” Soto tells News 96.5 WDBO in an exclusive interview.  “It’s what I hear everyday.” Soto says a lot of Puerto Ricans are getting jobs already. “That’s the positive,” he says.  “They’re getting jobs at the parks, at the hotels and so many different industries around here.  But we need to have long-term housing strategies in the process.” Soto says many hotels in Central Florida are helping the Hurricane Maria evacuees. “Particularly the 192 and I-4 corridor, they’ve really stepped up.  Some of our higher-end hotels, we really could use more help.  We need you.” But right now he’s focused on the medium and long-range solutions for the families who want to stay. “A lot of these folks - even though they’ll be working a full-time job or maybe their spouse is - they’re still going to need more apartments...and more affordable, single-family households,” he says.  “That will be a crunch if we don’t get our act together.  And while a lot of folks are talking about it, we need action.” Soto says anyone who touts him or herself as “pro economy” is going to want growth. “Growth is jobs in Central Florida,” he says.  “Because that’s what creates new small businesses that grow to new big businesses.  It requires more housing, but it’s gotta be done right.  We can’t have urban sprawl.” CLICK HERE to read the letter Soto and his colleagues sent to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey in the House Appropriations Committee.  CLICK HERE to read the letter they sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  They’re requesting the House and FEMA to fully fund the host-state agreement with Florida.  The FEMA/Host-State agreement provides direct reimbursement to the state of Florida for costs associated with evacuation and shelter support for Puerto Rican evacuees.
  • A man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in Arkansas, according to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened Saturday on Highway 38 near Hughes. >> Read more trending news Investigators said a man impersonating a game and fish officer stopped a woman and asked to check her vehicle for guns. He had a blue light on his dash and was in a dark-colored pickup truck. The man did not show the woman a badge or a weapon. The incident happened during the daytime hours and appears to have been an isolated occurrence. Investigators said they believe they know who the man is, but no arrests were immediately made. Officials said the impersonator is not the same one who stopped people earlier this year.
  • Police in Austin, Texas, are looking for a woman who they say stole merchandise from a Macy’s department store with the help of another woman and four children no older than 10 years old. >> Read more trending news Investigators are looking for 27-year-old Martha Monique Lopez, who is charged with robbery by assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed this week. On Nov. 12, police received a call around 2 p.m. from a store employee who watches for shoplifters at the Macy’s in the Domain shopping center. She told police she was watching the children, who were between 7 and 10 years old, through a security camera. According to the affidavit, they re-entered the store and met two women near the hotel bedding and pillow area. The store worker told police that she saw the women point to some pillows, which the children then picked up before they “exited the store past the last point of purchase without attempting to pay for the items,” the affidavit said. The worker said in the affidavit that she confronted the children and identified herself as a Macy’s employee, after which point she said the children complied and started to come back with her to a store office. The employee told police that as they were going back to the office, the two women approached her and one of them told her to let the children go and then pushed her, according to the affidavit. The other woman and the children began running away, the employee told police. She tried to grab the children, but the “female who told her to let her children go began to punch (her) on the left side of her face, chest and left arm with a closed fist causing (her) pain and redness,” the affidavit said. The employee told police that she “tried to grab the female to detain her but the female took off running and (she) ripped (the woman’s) shirt off of her and the female ran out of the store wearing just a black bra,” the affidavit said. A customer saw the woman running from the store and saw her and the children get into a white 2009 Chevy Malibu with a Texas license plate that matched a car registered to Lopez, according to the affidavit. Lopez was also identified by the store worker from a photo taken during a previous arrest, police said.