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    Central Florida’s homeless community is growing by the day, but there is a non-profit organization in Orlando working to provide permanent housing and other services to help people get back on their feet. Pathlight Home operates two facilities in Orlando that are motels that have been renovated into efficiency apartments for the formerly homeless. Maxwell Terrace Apartments is located at 2803 W. Arlington Street.  Maxwell Garden Apartments is located at 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail.  There are currently more than 600 residents living at both facilities. In many cases, residents arrive with only a handful of personal possessions and little more than the clothes on their back.   Pathlight Home is now teaming up with Orange County’s Phoenix Inmate Construction Program to provide several residents with new furniture. News 96.5 WDBO was at the Maxwell Terrace Apartments Thursday morning as a pair of Orange County Corrections officers delivered five new coffee tables. Four residents received new coffee tables.  The fifth table will be kept in storage until a new resident needs it. About 200 inmates have graduated from Orange County’s Phoenix Inmate Construction Program and now have full-time jobs in the community. 
  • The Orlando Police Department is offering Women’s Self-Defense Training this summer. There is one class left.  It starts August 15, at  the Northwest Neighborhood Center.  Corporal Kevlon Kirkpatrck tells News 96.5 WDBO that groups can also arrange for an officer to come to their community.  Kirkpatrick said additional classes may also be offered later this year at OPD Headquarters. The class is free and open to women over the age of 18. The class covers basic self-defense options while motivating women to think about their personal safety at all times.  For more information on the classes, or to sign up, CLICK HERE.
  • One of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions is offering special admission prices to Florida residents. Gatorland is offering Florida residents half priced admission. Members of the Gatorland staff stopped by the News 96.5 WDBO newsroom to talk about the promotion.  They also brought some critters from the park. Some of the Gatorland animals were more comfortable in the newsroom than others. Director of media productions and alligator expert, Brandon Fisher brought in one of his favorite animals. Gatorland’s half priced admission for Florida residents ends Saturday. For more details on the promotion or the other attractions at Gatorland, CLICK HERE.
  • If you’re looking for a job, several government agencies in Orange County are hiring. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Career Fair on Thursday.  Representatives from Orange County government, Orange County Public Schools, and Orange County Fire Rescue will also be on hand for the event. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with the OCSO’s Recruiting and Background Manager, Mary Ann Salazar, about the jobs that are available. “We have numerous jobs available, as do the other agencies,” said Salazar. She said Orange County Fire Rescue is looking for both firefighters and EMT’s.  The Department of Corrections is looking for corrections officers.  The school district is looking for cafeteria staff and other positions. Thursday’s career fair is from 4-7 at ICP Orlando. For more information, CLICK HERE.       
  • 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.
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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 nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home. Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty.  >> On Boston25News.com: Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna posthumously promoted to sergeant The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through the initiative. Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children. >> On Boston25News.com: Court docs: Man stood over Weymouth officer and shot him 10 times The foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, supports military and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. In addition to his service with the Weymouth Police Department, Chesna was also a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. >> Read more trending news  Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation, will join Weymouth police Chief Richard Grimes at the Weymouth Police Department at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make the official announcement. Click here if you’d like to donate.
  • A Florida mother said her son saved her life in the seconds before a crash that claimed his life. >> Watch the news report here Greg Yutuc, 22, was the only person killed in a three-vehicle crash near Jacksonville's Buckman Bridge on Saturday afternoon. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: PHOTOS: University of North Florida student saves mom's life in I-295 crash, dad says Stitches lined Gerry Yutuc’s bruised eyelid and his wife, Charina, had a seat belt burn across her chest. “All I remember is seeing that red car and we are spinning around,” Gerry Yutuc said. They were headed back from their family vacation and were driving on I-295 with their three kids in their van when state troopers said a 21-year-old driver rear-ended another car, then cut off their van. “It was too late for me,” Yutuc said. Their son, Greg, was sitting in the passenger seat and grabbed the steering wheel at the last second. “So the impact could be on his side, to avoid the impact on mom,” Yutuc said. >> Read more trending news  Yutuc said the van flipped. “I looked around and saw four people. My wife, my two daughters and without Greg,” Yutuc said. Greg was thrown from the vehicle and an officer on scene told them their son didn’t make it. Florida Highway Patrol said Greg was not wearing a seat belt. “We didn’t have a chance to hug him and say goodbye,” Yutuc said. Since Greg was a child, he’s been on several mission trips and had plans of becoming a missionary, his parents said. “His heart is really sharing the gospel,” Yutuc said. In his 22 years, Yutuc said his only son affected many lives. “I know we have a great son, but I didn’t know the extent of his influence,” Yutuc said. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Drivers concerned about safety on Buckman Bridge It was unconditional, selfless love they said Greg will be most remembered by. “He inspired us and we want to be an inspiration,” Yutuc said. The family said the community support has been overwhelming.
  • After 30 years of random notes and taunting from the killer, Indiana authorities finally caught a break in the killing of an 8-year-old girl and made an arrest based on DNA evidence similar to how investigators caught the Golden State Killer, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Suspect John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday at his home in Grabill, Indiana, and made a court appearance Monday in Allen County on charges related to the 1988 rape and murder of April Tinsley, WANE-TV reported. Tinsley was walking to a friend’s house in her Fort Wayne neighborhood when she was allegedly abducted and subsequently killed by Miller, authorities said. Police used DNA from the victim and from messages and condoms Miller left at three homes in the early 2000s to match Miller and his brother’s DNA in a genealogical database. Once they narrowed the suspect field down to two, it was just a matter of time before they were able to catch Miller, CNN reported. Miller’s DNA was found to be a match with DNA recovered from the victim’s underwear. >> Related: Police seek to ID Zodiac Killer through DNA after success with Golden State Killer When police showed up at his mobile home on Sunday and asked Miller if he knew why they were there, he reportedly said, “April Tinsley” and then confessed to the crime, according to local media reports. Miller’s next scheduled court appearance is Thursday. >> Related: ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect tracked down using DNA on genealogy website, officials say The Golden State Killer was finally caught in California in April after terrorizing the state between the mid-1970s and mid-80s. Investigators also used a genealogical database to match Joseph James DeAngelo Jr.’s DNA with evidence left at the crime scenes. DeAngelo is charged with killing 12 people and is accused of 50 rapes and more than 100 burglaries.
  • “Deadliest Catch” reality TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a home near Seattle, but isn’t expected to serve any jail time. Hansen, 47, received a 364-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to  fourth degree sexual assault with sexual motivation, the Associated Press reported. He was also ordered to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and give a DNA sample to authorities.  >> Read more trending news  According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, a 16-year-old girl told her therapist that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a Mountlake Terrace home in September. >>Related: ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Blake Painter found dead in Oregon home A detective contacted Hansen’s wife, who confronted her husband about the allegations, court documents show. She told police that he denied the accusations at first, but eventually admitted to touching the girl inappropriately. >>Related: ‘Deadliest Catch’ star gets probation in Uber driver assault Hansen is deck boss and crew member of the Seattle-based crabbing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”  The boat’s captain, Sig Hansen, is Edgar Hansen’s brother.
  • A day after publicly siding with Vladimir Putin over U.S. Intelligence on the question of whether Moscow had interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump defended his efforts to improve relations with Russia, even as he back tracked slightly to say that “I accept” the conclusions of intelligence officials on Russian meddling. In remarks to reporters at the White House, the President said he had simply misspoke, dropping the word “not” in a sentence about his view on Russian responsibility for election interference in 2016. “I need to make a clarification,” Mr. Trump said, reading from a prepared script before television cameras, as he met with a group GOP lawmakers. “I accept our Intelligence Community’s conclusion,” the President said – but he swiftly raised the possibility that actors other than Russia might have been involved, something not supported by the CIA and Congress. “Could be other people also – there’s a lot of people out there,” the President said. President Trump: 'In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't'…the sentence should have been, 'I don't any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double-negative.' pic.twitter.com/wFob1xfzp2 — CSPAN (@cspan) July 17, 2018 President Trump’s explanation was that he meant to say, “I don’t know any reason why it would not be Russia,” but that he only said, “I don’t know any reason why it would be Russia.” The comments came as the President faced a bipartisan firestorm of criticism from Capitol Hill, as lawmakers said the President was wrong to have stood on the same stage with Putin, and downplayed the Russian threat. Mr. Trump defended his effort to deal with Putin, arguing “that diplomacy and engagement is better than hostility and conflict,” as he accused the press of biased reporting on his European trip. “The press covered it quite inaccurately,” Mr. Trump added, “They said I insulted everybody,” as the President made clear he was thrilled with efforts to deal with Putin, casting that as more important than his previous meetings with European leaders at the NATO summit. While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2018 The President remarks came as Democrats in Congress all but accused President Trump of being a Russian Intelligence asset. “Is the President an agent of a foreign power?” wrote Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on Twitter. “He wrapped his arms around Vladimir Putin,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) on the House floor. “When are the Republicans in Congress going to provide a check on President Trump?” asked Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). . @realDonaldTrump Mr. President, siding with the president of Russia over our own U.S. intelligence community is embarrassing and inexcusable. — Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) July 17, 2018 “It’s embarrassing and alarming that the U.S. President would believe the Russian President instead of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Meanwhile, many GOP lawmakers made it clear that while they supported the President’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin, there was an acknowledgement that Mr. Trump’s statements which sided with Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the 2016 elections were not helpful. “I think anybody that watched that press conference – including the President himself – would say that it was not his finest hour,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), as some conservative voices expressed frustration with Mr. Trump. “I don’t agree with President Trump’s comments,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). “The evidence from our national security agencies is clear; Russia deliberately tried to undermine our republic. This is unacceptable.” “We have seen time and again that Russia will stop at nothing to interfere with and undermine our system of government,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). When a famously conservative Western PA newspaper runs a headline like this, you know you’ve screwed up, or you should know. pic.twitter.com/mntLKoFo1R — Brit Hume (@brithume) July 17, 2018 “Let’s be very clear, so that everybody knows, Russia did interfere with our elections,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, who bluntly denounced the Putin regime, clearly labeling him as an enemy of the West. “Russia is trying to undermine democracy itself,” the Speaker added, seemingly inviting action by Congress on new sanctions against Moscow. “Vladimir Putin does not share our interests. Vladimir Putin does not share our values,” the Speaker said. . @SpeakerRyan on #Russia: 'They did interfere in our elections. It's really clear. There should be no doubt about that.' Also: 'Russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests and it does not share our values.' Full video here: https://t.co/MQEeehjImb pic.twitter.com/S58mK0j74S — CSPAN (@cspan) July 17, 2018 Senate Republican leaders meanwhile went out of their way to proclaim their public support for European allies in NATO, trying to send a much different message than what was transmitted in person by President Trump during his visit last week. “We believe the European Union countries are our friends, and the Russians are not,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as he heaped praise on NATO, and the need to preserve the North Atlantic alliance. On the issue of election interference, the message was also different from what the President had said in Helsinki. “Clearly, the Russians tried to interfere in our elections,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).