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    The Orange County Sheriff's Office says a body has been found in a pond behind the Intown Suites on University Boulevard Sunday morning.  They say they received the call around 8 a.m. The body has been identified as 18 year old Adrian Edwin Diaz from Winter Springs. So far, police do not believe that foul play was involved in what led up to the death of Mr. Diaz. The current circumstances of how or why the body ended up in the pond is unknown. This is an active investigation.
  • A 15 year old student at Evans High School in Orange County has been arrested after allegedly bringing a stolen gun to school Friday afternoon. At around 12:15 p.m. school resource officers received a tip about an armed student on campus and were able to identify the suspect and attempt to arrest him. The student fled on foot but with the help of nearby patrol personnel, was quickly arrested without incident.  They learned the student, Darius Fudge was found with a stolen .380 handgun. Fudge now faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor charges.  In a voicemail sent out to parents, the principal thanked the students who reported the incident, and is asking everyone to always say something if they see something.
  • Orlando police homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are working the scene of a deadly shooting that happened in downtown Saturday morning. They say around 2:48 a.m., gunshots were heard on 62 West Jefferson Street, located near the Jefferson Street Parking Garage. After arriving on scene, they found a black man lying on the sidewalk who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim died from his injuries.  The victim has been identified as 26 year old D'Javan S. Gayden. OPD is still working the scene.  So far there is no information about a possible suspect. Anyone which any information about this case is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.
  • 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. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando Guests of all ages can join the Halloween fun with everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street, a Halloween Dance Party, meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea, and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park. St. Jude Walk at Fun Spot Orlando 2018 Join St. Jude, Fun Spot Orlando and WFTV 9 Family Connection at Fun Spot's Orlando location on Saturday, September 22nd for the Orlando St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Orange County Brewers 1st Beerthday Party Get ready to rejoice brew crew. Orange County Brewers is celebrating one year of top-notch beer with a special 1st “Beerthday” Party including in-house releases, chowing down on Red Claw lobster rolls and pizza pies, playing fun games and jamming to live music. The Beerthday Party is free and open to the public, family and pet friendly, with plenty of parking nearby.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com 3 More Fun Things: One Hope United Duck Derby International TICA Cat Show - Ragdolls Around the World Smithsonian's Museum Day at American Space Museum Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • The principal and staff members of Lake Mary High School have proven they just may have more school spirit than the students. In a video posted to the Lake Mary High School Facebook page, the school’s award-winning step team - the Lake Marionettes - were performing at a pep rally last Friday right before the big football game against their rival Lake Brantley High. Halfway through the routine, principal Mickey Reynolds and about 30 of her faculty and staff hit the floor, busting moves right alongside the dance team! The students were thrilled,  erupting in cheers. (VIDEO) The video has received nationwide attention and has already racked up over 100,000 views on Facebook. But it’s not the first time Reynolds has cut loose with her students. At a pep rally last year, a video of her dancing with the step team went viral with over 4 million hits.  She says it’s one way she tries to connect with her young students on a personal level. “The only way to make sure that we have a healthy, safe school environment where kids can learn and thrive and feel a part of it is if we connect with every student,' Reynolds tells Today.  'We have to make a concerted effort to make those connections; we've seen what happens when we don't.' (VIDEO)
  • Two men are charged with murder in Sanford after a deadly shooting outside Mama Coot’s Bar in the historic Goldsboro neighborhood earlier this month. Carl Ruffin Jr. and Ornie Henderson Jr. are charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Derek Williams. Several people witnessed the shooting, but no one could say for sure what led to it, police said.  According to police, a witness said someone knocked a cup out of Williams’ hand as a fight escalated inside the bar. Another witness, who was with Williams inside the bar said it looked like Williams had “some type of altercation” with someone who was believed to be an owner or a bouncer. Another witness said they heard Henderson say something to Williams, who then slapped Henderson in the face twice. Ruffin was in court Thursday and was held without bond. Henderson will face a judge Friday.
  • After his pregnant girlfriend, her unborn child, and an Orlando police lieutenant were killed, accused killer Markeith Loyd said he hid in plain sight – sleeping at bus stops and riding a bicycle around Parramore – during the weekslong manhunt. “I’m out in the woods, I’m everywhere,” Loyd said in jailhouse tapes obtained by Channel 9. “I was sleeping out on the bus stops.”  Channel 9 obtained hours of video visitations with Loyd from behind bars, part of newly obtained evidence to be used in Loyd’s upcoming murder trial, also reveals Loyd’s desire to turn a profit on his own story. “I’ve been a good man,” Loyd told one of his daughters and her mom as he explained why he deserved some money. “Write me a book. Write you one. Get some money. Everybody else getting paid off my god damn name. I ought to use my own god damn name,” Loyd told his daughter.  Read: 'I wanted the baby to come out with my traits,' Markeith Loyd says in jailhouse videos Loyd’s name had been all over the news for weeks after his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, her unborn child and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton were murdered. The jailhouse video also reveals Loyd’s daughter and her mother claiming they would have helped him hide if he had shown up at their door. “You nationwide. Everybody know you. You worldwide. Everybody know you,” Loyd’s daughter said. “Man, I’d rather be dead than living in his mother [expletive],” Loyd said. New report says Markeith Loyd was cooperative when he was arrested, contradicting police In the video, Loyd talks about ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon as if she were still alive. In reality, she and her unborn child were killed in December 2016.  “She was texting me stuff like [expletive], [expletive] you’re a [expletive] [expletive]. You lied to me, talking about you want a family with me. I’ll be [expletive] [expletive] with your baby,” Loyd claimed Dixon said. “She the one be tripping, not me, ‘cause I’ll leave her mother [expletive] ass and go about my business.” Loyd has admitted to shooting Dixon, but has always said he was provoked. “I was doing everything right to stay out there. I was working my ass off, doing right,” Loyd said, who also said he got involved with the wrong people. Eyewitness News covered the murders and the manhunt from the very beginning: VIDEO: A recap of Markeith Loyd's capture Accused cop killer Markeith Loyd to face death penalty again, judge says WATCH: Jailhouse videos of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd speaking to family Defense says accused cop killer getting fingerprinted on TV would ruin his reputation
  • The Winter Park police department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 18 year old man. John Matthew Charles aka 'JC' was last seen at the Winter Park High School at around 3:20 p.m. He reportedly failed to get on his assigned school bus to return home. John was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, black faded jeans, and red shoes. Police say he has the mental capacity of a 12 year old.  Anyone who has any information about where he is are urged to call the Winter Park Police Department at 407-644-131 or Crime Line at 407-423-TIPS.
  • Osceola County is throwing a daylong festival to benefit its local first responders. Today Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. announced the event will raise funds for Back the Blue, LLC, a non-profit charity dedicated to helping first responders in Osceola County. Proceeds for the Hastings Ranch and Farm Fall Festival will go to the charity.  There will six to nine tribute bands scheduled to appear, playing music in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Boston, Styx, Journey, AC/DC and more. Representatives from Osceola’s law enforcement and fire departments will be there as well. The festival is on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10a to 9p at the Hastings Ranch and Farm located at 5452 Jones Road in St. Cloud.  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Ambulance Strike Team(AST) 501, which consists of five, two person rescue units from Orange and Seminole County have returned home after being more than a week in North Carolina helping those affected by Hurricane Florence.   The team was escorted to Orange County Fire Rescue Station 30 on South Hastings Street, where they were greeted with cheers, hugs, family and other members of their firefighters.    The team responded to 44 calls and transported 25 patients during their time in the Carolinas.    Another team, AST-502, which provided relief for the team, left Central Florida on September 18. This team also features firefighters from Orange and Seminole County. That team will utilize the remaining ambulances from the previous team to continue with assistance in the Carolinas. AST-502 is expected to be back in Florida sometime next week.

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  • As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by Democrats to sink the Kavanaugh nomination. “This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. The White House also released a statement from Kavanaugh, who said a New Yorker article about him was nothing but ‘a smear, plain and simple.’ “I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name – and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building – against these last-minute allegations,” Kavanaugh said. A few hours earlier, Senate Republicans had announced a hearing for Thursday, at which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will get the chance to detail her allegations of sexual assault from 1982 – and then, Kavanaugh will have the chance to answer the charges. Republicans on Sunday night also released the original letter by Ford to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) from back in July; Democrats did nothing with the allegations until they were leaked to the press in the days before a scheduled committee vote on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything,” Ford wrote in her letter. Meanwhile, Republicans were still angry with Feinstein for sitting on the letter for two months, as they joined the White House in making the argument that Democrats were simply trying to come up with anything to stop Kavanaugh from joining the U.S. Supreme Court. “Disgraceful hypocrisy,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). As for Democrats, the rush of new information led them to demand ‘an immediate postponement of any further proceedings’ on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is time to set politics aside,” Sen. Feinstein wrote in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Grassley. “We must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward.” Also getting involved in the Kavanaugh fray was the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, as Michael Avenatti on Sunday night was already in contact with Judiciary Committee investigators. My e-mail of moments ago with Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations for U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. We demand that this process be thorough, open and fair, which is what the American public deserves. It must not be rushed and evidence/witnesses must not be hidden. pic.twitter.com/11XLZJBTtY — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 24, 2018 The rapid developments left lawmakers in Congress waiting – along with everyone else – to see what more might happen before Thursday’s hearing. “I call upon Brett Kavanaugh for the good of the country and the integrity of the court to step aside immediately,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), one of the few Senators making public comments on Sunday night. But there were no indications that the President was going to abandon Kavanaugh, whose nomination may be at its most embattled point yet.  
  • Tiger Woods clawed his way to the Tour Championship, clinging to the lead all day and surviving a couple of rattling back-nine bogies. >> Read more trending news  Woods led by as many as five strokes on the final round but saw his lead cut to two strokes. He ended the day two shots over Billy Horschel. The throng cheered him up the fairway and chanted 'Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!' as he knocked in the final putt. He got support on social media from President Donald Trump and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Woods’ last win was in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was ranked No.1,199 in December when he returned to golf and could soon be listed as high as No. 13. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • After days of behind the scenes wrangling, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Sunday afternoon that the panel will hold a hearing on Thursday to take public testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a high school party in the early 1980’s. The panel had originally set a Monday morning vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, but after a weekend of talks – which still hasn’t resolved all the details for the hearing – committee Republicans agreed to allow Ford to present her case in a public hearing, posting a new hearing notice on the committee’s website. “Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” Ford’s legal team told reporters in a statement, adding that a ‘number of important procedural and logistical issues remain unresolved.’ BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee confirms public hearing Thursday on sexual assault claim made against Kavanaugh. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) September 23, 2018 Ford’s lawyers said the committee had rejected a request to invite other witnesses, specifically naming Mark Judge, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh; Ford says Judge was a direct witness to her assault. The current committee plan is for only two witnesses – one would be Ford, to be followed then by Judge Kavanaugh, who has sternly denied any wrongdoing involving Ford. GOP Senators and the White House said Ford has offered no corroborating evidence to back up her allegations. “Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party.” “These official letters from the 4 named by Dr Ford — denying any knowledge of what Dr Ford has alleged — serve the same purpose as sworn testimony,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). NEWS: Attorney for Leland Keyser, who Dr Ford says was at the party where the alleged incident with Kavanaugh occurred says “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” pic.twitter.com/l2F0s396IK — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 23, 2018 The Thursday hearing would be a high stakes political event, drawing immediate comparisons to the extra hearings held for the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, when he defended himself against public accusations of sexual harassment by law professor Anita Hill. Unlike that hearing in October of 1991, neither Kavanaugh nor Ford is currently expected to have testimony from additional witnesses.
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office says a body has been found in a pond behind the Intown Suites on University Boulevard Sunday morning.  They say they received the call around 8 a.m. The body has been identified as 18 year old Adrian Edwin Diaz from Winter Springs. So far, police do not believe that foul play was involved in what led up to the death of Mr. Diaz. The current circumstances of how or why the body ended up in the pond is unknown. This is an active investigation.
  • Even as lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee over the terms of her possible testimony later this week, a series of possible corroborating witnesses did not back up Ford’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a party in the 1980’s, raising questions about her explosive claims which have delayed consideration of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. “Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party.” “These official letters from the 4 named by Dr Ford — denying any knowledge of what Dr Ford has alleged — serve the same purpose as sworn testimony,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). NEWS: Attorney for Leland Keyser, who Dr Ford says was at the party where the alleged incident with Kavanaugh occurred says “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” pic.twitter.com/l2F0s396IK — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 23, 2018 Also raising questions about the lack of supporting evidence was Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who tweeted out the phrase “rope-a-dope” on Saturday – a boxing technique made famous by Muhammad Ali in the 1970’s, designed as a way to tire out your opponent. Despite all the reports about an agreement for testimony by Ford, nothing was certain, as the Senate Judiciary Committee was still planning to work with Ford’s legal team on Sunday on the timing of her testimony. It was possible that both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford would testify on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pressed for a further investigation into Ford’s claim from the early 1980’s. “We must treat Dr. Ford’s allegation against Judge Kavanaugh seriously,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). “We should not rush this process and hurry to a vote.” As day broke on a chilly, wet morning on Capitol Hill on Sunday, there was still no concrete schedule in place, as GOP Senators were feeling pressure about their votes not only from Democrats, but also from conservative Republican activists. Your sources are not accurate. I will not be voting 'present' https://t.co/EqMGetXmRT — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 23, 2018 But Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) also made it clear he wants to hear more about the situation. “Progress on a Judiciary Committee hearing is being made,” Flake tweeted on Saturday. “This is good.” Republicans had originally planned for a Monday vote on Kavanaugh in the Judiciary Committee – that notice was still up on the committee’s website Sunday morning – as another day of political maneuvering seemed at hand.