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    UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton continues his recovery from a devastating knee injury suffered during the Knights’ regular season finale against rival USF. On November 23, Milton suffered a dislocated knee and has had multiple reconstructive surgeries since. While his chances of playing again remain up in the air, the 21-year-old college football phenom is making remarkable progress in his path toward returning to the field. On Thursday, Milton posted video on his Instagram page of himself leg pressing 40 pounds.  As for Milton’s team, the final AP Top 25 Rankings came out earlier this week and the Knights finished the season ranked #11 in the country. UCF had its two year undefeated streak snapped at 25 wins after suffering a 40-32 loss to LSU.
  • There’s a nationwide campaign to encourage service members, veterans and families to reach out for help for substance misuse and other psychological concerns. Throughout the month of January, the Real Warriors Campaign is providing resources to people in need. Campaign representative Air Force Technician Sergeant Bradley Blair tells News 96.5 WDBO it’s Department of Defense initiative to help warriors recover from the invisible wounds of war and their families. “A lot of our focus is on service members and veterans, but we’ve got tools specifically related to the loved ones.  We’ve also got a psychological health resource center, said Blair.” To access the resources available, CLICK HERE.   
  • An Orlando based collecting items for women at an area homeless shelter. Without naming the shelter specifically, One Heart for Women and Children founder and CEO Stephanie Bowman tells News 96.5 WDBO this particular effort is personal for her. “We have 48 women in a shelter and we’re collecting very specific items for each one of them and it’s at one of the shelters I lived in 21 years ago and it’s really where my life was transformed,” said Bowman. The items include deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal items.  To find out how you can help CLICK HERE. 
  • An Orlando-based non-profit organization that works with children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries is working to raise funds and donate 30 special blankets to Nemours Children’s Hospital. We Are R.A.R.E. works with physicians that support research and education for therapy and treatment. Co-founder Ron Casella tells News 96.5 WDBO they’re using the remaining blankets to raise money for the organization. They’re looking for companies to purchase the remaining blankets to local businesses to raise money for their foundation.  The blankets would then be donated to Nemours. If you want to help, you can learn more information by clicking HERE.
  • An Orlando-based non-profit organization is collecting donations and money to bill baskets with needed supplies for the holidays. One Heart for Women and Children calls the effort “Baskets Filled With Love.” Founder and CEO Stephanie Bowman tells News 96.5 WDBO they’re collecting essential items that may not be immediately thought of when people are donating for the holidays. “In that laundry basket, it will have laundry detergent,  dish detergent, hand towels, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies and gift card for Christmas dinner to either Publix or Walmart,” said Bowman. You can donate either items to go in the baskets, or money to purchase the supplies. The deadline to donate is Saturday, December 16.
  • Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Division are investigating a case where a man tried to lure a child from an apartment complex. It happened in the afternoon Wednesday, December 5, at the Buena Vista Place Apartments off Reams Road in Windermere. Over the weekend, the sheriff’s office released a composite sketch of the man wanted for questioning. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, between 50 and 80 years of age, balding with gray hair and a mustache. He was last seen driving a green Ford pick-up truck. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
  • Osceola County deputies are investigating a suspicious incident Monday afternoon at the Bridge Prep Academy of Osceola in Ponciana. Investigators say two boys, ages 12 and 13, were approached at a bike rack on Koa Street by a man and woman in a car.  The woman called the boys over to the car and offered them candy. The boys declined the offer and kept walking. Deputies are looking for a white male and a black female, both in their early 20’s.  Investigators prepared a composite sketch of the female suspect. If you know anything about the incident, you’re asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.
  • A non-profit organization based in Orlando is collecting gifts and donations to provide Christmas presents for children in need. One Heart for Women and Children is collecting toys and gifts for children and teens of all ages. Founder and CEO Stephanie Bowman tells us she started the Christmas toy drive more than a decade ago as a way to give back to the community.  She and her children were homeless 20 years ago. “We started our very first year 16 years ago with 26 kids for Christmas presents and last year we helped over 1,500.  This year the need is even greater,” said Bowman. Bowman says they are in need of toys for pre-school aged children and teens.  She says if you’re unsure of what to buy, you can also donate money or gift cards of any denomination. The drive runs through December 17.  
  • Orange County Fire Rescue is looking for residents, organizations, businesses and groups to adopt a fire station for the holidays. Public relations information officer Tiana Davis explains the initiative was created by Orange County as a way for the community to give back to fire fighters for what they do. “They’ll adopt a station and most people will do a pot luck of some sort, or they’ll have a catered meal delivered.  I do have several hotels in the south Orlando area that always cater a nice dinner or lunch for the station,” said Davis. On Friday, Davis gave an update to the program.  She said of the 41 fire stations in Orange County, seven are still available for “adoption.” To learn more about the Adopt a Fire Station program, CLICK HERE. 
  • Project Veritas is out with a new video that may cause problem for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is leading Republican former congressman Ron DeSantis in most of the polls leading up to next week’s election but the video may change voter’s minds. The 15 minute video is primarily made from secretly recorded video of staffers working on Gillum’s campaign. In one clip, a staffer identified as Omar Smith using a racial slur to describe Florida. Later in the video, Smith tells a woman that Gillum has no way to pay for the promises he has made on the campaign trail. WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
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  • Nine people were hurt, two critically, in a military vehicle crash in New Mexico, authorities said Tuesday night. According to KDBC and KFOX, the wreck, which involved two Stryker vehicles, occurred about 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 54 in Otero County.  >> Read more trending news  The nine victims, all military personnel, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Read more here or here.
  • A New York man was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a well-known and beloved gas station manager who investigators said was trying to stop him from leaving without paying for $22 worth of gas.   Joshua E. Roston, 33, of Baldwin, was arrested in Philadelphia on a vehicular homicide warrant out of Nassau County, according to Nassau County police officials. Though he was in the process of being extradited, he remained in the Philadelphia Jail Tuesday morning.  Roston is accused of running over Cemal “John” Dagdeviren, 59, of Levittown, the morning of Jan. 14 after Dagdeviren, who managed the Pit Stop Repair Shop in Baldwin, confronted him over payment for gas that had been pumped into the 1999 GMC Suburban Roston was driving. The slaying of the Turkish immigrant, who moved his family to the United States 25 years ago, has made international news.  The entire incident was recorded by surveillance cameras at the Pit Stop, which is a combination gas station and repair shop. Dagdeviren was also a mechanic there.  Police officials said the incident began shortly before 7:30 a.m. that morning, when the driver of the Suburban asked that an attendant fill up his SUV’s gas tank at the full-service island. According to NBC News, Nassau County Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference that the attendant became suspicious because the truck had no license plates and the driver was acting oddly.  “They stopped at $22 and asked him to pay at that time,” Fitzpatrick told reporters, according to the news network. “The attendant said to pull over to the side.” The driver, who was dressed in an orange knit hat and gray sweatshirt, went inside the store to pay, but gave the clerk a fake credit card that was declined, Fitzpatrick said. He then went back into the parking lot, where Dagdeviren stepped in and confronted him. The surveillance video, a portion of which was released by police officials, shows Dagdeviren talking with the driver as he goes back to the SUV and climbs inside. Dagdeviren appears to realize the man plans to drive off without paying and goes to the driver’s side door and knocks on the window.  See raw footage of the final moments of Cemal Dagdeviren’s life below, courtesy of Fox News.  When the man doesn’t roll the window down, Dagdeviren tries to open the door, but it appears to be locked. He hurries behind the vehicle and stands behind it as the driver begins to back up. The SUV bumps into his body.  Dagdeviren returns to the front of the vehicle after standing behind it does not stop the driver and, as the driver begins to inch forward across the parking lot, he stands directly in front of the SUV.  Dagdeviren is standing in front of the vehicle with his hands on the hood when the vehicle appears to accelerate into him. The video released by police officials ends at that point, but investigators said Dagdeviren was run over, suffering a severe head injury.  The driver then fled the scene, investigators said, leaving Dagdeviren lying mortally wounded in the roadway. Dagdeviren was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police officials said.  Parminder Singh, who works at a neighboring gas station, told CBS New York that he saw Dagdeviren lying on the ground and went to see what had happened.  “Does anybody’s life cost $22?” Singh said. “No. It’s really bad. People don’t think before they commit something.” Dagdeviren’s son, Ali Dagdeviren, called his father’s killer a monster. “If you do that to anybody for $22, you can do anything,” Ali Dagdeviren, 35, told the news station.  Cemal Dagdeviren came to the United States nearly 25 years ago to provide a better future for his family, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the Dagdeviren family lay the patriarch to rest. He and his wife have two grown sons, Ali Dagdeviren, who was recently married, and Ceyhun “Jay” Dagdeviren, who is in the academy to become a New York City firefighter. Jay Dagdeviren, 25, also volunteers as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Bethpage Fire Department.  “Cemal was a hardworking and kind man who will be dearly missed by his friends and family,” reads the fundraising page, which exceeded its $20,000 goal by $4,000 in just seven days.  “My father worked hard for his family and never got into trouble, never even got a parking ticket,” Ali Dagdeviren told Newsday. “We are in a lot of pain. This is really hard for us.” Cemal Dagdeviren’s customers paid their respects in a steady stream the day after his death. They also held a candlelight vigil in his honor that night at the station, which was closed for business.  According to Newsday, crime scene tape surrounded the station and blood stained the street where Dagdeviren died. Flowers and candles fashioned a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk, built by distraught patrons who described Dagdeviren as a good, trustworthy mechanic with a quick smile and a tendency to wave off payment for minor repairs he’d made for his customers.  “It is very sad,” Yvonne Holloway said. “He was a very hardworking man and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.” “He would say, ‘Have a good day,’ and he meant it,” longtime customer Liz Boylan told Newsday as she dropped off flowers. “I am upset because he was just so sweet.” A funeral was held Wednesday for Dagdeviren in the U.S., Newsday reported. Turkish news media reported a second service was held in Istanbul, where the family returned his body for burial.  Homicide detectives announced Thursday that they had tracked down the Suburban and identified Roston as the man in the orange ski hat. The SUV was impounded as evidence.  Detectives began a manhunt for Roston, who they suspected had fled the New York area. A $10,000 reward was offered for his capture, the details of which were not immediately available Tuesday.  “He knew what he was doing when he stepped on the gas and crushed that man’s life and his family’s life,” a police official told NBC New York.  Roston has a criminal history that includes stealing gas, shoplifting and stripping vehicles for parts, the news station reported. 
  • After just over two years in office, President Donald Trump’s White House has clearly decided that the televised White House briefing – a regular staple since Bill Clinton came into office – is no longer needed, as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has not formally taken questions from reporters at the podium in the Brady Briefing Room in over a month. “I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!” President Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Before the briefings became a daily televised event in the Clinton Administration, White House briefings were mainly what’s known as ‘pen and pad’ gatherings – that is, no television, no radio recording, a throwback to the days when newspaper and magazine reporters dominated those covering the White House. The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019 The number of briefings dwindled throughout 2018 – for example, Sanders held only three in July, only once in both November and December. The last formal briefing was on December 18. Critics of the briefings say it’s become a place for reporters to grandstand – the President in his tweet today said reporters acted ‘rudely’ – but it’s also been an important venue over the years for a President, in order to get out the message of that administration. Before the Clinton White House – with Communications Director George Stephanopoulos and Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers – made the briefing into a daily televised event which kept the focus on the White House, standard procedure allowed for only a few minutes of televised proceedings at the start of a briefing. After about five minutes, the TV lights would be turned off, the microphone would go silent, and the briefing would continue to be on the record, but not for broadcast. The White House Correspondents Association on Tuesday urged the President to reconsider. Statement on White House news briefings from WHCA President Olivier Knox. pic.twitter.com/jhQjVrz1bC — WHCA (@whca) January 22, 2019 While Sanders has not been on television much in recent months, the President has made himself available repeatedly, often entertaining questions as he departs the White House, or in photo opportunities with reporters. Mr. Trump has held only two formal, solo news conferences; the last one – the day after the November elections – included a verbal showdown with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
  • Officials in Kentucky said a Catholic school at the center of a controversial encounter among white teenagers, Native American protesters and others was closed Tuesday after officials learned of a planned protest at the school. >> Read more trending news In a statement, officials with the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School said police warned them of the planned protest in the days after video surfaced online that appeared to show teenagers from the school surrounding a Native American man outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. “Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighboring Covington Latin School,” officials said in the statement. >> Teen wearing MAGA hat in protest video speaks out A video surfaced online last week of a student, who identified himself in a statement as Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, smirking as a Native American elder beat a ceremonial drum near his face. The video sparked outrage nationwide, though longer videos from wider perspectives later revealed that the drummer -- Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips -- had intervened between the boys and members of a black religious sect, according to The Associated Press. Phillips appeared to intervene at a time when the teens seemed to be getting rowdier and the black street preacher who had been shouting racist statements against both groups was escalating his rhetoric, the AP reported. >> Trump says Catholic students ‘treated unfairly’ after encounter at National Mall The incident drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who said Monday on Twitter that Sandmann and his classmates “were treated unfairly with early judgement s proving out to be false – smeared by media.” Officials with the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School said a third-party investigation of the incident at the Lincoln Memorial will be launched this week. “This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people,” officials said. “It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate. We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Atlanta police are investigating a sexual assault at Opera nightclub after video of the incident was posted on Facebook.  >> Read more trending news Officer Jarius Daugherty said the Atlanta Police Department began receiving calls from people who had seen the assault on a Facebook Live video early Sunday morning. The police department has opened an investigation into the incident at the club on Crescent Avenue in Midtown. The video “appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted in a local nightclub,” Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Police have not released details on the alleged assault, but the woman filed a police report on the crime. It is the policy of the AJC to not name victims of sexual crimes. According to WSB-TV, the victim was celebrating her birthday Saturday at the popular Midtown nightclub when she was sexually assaulted. The woman told police someone put drugs in her drink and then sexually assaulted her on the dance floor, WSB-TV reported. The victim, who was already streaming her celebration on Facebook Live, captured the attack as it happened and continued to stream the video. According to media reports, the woman is heard in the video screaming for help. Video of the sexual assault has since been removed from Facebook. The woman later posted a video saying she is OK, WSB-TV reported.  In a statement posted to Facebook and Twitter, Opera nightclub managers said they are cooperating with the investigation.  “At this time we have met with the Atlanta Police Department and have provided them with everything they have requested,” read the statement posted Sunday. “We will continue to aid and support their investigation in any way we can.”