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    Winter Garden Police and Orange County Sheriff's Deputies are at Lakeside Middle School investigating what they call suspicious activity. There are reports that officers made contact with an unidentified person in the area of the school, who told them they would be interested in two backpacks that were found nearby.  That suspect is currently being interviewed as the school is searched.  The school is locked down and those arriving late are being kept away. Parents are directed to take their kids to West Orange High School, and they will be bused back when the scene is cleared.
  • 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.
  • Ray Caputo


    Ray Caputo joined the News 96.5 WDBO news team as a reporter and anchor in May of 2010. He previously worked at News Radio 570-WSYR in Syracuse, NY, where he was born and raised.


    Ray did his undergraduate work at Florida State University and earned his master's degree at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. 


    In addition to his newsroom duties, he is also a full-time communications professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, and an adjunct media writing professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 


    Ray is a regular news contributor on HLN's Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield and was previously featured on The Nancy Grace Show. 


    You can check him out on the web (www.raycaputo.com) or follow his work on Twitter: @profraycaputo

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