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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!
  • 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.
  • Human remains that were found last month in a wooded area in east Orange County have been identified as those of a missing woman, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. The remains of Tia Bonta were found Sept. 29 near Fort Christmas and Lake Pickett roads, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said. Read: Human remains found in east Orange County Bonta, a mother of two, was 24 when she vanished July 31, deputies said. 'Detectives informed Ms. Bonta’s family last evening in order to allow them to hear the information firsthand and give them privacy and time to inform other loved ones,' Watrel said. 'Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Ms. Bonta during this difficult time.' Read: Missing mother last seen at Orange County home raided by FBI The death remains under investigation. Detectives said the next step is to examine the remains and figure out how Bonta died.  The remains were found by two men who were picking Palmetto berries. All that was left were bones and the distinct rings she wore. Watrel said tips poured in when pictures were released of the rings. Read: Family remains hopeful missing woman will be found safe “That broke the case. People started to call, sent pictures and it really helped move this investigation forward,” said Watrel. Her father said he hopes the public can help. Video: Father of woman whose remains were found speaks “I knew it was over. It was that moment we had been waiting for, for a long time,” said her father, Kevin Bonta. Read: Search for missing Orange County mother considered 'rescue' He said he received the news from detectives Tuesday night that dental records confirmed the bones were Tia Bonta’s. But dental records can’t explain how Bonta died. “Everything is still pending. We have a forensic anthropologist that is on the case right now examining the bones,” said Detective Peter Hernandez. “Once he makes his determination then we will have a little more information.” Authorities are not ruling anything or anybody out, including James Dellafield Jr. who was, at one point, a person of interest in her disappearance. Kevin Bonta said even though he had been preparing for the news for months, it was still tough. “It’s hard to imagine your child on the side of the road somewhere and no telling how long it’s been. It’s tough to hear. Real tough,” he said. He said it’s a relief that he can give her a proper burial, but he will not stop searching for the truth about what happened to her. “If anybody knows what may have happened and how she got there, any other leads, there is still a reward out there,” he said. Anyone with information can contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 800-423-8477. Watch: Deputies give update on Tia Bonta's remains found:
  • A 16-year-old boy faces adult charges in the death of a Winter Park teenager, investigators said. Roger Trindade, 15, was beaten to death at a park last October, police said. Jesse Sutherland faces charges of manslaughter and battery, and will be tried as an adult, investigators said. A spokesperson for the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney's Office said it's at the discretion of the prosecutor as to when to charge a minor as an adult. Read: Judge denies bond for teenage boy accused of 2 Winter Park beatings Benjamin Sutherland, the teen's father, told a judge Wednesday that his son should be allowed to come back home. The father told the judge he's on disability for the next few months and would keep an eye on his son. Jesse Sutherland was on house arrest when he was arrested Tuesday night. Sutherland posted a $7,600 bail and was released from jail. Two other teens also face charges in Trindade’s death. Witnesses said it was Sutherland who threw the first punch at Trindade. Simeon Hall was re-arrested last week after police said he punched another teen at a park Oct. 8. Hall faces adult charges of felony battery and tampering with an electronic monitoring device. Read: Police: Winter Park fatal beating suspect accused of attacking another teenager Jagger Gouda, 14, was charged with witness tampering and battery -- charges to which he pleaded no contest. He's scheduled to be sentenced in November. Read: Deputies: Human remains found in east Orange County those of missing woman Watch below as Jesse Sutherland faces a judge Wednesday:
  • A judge sent jurors home early Wednesday in the murder trial of a 35-year-old Deltona man who is accused of killing his wife and his two stepchildren. Investigators said Luis Toledo killed Yessenia Suarez, 28, and her children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, who disappeared from their Deltona home in October 2013 and were never found. Investigators said Toledo confessed to killing Suarez, but he denied killing her children. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the deaths of the children. Read: Luis Toledo: Testimony continues in triple murder trial Photos: Evidence in Luis Toledo case Prosecutors said Toledo killed his wife and his stepchildren after learning that Suarez was having an affair and sought a divorce. Prosecutors played a recording of investigators interviewing Toledo about his wife's disappearance, but defense attorneys objected six minutes into it. The judge ordered jurors to leave the courtroom for more than an hour so defense attorneys could read a transcript of the interview. He ultimately sent them home for the day. Read: Luis Toledo trial: Prosecutors show evidence found in dumpster Judge sending jurors home for rest of the day as they hash out technical issues. #LuisToledo #WFTV pic.twitter.com/mAsonManFV — Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) October 18, 2017 Attorneys didn't like that Toledo used the word 'lesbian' to describe one of Suarez's cousins because they felt it could elicit juror bias against Toledo. Prosecutors told the judge that they reviewed the interview with defense attorneys and redacted portions they both agreed were objectionable. 'I don't recall agreeing to anything about a cousin who is a lesbian,' prosecutor Ryan Will said. 'I just don't recall agreeing to that.' Photos: Yessenia Suarez, Thalia Otto and Michael Otto Jurors will continue to listen to an hours long recorded interview Thursday morning. Jurors will also hear about Toledo's suicide attempt three days after the family's disappearance. Toledo walked out to use the restroom after speaking with investigators and prosecutors said he broke a mirror and tried to kill himself with shards of glass. Defense attorneys wanted it kept out of the trial, but prosecutors said it shows Toledo was backed into a corner and was looking to run away from his guilt. An investigator on Tuesday showed jurors items -- including a vacuum cleaner, a barber's apron and stuffed animals -- that were found in a dumpster behind a Seminole County Petco. Anthony Gorgone, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA expert, testified Tuesday that blood found in a closet and in the master bathroom of Toledo's home matched the DNA profile of Thalia. Gorgone said he also found blood on boots found in the dumpster and on the trunk liner for Suarez's car, which also matched Thalia's DNA profile. Defense attorneys said Tuesday that prosecutors have evidence of a death but not evidence proving Toledo killed anyone or that the crime was premeditated. Read: Luis Toledo trial: Day 3 of testimony ends
  • An 11-year-old boy died Wednesday morning when a mobile home caught fire, St. Cloud Fire Rescue said. The fire was reported at about 7 a.m. on Lime Drive in the Golden Grove mobile home park near Orange Avenue and East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, firefighters said. Firefighters said two people, including the boy's mother, escaped the burning home, but she was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for burns. Photos: Fatal St. Cloud mobile home fire St. Cloud FD, PD & city fire marshal on scene of mobile home fire. 1 person confirmed dead. pic.twitter.com/FsS6iEGqGu — Johny Fernandez (@jfernandezwftv) October 18, 2017 Read: Police: Masked man at large after robbing St. Cloud convenience store at gunpoint A good Samaritan who was helping rescue residents was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, officials said. It took more than 30 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation. Crews arrived at the home quickly because they were extinguishing an unrelated car fire nearby, officials said. No other details were given. Read: 9 Investigates: Osceola County bus driver shortage makes students late Firefighters visibly upset and consoling each other after structure fire in St. Cloud. Waiting on details from PIO. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/eNoF0WISG9 — Dave Ater (@daveotter) October 18, 2017 Watch video below of investigators at the fire:
  • Lake Harney is usually 200 feet away from Steve Wright’s Geneva home, but since Hurricane Irma hit in September, his backyard has become part of the lake. Some residents along Fort Lane Road have to park their cars down the street because they can’t get them to their homes. The situation remains dire as more rain is on the way and coastal Volusia and northern Brevard counties are under a flood watch. Read: Residents of Kissimmee community grateful to return home despite Irma’s mess If the area gets much more rain, Wright worried that the floodwaters could do even more damage. “Yeah, it’s halfway under my porch,” he said of the water. “You know, if it came up two more feet it would be in the house.” Wright has lived next to Lake Harney for 20 years and said he knows flooding comes with the territory. Photos: Flooding from Irma in Kissimmmee 55+ community This situation, though, is months from being over, he said. “You know, you’re talking about February before this water’s gone, if it doesn’t rain between here and there,” he said.
  • Ford announced Tuesday that it will offer a free service to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide that may enter its Ford Explorers. Ford said it’s aware some owners of the 2011 - 2017 Explorers are worried about exhaust or carbon monoxide. Ford said its vehicles are safe and an investigation found the monoxide levels do not exceed what people are exposed to every day. Read: Mount Dora police gets carbon monoxide testing on Ford Explorers Customers can take their vehicles, regardless of mileage or warranty status, to a Ford dealer to have this service performed, starting Nov. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018, a spokesperson for Ford said. Repair shops will reprogram the air conditioner, replace the liftgate drain valves and inspect sealing of the rear of the vehicle for free. The repairs are voluntarily since a recall has never been announced. 'Obviously, they have a significant problem. And I don't, I don't know that they know how to fix it. I know they didn't fix mine,' former Ford owner Mike Dalton told Channel 9's Field Sutton. Members of the Dalton family in Palm Bay told Eyewitness News that their Explorer had triggered their son's asthma attacks. They said numerous repairs to the vehicle failed to keep the exhaust out. 'I think it's a step in the right direction, but it's just a shame that they still, in everything they put out, they don't take responsibility for it,' Krista Dalton said.   Now @Ford offering repairs of all owners of 2011-2017 Explorers. Reprogram A/C, replace liftgate drains, inspect rear sealing. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/HAIrholjqK — Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) October 17, 2017 People can call 888-260-5575 if they have more questions or visit this website. Read: 1.3 million Ford SUVs target of expanding investigation into carbon monoxide leaks Channel 9’s Field Sutton found out the repair program goes further in some ways, because it opens repair opportunities to all owners of all Explorers built since 2011. Previously, the repairs would only apply to the original car owner and if the warrant was in effect. However, the repairs being offered for free are less comprehensive than what is offered under previously issued Technical Service Bulletins, which prescribed additional repairs and changes to the cabin ventilation system and the tailpipes. Read: Investigation into carbon monoxide issues in Ford Explorers grows Also going back to the family that originally sounded the alarm on Channel 9 after fighting Ford on this issue long before it became publicly known. They’ll be talking about the vindication of finally see their fight expand into an opportunity for all owners to obtain repairs. Law enforcement across the country filed complaints over exhaust concerns in the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer in patrol fleets. Police complaints included several crashes with injuries due to carbon monoxide exposure.   .@NHTSAgov: 'The customer satisfaction campaign announced by Ford does not bring closure to this issue.' #WFTV — Field Sutton (@FSuttonWFTV) October 17, 2017   Read: Ford works with police agencies after cops sickened by fumes Ford said those concerns are related to unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment by third parties after the vehicle was purchased. The Ford Explorer repairs include 1.3 million vehicles in the United States, 84,000 in Canada and 24,000 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this service is 17N03. Read: More come forward with claims Ford Explorers leak carbon monoxide in vehicle The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Eyewitness News in a statement, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top priority is safety and its investigation into model year 2011-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs is active and ongoing. The customer satisfaction campaign announced by Ford does not bring closure to this issue.   NHTSA encourages owners to contact their dealer regarding the satisfaction campaign. Owners who experience exhaust odor or have concerns about carbon monoxide exposure should contact NHTSA by calling (888) 327-4236 or visiting NHTSA.gov and clicking ‘report a problem’.”

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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.