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    A day after the successful abort test of it's Crew Dragon capsule, SpaceX test fired a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but announced it will not target a Tuesday liftoff as planned due to poor weather conditions. On twitter the space company said, 'Due to extreme weather in the recovery area, team is evaluating best launch opportunity.' The launch was previously scheduled for 11:59 a.m. Tuesday.  The recovery area is in the Atlantic Ocean where the 'Of Course I Still Love You' drone ship waits for the rocket's first stage boosters to return.  The Falcon 9 has a payload of 60 Starlink satellites that will join the constellation of 180 others already in orbit. The Spacex Starlink satellite is designed to bring Internet connectivity to earth.  Whenever this Falcon 9 does launch, you can hear live at News 96.5 WDBO.
  • The Orlando International Airport is on the top 10 list of guns found at TSA checkpoints for 2019, according to a report from the Transportation Security Administration. Orlando came in ninth on the list with 96 guns found at checkpoints in 2019, that's actually down a bit from last year when TSA agents found 100 guns at the airport.  Two other Florida airports also made the 2019 top 10 list. Tampa International airport was right behind Orlando in tenth with 87 guns, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood international came in seventh with 100 guns.  The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was at the top of the list with 323 guns found at TSA checkpoints in 2019.  To see the full TSA report, click here.
  • A Connecticut man confessed Wednesday, to killing his wife, three young children and the family dog in late December at their Celebration home , according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson. During a news conference, Gibson said Anthony Todt told detectives he killed his 42 year old wife Megan, their sons, Alek 13, Tyler 11, and their daughter, Zoe Todt, 4, as well as the family dog.  Deputies assisted Health and Human Services agents in serving an arrest warrant at the Celebration home Monday morning and discovered the bodies.  Gibson said the remains have not been positively identified, but detectives believe them to be those of Todt’s wife and children.  Todt, who was at home at the time, was escorted to the Osceola County Jail Wednesday and is said to be fully cooperating with investigators.  Gibson said deputies were previously called to the home to conduct a well-being check after a relative said she had not heard from them in two days.  Deputies did not make contact with the family and nothing appeared to be suspicious.  Todt was arrested on a warrant for multiple counts of homicide one count of animal cruelty.
  • A Eustis police captain is back on the beat less than a month after having surgery to remove a bullet from his back. On December 19, 2019 Captain Gary Winheim was shot in the line of duty by a suspect who had just robbed a gas station on state road 19. The suspect later identified as Jayson Colvin, was killed in a shootout with police after they found him hiding under a canoe in Umatilla.  Winheim was transported to the hospital where doctors discovered that the bullet entered near his ear, traveled down his neck and lodged in his back.  After surgery to remove the bullet Winhiem was released from the hospital the next day.  Tuesday, the Eustis Police Department posted the above picture on its Facebook page, welcoming Captain Winheim back to work.
  • After a 10 hour investigation that Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson called a suspicious death investigation, a law enforcement source told our news partners, Eyewitness News Channel 9, that detectives discovered four bodies in a Celebration home. As of now the four people have not been identified, but are believed to be family members. Neighbors tell investigators the family had been missing for days. Deputies said they were called out about 9 a.m. to a home on Reserve Place near West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and State Road 417 in Celebration.  In a Monday afternoon news conference, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson made the following comment:  “Detectives and crime scene investigators are on scene and are at the very beginning stages of this investigation. This is an isolated incident and all parties involved with this death investigation are accounted for,” Gibson said.  Check back with Orlando's morning news beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday for over night developments.
  • A few dozen people showed up for what was headlined as an Iran peace rally,  Thursday evening outside Orlando City Hall. Orlando Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani, the first Iranian-American to be elected in Florida, hosted the event with her sister Ida and activist Grayson Lanza.  'The unfortunate reality is that this type of attack actually gives a great deal of ammunition to hardliners in Iran to continue pushing anti-American and nationalistic fervor,' Eskamani said in a recent interview with Spectrum 13.  Groups like MoveOn.org, Indivisible and About Face Veterans Against The War have organized the nationwide event calling for #NoWarWithIran.
  • SpaceX completed it's first rocket launch of 2020 Monday night as it sent a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch originally schedule for Friday night, is the company's third Starlink satellite mission.  With a payload of 60 Starlink satellites, the rocket launched as scheduled at 9:19 p.m. Spacex made history again as this launch also marked the inaugural launch of the newly created U.S. Space Force.  The 45th Space Wing, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, oversees the preparation and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral. It is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force, when President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act that created the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.  The company hopes to eventually have thousands of satellites in orbit that would provide Internet services around the world.
  • SpaceX has pushed back it's third Starlink satellite mission, originally set for Friday, to Monday night. Monday nights forecast calls for 90 percent favorable weather conditions for a launch. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40. The company hopes to eventually have thousands of satellites in orbit that would provide internet services around the world.  The launch window is set for 9:09 p.m. to 9:29 p.m. If and when it goes you'll hear it live on News 96.5 WDBO and in our App.  When listening in the App or on a smart speaker device there is a broadcast delay so it's best to listen to the rocket launch on the radio.
  • Check out this video as a police dog dives through broken glass to apprehend a suspect that led police on a chase in California.  Multiple law enforcement agencies were reportedly involved in the chase, which ended in Corona, CA. when cops used a pit maneuver to stop the car.  When the driver refused to get out of the vehicle, officers shout out the window with rubber bullets and that's when the K-9 officer jumped into action.
  • The man police say shot a Eustis police officer near a Winn-Dixie store Thursday afternoon, leading to an hours long man hunt, has been shot and killed by deputies in an exchange of gunfire. Police said gunfire was reported at 12:15 p.m. in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie store at State Road 19 and County Road 44.  Eustis police Captain Gary Winheim confronted the suspect and was shot during an altercation.  Winheim was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.  Officers identified 38-year-old Jayson Arron Colvin as the suspect. He was later shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire between Colvin and the SWAT team.  The Lake County Sheriff's Office said Colvin failed to comply with demands given by authorities. Colvin reportedly fired first, which led deputies to fire back. Colvin who reportedly has a lengthy record and may have been involved in several recent robberies, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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  • A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there’s a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.   “The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said. Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas. (App users tap here to see tweet) Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando. (App users tap here to see tweet) Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke: (Tweet)
  • Lucky's Market will close all but ONE of its stores in Florida. It was confirmed by the Sun Sentinel Tuesday morning.  All five stores in Central Florida will close including the Colonial Landing shop that opened 8 months ago.  The only location to survive will be the store in Melbourne.  After an unfavorable portfolio review last year, Kroger pulled out its investment.  Lucky’s hasn’t made a public statement yet but the closures would effect 2,500 employees.
  • A California mother of two died during childbirth last week while acting as a surrogate for another family, according to multiple reports. Community members came together to support the family of Michelle Reaves after she died Thursday, according to KGTV and a GoFundMe campaign set up to support Reaves’ family. Jamie Herwehe, a close family friend of Reaves', launched the GoFundMe campaign last week, with donations slated to go toward covering funeral costs and supporting Reaves’ husband and children, CNN reported. “For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family,” Herwehe wrote on the campaign page. “Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.” Herwehe said Reaves was acting for the second time as a surrogate for a family when 'one complication led to the next.' She died during childbirth, but Herwehe said the baby she was carrying survived. 'I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through,' Herwehe wrote. 'No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children.' Reaves was survived by her husband and their children, Gage and Monroe, Herwehe said.
  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.

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  • Facing opposition from within Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented an amended rules proposal on Tuesday to govern the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, most significantly giving more time for House prosecutors and the President's lawyers to make their opening arguments. The changes came after a lunch meeting of GOP Senators, where Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and others expressed reservations about the idea of forcing each side to cram 24 hours of opening arguments into just two days. 'She and others raised concerns about the 24 hrs of opening statements in 2 days,' a spokeswoman for Collins told reporters. Along with that change, McConnell backed off a provision which would not allow evidence from the House impeachment investigation to be put in the record without a vote of the Senate. The changes were made as House prosecutors and the President's legal team made their first extended statements of the Trump impeachment trial. 'Why should this trial be any different than any other trial? The short answer is, it shouldn't,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he made the case that the Senate rules would not pass muster in a regular courtroom. 'This idea that we should ignore what has taken place over the last three years is outrageous,' said Jay Sekulow, the President's personal attorney, who joined White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in arguing against the impeachment charges. 'It's very difficult to sit there and listen to Mr. Schiff tell the tale that he just told,' Cipollone said, in one of the first direct jabs of the impeachment trial. “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election,” Cipollone added. While there were GOP differences on the rules package offered by Republican leaders, GOP Senators stuck together on the first substantive vote of the impeachment trial, defeating an effort by Democrats to subpoena certain materials from the White House. The first vote was 53-47 to block an amendment offered by the Democratic Leader, Sen. Schumer.  It was straight along party lines. A second vote along party lines blocked a call by Democrats to subpoena documents from the State Department. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday.