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    Clearwater Police found a stolen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts van on Tuesday afternoon in Crest Lake Park and decided to share the loot. The store manager gave the dozens of doughnuts still on board to the police officers, who enjoyed some for themselves and then gave the rest out to homeless people next to their police station. The Department made this post on their Facebook page: The van was actually found 300 miles from where it was stolen in Lake City.  Police haven’t identified suspects.
  • 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.
  • Starting Friday, Sept. 20, Americans will be able to freeze their credit free of charge. It’s part of the new Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Trump on May 24.  The law largely loosened restrictions placed on banks after the financial crisis (many have called it the “Dodd-Frank rollback”), but it also made changes to the federal laws on consumer credit. Some financial experts believe credit freezes are one of the best ways to protect against identity thieves and stop new account fraud.  Now people can do it through the three major credit unions without paying a fee. Here’s how to freeze your credit for free: -TransUnion: Visit TransUnion.com/credit-freeze The company also has a free freeze mobile app called myTransUnion. -Equifax: Go to Equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services or call its automated line at 800-685-1111 -Experian: Visit www.Experian.com/freeze or call 888-EXPERIAN A credit freeze blocks a lender from checking your report, which means a criminal would not be able to open an account using your personal data.  President Trump signed the new law into effect eight months after Equifax revealed its consumer database had been breached in a criminal cyber attack, exposing information of as many as 148 million consumers.  Depending on where they lived, consumers had to shell out anywhere from $3 to $10 per freeze and then another fee to lift it.
  • A home in Baldwin Park is heavily damaged after a crane toppled onto it on Tuesday morning.  Ironically, the home on Lower Park Road between Common Way Rd and Meeting Pl was getting roof repairs done when it happened around 11:30 a.m. One woman who lives in the neighborhood heard helicopters overhead and thought police were actively looking for a criminal. “I’m glad it’s not crime but I’m very sorry to hear that someone’s house is very damaged,” she said.  “I’m wondering how that happened.  It’s a pretty big mistake.” A representative for company that owns the crane, Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging, said he was not authorized to speak at the time (around 2 p.m.). Orlando Police said the homeowners were notified.  The Orlando Fire Department confirmed they contacted Code Enforcement. Check back to News965.com for updates. (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet) (Tweet)
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office confirmed on Thursday he will be visiting the Orlando area next Thursday, Sept. 6. He will be joined by Republican Gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis, Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody, and Rep. Matt Caldwell who’s running for Agriculture Commissioner. The Governor’s office says the specific time and location are still being worked out and may not be available for a few days. The four candidates represent the GOP ticket for Florida this coming November.
  • 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.
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  • As a former FBI agent was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday in Minnesota for disclosing classified information to the news media, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the latest court moves against leakers in the federal government, saying the Trump Administration is waging what may be ‘the most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in the history of the Department of Justice. “Today’s sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price,” Sessions said in a statement, making clear that government leakers will be ‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and punished.’ Terry Albury, the Minneapolis FBI agent arrested for leaking classified information to the Intercept, gets four years in prison. 'We are conducting perhaps the most aggressive campaign against leaks in Department history,' AG Sessions says in statement: https://t.co/QBFKUUiXy8 — Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) October 18, 2018 The Sessions statement came after a busy week on the leak front for the feds: + On Monday, a former employee of the Senate Intelligence Committee plead guilty to lying to the FBI about leaks to a reporter. + Wednesday, a Department of Treasury official was charged with leaking banking activity reports to a reporter which was linked to the Russia investigation. + Today, former FBI agent Terry Albury was sentenced to four years of jail time for leaking national security material to the Intercept. From press reports in recent days, it is obvious that more leak investigations are underway as well. + The Trump Administration has sent a subpoena to an immigration attorney, trying to find out how leaked an internal government memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on how asylum applications would be handled for domestic violence victims. + The charges this week against a Treasury Department employee for leaking “Suspicious Activity Banking” reports shows another official in the same office had contacts with the news media as well. + Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions told the Washington Times that there were 27 ongoing leak investigations at the Department of Justice. + Back in February, Sessions vowed that the Justice Department was going “aggressively” to find out who leaked information about transcripts of phone conversations involving former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
  • A 63-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Monroe, Georgia, Thursday after pointing what turned out to be a replica Thompson submachine gun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened about 9 a.m., when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement. The man was identified as Mahlon Edward Summerour, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement, adding that Summerour appeared to be wearing a curtain over his clothing. “During the encounter, Summerour pointed the weapon at one of the officers,” Miles said. “One officer fired a shot at Summerour, striking him in the chest. Summerour was transported to a local hospital where he later died.” Officer-involved shootings in Georgia in 2018 are on track to surpass the 97 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.
  • The Georgia State Patrol says a man is dead after he managed to fire a weapon that he had hidden behind his back while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Georgia. >> Read more trending news The shooting happened at exit 293 in Cartersville, near the exit ramp to Highway 411 in Bartow County. Officials say a trooper pulled a couple over around 5 a.m. Thursday and the trooper found contraband in the car. The female driver was taken into custody. Authorities said the male passenger originally gave a false name and, at some point, the first trooper called for backup. When a second trooper arrived, the officers determined the man was a wanted parole violator who had been on the run for months, officials said. The troopers searched the man’s car for weapons and handcuffed his hands behind his back, according to investigators. >> Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say The man was able to grab a weapon hidden behind his back in his pants and fired at the troopers. One of the officers was struck in the stomach, but protected by a bullet-proof vest.  The troopers shot back at the suspect, authorities said. The man was taken to the hospital and later died, according to officials.  The trooper was treated at the hospital and released.  Authorities continue to investigate.
  • State authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving police in Monroe, officials said. >> Read more trending news The incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement. >> See the latest on AJC.com A 63-year-old man was shot and killed after police said he was carrying a gun that turned out to be a replica Thompson machine gun, WSBTV reported. The scene is about one block from Athens Technical College’s Walton campus. >> See the latest on WSBTV.com It was one of two officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday. The second was reported in Bartow County. >> Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.