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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3:   Opening of Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios The wait is over! Toy Story Land is opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30th with the Slinky Dog Dash family roller coaster, Alien Swirling Saucer attraction where you try to avoid The Claw, Woody’s Lunch Box Quick Service Locations, friends from the Toy Story franchise, and more in a highly themed, immersive land.   39th Annual Elvis Presley Festival Take in the Ultimate Elvis Contest and Festival to benefit Wounded Warriors and The Russell Home for Atypical Children. The contest is part of the Elvis Tribute Artist contest event that was a search for the “best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.    Association of Poinciana Villages Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular This amazing event, which is open to APV residents and the public, will include bounce houses, food trucks, vendors, balloon artists, and live entertainment provided by Nfusion. And back by popular demand, the evening’s festivities will culminate with a large scale fireworks display that is synchronized to music.   This weekend might call for an umbrella, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.   3 More Fun Things: Eustis Hometown Celebration Donny & Marie: Summer 2018 Tour at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Daytona Beach Summer Bandshell Concert Series with Steely Dan Tribute Band
  • It’s the first official weekend of the summer, and from Daytona to Downtown Orlando and everywhere between there are fun events for the entire family to enjoy. It’s icFlorida ‘Fun 3’ Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Daytona Beach Bandshell Summer Concert Series  The Daytona Beach Bandshell Summer Concert series takes place every Friday and Saturday night until September in the historic coquina amphitheater against the shore of Daytona Beach. There is a minimal charge for the Friday night Bandshell Summer Concert Series and the Saturday night concerts are free and include a free fireworks show at 9:45 pm!  Morimoto Asia hosts Pigs N’ Pints collaborative dining event Pigs N’ Pints, the second installment of Morimoto Asia's Guest Chef Series, will be a truly unique gastronomic event on Sunday, June 24th from 12 pm until 3pm featuring locally and nationally celebrated chefs from Morimoto Asia and The Polite Pig, both located at Disney Springs. The family affair will take over the entire second floor and outdoor patio at Morimoto Asia where an array of Pan-Asian and Southern-inspired dishes will shine a spotlight on a variety of Florida meat, produce and craft beers. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts From the moment Harry uses the Marauder's Map to when the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you'll be transported back into the world you love. Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast The weekend is here and it is going to be a hot and muggy one with intermittent showers, so make sure to grab an umbrella before you leave on your adventures.  3 More Fun Things: Mascot Games The 25th Annual Mascot Games, hosted by New Hope For Kids, returns to Amway Center on Saturday, June 23. Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from North America will join Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot and recently honored as one of the best mascots in sports, for the annual competition.  Orlando City vs Impact de Montreal Since June 12th, 2016, our community has come together in many ways to support the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Orlando City Soccer Club is proud to have played a part in the healing and support of our city. In honor and remembrance of the victims and in support of the community organizations that continue to assist those affected, we’re showing our Pride in our City during the June 23rd Orlando City match. $5 from each ticket purchased from the links below will be donated to the non-profit organization the purchaser selects, including the Contigo Fund, The Dru Project, One Orlando Alliance, onePULSE Foundation and the Zebra Coalition. Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando When the sun goes down, the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. Explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular display of fireworks. Electric Ocean takes place on select dates until September 2, 2018. Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Watch and Play at Drive Shack Take Dad to tee up some quality time as a MVP as Orlando’s newgolf-entertainment destination Drive Shack. All weekend long there are special opportunities for hands-on play featuring fun, food, and Drive Shack’s PGA Pro who is ready to assist dads of all skill levels.  Father’s Day at Leu Gardens Celebrate Father’s Day at the Harry P. Leu Gardens on June 17, 2018, with free admission for Dads from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Stroll with your dad and discover the 50-acre botanical oasis from a tropical rain forest to stunning roses to an amazing butterfly garden. Leu Gardens borders Lake Rowena, so take a moment at the overlook to watch the wildlife in and out of the lake. We hope you have a wonderful day with your Dad in the gardens. Brevard Zoo celebrates Dads with special offers In celebration of Father’s Day, the Brevard Zoo is offering free general Zoo admission and 50% off out Treetop Trek courses to dads accompanied by at least one paying child of any age! To take advantage of this promotion, tickets must be purchased in person on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17th. icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast The weekend is here and it is going to be a hot and muggy one with intermittent showers, so make sure to grab an umbrella before you head out to celebrate Dad.  Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with WFTV’s Brian Shields on www.icFlorida.com. 3 More Fun Things: AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen The late night talk show host Andy Cohen and journalist Anderson Cooper are longtime friends, and during AC2 the pair interview each other and take questions from the audience. It's a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events. Bark Brew Fest The Fourth Bark Brew Fest presented by Tails at the Barkery and the Dirty Oar Beer Company in Cocoa Village celebrates Dog Dads, so bring your canine companion and sip your favorite libation while enjoying delicious food from Taco Maniacs, raffles, and drawings.  Caribbean Calabash Festival Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with culinary delights from the Caribbean at the Calabash Festival. The festival is free of admission and will offer delicious island cuisine, live music, and a family friendly atmosphere that is fun and vibrant! Come savor the experience, feel the rhythms, and celebrate! Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Gator Week at Wild Florida (Sales) It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida will host their 2nd Annual Gator Week May 7-12 and offer free admission for everyone to its Gator and Wildlife Park throughout the week. Asian Cultural Festival (Orlando) The month of May is known as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and during this period, Asian Americans celebrate their culture and heritage. This year’s celebration will showcase a wide variety of Asian American cultures and talents from Central Florida’s Asian American ethnic groups.  American Muscle Car Show (Daytona) Come see these historic American cars as they roll on to the Museum of Arts & Sciences’ campus for the day. The combination of memories, beauty, and engineering is what makes this car show so great. DJ Frank Roberts will be playing old time rock-n-roll favorites while you enjoy the cars and food from a local food truck. Join Senior Curator of Education and History, James 'Zach' Zacharias for a tour of the Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting exhibit and the Root Family Museum's vintage automobile that range from Sumar Race Cars to the Coca-Cola delivery trucks.  icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for an umbrella, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with WFTV’s Brian Shields on www.icFlorida.com. 3 More Fun Things: Bill Nye at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Engineer, comedian, author, inventor audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance Man’s infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity, and devotion to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges through science. Best known for his Emmy-winning run as “Bill Nye the Science Guy, he brings his love of science and flair for comedy to every appearance deftly translating complex issues to help inspire audiences of all ages to engage with and improve our world. Audubon’s Baby Eagle Shower Fun for the whole family with games, activities and meet and greets with the Center's Ambassador birds. Free admission with a 'baby gift' that is used in caring for these young raptors. Harlem Renaissance Virtual Exhibit The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum revealed today that the traveling Harlem Renaissance Experience will be on display from Saturday, May 12th to Saturday, June 30th. The Harlem Renaissance Experience features a virtual reality tour of Harlem’s famous night clubs, like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom, as well as a guided tour of the neighborhood so that you can see Harlem just as it was in the 1920s. You simply sit in the chair and put on the Virtual Goggles and get transported in time!  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: St Johns River Festival of the Arts Be a part of the magic when Historic Downtown Sanford transforms into a premier art festival and art experience!  Over 150 regionally and nationally accredited fine artists and craftsmen will line our charming brick streets with a selection of paintings, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, photography, jewelry, blown glass and much more! Craft Beer Walk Craft Beer Walk Sample craft beers along historic Canal Street from 1-7pm Tickets are $20. Includes: a six-ounce Canal Street Craft Beer Walk souvenir glass and 12 sampling tickets that can be redeemed at 10 locations in the district. A self-guided map is provided. Save 10% when you bring your Canal Street Craft Beer Walk glass back! The walk is held on the first Saturday of each month. Canal Street Craft Beer Walk tickets can be purchased at The Half Wall Beer House or New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. SeaWorld Orlando - Just for Kids Weekends “Just For Kids” Weekends allow guests to experience SeaWorld through the eyes of a child by inviting visitors to dance, play, learn and share a day of kid-centric fun. Each event day sparkles with interactive surprises galore and entertainment designed for SeaWorld’s youngest guests. icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with Brian Shields on www.icFlorida.com. 3 More Fun Things: Crooked Can Derby de Mayo 1st Annual Derby De Mayo Chihuahua Run celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 5 at Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden.  LEGOLAND Florida Resort - Star Wars Days A new and massive LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display is the centerpiece of this year’s LEGO Star Wars Days celebration at LEGOLAND Florida Family Yoga at the Orlando Museum of Art Come de-stress with your kids (ages 3 and up) and enjoy an hour-long yoga class that includes fun games, music, and stories. Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Puerto Rican Parade & Festival - Orlando Come Celebrate the 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival with the Puerto Rican Community!! Food, fun, and musical artists on stage! If you can’t make it down for the festivities or for the parade, you can watch the fun live on WFTV starting at 12 pm EST! Mount Dora Blueberry Festival - Mount Dora  Celebrate local blueberries and farms at the 4th annual Mount Dora Blueberry Festival in Evans Park, Mount Dora, FL, all weekend. This year features a U Pick tour to a local blueberry farm, blueberry pancake breakfast sponsored by IHOP, pie eating contests, fresh blueberries, pies and everything Blueberry.  Halifax Humane Society 8th Annual Mutt Strutt - Daytona Halifax Humane Society Annual Mutt Strutt on the Beach brings together over 1,500 people and hundreds of their furry friends. The only day of the year that dogs are allowed on the Most Famous Beach! icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with Brian Shields on www.icFlorida.com. 3 More Fun Things: Science of Wine is an event that allows you to taste 150 wines and plates from 30 food partners, all with just one ticket! Science of Wine benefits Orlando Science Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire science learning for life.  On Saturday, April 28th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, April 29th, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm., The Kit Land Nelson Park in downtown Apopka will be turned into an outdoor art gallery. Approximately 100 entries of juried fine arts and creative handcrafts will fill the park for the 57th Annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival.  It’s another great weekend to head to the 25th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and icFlorida’s Theme Park Insider Shelley Caran has everything you need to know! Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Hook Kids On Fishing - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge The Hook Kids On Fishing program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation to kids ages 6-16 by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.  Dan Newlin & Partners free concert featuring Flo Rida and Tinashe Dan Newlin & Partners are holding a free concert at the Central Florida Fairgrounds April 14th from 6-10pm featuring Flo Rida and Tinashe. You can find information about the concert here, but it is really easy because the concert & parking are free and only small clear bags are allowed. Beard in Baldwin This Saturday in beautiful Baldwin Park there’s going to be a celebration of the Orlando culinary scene with an evening featuring food and wine from more than 25 top tier local restaurants with picturesque Lake Baldwin and Harbor Park as the backdrop.  icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Seven Seas Food Festival has new Latin-inspired menu items, performances from the hottest Latin artists, with concerts from Prince Royce on Saturday and N’Klabe on Sunday. Stroll Beautiful Down Town Titusville and enjoy special chocolate delectables and smooth Jazz by Tony Wynn & The Groove Factor. Shops will be open late along with street vendors for all your shopping desires.  Gather with your friends and neighbors as we cheer on Alyssa Raghu, Lake Nona’s very own star as she takes the American Idol stage. Watch the episode live and enjoy entertainment, snacks and beverages, live performances from Lake Nona’s local talent and a special guest appearance from Alyssa herself! Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo  Before there were characters in Kissimmee there were cowboys, and the 31st RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo barrels into Osceola Heritage Park celebrating that rich history with competitions and activities for the entire family. Over over 200 of the top rodeo contestants in north America have traveled here to compete for $1 million in cash and prizes. 4th Annual Brewmasters Invitational Beer Fest The 2018 Brewmaster’s Invitational Beer Fest in Port Canaveral will feature more than 50 breweries, allowing thousands of attendees to sample craft beers from all over the world with a primary focus on Florida breweries. Along with a fantastic selection of beer, there will also be outdoor games, innovative art, live music, food trucks, games and much, much more. 18th Spring Fever in the Garden Central Florida’s premier garden festival celebrates spring with an all garden related event that includes garden art and plant vendors, food booths, continuous entertainment, sidewalk chalk contest, raffles, tee shirt booth and KIDZONE for our littlest attendees. icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast with Rusty McCranie. 3 More Fun Things: SeaWorld Orlando’s popular Seven Seas Food Festival has new Latin-inspired menu items, performances from the hottest Latin artists, and more every Saturday and Sunday through April 29. The 2018 Olympics may be over, but the dream of seeing your favorite skaters is very much alive when the Stars on Ice tour visits Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, April 7, with some of the best from the U.S. Figure Skating.  UCF Celebrates the Arts is an annual eight day showcase of music, performances and interactive visual displays that runs April 6-14, 2018 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: The 29th Spring Daytona Turkey Run The 29th Spring Daytona Turkey Run takes place all weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to see thousands of beautiful classic and custom cars, take part in a massive swap meet for hard-to-find parts, visit the Artisan Alley with arts and crafts from around the world, try great food and drink, with fun for the entire family, and more. Orlando Watersports Complex Grand Opening - Lake Nona Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Orlando Watersports Complex with a live DJ, free food, drinks, and giveaways. The Aquapark is inspired by LEGO blocks featuring a modular series of interlocking climbing obstacles, pathways, slides, and trampolines, allowing for endless fun for all ages. The Great LEGO Race VR Coaster opens at LEGOLAND Florida - Winter Haven The Great LEGO Race, the first Virtual Reality coaster designed with kid’s imagination and play in mind, opens at LEGOLAND Florida today! Riders will wear optional VR headset to experience the animated action taking place on the ground and in the air alongside of some of their favorite LEGO minifigure characters.  icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast: This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.  3 More Fun Things: This weekend is the last week of concerts at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras with Jessi J performing Saturday, March 24, and BUSH on Sunday, March 25. At Osceola Heritage Park the Runaway Country Music Fest has three days of performances from Award-winning country music artists led by Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, and more. And one of the American Idol contestants from Florida, Mackenzie Carey, will also be performing. Craft beer and charity come together Saturday, March 24 at the 7th Annual Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Festival in historic downtown Sanford to benefit Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy.  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: 59th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival The 59th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will fill Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park with fine arts and crafts from around the world March 16-18, 2018. The festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Over 1,100 artists from around the world applied for this year’s Festival.  Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando is a lot of fun, but Raglan Road at Disney Springs really amps up the celebration with three days of Irish music, food, and fun for the entire family during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival from March 16-18. Orlando Caribbean Festival  The 7th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival will take place March 17 & 18 at the Orlando Amphitheater in the Central Florida Fairground. This event is the destination for all who share a passion for or are looking to explore the Caribbean Culture through its food and music. The festival promises to be a fun filled atmosphere that is sure to entertain everyone.  icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast This weekend might call for shorts and tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt, depending on the time of day that you’re heading out. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: This weekend, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras will feature live performances by Foreigner on Saturday, March 17, and Fifth Harmony on Sunday, March 18. Ace Cafe Orlando has a weekend of events for motorcycle enthusiasts Joe Rogan is bringing his Strange Times 2018 tour to the Bob Carr Theater on March 17th Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
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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).