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    Nestor has now lost its tropical characteristics and has become a post tropical low pressure system. According to the National Hurricane Center, it is expected to continue a east northeast motion that will continue to move inland towards the Florida Panhandle as it makes it way offshore of the coast of North Carolina into the western Atlantic. However, it still has near 50 mph winds with higher gusts with little change in strength expected as it reaches the Florida Coast.  Nestor is expected to produce up to 4 inches of rain across the southeast portion of the state, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 8 inches.  There is also a few possible tornadoes in central and northern Florida. Governor Ron Desantis confirmed reports Saturday afternoon of tornado damage in Polk County and says that he will work with the state's emergency management team to survey the damage and help the affected areas.  There is also reports of a semi trailer that overturned on I-4 that rolled over on top of an SUV with a family visiting from Illinois, but thankfully no one was hurt.  There has also been significant damage to roofs and trees at the Twelve Oaks Mobile Home Park in Seminole County.
  • He never asked to be Bourne. He was the perfect weapon until he became the target. Now, the chase is on at Universal Studios Florida. The Bourne Stuntacular, which is an all new live action stunt show based on the Bourne films is set to debut in spring of 2020. This show will follow Jason Bourne around the world as he does what most action heroes do best- jump, fight, drive, and dodge all of the bad guys who are after them.  This new in-front-of-your-eyes experience will have live performers, interactive props and a big LED screen so you never miss a moment of the action. Universal sums it up perfectly in one sentence: You don't just watch it- you'll feel it.
  • Tuesday is the day that NASA plans to unveil the new gear that its future astronauts will wear as they get ready to touch down on the moon as well as other places, including Mars. As part of the agency's Artemis program, they hope to send crews to the Moon by 2024 with the new suits. Two spacesuits will be showcased from NASA's headquarters in Washington- one for launch and re-entry onboard the Orion spacecraft, and the other for exploring the Moon's South Pole.  These Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU suits improve on the current and Apollo era ones, which reportedly will cover a variety of astronaut sizes, as well as be more comfy and mobile for the surface of the moon.  The event will take place at 2 pm EDT, which can be seen live here:  https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
  • A former Disney Cruise Line employee is set to face trial this month after he reportedly fondled a 10 year old boy while working onboard the Disney Magic. According to the Miami Herald, 25 year old 'youth host' Oliver Lovatt of Manchester, England, was arrested this past spring and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on children under the age of 16.  A police report shows that Lovatt was working in the ship's Oceaneer Lab, which is an activity center that serves kids between the ages of 3 and 12. Detectives say back in April, as part of an activity, Lovatt placed a blindfold on a 10 year old boy, during which he allegedly 'fondled the victim's penis outside of the clothing'. The victim claims that Lovatt sat next to him during another activity, and as he moved 'his hands towards him', the boy reportedly covered his private parts, worried that Lovatt may try to fondle him again. The arrest report then says that 'the defendant proceed to place his hand over the victim's hand, attempting to fondle his penis again.'  Police say Lovatt 'confessed to fondling' the boy since the incident was captured on security cameras. In a statement, Disney Cruise Line spokeswoman Kim Prunty said 'When we became aware of the allegation, it was reported to law enforcement and the crew member was removed from duty permanently.' She also added that the company has 'zero tolerance for this type of unacceptable behavior.'  Lovatt's trial is scheduled for October 28th in Miami Dade County. Police are also reaching out to the public to see if there are any more potential victims. Anyone with more information on this case can called the Miami Dade Special Victims Bureau at 305-715-3300 or Miami Dade CrimeStopper at 305-471-8477.
  • The first of two trials for Markeith Lloyd continued Saturday in Orange County. Lloyd faces a first degree murder charge in the death of his pregnant ex girlfriend, Sade Dixon. A later trial will be held for the murder of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, whom prosecutors say he shot to avoid capture. Court opened at 9 a.m. with arguments from both sides about a juror who was questioned for lying about her employment at Publix. The state also discovered that the juror had previously been involved in a domestic violence incident as a teenager, and as a result, the juror was dismissed. The juror in this case was an African American female and was replaced by an African American male. The judge noted that this does not change the racial composition of the jury, but that it does change the gender composition.  The first witness to testify was Takeisha Bryant, whose cousin was married to Markeith Lloyd. She testified about going to Walmart to get a jacket for her daughter. She says she noticed Lloyd in line and told an officer who was leaving that he was there. She later said that she heard the officer tell Lloyd to get on the ground, and when he refused, they both drew their guns, and she got on the ground. She added that when the shooting was over, she got back up and Lloyd was nowhere to be seen. Bryant was not cross-examined.  The next witness was Brian Striby, a Walmart employee who was at the store on January 9th, 2017. He said that he was in the parking when he heard an officer yelling and he noticed Lloyd was trying to run around a pillar in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid the officer, but did not do so. That's when Striby says Lloyd pulled out his gun and started shooting. As Striby was being cross examined, the defense attorney asked about pending criminal charges that he was facing at the time, as well as his original interview, in which he says that he was unsure who fired first. During his testimony he said 'What do you want from me, man?' He also says he was not offered a deal for his charges to testify in the trial.  Orlando Police Department crime scene investigator Karen Livengood also took the stand. Livengood says she found eight 9 mm casings in the area, along with eight 40 mm casings. She says the 9 mm casings would have belonged to Clayton's police issued gun and that Lloyd allegedly had a .40 caliber handgun.  The defense asked about a mysterious bullet that was found 'on the other side of the Walmart.' However, Livengood said that since another detective found it, he would have to speak about it.  Orange County Sheriff Detective Charles Ashworth testified about capturing Lloyd at the abandoned house where he was hiding after the death of Clayton. He testified that a loaded .40 caliber handgun was found in the front yard of the house.  The final witness of the day was Richard Ruth, who worked for the FDLE as lab analyst for firearms during the incidents. He described how he figures out if a bullet is unloaded from a specific gun, and in this case, he held the gun found in the yard of Sade Dixon's house. This was found at the time of her death. Ruth noted that since no rounds from the scene matched to the gun, she never fired it. Ruth was also given the handgun that investigators say belonged to Lloyd. He said he believed that the cartridge casings that were found at Dixon's home and at the Walmart were the ones that were fired from the handgun.  The jury was then dismissed for the day ahead of schedule and will resume the trial Monday at 9 a.m..
  • The most anticipated event of Pride Week is about to go down in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola. This Saturday is the Come Out with Pride Festival, which features a marketplace, two entertainment stages for performers, and of course, a parade and fireworks. The free event itself starts at noon with stuff going on all around the lake. The marketplace will showcase both businesses and organizations that support the LGBTQ community, as well as a kickoff launch party at the Stonewall Bar. There will also be events at the Kids Fringe Rainbow Ranch, including Bubble Fun, Rainbow Dance and Storytime with a Drag Queen. In regards to the entertainment stages, among the performers are Brazillian pop star Pabllo Vittar and Broadway star Jennifer Holliday.  At 4 p.m., the Most Colorful Parade will begin, which will feature over 100 groups that span a one mile route around Lake Eola.  Finally, at 9 p.m., the evening will end with a signature fireworks show, which will mark the end of Come Out with Pride 2019.  Due to the size of the event and the amount of people that are expected to attend, there will be road closures that last all weekend. Here they are  - Magnolia Avenue is closed from Robinson Street to Concord until 7 p.m.  - Rosalind Avenue will be closed from South Street to Robinson until 7:30 pm.  - Summerlin Avenue will be closed from Central Boulevard to Robinson Street until 8 p.m.  - Central Boulevard is closed from Rosalind to Summerlin Avenue until 9 p.m.  - Eola Drive will closed until midnight between Robinson and Washington Street.  - Robinson Street is closed between Rosalind Avenue and Summerlin until Sunday at 2 a.m.  For the complete list of events going on at the Come Out with Pride Festival, click here: https://comeoutwithpride.com/festival/ 
  • The Orlando Fire Department wants you to know that if you happen to be near the Orlando Executive Airport Tuesday morning, that you should not be concerned about the increase presence of emergency cars there. It is all part of a multi-agency full scale training exercise that they will be conducting. The four hour training session will be conducted by the Orlando Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team along with a variety of agencies, including the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and the UCF Emergency Management team. This training will be used to evaluate all of the agencies performances in a all hands on deck type of scenario with a focus on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. However, the exact scenario they will go through will not be revealed until the day of in order to monitor the success of the exercise.  The environment for the training will be controlled as to not cause any threat to the lives and properties of residents in Orlando.
  • Monday will be a big day for the Orlando City Council since it will vote on whether or not to raise the minimum wage for all city employees to $15 an hour by 2021. If approved, any full time, part time, or seasonal city employee who makes less than $15 an hour will see an increase over the next three years. It would jump up to $13 this year, then to $14 in 2020 and finally $15 an hour by 2021. This would be looped into contracts for the Service Employees International Union, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Laborers' International Union of North America.  Those who would be affected include folks like maintenance workers and gate attendants, as well as non-bargaining employees.  Be sure to listen to News 96.5 WDBO to find out what the results of the vote are.
  • The 2019 Joker movie is getting ready to debut in theaters, but it has caused quite a nationwide controversy already. According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD will increase its presence around theaters during the week that the film opens. In a statement, the LAPD stated that while there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, they will maintain high visibility on opening day, and that they are aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the film's premiere.  According to CNN, The U.S Army has also confirmed that it sent out a memo to commanders in Fort Still, Oklahoma about a potential threat that was found on the dark web about the possible target of a theater during its release.  Meanwhile, Landmark Theaters has extended its ban on masks and toy weapons to include all costumes while the film is still in theaters.  In addition, according to The Hollywood Reporter, some family members and friends of those who saw or were killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting sent a letter to Warner Bros., encouraging them to use their platform to combat gun violence and help build safer communities. In a statement, Warner Bros. states that gun violence is a 'critical issue', and at the same time, that neither the fictional Joker character, nor the film 'is an endorsement of real world violence of any kind.' They also stated that its not their intention to 'hold this character up as a hero.'  Despite the groups desire not to halt the showing of the film, the Aurora Police Department confirms reports that there are no show times scheduled at the Century Aurora and XD theater for the movie , but that they will still provide 'enhanced security' there.  Joker hits theaters October 4th.
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward of up to $1,000 in hopes that someone will come forward with information about two men who they say are suspects in a carjacking on Wednesday. They say a black car dropped off one suspect at a 7-Eleven on Forest City Road. The first suspect is described as a 6 foot, 165 pound black male in a black hoodie, blue shirt and camouflage pants. They say he used a gun to carjack a 2018 Toyota Camry, which was also used in an armed robbery at a PNC bank in Osceola County.  Police say the following day, the suspects also robbed at BB&T Bank in Altamonte Springs at gunpoint. Both armed suspects wore what police call 'Ghost Masks' during the bank robberies.  If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday in 'a major breakthrough' he is lifting all sanctions against Turkey. >> Read more trending news  The sanctions were imposed last week. Turkey will stop combat and the ceasefire will be permanent, the President said. 'We have saved the lives of many, many Kurds,' Trump said. 'We've done something that is very, very special.' Trump said Turkey and Syria must keep the peace.  'It's their neighborhood. They need to take care of it,' Trump said. 'Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand.' The president said a small number of troops would remain in Syria to protect oil interests. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted there was 'Big success on the Turkey/Syria border.' 'Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended,' Trump tweeted. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement Tuesday, installing their forces along the border of northeast Syria after U.S. troops that were withdrawn from the area, The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, and revealed a 10-point memorandum about Syria, CNN reported. According to the memorandum, Turkish military and Russian military police will patrol the border. The United States was not included in the negotiations.
  • A Missouri man recently fired from his job at Arby’s for allegedly setting fires returned Saturday to the restaurant, where police allege he mutilated and decapitated a cat in the men’s restroom. Tanner Maggard, 19, of Lee’s Summit, is charged with second-degree animal abuse and second-degree property damage, according to online Jackson County court records. The animal abuse charge, which involves abuse by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive, is a felony. >> Read more trending news  WDAF in Kansas City obtained the court documents, including police reports that allege Maggard went to Arby’s on Saturday and placed an order before going into the restroom. When he came out, the records show, he asked the manager, “Oh, I see you remodeled the bathroom, huh?” Maggard went back into the restroom a short time later and was still in there when the manager went in to clean it. The manager told police he could hear Maggard in a stall, coughing and gagging. The manager left the restroom, followed by Maggard a short time later. Maggard went outside, the court documents say, according to WDAF. When the manager returned to finish his cleaning, he found a mutilated and decapitated cat on the diaper changing table in the stall where Maggard had been, the news station reported. Blood covered the walls, door and toilet. The manager told officers he went outside, where he spotted Maggard sitting in his truck, waiting to see his former boss’ reaction to the scene he had left behind, the court documents allege. Maggard then drove away. The records show that responding officers who processed the scene in the restroom did not detect the odor of decomposition, which indicated that the cat was recently killed, WDAF reported. Maggard repeatedly denied knowledge of the cat’s demise when questioned by detectives, the news station said. The restaurant did not have security cameras in place.  The restaurant had to replace the changing table and toilet in the stall and repaint the walls, the documents say. Online court records show Maggard was booked into the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $10,000. Maggard appeared to have bonded out as of Wednesday, according to jail records. Maggard is not allowed within 1,000 feet of the Arby’s. He is also not allowed to have contact with domesticated animals, the records show.
  • We told you about the Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe earlier this month, now they're looking to hire young adults on the Autism spectrum. This new Orlando cafe is looking to give Autistic adults a big step towards independence. Heather Strauss is a co-owner of the cafe and a mom to two Autistic kids.  “I want to help take care of other people’s kids, kind of like how I want to take care of my own.” Strauss told me about the Autistic employee she just hired. “His parents started to cry, same way I would’ve. It just means the world because as a parent of kids on the Autism spectrum you’re always fighting for your kid, you’re always fighting for opportunities.” Autism disorders specialist, Kimberly Snoeblen, describes what makes Autistic people such great assets to the workforce.  “They have great abilities. They will be the person that’s always on time. They will be the person that follows the rules to the nth degree.” The Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe will be having its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. Until then, Strauss plans to set up more young Autistic adults for success.
  • 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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  • Denouncing the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump undertaken by Democrats in the House, several dozen GOP lawmakers stormed into a secure hearing room in the bowels of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the proceedings be made public, and delaying a scheduled deposition involving a Pentagon official for a little over five hours. 'We're going to go, and see if we can get inside,' said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), as a group of several dozen Republicans pushed their way into the room, unhappy with how Democrats are handling this investigation. 'This is very unfair to the President,' said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). 'The American people deserve a public and open process,' said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), as Republicans prevented three different committees from moving ahead with Wednesday's hearing. Those interrupting the proceedings included Republican lawmakers who are allowed into the secure hearing room - because they are on one of the three committees involved in these closed door depositions - Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs. Democrats labeled the sit-in a political stunt that smacked of desperation. 'Trump wanted a foreign government to investigate his political opponent,' said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). 'That is a crime.' “Today's circus-like stunt will delay but it will not prevent our search for the truth about the president’s stunning misconduct,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). 'GOP 'storming' a classified deposition was a ridiculous stunt,' said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Democrats also criticized the GOP effort for violating rules on security, as a number of Republican lawmakers brought cell phones into the secure facility, which is prohibited.  It resulted in officials having to conduct a sweep of the rooms, to make sure no electronic devices had been left behind. 'You may wonder why is it happening now?” asked Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).  “Because Bill Taylor gave a devastating opening statement yesterday. They're freaked out. They're trying to stop this investigation.” Taylor is the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - he testified Tuesday before investigators, making the case that President Trump was withholding military aid for Ukraine in a bid to get the Ukraine government to publicly announce investigations which might help Mr. Trump's re-election bid. In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, the President took direct aim at Taylor. Reports indicated the President may have been told by allies in the U.S. House of their Wednesday plans. “This looks awfully like obstruction,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). After ordering some pizza and refusing to leave the room known as a SCIF - Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility - GOP lawmakers moved on after about five hours, as Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense began her testimony around 3:15 pm.