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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Central Florida International Auto Show The 2020-Model Central Florida International Auto Show is set to cruise more than 400 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more into the Orange County Convention Center.  Everyone is invited to check out the latest models in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines and even take a spin in dozens of new vehicles.  Test drive the latest from Jeep on an off-road test track, as well as the latest from Ram at the Ram Truck Experience.  The largest auto show in Florida, this annual event will also feature the latest electric vehicles, pre-production models, exotic cars and fun for the little ones. Also, don’t miss a unique display of rare Model A’s as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America’s collection of antique and collectible vehicles from the 1930s – 1970s.    13th Annual Oktoberfest Orlando Brewing is kicking off their 13th Annual Oktoberfest with German food, music, games & beer on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm.  The family-friendly festivities include: Tapping of our organic 2019 Oktoberfest märzen lager & release of our limited edition commemorative mug.   Traditional German food available from Backhaus Orlando.   Live music by the Heimatland Musikanten [Epcot’s German Band] & games with Dan Wituck   Best Dressed of Oktoberfest Contest   Women’s Stein Holding Competition   Most Revered Beard [& Mr. Moustache] Competition   Men’s Stein Holding Competition   Owners Alp Horn Demonstration   Dog Haus Dogs  This event will take place rain or shine, and patrons are encouraged to Uber or Lyft to this event and with a ride receipt you’ll receive a happy hour wristband for $1 off all drafts all day. Oktoberfest ends October 13th.   Miniature Golf Day at the Winter Garden Farmer's Market Miniature Golf Day is celebrated nationally every year on September 21st so round up family and friends to play some miniature golf at the Winter Garden Farmers Market! This pop-up event is free-of-charge and will include a nine-hole course and other fun outdoor games on the lawn adjacent to the Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. 8:30 am-1:30 pm.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Sloth Yoga   Magical Dining extended to October 7th   Craft Brews and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld   Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting Author and criminal defense lawyer Jerome F. Buting, known for his role as the attorney who represented Steven Avery in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, will be the special guest speaker for the Orange County Library System’s next Library After Hours event, taking place September 13 at the Orlando Public Library. During the event, Buting will discuss his 2017 book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, which uses the Avery case to illustrate flaws in the criminal justice system. He will provide insight into the problematic forensic science used in many cases, false confessions and eyewitness testimonies, and the terrifying reality of biased interrogations. Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting takes place at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Library After Hour tickets start at $15.   Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine During its world premiere at the Orlando Science Center starting this Saturday, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine will show visitors exactly what AI is, how it works, and what it might do in the future. From illusions that trick our brains to machines that can identify your emotions and translate languages, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine shows numerous ways that the human mind and thinking machines work.  Once you’ve seen this exhibit, you will have a new understanding of how our brains view the world... and how smart machines are trying to become more like us.   Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers! SeaWorld's Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 craft brews featuring an unbeatable mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. This is the one craft beer celebration you won't want to miss.  The fun is brewing longer this year this weekend between now and October 27 and is included with park admission.   3 More Fun Things:  Art and Music in the Park    Visit Orlando Magical Dining   LEGOLAND offers free admission for local heroes    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights September 6-November 2, 2019. During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80's return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment.  Bubble Bash at the Orlando Science Center This Orlando Science Center wide celebration of chemistry and the science of suds takes place on September 7 & 8 from 11:30am - 3:30am. Bubble Bash includes DIY soapmaking, Bath Fizzer experiments, plus a Bubble-opolis Metropolis, and huge foam explosions! Also, don’t miss their special guest as seen on America’s Got Talent, master bubble performer and magician Blaise Ryndes will perform his Spheres Bubble Show only during the event! Don’t miss this fusion of art, science and comedy on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with an exclusive members-only showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (RSVP is required for members-only shows) Admission to Orlando Science Center is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D educational films, and live programming. Disney on Ice at the Amway Center Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.    3 More Fun Things:  Orange County Library System Local Wanderer Program   Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party   Visit Orlando Magical Dining  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.   icFlorida Fun 3:   24th Annual K92.3 All Star Jam K92.3's All Star Jam has been a staple event in Central Florida for 24 years, and this year’s event will fill the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk with performances from Brad Paisley, Jon Pardi, LOCASH, Morgan Evans, Tenille Townes, Hardy, Abby Anderson, Travis Denning, and Caylee Hammock!    University of Florida vs. University of Miami The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will face off in Orlando to open their 2019 seasons with the Camping World Kickoff game Saturday, August 24 at 7 pm.   The Camping World Kickoff FanFest will start at 2pm and will include FREE interactive games, inflatables, face painters, and more. A wide selection of food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors. Kyle Daniel takes the Wendy’s Stage at 4:30pm with Sister Hazel headlining immediately after.   Fun Spot Golden Rule Day  Fun Spot America is initiating its Golden Rule Day in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, on Saturday, August 24th by raising funds for Orange and Osceola County Public Schools. On Saturday, guests will receive huge savings that day as Single Day Fun Passes are reduced to $25 each plus tax, and Fun Spot will donate $5 to the Orange or Osceola County Education Foundations for every Fun Pass purchased.   3 More Fun Things:  SEA LIFE Orlando Underwater Superhero Experience   Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month   Red Bull Conquest at Full Sail University Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Thornton Park District Putt N’ Pour Pub Crawl Part pub crawl, part miniature golf tournament and all fun! Putt N’ Pour is an opportunity for participants to visit ten Thornton Park District bars and restaurants to be challenged by holes designed and built by each host location while enjoying drink specials and prizes. Tickets for the event are $15 per golfer if purchased in advance and $20 per golfer registering on the day of the event. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $50.  Tickets include entrance, including 9 holes of golf in the participating venues, a commemorative gift bag, drink specials at each participating venue and admission to the after-party at The Abbey.  Curry Fest 2019 Orlando Florida comes alive with one of the biggest food festivals! A curry experience with an array of curry dishes, curry & tassa cook out competitions, kids zone, 12 international artists DJ's and more. Part  of the proceeds from Curry Fest go to the BASE Camp - Childrens cancer society. This summer The Lion King ROARS into Disney's Animal Kingdom  In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original animated classic and the new live action, ‘The Lion King,’ Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World is celebrating in a big way with new and enhanced experiences. Visit The Animation Experience at Conservation Station, a ‘whole pride of eats and treats’, a scavenger hunt, the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, fun photo spots, and end your day as the Tree of Life awakens in the evenings with a new story depicting moments from the movie. Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Summer Story Time at the Orlando Fire Museum  THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Experience Turtle Power at the Orlando Science Center Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Moon Fest Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at Moon Fest! Discover the wonders of space, engage in space-themed activities like the Mars Landing Egg Drop Challenge and even learn from local astronomers during this out-of-this-world event on July 20 and 21.   Historic Downtown Sanford Battle of The Food Trucks This Saturday July 20th is the Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks with over 40 trucks participating! Bigger and better than ever with tons of craft beer, vendors, and live music.  Family and pet friendly fun in the Pints n' Paws Pavilion with doggie pools and water bowls to keep your pooch cool during the event!   Tacos & Tequila 2019 Tacos & Tequila celebrates the city's tastiest, most delectable delight: TACOS! Sample and vote on your favorite tacos among competing food trucks, taco shops and restaurants! There will also be tequila samplings, plenty of beer, and live entertainment, ALL INCLUDED in your ticket price. It’s all happening on July 20th, 2019 at Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street. Salud!   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Apollo 50th Celebrations  Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019 Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS  Fans of Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty and Benny can rejoice, a brand-new event, THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS, is headed to the place built for kids!  During THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS, fans can help build a Mystery Mosaic, meet our newest friend - Rex Dangervest - exclusively at The LEGO Movie Days, join the THE LEGO MOVIE Scavenger Hunt, parade the streets near The Big Shop, and enjoy exclusive food offerings - a Choco-Dipped Banana “Slip” and Disco Drop Doughnut.  Summer Star Party and Laser Fest All ages are welcome for a night under the stars to observe the moon and planets Jupiter and Saturn.   The star party is free to attend and takes place at the E. Ann McGee Student Center south pavilion. During the star party, laser shows will also be presented in the planetarium. Tickets can be purchased starting at 7 p.m. in front of the planetarium.   Please note that seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors can choose between four different shows:  8 p.m. - Laser Beatles 9 p.m. - Laser Vinyl (AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, Journey, Boston and more)  10 p.m. - Laser Metallica   11 p.m. - Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon For full show descriptions, please visit the Audio Visual Imagineering website.   Tickets for the laser shows are $10 for adults and $8 for non-Seminole State students and seniors (55+). Seminole State faculty, staff and students can buy tickets for $5 with a valid College ID. Present a valid ticket stub from a previous laser showing and receive $2 off any admission level.   11th Annual Bastille Bash 2019 Get your berets ready for the 11th Annual Bastille Day Bash, Saturday July 13, 2019, in the award winning Audubon Park Garden District. Visitors will enjoy the French Market at Audubon, 3 to 7:30 p.m., inside Stardust Video and Coffee, which features local artisans; baguette fencing; a Moulin Rouge Show, 8:30 p.m, also inside Stardust Video and Coffee; Marie Antoinette appearances; the 8th Annual Wine and Cheese Pairing class, 4 to 6 p.m. inside charming Emmanuel Episcopal Church (1603 E. Winter Park Rd Orlando); live music; French wines and Belgium beer and more.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer at the Orlando Science Center   Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019   Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week.  Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3:  Science After Sundown This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery, plus a few added surprises, during late nights at Orlando Science Center.  On Fridays and Saturdays from July 5 through August 10, the Orlando Science Center will host Science After Sundown with stargazing in the observatory, special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family, Hollywood films in the Digital Adventure Theater, and all exhibits open until 11:00 pm. Science After Sundown at the Orlando Science Center is included with regular admission.   Red, White & Blues on the Plaza Extend your 4th of July celebration through the weekend by enjoying classic blues by the Grimes Alley Blues Band. Bring a chair or grab a swing and enjoy this free live music performance with scenic downtown Winter Garden as the backdrop.   Coke Zero 400 Weekend  July 4-6, 2019  Daytona International Speedway  Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the World Center of Racing by being a part of one of the most anticipated races of the season as the stars and cars of the NASCAR Cup Series battle for victory under the lights - The Coke Zero Sugar 400.  In addition to the races fans can enjoy Driver Autograph Sessions, On Track Access, Motorsports Hall of Fame special event pricing and fireworks immediately following the drop of the checkered flag.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019   2019 Daytona Beach Bandshell Concerts & Fireworks Line-Up   Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.  icFlorida Fun 3:  Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando  At SeaWorld Orlando, when the sun goes down the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics, and a plethora of new food and drink options throughout the park. The energy of the night culminates with a family-friendly dance party before “Ignite” lights up the sky in a spectacular fireworks finale, marking the perfect ending to an amazing visit to SeaWorld.   Electric Ocean is included in admission to SeaWorld Orlando.   Adults Night Out at Planet Obstacle It’s time for the adults to let loose at Planet Obstacle on June 29th! This adults-only event is an amazing evening full of fun physical challenges, raffles, a colorful dance floor, and wine or beer for those who are 21 and up. Activities at Planet Obstacle include:  Aerial Ropes Course with 220 feet long Zip-line   Ninja Warrior Course   Bumper Cars   V-Trampoline Bungee   Rock-climbing Walls   Trampolines   Foam Pits   26 feet high Vertical Slide   Trampoline Dodge Ball   Aeroball Cage   Trampoline Basketball Court The Lake Nona Great American Block Party The Lake Nona Great American Block Party is back and better than ever on June 30 in Lake Nona Town Center. Entertainment for the whole family includes a full kids' zone, street performers, Beer Garden and live music! Enjoy complimentary Sno Cones, funnel cake, popcorn and Fresh Red, White & Blue Lemonade, and a  Pie Baking Contest! Finally, night will end with the second annual Lake Nona community fireworks spectacular! It’s a party you don't want to miss! Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Kids Bowl Free at Aloma Bowling Centers   Turtle Power at the Orlando Science Center   40th Annual Elvis Presley Continentals Fan Club Charity Festival & Ultimate Elvis Contest  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  •  Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Mascot Games The Mascot Games features 30 mascots competing in thrilling and pulse-pounding gladiator-themed games to see who are the true champions of the mascot world. Proceeds from this two day event benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.    Fun Spot Foam Run Fun Spot America Theme Parks presents the Family Foam Run! Enjoy a day of fun obstacle courses and challenges throughout the park. End the course with a live high energy foam concert with DJ’s & more! Family Foam Run Ticket includes race entry, race swag, and hygiene kit to assemble and donate to Clean the World. Entry fees start at $10 kids under five are free with paid entry.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Orlando Science Center The Orlando Science Center's new exhibit Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hideout Secrets of the Sewer lets you join the team and train alongside the Turtles and Master Splinter in their Underground Lair to discover the importance of teamwork, creative thinking, training, and humor before putting your skills and training to the test.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Mermaids at SEA LIFE Orlando   Kids bowl free at Aloma Bowling Centers   Island H2O Live! preview days at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
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  • Usually the Central Florida International Auto Show starts over Thanksgiving, but this year, they chose to have it in September to make more room on the show floor for more manufacturing companies. This weekend's event at the Orange County Convention Center features more than 400 of the latest brand of cars, trucks, crossovers, you name it- and you can test them out! Good thing is you don't have to feel pressured to buy anything because everything on display is for informative and planning purposes only. You can get in, get a feel for it, read all the stuff like mileage and what not, and eventually, you can decide for yourself if its something you want to invest in. Some of the new models include the 2020 Toyota Supra, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, and the 2020 Nissan 50th Anniversary Z. They have product specialist there to answer any questions you may have.  There is also plenty of stuff to do for the kids in case they get bored. They can bounce around on a bungee rope, have their picture taken in a Formula 1 type racing car, get their faces painted, or even take a ride as many times as they want at the Camp Jeep test track which features the iconic Jeep Mountain, which is an 18 foot, 35 degree hill climb.  You can check out our exclusive look at the ride so you know what to expect here:   https://www.facebook.com/965Orlando/videos/627153287691443/ The event lasts throughout the weekend with it wrapping up on Sunday from 10 am to 6pm. Admission for adults(13 and over) is $12, $7 for seniors(62 and older), military or first responders( with ID) and students 21 and under, and free for kids under 12 with an accompanying adult.  You can check out our gallery which features some of the newer cars and even some of the classic cars on display here: https://www.news965.com/news/local/check-out-these-cars-the-central-international-auto-show/G5U1EOCfSRM0mpO0AkXrQK/
  • School leaders at Lake Mary High School in Seminole County say that two students have been arrested for reportedly brining weapons on school campus. According to a Seminole County Sheriff's Office incident report, 14 year old Curtis Leonard was called to the discipline office on Thursday for an unrelated incident. When he he opened his backpack, that's when an administrator noticed a gun and notified a deputy. Deputies say the chamber was loaded, but the gun was disassembled.  Leonard now faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm of school property and was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. This is the second incident within the last year where a student managed to sneak a gun onto the campus.  Following this incident, school leaders say another situation happened on Friday where students came forward and accused a 15 year old student of carrying a weapon on school grounds. They say 15 year old Bernard Blackmon was located with a 7 inch fishing knife and was arrested. The arrest report shows Blackmon has also been charged with possession of a weapon on school property.  In response of these incidents, school leaders say that they are testing new technology as part of a pilot program which acts similar to metal detectors, but can be used in more places. They also want to remind students to report any suspicious activities by calling the SpeakOut hotline at 800-423-8477 or use their campus app.
  • A North Carolina sheriff stands accused of urging the murder of a former deputy who had a recording of him using racially offensive language, authorities say. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice, according to court records. Wilkins is accused of trying to get another man to kill former Deputy Joshua Freeman, who he believed was going to expose his racist talk. >> Read more trending news  Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, who is prosecuting the case, said Wilkins' Aug. 12, 2014, phone conversation with the 'well-known' man who threatened Joshua Freeman's life was caught on tape, according to The News & Observer in Raleigh. Lorrin Freeman and Joshua Freeman are not related. Joshua Freeman worked for the Sheriff's Office from November 2011 to August 2014 but was let go in the days leading up to Wilkins' alleged crimes, WRAL in Raleigh reported. Wilkins, who was reelected in 2018 for a third four-year term, is accused of advising the unnamed man to kill Joshua Freeman, 'whom the defendant knew to have expressed his intention to soon publicly reveal a purported audio recording of the sheriff using racially offensive language to authorities in Raleigh,' the indictment states. The court records do not detail what Wilkins is alleged to have said, or what ultimately happened to the recording of his words. The indictment against the sheriff alleges Wilkins encouraged the man to 'take care of it' and said, 'The only way you gonna stop him is kill him.' According to the indictment, Wilkins counseled the would-be gunman on how to kill Joshua Freeman in a way to avoid getting caught. He offered two tips, according to the document: Get rid of the murder weapon and keep quiet. 'You ain't got the weapon, you ain't got nothing to go on,' Wilkins allegedly told the man, the court records allege. 'The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can't tell nobody nothin', not a thing.' Wilkins and the individual discussed a time in which to kill Joshua Freeman and a location that would ensure it would be Wilkins' own Granville County Sheriff's Office investigators who would get the case, the indictment says. Wilkins assured the man he would not tell investigators of his prior knowledge of the crime. The indictment accuses Wilkins of failing to prevent harm to Joshua Freeman or warn him of the 'credible threat' to his life. It alleges the sheriff also failed to seize the gun the other man planned to use, despite the person showing him the weapon at one point. 'The defendant failed to properly execute his duties because of his personal animosity towards Joshua Freeman,' the indictment states. Joshua Freeman was never harmed, though the indictment offers no indication why the alleged plot failed. Wilkins went before a magistrate Monday and was released on $20,000 unsecured bond. Court records show he was ordered to have no contact with anyone named in the indictment. He was also ordered to surrender his passport, if he has one. Read the indictment against Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins below.  Brindell Wilkins Indictment by National Content Desk on Scribd 'No one is above the law,' Lorrin Freeman said Monday, according to WRAL. 'It is always painful when someone who has the public trust faces these types of allegations for voters who put them in that place. 'Any time you have someone who is sworn to uphold the public trust, to protect their community, to investigate and report crimes, allegedly engage in this type of conduct, it is something that needs to be brought to justice, and so we will continue to follow the evidence in this case.' Several followers of Wilkins' public Facebook page offered support in the wake of the indictment. 'You will always have our support,' one woman wrote. 'Praying for you and your family.' 'Our friendship goes back 30 years or more and you have always been a great friend to me,' another woman wrote. 'You were there for me many times. I believe in you and you have my support, always.' Lorrin Freeman said Wake County is handling the case because Mike Waters, her counterpart in Granville County, could potentially become an important witness at trial. Waters, who addressed the case in a statement on his office's Facebook page, wrote to Lorrin Freeman in November to ask her to look into the case. Watch Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman discuss the case below, courtesy of the News & Observer. WRAL reported that Joshua Freeman, who Waters represented in 2014 while in private practice, gave the future prosecutor the tape recording of Wilkins' conversation with the man who talked of killing the former deputy. It was not clear Friday how Freeman obtained the recording. Waters said he immediately turned the tape over to the FBI. The Washington Post reported that Waters met with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents about the recording in January 2017, but nothing happened. 'Quite frankly, it did not get to the top of their investigative list,' Lorrin Freeman told WRAL about SBI agents. Waters gave the recording to a different SBI agent in October 2018, but still, no investigation was initiated, the Post reported. That is when Waters turned to Lorrin Freeman to initiate a probe into the sheriff. She agreed. 'I have reviewed this recording,' Lorrin Freeman wrote to SBI agents, according to the Post. 'It contains a conversation between two individuals, one of whom appears to be the Granville County sheriff, about a former deputy sheriff and culminates in a discussion about committing a homicide.' In his Facebook statement, Waters expressed frustration at the amount of time it took to get an investigation going. 'At all times since (turning over the recording), I have provided assistance to investigators, and once Ms. Freeman opened a criminal investigation, have urged that this matter be given investigative priority,' Waters wrote. 'I understand it is a matter of great importance to the people of Granville County, and it has been a point of frustration that the investigative process has not been more expeditious.' He wrote that any allegations of wrongdoing by law enforcement are troubling, particularly when they involve a sheriff elected by the community. 'Over the next few months, my office will continue to lend assistance to the ongoing investigation as requested, while we continue to do our daily work of protecting victims, prosecuting those who violate the law and seeing that justice is administered,' Waters said. WRAL reported Lorrin Freeman said she worked to obtain obstruction charges against Wilkins because obstruction would be easier to prove in the five-year old case than solicitation of murder or conspiracy. The Granville County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss the indictment, but County Attorney Jim Wrenn said the board has no authority to remove Wilkins, an elected official, from office as his criminal case winds its way through the court system, WRAL reported. Lorrin Freeman confirmed that fact to the News & Observer. 'Technically, he can continue to serve if he chooses, until convicted,' Freeman told the newspaper. Spectrum News' Charlotte bureau reported that Wilkins has indicated he will not step down. Wrenn said he is considering trying to get Wilkins out of office through the courts but wants to hear the recording himself before making that decision. Gerry Cohen, former special counsel to the North Carolina General Assembly, said state law has a provision allowing a judge to suspend a sheriff and allow a county commission to appoint a temporary replacement pending the outcome of a criminal case. 'The statute is there to allow removal of sheriff,' Cohen told Spectrum News. 'One of six causes is, in fact, conviction of felony. Others are some of the things in his indictment, like willful misconduct, corruption, willful neglect or refusal to perform duties of his office. Some of them match the charges in his indictment.' The News & Observer reported that the probe into Wilkins' alleged actions against Joshua Freeman has led to investigations of the Granville County Sheriff's Office's accounting practices, as well as the operations of its drug unit. Freeman was a member of the drug unit when he was with the agency. 'Part of this investigation has centered on why this sort of conversation would have occurred, what the underlying motivation would have been,' Lorrin Freeman said Tuesday, according to the newspaper. 'Additional information has come to light regarding operations and accounting practices of the Granville County narcotics interdiction team.' Those investigations remain ongoing.
  • President Donald Trump called reports that a U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against him last month 'a ridiculous story' while speaking Friday to reporters in the Oval Office. >> Read more trending news  According to the Washington Post, the president made an unspecified 'promise' to an unidentified foreign leader that concerned the intelligence official. The official filed a complaint Aug. 12, two anonymous former U.S. officials told the newspaper, though lawmakers said Thursday they had yet to see the complaint. The intelligence community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Thursday but declined, under administration orders, to reveal the substance of the complaint. Update 7:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a statement on the whistleblower's complaint against President Trump. In it, Biden describes Trump's alleged behavior as 'abhorrent' and calls on him to release a full transcript of the call 'so that the American people can be judged for themselves.' The entire statement reads: Update 4:40 p.m. EDT Sept 20: The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The Journal reported Trump asked Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani to determine whether Biden 'worked to shield from investigation a Ukrainian gas company with ties to his son, Hunter Biden.'  Trump made the request about eight times during a phone call in July, according to the Journal. Trump was asked Friday if be brought up Biden in the call with Zelenskiy, and he answered, 'It doesn't matter what I discussed.' But then he used the moment to urge the media 'to look into' Biden's background with Ukraine. Trump and Zelenskiy are to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations next week. Update 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the person behind the complaint filed against him was a 'partisan whistleblower' who 'shouldn't even have information,' though he added that he did not know the person's identity. 'I don't even know exactly who you're talking about,' Trump said. 'I don't know the identity of the whistleblower. I just hear it's a partisan person, meaning it comes out from another party.' Trump said Friday that he's spoken with several world leaders and that his conversations with them were 'always appropriate.' Details surrounding the complaint remained unclear Friday afternoon, though The Washington Post and The New York Times reported at least some of the allegations centered on Ukraine. Both newspapers cited unidentified sources. Asked if he knew if the whistleblower's complaint centered on a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, the president responded 'I really don't know' but continued to insist any phone call he made with a head of state was 'perfectly fine and respectful.' Update 9:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: The whistleblower complaint against Donald Trump centers around Ukraine, two anonymous sources confirmed to The Washington Post Thursday evening. The New York Times and ABC News are also citing anonymous sources, saying the complaint involves Ukraine. It's not clear exactly how Ukraine fits into the allegations. However, Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed, the Post reported. That call was already under investigation by House Democrats, who are looking into whether Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tried to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping with Trump's re-election campaign, according to The Post. Update 1:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 19:  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested Thursday that lawmakers could ask a judge to compel White House officials to share with Congress a whistleblower complaint allegedly filed last month against Trump. The complaint was filed Aug. 12 and involved an undisclosed 'promise' made by the president to an unidentified foreign leader, CNN reported Atkinson declined to share details of the complaint during a closed meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, citing a lack of authorization. 'We do know that the Department of Justice has been involved in the decision to withhold that information from Congress,' Schiff told reporters Thursday. 'We do not know -- because we cannot get an answer to the question -- about whether the White House is also involved in preventing this information from coming to Congress.' He said lawmakers had yet to see the complaint by Thursday afternoon. 'We do not know whether press reports are accurate or inaccurate about the contents of the complaint,' he said. Earlier Thursday, the president denied having done anything inappropriate. Update 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Trump on Thursday denied any wrongdoing after reports claimed a whistleblower had come forward with a complaint about the president making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader. 'Another Fake News story out there - it never ends!' Trump wrote Thursday in a tweet. 'Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. 'Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially 'heavily populated' call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!' Original report: The promise occurred during a phone conversation with the leader, one source told the Post. Details about the alleged pledge and the leader's identity was not immediately available. Although Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, believed that the whistleblower complaint warranted 'urgent concern,' acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire so far has declined to provide information about the communication to the House Intelligence Committee, the Post reported. A closed hearing with Atkinson is slated for Thursday, the committee said. Maguire is expected to testify publicly Sept. 26, according to the committee's chairman, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police are responding to the Woodfield Mall after an SUV drove into a Sears and through the mall walkways. WGN is reporting that the driver is in custody.  So far there have been no reports of injures. Video posted on Twitter shows a black SUV driving past a Forever 21, and people running away.

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  • The White House campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) teetered on the edge of being abandoned in coming days, as the candidate on Saturday publicly confirmed the existence of an internal memo which bluntly said that unless Booker could get a surge of donations in the next ten days, his 2020 campaign was doomed. 'I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory,' Booker wrote on Twitter Saturday morning, 'but I can’t walk it alone.' Booker's comments came soon after NBC News had reported that the campaign's top aide told the candidate and staff that a major infusion of money was needed to keep Booker's campaign going. 'This isn’t an end-of-quarter stunt or one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press,' said Addisu Demissie. Booker's predicament in the Democratic race is much like a large number of other candidates right now - they are mired in low single digits in most polls, and have shown no ability to break out of that group to challenge the leaders in the race. For example, in the latest national poll from Fox News on the Democratic race, Booker is a 3 percent - that's where he was in August, June, and May. Others who have shown little to no ability to jump up in recent polls would include Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Julian Castro, John Delaney and Michael Bennet. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was also in that group - he officially quit the race on Friday. Others stuck in the polls have been Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O'Rourke - and even Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris - who while they are above most of those in the race, the two have been unable to make up ground on the Democratic Party leaders. Harris encountered rough waters in the last week as repeated stories reported that her campaign was going to focus much more on Iowa - a decision which is often a signal of broader difficulty for a presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders seem locked in to the top three spots in the Democratic race, with little evidence that any of the other Democrats were going to be able to pull them down at this point. And for Booker - it's been a bridge too far. “Now or Never,” his campaign chief wrote.