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    The Florida Highway Patrol is sharing details of a major drug seizure made this week in Orlando. It happened Tuesday night on Orange Avenue near the Orlando International Airport.  Lt. Kim Montes tells News 96.5 WDBO a trooper spotted a U-Haul truck swerving and decided to follow the vehicle until it went up on a curb as a fire truck drove by in the opposite direction. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and asked the driver for the rental agreement for the truck.  When the driver could not produce a rental agreement, the trooper requested backup with a K-9. That’s when Montes says Piet went into action, alerting troopers to drugs inside the truck. “The driver stated that they were hauling finger nail tips for a salon and because the dog alerted, they opened up the back of the U-Haul,” said Montes. Inside dozens of boxes, troopers found 624 lbs. of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages.   Montes says the drugs were worth roughly $5.6 million. Troopers arrested Tam H Dinh and Huong Tranh Le on multiple charges including felony marijuana trafficking. You can read the arrest report by clicking HERE.
  • Altamonte Springs police say 12-year-old Lisa “Alana” Pearce was found safe and will be reunited with her family. Her mother reported her missing Wednesday night. The Altamonte Springs Police Department thanked the community for their help.
  • The City of Orlando has been talking for years about plans to redevelop the space under I-4 downtown once the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is complete. The Under i Project will comprise close to 10 acres of urban community park space spanning roughly five city blocks in an area the city calls The Bridge District. This week, the city released a video offering greater detail of what’s planned for the space. The Under-i came up during a meeting Tuesday night in Orlando where the city’s Parks Master Plan was discussed. The first conceptual designs for the project were released in April of 2014.  Construction on the project is slated to begin in 2021 after work on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is wrapped up. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2024.
  • The city of Orlando is in the process of updating its Parks Master Plan and residents are encouraged to weigh in. Orlando’s Parks Master Plan has not been updated since 2009 and planners within the the Parks Division would like to create a network of parks across Orlando offering a variety of amenities to citizens. The city has held several public meetings in different districts where citizens were encouraged to give their input on what they would like to see in Orlando’s parks.  One meeting will be held in each of Orlando’s six districts. The meeting for District 4 and it’s set for Tuesday night at the Wadeview Neighborhood Center. Three more meetings are set for the coming weeks.  The next meeting for District 3 is set for September 24. The city is also conducting an online survey where residents can share their thoughts.  You can access the survey by clicking HERE.
  • Orlando’s real estate market is still healthy despite growing concerns of a recession.  That’s the word from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association in their August report. Last month, Orlando’s overall median sales price climbed by 8.7% from last year to $250,000.  Sales were up slightly over last August’s numbers.   Members of the ORRA participated in 3,385 real estate sales last month, which is exactly four more sales than were recorded in August of 2018. “Orlando’s ongoing challenge with the lower-price range categories, which have solid demand and insufficient supply, is consequently pushing up home prices,” says Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association Jeffrey M. Fagan, Watson Realty Corp. “In addition, while our local economic indicators — particularly very favorable interest rates — point toward a housing strong market, low supply that leaves first-time homebuyers with few options is restraining sales up the ladder.” Sales of single-family homes rose year-over-year to 2,657 in August, an increase of 2.7%.  Condo sales fell by 6.7% from last year to 419 for the month of August. The overall inventory of homes available for purchase fell by 2% from a year ago to 7,652.  From July to August, Orlando’s inventory of homes available fell by 4.3%.  Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in August were up by 0.2% when compared to August of 2018. To date, sales are down 4.2%.   Each individual county’s sales comparisons are as follows:   *Lake: 1.7% below August 2018; *Orange: 1.1% below August 2018; *Osceola: 6.1% above August 2018;  *Seminole: 0.5% above August 2018.
  • There is an area of disturbed weather over the southern Bahamas that could develop into a tropical depression this weekend bringing rain into central Florida. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is giving the system a 70% chance of further development over the next 48 hours and an 80% over the next five days. News 96.5 WDBO spoke to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne.  Meteorologist Tim Sedlock says the environment around the system could easily help it to become a depression within the next 24-48 hours. “Wind shear is favorable for some potential development with this system and the waters remain fairly warm, so that’s a positive for potential development as well,” said Sedlock. WFTV Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields says we need to keep a close eye on the system heading into the weekend. If the system reaches Tropical Storm strength, it will be named Humberto.
  • News 96.5 WDBO’s sister station Star 94.5 is hosting a concert next week aimed at boosting Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in the Bahamas. The show has been scheduled for months, but after Hurricane Dorian caused massive damage on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, Star decided to use it as a way to gather relief supplies.   The concert features Lucky Daye, CeCe Taneal, Red Rat, Cham, Kevy Kev, Spragga Benz, Pascalli, Footwrk and Adam O.  Doors at the House of Blues open tonight at 7:00. Admission to The Bahamas Relief Show is free entry into the venue requires donation of any of the following items:  Nonperishable Food items Canned Goods Canned or Powdered Milk Cookies Crackers Rice Dried Pasta Bottled Water Dried Fruits and Nuts Baby Supplies + Food Can Openers Flashlights & Batteries Hand Sanitizer Baby Wipes Toothpaste & Tooth Brushes Hygiene Products + Feminine Hygiene Products Razors Reading Glasses Personal Cleaning Wipes Disinfecting Wipes Diapers OTC Medications (aspirin, allergy medication, vitamins) Portable generators (15 kw to 25 kw) Extension Cords Work Glove Chainsaws & Chains Chainsaw Bar Oil Portable potty Gas Cans Duct Tape Tarps Hammers & Nails Battery Operated Fans Insect repellents Mosquito Nets Unused Blankets, towels, clothing Cleaning supplies/disinfectants (bleach, brooms, mops, household cleaning products, garbage bags) Cleaning Products Pet Food Solar Phone Chargers Phone Battery Packs Trash Bags Sunscreen Camping Lights (Solar & Battery Powered) Tents Cots - adult size Water bladders Water containers First aid items (sterile bandages/gauze [all sizes], tape) Debris removal tools (shovels, rakes, axes, wheelbarrows) Portable single and double burner stoves Portable outdoor lamps/lights Water purification kits Portable radios You can bring the items to the Cox Media Group office located at 4192 N John Young Parkway in Orlando in exchange for a ticket to the concert.  You can also bring the items to the House of Blues.
  • An Orlando-based charity is working to gather badly needed supplies for people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Volunteers, relief workers and supplies are pouring into the region after Hurricane Dorian decimated most of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahamas Island. One Heart for Women and Children of Central Florida is one of dozens of non-profits stepping up to help.  Last week, they sent clothes, tarpaulins, peanut butter and other supplies to the islands. Another batch of supplies will be delivered on Monday. This week, One Heart is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, baby supplies, first aid and personal hygiene items at its office in Orlando. One Heart founder and CEO Stephanie Bowman tells News 96.5 WDBO they will continue collecting relief supplies for the foreseeable future.
  • The world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operators or “FBOs” is organizing efforts to provide relief to people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Signature Flight Support provides ground handling services for aircraft at airports throughout the state of Florida and around the world, including Palm Beach International Airport. The company is using its location at PBI as a hub for its relief effort to the Bahamas.  Signature is collecting supplies at each of its airports in Florida which will be transported to West Palm Beach and then flown to the Bahamas.   Signature is collecting non-perishable food items, bottled water, water filters, bug spray, sunscreen, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and medicines. You can also donate flashlights, batteries, tools and generators. Locally, you can drop off items at two locations: Signature Flight Support Orlando International Airport 4215 Lindy Circle, Orlando, FL 32821 and Signature Flight Support Kissimmee Gateway Airport 201 Dyer Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34741
  • A pair of state lawmakers from the Orlando area are teaming up to collect badly needed supplies for people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. State Representative Anna Eskamani is teaming up with State Senator Randolph Bracy for the supply drive.    She’s collecting items like bottled water, canned goods, can openers, bug spray, sunscreen, diapers, baby formula, bottles,  first-aid and hygiene items. You can also drop off flashlights, batteries and generators. WAYS TO DONATE MONEY: Bahamas Red Cross: https://bahamasredcross.org/donate/International Medical Corp: https://give.internationalmedicalcorps.org/page/47784/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=SM~ERDO~SMDRT2009 Miami Based GoFundMe Campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/be-there-with-the-fair-dorian-relief-fund The National Association of the Bahamas: http://www.nabmiami.org/donate/ **Please note that our legislative offices cannot accept cash donations! We encourage you to donate to one of these nonprofits and to always do your research before making financial contributions**SUPPLIES NEEDED: **GENERAL SUPPLIES** WaterCanned goodsCan openers (manual only) Bug spraySunscreenDiapersBaby formulaBaby bottlesFirst aid itemsFlashlight (LED flashlights /Solar lights)Batteries (especially D) Small generatorsTarpsTentsNailsHammersBleachCat and dog foodSleeping bagsChain saws (gas operated)**MEDICAL SUPPLIES**Adhesive/Non-Adhesive BandagesAntibacterial OintmentsGauze and TapeAcetaminophen, Aspirin, IbuprofenRubbing Alcohol and Peroxide**HYGIENE SUPPLIES**DeodorantMenstruation ItemsHand sanitizerRazors & Shaving CreamShampoo/ConditionerSoaps (Bar or Liquid)Toothpaste/ToothbrushesMouthwashBaby wipesToilet PaperNew underwear (no opened packages!)All supplies collected will be transported to The Bahamas as soon as travel is safe. Please drop off these supplies during the following times to our Legislative Offices: HD47: 1507 E. Concord St Orlando, FL 32803Monday, September 9th, 9am-5:pmTuesday, September 10th, 9am-5pm SD11: 6965 Piazza Grande Avenue Suite 211 Orlando, FL 32835Monday, September 9th, 9am-5:pmTuesday, September 10th, 9am-5pm NOTE: If you cannot stop by one of these days, please email Anna at anna.eskamani@myfloridahouse.gov, as she'll be in the office on Sunday too and is happy to coordinate drop-offs.FINALLY: If you are a company looking to make a LARGE donation, please email Anna and she can help coordinate where you can drop off items: anna.eskamani@myfloridahouse.gov  Eskamani will be collecting items at her office near downtown Orlando from now until Tuesday, September 10.
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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.

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  • Usually the Central Florida International Auto Show starts over Thanksgiving, but this year, they chose to have it in September to make more room on the show floor for more manufacturing companies. This weekend's event at the Orange County Convention Center features more than 400 of the latest brand of cars, trucks, crossovers, you name it- and you can test them out! Good thing is you don't have to feel pressured to buy anything because everything on display is for informative and planning purposes only. You can get in, get a feel for it, read all the stuff like mileage and what not, and eventually, you can decide for yourself if its something you want to invest in. Some of the new models include the 2020 Toyota Supra, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, and the 2020 Nissan 50th Anniversary Z. They have product specialist there to answer any questions you may have.  There is also plenty of stuff to do for the kids in case they get bored. They can bounce around on a bungee rope, have their picture taken in a Formula 1 type racing car, get their faces painted, or even take a ride as many times as they want at the Camp Jeep test track which features the iconic Jeep Mountain, which is an 18 foot, 35 degree hill climb.  You can check out our exclusive look at the ride so you know what to expect here:   https://www.facebook.com/965Orlando/videos/627153287691443/ The event lasts throughout the weekend with it wrapping up on Sunday from 10 am to 6pm. Admission for adults(13 and over) is $12, $7 for seniors(62 and older), military or first responders( with ID) and students 21 and under, and free for kids under 12 with an accompanying adult.  You can check out our gallery which features some of the newer cars and even some of the classic cars on display here: https://www.news965.com/news/local/check-out-these-cars-the-central-international-auto-show/G5U1EOCfSRM0mpO0AkXrQK/
  • School leaders at Lake Mary High School in Seminole County say that two students have been arrested for reportedly brining weapons on school campus. According to a Seminole County Sheriff's Office incident report, 14 year old Curtis Leonard was called to the discipline office on Thursday for an unrelated incident. When he he opened his backpack, that's when an administrator noticed a gun and notified a deputy. Deputies say the chamber was loaded, but the gun was disassembled.  Leonard now faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm of school property and was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. This is the second incident within the last year where a student managed to sneak a gun onto the campus.  Following this incident, school leaders say another situation happened on Friday where students came forward and accused a 15 year old student of carrying a weapon on school grounds. They say 15 year old Bernard Blackmon was located with a 7 inch fishing knife and was arrested. The arrest report shows Blackmon has also been charged with possession of a weapon on school property.  In response of these incidents, school leaders say that they are testing new technology as part of a pilot program which acts similar to metal detectors, but can be used in more places. They also want to remind students to report any suspicious activities by calling the SpeakOut hotline at 800-423-8477 or use their campus app.
  • A North Carolina sheriff stands accused of urging the murder of a former deputy who had a recording of him using racially offensive language, authorities say. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice, according to court records. Wilkins is accused of trying to get another man to kill former Deputy Joshua Freeman, who he believed was going to expose his racist talk. >> Read more trending news  Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, who is prosecuting the case, said Wilkins' Aug. 12, 2014, phone conversation with the 'well-known' man who threatened Joshua Freeman's life was caught on tape, according to The News & Observer in Raleigh. Lorrin Freeman and Joshua Freeman are not related. Joshua Freeman worked for the Sheriff's Office from November 2011 to August 2014 but was let go in the days leading up to Wilkins' alleged crimes, WRAL in Raleigh reported. Wilkins, who was reelected in 2018 for a third four-year term, is accused of advising the unnamed man to kill Joshua Freeman, 'whom the defendant knew to have expressed his intention to soon publicly reveal a purported audio recording of the sheriff using racially offensive language to authorities in Raleigh,' the indictment states. The court records do not detail what Wilkins is alleged to have said, or what ultimately happened to the recording of his words. The indictment against the sheriff alleges Wilkins encouraged the man to 'take care of it' and said, 'The only way you gonna stop him is kill him.' According to the indictment, Wilkins counseled the would-be gunman on how to kill Joshua Freeman in a way to avoid getting caught. He offered two tips, according to the document: Get rid of the murder weapon and keep quiet. 'You ain't got the weapon, you ain't got nothing to go on,' Wilkins allegedly told the man, the court records allege. 'The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can't tell nobody nothin', not a thing.' Wilkins and the individual discussed a time in which to kill Joshua Freeman and a location that would ensure it would be Wilkins' own Granville County Sheriff's Office investigators who would get the case, the indictment says. Wilkins assured the man he would not tell investigators of his prior knowledge of the crime. The indictment accuses Wilkins of failing to prevent harm to Joshua Freeman or warn him of the 'credible threat' to his life. It alleges the sheriff also failed to seize the gun the other man planned to use, despite the person showing him the weapon at one point. 'The defendant failed to properly execute his duties because of his personal animosity towards Joshua Freeman,' the indictment states. Joshua Freeman was never harmed, though the indictment offers no indication why the alleged plot failed. Wilkins went before a magistrate Monday and was released on $20,000 unsecured bond. Court records show he was ordered to have no contact with anyone named in the indictment. He was also ordered to surrender his passport, if he has one. Read the indictment against Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins below.  Brindell Wilkins Indictment by National Content Desk on Scribd 'No one is above the law,' Lorrin Freeman said Monday, according to WRAL. 'It is always painful when someone who has the public trust faces these types of allegations for voters who put them in that place. 'Any time you have someone who is sworn to uphold the public trust, to protect their community, to investigate and report crimes, allegedly engage in this type of conduct, it is something that needs to be brought to justice, and so we will continue to follow the evidence in this case.' Several followers of Wilkins' public Facebook page offered support in the wake of the indictment. 'You will always have our support,' one woman wrote. 'Praying for you and your family.' 'Our friendship goes back 30 years or more and you have always been a great friend to me,' another woman wrote. 'You were there for me many times. I believe in you and you have my support, always.' Lorrin Freeman said Wake County is handling the case because Mike Waters, her counterpart in Granville County, could potentially become an important witness at trial. Waters, who addressed the case in a statement on his office's Facebook page, wrote to Lorrin Freeman in November to ask her to look into the case. Watch Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman discuss the case below, courtesy of the News & Observer. WRAL reported that Joshua Freeman, who Waters represented in 2014 while in private practice, gave the future prosecutor the tape recording of Wilkins' conversation with the man who talked of killing the former deputy. It was not clear Friday how Freeman obtained the recording. Waters said he immediately turned the tape over to the FBI. The Washington Post reported that Waters met with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents about the recording in January 2017, but nothing happened. 'Quite frankly, it did not get to the top of their investigative list,' Lorrin Freeman told WRAL about SBI agents. Waters gave the recording to a different SBI agent in October 2018, but still, no investigation was initiated, the Post reported. That is when Waters turned to Lorrin Freeman to initiate a probe into the sheriff. She agreed. 'I have reviewed this recording,' Lorrin Freeman wrote to SBI agents, according to the Post. 'It contains a conversation between two individuals, one of whom appears to be the Granville County sheriff, about a former deputy sheriff and culminates in a discussion about committing a homicide.' In his Facebook statement, Waters expressed frustration at the amount of time it took to get an investigation going. 'At all times since (turning over the recording), I have provided assistance to investigators, and once Ms. Freeman opened a criminal investigation, have urged that this matter be given investigative priority,' Waters wrote. 'I understand it is a matter of great importance to the people of Granville County, and it has been a point of frustration that the investigative process has not been more expeditious.' He wrote that any allegations of wrongdoing by law enforcement are troubling, particularly when they involve a sheriff elected by the community. 'Over the next few months, my office will continue to lend assistance to the ongoing investigation as requested, while we continue to do our daily work of protecting victims, prosecuting those who violate the law and seeing that justice is administered,' Waters said. WRAL reported Lorrin Freeman said she worked to obtain obstruction charges against Wilkins because obstruction would be easier to prove in the five-year old case than solicitation of murder or conspiracy. The Granville County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss the indictment, but County Attorney Jim Wrenn said the board has no authority to remove Wilkins, an elected official, from office as his criminal case winds its way through the court system, WRAL reported. Lorrin Freeman confirmed that fact to the News & Observer. 'Technically, he can continue to serve if he chooses, until convicted,' Freeman told the newspaper. Spectrum News' Charlotte bureau reported that Wilkins has indicated he will not step down. Wrenn said he is considering trying to get Wilkins out of office through the courts but wants to hear the recording himself before making that decision. Gerry Cohen, former special counsel to the North Carolina General Assembly, said state law has a provision allowing a judge to suspend a sheriff and allow a county commission to appoint a temporary replacement pending the outcome of a criminal case. 'The statute is there to allow removal of sheriff,' Cohen told Spectrum News. 'One of six causes is, in fact, conviction of felony. Others are some of the things in his indictment, like willful misconduct, corruption, willful neglect or refusal to perform duties of his office. Some of them match the charges in his indictment.' The News & Observer reported that the probe into Wilkins' alleged actions against Joshua Freeman has led to investigations of the Granville County Sheriff's Office's accounting practices, as well as the operations of its drug unit. Freeman was a member of the drug unit when he was with the agency. 'Part of this investigation has centered on why this sort of conversation would have occurred, what the underlying motivation would have been,' Lorrin Freeman said Tuesday, according to the newspaper. 'Additional information has come to light regarding operations and accounting practices of the Granville County narcotics interdiction team.' Those investigations remain ongoing.
  • President Donald Trump called reports that a U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against him last month 'a ridiculous story' while speaking Friday to reporters in the Oval Office. >> Read more trending news  According to the Washington Post, the president made an unspecified 'promise' to an unidentified foreign leader that concerned the intelligence official. The official filed a complaint Aug. 12, two anonymous former U.S. officials told the newspaper, though lawmakers said Thursday they had yet to see the complaint. The intelligence community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Thursday but declined, under administration orders, to reveal the substance of the complaint. Update 7:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a statement on the whistleblower's complaint against President Trump. In it, Biden describes Trump's alleged behavior as 'abhorrent' and calls on him to release a full transcript of the call 'so that the American people can be judged for themselves.' The entire statement reads: Update 4:40 p.m. EDT Sept 20: The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The Journal reported Trump asked Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani to determine whether Biden 'worked to shield from investigation a Ukrainian gas company with ties to his son, Hunter Biden.'  Trump made the request about eight times during a phone call in July, according to the Journal. Trump was asked Friday if be brought up Biden in the call with Zelenskiy, and he answered, 'It doesn't matter what I discussed.' But then he used the moment to urge the media 'to look into' Biden's background with Ukraine. Trump and Zelenskiy are to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations next week. Update 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the person behind the complaint filed against him was a 'partisan whistleblower' who 'shouldn't even have information,' though he added that he did not know the person's identity. 'I don't even know exactly who you're talking about,' Trump said. 'I don't know the identity of the whistleblower. I just hear it's a partisan person, meaning it comes out from another party.' Trump said Friday that he's spoken with several world leaders and that his conversations with them were 'always appropriate.' Details surrounding the complaint remained unclear Friday afternoon, though The Washington Post and The New York Times reported at least some of the allegations centered on Ukraine. Both newspapers cited unidentified sources. Asked if he knew if the whistleblower's complaint centered on a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, the president responded 'I really don't know' but continued to insist any phone call he made with a head of state was 'perfectly fine and respectful.' Update 9:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: The whistleblower complaint against Donald Trump centers around Ukraine, two anonymous sources confirmed to The Washington Post Thursday evening. The New York Times and ABC News are also citing anonymous sources, saying the complaint involves Ukraine. It's not clear exactly how Ukraine fits into the allegations. However, Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed, the Post reported. That call was already under investigation by House Democrats, who are looking into whether Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tried to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping with Trump's re-election campaign, according to The Post. Update 1:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 19:  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested Thursday that lawmakers could ask a judge to compel White House officials to share with Congress a whistleblower complaint allegedly filed last month against Trump. The complaint was filed Aug. 12 and involved an undisclosed 'promise' made by the president to an unidentified foreign leader, CNN reported Atkinson declined to share details of the complaint during a closed meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, citing a lack of authorization. 'We do know that the Department of Justice has been involved in the decision to withhold that information from Congress,' Schiff told reporters Thursday. 'We do not know -- because we cannot get an answer to the question -- about whether the White House is also involved in preventing this information from coming to Congress.' He said lawmakers had yet to see the complaint by Thursday afternoon. 'We do not know whether press reports are accurate or inaccurate about the contents of the complaint,' he said. Earlier Thursday, the president denied having done anything inappropriate. Update 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Trump on Thursday denied any wrongdoing after reports claimed a whistleblower had come forward with a complaint about the president making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader. 'Another Fake News story out there - it never ends!' Trump wrote Thursday in a tweet. 'Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. 'Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially 'heavily populated' call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!' Original report: The promise occurred during a phone conversation with the leader, one source told the Post. Details about the alleged pledge and the leader's identity was not immediately available. Although Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, believed that the whistleblower complaint warranted 'urgent concern,' acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire so far has declined to provide information about the communication to the House Intelligence Committee, the Post reported. A closed hearing with Atkinson is slated for Thursday, the committee said. Maguire is expected to testify publicly Sept. 26, according to the committee's chairman, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police are responding to the Woodfield Mall after an SUV drove into a Sears and through the mall walkways. WGN is reporting that the driver is in custody.  So far there have been no reports of injures. Video posted on Twitter shows a black SUV driving past a Forever 21, and people running away.

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  • The White House campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) teetered on the edge of being abandoned in coming days, as the candidate on Saturday publicly confirmed the existence of an internal memo which bluntly said that unless Booker could get a surge of donations in the next ten days, his 2020 campaign was doomed. 'I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory,' Booker wrote on Twitter Saturday morning, 'but I can’t walk it alone.' Booker's comments came soon after NBC News had reported that the campaign's top aide told the candidate and staff that a major infusion of money was needed to keep Booker's campaign going. 'This isn’t an end-of-quarter stunt or one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press,' said Addisu Demissie. Booker's predicament in the Democratic race is much like a large number of other candidates right now - they are mired in low single digits in most polls, and have shown no ability to break out of that group to challenge the leaders in the race. For example, in the latest national poll from Fox News on the Democratic race, Booker is a 3 percent - that's where he was in August, June, and May. Others who have shown little to no ability to jump up in recent polls would include Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Julian Castro, John Delaney and Michael Bennet. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was also in that group - he officially quit the race on Friday. Others stuck in the polls have been Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O'Rourke - and even Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris - who while they are above most of those in the race, the two have been unable to make up ground on the Democratic Party leaders. Harris encountered rough waters in the last week as repeated stories reported that her campaign was going to focus much more on Iowa - a decision which is often a signal of broader difficulty for a presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders seem locked in to the top three spots in the Democratic race, with little evidence that any of the other Democrats were going to be able to pull them down at this point. And for Booker - it's been a bridge too far. “Now or Never,” his campaign chief wrote.