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    Orange County Sheriff John Mina is upset by a video showing a school resource deputy yanking a student by the hair. The video, posted on Facebook,  shows a girl screaming near the back of a patrol car while a crowd of students watch. After the girl is put into the squad car, the deputy who pulled the girl's hair turns to the crowd, brandishes his baton and yells, 'This is because you're silly. You're all stupid little children.' The child was not arrested. She was later released to a parent, according to a Orange County Sheriff’s Office release. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released this body cam video on Friday, captured by the other deputy. They say the unnamed deputy in question has been with the Sheriff’s Office since February 2019.  He was working as a law enforcement officer for another agency when he was hired by Orange County. UPDATE 11/9 - The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified the School Resource Deputy as Harry Reid. Reid served as an OCSO deputy from 2000 to 2004 before assuming a law enforcement officer position in North Carolina from 2005 to 2016, eventually returning to Florida where he began serving OCSO once again on February 22, 2019. The Sheriff’s Office says that the investigation will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review after it’s taken care of by their in-house Professional Standards Division.
  • A 25-year-old woman is arrested in a Flagler County courthouse security line after she pulled a baggie of meth from her pocket.  The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office press release says Tessa Lilly was at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center Wednesday morning for two non drug-related charges. The metal detector alerted and when deputies asked her to empty her pockets, she placed a small plastic bag of a rock-like substance into a bucket. According to the release, Lilly told deputies that it was makeup for her skin. The substance tested positive for Methamphetamine and weighed 1.44 grams. “She came to court with meth in her pocket?” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the press release. “Our security system at the courthouse worked. She obviously needs help and has not learned from her past mistakes. I hope this is a wake-up call to turn her life around and seek treatment for her addiction.” The Sheriff’s Office says Lilly has previous narcotics arrests dating back to 2017.
  • A new state Senate bill would require engaged couples to read a 'marriage guide' before getting a marriage license in Florida. The “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage” was introduced by Central Florida Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley.  He says the guide is intended to fight the rising cost of divorce to Florida citizens. Orlando-area state Sen. Linda Stewart says she doesn’t support this idea. “I have a lot of respect for Senator Baxley, however, with this particular bill I think the marriage area is not part of a legislative body.,” Sen. Stewart said. The guide would reportedly be paid for with privately raised funds and not taxpayer money.   Florida already has a similar marriage handbook in place but Baxley says it's not enough.
  • Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a consumer alert. Moody wants victims of tech support scams to know that millions of dollars in restitution is available for them.  She says as many as 70-thousand people nationwide may have fallen victim to the scams.  The scams often involve companies that use fake pop-up messages or phone calls claiming that a computer is infected with malware.  The fraudsters then request access to the victim's computer to fix the nonexistent problem.  Here are a few ways to avoid being scammed, according to Moody’s consumer alert: Do not... Click on any links or call phone numbers provided on pop-up ads or emails; Send money, credit card numbers or any financial information to someone they do not know; Give anyone control of personal computers or electronic devices; Forget that Microsoft and most major computer companies do not display pop-up warnings and ask consumers to call toll-free numbers about viruses or security problems; or Go online without up-to-date security software. The deadline to file a claim is December 17th.   For more information, go to FloridaAGReimbursement.com.
  • A fire that spread from an SUV to a mobile home in East Orange County sends an 8-year-old boy and his mother to the hospital. It started around 10:30 last night on East Orlando Road. Orange County Fire Rescue says fireworks were somehow involved. “Where the mother and son were and what role they had in relationship to those fireworks is under ivestigation by the state,” says Mike Jachles, Public Information Officer for OCFR. Two pets, a dog and a bearded dragon were also rescued from the home. The Red Cross is helping the displaced family. See video posted by Orange County Fire Rescue here.
  • A new monument is coming to the south Downtown Orlando landscape. The onePULSE Foundation announced Wednesday that Coldefy & Associés is the winning design team for the National Pulse Memorial and Museum. It was chosen from six concept finalists during an international competition.  The museum will not be at the Pulse site, but down the road on the corner of Kaley Avenue and Division Avenue. A groundbreaking set for 2021. App users, tap the links below to see the concept design gallery by  Coldefy & Associés. 1. Overall Perspective 2. Memorial  3. Memorial at Night 4. Memorial Exterior 5. Museum Interior 6. Orlando Health Survivor’s Walk
  • Don’t trust your GPS! The new southbound S.R. 417 exit to eastbound S.R. 408 appears much sooner than what drivers may be used to. You’ll need to follow signs for Exit 33, located about one mile before the old exit (Exit 33A). This is a permanent change. If you miss the new eastbound S.R. 408 ramp entrance, you can use the S.R. 417 Curry Ford Road exit (Exit 30), then enter northbound S.R. 417 to access the ramp to eastbound S.R. 408. To make things easier, Central Florida Expressway Authority spokesperson Kathryn Putnam says “get in the far right hand lane as soon as you cross State Road 50.” This ramp is the third of four ramps to built or reconfigured in the $90.7 million S.R. 408/S.R. 417 Interchange Project. The fourth ramp from northbound S.R. 417 to westbound S.R. 408 will be the next to open. That should open by the beginning of December. The interchange project is expected to be finished at the end of the year.
  • A lockdown at Spruce Creek High School has been lifted after a School Resource Deputy found a “suspicious item” discarded in a trashcan Thursday afternoon. The item was described as having wires coming from it and previously being concealed by a student. Based on statements made by an student, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Bomb K-9 was dispatched to the school and subsequently cleared the suspicious item. The incident remains under investigation.
  • Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for information about the disappearance of Nicole Montalvo. She was last seen on Monday, Oct. 21st at about 5 p.m. dropping off her son with his grandparents and father at a home on Hixon Avenue in St. Cloud. Montalvo was supposed to pick up her son from Harmony School the next day but never showed up. The Sheriff’s Office says in a release that her phone has been off. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt. Anyone with information on Montalvo’s whereabouts should call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222.
  • The search goes on for the man who a woman said grabbed her while she was jogging along the Northlake Parkway Trail in Lake Nona. According to the Orlando Police Department, the woman was on a run around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 23, when a man came behind her and touched her buttocks and her shoulder.  Police released a composite sketch Wednesday. They said detectives worked with the woman to create it.  Investigators said the man is described as Hispanic and in his early 20s. He stands 5 feet, 8 inches and has black spiky hair.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.  No other details were released.
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  • Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, of Bradenton, Florida, died from injuries after an armored vehicle overturned in South Korea. The Army said in a statement, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned at Camp Humphreys on Nov. 6 injuring Panipinto and two other soldiers. Panitpinto died the following day.  An investigation into the incident is still underway. Panipinto was deployed to South Korea in July as an infantryman with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in January 2018.  The brigade will hold a memorial on Friday. 
  • Break out the sweaters and possibly the scarves, cool windy conditions have moved into Central Florida and showers are possible all morning. WFTV Meterologist Brian Shields says this is our “Florida Fall and many of us won’t get out of the 60s!” Here is the basic information Brian says you need to know:  A cold front moves over Central Florirda and low temperatures will mark into the upper 50s Wednesday morning. Isolated showers are possible through the morning hours, and then mainly along the coast on Wednesday afternoon. Cool Wednesday: The high temperatures on Wednesday won’t make it out of the 70s. Temperatures will feel colder because of the strong wind from the north. Pleasant rest of the week: Temperatures are set to stay in the 70s and 60s to close out the week only low chances of rain until Friday when another front is set to blow through.
  • Law enforcement officials said a Florida mother and two children who were abducted at gunpoint in Titusville have been found safe as of 5:50 a.m. Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 7:02 a.m. EST Nov. 13: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled the Amber Alert issued for the children, and the Titusville Police Department confirmed that their mother, Melanie Martin, 30, was also found safe. Original report: An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning after police said a Florida woman and her two young children were abducted at gunpoint by the children's father in Titusville. Titusville police said Melanie Martin, 30, and her children Angel Burson, 5, and Lloyd Burson Jr., 3, were kidnapped by Lloyd Burson, 35, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of the 1000 block of Third Avenue. Police said Martin and the children were last seen in a blue SUV driven by Burson headed north on I-95 toward Volusia County. Investigators said Burson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-7800, or they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS. – Visit WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • Officials with the Orlando Fire Department announced late Tuesday evening that they arrested John Huff for arson in connection to the fire early that same morning at the Beefy King Restaurant. Huff was transported to the Orange County Jail. Investigators suspected arson when the saw the fire started outside the building near the back of the building rather than inside.  Additionally, surveillance footage from a nearby business shows a car in the parking lot of Beefy King at the time the fire started. In the meantime, firefighters said the damage to the building on Bumby Avenue is “fixable” and the owner of the iconic establishment known for its sandwiches says the will re-open as soon as possible.  The good news is there was minimal damage and no one was hurt. 
  • A Pennsylvania man whose baby boy suffered critical injuries in an October shooting purposely brought the infant along during drug deals to deter others from opening fire, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer and WPVI-TV, police arrested Nafes Monroe, 25, on Saturday, three weeks after his 11-month-old son, Yazeem Jenkins, was shot multiple times in north Philadelphia. Prosecutors said Monroe was trying to use counterfeit money to purchase drugs Oct. 19 when the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz, began shooting, the Inquirer reported. Yazeem, who was in a car with Monroe, his girlfriend and a second man, was hit in the chest, head and buttocks, authorities said. Afterward, Monroe took Yazeem to a home, then dropped the baby off at a nearby hospital, according to Anthony Voci of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The boy's condition is still listed as critical, KYW-TV reported. Voci said Monroe had brought Yazeem with him during other drug purchases, as well, 'with the idea or belief that if someone saw that he had a child in the car, that they would not fire upon him,' the Inquirer reported. 'A 'human shield' is probably the term that I would use,' Voci said, according to the newspaper. Monroe now faces charges of endangering a child's welfare and reckless endangerment, WPVI reported. Ortiz remains jailed on attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges, the Inquirer reported.

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  • The first day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump will feature two State Department witnesses who raised questions about actions in Ukraine by the President's personal lawyer, with one alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's efforts to undermine the former U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine, and another who saw Giuliani leading an effort to press for investigations desired by Mr. Trump. 'Mr. Giuliani was almost unmissable starting in mid-March,' Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testified, saying Giuliani conducted a 'campaign of slander' against former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. 'I worried about what I had heard concerning the role of Rudolph Giuliani,' said William Taylor, now the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who said he was worried about entering a 'snake pit' involving Giuliani. Here is some of what we might expect from these two witnesses in the first day of impeachment hearings. DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE KENT - After working at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, Kent returned to the State Department in the second half of 2018, taking on a post where he was responsible for Ukraine and five other eastern European nations often targeted by Russia. It was in that position where Kent said he witnessed the media attack which unfolded, spurred by Giuliani and conservative news media organs. In his impeachment deposition, Kent said an article by conservative journalist John Solomon spurred a sudden attack on Ambassador Yovanovitch and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine in general, which was then amplified by Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. Kent said much of what was alleged, that Yovanovitch was bad mouthing President Trump, that she was working against Ukraine prosecutors, was simply false. 'It was, if not entirely made up in full cloth,' Kent testified, 'it was primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs.' Kent described how U.S. diplomats were blindsided by what was clearly a concerted campaign against the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, spread over four days in March of 2019. It started first with arrows aimed at Ambassador Yovanovitch, but then spread to accusations against former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter, along with other charges mentioning conservative bogeyman George Soros - all of it given a push by President Trump, his son, conservative websites, and Fox News. The attacks on Yovanovitch came two weeks after she had been asked by the State Department to stay on in Ukraine until 2020 - but her extension would not survive the conservative media attacks against her. 'I was then abruptly told in late April to come back to Washington from Ukraine 'on the next plane,'' Yovanovitch told Congressional investigators. She will testify on Friday. + WILLIAM TAYLOR, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires IN UKRAINE. With the recall of Ambassador Yovanovitch, Taylor is the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - basically the acting Ambassador. Several months after Yovanovitch had been ousted, Taylor described how the work of Giuliani had seemingly led to a situation where U.S. military aid for Ukraine was being withheld - in an effort to gain a quid pro quo - where the government of Ukraine would launch investigations sought by President Trump. 'By mid-Ju1y, it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian influence in the 2016 elections,' Taylor said, referring to a focus on the Bidens, and the debunked theory that Ukraine - and not Russia - was behind the hacks of Democrats in 2016. Taylor said the impetus for the situation was obvious. 'It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani,' Taylor said in his closed door deposition. Mr. Taylor said he had determined that link in 'mid-July' - it was on July 25 that President Trump spoke with the leader of Ukraine, and spelled out the need for Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens, and the Ukraine-2016 elections theory, which included the evidence-free allegation that the hacked computer server from the Democratic National Committee was being hidden in Ukraine. Some Republicans have mocked the choice of Taylor as an opening witness, saying he has no firsthand knowledge of why the President would want investigations conducted related to the Bidens or the 2016 elections. 'No, I've never talked to the President,' Taylor said in his deposition. Look for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to bring this up during the first day of questioning with Taylor. Three hearings have also been set for next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with eight different witnesses.