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    Adam Charles Eades was last seen leaving his home on Cedro Drive in Kissimmee on Friday at around 5:35 p.m. Adam was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, yellow basketball shorts with a red stripe and a Mickey Mouse logo on the side, grey socks and black Crocs. Adam wears glasses and both pinky fingers are crooked.  Adam left in good health and does not take any medications. Anyone who has seen him or knows where he is is asked to call 911 immediately.
  • Orange County detectives are asking for help to identify an armed robber who stole money from a gas station Thursday evening. At 9:47 p.m., the armed robber entered the Townstar/Marathon gas station at 300 North Kirkman Road and pointed a handgun at the cashier, demanding money.  The victim complied and places stacks of cash on the counter. Once the suspect got the money, he ran away on foot heading northbound from the station.  Police describe him as a male in his 20s, about 5'7-5'9'' with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a black ski mask, gloves, a plaid-style long sleeve shirt, and a black t shirt with the 'punisher' logo on the front.  Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
  • The Kissimmee Police Department is paying tribute to two of its fallen officers, Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard with a free community barbecue Saturday afternoon. Officers Sam Howard and Matthew Baxter were fatally shot while responding to a suspicious activity report in an area known for drug use. Saturday marks one year since the day their lives were taken in the line of duty. The event is being promoted as a celebration of life, as well as a thank you to the community for the love and support during the months following the tragedy.  It will be held at the Kissimmee Lakefront park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be entertainment, games, and of course, food. Parking will be in the city's parking garage located near the Civic Center, County lot near the Courthouse and the County garage.
  • Orange County deputies are conducting a death investigation after finding a dead body on Disney property Saturday morning. At 4:11 a.m., deputies went to 1209 Epcot Resorts Boulevard near the Swan Resort to help Reedy Creek Fire Department with a car fire. After Reedy Creek put the fire out, a dead body was found inside the car.  No word yet on who the victim is or what caused the fire. This is an active investigation.
  • Police in Orange County are working to figure out what sparked a shooting at a nightclub that left one man in the hospital Saturday morning.  The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the GILT nightclub on Bennett Road near Baldwin Park, just as people were headed to their cars.  Officers say that a fight broke out in the parking lot and investigators believe multiple people fired shots.  One man was shot in the arm and was taken to a local hospital, and is expected to be okay.  The suspect has been taken into custody and is cooperating with police.  This is not the first time an investigation was involved with this club.  In January of 2016, a man was reportedly killed and found behind the club, and in March of that year, there was a suspicious fire after the club closed for the night.
  • Updated 10:44 p.m.   The Palm Beach County Sheriffs office confirms two people were shot at a football game between Palm Beach Central and William T. Dwyer high schools. A group of students “got into an altercation” which led to the shots, Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. There is still no word on if the shooter was taken into custody  Gunfire was reported during a football scrimmage at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington Friday night. Witnesses say the football teams on the field and people in the stadium were evacuated immediately.  There has yet to be confirmation of any injuries, but the Palm Beach Post Newspaper is reporting that a helicopter landed on the field, and a man was being treated on the track that surrounds the football field.  The shooting interrupted a practice game between Palm Beach Central High in Wellington and William T. Dwyer High School from Palm Beach Gardens. This is a developing story
  • Early voting ahead of Florida's primary election is underway. Friday marks the first day of early voting for Orange and Osceola counties. Early voting started in Lake County on Thursday, and eighteen other counties in the state started Monday. Election season in the Sunshine State: Click or tap for political news & analysis Florida's primary is Aug. 28. In Central Florida, the first day of primary voting varies by county: Brevard County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Flagler County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Lake County: Starts Thursday, Aug. 16 Marion County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Orange County: Starts Friday, Aug. 17 Osceola County: Starts Friday, Aug. 17 Polk County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Seminole County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Sumter County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18 Volusia County: Starts Saturday, Aug. 18   The top races are the gubernatorial primaries. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and businessmen Jeff Greene and Chris King are the Democratic candidates. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis are the Republicans. There are also Cabinet primaries. Election Checklist: Florida's major races & the candidates running Early voting must begin 10 days before election day, but counties can add extra days. Polls must be open at least eight hours daily. Mail-in voting has already begun. The state said Monday more than 571,000 votes have been cast. More Latino voters are expected to vote in this year's primary thanks to the thousands of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria who have been living in Central Florida. There are now more than 100,000 Hispanic voters in Osceola County: Almost half of the 212,000 registered. 'Latino Advocacy groups have been leading a push to register as many Hispanic voters as possible,' said Mary Jane Arrington, supervisor of elections for Osceola County.  Download the free WFTV News & Weather apps Experts believe more young voters will take part in Florida’s primary elections than in previous years after February’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. inspired a nationwide movement among young people to vote for candidates who will change gun laws. “Almost 25 percent of our voters are under 30,” said Arrington, adding many of the young voters have no party affiliation. Florida's primaries are closed, which means in most major races, voters can only cast a ballot for the party in which they are registered. The deadline to register to vote by the August primary has already passed, but it is not too late to register in time for the November election. Let your voice be heard! How to register to vote in Florida The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • 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. Estee Martin talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Florida Kids & Family Expo  The Florida Kids and Family Expo is the “CAN’T MISS” Family Event of the Year. With 150-200+ Exhibitors this epic expo families get the chance come face-to-face with products, services, businesses, and organizations that can assist them with making the most of living in Central Florida while the kids choose from an array of fun activities and entertainment options.   Monster Jam - Triple Threat Arena Tour  The Monster Jam Triple Threat Arena Tour debuts in Orlando for the first time, and is an entirely different format than Orlando fans have seen at the stadium.  This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented Monster Jam drivers competing on three vehicles during the competition. Orlando fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before.    Orlando Boat Show The Orlando Boat Show features over 20 of Central Florida's best boat dealers representing over 60 manufacturers. It features an exhibit of bowriders, pontoon boats, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats, bass boats, deck boats, marine electronics, accessories, and much more. It is going to be a hot and steamy summer weekend. Be sure the check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.  3 More Fun Things: Orlando Vegan Fest Adults-Only Science Night Live Orlando Shakes Open House Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.

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  • Adam Charles Eades was last seen leaving his home on Cedro Drive in Kissimmee on Friday at around 5:35 p.m. Adam was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, yellow basketball shorts with a red stripe and a Mickey Mouse logo on the side, grey socks and black Crocs. Adam wears glasses and both pinky fingers are crooked.  Adam left in good health and does not take any medications. Anyone who has seen him or knows where he is is asked to call 911 immediately.
  • Orange County detectives are asking for help to identify an armed robber who stole money from a gas station Thursday evening. At 9:47 p.m., the armed robber entered the Townstar/Marathon gas station at 300 North Kirkman Road and pointed a handgun at the cashier, demanding money.  The victim complied and places stacks of cash on the counter. Once the suspect got the money, he ran away on foot heading northbound from the station.  Police describe him as a male in his 20s, about 5'7-5'9'' with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a black ski mask, gloves, a plaid-style long sleeve shirt, and a black t shirt with the 'punisher' logo on the front.  Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
  • A woman in San Bernardino, California, told CBSLA agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained her husband as they drove to the hospital to deliver their child. >> Read more trending news Maria del Carmen Venegas said that her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, was driving her to the hospital for a planned Cesarean section Wednesday when ICE agents surrounded their car at a gas station. Venegas, a mother of five, told CBSLA she showed officers her identification, but her husband did not have his ID with him. She said they lived nearby and offered to drive back to the house to get his ID, but officers placed Arrona-Lara into custody, leaving Venegas alone at the gas station, images from the store’s surveillance video showed. She said she drove herself to the hospital to deliver their child. “My husband needs to be here,” Venegas said. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.” Venegas told CBSLA that her husband has never been in trouble with the law, and they are currently working on finding an attorney to help secure his release. ICE confirmed to the local Univision and Telemundo stations that Arrona-Lara is in custody. “Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in the custody of ICE pending deportation procedures before the Executive Office of Immigration Review,” a spokesperson said. “All those who violate immigration laws would be subject to an immigration arrest and, if a final order determines their removal, be deported from the United States.”
  • A body was found in a burned car in the parking lot of a mini-golf course at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday morning, officials said.  >> Read more trending news Orange County deputies began investigating the body in the Fantasia Gardens mini-golf course parking lot on Epcot Resorts Boulevard around 4 a.m. after the Reedy Creek Fire Department called for assistance, WFTV reported. Once firefighters extinguished the car, officials found a body inside, officials said.  Officials did not identify the body or the vehicle’s owner. The fire marshal, homicide detectives and Sector 6 investigators are on scene conducting an investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.  
  • Within weeks of a South Georgia teacher’s disappearance, two of her former students told friends at a party they had killed Tara Grinstead and burned her body, according to documents filed this week in Irwin County Superior Court, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  >> Read more trending news  Grinstead’s case was featured on the popular true crime podcast, “Up and Vanished.” >>Related: Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005, and the following month, Ryan Alexander Duke and Bo Dukes told others they were responsible for her death and it was reported to police, court documents state. But the case remained cold until early 2017, when both Duke and Dukes were arrested.  So did investigators drop the ball? Yes, according to Duke’s attorneys. And because it took so long to arrest the suspects, most of the charges should be dropped due to the statute of limitations, the motion states.  >>Related: Who was Tara Grinstead? “It is undisputed that Irwin County law enforcement knew of these crimes within months of the disappearance of Tara Grinstead,” a court motion states. “In fact, a search of the area where Ms. Grinstead’s body was allegedly burned was conducted...” Grinstead, 30, an Irwin County High School teacher and former beauty queen, was last seen on Oct. 22, 2005, when she left a cookout and said she was going straight home. Two days later, she was reported missing when she didn’t show up to teach history. Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Tara Grinstead. Because Duke and Dukes were identified as suspects later in 2005 but not charged until 2017, all but the murder charge should be dropped, Duke’s public defenders claim in one of two dozen motions filed in the past week.  “Duke and Dukes were identified as suspects and known to law enforcement in 2005,” the motion states. “By a generous application of the statute of limitations of four years, the statute would have run (expired) near December of 2009.” The GBI declined to comment on the allegations in the motion and referred questions to the District Attorney. The District Attorney could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.  In another motion, Duke’s attorney asks that his indictment be dismissed because the language used is too “vague, ambiguous and indefinite.” In April 2017, a grand jury indicted Duke on six counts, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary and concealing the death of another. In June 2017, Dukes was indicted on charges including concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension of a criminal.  Dukes “did unlawfully and knowingly destroy physical evidence by burning the body of Tara Faye Grinstead, a human being, at a location off Bowen’s Mill Highway,” in Fitzgerald, the indictment states.  After Duke and Dukes were arrested, the GBI searched woods behind a pecan farm in the area but have not publicly said what was found. A hearing on the motions has been scheduled for Sept. 20 in Irwin County.