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    Orange County is hosting a hurricane expo this weekend to help residents prepare for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with the county’s assistant emergency manager, Keith Kotch, ahead of Saturday’s expo. Kotch said they will have dozens of vendors and agencies on hand providing critical information and some supplies. “We’re going to have approximately 45 tables of information available.” said Kotch. Channel 9 Eyewitness News Meteorologist Tom Terry will also be in attendance.  Kotch says they will have hurricane supplies like NOAA weather radios and first aid kits available while supplies last. Saturday’s expo is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cypress Creek High School. It’s free and open to the public. For more information CLICK HERE.
  • The St. Cloud Police Department is hosting an obstacle course run later this month. The Robo Mud Run is June 30, at Peghorn Nature Park and Trail.   The course features more than 60 obstacles meant to replicate the training endured by SWAT officers.  It was initially designed to be a 10K, but with a few variations, the course can measure up to 6 miles. This week, St. Cloud Police Chief Pete Gauntlett raised the stakes, challenging other chiefs of police and sheriffs across central Florida to compete in the run. To register for the run CLICK HERE.
  • The Orlando Fire Department was called out for a rescue Tuesday night to save a four-legged victim. Drivers reported hearing a kitten meow inside a storm drain near the intersection of South Semoran Boulevard and Hoffner Avenue. Using a fishing net, a firefighter from the Tower 8 crew was able to scoop the kitten up and pull it to safety. A bystander pulled out a cell phone and recorded the cute kitten being attended to.  The kitten appears to be fine. OFD says another bystander took the kitten to a veterinarian to be evaluated.
  • Authorities in Seminole County are desperately searching for a teenage girl who was last seen May 26, in Casselberry. Investigators with the Casselberry Police Department say Soto is 5’1” tall and weighs about 103 lbs.  She has light brown/blonde hair and green eyes. Detectives haven’t given many details into Soto’s disappearance. Anyone with information on Soto’s whereabouts is urged to call Casselberry P.D.
  • The Orlando Police Department is offering a free Teen Police and Fire Academy in June. Officer Richard Patterson tells News 96.5 WDBO the nine day class is a joint partnership that will give high school students an up close look at the day-to-day lives of first responders. “What the kids are basically going to learn about is, uniform patrol, assault and battery, fire, CPR training and drug enforcement.  We’re going to have K-9, SWAT, motors, mounted, as well as some CSI stuff.” Patterson says space for the academy is limited and time is running out to register before the first class on June 11. Patterson says there are only about 30 spaces left available. For more information, or to sign up CLICK HERE.    
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Missing Child Alert for a 17-year-old Osceola County girl. Investigators say Sarroya Wiggins was last seen Wednesday in the area of the 5000 block of West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, wearing a blue dress with black sandals.  She was reportedly carrying a blue purse and wore a cheetah print scarf in her hair. Detectives say Wiggins may be with a man named “Johnny.”  The two may be driving a silver Audi. Anyone with information on Wiggins’ whereabouts is urged to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Orlando police need your help locating a girl who went missing more than three weeks ago. Avery Johnson, 15, disappeared on March 26.  Detectives are now asking anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to come forward. Johnson is 5’4” and weighs around 145 lbs.  She has brown hair and blue eyes.  Investigators haven’t said where they believe she is or who she may be with. If you know where Johnson is, you’re urged to call 911.
  • NASA has authorized another private contractor to launch resupply missions to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) received NASA’s Authority to Proceed this week.  Under the Commercial Resupply Services Contract 2, SNC would begin launching its Dream Chaser spacecraft to deliver supplies and experiments to the ISS by late 2020. The Dream Chaser can carry more than 12,000 lbs. of cargo and operate as a flying laboratory, docking with the ISS for extended periods of time. The Dream Chaser can also carry more than 4,000 lbs. of cargo back to Earth, landing at Kennedy Space Center. “The Dream Chaser is going to be a tremendous help to the critical science and research happening on the space station,” said Mark Sirangelo, executive vice president of SNC’s Space Systems business area. “Receiving NASA’s Authority to Proceed is a big step for the program. We can’t wait to see the vehicle return to Kennedy Space Center to a runway landing, allowing immediate access to the science payloads being returned from the station.”
  • Authorities in Volusia County are trying to locate a DeLand man accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl and stuffing her in an oven. Detectives with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office say Terry L. Moore, 45, abused the girl over a period of time, leaving her with numerous injuries. The girl told investigators with the Department of Children and Families that May repeatedly hit her with a belt and, during one incident, put her in an oven. The girl’s injuries included several contusions and swelling on her head.  An extensive abrasion on her ear is consistent with a burn injury.  The girl also has a 6-inch scar on her back as well as abrasions and lacerations on her hands, feet and leg. May is wanted on child abuse charges.  The sheriff’s office says the charge carries a $50,000 bond. Detectives are trying to locate May.  His last known address was on Lenox Court in DeLand. Volusia County sheriff Mike Chitwood has designated May “SCUMBAG of the Week.” If you know anything about May’s whereabouts you’re asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS. 
  • Orlando police need your help identifying three people who robbed a Sonic restaurant overnight. It happened just before midnight at the Sonic located on South Semoran Boulevard just north of S.R. 408. Investigators say a man wielding a gun forced his way inside the restaurant while two women followed behind. According to OPD, the man held restaurant workers at gunpoint while the women collected cash.  There were no injuries reported. Investigators haven’t said how much money the trio stole. The man wore a burgandy hooded sweatshirt.  He’s about 5’8” with a goatee.   One of the women wore a comoflage jacket with a dark hooded sweatshirt underneath.  She also wore black pants with “1985” in pink lettering on the left leg.  The other woman wore a hooded sweatshirt and cheetah print pants. If you know anything about this crime, or you can identify the suspects seen in the video, you’re asked to call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.  
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO. Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times. The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter.  >> Read more trending news  Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living.  When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared. A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button. When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help. Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand. Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn. “Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.” “When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.” After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate. Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken. Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was 'meant to be,' since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight. On Thursday, Scribner added a note on her beloved post: “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Wueizman Leal, 41, after he allegedly shot and killed his 59-year-old mother Friday evening during an argument at a home near Winter Garden, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were called shortly after 8:45 p.m. to a fight at a home on Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard near Ficquette and Winter Garden Vineland roads, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. When deputies arrived at the home, they heard people arguing followed by gunfire, Tejada-Monforte said. Investigators said they apprehended Leal while he was trying to leave the home. His mother, Tania Perez Creek , was shot multiple times, deputies said. She was taken to Florida Hospital Winter Garden where she later died from her injuries, deputies said. The man's stepfather was also at the home when the woman was shot, Tejada-Monforte said. The shooting remains under investigation.
  • Anthony Bourdain’s mother revealed that while she was “never really a fan” of her son’s tattoos, she plans to get one in his memory. Gladys Bourdain told the New York Times that she plans to get “Tony” tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist some time next week, and use his tattoo artist. >> Read more trending news  The 61-year-old chef and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” was found dead on June 8 in a hotel room in France. Investigators say he hanged himself. On Friday, a prosecutor said Bourdain had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system.  The famous chef had several tattoos, getting his first at 44. Bourdain told Maxim in August 2017 that each tattoo marks a significant moment in his life. “I don't overly place importance on them, but [tattoos] do commemorate in a way that photographs can't,” Bourdain said. “I stopped taking photographs a long time ago when I travel. There's this realization that the lens is inadequate to capture the moment, so maybe I'm just looking to mark time in another way that's very personal.” Gladys Bourdain said that a private ceremony will be held soon, adding, “He would want as little fuss as possible.” A Bourdain family spokesperson told the BBC the family has no plans for a public memorial at this time.
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night. TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.”  >> Read more trending news  A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave. Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter. “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.” Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.” The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides. While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.” This comes after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen bolted from a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant after protesters confronted her at her table -- with the blessing of the manager.
  • Police in Pittsburgh are searching for the driver of a dark sedan who drove through a crowd of protesters on Friday night.  Officials told WPXI no one was hurt.  This happened during the third straight night of protests related to the police shooting death of Antwon Rose, 17, who was killed during a traffic stop earlier in the week. >>Read: Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night The car plowed into the crowd near PNC Park, where fans were leaving a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. >>Read: LIVE UPDATES: Car drives through crowd of protesters at PNC Park One person at the scene Friday night tweeted, “Someone tried to drive through us, police responded in riot gear.” Allegheny County police officials said that Rose was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in East Pittsburgh Tuesday night, because it fit the description of a car seen fleeing the area of a shooting in the nearby borough of North Braddock.  As an officer handcuffed the driver of the car, which investigators said had bullet damage to the back window, Rose and a second passenger got out of the car and ran.  Rose, who police officials said was shot three times, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police are now investigating reports that Rose may have fired a weapon during a drive-by shooting before his death, and he had gun powder residue on his hands. In a statement to WPXI, Coleman McDonough, Allegheny County Police superintendent, stated that those claims are “false.” “While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun. The information about gunshot residue is also false. Crime Lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued,” McDonough said. The East Pittsburgh police officer who fatally shot Rose has been identified as Michael Rosfeld. >>Read: Officer was sworn in hours before killing unarmed teen, mayor says He was sworn into the department just hours before the shooting, but has worked for several police forces, including the University of Pittsburgh. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.