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    Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Division are investigating a case where a man tried to lure a child from an apartment complex. It happened in the afternoon Wednesday, December 5, at the Buena Vista Place Apartments off Reams Road in Windermere. Over the weekend, the sheriff’s office released a composite sketch of the man wanted for questioning. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, between 50 and 80 years of age, balding with gray hair and a mustache. He was last seen driving a green Ford pick-up truck. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man was found shot in downtown Orlando Saturday night. Deputies say around 10:54 p.m., a man drove himself to the bike office located on 46 West Washington Street from an unknown place.  The male victim suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital.  Deputies say he is not cooperating with the investigation, and no word yet on any possible suspects.  This is an ongoing investigation.
  • A Walt Disney World guest was flown to the hospital after he was injured on a tube ride at the Typhoon Lagoon water park Saturday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The 44-year-old man was riding the Miss Adventure Falls tube ride around 1 p.m. when his arm became stuck in one of the ride's conveyor belts.  The man was airlifted to Osceola County Regional Medical Center.  The man's injuries were not life-threatening, the Sheriff's Office said.  The Reedy Creek Fire Department, which covers medical emergencies on Disney property, did not return requests for information about their efforts to free the man.  'A guest’s arm was injured while on the Miss Adventure Falls water attraction at Typhoon Lagoon. The attraction is currently closed while we review the incident. Right now, our care and concern is with the guest and his family,' a Disney spokeswoman said in a statement.  Miss Adventure Falls opened at the water park in 2017.
  • Another way to both celebrate the holidays and bring joy to children everywhere is happening in downtown Orlando. The 2018 downtown Orlando Christmas parade is being presented by the Rotary club of Orlando. As said by the club, the holiday is about hope, family, unity, faith and love. They are also outreaching to the community for anyone who wants to volunteer or become a co-sponsor. All of the benefits of the parade will go to Toys for Tots, who will also be accepting donations during the parade. You can just hand them to the Marines who will be marching in the parade. The parade starts at 4 p.m on West Robinson Street where it will head down North Orange Avenue and then end up on the other side of East Robinson Street. The right travel lane along East Livingston Street towards Magnolia Avenue will be closed at 3pm.
  • A message warning of a false threat sent Lake Brantley High School students into a panic Thursday. School officials said they believe a student sent the message about an hour after an unannounced code red, or active shooter, drill was conducted.  After the exercise was completed, a school administrator announced on an intercom that the code red alert was merely a drill.  Student Justyce Berry told Channel 9 it was difficult to hear the announcement in the cafeteria because of the noise level.  'All you heard was, 'Code red. Code red,'' he said. 'It was crazy. I was just sitting there, like, OK, I might die today.'  The announcement was made at the same time as this message began circulating on social media and in text messages: 'Active Shooter reported at Brantley / Building 1/Building2 and other buildings by B Shafer at 10:21:45. Initiate a Code Red Lockdown.'  Student Joshua Roberts said he and his classmates ran away from campus as they are trained to do in the event of an active shooter on campus.  'Everyone was sprinting towards the door, and someone yelled, 'Shooter,'' he said. 'We tried to get out as fast as possible.'  Roberts said it was a chaotic scene as students thought they were running for their lives.  'It was a stampede. We all ran out to the baseball field, jumped fences. We're helping girls out,' he said. 'It was insane. Everyone thought it was real. That's your worst nightmare right there.'  Seminole County Public Schools said it is trying to determine who sent the message, which was a photograph of a message on a teacher's phone. The message was sent to teachers and administrators during the drill.  A message notifying parents of the unannounced drill was sent out 45 to 60 minutes too late, said Michael Lawrence, a school district spokesman.  Lawrence said the school district said it will try to notify parents of drills sooner in the future.  'No. 2 lesson learned is obviously, we're not going to do a message over the intercom ... during a lunch period,' he said.
  • Eleven fires have been intentionally set in garbage bins or dumpsters since November 29 in or near downtown Orlando. No suspect has been identified. Arson investigators are canvassing neighborhoods to find witnesses and possible surveillance video that could help them. As they work around the clock, the Orlando Fire Department is asking the public to help by keeping an eye out for suspicious activity and reporting it.  With dates, here are the locations where the fires have been discovered: 11/29/2018  10:31 pm - 1003 Concord  10:40 pm - 301 Hillcrest   11/30/2018  5:32 am - 215 East Livingston Street  5:33 am - 209 East Livingston Street  5:39 am - 472 Ruth Lane   12/02/2018  10:12 pm - 1230 East Hillcrest   12/03/2018  5:23 am - 441 Highland Avenue   12/06/2018  3:00 am - 2212 Hillcrest Street  4:36 am - 608 North Hillside Avenue  9:13 pm - 1814 Lucerne Terrace   12/07/2018  5:57 am - 117 Annie Street OFD is asking people who live near the addresses that, if they have any information and especially video surveillance, to contact Crimeline at 800.423.TIPS.
  • You can tell a longtime resident of Winter Park from others by whether their family has been in the annual Christmas parade down it’s main street. “My first iteration is that I was in the parade. My second iteration is my kids were in the parade. What I’ve been told, the Holy Grail is, that your grandkids are in the parade,” explained Betsy Eckbert, now president and CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Once again, the chamber is hosting this year’s parade on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Park Avenue. The event has been held each December for more than 60 years, making it the oldest continuous holiday parade in Central Florida, according to the chamber’s website. Park Avenue and Central Park are decorated with the trappings of the holiday season, drawing people back to downtown.  “So commercially we love that, because it’s the kind of experience that people are going to come back to, again and again.” said Eckbert.
  • Osceola County deputies are investigating a suspicious incident Monday afternoon at the Bridge Prep Academy of Osceola in Ponciana. Investigators say two boys, ages 12 and 13, were approached at a bike rack on Koa Street by a man and woman in a car.  The woman called the boys over to the car and offered them candy. The boys declined the offer and kept walking. Deputies are looking for a white male and a black female, both in their early 20’s.  Investigators prepared a composite sketch of the female suspect. If you know anything about the incident, you’re asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.
  • Justices Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince are leaving the bench in January, ending decades of service by at least one African-American on Florida’s Supreme Court. Governor Ron DeSantis will select new justices from a list of 11 nominees, none of whom are black. The dean of the Florida A&M University College of Law finds the pending change “significant” because an all-white court will lose “the perspective of someone who can speak from” the African-American community. LeRoy Pernell calls that development “problematic” with issues expected to come before the high  court, including the death penalty, voting rights and perhaps legal challenges to the so-called “stand your ground” law. “I have no reason to believe that any justice on the Florida Supreme Court will make a ruling based on race,” he explained. “But I do think that their decisions are influenced by the experiences you bring to the court.” Dean Pernell says other states look upon Florida and the legal decisions of its high court. “Much of the country, politically, will look very carefully at what Florida does with these issues.”

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  • Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Division are investigating a case where a man tried to lure a child from an apartment complex. It happened in the afternoon Wednesday, December 5, at the Buena Vista Place Apartments off Reams Road in Windermere. Over the weekend, the sheriff’s office released a composite sketch of the man wanted for questioning. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, between 50 and 80 years of age, balding with gray hair and a mustache. He was last seen driving a green Ford pick-up truck. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
  • About 200 firefighters worked Monday to extinguish a massive five-alarm blaze at a Philadelphia apartment building, WPVI reported early Monday. >> Read more trending news  Update 9 a.m. EST Dec. 10: Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the fire was contained Friday morning. “Under control doesn't mean that the fire is out, it just means the fire has been contained to the area in which it's burning,” he said. The blaze was contained six hours after firefighters were called to an apartment complex near the intersection of 63rd and Jefferson streets around 2:15 a.m. At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, KYW-TV reported. Original report: Officials said the fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. at the Overbrook Gardens apartments, according to KYW-TV. At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries, authorities said.  About 50 people have been displaced by the fire, WPVI reported. WPVI’s Jeannette Reyes tweeted just before 7 a.m. that fire officials said they are “nowhere near done” battling the blaze and can’t get inside the building because it may collapse.  Read more here or here.
  • Three days after federal prosecutors in New York said the President directed his former personal lawyer to pay off two women in an effort to keep them quiet before the 2016 election, President Donald Trump rejected the assertion that the thousands of dollars funneled through Michael Cohen could be construed in any way as a violation of federal campaign election laws, a matter which some experts believe could put the President in legal jeopardy. “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun,” the President tweeted before sunrise on Monday. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution.” But in a sentencing memo released Friday evening, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York argued that Cohen ‘played a central role’ – in a plan directed and coordinated by the President – to suppress the stories of two women who claimed they had affairs with Mr. Trump, and “thereby prevent them from influencing the election.” “Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election,” the SDNY wrote in their sentencing memo. “Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.” On Fox News, legal analyst Andrew McCarty – often a sympathetic voice for the President on the Russia investigation – left the hosts of ‘Fox and Friends’ stunned by openly predicting that President Trump would be indicted on that charge. “It’s clear that Trump is the target, and that he’ll be indicted eventually,” McCarthy said. In his Monday tweet – as in past tweets – the President denied the payoffs orchestrated by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, had anything to do with his campaign. Back in May, the President characterized the payment going to Stormy Daniels as a non-disclosure agreement – a ‘private contract’ – similar to the language he used today, in calling it a ‘private transaction.’ But federal prosecutors allege it was all tied to the Trump Campaign, with the President fully involved in the decisions. “In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” the SDNY wrote, using the legal moniker for President Trump in court documents. The President ridiculed that notion. “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018 ….which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018 The President has repeatedly said that Cohen is lying to prosecutors, in order to get his sentenced reduced. Some critics of the President have said the SDNY evidence – from Cohen’s own guilty plea – basically makes the President an unindicted co-conspirator at this point. “It looks like a pretty good case,” said George Conway, the fierce Trump critic – and husband of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway.
  • A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed in New Castle after a gun in the hand of a 19-year-old discharged, according to police.  >> Watch the news report here Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Liberty Street around 1:36 a.m. Saturday for an unresponsive male. When they arrived, officers saw Zach Mulford, 15, lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. A friend of Mulford was still on scene and attempted CPR, but Mulford died from his injuries. Police said Mulford and his friend went to a residence to hang out with other friends. When they knocked on the door, 19-year-old Kyle Harris opened the door holding a gun.  >> Read more trending news  When Harris realized who was knocking, he lowered his gun and let them both in, police said. As Harris removed the magazine from the gun and began to clear the chamber, the weapon discharged and a bullet struck Mulford. Harris fled before officers arrived. Police said he subsequently turned himself in and provided a matching statement to a witness at the scene.  He also showed officers where the gun was. Police said it was stolen. Harris is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property. Mulford's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. Zach’s mother, Stacy Mulford, held back tears as she spoke about him with Channel 11, saying she just wanted people to know that Zach was a good kid. “He’d get so excited and he’d just be so happy because he was getting to do something with his hands and build it. He just loved it,” she said. “This is hard. He had his future planned out and now he doesn’t have his future anymore.”
  • Five children are dead after a fire broke out at a home in Youngstown, Ohio, late Sunday, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WFMJ, firefighters responded to 434 Parkcliffe Ave. after a neighbor reported the fire about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The children’s mother, who jumped from a window to escape the blaze, said five children were trapped inside, authorities said.  >> Read more trending news  Three children were removed from the home but later died at a nearby hospital, rescuers said. The two other children died inside the house, WKBN reported. Fire officials said the children ranged from 1 to 9 years old. The two youngest were twins, according to WKBN. The mother and one firefighter were hospitalized for injuries, WKBN reported. Another firefighter was hurt and treated at the scene, officials said. Officials don’t know yet what caused the blaze but said foul play is unlikely, WKBN reported. Read more here or here.