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    A 21-year-old Oviedo man is facing several serious gun charges after getting drunk and shooting his AR-15 style rifle into his neighbor's backyard, shattering her sliding glass door. Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokesmen Bob Kealing says the startled victim called 911 around 8:30 a.m. yesterday to report she was sleeping on her couch when she was awakened to the sound of breaking glass.  When deputies arrived at the home on Shadow Creek Circle, they located the suspect 21-year-old Liam Portway standing in front, which is directly behind where the victim lives.  Deputies say Portway appeared to be drunk and was swaying and slurring his words when they questioned him about the shooting.  Upon further investigation, several guns were found in Portway's house, including an AR-15 style rifle, which matched up with the bullet found near his neighbor's back door.  Deputies arrested and booked Portway into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.  He's facing charges of firing into a home, firing a weapon on public or residential property, use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, and property damage.
  • Lake County sheriff’s Cyber Crimes Unit dubbed the operation Treasure Florida’s Kids II.   Investigators posed as young teens, ages 13 through 15, during the week-long sting targeting people attempting to meet children for sex. In total, 14 men were arrested, including Jason Sellards, a middle school language arts teacher at Wolf Lake Middle School in Apopka. He’s been employed with the Orange County School District since 2011. Orange County Schools hasn’t responded yet to our request about Sellard’s status as a teacher. As for the other suspects, we are learning one man is a cook at Universal Resort Orlando. Most of them are from Central Florida.
  • It was a deadly night on Central Florida roadways, just ahead of the busy 4th of July weekend.   Three people are dead and one is in critical condition after three separate overnight crashes. The first accident happened around 9:50 p.m on State Road 19 in Altoona.   Florida Highway Patrol says Duane Bays, 53, was driving north near Matteson Lane when he swerved onto the shoulder of the road.   He then overcorrected, causing his pickup truck to flip over.   Bays wasn't wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the truck.   He was pronounced dead at the scene.   Just over an hour later, a 51-year-old man was crossing West Colonial Drive at Hiawassee Road in Pine Hills when he was hit by a black SUV.   The SUV stopped briefly but then left the scene.   The pedestrian was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center but died.   FHP is investigating the hit-and-run crash and asks anyone with any information to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.   The last accident happened around 2:30 a.m. in Brevard County.   Tanasia Shelton, 21, was driving west on Malabar Road when she veered into oncoming traffic.   Shelton's Jeep SUV collided head-on with a Honda driven by Ariel Arriera, 28, of Melbourne.   Both the SUV and car burst into flames.   The violent crash killed Arriera and left Shelton's 23-year-old passenger in critical condition.   No word yet on if alcohol was a factor.   The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
  • Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that Florida's crime rate is now at a 46-year low. Scott cited the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s most recent 2016 Annual Uniform Crime Report, which showed there were 18,146 fewer crimes in 2016 then the previous year across the state. But a closer look into the numbers paints a more conflicted picture about public safety in Florida. It's true the total crime rate in the state went down over 4.4 percent between 2015 and 2016.   The dip is largely due to significant decreases in robberies, burglaries, and larceny crimes. However, crimes involving guns are up across the board.   For example, there is a 10.4 percent increase in murders involving guns, a 2.4 percent increase in aggravated assaults involving guns, and a slight .5 percent increase in robberies involving guns over the period. In addition to gun crimes, you are also 6.1 percent more likely to have your car stolen. View the 2016 Annual Uniform Crime Report HERE
  • It's not something American's are use to seeing these days in Washington. Republicans and Democrats coming together.  Leaders from both parties, including President Donald Trump, are showing a sign of unity by strongly condemning this morning's shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field, where Republican's were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game with Democrats.  'It's an injury in the family, for the staff and for our colleague, and for his leadership', said Democrat House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi.  Her comments echoed those made earlier by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said 'For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family'.  Former Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders condemned the attack after learning it was carried out by one of his supporters, 66-year-old James Hodgekinson of Illinois.  Sanders said violence of any kind was unacceptable and that he was sickened by the despicable act, which injured several people including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was shot in the hip.  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced today he was shaken by the shooting and praised the work of the Capitol Police who returned fire and ultimately took down the rifle-wielding shooter.  President Donald Trump  issued a somber televised statement from the White House calling for people to come together. 'We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country'. 
  • It’s one of Central Florida’s most infamous missing person cases. Today marks eight years since 27-year-old Tracy Ocasio was last seen leaving a Metro West bar after an Orlando Magic game. Police found Ocasio’s car abandoned on Franklin Street in Ocoee but she was no where to be found. The last man she was  seen with on surveillance video, James Hataway, remains the only suspect in her disappearance.  He’s in prison for life after being convicted of attempted murder for attacking another woman in an unrelated case. Hataway has previously denied any involvement in Ocasio’s disappearance. Ocoee Police Deputy Chief Stephen McCosker wants to get the word out again this year that Tracy Ocasio’s case is still an open investigation  as detectives continue to look for evidence that might help bring closure to her family. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Tracy Ocasio, Ocoee Police ask that you contact Detective David Gray at 407-905-3161, or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
  • The search is on for a hit-and-run driver after a woman was killed overnight while walking along an Orange County roadway.  Florida Highway Patrol tells us they found the body of a young woman around 3:45 a.m. on the shoulder of Hoffner Avenue near Reddit Road.  She didn’t have any identification on her so they still don’t know who she is.   They also don't know yet exactly when she was killed or who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit her. Crash investigators did find parts of a right side-view mirror they believe belong to a Chevy. Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes says “If anyone has a neighbor or friend that has a vehicle - possibly a Chevy - with the right side mirror missing, we need to know about that and that’s how these cases get solved.” If you have any information about this crash, you can report it directly to Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2313, or call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
  • Two separate deadly accidents in Central Florida over the past 24-hours have something in common: both young drivers were not wearing seat belts. The first deadly crash happened in rural Volusia County yesterday afternoon. An SUV, driven by 17-year-old Darian Dearborn, was on Raulerson Road in Pierson when it veered onto the shoulder.  Dearborn overcorrected, causing the SUV to flip over before striking a tree. Florida Highway Patrol says Dearborn was not wearing her seat belt and was killed in the wreck.  Her 14-year-old passenger, Karley Lawbaw, was wearing hers and survived. The second deadly crash happened around 12:30 a.m. this morning on I-4 westbound near the Beachline Line Expressway.  A car, driven by 25-year-old Matthew Adams of Kissimmee, was in the far left lane when it collided with another car traveling in the center left lane. Both cars flipped multiple times and Adams was ejected onto the roadway where he was run over by a third vehicle traveling behind him. Adams died at the scene.  Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes says the difference between the other two drivers involved in the crash surviving and not being injured was that they were buckled in. 
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for two armed suspects after a scary home invasion near Pine Castle.It happened around 9:oo p.m. last night at a home on Nashua Street, south of downtown. A mom was at home with her three kids when two armed men came to her door. They pointed guns at her and pushed their way into the home. They then rummanged through the home and fled the scene, but not before being caught on a surveillance camera. You can watch the surveillance video right here: If you recogonize either suspect, contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
  • Senseless.  That's how Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is describing the murder of Sumter County Firefighter Clifford Cofer II last night in Lakeland. It happened around 6 p.m.in the driveway of a home at 202 Alderman Road. Judd says Cofer and his and girlfriend Kayla Stayner, 27, went to the home of Stayner's ex boyfriend Caleb McKinney, 31, to drop off medicine for a baby that the former couple had together. When Cofer and Stayner arrived at the home, Caleb McKinney sprinted out the front door and ran to the car where Cofer sat.  McKinney fired five shots at Cofer, hitting him in the chest and stomach. Stayner's five-year old child was in the car sitting behind Cofer when he was killed. McKinney ran back into the house and barricaded himself inside before eventually surrendering to deputies. 'It had nothing to do with anything other than personal emotion, rage, and inability to handle a break-up situation,' according to Judd. McKinney is facing several charges, the most serious first-degree murder.
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  • A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on. >> Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who 'tried to intervene,' KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man. >> Read more trending news  Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said. 'A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen,' Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. 'We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day.' Read more here.
  • Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. >> Tension, arrests at neo-Nazi rally in metro Atlanta The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest Saturday against white supremacists. And the irony was not lost upon the organizers of the counterdemonstration, who were fuming Sunday that a law aimed at weakening white supremacists was used to arrest protesters who opposed a neo-Nazi rally. “They were trying to stop us, and we were trying to dial down the racist stuff,” said Jeremy Ortega, a 19-year-old who was among the counterprotesters charged with a misdemeanor for wearing a mask. He said many of the demonstrators wore masks to avoid being identified and threatened by white power groups. “We were peacefully protesting, yet they put guns in our faces and told us to take our masks off,” said Ortega, who added that he is considering filing a civil lawsuit. “It made no sense.” State and local authorities did not comment on specific allegations of abuse on Sunday. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said the overwhelming security – nearly 700 law enforcement officers were on hand – helped prevent the clashes from escalating. “Making arrests in a volatile situation is never going to be pretty,” Keenan said. No one from the white supremacist group was arrested on Saturday, and they largely avoided confrontations with police or the counterdemonstration group. The two dozen white supremacists who attended the rally were separated from the group by an 8-foot fence – and hundreds of armed officers. ‘Remove your mask’ On Sunday, a coalition of counterprotest groups planned a vigil at the Coweta County Jail to criticize what they said was excessive violence by police. The Huffington Post reported that a contingent of officers approached a group of 50 counterdemonstrators before the rally and demanded they remove their masks or face arrests. The news outlet wrote that officers then “grabbed those who were still masked, tossing them to the ground and handcuffing them.” A video posted on social media by freelance journalist Daniel Shular appeared to show authorities scuffling with counterdemonstrators. Authorities demanded that the counterprotesters remove their masks, and the footage showed an officer raising his rifle at demonstrators. “Remove your mask, or you will be arrested,” said an officer in the video, which shows a ring of demonstrators standing with their hands raised aloft. Several are chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.” An Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter who attempted to report on the confrontation during the rally was obstructed by authorities. Several other counterdemonstrators faced violations that have nothing to do with the anti-mask law. Daniel Hanley was charged with obstruction of a pedestrian roadway after he said he nonviolently resisted a police officer who confronted him. He said he believes he was arrested because he was wielding a megaphone and leading chants against the white supremacists. “They were trying to find any pretext to shut us down,” Hanley, 36, said of the authorities. “The moment we stepped foot there, they intimated us and strategically tried to target people.” ‘Absolutely satisfied’ State law bans the wearing of masks, hoods or other devices that conceal a person’s identity if they’re on public property or on private property where the owner has not consented. It includes exceptions for holidays, theatrical productions, civil emergencies and sporting events. The laws have been adopted by about a dozen states, most aimed at weakening the KKK in the middle of the 20th century. The Georgia Supreme Court in 1990 upheld the state’s ban after a Klansman donned a hood on the Lawrenceville Square, citing his First Amendment rights. The law has mostly been used to target KKK demonstrations, though it has also been employed before to arrest demonstrators who are objecting to white power groups. At a 2016 rally, the law was used to arrest eight demonstrators protesting a white supremacist rally at Stone Mountain Park. In a strange turn, it also was invoked ahead of a press conference last year at the Gold Dome, when supporters of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle threatened to hire performers in circus masks to interrupt a rival’s event. The clowns never showed up. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they were intent on enforcing that law and others as they studied how law enforcement officials handled white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 to prepare for the Newnan event. In Charlottesville, officers remained largely passive as bloody clashes raged around them, and the event soon spiraled out of control. One person was killed and dozens more were injured in the violence. “You have to have adequate resources and the intent to enforce the law,” Keenan said. “We had both.” He said officers made clear to both groups that masks and some weapons were not allowed. He said authorities found an abandoned backpack with smoke bombs at one checkpoint. State law allows demonstrators to carry firearms if they are licensed; on Saturday, several were spotted sporting firearms. “We maintained security. We would not let there be disorder. We didn’t have civil disorder, property damage. And we had just a few arrests,” Keenan said. “We are absolutely satisfied.” MORE COVERAGE FROM AJC.COM:  >> Reports from Newnan as the rally and counterprotest were underway >> How social media reacted >> In-depth look at how protest was contained 
  • UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 22: The two brothers who went missing Friday have been found, police said.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, have been located. Pittsburgh police thanked all involved for their assistance in finding the boys.  ORIGINAL STORY: Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  >> Watch the news report here Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800. 
  • A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues. >> Watch the news report here >> Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports.  >> Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting? Police said Reinking returned to his apartment after opening fire at the Waffle House. Reinking, who reportedly was nude at the time of the shooting, put on pants and then ran into the woods, police said. >> Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter Neighbor Johnny Green said another neighbor noticed Reinking and called police.  >> Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter? 'My mom saw him,' Green added. Coy asked, 'What did she say about him?' 'He just seemed weird,' Green replied.  >> Read more trending news  Police said they hope the rain and cooler temperatures will draw Reinking out of hiding. Police said Reinking's options are limited because the crime and social media attention have made him an international fugitive. >> Please visit Fox13Memphis.com for the latest on this developing story