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  • On Sunday, 22 cyclists from the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity along with their 7 crew members are making a pit stop at the Bishop Grady Villas in St. Cloud as they continue their nearly 900 mile annual ride across the state in support of people with disabilities. The eighth day, is part of Gear Up Florida, which is a two week event organized by The Ability Experience.   So far, each member has each raised at least $2,500. This year alone, the team along with corporate sponsors have raised over $76,000.  During their stop in St. Cloud on Sunday and Monday at the Easter Seals Florida in Orlando, the team will have 'friendship visits' which give them a chance to meet, learn, and start friendships with the very people they are riding to support. These visits including activities like basketball games and dancing.  The journey across the state will conclude on May 26th at the capitol of Tallahassee.
  • Time to make sure everyone in your car is buckled tight or your budget might end up tight. From May 21st to June 3rd, the Orange County Sheriff's Office will join in the NHTSA National 'Click It or Ticket' Seat Belt Enforcement campaign in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of accidents. This all comes ahead of the heavily anticipated travels during Memorial Day.  Throughout the two week campaign, OCSO Traffic Units will be at various locations around Orange County, making sure that everyone has their seat belts fastened. Progress has already been made due to the efforts of this campaign, which as a result, has increased the number of seat belt usage by over 90 percent since July of 2017.  The traffic units will be out during the campaign both during the day and the night. Remember, if you get caught not wearing a seat belt in Orange County, you have to pay a $114.00 fine. Also, if you have little ones in the car and you don't buckle them up, you will to have a $164.00 fine and you will lose 3 points on your license.
  • Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two Ohio prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center in Turtlecreek Township. Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 State Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area. >> Read more trending news  The men, identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County. Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County. Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.
  • Central Floridians can expect to see rain all day Sunday, starting in the overnight hours and continuing in through the evening. 'You’ve probably learned to keep your umbrella handy with the recent rains, and Sunday will be no different,' said WFTV meteorologist George Waldenberger.  Watch live: Doppler 9 HD Storms with heavy rain are especially likely between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.  Periods of rain will continue throughout the day, with isolated lightning.  Some areas will see as much as 2-3' of rainfall.  Uh, did you see the #rainbow tonight as the sun set? Wow! #WFTV #Florida #Orlando #EolaSouth #ThorntonPark pic.twitter.com/5chTP4GkvW — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 20, 2018 Flood advisories  Localized flooding will be a possibility as wet weather continues to move through a saturated Central Florida.  Flood advisories were issued for parts of southern Lake and western Orange counties Saturday afternoon as storms continued to drench an already saturated Central Florida.  Isolated 3-4' rainfall totals and it's still coming down... How much in your neighborhood?#WFTV #Florida #Orlando pic.twitter.com/KloroMNeTm — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 19, 2018 *Please do not drive through #flooded roadways* Western Orange and Southern Lake Counties have been added to the areas under a flood advisory, this one until 4:30pm, due to the threat for minor flooding. #WFTV #Florida #Orlando pic.twitter.com/hUXKnhTpoc — George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) May 19, 2018 According to the flood advisory, some areas that could experience flooding are Apopka, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Tavares and Mount Dora. The flood advisory was in effect until 4:30 p.m.  Eastern Seminole and central Volusia counties were also under a minor flood advisory until 4:15 p.m.  Weekend's forecast The storms' pattern will change on Saturday, as the high over the Atlantic will skid west and the 'tropical moisture highway' will be rechannel right over Florida.    Do you see the high moving west? Well, you can thank it for driving the moisture stream back over #Florida. Pronounced showers & storms this weekend. Saturday will start out dry, then storms develop mainly E to W. Outdoors in the morning inland, move indoors by noon. #stormalert9 pic.twitter.com/5Tz3OHGdpA — Irene Sans (@IreneSans) May 19, 2018   Showers and storms during Saturday morning will be focused along the coast. By the beginning of the afternoon the storms will arrive to inland counties and continue to affect most of Central Florida during the rest of the afternoon. The rain-showers will gradually decrease after sunset. If you have plans outdoors inland, make sure to stay weather aware, lightning and torrential rain can arrive quick.  Send us your weather pics using #stormalert9 The shower and storm pattern will be mainly south to north on Sunday. Showers will be present through the late morning and then, intermittent storms will develop starting early afternoon through the early evening.   Even *more* storm energy rolls into central Florida this weekend, with heavy rain and possible flooding. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/vf76dVJd4o — tom terry (@TTerryWFTV) May 19, 2018   Threats Lightning will be the main threat this weekend. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm's base, make sure to stay weather aware.  << Download the free WFTV Weather app to receive lightning alerts when lightning strikes within 8 miles from your location >> This week some parts of Central Florida have received over 8 inches of rain. After this weekend, 12 inches of rain in total are possible. Expect amount to range between two to four inches through the weekend. With the already saturated ground, any showers could really produce flooding. Stay away from flooded roadways. Six inches of accumulated rain could make a car stall out and 12 inches can make most cars float away.  Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News starting at 5 a.m. meteorologist Eboni Deon will be tracking the showers and thunderstorms developing across Central Florida.
  • Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for gun reform, after 10 people were shot and killed and 10 more hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. >>Read: Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school. Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday.  >>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack In the post on his Facebook page, Acevedo said that he has hit “rock bottom” after this deadly shooting. “Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” Acevedo posted. “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.” >> Read more trending news  School resource officer John Barnes was injured in Friday’s shooting. He remains in critical condition, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) tweeted Saturday. According to CNN, Barnes is a former officer with the Houston Police Department. Acevedo also called “shame” to those in power who are not speaking out against gun violence, in a post on Twitter. Acevedo has been vocal about gun control in the past. According to CNN, Acevedo urged others to join him to change legislation after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last year were 58 people were killed.  Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the department. Before that, he was chief of the Austin Police Department, according to the Houston police department website.  He was sworn in as Houston police chief in 2016.