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    The state attorney who angered Governor Rick Scott when she said she would not pursue death penalty cases in Orange and Osceola counties, has decided that being jailed for minor crimes is unfair to the poor. Aramis Ayala’s office issued a statement that her attorneys would not generally seek bail for people arrested for offenses like possession of a small amount of cannabis or drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license or without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle, loitering, panhandling and disorderly conduct or intoxication. “Florida Statues make it clear that bail is reserved for two instances-- when public safety is jeopardized, and when there is a risk of flight,” she noted. Ayala pointed out that the law states that bail is not necessary in other cases. However, people with a record of skipping court or a record of committing violent crimes would not get such treatment from her office. Organize Florida said it is celebrating the decision.  It’s members believe that police, prisons and jails do not create real safety, but, instead “these institutions uphold structural racism.”  
  • The Associated Press - NASA astronauts Drew Feustel (FOY-stull) and Ricky Arnold emerged from the International Space Station on Wednesday to rearrange the space station's external cooling system by swapping the positions of two spare ammonia pumps. NASA wants the best spare in the best spot. One pump got too cold because of a power shutdown 17 years ago and is called Frosty. The other spewed out ammonia five years ago and is dubbed Leaky. Click here to see the spacewalk underway.
  • FDLE issued an Amber Alert this morning after a witness told police that a 15 year old girl was grabbed and forced into a charcoal colored SUV.  Police do not have a tag number. The black female was last seen between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. A juvenile and an adult said they saw the girl apparently kidnapped in the area of the 1600 block of Barna Avenue near Kings Court in Titusville, officials said.  No name or photo has been  provided by police. The girl is described as being approximately 15 years old, 5’5″ in height, wearing a green shirt and khaki pants. Police said she has multicolored braids in her hair. A photo was not initially available, but FDLE later released a sketch of the teen. Anyone with information on the girl’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800 or call 911.
  • Shine. They have performed this song at the March For Our Lives on Washington and at other locations, but today the official video of the song written by two students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was released. Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña said they wrote the song to inspire others to make change in the world.  The video opens with students holding up photos of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting, then shifts to the school where the students have since returned and help support each other. The video also features live performances, the historic march in D.C. and finally the two student authors at a piano on a darkened stage at school’s performing arts building. Members of the school drama club are also featured in the official video. The video is dedicated to the victims. Proceeds from downloads will go toward a fund to help children recover through the arts. Click here to learn more. Mobile users can click here to see the YouTube video.
  • Children going to school this morning were shocked to see a man attack an 81-year-old crossing guard who was helping two students walk across a driveway of a 7-Eleven at 980 Wekiva Springs Road. William Reynolds was punched in the face and fell to the ground. He was taken to a hospital, but should be fine. A school resource officer and deputies found the suspect and arrested him after a struggle at Palm Springs and Wekiva Springs Road. William Anthony Vindigni, 36, has been jailed on a charge of battery on a senior citizen, battery on an officer and resisting arrest. The arrest report said that Vindigni pinched a female deputy on the back of her leg during the arrest. She suffered some red marks, said the report.  The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office requested that he be placed on an electronic monitoring device and ordered to stay away from schools in south Seminole County. No reason for the attack was given, but deputies believe this was an isolated incident. Some angry parents from the community shared their thoughts on a private Facebook page. One mother wrote that the suspect threw a bag of tortilla chips at her daughter during the incident. 
  • The City of Orlando made a promise to help build quality affordable housing for its citizens and is willing to take a financial loss to make that happen, if it comes to that. This month, the city is taking bids to redevelop two city-owned properties along Mercy Drive, just north of Colonial Drive. It is hoped that a mixed income housing project can be built where the former Peppertree Shores and Peppertree Circle once existed. Those apartments fell into disrepair and eventually Fannie Mae took control and sold them to the city. They have been demolished. So far, the city has spent over $1 million to buy the site and demolish them, according to Economic Development Director Brooke Bonnett. “In a perfect world, the city would like to get our acquisition costs back, however we recognize that the primary goal is ensure that quality affordable housing gets built on these sites,” she explained. “It could be that we don’’t recoup 100% of our investment,” said Bonnett. The city is seeking proposals through May 31, then will look through them to find any viable ones and move forward. Orlando City Council will have to approve the land sale. “We are hoping to complete a transaction for both of these sites so the city will no longer be the property owner,” Bonnett said. Since the city is willing to sell the land for less than it cost to buy it, the hope is that the developer will pass on those savings to future homeowners seeking affordable housing in Orlando. 
  • It begins with international travelers, but the push is on to make Biometrics identification available all travelers at Orlando International Airport one day. “The customers love it,” explained Senior Director of Airport Operations Tom Draper. “First off, this is very cool and this is the latest and greatest in technology,” he said when asked why OIA is interested in testing this method of entry/exit for international travelers who often have to go through long waits in customs. Because of air schedules, a lot of international flights arrive at the same time from Europe, he explained. To get on a flight here, they simply need to stand in front of a camera at the gate. It will scan their faces and match it to their passport photos, which are already in the system.  It cuts down on the time it takes to board. The same kind of technology could be used on domestic flights for passengers who have valid passports and they could set up the devices at the TSA screening checkpoints.   “For our airport, a lot of people have passports, so it would be another way to expedite that process,” Draper explained.  While it is being utilized on international flights now, it is not mandatory. A person can opt out and simply show their passport at the gate. The Department of Homeland Security has been experimenting with Biometrics since 2013. “Lufthanza (a German airline) reported boarding 350 passengers using facial recognition at LAX,” said Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, Planning, Program Analysis, and Evaluation for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She, too, is hopeful that Biometrics will gain widespread acceptance. “Maybe we can even make air travel fun again, right?” she noted. 
  •  Mobile users can click here to see the Shaq video via youTube.
  • Superintendent Walt Griffin of Seminole County Public Schools is asking parents to resists the urge to post safety concerns on social media and instead contact school administrators directly. His plea is part of a new video released with the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.  “Every week I receive screen shots of inappropriate things that are put on social media,” he explained. “For example, right after Parkland I saw, from people who I think meant well, take pictures of gates that are open every day when food is delivered.” Griffin and SCSO Captain Rick Francis say a better move is to reach out to the school itself, or use the P3 Campus app or call 800-423-TIPS. Those phone calls are anonymous.  Mobile users can click here to see the YouTube video.
  • The Associated Press Authorities say the suspect in a quadruple homicide at a Waffle House in Nashville has been arrested.  Metropolitan Nashville Police announced Monday on Twitter that 29-year-old Travis Reinking was taken into custody not far from his apartment. Photos posted by police in Nashville showed him clothed and in a police car.  Police and agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol had mounted a massive manhunt following the slayings early Sunday.  Police say Reinking was nearly naked and brandishing an assault-style rifle when he opened fire in the parking lot and then stormed the restaurant. Four people killed, four others were injured.
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    Joe Ruble is a veteran radio reporter, afternoon anchor and baseball fan.

    He claims to have been to every spring training site in Florida over the last ten years. "Steinbrenner Field in Tampa is one of my favorites," he said.

    Before landing in Orlando a year after the hurricanes did, Joe reported for Newsradio 740 KTRH in Houston for 15 years. He also covered news in Denver at KOA and was a news director for KYGO AM-FM. He is now a Broncos fan after watching John Elway from the press box at Mile High Stadium for two seasons. 

    Joe was raised in Hawaii and began his reporting career there while still a student at the University of Hawaii. He has earned awards for his reporting from natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Not wanting to press his luck, he stayed away from high surf.  

    Joe has interviewed former presidents, professional athletes and music legends over the years. Most memorable chat? "Stevie Wonder, he joined me live on the radio in Hilo one night. He was touring and writing music for an album. I played his records while he sat on the other side of the turntable talking about his songs. Unforgettable."

    Ruble is married, raising two pups and living in Ocoee, Fla.

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  • On Sunday, 22 cyclists from the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity along with their 7 crew members are making a pit stop at the Bishop Grady Villas in St. Cloud as they continue their nearly 900 mile annual ride across the state in support of people with disabilities. The eighth day, is part of Gear Up Florida, which is a two week event organized by The Ability Experience.   So far, each member has each raised at least $2,500. This year alone, the team along with corporate sponsors have raised over $76,000.  During their stop in St. Cloud on Sunday and Monday at the Easter Seals Florida in Orlando, the team will have 'friendship visits' which give them a chance to meet, learn, and start friendships with the very people they are riding to support. These visits including activities like basketball games and dancing.  The journey across the state will conclude on May 26th at the capitol of Tallahassee.
  • Time to make sure everyone in your car is buckled tight or your budget might end up tight. From May 21st to June 3rd, the Orange County Sheriff's Office will join in the NHTSA National 'Click It or Ticket' Seat Belt Enforcement campaign in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of accidents. This all comes ahead of the heavily anticipated travels during Memorial Day.  Throughout the two week campaign, OCSO Traffic Units will be at various locations around Orange County, making sure that everyone has their seat belts fastened. Progress has already been made due to the efforts of this campaign, which as a result, has increased the number of seat belt usage by over 90 percent since July of 2017.  The traffic units will be out during the campaign both during the day and the night. Remember, if you get caught not wearing a seat belt in Orange County, you have to pay a $114.00 fine. Also, if you have little ones in the car and you don't buckle them up, you will to have a $164.00 fine and you will lose 3 points on your license.
  • Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two Ohio prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center in Turtlecreek Township. Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 State Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area. >> Read more trending news  The men, identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County. Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County. Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.
  • Central Floridians can expect to see rain all day Sunday, starting in the overnight hours and continuing in through the evening. 'You’ve probably learned to keep your umbrella handy with the recent rains, and Sunday will be no different,' said WFTV meteorologist George Waldenberger.  Watch live: Doppler 9 HD Storms with heavy rain are especially likely between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.  Periods of rain will continue throughout the day, with isolated lightning.  Some areas will see as much as 2-3' of rainfall.  Uh, did you see the #rainbow tonight as the sun set? Wow! #WFTV #Florida #Orlando #EolaSouth #ThorntonPark pic.twitter.com/5chTP4GkvW — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 20, 2018 Flood advisories  Localized flooding will be a possibility as wet weather continues to move through a saturated Central Florida.  Flood advisories were issued for parts of southern Lake and western Orange counties Saturday afternoon as storms continued to drench an already saturated Central Florida.  Isolated 3-4' rainfall totals and it's still coming down... How much in your neighborhood?#WFTV #Florida #Orlando pic.twitter.com/KloroMNeTm — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 19, 2018 *Please do not drive through #flooded roadways* Western Orange and Southern Lake Counties have been added to the areas under a flood advisory, this one until 4:30pm, due to the threat for minor flooding. #WFTV #Florida #Orlando pic.twitter.com/hUXKnhTpoc — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 19, 2018 According to the flood advisory, some areas that could experience flooding are Apopka, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Tavares and Mount Dora. The flood advisory was in effect until 4:30 p.m.  Eastern Seminole and central Volusia counties were also under a minor flood advisory until 4:15 p.m.  Weekend's forecast The storms' pattern will change on Saturday, as the high over the Atlantic will skid west and the 'tropical moisture highway' will be rechannel right over Florida.    Do you see the high moving west? Well, you can thank it for driving the moisture stream back over #Florida. Pronounced showers & storms this weekend. Saturday will start out dry, then storms develop mainly E to W. Outdoors in the morning inland, move indoors by noon. #stormalert9 pic.twitter.com/5Tz3OHGdpA — Irene Sans (@IreneSans) May 19, 2018   Showers and storms during Saturday morning will be focused along the coast. By the beginning of the afternoon the storms will arrive to inland counties and continue to affect most of Central Florida during the rest of the afternoon. The rain-showers will gradually decrease after sunset. If you have plans outdoors inland, make sure to stay weather aware, lightning and torrential rain can arrive quick.  Send us your weather pics using #stormalert9 The shower and storm pattern will be mainly south to north on Sunday. Showers will be present through the late morning and then, intermittent storms will develop starting early afternoon through the early evening.   Even *more* storm energy rolls into central Florida this weekend, with heavy rain and possible flooding. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/vf76dVJd4o — tom terry (@TTerryWFTV) May 19, 2018   Threats Lightning will be the main threat this weekend. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm's base, make sure to stay weather aware.  << Download the free WFTV Weather app to receive lightning alerts when lightning strikes within 8 miles from your location >> This week some parts of Central Florida have received over 8 inches of rain. After this weekend, 12 inches of rain in total are possible. Expect amount to range between two to four inches through the weekend. With the already saturated ground, any showers could really produce flooding. Stay away from flooded roadways. Six inches of accumulated rain could make a car stall out and 12 inches can make most cars float away.  Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News starting at 5 a.m. meteorologist Eboni Deon will be tracking the showers and thunderstorms developing across Central Florida.
  • Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for gun reform, after 10 people were shot and killed and 10 more hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. >>Read: Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school. Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday.  >>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack In the post on his Facebook page, Acevedo said that he has hit “rock bottom” after this deadly shooting. “Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” Acevedo posted. “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.” >> Read more trending news  School resource officer John Barnes was injured in Friday’s shooting. He remains in critical condition, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) tweeted Saturday. According to CNN, Barnes is a former officer with the Houston Police Department. Acevedo also called “shame” to those in power who are not speaking out against gun violence, in a post on Twitter. Acevedo has been vocal about gun control in the past. According to CNN, Acevedo urged others to join him to change legislation after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last year were 58 people were killed.  Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the department. Before that, he was chief of the Austin Police Department, according to the Houston police department website.  He was sworn in as Houston police chief in 2016.