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Orlando Melbourne International Airport reopens after security breach; man arrested

Orlando Melbourne International Airport reopens after security breach; man arrested

Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport has reopened after an early morning security breach Thursday morning, and a 26-year-old college student is now in police custody, authorities said. Here are the latest updates: Update 7:59 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: Airport officials said a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance. The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said. An airport employee saw the man enter the Airbus 321, and called airport police, MIA representative Lori Booker said. Airport police apprehended the man and called Melbourne police. >> On WFTV.com: Check your flight status 'Melbourne Police Department responded within two minutes, ' Booker said. The student's car, which was parked outside the terminal, was towed after a robotic device searched it, Booker said.  The FBI and the Terrorist Task Force also assisted in the investigation.  The man, whose name has not been released, was born in Trinidad and entered the U.S. through Canada, Booker said.  Booker also said the man had a Florida driver's license. Update 7:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: The airport has reopened, Melbourne police tweeted just before 7 a.m. EDT Thursday. Travelers should check with their air carriers to see whether their flight was delayed, police said. Original report: Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport is closed due to police activity, officials said Thursday morning. >> Read more trending news  All flights have been suspended, officials said. Police are asking people to avoid the area. The airport will be closed until further notice, police said. Melbourne officials said that a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance. The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said. The student was apprehended by airport police. The airport is being secured, and the student’s car that is parked outside the terminal is being investigated.  The student’s name has not been released.  – Visit WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.

This canoe stuck on top of an alligator is the most Florida thing you’ll see today

This canoe stuck on top of an alligator is the most Florida thing you’ll see today

I’m pretty sure looking over the edge of a canoe and seeing two scary alligator eyes staring back at me would send me into a total panic. Thankfully, the brave people at See Through Canoe are a bit tougher.The Florida-based company recently posted a video to Instagram of their scary encounter with a very large gator with the caption, “That moment you realize your canoe is stuck on an alligator’s back.”In the video, the boater is in a clear-bottom canoe when it suddenly hits a bump and realizes they are piggy-backing the huge, creepy predator. The video then cuts to the alligator that seems to be maneuvering its way out from under the boat. See Through Canoe is known for its awesome video encounters with Florida wildlife. You can follow them HERE. (Instagram)

Watch: Alleged shootout between Apopka High School students

Watch: Alleged shootout between Apopka High School students

9 Investigates obtained video that police said shows a shootout between two Apopka High School students after they left school Friday afternoon.   Investigators said Keyrontae Harrell, 17, fired a gun near West Summit Street and North Lake Avenue while his ex-girlfriend, Zari Gant, was driving away from him.   A recording showed Keldon Lewis, 17, raising a handgun and pointing it at a silver Chrysler being driven by Harrell, police said. Seven gunshots were heard.   'It shouldn't have erupted in gunfire,' Apopka police Deputy Chief Randy Fernandez said. 'They're all juveniles, and they came from the school, which is even more disturbing.' (VIDEO)   Records said Harrell approached Gant near their school and told her she wouldn't be with anyone else.   Gant tried to lose him when she drove away from the school parking lot with Lewis and two other passengers.   Police said Harrell chased Gant and parked his vehicle in front of her before getting out of the car to point a gun at her.   9 Investigates' Karla Ray on Wednesday traveled to Gant's home, where she saw a car with at least three bullet holes parked in the driveway. A woman in the home declined to discuss the incident.    Investigators said that although Gant is considered a victim of domestic violence, she will also face charges, because she brought to school the gun that Lewis fired.   No one at Lewis' home would discuss the incident. An arrest report said one of the conditions of Lewis' release was that he return to school Monday, but the school turned him away.   Harrell is being held at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center.   'This is terribly dangerous anywhere,' Fernandez said. 'It's certainly dangerous in the middle of a neighborhood.'   Police said both guns used in the shootout had been on campus during the school day.   Harrell, Lewis and Gant were each arrested on felony charges.   No one was injured.  

GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday publicly pressed a California woman to agree to testify about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Democrats and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford insisted instead on an FBI investigation of her claims, arguing a hearing set for Monday was not a satisfactory review.

“The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth,” said Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, in a written statement.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) gave Ford an ultimatum – submit her testimony and background documents by 10 am on Friday [More]