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Zimmerman hearing set for next week canceled

A hearing for George Zimmerman scheduled for next week has been canceled, WDBO has learned.

Attorneys on both sides have a chance to go before Judge Debra Nelson each month to air out their concerns in what are called docket soundings. This time, neither side had an issue to bring up.

“This case has enflamed passion on all sides of it and it’s dangerous,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara said.

Zimmerman remains secluded in Seminole county, despite his attorney's efforts to change that.

“I’m frustrated that he lives in hiding, he’s absolutely broke, needs money for good defense and cant come up with it,” O’Mara said. “And he’s being put upon by a prosecutor whose come out here and yelling about publicity.”

The next hearing in scheduled for February 5. Zimmerman is facing murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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  • If you've stepped outside of your door recently, then surely you have seen a swarm of teeny flying insects we Floridians have come to know as love bugs. Well anyone can tell you that they don't like the unwelcome visitors, especially when their guts are splattered all over your car. Rather than constantly spending money on a car wash, here are some useful tips for you to keep them away and keep your car clean if they do end up all over it. Keep in mind that these are not universal solutions to the bug problem, but they should be effective at reducing their numbers near you.  To keep the love bugs away or get rid of them in or around your home:  - Spray your front door with all natural inspect spray. That will keep them away or at least leave em on the floor, if you know what I mean.  - Create your own insect spray. Mix warm water with a citrus smelling detergent like orange or lemon dish soap along with a splash of mouthwash and shake well in a spray bottle. This will help keep them off your plants and walls.  - Suck them up with a vacuum cleaner.  - Keep up to date on mowing the lawn so they won't get attracted to the dead leaves and debris. Also watering it will make it harder for them to lay their eggs.  - Wear dark colored clothes.  If they are all over your car, here is what you do:  - Wet the hood with water, take some dryer sheets that you can get from places like Wal-Mart and then gently start scrubbing it. It should come right off. Then rinse it off with water.  - A wet cloth dipped in baking soda won't damage your paintwork.  - Some good ole fashioned WD-40 will help with the cleaning job.  -If possible, get a filter screen on your car grill so they won't get into the radiator.  These solutions should make your lives a bit easier and keep your pockets full until its time for these guys to move on.
  • A 3-year-old Georgia girl has died after she was sexually assaulted and beaten, authorities said. According to WALB-TV, the Albany girl died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at an Atlanta hospital, where she had been on a ventilator, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Albany police responded to the girl's home about 7:30 a.m. May 13 for an 'unknown problem,' the department said in a news release Friday. When officers arrived, Gregory Parker, 20, said his stepdaughter was 'unresponsive,' police said. Emergency personnel transported the girl to the hospital. Investigators said the girl 'had been severely beaten and sexually assaulted,' according to the news release. 'The child had injuries to her vaginal area, ribs, along with swollen hands and unknown trauma to her head,' the release said. 'She appeared to have old wounds, as well.' Parker, 20, was arrested and charged with rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery and first-degree child cruelty, authorities said. The girl's mother, 19-year-old Crystal Brooks, also faces charges of aggravated battery, battery, first-degree child cruelty and giving a false statement initially, police said. >> Read the Police Department's Facebook post here Medical examiners will perform an autopsy on the child Monday, officials said. Read more here or here.
  • One person was killed and eight others were hurt when gunfire erupted early Saturday at a high school graduation party in Alabama, authorities said. According to WALA-TV, the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday as current and former students of Escambia County High School gathered at an Atmore community center that once housed Escambia County Middle School, police said. After two women got into a fight, shots were fired in the cafeteria and later in the parking lot, fatally striking one male victim and injuring eight others, authorities said. Police arrived to find hundreds of panicked party guests and a 'large amount of alcohol' at the chaotic scene, authorities told WKRG. Crews found a male victim's body in the cafeteria and transported the injured people to nearby hospitals for treatment, WALA reported. Police have not released their names. >> Read more trending news  Authorities are seeking three or more suspects in connection with the deadly shooting, WKRG reported. No further information about them was immediately available. In a statement Saturday, Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua expressed sadness that a day filled with triumph ended in tragedy. 'By day, our seniors experienced the high of obtaining $8.6 million in scholarships, and our varsity football team experienced their first win of the season,' the statement read. 'Yet, by night we all felt the pangs of tragedy due to the acts of violence that have left several of our past and present students injured. It is unfortunate that the event at the community center has tainted the success our seniors and football team felt, but we love our Blue Devil Family and will continue to pray for wisdom and healing.' >> Read the full statement here Read more here or here.
  • A Texas girl has been found safe after she was kidnapped while walking with her mother in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighborhood, police said early Sunday. Here are the latest updates: Update 4:47 a.m. EDT May 19: A suspect is in police custody after Salem Sabatka, 8, was found safe at a Fort Worth hotel. According to Fort Worth police, police responded to the WoodSpring Suites in Forest Hill after two local church members saw information about the girl’s kidnapping on social media and spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the hotel parking lot. Officers entered the room and found Sabatka, who appeared to be in good condition. She was taken to a nearby hospital. The suspect, a 51-year-old black man who is not related to Sabatka, is in police custody and faces a “potential charge of aggravated kidnapping,” Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters early Sunday. The suspect’s name has not been released. Calzada praised the community members who helped find Sabatka. “We had citizens that went out of their way and help not just the Police Department but a family put some great closure to what we have going on right now,” he said, later adding: “These guys are our heroes.” >> Watch the news conference here Original report: A Texas girl is missing after police said she was kidnapped while walking with her mother in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood. >> See a photo of the girl here According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Salem Sabatka, 8, was walking with her mother along Sixth Avenue near West Lowden Street about 6:40 p.m. Saturday when a black man in a gray car grabbed the girl and pulled her into his vehicle, Fort Worth police said. >> Read more trending news  'Once he did that, the mother actually went after her child, as any mother would be expected to do,' Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters Saturday night. 'The mother was literally thrown from the vehicle ... and immediately started running to people to call the police.' Police also shared footage of the incident captured by a neighbor's doorbell camera. >> Click here to watch Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Sabatka on Saturday night. She is white with brown hair, blue eyes, pierced ears and freckles under her eyes. She weighs 56 pounds and stands 4 feet, 5 inches tall. Officials said she was last seen wearing a teal 'Centennial' shirt with periwinkle and seafoam green leggings. >> See a photo of the shirt here Calzada described the suspect as a bald, light-skinned black male around 40 years old. He has a 'skinny build' and was last seen wearing a navy jacket and gray shirt, according to the Amber Alert. The man was driving a four-door, dark gray sedan with alloy wheels and a paper tag, officials said. >> See an image of the vehicle here If you have information about the case, call Fort Worth police at 817-392-4222. Read more here.
  • Deputies responded to a deadly shooting Saturday in north Mississippi. >> Watch the news report here Investigators said the shooting happened late Saturday morning at the Circle Z on Highway 51 and Highway 315 in Panola County. One person was shot and killed at the scene, according to Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. The victim has been identified as Robert Leon Robertson, 24. He was a National Guardsman who just returned home from a tour in Afghanistan in March, Panola County investigators said. >> Read more trending news  Deputies have a suspect in custody, and investigators told WHBQ that he is Mark Burton from Como, Mississippi. Deputies told WHBQ that multiple shots were fired on the scene, but it's not clear how many times Roberson was struck. Roberson's body is being transported to the crime lab in Pearl, Mississippi, for an autopsy, authorities said. – Visit Fox13Memphis.com for the latest on this developing story.

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  • The political fallout from the Mueller Report received an unexpected jolt on Saturday from a Republican member of the U.S. House, as Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a more libertarian lawmaker who has often been a critic of the President, became the first GOP member of Congress to open the door for the President Trump's impeachment, saying it's clear Mr. 'Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.' In a series of posts on Twitter, Amash - a member of the House Freedom Caucus - accused Attorney General William Barr of having 'deliberately misrepresented' the findings and evidence of the Mueller Report. 'In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings,' Amash said, making the calls for impeachment now bipartisan. 'Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence,' Amash said, echoing an argument heard from many Democrats. Democrats welcomed Amash's declaration. 'This is a very consequential statement,' said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). 'Thank you Justin Amash for putting country ahead of party.' 'We can now have bipartisan impeachment proceedings. Thank you, @justinamash,' said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). Amash chided members of both parties for reacting to the Mueller Report simply because of who was targeted, basically predicting that if a Democrat had been in the White House, the reactions would have been completely opposite 'We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees — on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice — depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump,' Amash added on Twitter. There was no evidence that Amash's statement was going to open the flood gates in Congress against the President - but it will give Democrats the ability to say there are bipartisan concerns about President Trump. “Call him the lone member of the Republican Integrity Caucus,” said Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein, who has been a frequent critic of the President. Fellow Republican Congressman, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) took a mild jab at Amash, writing on Twitter that his nickname for Amash was right, using the hashtag, 'Often Wrong Never In Doubt.