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'I have done a bad thing': Accused Kissimmee cop killer cried after arrestMemorial grows for fallen Kissimmee police officersVigil held to honor fallen Kissimmee officersSecond Kissimmee officer shot in line of duty dies, police sayPerson of interest located in shooting death of Kissimmee officers, police sayWhat we know about the Kissimmee officers fatally shot in the line of dutyScott reassigns case of man accused of shooting, killing Kissimmee officersPresident Trump, other officials respond to Kissimmee police shooting

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:22:50 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 01:38:53 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 11:32:00 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 23:57:32 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 23:16:42 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 03:50:21 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 02:56:38 GMTSat, 19 Aug 2017 20:32:24 GMT

A man accused of fatally shooting two Kissimmee police officers Friday night first resisted and reached for a gun during his arrest, then later cried to authorities and begged to be killed, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.Newly released affidavits shed more light on the shooting in Kissimmee Friday night, which left Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard dead.Baxter met with three men on Palmway and Cypress Streets in Kissimmee at 9:28 p.m. then requested back up from a supervisor moments later. Howard arrived to assist at 9:48 p.m. Minutes later, at 9:52 p.m., dispatch was advised of shots fired.One of the first responding deputies found both men with gunshot wounds to their heads. They were both taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where Baxter died that same night and Howard died the next afternoon.Two men contacted deputies shortly before 10 p.m. in connection with the shooting.One man told authorities he had nothing to do with it and wanted his hands to be tested for gunshot residue. The second man told authorities he had a video of the moments leading up to the shooting, according to the affidavit.That video showed a man later identified as suspect Everett Glenn Miller, 45, telling Baxter that he should not have stopped him because he was not driving the blue Kia also seen in the video, the report said. Miller was requesting a sergeant respond to the area.The video ends as Miller was walking to the trunk of the Kia. The witness told deputies he and the other man walked away because the officer told them to leave the area.Moments later they heard gunshots, according to the affidavit.A woman who was watching TV at her home nearby said she heard three gunshots and looked out her door moments later to see Miller speeding away in his sedan and two officers lying in the street, bleeding, the report said.At 10:23 p.m., authorities received a call from the manager at Roscoe's Bar in Kissimmee reporting a suspicious man, later identified as Miller, who refused to leave, deputies said.Miller disobeyed the commands from deputies to get up and leave the bar, the report said. He yelled profanities at them and shouted "I didn't do anything," according to the report.Deputies said Miller yanked his arm away and turned his body away from them as they tried to get him off his chair.A deputy pinned Miller to the ground as he was attempting to reach for his waistband, where deputies later found a 9 mm handgun, according to the affidavit. Deputies said a .22 caliber Derringer with one live round and four spent shell casings was found in Miller's pocket. "I'm innocent. I didn't do it. I'm a veteran," Miller shouted during his arrest.A deputy described Miller as "relentless" in his efforts to resist, adding that a detective had to deliver three to five knee spikes to Miller's outer left thigh to get him to comply, the report said.Once at the police station, Miller at first refused to speak to authorities without his attorney present. Shortly thereafter, he requested a deputy to come adjust his handcuffs.The deputy said Miller started to cry, telling the deputy he didn't want to live and he wanted the deputy to kill him, the report said. The deputy told him no one at the police station would kill him."I have done a bad thing," Miller replied, according to the report. Miller's sister told deputies that she received a call that night from an old friend who said he ran into Miller at Roscoe's Bar and he was "acting crazy" claiming he just shot two police officers, deputies said. Miller is charged with premeditated murder, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest without violence. He's being held at the Osceola County Jail without bond.A Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman said more charges will definitely be filed against Miller.Regeus Brinson said Miller is a good man but has struggled with mental health issues since he left the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010."Honestly talking to Glen h[...]


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Orlando police detective violated code of conduct'I'm going to shoot me a cop:' Kissimmee suspect posted threat online before shooting​Puppy attacked by local pet store owner's dog'I have done a bad thing': Accused Kissimmee cop killer cried after arrestDeltona commissioner writes that he 'refuses to play politics' in resignation letterAccused cop killer was long-time Marine

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:26:26 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 23:54:29 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:21 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 02:22:50 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 22:39:36 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:28:06 GMT

Investigators with the Orlando Police Department's Internal Affairs division have determined a former detective violated the department's code of conduct and recommended his termination.

Officer Angel Burgos was accused of forcing a woman to perform sexual acts inside his patrol car during an investigation in December.

In March, the Office of the State Attorney declined to prosecute Burgos, saying, "(They) cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the activity was coerced or forced."

The Orlando Police Department conducted its own internal investigation, which lasted five months.

During the course of the investigation, Burgos refused to testify, choosing instead to resign and collect his pension.

According to documents obtained by News 6, the Police Department's Internal Affairs investigators sustained the allegations that he violated the department's code of conduct and recommended he be fired.

News 6 also found out the victim, identified only as Jane Doe, intends to sue the city.

Her attorney sent an "intent to sue" letter to Mayor Buddy Dyer, which claims "she has suffered severe psychological and emotional damages and distress. She essentially has not been the same since this incident, and the consequences may be long lasting, if not permanent."

In April, the victim told News 6 she was not giving up her fight for justice.

"He did something that I refuse to do," she said. "He quit. I won't quit, and I won't give up, but that's what he chose to do."

News 6 spoke with Doe's attorney, Ken Swartz, who said he and his client are pleased with the results of the Police Department's investigation, although, he said, they haven't seen the final report.

The report's findings will be forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which will decide if Burgos will be able to work as a police officer anywhere in the state again.

A month before a Kissimmee man allegedly killed two officers, the Orlando Police Department was warned that he had been making threats against law enforcement online. 

When Rena Wilensky walked into the Magic Pet store in her Baldwin Park neighborhood on the early afternoon of August 9, she says she never expected to see her 8-week-old golden labradoodle, Buddah, attacked by the pet store owner’s mixed breed, Jax.

New details were released Monday in a shooting that left two Kissimmee Police Department officers dead.

Deltona city Commissioner Brian Soukup announced his resignation Monday in a scathing four-page letter.

The man accused of gunning down two Kissimmee police officers received more than a dozen medals while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 through 2010, USMC service records reveal.


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Young mother crushed to death after giving birth when hospital elevator malfunctions: Reports​Puppy attacked by local pet store owner's dog'I'm going to shoot me a cop:' Kissimmee suspect posted threat online before shootingMother left kids in hot car while she drank at I-Drive bar, police saySymptoms of solar eclipse eye damage

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:15:13 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:21 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 23:54:29 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 22:10:43 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 19:45:45 GMT

A 25-year-old mother who had just given birth was crushed to death in a freak accident on a hospital elevator, according to reports.Rocio Cortes Nunez, 25, had delivered a daughter via caesarian section and was being transferred to the maternity ward on a gurney when she was crushed between floors, the BBC reported.Read: Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville will not speak with Trump 'after what he said about my child'Firefighters in Seville, Spain, rushed to the scene, but were unable to save the woman.[RELATED: Symptoms of solar eclipse eye damage | What to do if your flight is overbooked | Mom left kids in hot car while she drank at bar, police say][SEE THESE? Tattoo spell check | World's craziest beach | Break-ing news: TV mistakes]The elevator began to rise on its own as she was being removed by a porter. As the car unexpectedly rose, part of her body remained outside the elevator doors.Trapped between floors, the mother died. Some reports said her body had been severed in two.Her infant daughter, who was also on the stretcher, was unharmed. Nunez had two other girls, ages 5 and 4, The Independent reported.Read: Mother dies trying to save son while tubing in creekHer husband, Jose Gaspar, said the loss was devastating to him.“This can’t be so,” he told ABC Sevilla. “Today it was Rocio, but tomorrow it could be someone else.”Brother-in-law David Gaspar said the family demanded to know why the elevator appeared to malfunction.Spanish health officials are investigating the death.Watch: Teen boys rescue 1-year-old girl from crash that killed her mother allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//players.brightcove.net/1749985693001/30dfbecc-82d0-480e-9eff-a702ecf874c7_default/index.html?updateAdUrlRefId=ref:14438" style="width: 640px;height: 360px; border: none;" webkitallowfullscreen="">When Rena Wilensky walked into the Magic Pet store in her Baldwin Park neighborhood on the early afternoon of August 9, she says she never expected to see her 8-week-old golden labradoodle, Buddah, attacked by the pet store owner’s mixed breed, Jax.A month before a Kissimmee man allegedly killed two officers, the Orlando Police Department was warned that he had been making threats against law enforcement online. A local mother is accused of leaving her two children in a car while she drank Sunday night.For those who dismissed warnings about looking directly into the sun without proper protection during the eclipse, eye damage will linger much longer than memories.[...]



Neighbors shaken up after killing of Kissimmee officers'I have done a bad thing': Accused Kissimmee cop killer cried after arrestMemorial grows for fallen Kissimmee police officersAccused cop killer was long-time MarineVigil held to honor fallen Kissimmee officersSecond Kissimmee officer shot in line of duty dies, police say

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:17:02 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 02:22:50 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 01:38:53 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:28:06 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 11:32:00 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 23:57:32 GMT

Community members said they're shaken up and don't feel safe after two officers were killed in their Kissimmee neighborhood over the weekend. 

"Now that this has happened, it's shocking. I want to avoid this area," said Jacob Groves, who lives nearby.

Groves said he walks to the bus stop every day and cuts through Cypress Street to get there. Since the officers were fatally shot Friday night, he said he's not sure about the area anymore.

"I literally live like, five blocks down the road (from) where it happened. I don't feel as safe walking over there as before. I have a 3-year-old son and just for his safety, it's not good," Groves said.

A dentist in the community said she gets the same feeling now when she goes to work.

"We're feeling scared right now -- the police need to do something. Around here, there's a lot of drug addicts and a lot of dealing," Dr. Francisca Montero said.

She's so concerned for her safety and the safety of her patients, Montero said she's contemplating moving her business elsewhere.

"I'm planning (that) if they don't do something, I'm going to have to move my office from here," she said.

News 6 saw a handful of police officers patrolling the area Monday where Friday's shooting took place.

Tony Green said she remembers Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter being in the neighborhood all the time.

"When they come out here, it's like, (the) 6 o'clock shift. You're constantly here. We come and park in the parking lot," Green said. "I'm really going to miss them because they were always here for us." 

The memorial at the Kissimmee Police Department has continued to grow as people come to remember the fallen officers.

New details were released Monday in a shooting that left two Kissimmee Police Department officers dead.

Two Kissimmee police officers are shot and killed in the line of duty.

The man accused of gunning down two Kissimmee police officers received more than a dozen medals while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 through 2010, USMC service records reveal.

A vigil is held Sunday afternoon for two Kissimmee officers killed in the line of duty.

Two Kissimmee police officers were fatally shot Friday night while responding to a suspicious person call in an area known for drug activity, according to Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell.


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Five key pieces of Trump's Afghanistan planTrump declares US will 'win' in Afghanistan, but gives few detailsAfghanistan in grip of one of most violent periods of its recent historyTrump to announce 'path forward' for US in AfghanistanTrump, national security team to discuss AfghanistanMattis: Administration 'very, very close' to Afghanistan decisionTrump promises Afghanistan troop decision soon

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:17:17 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 04:08:04 GMTMon, 21 Aug 2017 13:08:02 GMTSun, 20 Aug 2017 19:23:12 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:28:47 GMTTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:12:17 GMTThu, 10 Aug 2017 20:57:10 GMT

President Donald Trump outlined his plan for the 16-year US war in Afghanistan Monday evening, vowing that the US would find victory while no longer "nation-building."The President declared he would no longer announce troop levels but would focus on allowing US forces to target the Taliban and other terrorist groups wherever they were in Afghanistan.Here are the five key pieces of Trump's Afghanistan plan: Troop levels The President is giving the Pentagon authority to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan by several thousand, but Trump declared the US military would not talk specifically about troop levels there."We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities," Trump said. "Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America's enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out."The US currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, and US military generals have said that a few thousand more troops would help the US break the current stalemate against the Taliban.The additional troops would serve in two roles: counterterrorism missions and training the Afghan forces.Trump referenced both on Monday, talking about seeking out terrorists wherever they were and saying the US was committed to working with the Afghan government, while noting that the US support "is not a blank check." More military autonomy Perhaps the biggest military change Trump announced Monday was to relax US authorities to attack the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan.The Obama administration placed restrictions on US offensive operations in Afghanistan after the Afghan forces took the lead on fighting the Taliban, a move that frequently frustrated commanders in the field."Micromanagement from Washington, DC, does not win battles," Trump said.He added that he would give military commanders the authority to act in real time and expand the authorities for US armed forces to target terrorists and criminal networks in Afghanistan."These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms," Trump said. "Retribution will be fast and powerful." Political talks The end-goal of Trump's plan in Afghanistan was to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to find a political solution to the Afghan war.The goal was the same as that of President Barack Obama, but Trump argued his plan has a key difference from that of his predecessor: no timelines on the withdrawal of US troops."I've said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce the dates we intend to begin or end military operations," Trump said.His criticism is one that Republicans frequently raised during the Obama administration, as Obama withdrew troops down to the current level of approximately 8,400.While Trump talked about a political solution, he also expressed skepticism the Taliban would come to the negotiating table."Someday after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen," Trump said. Changing Pakistan Trump echoed comments from his predecessors in their desire to get Pakistan to change its terrorist-harboring ways.Pakistan's role in providing a safe haven for the Haqqani network has frequently been a thorn in the side of the US military.Trump threatened to cut off US aid to Pakistan to persuade them to help fight terrorism in Afghanistan."We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting," Trump said. "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately."Trump also talked about how India, a nuclear rival of Pak[...]



​Puppy attacked by local pet store owner's dogMeet the comfort dogs helping students in Seminole County Schools5 dogs die in fire at Florida pet resortMainland Buccaneers Shut Out The DeLand Bulldogs 35-0West Melbourne pet store owner fined after photos of dogs spread on FacebookWonder dogs: They can truly be man's best friend2 dogs rescued after car crashes into Ocala home, officials sayBelleview woman arrested after dogs, kitten die of starvation, police say

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:21 GMTThu, 17 Aug 2017 21:50:32 GMTWed, 09 Aug 2017 12:36:53 GMTFri, 28 Jul 2017 18:11:48 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:23:25 GMTSat, 15 Jul 2017 03:40:40 GMTSat, 01 Jul 2017 20:57:00 GMTSat, 24 Jun 2017 13:43:46 GMT

When Rena Wilensky walked into the Magic Pet store in her Baldwin Park neighborhood on the early afternoon of August 9, she says she never expected to see her 8-week-old golden labradoodle, Buddah, attacked by the pet store owner’s mixed breed, Jax.

The owner's dog "came out slowly from the back and up to us,” a visibly shaken Wilensky told News 6,” I mean within a flash.”

Wilensky said she looked over at the store’s owner before it happened and “asked if it would be alright,” and said he nodded yes.

But when the puppy jumped up at the big white dog’s face, Jax bit the puppy, cracking his skull and causing the brain to swell. The pup had to be put down.

Under existing Orange County law, the owner’s dog didn’t have to be on a leash because it was on pet store property.

Florida does not have a statute setting guidelines for pet leash protocol.

A spokesperson for Orange County Animal Control told News 6 there will be a citation for “Failure to control an animal, resulting in severe injury to a human being or another animal.”

The penalty carries a fine of $265 for the first offense.

Late Monday afternoon, the Pet shop owner met with Wilensky and agreed to keep his dog out of his shops.
In a statement to News 6, Samir Obeid and Janaein Rabah told News 6:

"We are heartbroken over this incident. "As small business owners whose life, passion, and business is caring for animals, we are deeply saddened and troubled by the incident involving Ms. Wilensky’s puppy and our larger mixed breed dog. Contrary to reports to the otherwise, our dog is neither a pit-bull or a bull terrier." Although we wish more than anything to be able to bring Buddha back, we remain committed to doing everything we can to rectify this situation.'We have revised our policy regarding how pets are kept at the store and have covered all costs associated with Buddha’s veterinary care.'

Two new important four-legged friends will join students at Greenwood Lakes Middle School and Bear Lake Elementary School: K-9 Tootsie Roll, a 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, and a 5-year-old Labrador mix called K-9 Shiloh. 

Officials say five dogs were killed in a fire at a Florida pet resort.

The Mainland Buccaneers kicked off the 2016 season with a 35-0 shutout at DeLand.

A Brevard County pet store was fined after photos were shared on Facebook showing dogs outside in the heat. 

News 6 meets wonder dogs and their owners to learn about the extraordinary way they are helping them. 

Two dogs were rescued by firefighters after a car smashed into an Ocala home Saturday, Marion County Fire Rescue personnel said.

Police said they arrested a 20-year-old woman Thursday after Marion County Animal Control found two dead dogs and 10 other pets living in a Belleview home without food or water for several weeks.


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New dating app aims to protect from registered sex offenders, criminalsCentral Florida woman gets 20 years in dating app shootingFind My iPhone app helps track teens in Volusia crime spree, deputies sayPlans to revitalize downtown Kissimmee approvedApple, Netflix impostors target News 6 employeePot purchase setup via Snapchat leads to kidnapping, robbery, police say

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:33:32 GMTWed, 28 Jun 2017 11:34:02 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 21:48:59 GMTWed, 16 Aug 2017 11:27:17 GMTMon, 14 Aug 2017 22:21:19 GMTWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:08:34 GMT

(KPRC) --- Criminals and catfishing are two things every single woman and man wants to avoid in the world of online and smartphone dating.Finding a mate in the digital age can be an exhausting endeavor with plenty of phony and misleading profiles to sort through, but a new app promises to do the vetting for you.It's the dangerous side of online dating -- millions of single women and men swiping left and swiping right on dating apps, such as Tinder, Zoosk, POF and Bumble, never knowing for sure if what you see is what you're going to get. align="left" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="1014" scrolling="no" src="//e.infogram.com/_/IANA6sTcmjXvgOeK15rk?src=embed" style="border:none;" title="Online Dating Safety Tips" width="350">"I'm just hoping to meet someone who's honest, true and, you know, their profile matches what they say," said Zari Sue, of Houston.At 24 years old, single and raising a 2-year-old son on her own, Sue has been playing the game for three years now and has been burned several times.There was the jail inmate she said somehow messaged her, asking her for some commissary cash. And there's the time she was catfished by a 60-year-old man, passing himself off as his 25-year-old son."He says he uses his son. That's how he gets women. Says he prefers women that are younger than him," Sue said. "I'm like, 'This is not happening.'"May 10, 2017, Aubrey, Texas. Four men using the dating app Grindr are indicted on hate crime charges for luring gay men via the dating app, and then robbing and beating them.May 27, 2015, Gainesville, Florida. Jarrod Roberts is charged with stalking two different women he met through the dating app Tinder."With online dating sites, you are available to everyone," said Joe Penora, CEO and founder of Gatsby.With an estimated 38 million American singles currently involved in online dating, there's a brand new online dating app. An app that promises to protect you from registered sex offenders and criminals.It's called Gatsby, a smartphone dating app that scans millions of publicly available criminal records before you're allowed to post your profile."When you sign up, if you have a criminal record, whether it's a sex offender, theft, attempted murder, rape, you cannot use our dating app at all," Penora said. "We block anyone with a felony or misdemeanor record." Nationally known digital dating expert Julie Spira likes Gatsby. She's written a book called "The Perils of Cyber Dating" and has three rules users should follow.Rule No. 1: Always meet in a busy place. "You need to either walk or bring your own car, or take a ride sharing service," Spira said.Rule No. 2: Say 'no' to late-night meetups."I just say do not accept any dates after 9 p.m. at night. You don't know who was the happy hour, who was the dinner and now you are the dessert," Spira said. "It's very dangerous."Rule No. 3: Check social media. "Even hop over to Instagram to see if they're out partying all night or if they are in the arms of other women in every single photo," Spira said.As for Sue, she's been on Gatsby for three weeks now, and with it, she said she's had "zero drama.""It makes me feel really comfortable," Sue said. "I feel like I can open up more."Gatsby is a totally free cyber dating app. It was just launched, so the pool of people is not huge -- we’re told there are several thousand members at this point.[...]An 18-year-old woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison for using a dating app to set up a robbery that ended with another teen being shot.Two teens are accused of stealing cars and guns during a crime spree in Volusia County.City leaders in Kissimmee are moving forward with plans to revitalize the downtown area[...]


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2017 solar eclipse: News 6 road trips cross country

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:32:24 GMT

For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will cross over a majority of the United States from South Carolina to Oregon. The News 6 digital team will be driving from Orlando starting Aug. 18, along the path of total eclipse and ending in Idaho for the main event on Aug. 21.Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, millions of people will be traveling to witness this astronomical event. More than 21 national parks lie in the path of totality, and hundreds of cities are hosting thousands of visitors.Check back for updates from journalists Emilee Speck and Shannon McLellan from the road. They’ll post dispatches and videos below from places like the largest city the eclipse crosses and a small town getting international attention for its prime location.[READ: Total eclipse in Music City: A wedding, a festival and 300,000 solar glasses][READ: Hopkinsville: Where hospitality may be even more stellar than eclipse][READ: Mizzou astronomy director's goal: Everyone 'looking at the sky' Monday][READ: Eclipse cities 'totality' pumped for the big event][READ: Eclipse path spotlights National Parks, homestead stories][READ: 'Blue marble' educates Earthlings about their planet at Homestead][READ: German couple comes to Wyoming for 12th total eclipse]   BEFORE DURING AFTER Total Solar Eclipse in Idaho (📸: @EMSpeck) pic.twitter.com/Z7eOk052VW— News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) August 21, 2017 We continue to pray for Kissimmee Police Sgt. Sam Howard, who remains in grave condition this morning. (1/2)— Mayor Teresa Jacobs (@Mayor_Jacobs) August 19, 2017 As we continue to mourn this devastating loss, we must do everything possible to support their families and honor their legacies. (1/3)— Mayor Teresa Jacobs (@Mayor_Jacobs) August 19, 2017 Sending our thoughts and prayers to @kissimmeepolice— Chief John Mina (@ChiefJohnMina) August 19, 2017 Our solidarity is with @kissimmeepolice as they deal with this tragic loss.— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 19, 2017 We're all standing with KPD tonight. Our thoughts & prayers are with them. Hearts sink when we hear these words https://t.co/Vhyio5oUzV— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) August 19, 2017 Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statement Saturday and said she had spoken to O'Dell about the officers Friday night after she learned of the shooting.“We ask everyone to continue praying for the families of the Kissimmee officers as well as Officers Michael Fox and Kevin Jarrell of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office who were also shot in the line of duty last night," Bondi said."This horrific violence against law enforcement will not be tolerated, and as Attorney General I will continue to ensure those who commit violence against our law enforcement officers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."Scott also issued a statement Saturday morning in response to the shooting.“Let me be very clear – last night’s violence against our law enforcement community is reprehensible and has no place in our state. Florida has zero tolerance for violence and we will not accept hatred for one second. In Florida, justice is swiftly served against anyone who attacks our law enforcement officers," Scott said.“Today, I join every Floridian to honor these law enforcement officers, their brothers and sisters in uniform, and their families. My heart breaks for Matthew’s family. May Matthew’s service and the service of our law enforcement community be a constant reminder of the sacrifice of those who serve to keep us safe. Following last night’s shootings I have been in touch with local law enforcement and community officials to let them know that our state supports them every step of the way.”Sco[...]



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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced Saturday morning. "The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," a statement from the White House read. The decision came after some honorees said they would boycott the White House reception. Dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and television writer and producer Norman Lear said they would not be attending that part of the event. "In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our existing leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House," de Lavallade said in a statement last week.Lear previously told The Washington Post he would skip the White House reception in protest over the administration's proposal to cut funding for the arts.Another honoree, musician and record producer Lionel Richie, said on NBC's "Today" show last week that he was unsure whether he would go.Meanwhile, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan and hip-hop artist and actor LL Cool J are both expected to attend this year's festivities.The White House's announcement comes after a week of political instability following the racial unrest in Charlottesville last Saturday. Trump was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican leaders for his response to the deadly clashes there, for which he said both white supremacists and counterprotesters were responsible.And on Friday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was fired -- the latest of a number of high-profile West Wing exits in recent months. Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement Saturday that the center "respects the decision made today by the office of the President of the United States. In choosing not to participate in this year's Honors activities, the Administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the Honorees. We are grateful for this gesture." A Kennedy Center official said this will be the fourth instance of a President not attending the event. President Jimmy Carter skipped it in 1979, President H.W. Bush in 1989 and President Bill Clinton in 1994. However, those presidents came during other years while they were in office, the official said. In its statement, the White House said, "First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments."Click through to see President Donald Trump's cabinet picks, as well as who has resigned or withdrawn from consideration. It's no secret that President Donald Trump loves Twitter, and he rarely pulls his punches when tweeting. Click through for some of his most notable tweets. President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday.A New York City megachurch pastor became the first religious leader to step down from President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board.With major cities across the country bracing for an unusual wave of far-right rallies in the coming days, local and federal law enforcement officials are concerned about the potential for more violence amid warnings that white supremacist groups were empowered by President Donald Trump's response to the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Friday he has stepped down as a special adviser to President Trump on regulatory reform.[...]S[...]