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    One person is under arrest after getting caught by an Orange County K-9 while attempting to run away from the scene of a fatal accident on Orange Blossom Trail. 33-year Michael Plattner from Kissimmee was speeding on Orange Blossom Trail at Taft Vineland Road around 3 A.M. when he rear ended a Toyota Camry.  That car then went off the road, hitting and a sign and then a pole. Two passengers, 36-year old Hansel Catano and a 28-year old man, were both killed. Another female in that car was taken to the hospital in critical condition. After the accident, Plattner attempted to flea from the scene before he was tracked down by a K-9 unit. Another woman who was in Plattner’s car was taken to the hospital. Plattner is facing charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • On Tuesday morning, a Lynx bus was involved in a crash on I-4 at Orange Blossom Trail. The bus overturned in that crash and blocked lanes of I-4 Westbound. Twelve people were taken to the hospital according to troopers. An investigation is ongoing and we’ll have an update as we learn more.
  • Week one of High School football kicks off Friday night all across Central Florida.  Matchups this week include: Edgewater at Bishop Moore, kick off at 7 Stoneman Douglas at Colonial, kick off at 7 Timber Creek at Boone, kick off at 7 Jones at Raines, kick off at 7 Cypress Creek at Windermere High, kick off at 7 Dr. Phillips at Seminole, kick off at 7 Hagerty at Lake Nona, kick off at 7 University at East River, kick off at 7 Central Florida Christian at Cornerstone Charter, kick off at 7 Evans at Freedom, kick off at 7 Osceola at Harmony, kick off at 7:30 Pine Ridge at Celebration, kick off at 7 Winter Springs at Oviedo, kick off at 7 St. Cloud at Bayside, kick off at 7 Jupiter at Tohopekaliga, kick off at 7 Wekiva at Winter Park, kick off at 7 Orlando Christian Prep at Seffner Christian, kick off at 7:30 Ocoee at Oak Ridge, kick off at 7 Olympia at West Orange, kick off at 7 Lyman at Lake Mary, kick off at 7 Lake Howell at Poinciana, kick off at 7 West Oaks at the First Academy, kick off at 7 Faith Christian at Bronson, kick off at 7 Lake Highland Prep at Mount Dora Christian, kick off at 7 Merritt Island at Gateway, kick off at 7:30 Liberty at Lake Brantley, kick off at 7
  • Orlando Police have arrested 21-year old Chasjuan Allen for the murder of George Dallas at an Orlando apartment complex. Back on June 28th, Dallas was shot and killed at the Orlando on the Lake apartments on South Ivey Lane near West Gore Street. Police had previously arrested 18-year Miguel Bush in connection with the murder. Both Allen and Bush are facing first degree murder charges. Investigators said Dallas had been shot in the neck and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died July 1.
  • SunRail announced today that they’ll be adding a special southbound, late train to accomidate riders going to Tuesday night’s Orlando City vs. Atlanta United F.C. match. The special train leaves from the southbound Church Street Station at 10:30 p.m., in addition to the regular northbound train that also leaves at that time. Regular fairs will apply on that train. Orlando City is taking on Atlanta United F.C. at Exploria Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal match.
  • The ramp from southbound State Road 417 to eastbound State Road 408 is scheduled to close tonight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for overhead sign work. Drivers will be shifted onto the Curry Ford Road exit, then re-enter northbound State Road 417 to return to eastbound State Road 408.  The work could take longer if bad weather happens. All tolls at Curry Ford Road will be suspended during the detour. The work is part of the $90.7 million State Road 408/State Road 417 interchange project.  The project’s estimated finish date is late 2019.
  • Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere announced that he will not seek reelection today, after more than 20 years in city government. Persampiere said the decision is because he wants to spend more time with his family, and work on growing his business. Previously, he had served as an Oviedo city councilman before running for mayor. He’s been serving as Mayor since 2011.  Two months ago, Persampiere was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that led to police involvement, but a judge dismissed an injunction filed against him.
  • Orlando police are asking for help identifying two persons of interest after a carjacking near Camping World Stadium. On July 9th, the pair carjacked a gray Jeep Cherokee after the victim refused to give them a dollar. The pair knocked the victim to the ground before speeding off. The victim had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
  • Orlando gas prices have dropped over the past week, averaging $2.58 a gallon in Orlando. According to GasBuddy, gas prices have fallen 6.9 cents in the past week, and are 17.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The drop in Orlando comes amid a rise in national gas prices, as they’ve gone up 3.3 cents over the past week. The average national prices for a gallon of gas is $2.79. Patrick DeHaan from GasBuddy said, “With Barry in the rearview, we are unlikely to see major disruptions arise, and gas prices nationally will avoid seeing much of a price rise as a result.” The Orlando average price of $2.58 is slightly lower than the Florida average, which is $2.62.  The cheapest station in Orlando right now is priced at $2.43 a gallon, while the most expensive is $2.89 a gallon.
  • The number of people injured by fireworks in Orlando on the 4th of July dropped this year compared to last year. Orlando Health said that four people were brought into the Orlando Health Trauma Department since the holiday. In 2018, fifteen people were taken to the hospital with firework related injuries. Orlando Health said the majority of those injuries were to people’s hands and fingers. Doctors at Orlando Health believe more firework safety education, and the rainy weather this holiday played a role in the decrease.
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  • A road construction worker was killed and three others were hurt after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina early Saturday, police said. >> Read more trending news  Danyel Middleton was charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, and police said she could face more charges. She spent her 22nd birthday in jail and will face a judge Monday. Socorro Martinez, 50, was confirmed dead at the scene. The three other victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were being treated for serious injuries, and the third was treated and released from the hospital. The crash happened around 1:45 a.m. on Concord Mills Boulevard near Entry A to Concord Mills Mall. Police said the four crewmen were working on road improvements when Middleton plowed into them. According to authorities, the crew had appropriate signs and lighting indicating the work zone. 'They're just trying to make a living, and they can't come to work and be safe,' a Concord community member told WSOC's DaShawn Brown.  Officials said the four who were struck were workers with Cruz Brothers Concrete. The company, based near Burlington, North Carolina, is said to have over 75 years of experience and family-owned.  For community members, news of the crash was unsettling enough, but even more so close to home.  'You know, sometimes if I want to go out and drive at night, it makes me a lot more nervous knowing something like this could've happened,' Nate Seedorf said. 'Not only is the driver going to live with that for the rest of her life, but the family of the victims are also going to be dealing with this forever,' another community member told WSOC-TV. Middleton is being held at the Cabarrus County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) charged two men with what they call “ the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history.” Officers say a tip back in February 2018 started the investigation into what they call a turtle trafficking ring that involved thousands of animals and thousands of dollars.  On October 18 wildlife officers arrested Michael Boesenberg, 39, and Michael Clemons, 23, both of Fort Myers, Fl. and charged them with poaching and selling the turtles on the black market.  Most went to large-scale reptile dealers and illegal distributors, who would then ship them overseas on the black market with a majority of the animals ending up in Asia,  according to a press release. The turtles would fetch between $300 and $10,000 dollars each. Officers estimate one month of turtles would net approximately $60,000. The FWC documented more than 4,000 turtles illegally taken and sold over a 6-month period in the release,  including Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. When investigators arrived with a search warrant they say they found the poachers in possession of hundreds of turtles, along with the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.  Biologists evaluated all of the animals for health and species identification and were able to return more than 600 of them back into the wild.
  • Friday was a tough night for residents in Polk County where a EF-2 tornado touched down causing damage to homes and churches and left thousands without power.  But it was especially hard for the Pelham family who told Bay News 9 they had only moments to get into a closet before the tornado struck.  After the storm passed, they discovered their pitbull, Tuffy, and his dog house were gone.  The family told reporters they immediately began searching the area and discovered the dog house 100 yards away. It was severely damaged.  Still, there were no signs of their big dog.  Miraculously, 18-hours after the search began a neighbor found the pooch hiding in a ditch about a half-mile away.  He was scared but otherwise seemed to be OK.  Tuffy’s reunion was shared on twitter by reporter Trevor Pettiford Sunday.  One person commented, “They don’t call him Tuffy for nothin!” App users click here to see the video.   
  • One of Texas' largest cities is reeling after a tornado swept through north Dallas on Sunday night, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to KDFW-TV, the twister struck about 9 p.m. CDT near Dallas Love Field Airport, then headed east, damaging homes and businesses while initially knocking out power to more than 100,000 people in the region. As of early Monday, no deaths or serious injuries had been reported, the city of Dallas said in a news release; however, emergency officials told The Associated Press that they received reports of people cut by glass shards. Crews also were trying to determine whether any victims were trapped inside a collapsed structure after seven people safely fled the building, the AP reported.  WFAA-TV reported that the storm destroyed Dallas Stars hockey player Tyler Seguin's mansion. Seguin appeared to confirm the news on Twitter but assured fans that he was OK. 'Thanks to everyone reaching out about the news tonight, I am safe,' he tweeted. 'Luckily this is my house for sale and I have moved into a new one. I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see. Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado.' The storm caused 'significant' damage to six homes in nearby Sachse, as well, the AP reported. Four of those houses are now considered 'uninhabitable,' according to the news agency. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Residents in Gotha have been dealing with flooding for weeks. They said it’s because road projects nearby are dumping water into Lake Nally and that water is running straight into their homes. With the outer bands of Nestor impacting the area, some residents had to find a new place to stay because their homes were being flooded from all the rain. One family had to find a new place to stay and another may need to soon due to flooding. The Fernandez family was forced to move out of their home.  “There are snakes in there, and ... we haven’t been able to move out anything,” Mery Fernandez said. Neighbors said the county refuses to take responsibility for the road projects that dump water into the lakes. The water then floods homes in the area. “The county's going to own up to that and they’re gonna get my house back,” Fernandez said. Resident Paul Dehart is worried he won’t be able to get into his house one day. “Doesn’t have to rise much more and I won’t be able to get in and out, which will effectively take away my house,” Dehart said. People in the neighborhood said county officials told them that because the lakes are private, the responsibility falls on the homeowners.  “In the meantime, they still say there’s no temporary solution for this, which is hard to believe,” Dehart said. Residents said county officials told them authorities are working on conducting a study of the entire basin to find a long-term fix. For now, the neighbors are doing what they can to help each other out.

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  • Accused by Democrats of blatant corruption by planning to host the 2020 G7 Summit at his Doral resort and golf course in Miami, President Donald Trump on Saturday night reversed course and dropped those plans, retreating just two days after his acting White House Chief of Staff announced the plans. 'I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,' the President wrote on Twitter, defending his choice of venue - which he owns. 'I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!' the President wrote. “To translate, “Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility” means people who stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law against what some of the most flagrant corruption in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Critics in Congress and outside ethics groups had denounced the President's decision, arguing that it was a clear cut example of corruption. Democrats had already planned a vote this coming week in the House on a measure to condemn the President for his choice, as some suggested it was such a  clear cut violation of ethics rules - and federal law - that it would automatically become an article of impeachment. “After demanding answers from the White House about the President’s decision to hold the G-7 at his Doral resort, I’m glad he’s reversed course,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “But it never should have come to this.” “It's just one mind-blowing, embarrassing fiasco after another,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation,' said Noah Bookbinder, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  'It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,' Bookbinder added. The announcement on Twitter by the President came barely 48 hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was pelted with questions in a rare briefing for reporters, as he shrugged off repeated questions about why the G7 selection wasn't straight and simple corruption. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. That news conference also included Mulvaney openly acknowledging that the Trump White House had pressured the Ukraine government to investigate items related to the 2016 elections, in exchange for the release of military aid to Ukraine. Several hours after that briefing, Mulvaney issued a denial of any quid pro quo, as he accused reporters of twisting his words - even though his statements were very clear. “I don’t think he’s enjoying impeachment at all,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said of the President. “He can also repay American taxpayers the millions collected at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump Hotel, and other Trump properties from DOD, Secret Service, the White House and other fed agencies in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause,” tweeted Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).