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    The Daytona Beach Police Department on Tuesday released video of a man firing a gun outside of a store in broad daylight. The actual, incident happened on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Bethune Village Market on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.  Police say the video shows Ronald Denson, 26, firing at a nearby car in the parking lot.  The driver of the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries. (Shooting video) In a follow-up Facebook post, police call Denson’s shooting “a heinous attack in the middle of the day in a parking lot where other people - aside from the intended target - could have been hurt or killed. (Post) Anyone with information about Denson is asked to call Sgt. Bill Brown with Daytona Beach Police at 386-671-5224 or email brownwilliam@dbpd.us
  • The New York Times released a statement standing by its hiring of tech writer Sarah Jeong whose past tweets about white people are being called into question. Several publications such as the National Review were quick to publish pictures of Jeong’s old tweets from a few years ago where she talks about “white people” and “white men.” (Tweet) In some tweets, Jeong’s account describes white people as “groveling goblins,” “bullshit,” “miserable,” and “dogs.” Jeong was hired Wednesday as the Times’s lead editorial writer on technology.  She attended Harvard Law School and has previously written for the Washington Post, Atlantic, and New York Times Magazine. The Times released a statement portraying Jeon’s past tweets as responses to online harassment.  Part of the statement reads, “For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harasses.  She sees now that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media.  She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it.” (Tweet) This comes months after the Times fired new hire Quinn Norton over racist and anti-gay language in her old tweets.
  • A dog in Ohio with only a few months to live will be eating free cheeseburgers for the rest of his days thanks to a friendly Burger King employee. Alec Karcher explains in a tweet how his dog Cody was diagnosed with cancer and was given about one to three months to live.   Karcher says since they found out about Cody’s condition, they’ve gotten him a plain cheeseburger to make it easier for him to take his medications. On Sunday, a Burger King employee asked him about why he was getting a plain burger.  That eventually led to the manager saying Cody could eat cheeseburgers for free at their location in Toledo. Burger King even responded to Karcher’s Tweet saying, “The world needs more kindness and empathy.  Thank you fro giving us the chance to do this for Cody.” (Tweet)
  • Florida Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis held a gubernatorial campaign rally at B.B. King’s Blues Club off International Drive in Orlando on Wednesday. DeSantis is currently beating other frontrunner Adam Putnam in the polls as they race for the Republican nomination for Florida Governor. President Trump’s son Donald Trump Junior showed up in support along with conservative commentator Dan Bongino and Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. Here are some of the sights and sounds from the rally: (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet)
  • For some people, it could be a dream come true. Mattress Firm is hiring interns who will test their new beds and review them for their website and social media platforms.  The company is calling them “Snoozeterns.” The paid internship is based out of Houston where the company’s headquarters are located.  It requires a 20-hour weekly commitment and the specific schedule can be worked out based on availability. Applicants must submit a video showing why they would be the best person for the job.  The video must be no longer than one minute. CLICK HERE to apply.  It must be completed by July 23.
  • President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. will be in Orlando on Wednesday supporting Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis’ campaign for Florida Governor. Joining the two will be Judge Jeannie Pirro from Fox News and Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz who represents the state’s western Panhandle.  DeSantis has been endorsed multiple times by President Trump in his bid to take over after Florida Governor Rick Scott. (Trump tweet) The rally takes place on Wednesday at the B.B. King’s Blues Club on International Drive from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. CLICK HERE to RSVP for free.
  • With the abundance of construction zones and accidents on Interstate 4 - along with the road’s general negative reputation - many Central Floridians might be surprised to hear WalletHub.com ranks the City Beautiful as the third best city in the U.S. for driving in 2018. The rankings website compared a sample of the 100 most populated American cities across four key dimensions: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, and access to vehicles and maintenance. According to WalletHub, Orlando ranked third out of the 100 cities for “traffic and infrastructure,” though the city ranked 83 for “safety.”  For “cost of ownership and maintenance” the city earned an eight ranking, and for “access to vehicles and maintenance” the city ranked fourth. On the rankings, Raleigh, North Carolina came in at number one while Detroit was dead last.  Orlando neighbors Jacksonville and Tampa ranked ninth and tenth respectively. One News 96.5 WDBO listener said of the survey, “If we’re in third place, then the rest of the country really sucks.” Another listener, Jason in Ocoee, said, “[Orlando’s traffic] is pretty good in comparison to cities like Atlanta.  I spent thirty-plus years in Atlanta, and trust me, sitting in traffic an hour and a half to go twenty-five miles is nothing in comparison to your traffic down here.  I love Orlando’s traffic.  It’s not that bad.” Atlanta ranked 49th on the survey.
  • Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and officer with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission captured a massive alligator in Venuce on Sunday afternoon. Deputies posted a picture of the 13 foot gator on the SCSO Facebook page, saying their animal services supervisor believes it might be the largest gator caught there in at least 20 years.  It was caught at the Shamrock Park nature Center. (Facebook post) They also posted a video: (Video) The alligator was captured as part of an FWC investigation. 
  • Update: The Central Florida Zoo said the fire on their property is out and everyone is safe including staff, guests, and animals.   CEO Dino Ferri said on the zoo’s Facebook page that lightning struck two trees near the black bear exhibit around 2:10 p.m.  Other posts from the zoo in the comments sections say the fire was not inside the bear enclosure but about 40 yards away, giving them “a little scare.”  The fire was under control by the time the Fire Departemnt arrived.  Firefighters determined the areas were safe enough for guests to re-enter.  (Video) Earlier report: The Central Florida Zoo in Sanford said lightning caused a fire on their property on Thursday after around 2:15 p.m. during significant weather. The Zoo tweeted at 11:15 a.m. that the Fire Department was on their way.  They said guests should listen to staff as they direct them to safe areas. (Tweet) A Seminole County Fire Department spokeswoman told News 96.5 WDBO they’ve located the fire and have two engines at the scene, as of 2:30 p.m. 
  • The Apopka Police Department released a video showing a lightning bolt coming dangerously close to an officer loading up his vehicle on Tuesday night. Central Florida has seen plenty of afternoon thunderstorm activity recently with some storms becoming severe.  The lightning in the video came from a severe storm rolling through downtown Apopka.  The strike knocked out power to the police building and damaged multiple electrical transformers. Firefighters even responded to the strike because of haze reported in the building, but no damage or injuries were reported. The video serves as a reminder that safety is highly important during severe storms during the Florida summer. (Video)
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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.