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Man followed, tried to rape woman near Waterford Lakes, deputies sayWoman who says she was kidnapped, raped by newlyweds recalls storyStudent raped in dorm room at Stetson University, police sayPolice: 'Armed and dangerous' men wanted in Clermont rape

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:14:36 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:01:46 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 19:20:29 GMTWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:44:53 GMT

A man followed a woman who was walking to her Waterford Lakes-area apartment Tuesday night, attacked her and ripped off her clothes, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The woman had just gotten off the Lynx bus at Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive around 10:15 p.m. and was walking back to her apartment at Advenir at Polos East when she noticed a silver four-door sedan following her.

She said she saw the driver park the car at Economy Suites Motel as she continued to walk home. The victim took a shortcut through a wooded area and she said the man followed her, according to the report.

When she got to the courtyard of her apartment complex, the unknown man pushed her to the ground, pulled off her leggings and her underwear all while the victim was screaming for help and punching him, deputies said.

"I heard the screaming," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "'No, no! Stop! Somebody help me! Help!'"

Other neighbors who heard the struggle came outside to help and the man ran north toward East Colonial Drive. The victim said he was likely running to his parked vehicle.

"I did ask her if she was OK, and she was shaken up. It was sad," the neighbor said.

The victim and the witness said the Hispanic man was wearing a black shirt and jeans. They said he stood about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and the neighbor told News 6 he was stocky.

An Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman said "detectives are looking into other possible related cases as well," but did not provide further details.

In September, an attempted rape was reported at the same apartment complex, which is on Woodbury Road. Deputies did not release details in that case.

It's unclear if an arrest was ever made in that incident. Deputies have not said if there is any connection between that crime and the incident on Tuesday.

Anyone who has information about the crime or recognizes the man in the composite sketch is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

After being allegedly kidnapped and raped inside a Motel 6 room, a 28-year-old woman managed to escape from her attackers.

An Orlando man is accused of raping a disabled Stetson University student in her dorm room.

Two men are wanted in connection with a rape in Clermont last week, police said.


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New evidence released in fatal shooting of tow yard ownerPolice: Owner of Orlando tow yard shot, killed during dispute over carMan followed, tried to rape woman near Waterford Lakes, deputies sayTeens recorded, mocked drowning man, Cocoa police sayDrug-dealing mom stashed hundreds of pills in child's room, deputies say

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:28:16 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 21:27:48 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:14:36 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:15:04 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 23:48:34 GMT

The State Attorney's Office has released recorded interviews and crime scene photos involved in the shooting death of an Orlando business owner.

[RELATED: Police: Owner of Orlando tow yard shot, killed during dispute over car]

On May 16, an employee of the Tow Truck Company called 911 to report a man was attempting to leave his vehicle without paying for the tow fee.

Detectives said the tow company's owner, Paul Gren, was shot dead by Tremain Polk, 35.

"He's walking out. No, he's got a gun out," an employee of the company is heard on the phone with dispatchers.

A phone call with 911 also captured the exact moments the shots were fired. The employee is heard screaming and then runs into a bathroom.

Moments before the shooting, the witness said you can hear Gren yelling at Polk to get on his knees.

The employee said Polk refused to pay the $285 tow fee. Polk's wife is heard on a recorded interview that her husband believed the fee was about half that amount.

The employee described to detectives how Gren held a handgun on his side after Polk pushed the employee.

"He pulls his gun out. He didn't point it ever at him. He always had it down, but he is like OK, this isn't gonna happen because he started to get really like, eeerr. You know like, kind of like road rage kind of thing, and he was afraid that he was going to hit me," the employee said.

The witness also said that Polk pulled out his gun so fast that Gren didn't have a chance to fire back.

Crime scene photos also show evidence markers outside the office where the employee said the shooting took place.

"I saw him shoot three or four times and Paul fell up against his truck on his passenger door," said the employee in a recorded interview with detectives.

Polk's wife also said in an interview with detectives that her husband did not have a concealed weapons permit.

In court records, prosecutors said Polk wasn't allowed to own a gun because of a felony armed robbery conviction in 2000.

Polk is scheduled to be back in court in September.

Officials say the owner of an Orlando tow yard was shot and killed during a dispute over a vehicle at a tow yard in Orlando.

A man followed a woman who was walking to her Waterford Lakes area apartment Tuesday night, attacked her and ripped off her clothes, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

 

Police say a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man, mocking, cursing and laughing as he drowned.

Deputies say a drug-dealing mother stashed pills, marijuana, cash and more in her 5-year-old son's bedroom.


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OPD officers go the extra mile to help family after home floodsOPD officers go the extra mile to help family after home floodsO.J. Simpson granted paroleLocal law enforcement agencies prepared to give K-9s NarcanTeens recorded, mocked drowning man, Cocoa police sayNew evidence released in fatal shooting of tow yard ownerMan followed, tried to rape woman near Waterford Lakes, deputies say

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:32:51 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:32:51 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:23:10 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:25:48 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:15:04 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:28:16 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:14:36 GMT

It was a quick response by the Orlando Police Department, when they arrived to the Pine Hills home, little did they know they would be helping a family with a busted pipe.

"That's kind of the moments you kind of live for in your law enforcement career," Cpl.Lawrence Mccalley said.

Corporal Mccalley says the call came in as an unknown emergency when they got to the home it was completely flooded.

"It was deep in some spots, it was very deep, the water was running well over an hour running this house. They were all in kind of a panic, the grandmother and the two children," said Mccalley.

That's when he says they rolled up their sleeves and got to work, finding out quickly it wasa broken toilet pipe causing the problem.

"Using some boot strength to try to turn it off because it was a 40-year-old pipe that's never been touched," Mccalley added.

Mccalley says two of them went to Walmart to buy a new house, while the other two cleaned the water from inside the home.

We went to visit the family, they didn't speak much English but the woman's son was very grateful these four officers helped them out.

"It's good, good job for the officers, I'm glad to see. Thank you, God bless," Billy Dessources said.


For Mccalley this really hits home.

"I was raised in Pine Hills, I graduated from Evans, I could sit here for hours and tell you the countless amount of times friends, family members and complete strangers helped me and my family out growing up, to be able to pay that back to someone, that makes you feel good," he said.

"That's kind of the moments you kind of live for in your law enforcement career," Cpl.Lawrence Mccalley said.

O.J. Simpson will be released on parole in October after serving nine years behind bars for Nevada armed robbery.

 

Narcan, a drug that can reverse the affects of opiod overdose, was originally purchased so deputies could administer it if they encountered someone who overdosed.

Police say a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man, mocking, cursing and laughing as he drowned.

The State Attorney's Office has released recorded interviews and crime scene photos involved in the shooting death of an Orlando business owner.

A man followed a woman who was walking to her Waterford Lakes area apartment Tuesday night, attacked her and ripped off her clothes, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

 


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Local law enforcement agencies prepared to give K-9s NarcanVideo: Connecticut school district to equip schools with NarcanVideo: Narcan used to revive woman who overdosedOverdoses overwhelm Volusia County, almost all deputies now carrying NarcanIf you're taking opioid painkillers, you need to have naloxone on handFlorida boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potentialFlorida boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisisGovernor signs new bill to fight opioid abuse in Florida

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:25:48 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 20:15:43 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:59:14 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 11:27:52 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:20:46 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 11:48:09 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 17:50:18 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 11:44:52 GMT

The state's opioid epidemic is affecting more than drug users, it's putting law enforcement and their K-9 partners at risk.

Narcan, a drug that can reverse the affects of opiod overdose, was originally purchased so deputies could administer it if they encountered someone who overdosed.

However, two incidents have changed how officers use Narcan.  An Ohio police officer accidentally overdosed after coming in contact with Fentanyl during an arrest, and three K-9s overdosed in Broward County during a drug raid.

Narcan is now being used to keep deputies from overdosing and their dogs.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood says all of his k-9 handlers are equipped with Narcan.

"Not only did we have it for ourselves, we have it available to use on our k-9s," he said.   "Because if our K-9s are out there and they sniff around a vehicle or in a home, and they come in contact with it, this will work on them as well."

News 6  has learned across the country there has been a greater push to keep K-9s safe.

Last year while raiding a suspected drug dealers home, three Broward County K-9s were rushed to veterinarians after ingesting a potentially deadly mix of heroin mixed with fentenyl.  Fentenyl is an opioid more potent than heroin.  That situation taught many departments there dogs had to be protected.

"It made perfect sense when some of the k-9 handlers brought it to our attention," Lt. Brian Henderson with the Volusia County Sherrif's office told News 6.

Henderson says for dogs, Narcan is administered the same way as humans, the nasal pump inserted into the nose and sprayed.

"Its a no brainer," Henderson said.  "If its gonna save a human life, why not save one of our k-9 partners as well."

Now when put themselves in harms way to protect their community, their handlers will have a way to protect them.
"The dogs are extremly valuable partners for us," Chitwood said.  "They do so many things, why shouldn't we protect them like we protect our two legged deputies?" he said.

The Lebanon Public School District Board of Education in Connecticut made a decision Tuesday to equip elementary, middle and high schools with Narcan.

An Orange County deputy used Narcan to revive a woman who was brought to the Orange County Jail while she was overdosing.

In the early morning hours of June 13, Deputy Brandon Coker raced to a home in rural Pierson for a suspected overdose.

The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration comes in response to an alarming rise in fatal opioid overdoses, which reached a record 33,000 in 2015, according to the most recent data from the CDC.

Authorities in Miami believe a 10-year-old boy died of a fentanyl overdose after visiting a local pool.

Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state's youngest victims of the opioid crisis.

A new bill aimed at fighting opioid abuse in Florida has been signed into law.


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Teens recorded, mocked drowning man, Cocoa police sayWoman, 93, dragged during carjacking at DeLand church, police sayElon Musk says first launch of new SpaceX rocket will be riskyLake Minneola teacher accused of having sex with boy in band closet

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:15:04 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 20:16:20 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:01:09 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 21:29:32 GMT

Police said a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man last week, mocking, cursing and laughing as the man drowned in a pond.The minute-long video, which police called "extremely disturbing," found its way to social media and appears to depict the unidentified teens, ages 14 to 16, off-camera, laughing as the man screamed for help before going under in the murky water just after noon July 9 off Plaza Parkway.News 6 decided not to broadcast the video but multiple people can be heard shouting, "get out of the water, you're going to die."Police later found the badly decomposed body of the man, identified as Jamel Dunn, July 12. Police said the man drowned and foul play was not suspected. “They were telling him they weren’t going in after him and that, 'You shouldn’t have gone in there,’” Cocoa police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told News 6 partner Florida Today. “He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming ... for someone to help him.”The teens were identified and questioned by detectives, but will likely not face charges because they were not directly involved, police said.“There was no remorse, only a smirk,” Martinez said.She added that there's no legal requirement for bystanders to help a person in need.The case was also reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office."While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes, we can find no moral justification for either the behavior of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn," the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.Police said Dunn turned up at the pond after an argument with his fiancée about 10 to 15 minutes before the incident.“The kids were at the park that day smoking marijuana and apparently saw him walk into the water. He walked in on his own. They were watching him,” Martinez said.Dunn waded into the water from the west side as the teens watched from the south side of the pond.“They just started recording what happened and watched until he died,” Martinez said. “Everybody is just horrified by this.”Dunn's family has created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.The Cocoa Police Department released a statement about the video Thursday evening: On Friday, July 14th our officers responded to the southern pond at Bracco Park for a report of a body found floating close to the edge of the pond. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was drowning. The victim was identified as Jamel Dunn, 31, of Cocoa. Further investigation revealed a group of teens recorded video of the incident. The video was brought to our attention this past weekend. Our detectives reviewed the video. The five juveniles who recorded the incident were identified and interviewed. The State Attorney’s Office was consulted regarding what, if any criminal charges could be applied in this incident. As horrible as this video is the laws in the State of Florida do not obligate citizens to render aid or call someone to render aid to a person in distress. We are all affected by what was captured on the video. There are no words to describe how utterly inhumane and cruel the actions of these juveniles were towards Mr. Dunn. I want to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Dunn’s family and friends. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his decision to enter the water that day, there is absolutely no justification for what the juveniles did. As law enforcement officers we are sworn to uphold and enforce the laws. Unfortunately there are no laws in Florida that apply to this scenario. Perhaps this case may be what’s needed t[...]


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O.J. Simpson granted paroleO.J. Simpson's rise and fall, from football star to prisonerO.J. Simpson robbery victim to testify in favor of Simpson's paroleAs O.J. Simpson Goes Up for Parole, Robbery Victim Says It's Time for Him to Be ReleasedWhat O.J. Simpson's life has been like in prison

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:23:10 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:01:50 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 22:29:59 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:47:00 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:06 GMT

O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.Simpson responded emotionally, saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."Four parole commissioners in Carson City questioned Simpson by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada. He has been held there since he was convicted in 2008.Simpson said during the hearing that he would be interesting in coming to Florida.Florida Department of Corrections Director of Communicatins Michelle Glady said that Florida must accept the transfer if Nevada's request meets all the criteria.“As is the case with any offender who transfers under this routine procedure, he will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole,”  Glady said.The conviction came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.PREVIOUS STORY:A Nevada parole board is deliberating whether to release O.J. Simpson from prison after the former NFL star apologized, said he was a model prisoner, and promised that he'd have no conflicts if released."I've done my time," he said. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can."Simpson has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007. Now 70, Simpson appeared alert, engaged, and quick to smile, letting out a hearty laugh when Parole Board Chairman Connie Bisbee accidentally said he was aged 90."I feel like it," he said, laughing.Still, at the parole hearing, he deflected responsibility for that Vegas crime and said he was misled by associates around him, who he said then turned on him in court."Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said 'O.J. told me (to do it),'" Simpson said. "Nothing I can do about that."Four members of the parole board are now deliberating. If their vote is not unanimous, two other board members will be asked to vote. Simpson must win a majority of the vote to be released.Thursday's parole hearing follows renewed interest in Simpson's story, which was explored last year in the award-winning documentary "O.J.: Made in America" and the FX true-crime drama "The People v. O.J. Simpson."Simpson is best known for his infamous 1995 acquittal in the grisly slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in what was called the "trial of the century."Though it's been 22 years since that not guilty verdict, the murder trial's themes of criminal justice and race, trust in police, celebrity and domestic violence remain remarkably resonant in modern culture."We talk about O.J. as though the story is O.J.," journalist Celia Farber says toward the end of the "Made in America" documentary. "The story is O.J. and us."'My best friend' Simpson qualifies for a number of mitigating factors that would support his early parole and has been discipline free during imprisonment, Bisbee said Thursday.Among the mitigating factors, she said, was that Simpson appears to have a stable post-release plan. An aggravating factor, she said, was that at the time of his offense, his victims said they were in fear for their safety.Simpson said in closing remarks that he had been a peacemaker in the prison and had been a model prisoner."I've spent 9 years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime."The parole hearing featured testimony from[...]



Orange County water rescue units training with drones10 Ways Drones Are Changing Your WorldDrones will save lives in Orange County, fire chief saysOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs 'all in' with fire rescue drones

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:38:21 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:45:38 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 17:11:16 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 22:59:35 GMT

Orange County’s fire and water rescue teams will soon be using as many as six unmanned drones to assist department emergency operations as early as October.

Battalion Chief Jason Perrigo, one of the first licensed drone pilots in the department, told News 6 the unmanned aerial systems have been very effective during first responder training sessions.

Perrigo said once the FAA approves the department’s license application the drones can be deployed to emergency calls.

On Wednesday, the county’s water rescue team ran a hypothetical rescue call involving a driver who
lost control of his vehicle and went underwater in Little Lake Conway.

The department has been using two drones purchased as part of phase one of an unmanned aerial pilot program that is expected to expand over the next five years.

Lt. Ryan Allen, of Orange County’s Dive and Rescue unit, said the drone’s aerial vantage point, approximately 10 feet, means less delays in reaching victims.

“We’re talking about saving lives even faster than we have before," Allen told News 6. “That drone gives us a much bigger view, (an) aerial shot of the water.”

The four drones approved for the fiscal 2017-2018 budget Tuesday will cost an estimated $80,000 to $100,000.

Allen said each training session has helped them understand the wide benefits of the drone systems.

First responders told News 6 the water rescue training sessions conducted at night were impressive. They said the drones provided better visuals of victims that in theory, might not be recovered without the drone aerial support.

“The visibility is going to be pitch black,” said Allen,“so if we have that drone in the air, we’ve got the infrared, we’ve got the flare on that victim. If they’re on the surface, that victim will stand out like a beacon. We’re saving lives.”

During the budget presentation this week, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs told News 6 she is “all in” when it comes to the drone project.

“Everybody wants the same thing,” Drodz told News 6. "Wwe want to be as effective as possible in saving the lives and properties of the residents and visitors of Orange County.”

“Oh, we’re all in (the county commission), I’m all in, I’m so excited about this program,” Teresa Jacobs said Monday, ”The drones will see what we will never see.”


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Orlando's first female Army infantry recruit leaving for basic trainingArmy veteran's dying wish is a phone call or text from youArmy sergeant surprises family at Legoland FloridaArmy veteran, security business owner sees potential in other vets

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:30:20 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 19:47:35 GMTThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:38:06 GMTTue, 04 Jul 2017 16:56:28 GMT

An Orlando teen is making history as the area's first female to join the U.S. Army as an infantry recruit and she is hoping she won't be the last.

Briana Conde, 18, tells News 6 she has wanted to join the military since her junior year at University High School. She tried joining the U.S. Army when she was 17, but her parents wanted her to wait.

"At first they weren't ecstatic," Conde said.

The youngest of six siblings, Conde says her parents are worried, but very supportive of her dream to join the infantry.
"I'm 100 ​percent just excited and ready to go and do this," she said.

Conde graduated in May. She is now counting down the days until she leaves Orlando as the area's first female Army infantry recruit.

"It's one of those jobs that really pushes you physically. It's going to test your strength mentally too. It just made sense for me," Conde said.

Conde is joining other women after the Army opened all combat jobs to everyone last year. Female soldiers are now joining the front lines and breaking the brass ceiling.

"We're not going to put a limitation on you based on your gender, your creed, your nationality. Get out there, do the job that you want to do that you qualify for," SFC Eric Ammerman, a U.S. Army recruiter for the Orlando area said.

Conde says she is ready. She believes her competitive nature will help her succeed in the Army. She wrestled and lifted weights in high school. She says that helped her gain the physical and mental skills she will need to serve on the front lines.

"I know for a fact the reason why I picked this job is because of the way I am and the way I am is because of the sports that really helped me shape who I am," Conde said.

SFC Ammerman says he is confident she was what it takes to serve our country.

"I don't have any doubts in this young woman and her abilities and what she is going to be able to do," he said.

Conde tells News 6 that she didn't intend to be the first woman in our area to break barriers.
"I didn't know that women weren't allowed at one point. I had always assumed women were doing jobs like these," she said.

But now she is hoping her story will get results and encourage more women to enlist in combat jobs.

"I hope sooner or later it's just a normal thing for girls do to this job because we're just as able to do it as a man is," Conde said. "I know women are just as valuable in this job as a man is."

Conde leaves for basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia, on July 31. She will spend 14 weeks there for basic training, infantry training, and airborne training. She will become a paratrooper and could be stationed anywhere in the world.

An Army veteran in Arizona with a terminal illness has a unique final wish.

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, but one Florida family had a lot more to celebrate this Independence Day.

Purpose, direction and motivation are more than words for United States Army veteran Kyle Evans. They're a formula for success.


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Getting Results Award winner turns school project into nonprofit to help young patientsGetting Results Award winner is changing lives from behind bars

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:31:12 GMTThu, 29 Jun 2017 22:54:05 GMT

Summer is here and while most kids are enjoying the time off, this week's Getting Results Award winner is running his own nonprofit.

Zachary Kirkland turned his eigth grade "Critical Thinking" class project into an official charity. He delivers comfort items once a month to the pediatrics wing of Lakeland Regional Health.

Kirkland, 14, says the assignment was to think of an idea that would help the community. He took it a step further.

"Instead of just doing the idea we decided to take this and actually implement it, make it an actual nonprofit," he said.. 

Kirkland calls it "Silly Socks Saturdays," a play on the socks patients get when they're in the hospital. "The blue knee high socks with the grips," he said. "They always got my attention and made me smile."

Kirkland fills gift bags with small toys, art supplies, games and simple electronics for older kids. A pair of colorful socks finish off the gift.

"I think to myself, I know that they'll enjoy these," he says. "They're small basic items just so they can keep their hands busy and they would always have something to do." 

Kirkland says he has a knack for numbers but navigating the government paperwork and organizing a corporation were some of the biggest challenges.

"I've learned that not every idea goes your way," he says. "Starting your own corporation, having a board of directors with conflicting views and different people's input, it's not what you think."

Kirkland says he spends up to $300 a month on the items and relies on donations to keep it going. If you would like to help visit www.SillySockSaturdays.com

Tammy Fisher,  founder of Inside Out Jail Ministries, has been helping inmates at the Orange County Jail find a path to success for 15 years.


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During 'Made in America' week, Mar-a-Lago seeks foreign workersDHS announces boost in worker visas during ���������Made in America' weekThe highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:51:38 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 02:55:06 GMTMon, 05 Jun 2017 02:43:08 GMT

Though the White House launched its "Made in America" initiative earlier this week to promote American jobs and products, President Donald Trump's businesses have again taken steps to hire foreign workers.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club and his golf course in Jupiter, Florida, have filed documents to bring in additional foreign workers under the H-2B visa program, which allows foreigners to fill temporary non-agriculture jobs in the United States that supposedly cannot be filled by US workers.

The requests were filed with the Labor Department -- which certifies companies to apply for the visas that are then issued by the Department of Homeland Security -- earlier in July but posted on a public job registry Thursday. They show the Mar-a-Lago Club is seeking to hire 15 housekeepers, 20 cooks and 35 servers.

The Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, has also submitted documents to hire six cooks through the visa program.

The jobs, which would begin in October and end in May 2018, would pay a minimum of $10.33, $11.88 and $13.34 per hour but would be eligible for higher wages with overtime.

Trump made boosting American jobs a central tenant of his presidential campaign and has continued to promote the idea of "Buy American and Hire American" during his time in office. In April, he signed an executive order under that slogan in an effort "to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States."

This week, the White House is using "Made in America Week" to showcase the President's tax and regulatory policies and priorities, and to spotlight companies and workers making products at home.

The White House, the Trump Organization, Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Golf Club did not respond to requests for comment.

Controversy over H-2B program

Trump's businesses' requests for more seasonal foreign workers were posted the same week that the administration announced it would allow US companies to hire up to 15,000 more foreign workers for temporary non-agricultural work this year.

But the timing is coincidental. The applications from Trump's organizations would begin next fiscal year, meaning they come out of a different annual pot of H-2B visas. The Trump businesses could still apply for some of the supplemental 2017 visas, though, if they can prove to DHS that they need them to avoid "irreparable harm."

A CNN analysis of visa records in April found businesses run and owned by Trump and his adult children have been certified to hire at least 1,371 foreign visa workers since 2001.

Some foreign workers previously told CNN the opportunities at Trump's businesses allowed them to "live the American dream," but some lawmakers have argued the H-2B visa program can harm American workers.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a joint statement Monday that "a growing body of evidence shows that our increasing reliance on the H-2B visa program hurts wages for American workers, and puts their jobs at risk."

Businesses will soon be able to apply to bring in up to 15,000 more foreigners for seasonal work, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday -- prompting questions about whether the move fit in with the White House's "America First" posture.

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What's next for O.J. Simpson?O.J. Simpson granted parole: 'I've done my time'Here's how much O.J. Simpson stands to make in retirementO.J. Simpson's rise and fall, from football star to prisonerWhat O.J. Simpson's life has been like in prison

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:58 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:47:02 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 20:14:27 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 13:01:50 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:06 GMT

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after serving nearly nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. But the former NFL superstar and movie actor's future outside of prison may not be so rosy.Life outside the Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in Nevada's high desert, could well resemble Simpson's solitary years after he was acquitted in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Thursday."I think it will be a lot like life was between 1995 and 2007," Toobin said. "He was really a pariah. His old life was gone -- celebrity pitchman, sportscaster, actor, all gone."So what's next for the 70-year-old who was known as the "Juice" during his football heyday? When will Simpson go free? The next chapter in Simpson's life could begin as soon as October, the earliest he could be released, according to David Smith, a spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. The state must now develop his release plan. What will Simpson do? One option for Simpson, Toobin said, would be to return to a life of memorabilia sales and autograph signings."I think it will be a pretty seedy existence," Toobin said. "He'll be trying to make money off what's left of his fame. It's mostly infamy, not fame."Simpson's involvement in the world of memorabilia sales was what got him a nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 incident that unfolded in a Las Vegas hotel room.Simpson and armed associates allegedly confronted two memorabilia dealers and took pieces of memorabilia from them.The "Juice" was convicted on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.The former college and pro football star said at his sentencing that he was trying to reclaim family heirlooms and other personal items that had been stolen from him, and claimed he was unaware his associates were carrying guns. What skills has Simpson gained behind bars? At his parole hearing Thursday, Simpson said that he is a Baptist, and that a few other inmates asked him to help create Lovelock's first Baptist service."I worked with them," he said. "We now have an ongoing Baptist service that ... is well attended. I attend it religiously, and pun is intended.""I was always a good guy but could have been a better Christian and my commitment to change is to be a better Christian," he added.Simpson also said he recently became commissioner of the 18-team softball league."My primary responsibility was rules enforcement and, you know, player comportment," he said, adding that he decided on removing players from games and suspensions."I never got any blowback from the guys because they know how to act. I've done the best I can and just trying to keep them out of trouble. So my agenda was full here. I've been active, totally active for as long ... I've been here. I don't have much time to sit around and do anything."He also completed a number of courses, he said, including one entitled "Alternative to Violence.""I think it's the most important course anybody in this prison can take, because it teaches you how to deal with conflict, through conversation," Simpson said."I have been asked many, many times here to mediate conflicts between individuals and groups," he said. "And it gave me so many tools on how to use it, that you ... try to walk these guys through. Not throwing punches at one another." O.J. Simpson, the webcaster and blogger? Simpson said he completed a computer course that has helped him stay in touch with his four children."I took a computer c[...]



WaPo, NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut MuellerFBI official from Clinton inquiry joins Mueller investigationTrump: 'Bothersome' that Mueller is 'very good friends' with ComeyHere's some of what Mueller might look at if he investigates obstructionTrump reshuffling legal teamHill investigators, Trump staff look to Facebook for critical answers in Russia probeThe Russians at the Trump Tower meetingCastro: 2nd Trump-Putin meeting is 'not normal'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:54:21 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 20:11:55 GMTFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:23:47 GMTSat, 17 Jun 2017 16:14:10 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 03:29:07 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 11:52:17 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:19:14 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 07:14:36 GMT

President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at ways to push back against the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday evening.The Post, citing people familiar with the effort, said Trump's legal team was trying to find ways to undercut Mueller's role by amassing allegations of conflicts of interest against him and exploring how Trump can use his pardoning powers.One source with knowledge of the discussion disputed the reports that the legal team is seeking to undermine the Mueller investigation, emphasizing to CNN that the intention is to cooperate fully.A source in the Post's report also said Trump asked if he would be able to pardon himself as it relates to the probe.No president has ever used his pardon power on himself, so the legal questions around that appear entirely unsettled.According to the Times, Trump's team of lawyers and aides are undertaking a wide-ranging search for conflicts of interest among Mueller and his team -- including Mueller's relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired earlier this year.The reports about the effort by Trump's team come after weeks of Trump publicly airing his grievances over the Justice Department probe, repeatedly calling it a "witch hunt."And a senior administration official told CNN that the spokesman for Trump's legal team, Mark Corallo, resigned Thursday.Trump, in an interview on Wednesday with the Times, rebuked current and former law enforcement officials and took issue at length with the executive branch investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election and any potential coordination his associates might have had with Russia.Trump said it would be a "violation" for Mueller to dig through Trump family finances as part of his investigation and left open the possibility that he would try to force Mueller out.In response to Trump's comments in the Times, several Republican senators told CNN they were dismayed at what he had said, and Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said it would be "catastrophic" for Trump to fire Mueller.Trump has built up a legal team outside of the White House as the special prosecutor's office has grown. On Saturday, the White House announced Trump had appointed Ty Cobb, a former federal prosecutor, as White House special counsel.Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought on Peter Strzok, a senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation, to help manage his investigation into Russian election meddling, according to two US officials briefed on the matter.President Donald Trump said "we're going to have to see" when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.This is a timeline of what is known about President Donald Trump's actions regarding the Russia investigation -- from conversations and comments, to tweets and meetings. Special counsel Robert Mueller plans to interview three top intelligence officials about their interactions with Trump as part of the early stages of what could become an obstruction investigation.President Donald Trump is reshuffling his legal team as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation moves full steam ahead.Top Democrats on the House and Senate Russia investigations and a top digital staffer from the campaign of President Donald Trump split sharply on whether the campaign colluded with Russia, but many agree that Facebook holds the answers investigators are looking for and they want the social media giant to give up the goods. [...]The group of Soviet-born individuals that top Trump camp[...]



Trump reshuffling legal teamLongtime Trump attorney hires lawyer in Russia probe

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:29:07 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 19:20:25 GMT

President Donald Trump is reshuffling his legal team as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation moves full steam ahead.

The developments come one day after Trump suggested an aggressive pushback against his investigators, telling The New York Times that Mueller's office had widespread conflicts of interest while warning investigators any examinations of his family's finances would be improper. Sources told CNN, however, that these moves were well in the works before the Times interview took place.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump's longtime personal attorney who has been the lead lawyer on the Russia investigation, will see his role recede, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

A third source said Kasowitz's role is changing because the needs are more Washington-centric and Kasowitz has done his primary job of putting the team together.

Instead, attorney John Dowd, along with Jay Sekulow, will now be the President's primary personal attorneys for the investigation, according to the two sources with knowledge of the situation. Dowd will take the lead.

By being outside the White House, their dealings with the President will be protected under attorney-client privilege that is afforded any US citizen, the sources explained.

Attorney Ty Cobb will take the lead from inside the White House on the Russia investigation when he formally starts his job on July 31.

As CNN reported earlier this month, Cobb will help manage this crisis from a legal and communications perspective.

One source with knowledge disputed reports Thursday night in The New York Times and The Washington Post that the legal team is seeking to undermine the Mueller investigation and stressed the intention is to cooperate fully.

Meanwhile, Mark Corallo has resigned from his position as spokesman and communications strategist for Trump's legal team, a senior administration official told CNN Thursday night.

Corallo did not respond to CNN's requests for comment. His resignation comes after weeks of simmering tension between the White House and the President's legal team.

Trump has vented in recent weeks that his legal team has not done enough to beat back allegations linked to the federal investigations into Russian efforts to influence last year's election. He has decried the investigations as a "witch hunt."

And the legal team has complained about the President and the White House's response to revelations concerning the Russia probe -- including the President's refusal to heed their advice not to publicly discuss or tweet about the Russia investigation and with the White House's handling of reports connected to the probe, sources said.

ABC News first reported Corallo's resignation.

President Donald Trump's longtime attorney and adviser Michael Cohen has hired a lawyer to represent him in the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Cohen told CNN on Friday.




Kushner's White House connection still being used to lure Chinese investorsSource: Some White House staff worry Kushner security clearance in jeopardyWarner: Committee requests more records from Kushner, Trump Jr.Kushner under fire for role in Trump Jr. meetingGOP lawmaker raises 'serious questions' about Kushner family conflictsHouse Dems seek answers on Kushner, Flynn security clearances

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:00:18 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 18:41:06 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 23:56:55 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:38:21 GMTThu, 22 Jun 2017 22:54:51 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 20:44:52 GMT

Jared Kushner's status as a top aide to President Donald Trump was used to lure Chinese investors to his family's New Jersey development, even after his family's company apologized for mentioning his name during a sales pitch in May, CNN has found.References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two businesses that are working with Kushner Companies to find Chinese investors willing to invest in the 1 Journal Square development in exchange for a US visa.The promotions are posted in Chinese and refer to Kushner Companies as "real estate heavyweights," going on to mention "the celebrity of the family is 30-something 'Mr. Perfect' Jared Kushner, who once served as CEO of Kushner Companies."One posted online in May by the company US Immigration Fund, a private business based in Florida, also contains a reference to Kushner's appearance on the cover of December's Forbes Magazine, under the headline "This guy got Trump elected." The post was removed shortly after CNN contacted the company for comment. From US Immigration Fund's WeChat page: The promotions are aimed at bringing in investors who pay at least $500,000 apiece and in exchange get US visas, and potentially green cards, for themselves and their families if the development meets certain criteria. The deals are part of a legal US government program called EB-5, which grants up to 10,000 immigrant visas per year.One webpage posted in March by Chinese company Qiaowai that remains on the company's page on the popular Chinese social media site WeChat mentions Trump and suggests he supports the program: "Even some members of Trump's family have participated in the growth of the EB-5 program ... the "Kushner 88" panoramic New Jersey apartment project ... The lead developer on the now-completed project was Kushner Companies which is linked to Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner." It goes on to say, "Given this, in the Trump era, the EB-5 program is likely to receive support and be expanded." From Qiaowai WeChat page: A Kushner Companies spokesperson, in response to CNN's questions about the webpages, said "Kushner Companies was not aware of these sites and has nothing to do with them. The company will be sending a cease and desist letter regarding the references to Jared Kushner."A former White House ethics expert tells CNN the EB-5 program already raises a potential government-backed quid pro quo -- favorable immigration status in exchange for investment dollars. And he says any use of the President's son-in-law as a marketing tool is ethically unacceptable."What is not authorized is any arrangement where someone gets preference for their visa if they give money to a company that is controlled by the family of a United States government official," said Richard Painter, a former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush."And unfortunately," says Painter, "that implication was made in the selling efforts for this project."Painter is referring to an investment "road show" that Nicole Meyer attended in May in Beijing. Meyer, the sister of Jared Kushner, was speaking at an event in which she was trying to attract wealthy Chinese investors to the 1 Journal Square project.During the presentation, Meyer reminded investors of her brother's recent role in American politics: "In 2008, my brother Jared Kushner joined the family company as CEO," Meyer told a crowd, adding he "recently moved to Washington to join the administration."The comments coincided with a visual display, which included a photograph of Trump.Meyer's comments led to s[...]



Revised repeal and replace bill would give Senate $287 billion to dole outNobody seems to know what the heck is happening on health careAs John McCain faces his own fight, his colleagues forge ahead on health careTrump threatens Heller on health care while sitting next to himMcConnell 'master tactician' label damaged after health care fightKasich: People 'breathing a sigh of relief' after health care bill foldsHealth care bill: Pro-Trump media blames Congress

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:16:46 GMTFri, 21 Jul 2017 01:27:41 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:16:33 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:56:54 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 05:05:41 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 04:12:29 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 22:05:31 GMT

The Congressional Budget Office released Thursday yet another score of a Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare -- this one to learn how much more money the chamber's leaders would have to woo moderates if they keep Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy.The agency found that a revised version of the legislation would reduce the deficit by $420 billion over the next decade, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a $287 billion fund since he still must save as much as the House's counterpart bill did. That's about $100 billion more than the Senate's original repeal and replace bill.Some 22 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 under the revised bill than under Obamacare, roughly the same as the original, the CBO found.However, the CBO did not consider the biggest policy change in the revised bill released last week: An amendment pushed by Senator Ted Cruz that would allow insurers who sell Obamacare policies to also offer plans that don't adhere to the law's rules. This provision would throw the individual insurance market into chaos, insurers and health policy experts said. CBO staff said they are working on an analysis of the amendment.In addition to the retention of the taxes on the rich, the CBO looked at the impact of increasing state stabilization funding by $70 billion. It found that average premiums for the benchmark plan would be 25% lower in 2026 than under Obamacare. Under the original Senate bill, the drop would have been 20%.The benchmark plan, however, would cover fewer benefits and require consumers to pay more out of pocket because it would only cover 58% of health care services, on average, instead of the 70% under Obamacare.For the first time, CBO quantified what that would actually mean. By 2026, the benchmark plan would come with a deductible of $13,000 for a single person. It would be $5,000 in 2026 under Obamacare.However, this could run afoul of another Obamacare regulation that the Senate bill retains -- the limit on out-of-pocket spending. In 2026, that cap is projected to be $10,900. So either the limit would have to be raised or insurers would have to cover more of the costs.Thursday's score is the latest step in the Republicans' quest to dismantle Obamacare. The Senate is now considering multiple ways to fulfill this longstanding pledge.Early this week, it looked like lawmakers would have to abandon the plan they've worked on for months to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously. Four Republicans came out against it by Monday, leaving McConnell without the necessary majority he needed to advance the bill.McConnell then revived an effort to simply repeal Obamacare that both chambers passed in 2015, but was vetoed by then-President Obama. On Wednesday, the Senate unveiled a bill that would do that, but would delay its implementation by two years to give lawmakers time to devise a replacement plan. That legislation would leave 32 million more people without coverage by 2026 and cause premiums to nearly double, compared to current law, the CBO found.It's still unclear exactly which bill Republicans will vote on next week.While President Trump has returned -- for now-- to his desire for Senate Republicans to vote on a repeal and replace package, there is still no sign McConnell has enough votes to even begin debate on the bill.The back-to-back scores from the CBO has injected even more confusion into the situation.As Republican senators prepared to make their familiar dash to airports and train stations Thursday evening, many were in agreement: We have no clue what is happening with Obamacare repeal next week.[...]News of Arizona Sen. John McCain's brain cancer [...]



Drug-dealing mom stashed hundreds of pills in child's room, deputies sayWoman hopes homemade sign will deter nearby drug activityDrugs, golf cart parts found during bust in The Villages

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:48:34 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:58:50 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 22:07:50 GMT

A drug-dealing mother stashed more than 200 painkillers, 300-plus grams of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash in her 5-year-old son's bedroom at a suspected drug house in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies on Thursday morning executed a search warrant at the home on Port Lane and arrested Yuumi Obama, 30, Yuriy Krivoshey, 28, and Jeremy Toumbs, 37. 

The search began with Obama's room where deputies said they found 1.89 grams of marijuana, a glass bong and a glass smoking pipe. When deputies entered Obama's old bedroom, where her 5-year-old son was sleeping, she directed them to two safes in the closet.

The safes contained 331.37 grams of cannabis; 273 pills identified as various painkillers and sedatives, including oxycodone and alprazolam; and $1,780 in cash, according to the charging affidavit.

Scales, plastic baggies, rubber bands and unlabeled prescription pill bottles were found in drawers next to the safes, deputies said. Also in the closet, deputies said they found $6,051 in cash and marijuana stems.

The report said deputies found 2.59 grams of marijuana, .80 grams of a ground up tablets, .38 grams of a reddish powder, a red tablet, a blue tablet, a yellow tablet and a silver scale in Toumbs' bedroom. At least one substance tested positive for MDMA, deputies said. 

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Krivoshey, who is Obama's boyfriend, did not have any drugs on his person when the warrant was executed, but because marijuana and paraphernalia were found in the room he shares with Obama, he was arrested, according to the affidavit.

Obama was charged with trafficking in oxycodone, possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Toumbs was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than 20-grams of cannabis. 

Krivoshey was charged with violation of probation.

“You’re selling drugs in the wrong county. We just added three more ‘guests’ to the Green Roof Inn,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This was a great job by our Special Investigations Unit, and more poison peddlers in our community are off our streets.” 

Deputies said further charges are pending as the investigation continues.

A Daytona Beach woman has posted a homemade sign in her yard in hopes of deterring drug activity in her neighborhood.

Complaints from neighbors led deputies to arrest five people in The Villages.




Do your plans Aug. 21 involve heading out for the eclipse? We want to hear!Amusement rides proposed for Cocoa Beach Pier discussed at City HallFlooding, heavy rain pours in Brevard CountyOverdoses overwhelm Volusia County, almost all deputies now carrying NarcanSchool crossing guards needed in Orange CountyMan driving rental car fatally strikes bicyclist, police say

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On Aug. 21, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.

It's already being called the Great American Eclipse, and for the first time in 38 years, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will cross the United States’ lower 48.

Photos cannot do it justice, the experts say.

To experience totality — when the disk of the moon completely covers the disk of the sun, blocking all sunlight — you need to travel to a location that is within the moon's shadow as it crosses the Earth.


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Dozens of Cocoa Beach citizens went to City Hall Wednesday night during the city's Board of Adjustment meeting, which discussed a proposal from Westgate Resorts to add three family-style amusement rides to the Cocoa Beach Pier.

"The storms will clear by Wednesday at 10 p.m.," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.

In the early morning hours of June 13, Deputy Brandon Coker raced to a home in rural Pierson for a suspected overdose.

The OCSO has a shortage of school crossing guards.

A man who thought he hit a curb but actually fatally struck a bicyclist has been arrested, police said.


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Amusement rides proposed for Cocoa Beach Pier discussed at City HallCocoa Beach Pier proposing amusement rides as attraction

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Dozens of Cocoa Beach citizens went to City Hall Wednesday night during the city's Board of Adjustment meeting, which discussed a proposal from Westgate Resorts to add three family-style amusement rides to the Cocoa Beach Pier.

One resident who told News 6 he was attending said the city doesn't need carnival rides at the pier.

"Is this necessary for Cocoa Beach? I mean, who benefits?" asked Terry Zittle, who said those benefiting would not be people like himself who live next to the pier.

Zittle's condo adjacent to the pier is just 100 feet from where Westgate Resorts wants to place a merry-go-round, a 29-foot Twist and Drop and a spinning Tornado ride.

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Zittle said traffic is already bad at the pier on weekends. Add the rides and it will be worse he told News 6. There's also carnival ride noise he said the attractions would bring.

"I just don't know if I want to hear it every day," Zittle said.

The pier's owner, billionaire Orlando timeshare tycoon and Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel, said adding rides is part of his grand plan to make the pier a "world-class resort."

In a statement released to News 6 Wednesday Siegel said in-part, "The few small attractions we are adding will be consistent with this level of quality and will improve the experience for tourists and residents alike."

Zittle said the rides are a threat to the "Old Florida" ambience that attracted him to move to Cocoa Beach.

"That's what we like about the place, but it's slowly sliding away," he said. "It's a little disheartening. I don't think the guy needs another penny," Zittle said of Siegel.

The operators of the Cocoa Beach Pier want city permission to put amusement park rides on their property.


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Trump says he wouldn't have picked Sessions if he knew he'd recuse himselfSessions under fire for closed-door speechJeff Sessions visits Guantanamo Bay for first time as attorney generalLaw enforcement advocates defend Sessions drug sentencing policiesDOJ argues Sessions should not testify in Arpaio trialPot activists have been holding their breath for months on Jeff Sessions5 things we learned at Jeff Sessions' hearing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:44:03 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 03:56:03 GMTSat, 08 Jul 2017 23:29:19 GMTFri, 07 Jul 2017 01:15:18 GMTWed, 21 Jun 2017 00:43:19 GMTSat, 17 Jun 2017 13:01:55 GMTWed, 14 Jun 2017 01:23:09 GMT

President Donald Trump said in an interview published Wednesday that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.Trump's remarks, in a 50-minute interview with The New York Times, represent an extraordinary rebuke from the President toward the nation's top law enforcement official who happens to be one of his earliest political allies."Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President," Trump said, referring to himself. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair -- and that's a mild word -- to the President."Before Trump had a lock on the Republican nomination last year, Sessions became the first sitting senator to back the real estate mogul's presidential bid.But several months into the job, Trump's warm feelings for Sessions have clearly cooled. In the interview, Trump scolded Sessions for telling the Senate judiciary committee that he had not met with any Russians during the campaign. It was later revealed he had met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, at least two times. Sessions later amended his testimony."Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers," the President said. "He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't."A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to CNN about the President's remarks regarding Sessions. But a source familiar with his thinking said Sessions has no intention of stepping down as attorney general in the wake of Trump's comments.Trump also asserted that former FBI Director James Comey had presented him with a dossier containing a number of allegations about himself and Russia prior to his inauguration as a way to have leverage over him."In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there," Trump said.The dossier included a wide range of allegations, including salacious and unproven ones about Trump. CNN reported in February that investigators had corroborated some points in the dossier, but not the salacious details. In the interview, Trump said he had immediately written it off as false."When he brought it to me, I said this is really made-up junk," Trump said. "I didn't think about any of it. I just thought about man, this is such a phony deal."Trump said he had done the country a "great service" by firing Comey.Investigating family's finances 'a violation'Trump had harsh words for the Justice Department investigation into potential coordination between his associates and Russia to influence the 2016 election, suggesting the probe was unfair due to conflicts of interest.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the investigation as special counsel after Trump fired Comey. Trump suggested it would be wrong for Mueller to investigate his family's finances. The Times reported that when asked if that would be a red line, Trump responded in the affirmative, but would not say what action, if any, he would take."I think that's a violation," Trump said. "Look, this is about Russia."A source told CNN last week that Mueller's team would be looking into a meeting Donald Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 at Trump Tower. CNN also reported that the FBI, as[...]



Sen. John McCain had aggressive brain tumor surgically removedLindsey Graham: John McCain is like his old self again after surgeryTrump wishes McCain well, calls him a 'crusty' Senate voiceMcCain's blood clot may be more significant than first thoughtMcCain surgery delays vote on Senate health care bill

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:28:16 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 02:19:25 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 22:51:35 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 14:52:23 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 22:44:03 GMT

Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of glioblastoma associated with the blood clot.Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about 3 to 4 hours. Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed.McCain is recovering "amazingly well," according to a statement from his office.The senator showed no neurological problems before or after the operation, said his doctors. Though not identified by name, at McCain's request, his doctors were given permission speak with Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon.McCain is now recovering at his Arizona home. He and his family are considering treatment options, which will likely include radiation and chemotherapy, his doctors said. Routine exam Doctors discovered the clot during a routine physical exam last week. They said he is very diligent about coming in to scheduled exams and is seen every four months for skin checks due to his history of skin cancer.He arrived at his early morning appointment, Friday before 8 am and as per usual, looked good, according to a doctor who has been involved in his care for nearly a decade. McCain, described as not being a complainer, did report feeling fatigued, which he attributed to a rigorous travel schedule.He also told his doctor he had, at times, felt foggy and not as sharp as he typically is. In addition, he reported having double vision. These symptoms and doctor intuition prompted a CT scan.When the results came back, McCain, who had already left the clinic, was asked to return for an MRI. Before the operation, his neurological exam was normal, according to his doctor.The operation began in the late afternoon and the senator was recovering in the ICU by evening. His doctors told Gupta they were amazed at how sharp McCain was when he awoke. He knew what year it was and started cracking jokes. He also made it clear that he wanted to leave the hospital and get back to work, his doctors said.Showing no signs of cognitive delays, McCain was discharge Saturday and has been recovering at his home since then.His doctors would not reveal details but said his post operative care is standard. 'Aggressive tumor' His doctor said McCain was oriented, with good balance and no headaches or seizures.The clot was over the senator's left eye, not far from the left temple where he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2000. Previously, McCain had three other malignant melanomas removed in 1993, 2000 and 2002. None of these melanomas were invasive. All were declared Stage 0.However, McCain has been regularly screened by his doctors since 2000.Gupta was one of a select group of reporters who reviewed McCain's medical records in 2008 when he was campaigning for president.The surgical procedure McCain underwent is "a significant operation," said Gupta, explaining that a bone underneath the eyebrow had to be removed to do the procedure a[...]



Protesters roll loudly through Senate office buildings, 155 arrestedGolfers, Trump and protesters converge at Bedminster for Women's OpenCongresswomen protest for 'right to bare arms'Protesters arrested outside Mitch McConnell's officeHealth care protests erupt at GOP senators' offices

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:01:27 GMTSat, 15 Jul 2017 21:05:52 GMTSat, 15 Jul 2017 02:04:13 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 22:55:49 GMTMon, 10 Jul 2017 21:10:12 GMT

The chants of vocal activists echoed through the hallways of Senate office buildings Wednesday, as hundreds staged sit-ins to protest the Republican health care plan that's already on shaky ground.

Clashing with the shouting was the sound of two-way radios from a larger-than-normal police presence to arrest those refusing to heed warnings to stop.

Such protests have become routine on Capitol Hill this summer, but Wednesday marked one of the busier protest days, with 200 to 300 people attempting to target all 52 offices of Republican senators. US Capitol Hill Police told CNN that 155 demonstrators had been arrested Wednesday.

Using the "mic check" approach, groups that ranged from just a few people to a few dozen would walk into offices until they were kicked out. Those willing to risk arrest would then sit on the floor in the hallway and continue to chant their concerns about the bill.

"Please Sen. Toomey! Please don't kill me!" they yelled outside the office of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. "Shame! Shame! Shame!"

US Capitol Police, who've grown accustomed to the methods of the health care protesters, warned the groups to stand down. After waiting several minutes, they began peacefully arresting the protesters, as fellow demonstrators in the hallway would cheer and applaud.

Groups moved from one office to another, thinning gradually as more and more were picked off because of arrests.

Several of the demonstrators had taken part in previous protests at the Capitol. One woman, outside Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse's office, said she had a child born prematurely who would not have survived without former President Barack Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. She said she's walked 50 miles on Capitol Hill this summer "to beg for my daughter's life."

Not all demonstrators were willing to risk arrest and protested quietly instead. The groups represented included the Center for Popular Democracy, Housing Works, National Nurses United, Rise and Resist, Positive Women's Network - USA, ACT UP, and Health Care for America.

This weekend's U.S. Women's Open has drawn top golfers, President Trump and some protesters.

On Friday, more than 30 congresswomen on both sides of the aisle wore sleeveless dresses to support their "right to bare arms."

Several protesters -- including religious leaders -- were arrested Thursday outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, following demonstrations against Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republican senators returning from recess Monday were greeted by protesters in or around their Capitol Hill offices, demonstrating against GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.




Woman finds her missing dog listed for sale on Craigslist

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:44:58 GMT

It's a crime happening all across the country: So-called dog-flipping is robbing families of their pets, and allowing thieves to cash in on it.

One woman who lives in Jacksonville's East Arlington area told News4Jax on Tuesday that it happened to her this weekend, and she wants to prevent it from happening to anyone else.

It was thanks to a good Samaritan, who realized something wasn't right and did the right thing, that Kristy Bryan now has her 2-year-old Cairn Terrier, Dougie, back. Still, the dog's rightful owner said she she hopes the dog thief will be caught.

Dougie has since been reunited with his family. But over the weekend, Bryan wasn't sure if she would ever see him again. 

"I went looking for him immediately, of course," Bryan said. "But then I went looking for him again and I started to worry pretty bad after I didn’t hear anything."

Dougie disappeared Sunday. But though he had a collar and a microchip, there was no word on his whereabouts. That’s when Bryan became suspicious, and started searching the internet.

"I started searching Craigslist ads that day. I actually came across the ad where he was being sold, but the woman used different pictures of a different dog and I discarded it. I didn’t realize it was actually him," Bryan said.

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It turns out, Bryan said, the dog was for sale. She said a Craiglist post was advertising her dog with a $300 price tag. It listed a slightly different breed and showed photos of a similar dog, but it was Dougie, Bryan said. 

An unsuspecting buyer bought the dog from a still unknown woman, but later became suspicious when things just weren't adding up. 

"She paid for him for her and her daughters to have," Bryan said. "Then, after she realized that he was stolen, that’s when she started to look on Craigslist to find if there was a lost dog that matched his description and she saw my ad."

That woman, who's now out $300 bucks and is consoling two upset daughters, returned Dougie to his rightful owner. Her one request: Get the thief off the streets.

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"There's no emotion like that when someone does something so kind for you. It was just a very emotional situation for everybody involved," Bryan said.

Both women want the thief to be arrested.

Bryan told News4Jax that she has been in contact with police and hopes this doesn't happen to anyone else.




Report: USPS improperly enabled workers who helped Clinton campaignBill Clinton is literally hiding between two Bushes in a viral photoGiant snow globe features Clinton's unused confettiBush, Clinton stress value of humility in Oval OfficeFBI official from Clinton inquiry joins Mueller investigationClinton campaign officials surprised by Donald Trump Jr. emails

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:45:06 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 22:56:01 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 19:50:07 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 04:12:20 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 20:11:55 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 01:07:27 GMT

A government investigation concluded that the United States Postal Service "improperly coordinated" with a postal workers union that supported Hillary Clinton's campaign.The investigation, as documented in a report from the Office of Special Counsel, said the USPS granted employees union leave time off, at the request of the union, to do political activity -- which OSC concluded was a "systematic violation" of a law regarding the political activity of federal employees.The report said the practice was longstanding, perhaps ranging as far back as the 1990s.The report came in response to a request from Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs a Senate committee that held a hearing Wednesday on the matter and asked representatives of government watchdogs why it went on so long. William Siemer, the acting deputy inspector general of the USPS's inspector general's office, indicated it was a case of institutional inertia."It seemed that it was adopted just as a practice where nobody was really looking at it through the lens of is this appropriate or not," Siemer said.A message left with the Clinton campaign Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.OSC's report said the USPS's actions during the 2016 campaign violated the Hatch Act, a 1939 law intended to keep federal employees from directly supporting candidates. The report said OSC will not seek individual punishments for violation of the law but said USPS needed to take corrective measures, including no longer considering political activity as a reason for official union leave and implementing a "'hands off' approach to a union's political activity."The issue in question, which Johnson said was brought to his attention by Timm Kopp, a letter carrier and constituent who spoke at the hearing, concerned USPS's coordination with the National Association of Letter Carriers for employees to take leave to participate in an AFL-CIO political effort to get Clinton elected and help "other pro-worker candidates across the country" by getting workers to do things like canvass door-to-door and man a phonebank.According to the report, the union would provide a list of USPS employees to USPS, asking they be put on unpaid leave to participate in the political effort. Then the USPS management would disperse the lists, which were viewed lower down as "directives," to give the letter carriers time off, including telling local supervisors to do so over concerns it would affect postal operations. The union would pay the employees out of its own political fund during their time off.Kopp said he and others had to work overtime to keep operations going while others were off on political work, and he said he tried and failed to raise concerns through various channels before getting through at this level.In his statement at Wednesday's hearing, Johnson said the total scope of the 2016 effort seemed relatively small at a total of 97 employees getting time off, but the senator warned of "unquantified consequences" from operational concerns to unfairness for employees who weren't in the union or wanted to support different candidates from their union.Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat on the committee, said she found the apparent length of the Hatch Act violation "shocking" but said the USPS' response to the report was encouraging.Postmaster General Megan Br[...]



Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort scheduled to testify July 26Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort scheduled to testify July 268th person in Trump Jr. meeting linked to money laundering investigationInvestigators leave door open for Trump Jr., others' public hearingsTrump Jr. attorney offers details about 8th person at meetingSecret Service: Donald Trump Jr. didn't have agency's protection at time of meetingTrump re-election campaign paid $50,000 to law firm now representing Trump Jr.Donald Trump Jr. 'red handed' on Time coverWarner: Committee requests more records from Kushner, Trump Jr.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:27:11 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 22:27:11 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 21:12:14 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:43:14 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 00:20:25 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 00:30:07 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 02:31:52 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:29:03 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 23:56:55 GMT

Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have been scheduled to testify before the Senate judiciary committee on July 26, the panel announced Wednesday.President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is also expected to appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Monday. A source told CNN Kushner's testimony would be behind closed doors.The interest in Trump Jr. and Manafort builds on already intensive congressional investigations. In June 2016, the President's eldest son agreed to meet with someone described as a "Russian government attorney" after receiving an email offering him "very high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to emails Trump Jr. publicly released last week. Manafort and Kushner attended that June 16 meeting.Earlier this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, said that Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller had signed off on the committee's request to interview Manafort and Trump Jr. in public.Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell said, "As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress. Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner's interview with the Senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest."Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have been scheduled to testify before the Senate judiciary committee on July 26, the panel announced Wednesday.A Government Accountability Office report published in 2000 details how companies in the US set up bank accounts that came under investigation for money laundering -- and it involved Ike Kaveladze, the eighth person who has now been identified as attending the June 9, 2016 meeting that Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer.Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could be en route to the Senate for public hearings on their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, the leader of one the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the election told CNN.Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, has told CNN he has spoken by phone to the eighth person in the room during the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.The Secret Service is pushing back on President Donald Trump's attorney's remarks Sunday that there was nothing questionable going on at a meeting last summer between Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and top members of Trump's campaign.The Trump re-election campaign paid $50,000 last month to the law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr., according to a new filing the campaign made with the Federal Election Commission.This is one Time magazine cover President Donald Trump might not want to frame.Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, told CNN the panel will ask Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. for additional documents, following revelations from an email chain that Trump Jr released this week.[...]



Overdoses overwhelm Volusia County, almost all deputies now carrying NarcanVideo: Narcan used to revive woman who overdosedVideo: Connecticut school district to equip schools with Narcan

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:27:52 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:59:14 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 20:15:43 GMT

In the early morning hours of June 13, Deputy Brandon Coker raced to a home in rural Pierson for a suspected overdose.His dispatcher relayed to him that the 911 caller had just discovered a stash of needles in her son's room."There's a little zipper pouch thing and it has syringes in it," the caller told the dispatcher. "God almighty dear!" The caller was the mother of a young man who was shooting up heroin with his girlfriend in his bedroom, according to deputies.The young man was out of it; the young woman was unconscious."Yes, I have somebody unconscious in my house and I don't know what just happened," said the caller.Ironically, Coker has just been issued two doses of the overdose-reversing nasal spray Narcan. He carries both in his front pockets."Mainly so we can have it so readily available," explained Coker.He quickly realized the woman had overdosed and spray both doses, minutes apart, up her nose."After having all this training, you see this girl on the floor with blue lips, slow pulse, her boyfriend's freaking out," said Coker. "Kinda hit me. I'm here and I have Narcan, and I have to do something."The woman suddenly woke up and began talking to Coker."It was like an instant trigger," said Coker. "To me, it was like I just saved this girl. Because I thought she was going to die, honestly."Coker was the first deputy in Volusia County to save someone's life with Narcan.Coker is now one of more than 200 deputies across Volusia County carrying Narcan. That's almost all of the deputies on patrol at the Sheriff's Office. Eventually all will carry Narcan.Coker patrols the rural areas of northwestern Volusia. He arrived at the woman's home several minutes before paramedics."The fire department covers Barberville, Pierson and Seville, and there's one fire truck," said Coker.Sheriff Mike Chitwood stressed the need for all deputies, especially in rural areas, to carry Narcan because of the growing opioid epidemic."As a matter of fact, in some ways it's even worse in the rural parts, because it's flying so far under the radar screen and no one's paying attention out there," said Chitwood. "By having those deputies who are assigned to that area, they're going to get there long before medical services are ever going to get there."Coker said deputies answer two, three, even four calls per day across Volusia County for overdoses and administer Narcan.Chitwood said deputies encounter heroin and the extremely potent fentanyl so often that they sometimes must use Narcan on themselves."In a car stop, they're making an arrest it's just as much we can be ingesting that and then we have to turn around and save ourselves," said Chitwood. "It's not just that we're saving our community, we're saving ourselves, making sure our deputies are protected in every way possible."Chitwood's policy is not to arrest people who overdose but rather to help them. Chitwood said anyone who overdoses and is assisted by deputies will not face charges in order to encourage people to seek help when they need it.Deputies now treat overdoses as homicides prompting a murder investigation in every case. Detectives are currently seeking several dealers responsible for recent overdose deaths.[...]BLUR NARCAN OVER[...]


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Second lawsuit filed amid sexual abuse allegations at day careLawsuit: Employee sexually abused 4-year-old at Bright Horizons Children's CenterSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:52:28 GMTThu, 01 Jun 2017 23:35:49 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:22:15 GMT

Bright Horizons school in Orlando is in the spotlight again.

A second lawsuit has been filed against the school.

Jeff Herman is representing the families filing the lawsuits.

For the second time in about a month, he stood in front of Bright Horizons school in the Baldwin Park community demanding answers.

"They're filing it because this may be their only measure of justice. They're giving their child a voice and what happened to their son should not have happened," said Herman.

It was June 1 when the first lawsuit was filed.

Weeks prior, Bright Horizons had fired a teacher after sexual abuse allegations were made.

The director was put on leave and the Department of Children and Families began to investigate.

The director has since resigned.

"These cases, I think, are always difficult for police because the burden of proof is high. It's beyond a reasonable doubt. It's a criminal case. And when you have little kids, it's a he said/he said in this case they want to make sure that they cover all their bases," said Herman.

The lawsuit claims the former teacher inappropriately touched and interacted with two of his students, both boys between the ages of 3 and 4.

The first lawsuit was filed by a mother who says her 3-year-old told her detailed information about the teacher.
"He had color descriptions, locations. Very descriptive. Things that he wouldn't have even been aware of," said the mother.

Since May, News 6 has asked the school about its teacher-student policy and questions about the alleged abuse.

Those questions have not been answered.

We were sent a statement from the school's media representative that said:

"We have been working closely with DCF on a situation that was reported to us in May and have been fully supporting DCF in that investigation.

We have been communicating with families at the center throughout this process.

We have not received the legal complaint that was shared with the news media today.

We have no information that there are any developments in the investigations being conducted by the authorities. In the meantime, we remain focused on the children and families at the center and our dedicated and hard-working teachers who are maintaining great learning environments and care for children."

A representative with DCF said they are close to wrapping up their investigation.

Orlando police said the case is still under investigation and they could not talk any further about their findings.
Herman hopes to begin depositions next month.

He said more victims could come forward in the future.

The parents of a 4-year-old boy are suing a Baldwin Park pre-school and an employee they said sexually abused their son.

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32 million more people would be uninsured under new Senate Obamacare repeal billTrump threatens Heller on health care while sitting next to himMcConnell 'master tactician' label damaged after health care fightKasich: People 'breathing a sigh of relief' after health care bill foldsHealth care bill: Pro-Trump media blames CongressPence on health care: 'Inaction is not an option'How the Republican health care bill fell apart

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A new Senate bill to repeal Obamacare would leave 32 million more people uninsured by 2026 than under current law, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Wednesday.The Republicans' latest attempt to fulfill their years-long pledge would effectively repeal Obamacare in 2020, giving lawmakers until then to come up with a replacement plan. The ramifications of not replacing the law immediately would be severe. Three-quarters of the nation would live in areas with no insurers participating in the individual market by 2026 -- leaving many without an option if they do not have employer-provided or government health insurance, such as Medicare or Medicaid.Also, premiums would about double by 2026, compared to current law, the CBO found.It's unlikely GOP lawmakers will approve this bill, though these frightening figures will make it even harder for them to proceed down this path. House Republican leaders cast aside an attempt to swiftly and simply repeal Obamacare earlier this year after encountering stiff opposition from fellow lawmakers and others, who said it was critical to come up with a replacement bill at the same time.The idea unexpectedly resurfaced earlier this week after Republicans' effort to repeal and replace Obamacare ran aground in the Senate on Monday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would call a vote on a repeal bill modeled on 2015 legislation that was passed by both chambers before being vetoed by then-President Obama.This bill, unveiled Wednesday afternoon, is meant to be a wake-up call for Republican senators, to serve as a reminder that most of them voted for it just two years ago. McConnell is essentially daring Republicans to reverse their vote and support the status quo they've been campaigning against for seven years.The CBO score could also pressure Republicans to consider going back to the negotiating table to find a path forward on their more comprehensive health care bill, which would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured over the next decade. That is what President Trump asked them to do on Wednesday during their lunch at the White House, though earlier in the week he called for lawmakers to repeal the Obamacare now and replace it later.The administration pushed back on the report."We continue to believe that CBO's methodology is flawed, and this score fails to take into account the president's full plan, which includes a replacement for Obamacare and administrative actions to reduce costs and expand access to quality, affordable care," a White House official said.Here's what the new bill would do: -- Get rid of the individual and employer mandates, two of the least favorite provisions of the law, by reducing the penalty to $0. This provision would be retroactive to 2016. -- Effectively end Obamacare in 2020 by eliminating the federal subsidies that help people afford individual coverage.-- Eliminate Medicaid expansion starting in 2020.-- Repeal taxes on the wealthy, health insurers, medical device makers and others.-- Defund Planned Parenthood for one year.-- Increase funding for substance abuse and mental health needs by $1.5 billion over two years.Enacting the legislation would decrease deficits by $473 billion over the next decade, however this doesn't take into account the cost of a replacement plan.In some important ways, however, this bill repeals [...]



8th person in Trump Jr. meeting linked to money laundering investigationTrump Jr. attorney offers details about 8th person at meetingInvestigators leave door open for Trump Jr., others' public hearingsSecret Service: Donald Trump Jr. didn't have agency's protection at time of meetingTrump re-election campaign paid $50,000 to law firm now representing Trump Jr.Donald Trump Jr. 'red handed' on Time cover

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:12:14 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 00:20:25 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:43:14 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 00:30:07 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 02:31:52 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:29:03 GMT

A Government Accountability Office report published in 2000 details how companies in the US set up bank accounts that came under investigation for money laundering -- and it involved Ike Kaveladze, the eighth person who has now been identified as attending the June 9, 2016 meeting that Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer.The GAO report published in October 2000 outlined how companies opened 236 accounts at two banks through which more than $1.4 billion was deposited between 1991 and 2000. It found the accounts had been opened for corporations tied to Russian brokers. The GAO did not name Kaveladze in the report.According to a November 2000 report in the New York Times, Kaveladze opened the accounts. He told the Times at the time that the GAO investigation was a "witch hunt" and denied he engaged in any wrongdoing. He was never charged with any crimes.In a statement posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday night, former Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan said Kaveladze established companies and set up bank accounts that came under congressional investigation for possible money laundering.Levin said that while serving as the senior Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, he learned in the year 2000 that Kaveladze, the eighth person identified as being present at the meeting at Trump Tower, established "some 2,000" US corporations and bank accounts on "behalf of people in Russia.""The owners of those accounts then moved some $1.4 billion through those accounts," he wrote in the post. "Kaveladze claimed he did all this without knowing for whom he was doing it."He called Kaveladze the "poster child of this practice.""Based on the example of Kaveladze, who was in a sense the poster child of this practice, and other examples we uncovered over the years, we've been trying for decades to end the hidden ownership of American corporations," he wrote.Levin also explained that many states in the US -- Delaware being a "popular one" -- allow people to set up companies without having to disclose ownership, nor were banks required to know the true owner of the account at the time.Kaveladze's attorney Scott Balber told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Outfront" on Tuesday night that what his client did was "absolutely, unequivocally legal.""There was never any allegation of him engaged in any criminal activity, was certainly not charged with anything criminal or regulatory, and did absolutely nothing wrong," he said. "He has never been implicated in any wrongdoing whatsoever."Kaveladze is a senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, according to Kaveladze's LinkedIn. The June 9, 2016 meeting was set up by Rob Goldstone, who acts as a publicist for Agalarov's son, a musician.Kaveladze's identity was confirmed by Balber.His personal website says he "holds responsibility for multiple elements of the company's Russian development project."Balber said Kaveladze is a long-time US citizen who speaks fluent Russian and has "never had any engagement with the Russian government in [...]



Flooding, heavy rain pours in Brevard County

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:20:57 GMT

Heavy rains and flooding have closed part of State Road 520 on Wednesday, as storms were forecast on this hump day.

The section of road closed is from Fiske Boulevard to Indian River, which remained closed. 

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"The storms will clear by Wednesday at 10 p.m.," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.

As the storms move out, more humidity and heat is expected, with highs in Orlando reaching 93 degrees.

In the past 24 hours, estimates show that 2 inches of rain came down in Brevard County.

Rain chances on Thursday will be at 60 percent, while rain chances over the weekend will decrease to 40 to 50 percent.




Trio of burglars target Lake County businesses, deputies say

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:59:54 GMT

Deputies said they are investigating a string of burglaries this week at several businesses in Lake County.

Three people broke into Domino's Pizza and the Laptop Repair Service Center, both located in a strip plaza on U.S. Highway 441 in Eustis, early Tuesday morning. A $1,000 laptop was stolen. The men also tried to take a cash register from Domino's Pizza but were unsuccessful, a news release said.

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Also on Tuesday morning, Tavares police said they responded to a burglary at Firehouse Subs located at 2712 East Burleigh Boulevard during which three men entered the business around 3 a.m. and unsuccessfully tried to take the cash register.

Papa John's Pizza in Mount Dora was also targeted Tuesday morning by a trio of men who shattered the front glass and stole cash, according to a news release.

Deputies said they believe all four burglaries are connected. They also said they believe the same men are responsible for burglaries at a Jersey Mike's Subs in Mount Dora on July 1 and July 15.

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Cash was stolen in both of those instances, officials said.

The unidentified men are believed to have used a four-door, dark-colored sedan in the burglaries, deputies said.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jim Vachon said law enforcement officials in the area are working together to make arrests before any more businesses are targeted.

"The fact that they are breaking and entering all these businesses and causing all the damage, it's distressing in a lot of ways, but we really want to get these guys off the streets," Vachon said.

The owner of Laptop Repair Service said that even with security at his shop, it's nearly impossible to prevent break ins because burglars are often quick and cover their faces.

"I'm honestly waiting to see what the police are going to do about it because I can't do anything," Jairo Huertas said. "Sometimes I feel like I just want to close down and get it over with and do something else because it's happening more often."

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

"That's the biggest part, somebody knows who these guys are and with a phone call can solve these cases for us, but either way we are trying our best to get them off the streets," Vachon said.


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Deputies seek man accused of holding ex-girlfriend at gunpoint

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:44:33 GMT

A man accused of repeatedly stalking and terrorizing his ex-girlfriend is at large and deputies said they want him in handcuffs as soon as possible, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The victim said her ex-boyfriend Jason Jurado, 19, broke down her bedroom door and forced his way inside before running away, deputies said.

The woman was dropping off her children at a babysitter's house in DeLand on Monday and when she returned to her car, Jurado was in the backseat, according to the news release.

Deputies said Jurado crawled to the front seat next to the victim, loaded bullets into his gun, pointed it at her head and forced her to drive. Jurado took the woman's phone and hit her hand with his gun when she tried to stop him, the report said.

The victim pulled into a parking lot and honked her horn repeatedly until a passerby noticed what was happening, prompting Jurado to run away, deputies said.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Jurado on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated stalking, armed burglary, tampering with a witness, grand theft and other charges.

Anyone who sees Jurado is asked to call 911 or call Detective Campbell at 386-943-7866 with information about his whereabouts.




Wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands to flee homes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:27:33 GMT

Kim Strauss didn't see the wildfire consume his California residence, but he says he'd be surprised if the home was still there.Strauss is one of a few thousand people who were told to leave their homes because of a wildfire raging in California's Mariposa County, to the west of Yosemite National Park. He saw the flames approaching from a ridge near his house southwest of Mariposa city on Tuesday morning.A sheriff's officer told him and his girlfriend that they had 10 minutes to leave."I got my clothes and I grabbed my girlfriend's dresser and her pictures and her stuff, and I grabbed my mom's stuff, and the dogs" and put everything in a pickup truck, he told CNN affiliate KRON. "It's our first home, and I worked hard on it."The Detwiler Fire, which started Sunday near Lake McClure, has burned more than 45,000 acres and was 7% contained Wednesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.About 4,000 people have been evacuated, including the entire city of Mariposa a few miles west of the park, and eight structures have been destroyed, officials said. The park itself has issued no warning for visitors, but the fire is threatening power lines that supply Yosemite, state fire officials said. Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the county.Here's what the fire has looked like, in images shared by people at the scene: Help from 200 miles away More than 2,200 firefighters are fighting the blaze, including a crew from the Southern California city of Lompoc, some 200 miles away.The Lompoc firefighters posted videos and pictures to Instagram on Tuesday. It was their 12th straight day on the road, and they had helped fight two other wildfires before the Detwiler fire. 'Grabbed most of my clothes' Stephanie Warner, a guide at Yosemite, has been living in Mariposa only for a month. She and her housemates were among those evacuated from the city of about 2,000 people Tuesday.She posted to Instagram a picture of what she wrote was the "super creepy" sky around the time she was packing."(I) grabbed most of my clothes, laptop, electronics, important documents," among other things, she told CNN.A police officer told her and her housemates to leave around 4 p.m. PT, roughly three hours after power went out. She said Wednesday that she was staying in Fresno, wondering if the house in Mariposa will survive. Home safe for now George Bell-Uribe said it appeared that fire wasn't threatening his Mariposa-area home Wednesday morning. He said the flames appeared to have been stopped about a mile from his residence, and he praised firefighters' work.Video that he posted Wednesday to Instagram showed a generally hazy area, and, as the camera panned to the right, smoke rising from hills in the distance. View from a hospital Jen Wright took this video from her workplace, John C. Fremont Hospital near Mariposa, on Tuesday:The Detwiler Fire, named for one of the roads in the area, is one of 17 large wildfires burning in California on Wednesday, officials said. The cause of the Detwiler blaze wasn't immediately known, but hot, dry conditions conducive to such fires have persisted for days.[...]



Another John Wayne Gacy victim ID'd, ending family's 40-year agonyMost notorious serial killersWhat we know, don't know about 4 missing menLawyer: Man admits involvement in murders of 4 missing menLawyer: Man admits involvement in murders of 4 missing menSuspect arrested in theft of missing Pennsylvania man's vehicle

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:23:02 GMTThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:44:49 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 21:50:03 GMTFri, 14 Jul 2017 03:23:03 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 22:07:35 GMTWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:38:02 GMT

For half a decade, serial killer John Wayne Gacy prowled the streets of Chicago in search of young, vulnerable boys and men to lure back to his Norwood Park home. Gacy is believed to have murdered at least 33 men between 1972 and 1978. Some 40 years later, six of those men are still unidentified.But one family was brought closure Wednesday, as Cook County authorities identified James "Jimmie" Byron Haakenson as another victim of the so-called "killer clown."Police: Victim was murdered shortly after coming to ChicagoHaakenson was 16 years old when he left his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, in search of a different life in a bigger city in 1976, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart told reporters Wednesday.The teenager came to Chicago in early August and called his mom on August 5, 1976, to let her know he had arrived. It would be the last time she would hear from her son. Police believe Gacy murdered Haakenson shortly after he made that phone call home, quite possibly that same day. It is not known how Haakenson and Gacy met. Gacy was known for searching areas around Chicago looking for men who were gay, alone or looking for work.Gacy would lure men to his home on false pretenses, often offering them rides, money, drugs, alcohol or a job. He would then impair them before sexually assaulting, torturing and killing them. Authorities used DNA to identify victimBy the time police uncovered the crawlspace in Gacy's home in 1978, Haakenson's body was unidentifiable. For 39 years, he was given a new identity: Victim No. 24.In the 1970s, police could only identify victims using dental records. Cook County officials removed the jawbones from the eight unidentified Gacy victims before burying them in county cemeteries, Dart said. County officials found the bones did not provide enough information for four of the unidentified victims, and in 2011, authorities exhumed the bodies to gather more DNA. Dart said authorities gathered enough DNA evidence on the victims and are ready to start bringing closure to their families. Dart said he hopes more families will come forward in the near future so more victims can be identified. Nephew of victim searched for answersIt was earlier this year when a nephew of Haakenson's reached out to the county to find out more about his uncle. Dart said the nephew came across information on the county's recent efforts to identify the victims. Shortly after, he persuaded his father and aunt, Haakenson's brother and sister, to take a DNA test. The DNA submitted by the family members was an "immediate hit" on Victim No. 24, Dart said, which quickly led to identifying Haakenson.It wasn't the first time family members came forward to link Haakenson's disappearance to John Wayne Gacy. Haakenson's mother went to authorities in 1979 to see if her son was a victim, Dart said. But due to limited resources at the time and the mother's lack of dental records, nothing was recovered. The mother passed away in the early 2000s, Dart said. Timeline of murder determined from positions of victims Cook County authorities used other victims' positions in the crawlspace of Gacy's suburban Chicago home to narrow the timeframe of Haakenson's death.Haakenson's body was found betw[...]



Poll: Slim majority wants Democrats in charge of CongressPoll: Americans say health care is most important issuePoll: Trump's approval rating drops to 36 percentPoll: China, US neck-and-neck in global popularity contestPoll: Majority of Americans say civility has declined since Trump electedPoll: Only 17% approve of Senate health care billPoll: Majority say civility in political debate worsening

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:04:47 GMTMon, 17 Jul 2017 18:56:33 GMTSun, 16 Jul 2017 20:10:05 GMTThu, 13 Jul 2017 21:24:02 GMTMon, 03 Jul 2017 13:02:05 GMTWed, 28 Jun 2017 14:46:22 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:27:20 GMT

A slim majority of registered voters says it would prefer Democrats in control of Congress in order to act as a check for President Donald Trump, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The poll, released Wednesday, found that 52% of registered voters would rather Democrats control Congress, while 38% of registered voters would rather Republicans control Congress in order to support Trump.

Currently, the GOP holds a 52-48 majority in the Senate and a 240-194 majority in the House.

The poll also found that 51% of registered voters said that Trump does not factor in to their reasons for voting in the 2018 midterm election. On the other hand, 24% said the reason why they will vote in the 2018 midterm elections is to oppose Trump, while 20% are voting in order to support Trump.

This newest poll comes after a different Washington Post/ABC News poll found Trump's latest approval rating to be at 36% -- giving him the lowest approval rating at the six-month mark of any president in the past 70 years.

Historically, voter turnout is lower for midterm elections. According to Fairvote, 35.9% of voters voted in the last midterm election in 2014. In comparison, around 60% voted in the 2016 presidential election and around 61% in the 2012 presidential election.

The poll also follows a highly publicized period of congressional infighting over health care. Although the poll was conducted before the latest blow that effectively caused the collapse of the Senate health care bill, the Republican-controlled Congress had made headlines for the bill's low approval rating and its inability to garner the support of the entire party. Democrats had also critiqued the GOP for not holding hearings on the bill.

The poll was conducted from July 10 to 13 in both English and Spanish among a random national sample of 1,001 adults and has a +/- 3.5 percentage point margin of error. The pollsters dialed numbers from samples of both landlines and cell phones.

A plurality of Americans say they believe health care is the most important issue facing the country right now, a new Bloomberg News poll has found.

Only 36 percent ������of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's performance in the Oval Office, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll has found.

The world's reigning and emerging superpowers are neck-and-neck in the popularity stakes, according to a new report on China's global image released Thursday.

The majority of Americans -- seven in 10 -- say the level of civility in Washington has declined since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.

Only 17% of Americans approve of the Republican Senate health care bill, with 55% of national adults saying they outright disapprove of it, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

A majority of Americans say the tone and civility in political debate has been worsening in recent years, according to a new poll released Monday.




Foster children receive adoption surprise at Disney WorldVideo: Blue Angels fly over Disney WorldDisney guest chokes girl who was blocking view of fireworks, deputies sayDeputy raises money to send boy to Disney before he goes blind

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:02:53 GMTThu, 06 Apr 2017 15:58:38 GMTFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:13:25 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 22:26:49 GMT

The most magical place on Earth lived up to its name for two newly-adopted children.

The Gilmour family took their two foster children to Disney World for vacation. The kids thought they were getting a private meet and greet with Mickey along with autographs. 

What they didn't know is that Mickey would soon change their lives forever.

After meeting with the kids, Mickey presented the kids a sign, telling them it was their adoption day.

The children immediately burst into tears, and their new parents ran out to hug them.

Their new mother, Courtney Gilmour, posted the video to Facebook, which has been viewed over 1 million times.

"Have tissues when watching PURE DISNEY MAGIC!" Gilmour wrote on Facebook.

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels make a rare appearance over Walt Disney World. 

A woman is accused of choking a girl who was blocking her view at the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.

A deputy is raising money in hope of getting a young boy to Disney World before he completely loses his sight.




Trump threatens Heller on health care while sitting next to him

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:56:54 GMT

Donald Trump is a remarkably unorthodox politician.Witness a scene Wednesday at the White House where Trump hosted the entire Republican Senate conference as a way of jawboning them about the health care bill, which appears to be hopelessly stalled.At the start of the meeting, Trump gave some on-camera remarks in which he talked about the struggles to find consensus on the legislation. Then he said this about Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, who was sitting directly to Trump's right:"This was the one we were worried about. You weren't there. But you're gonna be. You're gonna be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he? And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they're gonna appreciate what you hopefully will do. Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare. But being fine with Obamacare isn't enough for another reason. Because it's gone. It's failed. It's not gonna be around."Heller's reaction to Trump's comments is, literally, priceless:Make no mistake about what Trump is doing in that moment. He's "joking" but, as everyone knows, he's not. He's delivering a threat to Heller.Heller, who represents a swing state in Nevada and faces a serious Democratic challenger in the form of freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen, has been at the center of the political firestorm this debate has kicked up within the GOP.He announced on June 24 -- at a news conference with Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval -- that he couldn't support the GOP health care bill. "It's simply not the answer," Heller said at the time.Almost immediately, a Trump-aligned super PAC -- America First Policies -- announced an ad campaign slamming Heller for the decision. Amid huge blowback, the group pulled its ads after just 12 hours.That's the context into which Trump's not-a-threat-but-yes-this-is-definitely-a-threat lands. And, it comes just days after it was reported that Trump himself has spoken to three potential Republican primary opponents of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been an outspoken Trump critic and is up for re-election in 2018.The message from all of that is unmistakeable: If you like being a senator, you'll get on board with me. Or else.For those who say Trump was joking and the media is over-analyzing it all, consider:The look on Heller's face, which makes clear that he knows Trump isn't really joking. These words from Trump: "Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he? And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they're gonna appreciate what you hopefully will do." How else could anyone take that comment? The body language from Trump as he places his hand on Heller's arm to make him stop laughing.Trump knows exactly what he is doing here. He was making sure not only Heller but everyone else in that room -- the wavering or opposed senators were clustered in and around Trump and Vice President Mike Pence -- as well as anyone who saw the clip replayed later k[...]



Social Security Administration warns about fraudulent callersFounder of failed Fyre Festival faces federal fraud chargesNew Jersey rabbi among those accused of welfare fraudJose Mourinho accused of $3.6 million tax fraudFake teen doctor sentenced in fraud case

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:44:14 GMTSat, 01 Jul 2017 05:07:28 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 18:31:16 GMTTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:34:33 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 18:43:29 GMT

The Social Security Administration is warning that schemers are impersonating government agents and stealing people's benefits.

In a blog post Wednesday, the agency's Office of the Inspector General said people have been receiving calls from a number with a 323 area code.

"The caller claims to be an [agency] employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits," the post reads. The fraudsters attempt to "acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims' direct deposit, address, and telephone information with [the agency]."

If the caller obtains the information, he or she can then use it to change the victim's account information -- so the fraudster can rewire Social Security payments to his or her bank account, according to the agency.

"Social Security employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes, but they will not request sensitive personal information from a citizen over the phone," according to the blog post.

The administration asks that anyone who receives a suspicious call to report it to the agency's Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online.

Social Security recipients are common targets of foul play, and the agency recently cautioned the public about another other widespread scheme.

In March, Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warned of a separate nationwide telephone scheme in which a recording impersonates a message from Inspector General investigators and asserts that the listener's Social Security benefits have been suspended.

One such recording prompts the listener to call a number, and a person on the other line tells the caller that there's a warrant out for his or her arrest and demands payment.

The co-founder of the Fyre Festival was arrested and charged with one count of federal wire fraud on Friday, according to the Manhattan US Attorney's Office.

A New Jersey rabbi and his wife were among four married couples accused of misrepresenting their income to receive $1.3 million in Medicaid, food stamps and other government assistance programs, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Jose Mourinho -- one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years -- has been accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of $3.6 million during his time as Real Madrid boss.

A man accused of practicing medicine without a license when he was a teenager in Florida is going to prison in Virginia on fraud charges.




West Melbourne pet store owner fined after photos of dogs spread on Facebook

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:23:25 GMT

Brevard County Animal Services and Code Enforcement are investigating a pet store in West Melbourne after photos spread on social media showing several of its dogs outside laying on concrete.

"This makes me sick"!  Hannah Martin, who goes by Hannah Jean on Facebook, said in the post. "It is 90 degrees outside, and this is a puppy store in West Melbourne off 192. Share so the world can see."

The photos were posted Monday afternoon and had been shared more than 3,300 on Facebook by noon Wednesday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

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"I didn't know Facebook had the power to bring seven sheriffs to my front door," said Greg Doherty, owner of Pets Around the World in the 3200 block of West New Haven Avenue.

Animal Services responded to the complaints Tuesday and cited Doherty for not having enough water for the number of dogs, said Brevard County Sheriff's spokesman Tod Goodyear. That carries a $300 fine, he said.

Animal Services and Code Enforcement were planning to return to the store Wednesday, Goodyear said. The water citation was the only thing officials found wrong Tuesday.

"The dogs were in good condition, and they had all the paperwork for them," Goodyear said. "We still want to make sure they aren't violating any ordinances."

Doherty said he will contest the fine. At the time of the animal services visit, he said there were three wide water buckets in the patio area and they each had at least an inch of water in them. Doherty said the county ordinance does not specify how much water needs to be available per dog.

The pet shop currently has 30 dogs there, Doherty said. The dogs are let outside in the patio area, where there's a dog house and a shaded structure.

"We don't want to keep the dogs inside all day," said co-owner Marsha Michael.

Doherty said the shop has been in business 30 years and has been at its West Melbourne location for six years. 




Rockledge man killed in Beachline crash, FHP says15-foot-deep sinkhole opens near homes in The VillagesTrio of burglars target Lake County businesses, deputies say

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:58:29 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:46:51 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 20:59:54 GMT

A 21-year-old Rockledge man was killed Wednesday in a crash on the Beachline in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Christian Lake was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported at 11:50 a.m. on State Road 528 at mile marker 20 near Monument Parkway.

The FHP said Lake was driving a 2005 Isuzu truck west when the traffic in front of him slowed. He failed to slow down and struck the rear of a tractor-trailer, troopers said.

The driver of the semi, Miguel Lopez Febus, 42, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, the FHP said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol did not play a role in the crash, troopers said.

 

The wreck remains under investigation.

A 15-foot-deep hole opened up this week between two homes on Lavaca Lane in The Villages, according to an official from Sumter County Public Works Department.

 

Deputies said they are investigating a string of burglaries this week at several businesses in Lake County.

 



Trump to tap Raytheon lobbyist as Army secretaryToyota robot helps meet needs of paralyzed Army rangerNo active shooter found at Alabama Army base; lockdown lifted

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:20:57 GMTMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:04:21 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 19:17:03 GMT

The Trump administration plans to name Mark Esper as its nominee for Army secretary, administration and congressional sources confirmed to CNN.Esper is the third person the Trump administration has named as its pick for Army secretary after the first two picks both dropped out --- one over financial vetting issues and the other amid a backlash over controversial comments on LGBT issues.Esper is a defense lobbyist for Raytheon and has been head of the company's government relations arm since 2010.His selection was first reported by the Washington Examiner.Senate armed services committee Chairman John McCain, who will handle Esper's confirmation process, has urged the Trump administration to put forward Pentagon nominees, but he could be wary of Esper's industry ties.During his confirmation hearing, McCain slammed new Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, over his ties to industry, and he said he's concerned generally about defense executives taking senior jobs at the Pentagon.McCain is currently recovering in Arizona from surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye, and it's likely Esper's confirmation won't occur until after the congressional August recess.McCain and other lawmakers have expressed concerns at the slow pace the administration has filled the top Pentagon positions surrounding Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and the Army secretary has been a particular trouble spot.Trump's first pick, billionaire Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola, withdrew from consideration in February over problems untangling his business ties.Trump's second choice for Army secretary, Tennessee state legislator Mark Green, withdrew in May over a backlash from his controversial comments on LGBT issues and Islam.Trump's first pick for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, also withdrew due to financial issues, though Richard Spencer is likely to be confirmed by the Senate soon for that post.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was confirmed in May.Esper is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and West Point grad, and his military career included a tour during the first Gulf War.He has had a lengthy career in both government and the business world.Before taking his job at Raytheon, Esper worked at the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Institute for Public Policy and the Aerospace Industries Association.In the George W. Bush administration, he served as deputy assistant secretary for negotiations policy, where he was responsible for arms control, nonproliferation and United Nations matters. Esper also had a stint on Capitol Hill, working for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the house armed services committee.Esper did not respond to an email seeking comment.For the first time, Toyota has tested its in-home robot in the United States.Part of the US Army's Redstone Arsenal post in northern Alabama was locked down for hours Tuesday as authorities investigated reports that a shooter was in one of the buildings.[...]



Drone Privacy: Is anyone in charge?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:00:38 GMT

(Consumer Reports)--In 1942 a chicken farmer outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, sued the U.S. government. He said the frequent, low overflight of military aircraft on the adjacent runway was scaring his birds and damaging his livelihood, and he wanted compensation. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1946. And one result of United States v. Causby was that the Court set the limits of private airspace: If you own a house, your property rights extend 83 feet up into the air.That’s a quaint—and thankfully irrelevant—limit when it comes to manned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration keeps planes much higher than that, save on approach and take-off, and even then most airports require a decent buffer around them. But the 70-year-old ruling has new importance in the age of drones. It remains the only clear federal statement of law on how far above the ground your property ends. And that has raised concerns among some privacy advocates, who question whether anyone from a pesky neighbor to a police department to Amazon’s planned delivery service should be allowed to fly above private property, potentially shooting video from the level of the treetops.Now a federal lawsuit, which was argued today in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is trying to force the Federal Aviation Administration to set rules protecting citizens from such privacy intrusions. The action was brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC); among other points, EPIC wants the FAA to make it easy for citizens to find out whether drones flying overhead have surveillance capabilities. The group also wants to protect the privacy rights of drone pilots, who have been required to register with the FAA since December.This isn’t the first time that EPIC has tried to compel the FAA to focus on drones and privacy, but the agency argues that its authority is limited to making sure that drones are safe. For now, the question remains: If the FAA isn’t protecting your right to privacy from drone spying, who is?Paparazzi Laws Privacy concerns can lead to hot tempers. Last year, a Kentucky man use a shotgun to blast a drone out of the air above his home. A New Jersey man did the same thing in 2014, and a woman in Seattle called the police when she feared a drone was peeping into her apartment. (The drone belonged to a company conducting an architectural survey.) And in November, repeated night-time overflights by a drone prompted calls to Albuquerque police complaining of trespassing—the police concluded that the flyer wasn’t breaking any laws. State laws already on the books offer some privacy protections, especially if a drone is shooting photos or video. Erin E. Rhinehart, an attorney in Dayton, Ohio, who studies the issue, says that existing nuisance and invasion-of-privacy statutes would apply to drone owners. If you could prove you were being harassed by a drone flying over your house, or even that one was sp[...]



Read the Minneapolis 911 calls: 'I can hear someone out the back'Minneapolis police shooting timelineMinneapolis police shooting exposes flaws of body camerasMinneapolis releases 911 transcripts of woman killed by policeMinneapolis woman killed by police: What we know and don't knowCop who shot Minneapolis woman was precinct's first Somali officerWoman killed by Minneapolis police was 'kind, funny'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:14:03 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 14:37:58 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:03:41 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:50:02 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 02:41:04 GMTWed, 19 Jul 2017 03:29:07 GMTTue, 18 Jul 2017 17:59:03 GMT

Justine Ruszczyk, the woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police on Saturday night, made two 911 calls reporting a possible sexual assault near her home about 25 minutes before being killed, according to transcripts of the calls.The transcripts, released by the city of Minneapolis on Wednesday, provide the first look at Ruszczyk's perspective in a police shooting that remains unclear five days later.Her first 911 call was made at 11:27 p.m. CT, and she reported someone either having sex or being raped near her home."I can hear someone out the back and I, I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped," she told the dispatcher. "I don't think she's enjoying it," Ruszczyk said.Ruszczyk called 911 again at 11:35 p.m., eight minutes later, to make sure police got the correct address."Yup, officers are on the way there," the dispatcher said."Thank you," Ruszczyk responded.Those concerned calls ended in tragedy on Saturday night after two Minneapolis police officers, Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity, responded to the scene. As the officers approached the scene, Ruszczyk approached the driver's side window of the squad car, authorities said. Harrity said that Noor fired his weapon, hitting Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window. Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old bride-to-be, died at 11:51 p.m., authorities said.The shooting was not captured on police body cameras, and Noor has not spoken to investigators. The lack of information has left the public -- including Mayor Betsy Hodges -- in the dark about what occurred.Below is the full transcript of Ruszczyk's two conversations with police. The audio was not released.911 call at 11:27:02 p.m.Operator: 911, what's the address of the emergency? Caller: Hi, I'm, I can hear someone out the back and I, I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped. Operator: Give me the address. Caller: (Redacted address) Washburn Avenue South.Operator: Washburn Avenue South. You said it's behind (inaudible)? Caller: And there's a (inaudible) out the back, yup, yup. And I think she just yelled out "help," but it's difficult. The sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don't think she's enjoying it. I think it's, I don't know. Operator: OK, well I already got a call started and help on the way. Uh, you can't see anything, you're just hearing a female screaming then, is that what you're saying? Caller: Yeah. It sounds like sex noises, but it's been going on for a while and I think she tried to say help and it sounds distressed. Operator: OK, I've already got an officer on the way. What is your name? Caller: JUSTINE. Operator: JUSTINE, what's your last name? Caller: JUSTINE. Operator: JUSTINE. Caller: Yeah. Operator: And a phone number? Caller: (Redacted)Operator: OK, we've already got help on the way. If anything changes before we get there just give us a call right back, but officers should be there soon. Caller: Thanks. Operator: OK, not a problem.911 call at 11:35:23 p.m.Operator: 911, what is[...]