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The Latest from News 96.5 WDBO

    A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there’s a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.   “The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said. Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas. (App users tap here to see tweet) Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando. (App users tap here to see tweet) Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke: (Tweet)
  • Lucky's Market will close all but ONE of its stores in Florida. It was confirmed by the Sun Sentinel Tuesday morning.  All five stores in Central Florida will close including the Colonial Landing shop that opened 8 months ago.  The only location to survive will be the store in Melbourne.  After an unfavorable portfolio review last year, Kroger pulled out its investment.  Lucky’s hasn’t made a public statement yet but the closures would effect 2,500 employees.
  • Transportation company Lime is all set to host its first electric scooter safety course before rolling out 200 scooters on Orlando streets. The course will teach riders the basics of scooter safety and responsible parking. Once the 200 scooters are ready to roll, riders will have access to the scooters through the Lime app. Scooters cost $1 to unlock and are $0.29 per minute to ride Those that would like to sign up for the course can click here. Training takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Geico Parking Garage on 400 West South Street. Riders must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • Central Floridians are waking up to the coldest temperatures of the season so far. WFTV Meteorologist Brian Shields strongly suggests  you have extra layers on before you head out the door Tuesday morning. Shields says temperatures will be in the 30’s and 40’s to begin the day and winds will keep things cool as the day progresses.  The highs will only reach the upper 50’s.  And there is more to come, freeze watches are in place for inland Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties for Tuesday evening in what is expected to be the coldest night of the season so far. Is it cold? YES! But this cold snap is nothing compared to what happened almost exactly 43-years-ago when snow flurries fell all across the Sunshine State - even in Miami! On January 19, 1977 a strong cold front combined with a high-pressure area bringing both snow and record low temperatures to Florida and the Bahamas. Snow flurries were spotted in Miami between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., but officially a trace of snow was measured in Lake Worth.  No snow had ever been reported in southeastern Florida before or since. In the Bahamas, people stopped their cars and emerged from their homes to see the white flakes,  marking the only known snowfall in the 358-year history of the island country.  The thermometer across most of Florida stayed below freezing for 10-14 hours.  A record low of 20 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Orlando, the mercury hovered near 27 in West Palm and around 40 in the Keys.  A severe freeze caused an estimated $350 million in damaged to citrus crops throughout the state.  The distracting conditions caused several car accidents, most notably a 10 car pile-up in Tampa.  Then President Jimmy Carter declared 35 counties in Florida disaster areas.
  • A group of 'furries' is being credited with saving a San Jose woman who was being assaulted. The incident occurred over the weekend as FurCon -- San Jose's convention for people who like to dress in furry animal costumes -- was letting out for the evening, police say.  One of the convention's attendees, who wasn't in costume, was with a group of furry friends when he heard a commotion from a vehicle parked on the side of the street.  'It was pretty intense,' says 26-year-old Steven Rodriguez.  'We saw the passenger just whaling on her. Just a full-on punch.'  So Rodriguez and another man pulled the assailant out of the vehicle, only for the man to attack them, Rodriguez says. That's when the furries took action.  A pink dinosaur, a tiger, a cat and a platform shoes-wearing cowboy grabbed the man, threw him to the ground and sat on him until police arrived, according to an incident report. Mobile users see video here.  *WARNING: VULGAR LANGUAGE USED* Demetri Hardnett, 22, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.  'It happened very, very fast and it was just a horrible thing to see,' Rodriguez says.  'But overall, everyone was very happy that we stepped in.
  • A day after the successful abort test of it's Crew Dragon capsule, SpaceX test fired a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but announced it will not target a Tuesday liftoff as planned due to poor weather conditions. On twitter the space company said, 'Due to extreme weather in the recovery area, team is evaluating best launch opportunity.' The launch was previously scheduled for 11:59 a.m. Tuesday.  The recovery area is in the Atlantic Ocean where the 'Of Course I Still Love You' drone ship waits for the rocket's first stage boosters to return.  The Falcon 9 has a payload of 60 Starlink satellites that will join the constellation of 180 others already in orbit. The Spacex Starlink satellite is designed to bring Internet connectivity to earth.  Whenever this Falcon 9 does launch, you can hear live at News 96.5 WDBO.
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Office have located and arrested a man believed to have stabbed his employer to death by Florida’s Turnpike Monday morning. Deputies say 28-year-old Mason Trever Toney was taken into custody without incident Monday evening. Toney was wanted for the murder of his employer, 28-year-old William Knight, a worker at a construction site near Exit 254. Deputies say he fled the scene driving a white Dodge Ram after stabbing the man.
  • Folks around the nation continue to remember and honor the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, there is one fact that you probably didn't know- Dr. King actually paid a visit to the City Beautiful. According to the Orange County Regional History Center website, Dr. King made the trip to Orlando on March 6, 1964. During that time, Reverend Curtis J. Jackson, pastor at the Shiloh Baptist Church and NAACP Youth Council adviser had a hard time getting de-segregation laws passed following the assassination of President Kennedy. Another fun fact, Pastor Jackson and Dr. King had attended Morehouse College together.  Dr. King's trip was from an invitation by Pastor Jackson. While in Orlando, King held two separate workshops at the Shiloh Baptist Church and met with then Mayor Bob Carr and a delegation from the black community at City Hall to discuss the creation of a bi-racial community to help end segregation in the city.  Later that night, Dr. King spoke at a rally to over 2,000 people from the pitcher's mount at Tinker Field. This marked the first time that members of the black community were allowed to sit in the 'whites only' grandstand. Those who were there that night recalled what was described as 'a powerful speech that moved everyone.
  • A man was fatally stabbed Monday morning at a construction site along Florida’s Turnpike, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old William Knight. Deputies said they were called shortly before 10:45 a.m. to the stabbing at exit 254, near South Orange Blossom Trail and West Taft Vineland Road. Knight was pronounced dead at the scene and the person who stabbed the man fled the scene. Deputies said the pair knew one another, but they did not specify how they knew one another. Troopers said two construction workers got into a fight, which escalated into a stabbing. Southbound Exit 254 (the Beachline) of the Turnpike remains closed. The identities of those involved have not been publicly disclosed. Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477.
  • Officials are investigating after they said a collision between a freight train and truck left an 87-year-old man dead early Monday morning. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 1:15 a.m. in the area of West Beresford Road and Alexander Drive. Initial investigation showed a pickup truck being driven by an 87-year-old man was traveling on West Beresford Road when the driver began to travel south on the train tracks, colliding with the train, according to officials. App users click here to see the video.  The driver of the truck, a DeLand resident, died at the scene of the crash. There were no other injuries in the crash.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there’s a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.   “The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said. Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas. (App users tap here to see tweet) Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando. (App users tap here to see tweet) Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke: (Tweet)
  • Lucky's Market will close all but ONE of its stores in Florida. It was confirmed by the Sun Sentinel Tuesday morning.  All five stores in Central Florida will close including the Colonial Landing shop that opened 8 months ago.  The only location to survive will be the store in Melbourne.  After an unfavorable portfolio review last year, Kroger pulled out its investment.  Lucky’s hasn’t made a public statement yet but the closures would effect 2,500 employees.
  • A California mother of two died during childbirth last week while acting as a surrogate for another family, according to multiple reports. Community members came together to support the family of Michelle Reaves after she died Thursday, according to KGTV and a GoFundMe campaign set up to support Reaves’ family. Jamie Herwehe, a close family friend of Reaves', launched the GoFundMe campaign last week, with donations slated to go toward covering funeral costs and supporting Reaves’ husband and children, CNN reported. “For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family,” Herwehe wrote on the campaign page. “Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.” Herwehe said Reaves was acting for the second time as a surrogate for a family when 'one complication led to the next.' She died during childbirth, but Herwehe said the baby she was carrying survived. 'I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through,' Herwehe wrote. 'No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children.' Reaves was survived by her husband and their children, Gage and Monroe, Herwehe said.
  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.

Washington Insider

  • Facing opposition from within Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented an amended rules proposal on Tuesday to govern the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, most significantly giving more time for House prosecutors and the President's lawyers to make their opening arguments. The changes came after a lunch meeting of GOP Senators, where Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and others expressed reservations about the idea of forcing each side to cram 24 hours of opening arguments into just two days. 'She and others raised concerns about the 24 hrs of opening statements in 2 days,' a spokeswoman for Collins told reporters. Along with that change, McConnell backed off a provision which would not allow evidence from the House impeachment investigation to be put in the record without a vote of the Senate. The changes were made as House prosecutors and the President's legal team made their first extended statements of the Trump impeachment trial. 'Why should this trial be any different than any other trial? The short answer is, it shouldn't,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he made the case that the Senate rules would not pass muster in a regular courtroom. 'This idea that we should ignore what has taken place over the last three years is outrageous,' said Jay Sekulow, the President's personal attorney, who joined White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in arguing against the impeachment charges. 'It's very difficult to sit there and listen to Mr. Schiff tell the tale that he just told,' Cipollone said, in one of the first direct jabs of the impeachment trial. “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election,” Cipollone added. While there were GOP differences on the rules package offered by Republican leaders, GOP Senators stuck together on the first substantive vote of the impeachment trial, defeating an effort by Democrats to subpoena certain materials from the White House. The first vote was 53-47 to block an amendment offered by the Democratic Leader, Sen. Schumer.  It was straight along party lines. A second vote along party lines blocked a call by Democrats to subpoena documents from the State Department. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday.