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Missing woman Tia Bonta's remains found in Orange County, family saysDeputies say missing woman Tia Bonta presumed deadBones found in drone search may be those of missing womanOrange County deputies search wooded area in case of missing womanDeputies search for person of interest in missing woman's case

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:33:05 GMTWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:44:35 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 23:23:20 GMTThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:37:43 GMTTue, 23 Aug 2016 03:29:02 GMT

Human remains found in Orange County last month are confirmed to be those of Tia Bonta, a 24-year-old woman who was reported missing in 2016, according to a family member.

The remains were found by two men picking palmetto berries on Sept. 29 in the area of Fort Christmas and Lake Picket roads.

Kevin Bonta, the father of Tia Bonta, told News 6 authorities called him to tell him dental records matched those of his daughter. However, Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said Tuesday evening that the remains had not been positively identified.

News of the identification comes less than a week after deputies released photos of jewelry, including a silver ring with "MOM" and hearts engraved on the band, that was found with the body, in hopes that someone would recognize it.

Kevin Bonta said his daughter's boyfriend bought the rings seen in the photos distributed by law enforcement.

“It’s something I expected because she would never just leave like that, especially since she has a kid,” Kevin Bonta said, adding that he was too distressed to provide any further comment.

Tia Bonta was last seen on July 31, 2016, at the Days Inn at the corner of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive. She was reported missing days later, on Aug. 5, 2016.

Family members told deputies that Bonta was with James Dellafield at the Days Inn and he dropped her off at a home near Buck and Cleburne roads.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified Dellafield as a person of interest in the case weeks after Bonta disappeared. He has since been cleared.

Deputies said in November 2016 that Bonta was presumed dead. She was the mother of a baby boy who was less than 1 year old when she disappeared.

"We have to assume the worst now and we are heartsick about it," Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.

Deputies say bones found near a Central Florida subdivision could be those of a woman who was killed by her boyfriend five years ago.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said searched a wooded area on Thursday for evidence in the case of a missing woman.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has identified the person of interest in the case of a woman reported missing in the wooded area of Cleburne Road.

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Woman says she was raped by Tinder date outside Blue Spring State Park

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:14:25 GMT

Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a report that a woman was raped by a man she met on Tinder, the dating app.

Detectives have launched a sexual battery investigation, and they’re looking to identify the man responsible.

The 43-year-old victim met the man online and the two arranged a date. On Saturday night, the man picked up the woman in his car and drove her to the area of West French Avenue and Becker Boulevard, in Orange City, to a secluded spot at the entrance of Blue Spring State Park, according to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The rape took place inside the vehicle, the report said.

Visiting the area on Tuesday, the only lights News 6 noticed on the street are the ones that light up the state park sign. 

News 6 spoke to a guard at the park entrance and he said the only people who typically travel on the road are campers entering the park. The gates close at 7 p.m., the guard added.

The sexual battery was reported to authorities early Sunday morning, after the woman’s friends brought her to a hospital in the area, where she told officials she’d been raped.

Examining the dating app policies listed on Tinder's website, it says under the Safety tab that users are solely responsible for their interactions, and that the site does not conduct criminal background checks, so people should be cautious if they decide to meet in person.

News 6 contacted Tinder for a comment, but we are waiting to hear back.

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Eastbound I-4 exit to Par Street shut down due to car fire

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:53:51 GMT

The eastbound Interstate 4 exit to Par Street, just east of Princeton Street, has been shut down by a car fire in the area, officials said Tuesday night.

Investigators are looking into the situation.

The closure is causing some traffic congestion.

Stay with News 6 for the latest updates.

UF spending $500,000 on security for Richard Spencer's eventScott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist event at UFUF president, Sen. Rubio urge students to shun white nationalist eventCharlottesville mayor slams 'despicable visit' as another torch rally held

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:45:32 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 20:14:59 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:31:28 GMTSun, 08 Oct 2017 09:54:33 GMT

White nationalist Richard Spencer has the First Amendment right to speak at the University of Florida Thursday, but university officials say that right is costing UF more than $500,000 in security to keep the campus safe. Spencer is required to pay for $10,000 in security and event costs.A full month ahead of Spencer's speech, campus police started working with local, state and federal officials to keep students safe and make sure the violence that happened during a white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Virigina, isn't repeated in Gainesville.Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Alachua County Monday through an executive order after a request from Sheriff Sadie Darnell for additional resources.UF officials originally denied Spencer’s request Sept. 12 due to the potential violence and risk on campus and the community, following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, but UF President W. Kent Fuchs later said the university would allow the event to happen.Fuchs posted a video Monday, saying that by law the university could not prevent Spencer from speaking on campus."The values of our university are not shared by Mr. Spencer," Fuchs said. Spencer was hours away from filling a First Amendment lawsuit when UF officials said he could speak there, Spencer's Gainesville attorney, Gary Edinger, said. "It's hateful speech, it's disgusting speech, but it's constitutionally protected," Edinger said. Edinger, who is a First Amendment lawyer, said he has received backlash for accepting Spencer's case. His office was picketed last week. Fuchs also said that UF is not able to bill Spencer or his group, the National Policy Institute, for the cost of security. "I think it speaks a lot about how they feel about our safety, but I also feel that's completely unnecessary to have to spend my tuition money just because some racist wants to come speak at my school," Lana Winjum, a UF freshman, told News 6 on Monday. UF is cancelling some on campus events and restricting access to certain buildings only to those with student identification ahead of the event. Concerned students, facility and parents can read the university's plans for safety online here. On Tuesday, an orange and blue banner that read "Love not hate," was draped over a fraternity house on campus. Dozens of Florida Highway Patrol troopers stood across the street from the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Many students said they were worried ahead of the white nationalist event and would stay away. Thousands of counter protests are also planned for Thursday. "I have a class in Turlington when he's speaking and I know that's where rioters will go," Winjum said. "I'm worried about walking there during that time." “Obviously, it's a first amendment right but when that's going to put the student body in danger and possibly be harmful to us, with protests and anger, I just don't think it's a good idea,” UF Freshman Tyler Thompson, of DeBary, said. Spencer's event starts at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Phillips Center. Fuchs and other Florida officials, including Sen. Marco Rubio, are urging students to avoid the event completely. "I ask that you not let Mr. Spencer's message on hate and racism go unchallenged," Fuchs said. "Make it clear that messaged of hate on campus are contrary to our values." For more information on the event, including answers to commonly asked questions, click here.[...]Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County and directing additional law enforcement resources to help Thursday when white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida.President Kent Fuchs wrote in an email Tuesday that Spencer and his group [...]

Truck drivers trained to spot, report sex trafficking to save young victims10th victim dies in human trafficking case; Florida man chargedUber driver saves 16-year-old from sex trafficking after overhearing conversationHuman trafficking victim forced to get plastic surgery, tattoo, police sayMotel Sued by Alleged Human Trafficking Victim Forced Into Sex Work as a Teen104 suspects arrested in Polk County human trafficking sting

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:31:20 GMTMon, 24 Jul 2017 22:44:44 GMTSun, 01 Jan 2017 17:50:27 GMTThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:55:59 GMTMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:13:00 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 21:17:24 GMT

The first time Kathleen Eberle watched the training video from Truckers Against Trafficking, she knew she had to do something to help stop human trafficking.Eberle, the president of NPO Transportation in Southfield, was shaken by what she saw on the video while at a convention."You can't listen to this stuff in front of you without saying 'We've got to do something about this.' Simple as that," Eberle said. She made it mandatory for all her drivers to be trained to spot suspicious behavior and make the call to report it."I feel strongly that we are the eyes and the legs and the rubber on the road. If they see something, there are guys out there, they can see when something doesn't look quite right and they have no problem putting themselves out there if you give them the opportunity and the tool to do so," Eberle said.The training comes from Truckers Against Trafficking, a grassroots organization that educates and empowers truck drivers, their companies and the travel plaza industry to be crime fighters against domestic sex trafficking. "They are sometimes in the places that pimps will target and exploit in order to sell their victims," said Laura Cyrus, the operations director for Truckers Against Trafficking. "Truckers may interact with victims of human trafficking at a number of locations, truck stops, travel plazas, rest areas, hotels, motels, city streets, terminals, anywhere, truly, that a trucker may be a trafficker may try to exploit."Billy Myers, a driver and supervisor for NPO Transportation, knows what to look for to report a problem. "If the person is young, if they look scared, if they look abused, always looking over their shoulder that tells you that somebody's watching them and something's not right," Myers said. "If you're at a rest area and you see this young lady, female, male come up to you and asking you for a date, you should know something's not right. You know, pick up the phone. I tell my fellow drivers, pick up the phone and call the police. It's always better safe than sorry because you don't know if you're helping a person or if you're not helping a person, but you'll never know unless you do it."Drivers get trained to recognize signs of trafficking. Then, all they have to do if they see something suspicious is call the National Human Trafficking Hotline to report it. The number is 1-888-3737-888.Truckers can put stickers on their vehicles with the phone number as well. For her company, Eberle had drivers program the national hotline into their phones. "Anytime they believe they see a minor engaged in commercial sex or anytime they believe they see evidence of pimp control regardless of the age or gender of a victim. So you might have a pimp involved in a bartering process or you might a pimp that drops off victims at a location, multiple women or girls get out of a car, anytime there's that kind of indication, we want the driver to think, 'OK, this is a red flag. I need to be paying attention to what's going on, and if I truly believe this looks like human trafficking to call the national hotline number,'" Cyrus said. "We are the eyes and ears of the highways. we hear stuff, we see stuff before anybody else does," Myers said.Truckers Against Trafficking started in 2009 and since then calls from truckers to the National Human Trafficking Hotline have led to 525 likely human trafficking cases being identified.  The cases involved 972 victims, 315 of which minors."We're talking about our children, boys, young girls ages 9 to 15 is the sweet spot, so to speak. We can't let it continue. We're all members of this world and we need to do something about it to make it a better place," Eberle said.For more information about Truckers Against Trafficking, click here.[...]A 60-year-old [...]

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Former Volusia deputies accused of preying on women in drug courtDaytona Beach police officer charged after prisoner says he asked for oral sexOrlando police detective violated code of conduct

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:20:45 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 20:55:50 GMTTue, 22 Aug 2017 03:26:26 GMT

Two former Volusia deputies stand accused of preying on women who were going through the county's drug court.

Internal affairs documents released to News 6 detail an investigation that spanned several months into the deputies' interactions with several women going through the program.

One of the former deputies, Bryan "Scott" Barnett, resigned in December. He's accused of providing a phone for one of the women and providing money for sex.

The other deputy, Jay Hawman, a 13-year veteran of the force, is also accused of preying on women struggling with addiction and contacting them after hours on social media and even having sex with some of them.

The report reveals what some describe as a culture that went unchecked, even though there were hints that indicated inappropriate behavior.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he is sickened that this pattern of abuse was well-known throughout the drug court system.

"We in law enforcement pin on a badge and we are there to be trusted. We are there to be counted on. We are there when people are down on their worst moment in life. They should be able to turn to somebody in law enforcement for help," Chitwood said.

He credits a court clerk employee, who reported Hawman had requested a records search on a past drug court participant he claimed was his girlfriend, with bringing the abuse to light.

In the future, Chitwood said, the department can do a better job of screening its deputies and rotating deputies in and out of drug court supervision to try to keep an abuse of power from happening.

"There were little clues there that we missed. I think that we will be a lot better at it this time around paying attention to it," Chitwood said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating whether any criminal charges will be filed and Chitwood is petitioning to have the deputies' licenses revoked.

A Daytona Beach jail transport officer has been charged after an female inmate said he asked her for oral sex and exposed himself to her while driving her to the Volusia County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators have determined that the former OPD detective accused of forcing a woman to perform sexual acts inside his patrol car violated the department's code of conduct.

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Suspect in Winter Park teen's death denied bond on manslaughter chargeJudge denies Stand Your Ground motion in Winter Park teen's deathMother of slain Winter Park teen: 'I can feel him in my heart'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:12:00 GMTThu, 28 Sep 2017 21:17:28 GMTSat, 07 Jan 2017 04:51:25 GMT

A teenage boy facing a manslaughter charge in the beating death of a Winter Park teen was denied bond and will remain in jail after he appeared before a judge on Tuesday for new charges in a separate case.

Prosecutors charged 16-year-old Simeon Hall as an adult after officers arrested him earlier this month. Police say he attacked someone at Ward Park, injuring the victim's head.

The victim's father didn't want to go on camera for fear of compromising the case but did say his son was at the park for a birthday party with friends when the attack happened. 

The teen is also charged with manslaughter in the October 2016 beating death of 15-year-old Roger Trindade. Police say Hall and another boy got into a fight with Trindade and left him unconscious.

Hall is charged with felony battery and tampering with an electronic monitoring device in the most recent case. His bond on both of these charges total $5,150.

Trindade later died from his injuries. Hall's bond for the battery charge in the Trindade's death is set at $2,000. The judge revoked his bail Tuesday on the manslaughter charge.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina K. Daly on Tuesday released a statement about the use of electronic monitoring devices.

“The placement of this youth offender on electronic monitoring is the decision made by the court. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) utilizes a one-piece GPS device that tracks a youth on electronic monitoring’s exact whereabouts real-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This monitoring allows DJJ to trace back a youth’s whereabouts if they are in an area prohibited by the court’s order. Specifics regarding a juvenile’s record or case are considered confidential and exempt per Florida law. We are glad that law enforcement quickly responded to ensure public safety,” Daly said.

Because Hall is a juvenile, a number of his records remain sealed even with the new charges as an adult. 

During Tuesday's court hearing, the judge stated the court had reviewed his juvenile records and noted a previous incident with his device.

"The court has reviewed the paperwork stemming from the juvenile case bringing you forth here. I am aware that you were on an electronic monitor," the judge said. "You violated your electronic monitor as recently as September and then you now have these new charges."

A judge denies a motion that would have allowed a Stand Your Ground defense in the beating death of  a Winter Park teen.

On Friday, the mother of Roger Trindade, the 15-year-old who was killed last October, stood just feet from where her son was beaten, and spoke fondly of her boy.

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Edgewater High School security guard resigns after inquiry of him messaging student on SnapchatWoman held hostage by barricaded man near University High School, deputies sayFormer Astronaut High School teacher accused of having sex with student​Seminole high student lied about being stabbed on way to bus stop, deputies sayLoaded gun, marijuana found on duo in vehicle at Oviedo High School, police sayStudents waving Confederate flag at Osceola High prompts disruption on campusHigh School Senior Brings Homecoming Dance to Hospital for Best Friend Battling LeukemiaStudent poses for senior photos at McDonald'sTeen struck in front of West Orange High SchoolJones High School fined after investigation into altered grades

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:03:32 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 17:14:28 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 21:29:56 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 20:58:30 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 03:37:01 GMTThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:20:29 GMTWed, 27 Sep 2017 19:46:00 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 20:00:00 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:33:29 GMTWed, 30 Aug 2017 00:46:45 GMT

An Edgewater High School security guard and football coach resigned last week after he sent a Snapchat message to a female student in August, violating the district's policy.A DCF investigation into Steven Woods began on Aug. 16 for an incident the day prior, when a female student went to administration and told them that Woods sent her a message on Snapchat.The female student went to administrators and explained the incident with Wood where she and her friend were taking pictures at school on Snapchat, and then he told them to get to class.Woods offered to take the students on his golf cart to class. The female student said while her phone was on the seat next to Woods he went to add himself to her Snaphat account.The student told administrators that he did it to keep an eye on her.The student told officials that she denied his requests and then he tried to add her an additional time on a different Snapchat name, and she added Wood not realizing it was him. The student showed the administrators the message. Woods: What's up? You didn't add me on here? LOLStudent: I most definitely didWoods: I was hoping to see some of your snaps from today. Specially that pic of you squatting down. What r up to?Student: Oh I didn't post those.Woods: Dang. I would have like to see. What's the mean pretty girl up to tonight? Why aren't you in bed? Woods when questioned about the exchange on August 30 and admitted to the sending the student the message.​ "I did not intend anything sexual about the squatting comment, just trying to explain which pictures I was referring to," Woods told officials in the incident report said. "While I know that this is wrong, my full intention was to work with them, get to know them, like I try to connect with my boys on the football team. It was an attempt to build rapport, and I went about it in the wrong way," Wood said. According to the school district records, Wood was relieved of duty with pay on Aug. 17 and returned to work on Sept. 5. Woods was issued a letter of reprimand on Sept. 17, stating that he had violated the school board's policy and that the letter would be in effect for two years after it was issued. Woods resigned from the school on Oct. 10.A man held a woman against her will and barricaded himself at a home on Pinewood Cove, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.Dodd Anthony Mitchell, 55, was arrested after investigators received information regarding a sexual relationship between him and former student. A 14-year-old girl who said she was stabbed Friday morning while walking to her Seminole County high school bus stop was not telling the truth, as Seminole County deputies said the girl's stab wound was actually self-inflicted. Two people were arrested Thursday after police said they found a loaded gun and marijuana in the suspects' vehicle.A group of students waiving and holding a Confederate flag at Osceola High School caused a disruption on campus Wednesday afternoon, according to school officials.Homecoming isn’t the same without your friends, so when this high school senior fell ill with cancer, his best friend brought the dance to him.A high school student in Mississippi wanted to showcase her love for McDonald’s in her senior year portraits.Officials say a teenager was struck by a vehicle outside West Orange High School in Winter Garden.[...]

Jones High School has been reprimanded and fined following an Orange County Public Schools investigation into the former principal altering students' grades, according to the Florida High School Athletic Association.


Bigelow Aerospace, ULA want to build inflatable moon station2017 solar eclipse: News 6 road trips cross countryWhere to watch a rocket launch on the Space CoastFalcon 9 launches from Kennedy Space Center, sticks barge landingRetired astronaut Scott Kelly's memoir provides blunt take on year in space

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:27:53 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 16:12:16 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:54:57 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 14:56:23 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:23:48 GMT

The company behind the inflatable room currently on the International Space Station and reliable launch provider United Launch Alliance announced plans Tuesday to partner on a station orbiting the moon by 2022.The partnership is the latest in private-public companies announcing plans for moon missions.Bigelow Aerospace would use ULA's future Vulcan rocket to launch its expandable B330 module and two corresponding payloads with propellant to build the Lunar Depot in low-Earth orbit, according to a news release.B330 launches at one-third its full size and expands up to 330 cubic meters. The system can house up to six crew members.Its many uses, according to Bigelow Aerospace, include microgravity research, space farming and a private space yacht.Bigelow sent an expandable habitat, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, to the International Space Station for testing in 2016. The inflatable room is still holding up well at the Space Station, and NASA is considering extending the contract with Bigelow for long-term storage use on ISS.“We are so pleased to be able to continue our relationship with Bigelow Aerospace,” ULA CEO Tory Bruno said. “The company is doing such tremendous work in the area of habitats for visiting, living and working off our planet, and we are thrilled to be the ride that enables that reality.”Bigelow Aerospace posted a video animation of the future inflating orbiter, in which the Vulcan rocket launches spacecraft to dock with the lunar station. Spacecraft, including SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner, could dock at the lunar depot, bringing supplies and crew.The first part of the spacecraft, the B330 module would be inflated while in Earth orbit, post-launch. Vulcan would then launch the engines to be attached to the Lunar Depot and propel the spacecraft to the moon, according to the animation.Bigelow Aerospace president Robert Bigelow described the orbiting base as a stepping stone toward eventual Mars missions. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">"Our lunar depot plan is a strong complement to other plans intended to eventually put people on Mars," Bigelow said in a news release. "It will provide NASA and America with an exciting and financially practical success opportunity that can be accomplished in the short term."As more companies announce plans to return to the moon, it seems inevitable that humans will once again step foot on the lunar surface. After the new White House administration expressed interest in returning to the moon, more companies have followed suit in announcing lunar missions.Earlier this year, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced plans to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018. Last month, Musk revealed plans for building a moon base using its future Interplanetary Transport Vehicle, in addition to colonizing Mars.Musk offered few details about the plans, but wowed the International Astronautical Congress crowd in Australia with the idea of using the spacecraft, nicknamed BFR, to take people from one end of the earth to the other in 30 minutes for the price of a flight.Musk said he plans to have the first BFR launch by 2022.NASA Space Launch System’s first crewless launch, EM-1, targeted for no earlier than December 2019, will orbit the moon and return to Earth. SLS has faced many delays and budgeting problems, but will one day launch astronauts on deep-space missions from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, according to the agency.Moon Express CEO Bob Richards has built his Cape Canaveral-based commercial company around building a moon base. Moon Express is one of the five finalist competing for the Google Lunar Xprize, which will award $30 million to t[...]

Congresswoman: Trump told soldier's widow 'he knew what he signed up for'Pentagon identifies fourth US soldier killed in NigerTrump warns McCain: 'Be careful because at some point I fight back'Trump takes credit for ISIS 'giving up'Fallen Green Beret's brother says it will be an honor to hear from TrumpTrump comments on Green Beret deaths, knocks Obama

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:16:35 GMTSat, 07 Oct 2017 18:29:19 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 18:35:34 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 19:43:15 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 17:48:13 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 20:23:28 GMT

President Donald Trump told the widow of a US serviceman killed in the ambush in Niger that "he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens it hurts," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson.

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson was returned home to the Miami area late Tuesday afternoon, with the plane receiving a water cannon salute as it arrived near the gate.

The call from the President to Johnson's widow came shortly before Johnson's casket arrival, Wilson, a Florida Democrat, said on "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" Tuesday.

"Basically he said, well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt," Wilson said, adding that she listened to part of the call on speaker phone while in a vehicle with the family.

"That's what he said," she added.

Asked earlier if she was sure the President said that, Wilson told CNN affiliate WPLG: "Yeah, he said that. You know, ... that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn't say that to a grieving widow. Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don't remind a grieving widow of that. That is so insensitive. So insensitive."

CNN asked the White House for comment. A White House official said, "The President's conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private."

CNN was unable to reach the family for comment.

Four US soldiers were killed by enemy fire in an October 4 ambush in Niger. Trump addressed the deaths 12 days later in a Rose Garden news conference.

"I felt very, very badly about that," Trump said Monday. "I always feel badly. It is the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed."

He then claimed that other commanders-in-chief hadn't reached out to families of Americans killed in action, indicating he'd been told as much by the generals who serve in his administration.

In her interview, Wilson told WPLG that she hoped the President didn't make similar comments to the ones she heard to the other families of the soldiers killed.

"That is what stood out in everyone's heart," she said. "You don't say that. He is the President of the United States. This is a soldier who gave his life for his country. He is a hero in our minds, in our community's minds. That is an insult to the entire Miami Gardens community, to the entire District 24, to Miami Dade county and to this nation. And I hope he didn't say that to the other three families."

The Defense Department has identified the fourth service member killed in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday as 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

President Donald Trump, hours after Sen. John McCain delivered a speech that repudiated the President, warned the Arizona Republican to "be careful" because at some point he will "fight back."

President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn't on the run before because "you didn't have Trump as your president."

Two weeks after four American soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, President Donald Trump has been taking criticism for not contacting their families.

Breaking his public silence about four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump said Monday he'd penned personal letters to their families and planned to phone them later this week.

Officers fired over removal of United passengerHero who saved 30 people reunited with officer who saved his own lifeUnited States, Turkey mutually suspend visa services

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:30:40 GMTThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:24 GMTSun, 08 Oct 2017 23:53:49 GMT

Chicago aviation officials fired two officers and suspended two others involved in the forcible removal of a United Airlines passenger from a packed flight. Cellphone footage showed security officers on April 9 dragging Dr. David Dao by his arms and legs down the aisle and off the Louisville, Kentucky-bound flight before it took off at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Dao was left bloodied and bruised in the incident that created a firestorm for the airline.Three Chicago Department of Aviation security officers and a sergeant "mishandled a nonthreatening situation that resulted in a physically violent forcible removal of a passenger" aboard the flight, a City of Chicago Office of Inspector General investigation found, officials said Tuesday. Employees made "misleading statements and deliberately removed material facts from their reports," the investigation found. The aviation department, acting on the inspector general's findings and recommendations, fired the officer "who improperly escalated the incident," the inspector general's office said. The sergeant "involved in the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report" also was terminated, officials said. Two officers were suspended, officials said. None of the four was named."The use of excessive force caused the passenger to hit his face on an armrest, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth," officials said. Dao's attorney: 'Lesson to be learned' for officersIn a statement, Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said: "It is unfortunate the conduct of these two city aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs.""There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels. Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world," Demetrio said. "But for the video, the filed report stating that only 'minimal' force was used would have been unnoticed." United Airlines settled lawsuit by passengerThe incident began when gate agents asked volunteers to give up their seats for a United crew that needed to meet another flight.Dao and his wife initially agreed to take a later flight, a fellow passenger told CNN, but the couple changed their minds when they learned the next flight wouldn't leave until the following day. United had offered compensation to anyone willing to give up their seats; Dao apparently was chosen at random when not enough people volunteered.In a video shot by two passengers sitting behind Dao, he repeatedly refused to get off the flight, telling officers that he is a physician and must work in the morning.Joya and Forest Cummings told CNN that Dao was not belligerent and got only mildly upset when a second officer arrived and demanded he leave the plane, they said. Dao never raised his voice, the couple said.An officer was placed on leave after the incident.Incident reports from the officers said Dao was swinging his arms and had his fists balled as they tried to pull him from his seat.United conceded the flight was neither overbooked or oversold, despite its initial claims. CEO Oscar Munoz later apologized, calling the encounter "truly horrific." Munoz pledged a "thorough review." Several weeks after the incident, United reached a settlement with Dao.The dustup had repercussions across the industry.Southwest announced it would no longer overbook flights, in an attempt to ensure ticket-holding customers will never be booted off flights. Delta said it would offer volunteers up to $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.One of the heroes of Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas was reunited on CNN with the off-duty officer who saved his life after he took at least two bullets while rescuing the injured and dying from the scene. [...]Both the United States and Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa s[...]

Trump focuses on taxes in red meat speech before conservativesTrump kills key Obamacare subsidy payments: What it meansHawaii judge blocks Trump's latest travel banTrump takes credit for ISIS 'giving up'President Trump's mysterious absence from conservative talk radioTrump set for talks with Greek PMTrump warns McCain: 'Be careful because at some point I fight back'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:21:57 GMTSat, 14 Oct 2017 00:50:26 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 20:23:19 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 19:43:15 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 19:10:46 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 05:27:59 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 18:35:34 GMT

President Donald Trump delivered a red meat political speech touching immigration, the economy and cultural issues to The Heritage Foundation in Washington on Tuesday evening.

"Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God," Trump said. "That is why we're here tonight, to rededicate ourselves to the defense of our God-given rights."

The main thrust of Trump's speech was tax reform, with the President telling the conservative audience "at the heart of our plan is a tax cut for everyday, working Americans."

"We are going to bring back trillions of dollars parked over seas," Trump promised, while outlining plans for ending the estate tax and overall simplifying the tax code.

He also plugged a child tax credit for working families being championed by his daughter and top adviser, Ivanka Trump.

Trump touched on a few cultural issues, including "respect" for the US flag.

"We believe that our great American flag should be treated with reverence and respect," he said, adding that young Americans should be taught to respect it.

And he began his remarks claiming there are people calling for the removal of Christopher Columbus statues.

"We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down. Now they're even trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus, what's next? It has to be stopped. It's heritage," he said.

He also repeated an oft-repeated pledge to bring back "Merry Christmas."

President Trump finally made good on his promise to yank funding from a key set of Obamacare subsidies.

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban one day before it was set to take effect.

President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn't on the run before because "you didn't have Trump as your president."

President Trump has invited The New York Times into the Oval Office. He's granted behind-the-scenes White House access to Time magazine. And he's sat for interviews with the network news. But there's one medium the president has conspicuously ignored: conservative talk radio.

When President Donald Trump sat for talks Tuesday with his left-wing Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, he faced a man who last year warned his own citizens that Trump represented an "evil" raft of ideas with no place in western democracy.

President Donald Trump, hours after Sen. John McCain delivered a speech that repudiated the President, warned the Arizona Republican to "be careful" because at some point he will "fight back."

Poll shows tied Alabama Senate race

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:31:18 GMT

Democrat Doug Jones -- once thought to be a longshot in the Deep South -- has tied Republican nominee and former judge Roy Moore in Alabama's US Senate race, a new poll shows.

The two are tied at 42% each among registered voters, the Fox News poll published Tuesday, conducted by Democratic firm Anderson Robbins Research and GOP firm Shaw & Company Research.

Moore and Jones will face off in a special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat December 12.

The poll confirms Republicans' fears that Moore -- who campaigns on a theocratic, anti-LGBT message and has twice been ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice, once for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument and once for refusing to follow the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage -- would be a uniquely vulnerable candidate in a state President Donald Trump won last year by 28 percentage points.

Jones, a former prosecutor who convicted two former Klansmen in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, has sought to portray Moore as someone who would embarrass Alabama on the national stage.

"I can work with Republicans better than Roy Moore can work with anyone," Jones says in a new TV ad.

The poll found that just 53% of registered voters said they were extremely or very interested in the race. Among those voters, Jones has a one-point lead over Moore at 46% to 45%.

Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill Sessions' seat until the special election, in a September 26 primary runoff. His win came despite Trump having visited Huntsville to campaign for Strange. Moore was backed by Steve Bannon, Trump's former White House chief strategist. And he has campaigned on removing Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader.

Jones, meanwhile, launched his campaign with a Birmingham rally alongside former Vice President Joe Biden.

Moore has a history of under performing compared to national Republican leaders in Alabama. In the 2012 race for state Supreme Court chief justice, he won by just 2 points over little-known circuit court judge Bob Vance in a year Mitt Romney won the state by 22 points.

The survey of 801 voters, conducted October 14-16, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

Justice Department special counsel team interviews Sean SpicerTrump not considering firing Justice Department special counsel MuellerMueller's team met with Russia dossier authorBharara: 'It would seem' Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Mueller probeMueller's office interviewed Rosenstein about Comey firingExclusive: Mueller team's focus on Manafort spans 11 years

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:44:42 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 20:26:06 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 00:22:54 GMTMon, 25 Sep 2017 00:20:04 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 04:19:48 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 00:17:27 GMT

Special counsel investigators interviewed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday as part of the Russia investigation, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Spicer is the third White House-related official to be interviewed by Robert Meuller's investigators in the past few weeks. Last week, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was interviewed and investigators recently interviewed Keith Kellogg, executive secretary of National Security Council.

Politico was first to report the interview happened.

CNN was told by a separate source last week that there is an expectation that Mueller's team will wrap up interviewing the first group of White House officials by the end of the month.

As CNN previously reported, among the people Mueller has expressed interest in speaking with are former and current White House staffers whom investigators consider witnesses, including Priebus, Spicer, communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, communications adviser Josh Raffel and associate counsel James Burnham.

Mueller's investigators are looking for documents and emails relating to the dismissals of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In addition, one source confirmed that Mueller's team wants information connected to the Oval Office meeting Trump had with Russian officials in which he bragged about firing Comey, saying it eased pressure on his White House.

Lawyers for Spicer have not responded to CNN request for comment.

President Donald Trump said Monday he was not considering firing the Justice Department's special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in last year's election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein might have a conflict of interest over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the summer about his role in President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

2 sailors die 4 days apart in same Georgia homeTrump to declare national emergency on opioidsVolusia County sheriff discusses using Narcan to combat opioid crisis

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:52:18 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 19:58:11 GMTSun, 03 Sep 2017 17:20:38 GMT

Authorities investigating two deaths of Naval Station Kings Bay sailors in the same home, one found last Thursday and the second on Monday morning, suspect they could be drug overdoses.

According to separate reports from the Kingsland Police Department, 25-year-old Brian Jarrell was found dead inside his co-worker's home on Spinnaker Circle after he was reported missing by his wife and shipmates tracked his car to that house.

Jarrell told his wife he wasn't feeling well while the family was at Disney World last Wednesday for his daughter's birthday. He said he was going back to the hotel, but when they returned that evening, he was gone. His wife filed a missing person's report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Back in Camden County, friends began searching for him and found his car parked at a fellow sailor Ty Bell's home. The friends called Bell, got permission to enter and found Jarrell in the back bedroom face down and his body cold to the touch. They called police.

Four days later, a Navy chief went to the same Spinnaker Circle house when Bell had not reported to duty and didn't respond to phone calls. When he could see Bell on the couch yet he would not responded to knocking on the door, the chief called 911. Deputies and rescue personnel forced entry into the home and found Bell with both hands on a phone and a white foamy substance coming from his nose. 

Paramedics confirmed he was dead and police began a crime scene investigation. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service told News 6 partner News4Jax that drug overdoses were suspected in the two deaths.

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he would officially make a national emergency declaration to fight the opioid epidemic next week, a move he billed as a "major announcement."

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood discusses how deputies are using Narcan to combat the opioid crisis.

DHS spokesman, Kelly ally leaving administrationJohn Kelly's unusual news conferenceKelly: 'I don't think I'm being fired today'Trump touts Tillerson, Kelly, comments on Weinstein on way to fundraiserJohn Kelly is not pleased with Trump's NFL culture warMegyn Kelly turns to daytime for shot at 'Oprah effect'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:28:41 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 23:57:56 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:39:45 GMTSun, 08 Oct 2017 01:36:16 GMTMon, 25 Sep 2017 22:50:13 GMTSun, 24 Sep 2017 20:07:49 GMT

Department of Homeland Security press secretary David Lapan, the voice of the department and a longtime colleague of White House chief of staff John Kelly, is leaving the Trump administration, Lapan confirms to CNN.

Lapan began telling people this week of his move to the private sector, a source familiar with his plans said. In confirming the news, Lapan said he would be joining the Bipartisan Policy Center as senior director of communications and public affairs at the end of the month.

While the move comes on the heels of the announcement of a new nominee to be DHS secretary, top Kelly staffer Kirstjen Nielsen, Lapan said the move is unrelated, has been in the works for some time and is a personal decision.

Lapan came to DHS at the request of Kelly, with whom Lapan had worked for more than a decade in the Marine Corps.

The longtime Marine had also worked in the Pentagon press shop but had left government service and retired from the Marines to work in the nonprofit world when Kelly asked him to serve once again and join the administration.

Lapan was considered for the role of communications director when Kelly joined the White House and after Anthony Scaramucci left, CNN reported, but the job ultimately went to longtime Trump staffer Hope Hicks.

The message from White House chief of staff John Kelly was clear when he entered the press briefing room to banter with reporters Thursday: Everything is going as planned.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, making a rare appearance before reporters Thursday, rejected reports that he would soon be departing the White House.

President Donald Trump addressed questions Saturday evening about his relationships with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House chief of staff John Kelly amid reporting about tensions among his top aides.

White House chief of staff John Kelly was not pleased with the fight that erupted over the weekend between President Donald Trump and National Football League players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem, two administration officials told CNN.

Megyn Kelly is a talented, experienced television anchor. She is also an arrestingly glamorous presence on air. And coming off a year of highly personal confrontations with Donald Trump, she is certainly a well-known name to most Americans.

Ocala police attempting to ID vehicle involved in drive-by shootingPolice: Teen injured in Sanford drive-by shootingMan shot in abdomen during Deltona drive-by shooting, deputies sayRockledge teen facing charges in drive-by shooting, deputies say

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:37:46 GMTSat, 29 Jul 2017 14:04:48 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 21:00:06 GMTSun, 25 Jun 2017 15:25:54 GMT

The Ocala Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a drive-by shooting.

A woman who lives on Northwest 7th Street told police that her home had been shot at several times while her family was sleeping on Wednesday. Police said they found 10 9 mm casings at the scene and three bullet holes in the front door, one that went through the front window, several in the walls of the home, the couch, a bookshelf and a bedroom closet. 

The resident told police her four sons got in the family's car in an attempt to track down the shooter after the incident. She also said her house was shot at a few weeks ago.

On Tuesday, police release a surveillance photo of a blue four-door sedan, possibly a Saturn Aura, they believe was involved in the shooting.

The tail lights are clear, the front left tire appears to have custom rims and a donut tire is on the right rear.

Police said surveillance video shows the rear passengers shooting at the home while the front passenger filmed on a cellphone.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or knows more about the shooting is asked to call Detective Steckman at 352-427-2746. All citizen tips can be made anonymously.

A 17-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday morning, Sanford police say.

A man was shot by someone driving by as he was sitting outside his home on Lawrence Avenue in Deltona Saturday night, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.


A teenager is facing charges for a drive-by shooting that took place on Merritt Island Saturday night, deputies say.

Kissimmee utility workers to help restore power to Puerto RicoOrlando City SC playing friendly to support Puerto RicoLocal team of doctors returns after trip to Puerto RicoOrlando disaster relief center helping hundreds of Puerto Rico evacuees per day

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:33:27 GMTTue, 17 Oct 2017 16:29:51 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 03:33:17 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 21:51:46 GMT

A crew of six Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen are headed to Puerto Rico to provide relief for the island, which is still in dire need of electricity.

One month after Hurricane Maria destroyed the U.S. territory, more than 83 percent of people are still without power. Early on, experts warned that power might not be restored for at least six months. The lack of electricity has led to deaths because people aren't able to keep medications refrigerated, or use life-saving machines. Others are exhausted, with no relief from heat.

Lead Lineman Luis Santiago visited the island days after the hurricane, he wanted to get his mother and father back to the states. Other family members stayed behind. He says the communities were unrecognizable.

“There is an unbelievable amount of work, it is overwhelming. I've never seen destruction like this before," Santiago said.

KUA utility trucks were sent on cargo ships to the island last week. KUA said the six lineman arrived in San Juan Tuesday afternoon. 

The small crew will help to rebuild the electrical grid, which has more than 50,000 poles needing replacement, and 6,500 miles of cable needing to be restrung. The team expects to spend 30-45 days on the island.

Saturday, Nov. 4 the team will be putting on the "Fuerza Puerto Rico" Friendly against the Puerto Rican Soccer Federation with all net proceeds from the match going to the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

The majority of Puerto Rico is still without power nearly a month after Hurricane Maria. A team of doctors just returned home after a week helping those in need.

The disaster relief center at Orlando International Airport has helped more than 4,000 Puerto Ricans seeking refuge after Hurricane Maria in the 10 days since opening.

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FPL shares lessons learned after Hurricane Irma knocked out power statewidePower is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fireHurricane Maria cuts power to 3 million in Puerto Rico. Is help on the way?Florida woman makes 'sexy' plea to get power back after Hurricane IrmaDuke Energy working to get power up by Tuesday night deadline

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:43:51 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:09:39 GMTFri, 22 Sep 2017 20:35:25 GMTThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:22:12 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:11:15 GMT

As Hurricane Irma roared through, Florida Power and Light officials watched in real time as 4.4 million of its 4.9 million customers in all 35 of the counties it serves lose electricity.Tuesday afternoon, FPL gave News 6 an exclusive look at its brand new Category 5 hurricane-proof operations center in Palm Coast. FPL Vice President of Power Delivery Manny Miranda said investing in software technology and hardening its grid allowed FPL to restore more customers, faster."I think we did very well," Miranda said. "With all storms, hurricanes are a powerful force of nature. When Hurricane Irma impacted us, it impacted all 35 counties that we serve here at FPL. It affected over 4.4 million of our customers. When you kind of step back and look at our restoration performance, it was one of our best even after the 4.4 million customers out of service. Within 25 hours, we had restored over 50 percent of our customers."Miranda said within three days, 75 percent of FPL customers were restored and within five days, 90 percent of customers were back on."Like every storm, we will look at how we responded to the storm, but we are very critical of ourselves and will look at our performance," Miranda said. "If you look back at this performance and how fast we got lights on, Hurricane Wilma took us 18 days. We improved that down to 10 days for everyone." Over the past decade, FPL spent $3 billion on upgrades to its infrastructure.Engineers at operations centers across the state can now use software to zoom into maps and pinpoint outages in real time without having to send a truck to a neighborhood. Every single FPL customer is connected to the "Smart Grid.""Hardening" includes building and reinforcing infrastructure to withstand the storm, like replacing wooden power poles with concrete ones and building hurricane-proof buildings to house workers so they can monitor the storm and respond as soon as it passes.FPL also installed smart circuit breakers that self-heal when a branch hits a line and causes a short. Miranda said the self-healing breakers kept 5,000 customers on during and after the storm. News 6 asked why the vast majority of customers lost power even though the company spent $3 billion on upgrades."Well the electrical facilities, when trees fall over into the lines, the lines short out," Miranda said. "So if something comes into contact, it will temporarily lock out. But the investments we made with the Smart Grid enabled us to understand where we had outages. It enables us to reroute power very quickly."Miranda admitted FPL has learned lessons from Irma and must do better.One lesson is teaching people about tree type and placement."A lot of damage we had is the trees topped over," Miranda said. "So the 'Right Tree, Right Place' program looks at what type of trees we plant, making sure they're nature trees, making sure if the tree topples over it won't be into a line."    Miranda said FPL is now working with consultants and technology companies to better predict when power will come back on."That's an area we're going to be taking a hard look at, how can we provide a more granular level of information for our customers," Miranda said. Duke Energy was heavily criticized for underestimating restoration time frames and missing self-imposed deadlines.News 6 asked if FPL learned any lessons from the situation with Duke Energy after the storm."It's too early, we're al[...]

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School therapy dog gets own yearbook photo, becomes social media sensation

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:04:25 GMT

A school therapy dog has become a social media sensation. 

A photo of the dog’s yearbook pic was tweeted on Thursday by Twitter user Jaxon with the caption, “Oh my god. my mom got my dog a school picture because he’s a therapy dog at her school.” 

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Scott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist event at UFUpcoming Richard Spencer speaking event provokes fear for some UF studentsUF president, Sen. Rubio urge students to shun white nationalist eventWhite nationalist Richard Spencer speaking at UF Oct. 19

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:14:59 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 17:18:34 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:31:28 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 09:37:01 GMT

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County and directing additional law enforcement resources to help Thursday when white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida.UF officials originally denied Spencer’s request Sept. 12 due to the potential violence and risk on campus and the community, following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. UF President W. Kent Fuschs later said the university would allow Spencer’s event to happen.Scott said he signed the order after a request for additional resources the day of the event from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.UF and other agencies will pay more than $500,000 for additional security measures."We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our No. 1 priority," Scott said. "I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell, who has requested this executive order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”The university has repeatedly stated that it will not be affiliated with the event in any way, but as a public institution, UF is legally obligated to allow the expression of many viewpoints by external groups, such as Spencer's National Policy Institute.On Monday after Scott signed the executive order, UF officials said that they appreciated the governor's support, but that there was no immediate heightened threat to public safety."(The declaration) enables various law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently," the statement read. "For example, agencies from multiple jurisdictions can be mobilized, if necessary, without bureaucratic delays."[Watch: UF president addresses concerns ahead of Spencer's event]Richard Spencer told the Associated Press that the emergency declaration was "flattering" but "most likely overkill.""I'm not a hurricane or an invading army, at least not literally," he said.However, Spencer expressed concern that the emergency declaration could be used as a pretext for blocking his speech. He noted that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had declared a state of emergency on the day of the Charlottesville rally before Spencer and others could speak."That was basically a means for suppressing the rally," Spencer claimed.The event is scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Philips Center of Performing Arts.The University of Florida plans to be open for classes and regular operations Thursday, but faculty members have been informed to be understanding for students who are targets of hate because of race, religion, culture and other beliefs.People took to social media to plan protests and opposition against Spencer.A Gainesville brewery, Alligator Brewing, offered a free drink for anyone who brought in tickets for the event instead of attending.“We, unfortunately, can’t stop him from bringing his hate to Gainesville, but we can empty the room so his disgusting message goes unheard,” a message posted on the brewery’s Facebook page said.Free tickets to the event were supposed to be available Saturday at the Phillips Center box office, but event planners now say the National Policy[...]

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Lawmakers to unveil child safety alarm act to help prevent hot car deathsAutopsy released for toddler who died in hot day care vanTillerson on North Korea: Diplomacy will continue 'until the first bomb drops'Ireland on lockdown as former Hurricane Ophelia makes landfall#MeToo: Social media flooded with personal stories of assaultIraqi forces take key city Kirkuk from Kurdish controlThird woman in London accuses Weinstein of sexual assault

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:41:48 GMTSat, 14 Oct 2017 13:36:59 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 00:23:20 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 15:38:23 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 18:08:25 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 22:26:14 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 12:39:34 GMT

After the death of a three-year-old, Myles Hill lawmakers in Florida want to make sure that there are reliable safety alarms placed in vehicles to prevent children from being left in day care vehicles.The bills in the Florida House and Senate have outlined the child safety alarm, which would alert child care workers to fully inspect the vehicle for any additional children left in the vehicle. Myles was found dead on the floor of the back seat of a van outside Little Miracles Academy in Orlando on Aug. 7.Read the full bill, here.An autopsy report revealed that Myles died of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure. His death was ruled an accident.The new safety alarms would be in place by Jan. 1, 2019 and would require Day cares to adopt minimum safety standards and maintain a listing of approved alarm systems. Additionally, requirements include annual inspection of the vehicle and holding drivers accountable for children being transported.​In 2017, 40 children have died in hot car deaths, which exceeds the number of deaths in 2016, according to, which tracks hot car deaths.Myles' grandfather, Corey Estes, came to the unveiling event Monday morning and said he supports the bill and hopes it will prevent hot car deaths."Something has to be done," Esters said, with tears in his eyes. "I mean they are doing their part, now us as a family, parents, grandparents, the community, everybody has to their part so it don't happen to you." News 6 contacted multiple day cares in Central Florida and many directors said they liked the idea of putting in the child safety alarms, but are just worried about the cost. Representative Bruce Antone said the alarm add-ons range anywhere from $100 to $700. "If this is one piece of technology, whether it's an app, a seat sensor, or whatever it is that we can introduce into this equation that uses technology to make sure no kid is left behind, then we think it's the right thing to do," he said. It's something that The Star Child Academy in Apopka is already doing. Their new buses come with child safety alarm that forces the driver to go to the back of the bus and press a button within 60 seconds of turning off the car. "It's automatic, that's the nice part about it," said day care owner and driver Peter Zimmermann, "We aren't depending on a person to remember."An autopsy report for a 3-year-old boy who was forgotten in a hot day care van for up to 11 hours confirmed that the toddler died from hyperthermia.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday his diplomatic efforts will continue as long as they possibly can despite the saber-rattling on both sides of the Pacific.The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm on Monday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and the threat of storm surge and flooding.Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.Iraqi security forces took direct control of the strategic city of Kirkuk, driving hundreds of families from the oil-rich territory that had been under Kurdish control for more than two years, security sources and witnesses told CNN.[...]

A third woman in London has made sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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Trump not considering firing Justice Department special counsel MuellerMueller's team met with Russia dossier authorBharara: 'It would seem' Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Mueller probeMueller's office interviewed Rosenstein about Comey firingExclusive: Mueller team's focus on Manafort spans 11 years

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:26:06 GMTFri, 06 Oct 2017 00:22:54 GMTMon, 25 Sep 2017 00:20:04 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 04:19:48 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 00:17:27 GMT

President Donald Trump said Monday he was not considering firing the Justice Department's special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in last year's election.

When asked about the probe led by Robert Mueller, Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, "I'd like to see it end." Trump was asked specifically if he's considering firing the former FBI director, and he responded with a simple "no."

"The whole Russian thing was an excuse for the Democrats losing the election," Trump said before adding there's been "absolutely no collusion."

"It's been stated that they have no collusion. They ought to get to the end of it because I think the American public is sick of it."

The Justice Department appointed Mueller in May as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference. As part of that investigation, CNN reported last month Mueller requested documents and information covering a range of events from the White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein might have a conflict of interest over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the summer about his role in President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Here's what your new Florida driver license looks likeDrivers license photos create facial recognition databaseFlorida suspends license of nursing home over Hurricane Irma deathsUtility workers can now fish without a license until next JunePastafarian allowed to wear colander for license photo

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is giving residents a glimpse of what their new driver licenses will look like.

More than 200 service centers throughout the state will begin offering the new version of the credential through December, the department said in a news release Monday.

The new design provides nearly double the fraud protection offered through the previous design as well as the most secure over-the-counter credential currently available, which features redundant data and ultraviolet ink.

In addition to the anti-fraud features, the new design also features designations for a number of categories, including: sportsman's, boater, freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting licenses, veteran, organ donor, deaf/hard of hearing and developmentally disabled.

Though existing licenses and ID cards can still be used alongside the new credentials until they're eventually phased out, all credentials issued beginning on Jan. 1, 2018 will carry the new look and security features.

To learn more about this license and when it will be available near you, visit the department's website.

Australia will use its citizens' drivers license photos to compile a nationwide facial recognition database in the name of fighting terrorism, much to the chagrin of privacy advocates.

Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that utility workers will be allowed to go freshwater and saltwater fishing license-free from until June 2018.

A Massachusetts woman has won a legal battle to wear a colander on her head in her state driver's license photo, according to a WCVB report.

Lindsay Miller is a Pastafarian, who are known as members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Pastafarians believe the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be a powerful force.

Trump to declare national emergency on opioidsMelania Trump visits West Virginia opioid treatment centerMelania Trump to host opioid abuse roundtableCVS will limit opioid prescriptions to 7 days41 state attorneys general subpoena opioid manufacturers, distributorsOpioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2.5 months

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:58:11 GMTMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:56:35 GMTThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:49:20 GMTFri, 22 Sep 2017 14:31:40 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 21:19:19 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:42:46 GMT

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he would officially make a national emergency declaration to fight the opioid epidemic next week, a move he billed as a "major announcement."The measure comes after Trump, on the steps of his golf club in New Jersey, pledged in August to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The President, though, never backed up that statement by officially doing so, thus far depriving the fight against the deadly drugs a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power."We are going to have a major announcement, probably next week, on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem and I want to get that absolutely right," Trump said, billing the official declaration as a large step that took time.During an impromptu news conference in the White House Rose Garden alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump said he would declare a national emergency when asked why he had not followed through with his initial pledge.His August statement was heralded by local and state drug treatment advocates who had worried Trump wouldn't follow through on campaign rhetoric to fervently combat the opioid epidemic. Those advocates have largely felt let down by the Trump administration, especially because his failed health care plan would have stripped money for treatment and let state decide whether to cover such services.Trump's former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who resigned last month after it was revealed that he had booked extensive private jet travel in his role as secretary, had originally suggested that declaring a national emergency was unnecessary."We believe that at this point, the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crises can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency," Price said in August, "although all things are on the table for the President."The White House commission examining the nation's opioid epidemic had told Trump that declaring a national public health emergency would be an immediate help in combating the ongoing crisis."Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it," the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in its interim report. "The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency."Christie told The Associated Press earlier this month that it was "not good" that Trump had not declared the opioid crisis a national emergency.Since 1999, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. New government data show an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the first three quarters of last year, an indication that efforts to curb the epidemic are not working.Declaring a public health emergency makes the opioid epidemic the government's top priority, infusing much-needed cash into hard-hit areas and bolstering resources.It is not often that a public health emergency is declared for something other than a natural disaster. The Department of Health and Human Services declared one in Puerto Rico last year after more tha[...]

Former Orlando City player accused of knocking cab driver's tooth outKaka will not renew Orlando City Soccer contractOrlando City's Cyle Larin cleared to play after DUI charge, suspensionOrlando City's Cyle Larin speaks out after DUI arrestVideo shows Orlando soccer players getting booted from Disney WorldOrlando Pride star Alex Morgan, friends kicked out of Epcot, deputies say

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:43:42 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 21:41:10 GMTTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:23:38 GMTFri, 16 Jun 2017 15:44:36 GMTTue, 10 Oct 2017 22:19:24 GMTWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:20:28 GMT

A former Orlando City B soccer player Benjamin Polk was arrested early Saturday morning after he punched a taxi cab driver multiple times during a fight about the fare, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

A passerby called 911 at 3:08 a.m. Saturday when he or she saw the cab driver lying on the ground bleeding. The cab driver told deputies he picked up Polk and another man from Pine Street in downtown Orlando and drove them to Lake Mary.

When they arrived, the passengers were upset about the $57 fare, but the driver told them he had already ran their credit card.

Deputies said Polk repeatedly punched the cab driver in the face, knocking his front tooth out.

Polk was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm. He was taken to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility but has since posted $15,000 bond and been released.

Polk was a forward for Orlando City B team. His contract expired Thursday after the team's last game of the season.

"Orlando City SC is aware of and will continue to monitor the situation. However, because the incident occurred after Polk’s contract expired on Thursday night following the conclusion of OCB’s season, the Club will not issue any further comment," the team said.

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Top officials from Orlando City Soccer announced Wednesday that they will be hosting a news conference at 2 p.m.

As reported by News 6 Sports Director Jamie Seh, Orlando City leading goal scorer Cyle Larin has been cleared to play by the Major League Soccer substance abuse program after his DUI charge from earlier in the month.

“I will do everything possible to never place myself in this position again and regain everyone’s trust," Larin said.

Recently released body camera video shows two Orlando soccer player being ousted from Walt Disney World property.

Orlando Pride Star Alex Morgan and two MLS soccer players were ejected from Disney Oct. 1. 

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Neighbor testifies accused Volusia triple-murder suspect wiped down wife's carSlain woman's boyfriend testifies in day 2 of Volusia triple-murder trial'I'll never tell you where the bodies are,' trial underway in Volusia triple-murder caseJury selected for accused murderer Luis ToledoState can seek death penalty against accused murderer Luis Toledo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:30:53 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:47:52 GMTWed, 11 Oct 2017 21:31:28 GMTTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:03:46 GMTFri, 29 Sep 2017 20:37:53 GMT

Jurors heard from accused triple-murderer Luis Toledo's neighbor, classmate and half-brother on Monday, about events leading up to and after the his wife and her two children went missing.Luis Toledo, 35, is accused of killing 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez and her two children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, in Volusia County in October of 2013. Their bodies have never been found.A barber school classmate of Toledo's testified that she helped him go through Suarez's phone records.The state argues Toledo carried out the murders after learning of his wife's affair through a spyware app he installed on her phone.After they found a phone number, he said "I'll take it from here," the classmate testified.The classmate also told jurors that she would have had an affair with Toledo, but he told her he didn't want to hurt his wife. They kissed once, she told the jury.Neighbor Tyshawn Jackson testified that Toledo showed up at his house on Oct. 23, the night after the alleged murders, at 6:11 a.m. Toledo said he needed help moving his wife's car from a nearby Publix, according to Jackson.On the way to retrieve the car, Jackson said Toledo was acting strange. At one point Toledo turned to Jackson and said, "I snapped."Jackson said he witnessed Toledo wiping down Suarez's car with a cleaning solution, before removing her truck liner and throwing the contents of her car into a dumpster.The state showed pictures of the contents found in the dumpster on Monday, that included some clothing items, a dirty boot and the truck liner from Suarez's car.Day 1: 'I'll never tell you where the bodies are,' trial underway in Volusia triple-murder case Day 2: Slain woman’s boyfriend testifies in day 2 of Volusia triple-murder trialJackson waited until after Toledo was in custody before coming forward to police. Toledo later tried to pin the murders on Jackson, but the state does not believe this account.Toledo's half-brother, Chris Lasanta, also testified Monday telling the jury that Toldeo showed up at his house at 5:30 a.m. and was upset that his wife was having an affair. Lasanta said he tried to convince Toledo to stay, but his half-brother left.Lasanta said that Toledo would frequently visit "his happy place," the Hollywood Cemetery in Orange City, to get away and think. The cemetery is where Toledo's parents are buried.Last week, the jury heard from Suarez's mother, he and father and her co-worker-turned-boyfriend, Kevin Dredden.The trial is expected to last several weeks. Toledo faces the death penalty if convicted.Check back for updates throughout the week on and watch News 6.The high profile murder trial of Luis Toledo enters its second day of testimony Thursday.The triple-murder trial for a Volusia County man accused of killing his wife and her two children started Wednesday morning in St. Augustine.More than a week after the process began, a jury has been selected for a Central Florida man accused of killing his wife and her two children.[...]

A judge rules that the state can continue to seek the death penalty against Luis Toledo.

Unidentified human remains found in Marion County, deputies sayDeputies attempting to ID woman's remains found with 'MOM' ring in BithloRemains identified as woman missing from Virginia military baseHuman remains found in East Orange County, deputies say

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:46:15 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:22:51 GMTSun, 01 Oct 2017 00:31:26 GMTFri, 29 Sep 2017 21:06:40 GMT

Deputies are working to identify human remains found Friday in Marion County, officials with the sheriff's office said.

The remains were found in an empty lot in the 19800 block of Southwest 107th Lane.

Detectives are working to determine if the remains are related to any open Marion County Sheriff's Office investigations.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Bradley Bartlett at 352-438-5932 or Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP (7867).

Jewelry found nearby the woman's remains include a silver ring with 'MOM' and hearts engraved on the band.

Human remains found behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, are those of Ashanti Billie.

Human remains were found in East Orange County Friday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Louisville fires Pitino 'with just cause'For Rick Pitino, latest scandal may be one too manyLouisville puts Pitino, AD Jurich on leave amid scandalNCAA assistant coaches among 10 charged with corruption

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Despite Rick Pitino asserting he had no part in the activities alleged in an FBI corruption investigation, Louisville's athletic board voted Monday to terminate his contract "with just cause," according to The Associated Press.

Pitino's lawyers appeared in front of the University of Louisville Athletic Association to state their case against termination. While Pitino himself did not attend the meeting, his attorneys submitted an affidavit on his behalf, according to ESPN.

"I do not dispute ULAA's right to terminate my employment at its discretion," Pitino's affidavit stated. "But I vehemently reject its right to do so 'for cause.' I have given no 'cause' for termination of my contract."

The FBI's investigation alleged members of the team's basketball program used money from apparel sponsor Adidas to pay prospective recruits, but has not yet mentioned Pitino by name.

The basketball coach had been placed on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 27 after word of the investigation broke. The board began the process to officially terminate Pitino for cause early this month.

Athletic director Tom Jurich was also placed on leave last month and the school suspended associate head coach Kenny Johnson and assistant coach Jordan Fair on Oct. 6.

Pitino, 65, was 416-143 in 16 seasons as Louisville head coach and is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with 770 career victories. He won a national title with the Cardinals in 2013 and previously won another title in 1996 while coaching the Kentucky Wildcats.

Three major scandals may prove one too many for famed basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave by the school on Wednesday amid a federal fraud and corruption investigation.

Four NCAA Division I basketball coaches are among 10 people being federally charged in a fraud and corruption case, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

Topgolf to open Orlando location this weekSeaWorld's Aquatica Waterpark to premier new slide in 2018

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:21 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:42:17 GMT

We hope you've been working on your swing, because Topgolf Orlando is opening on Friday.

The sports entertainment franchise is opening its third Florida location near the tourist district on Universal Blvd. in Orlando. 

The Topgolf experience is like a driving range on steriods. Not only do they offer golf, but they also have food and music for their guests. Using microchipped balls, their technology allows you to track the accuracy and distance of your golf swing through TV shots at their hitting bay. Orlando is the debut venue for this Toptracer technology.

"Playing at Topgolf Orlando will be like being a part of a video game come to life," Enter Group chief technology officer Andrew Macaulay said.

Pricing changes by time of day. From open until noon it is $30 per hour for each golf bay, which holds one to six golfers. From 12 to 5 p.m, the prices shoots up to $40, and for a night of Topgolf, the price is $50.

Topgolf encourages people of all skill levels to come and try their product, and said that any level can have fun with some playful competition. 

For information on Topgolf Orlando, visit their website

A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park in spring 2018. "Ray Rush" promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure that will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.

5 men arrested in undercover prostitution operation, police sayMelbourne PD prostitution detail nets 2 arrests, police say'Million Dollar Ho' arrested in Florida prostitution stingProstitution ring foiled by pipe clogged with condoms, police say

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:14:39 GMTFri, 01 Sep 2017 02:50:10 GMTThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:46:00 GMTWed, 12 Apr 2017 13:33:00 GMT

Five men were arrested during an undercover operation targeting prostitution activity in Ocala, police said.

The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team conducted the operation Thursday in response to citizen complains about prostitution in the area.

Information about how the sting was conducted was not available.

Below are the five men who were arrested:

Donnie Novell Williams, 58, of Winter Springs
Charge: Solicitation of prostitution
Bond: No bond due to prior domestic battery case

Mesilor Vital, 63, of Fort Pierce
Charge: Solicitation of prostitution
Bond: $500

Abraham O. Roman, 32, of Altamonte Springs
Charges: Possession of cocaine and solicitation of prostitution
Bond: $2,500

Hector Vargas Alvarez, 34, of Altamonte Springs
Charges: Possession of cocaine and solicitation of prostitution
Bond: $2,500

Dwight D. Tracy, 64, of Marlborough, CT
Charge: Solicitation of prostitution
Bond: $500

Two women were arrested during a prostitution detail by the Melbourne Police Department Special Investigations Unit, the department said.

A Florida woman who introduced herself as the "Million Dollar Ho" is arrested in a prostitution sting, police say.

Police in Texas say they've shut down a prostitution ring whose cover was blown by a drain full of condoms.

Austin police said a realty company grew suspicious when hundreds of prophylactics were discovered in a drain pipe leading away from a strip mall, according to an affidavit made public Tuesday.

Menendez judge denies motion to acquit, trial turns to defense's caseProsecution rests in Menendez corruption trialNew twist in Menendez trial: Will judge toss case before it goes to the jury?Former HHS secretary Sebelius takes stand in Menendez trialSen. Bob Menendez's trial by the numbers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:05:10 GMTThu, 12 Oct 2017 01:11:35 GMTMon, 09 Oct 2017 19:46:44 GMTTue, 03 Oct 2017 22:05:14 GMTFri, 29 Sep 2017 12:11:54 GMT

A federal judge in Newark denied Sen. Bob Menendez's attempt to toss out the Justice Department's bribery case against him Monday morning.The trial, now in its seventh week, will turn to the defense case as lawyers for the New Jersey Democrat and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist from Florida, try to convince jurors that prosecutors have wrongly twisted a longtime friendship into an illegal bribery scheme.The heart of the Justice Department's case rests on accusations that Menendez accepted political contributions, free rides on private jets and a swanky hotel suite in Paris from Melgen in exchange for agreeing to pressure other high-level federal officials in the executive branch to help resolve his wealthy friend's business problems -- "official acts" prosecutors claim put Menendez on the hook under federal bribery law.Judge William Walls continued to hear arguments from lawyers Monday morning about whether he should throw out the charges against the two men in light of a 2016 Supreme Court decision unanimously overturning former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's bribery conviction.The defense team urged Walls that the prosecution's overarching "stream of benefits" theory -- where many gifts are exchanged for a variety of political favors over a period of several years -- cannot survive post-McDonnell. Lawyers for the defense argued that the prosecution had to show a more direct link between a specific gift followed by a specific political favor.Walls was unpersuaded, however, finding "a rational jury could conclude the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement."Appearing to read from a lengthy written opinion he drafted ahead of time, the judge ultimately concluded: "McDonnell is not antagonistic to the stream of benefits theory.""We are living in a real world of reality and common sense," Walls said. "The jury will decide whose version of what happened or didn't happen is more likely than not."Prosecutors had argued in court filings over the weekend that the McDonnell decision had no effect on the stream of benefits concept and courts have more recently reaffirmed it as a valid legal theory of bribery.'Happy occasions'Later Monday, the defense called Menendez's son to the stand as its first witness, who described the relationship between his father and Melgen as "like brothers" and "true friends."The defense team hopes to show the jury the genuine friendship between the two men in order to avoid any accusation from the prosecution that they had a corrupt arrangement or conspiracy to commit bribery."They are the best when they are together," Robert Menendez Jr. told jurors, depicting his father as a "serious guy" who found himself able to "unwind" around Melgen, unlike anyone else."When he's with Melgen, he can be himself, he can laugh, he can -- unfortunately -- sing," Menendez added about his father, prompting smiles from several jurors as he described "happy occasions" at Melgen's vacation home in the Dominican Republic, including a 1999 trip to the island for a New Years Eve celebration when he was 14 years old.But prosecutors tried to cast doubt on the son's credibility when they showed his 2014 grand jury testimony indicating that his time with Melgen in 1999 was, in[...]

North Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now, source saysTillerson on North Korea: Diplomacy will continue 'until the first bomb drops'North Korea calls Trump a 'strangler of peace'Haley: Don't let Iran become 'next North Korea'North Korea revives Guam threat ahead of US-South Korea drillsWhite House chief of staff: Americans should be concerned about North Korea

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:50:34 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 00:23:20 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 15:48:43 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 19:33:59 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 10:28:14 GMTFri, 13 Oct 2017 03:47:04 GMT

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said.The comments offer a sobering challenge to the US and the Trump administration which has offered mixed messages regarding diplomatic efforts with North Korea.White House chief of staff John Kelly said last week that Americans should be concerned about North Korea's ability to reach the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, cryptically telling reporters that if the threat grows "beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works."Significantly, Kelly noted that Pyongyang "is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle."For a missile to successfully strike a target it would have to re-enter the earth's atmosphere without breaking up.Kelly's comments seem to indicate that the US believes that North Korea is close to achieving what would be a key breakthrough for their missile program.The North Korean official told CNN that two additional steps are needed to achieve its goal of a reliable ICBM.One step is an above-ground nuclear detonation, like the kind North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho threatened at the United Nations last month when he suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering detonating "an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb" over the Pacific after Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.The other step is the "testing of a long-range ICBM capable of reaching Guam - and even further," the official said.Last week, North Korean state media renewed a threat to launch missiles toward the US territory of Guam, warning that "reckless moves" by the US would compel Pyongyang to take action.North Korea first said it was examining a plan to target the Pacific island in August after Trump warned the isolated regime would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" following a US intelligence assessment that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead.Both steps are necessary for the DPRK to send that "clear message" to the Trump administration that it possesses an effective nuclear deterrent, the North Korean official said on Monday.The official added that one or both of these tests could possibly be timed to coincide with the US-South Korea joint naval drills, which began Monday and will last for ten days, or could possibly coincide with Trump's visit to Asia next month.Joint military exercises are particularly infuriating to Pyongyang. The North Korean government views them as a dress rehearsal for an invasion -- even as the US insists they are purely defensive in nature.On Sunday, US Secretary[...]

Trump says he's looking 'very, very strongly' at welfare reformTrump claims he and McConnell are 'closer than ever before'Macklemore takes his anti-Trump message on tourTrump allies worry that losing House means impeachmentIran's hardliners say Trump has done them 'great favors'Trump campaign legal bills topped $1M in three months

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:39:28 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 18:05:29 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 14:40:50 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 11:57:40 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 06:07:30 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 22:05:13 GMT

President Donald Trump said Monday his administration will start to consider reforming the welfare system in the United States, saying that some people are "taking advantage of the system."The comment comes as the Trump administration struggles to get any sweeping legislation through Congress, despite Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. Trump failed to pass health care reform earlier this year and is currently working -- without much success so far -- to pass tax reform."People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren't receiving what they really need to live and we think it is very unfair to them," said Trump, flanked by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a Cabinet meeting. "Because some people are really taking advantage of our system from that standpoint.""We are going to be looking very, very strongly, therefore, at welfare reform," Trump added.Trump didn't say when this roll out would happen but said he would announce his plan "shortly."Welfare reform was not something Trump emphasized on the campaign trail, but his first budget proposal -- unveiled earlier this year -- proposed sweeping cuts to food stamps and welfare programs by restricting those who are eligible for such programs. That budget has not been passed, but Congress is currently considering a budget deal that would make way for tax reform.In one of his first speeches as president, Trump pledged to get people off welfare and back to work."We want to get our people off of welfare and back to work," he said. "So important. It's out of control. It's out of control."That comment was slammed at the time by welfare advocates.Celena McDonnell, a nursing assistant from Endicott, New York, had urged Trump to "stop implying that Americans on welfare aren't working.""A statement like Trump's is a generalization, a stereotype," she wrote in The Washington Post. "Most of us are employed; however, many on welfare are struggling to earn a living wage. And we need some extra help."President Bill Clinton signed a bipartisan welfare reform bill in 1996, leading to sweeping changes to the welfare system, including the government's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides cash assistance to low-income families.President Donald Trump said Monday he feels "closer than ever before" to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man he's publicly criticized for his handling of the GOP agenda and on whom the President is relying for getting a legislative accomplishment in the first year of his term.Macklemore is unleashing on the President, leading the crowd in a "f--- Donald Trump" chant in his most recent shows as the words lit up the stage behind him.Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril.Vicious infighting has raged since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a landmark nuclear agreement with the West; moderates ral[...]

Man, 23, involved in shootout with Orlando bike officerIreland on lockdown as former Hurricane Ophelia makes landfallCatalonia leader fails to clarify independence declarationFog this morning, afternoon showers in Central FloridaIraqi forces take key city Kirkuk from Kurdish controlDrone hits passenger plane in CanadaAustria's next chancellor a 31-year-old conservative, early results showWhite House explains: Corporate tax cuts mean bigger paychecksKobe Steel scandal: What we know so far

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:36:29 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 15:38:23 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 18:14:25 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:19:34 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 22:26:14 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 11:46:03 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 22:38:04 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 09:33:33 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:04 GMT

A confrontation between an Orlando police officer and a suspect ended with a shootout early Monday, according to police.Joseph Saintval, a man who lives near where the incident is said to have taken place said, "It doesn't surprise me at all, because I see this mostly everyday."Police said the officer was on bike patrol at 2:30 a.m. when he encountered Dracarris Hill, 23, at the Rosemont Plaza on Orange Blossom Trail near Cinderlane Parkway. Police Chief John Mina said Hill pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the officer.The officer was uninjured and returned fire, police said. Police said Hill was hit but managed to flee the scene before being captured in a nearby field.The officer who was involved in the shooting is a six-year veteran and will be placed on paid administrative leave.Mina said his officer is lucky to be alive after the shooting."Our officers risk their lives every single night, and this is a perfect example of officers never knowing what they're going to come in contact with," Mina said.Hill suffered non-life threatening injuries.Hill's brother, Major Richardson, told News 6 he couldn't think of anything that would explain what police said his brother did."I can't really explain it," Richardson said. "You do stuff, you do stuff."The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the incident, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.Hill is being charged with attempted murder of law enforcement officer with firearm, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and resisting an officer with violence.Stay with News 6 and for updates on this developing story.The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm on Monday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and the threat of storm surge and flooding.The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, failed to clarify Monday whether his administration had officially declared independence from Spain and instead repeated his call for talks to resolve the ongoing constitutional crisis in the country.After starting the day with patchy fog, it will burn off  quickly and lead to a mix of sun and clouds before a showers and storms roll in during the afternoon hours.Iraqi security forces took direct control of the strategic city of Kirkuk, driving hundreds of families from the oil-rich territory that had been under Kurdish control for more than two years, security sources and witnesses told CNN.A drone crashed into a commercial airplane in Canada, the first time such an incident has occurred in the country, the government said Sunday.Sebastian Kurz, a 31-year-old conservative, is set to become the next chancellor of Austria and Europe's youngest leader, though he will likely need to form a coalition to rule, early results from Sunday's election show. The White House's chief economist released a paper Monday that seeks to explain why the Trump administration believes a big cut in the corporate tax rate could spur a dramatic increase in workers' paychecks.[...]Kobe Steel, a century-ol[...]

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Sky turns orange across UKFor Ophelia, the 'what' isn't remarkable, it's the 'where'Ireland on lockdown as former Hurricane Ophelia makes landfallHurricane Ophelia heading to Ireland, then ScotlandPowerful Hurricane Ophelia heads toward IrelandYes, another one: Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:28:09 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 17:13:07 GMTMon, 16 Oct 2017 15:38:23 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 19:24:22 GMTSun, 15 Oct 2017 06:29:20 GMTMon, 09 Oct 2017 18:02:24 GMT

The sky turned orange across parts of the UK on Monday as dust and smoke from fires in southern Europe swept north.

The reddish tint was a side effect of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and the wildfires that have been raging across Portugal and northwest Spain since Friday.

Smoke and debris from the fires -- along with sand from the Sahara desert -- are being carried north by the storm's strong winds. Particles of smoke, dust and sand bend light to give it a reddish hue.

A red-hued sun has been seen before in the UK, but it's this combination of events that has made Tuesday's phenomenon particularly striking.

The trail of smoke spans over 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). The health risks are minimal in the UK as the smoke is mostly limited to higher altitudes in the atmosphere.

With the wind expected to change by Tuesday, the air is likely to clear.

Social media users have taken to Twitter and Instagram to document the strange phenomenon.

"Loving the weather in London today," wrote martinjsylvester.

"Saharan dust & tropical air from #Ophelia has brought the #redsun to Loughborough!" Loughborough University posted on its Twitter account.

Journalist Rupert Myers shared this image of a yellow sky above the Thames in London. "Britain has returned to sepia colour," he wrote.

The winds are unbearable. Huge waves are battering the coast. Sheds are blowing away whole. The sky has turned colors, from red to yellow, with a sometimes blood-like sun peeking through. But it's not what's happening that makes post-tropical cyclone Ophelia so bizarre -- it's where.

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm on Monday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and the threat of storm surge and flooding.

Hurricane Ophelia continued moving east toward Ireland on Sunday as officials there announced school closings, prepared for flooding and planned for power outages.

Hurricane Ophelia picked up pace as it marched toward Ireland, where it's forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains this week.

Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, the 15th named storm of what has been an active and destructive hurricane season.

'Rescuer becomes victim': 65-year-old dies after rescuing man from drowning'I killed my daughter, failed to kill myself,' Lady Lake father tells deputiesWoman drowns after driving into high water, Houston officials sayMourners gather at funeral service for Cocoa drowning victimSentencing postponed for Volusia woman convicted of drowning puppy

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A 65-year-old man who police said ran into the ocean to save a drowning man at Spessard Holland Park in Melbourne Beach on Saturday night died after suffering cardiac arrest, according to county officials.

"It was a rescuer becoming the victim," said Eisen Witcher, chief of Brevard County Ocean Rescue.

Delbert Blare was taken to Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for treatment after beachgoers pulled him from the ocean. Officials said Blare was fighting rip currents in the water.

Blare "just took off" into the water when he heard a man calling for help, said Wilma Krank, a close friend.

Krank, a member of Blare's church, said Blare and his wife were at the beach on Saturday, but not in the water because of the rough surf.

That's when he heard the man calling for help.

Krank said Blare's wife is legally blind, and Blare asked her if he should go help. 

"She told him, 'If you think you can help, you should,'" Krank said. 

The man Blare rescued was able to exit the water uninjured. Officials said he refused hospital transport. 

Krank said Blare is an employee at Walmart. He attended church at Cornerstone Church of God in Melbourne.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help pay for Blare's funeral expenses.

Jeremy Main, 38, was taken into custody on Monday after Lake County sheriff's deputies said that he called his wife and told her that he had drowned their daughter.

(KPRC) -- A woman drowned Saturday night after she drove her vehicle into high water in southwest Houston, officials said.

More than 200 people filled the pews at Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church in Cocoa on Saturday for the funeral services for Jamel Dunn.

An Edgewater woman convicted of drowning a puppy in an airport bathroom will be sentenced in September for violating her probation.

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Woman held hostage by barricaded man near University High School, deputies sayLawmakers to unveil child safety alarm act to help prevent hot car deathsLIGO scientists witness collision of 2 neutron stars, find origins of goldRainbow crosswalk to honor Pulse shooting victims, survivors complete

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A man held a woman against her will and barricaded himself at a home on Pinewood Cove, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

A woman called authorities around 7 a.m. Monday and said a woman she knows was being held against her will. When deputies arrived at the Pinewood Cove home, they tried multiple times to get the man to come out of the home and to release the woman, a news release said.

Deputies said they were able to speak to the woman at one point through a window but the man blocked her exit so she could not leave.

The man freed the woman and exited the residence when SWAT arrived on the scene, the report said.

The woman had drugs in her possession when authorities questioned her, deputies said. She told them she knows the man who held her captive. Deputies said they believe the incident is drug related.

As of 1 p.m., authorities were in the process of questioning the man.

The neighborhood is next to University High School. Monday is a teacher work day, and students were not on campus, according to Orange County Public Schools officials.

The bills in the Florida House and Senate have outlined the child safety alarm would alert child care worker to fully inspect the vehicle for any additional children in the vehicle.

What they witnessed in mid-August was the long-ago collision of two neutron stars — a phenomenon California Institute of Technology's David H. Reitze called "the most spectacular fireworks in the universe."

The crosswalk is between Orange Avenue and West Ester Street. 

Unlicensed Titusville day care worker shook infant, police sayAuthorities regularly called to home where 18-month-old boy died, records showMother had plans to leave before 3-year-old son was killed, records show'I killed my daughter, failed to kill myself,' Lady Lake father tells deputies

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A Titusville woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly abusing an infant in her care this summer, officials with the City of Titusville said.

Police responded to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children on Aug. 8 after hospital administration reported a possible case of child abuse to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Police said the baby was picked up from Dawn Michelle Garcia’s in-home unlicensed day care facility before being taken to the hospital.

Garcia told the mother the baby was "super playful" and flipped over a toy at her home during the day. Investigators determined the 12-18 inch-tall toy was not one the infant would have the psychical ability to sit on or play with unassisted.

The infant's mother told police when she picked up the baby began to vomit and "appeared ill," according to the report. The mother took the baby to Parrish Medical Center, but the infant was flown to Arnold Palmer after a CT scan revealed the extent of the injuries.

The preliminary investigations show that the infant was suffering from abusive head trauma, also known as shaken baby syndrome.

Doctors wrote that the infant was "subjected to severe acceleration/deceleration forces from severe rotation of the child's head during a shaking episode," according to the arrest warrant.

It is still unknown what long-term injuries the baby will suffer from, according to the arrest affidavit. Doctors told the infant's mother that follow up testing will determine if the baby will have permanent hearing loss because of the abuse.

Garcia, 47, is charged with aggravated child abuse and held on $25,000 bail in the Brevard County Jail.

A spokesperson from DCF told News 6 that the department responded to the home in August just after the incident and discovered there was an illegal home daycare being operated.

There was a cease and desist letter generated and executed. There is no record of Garcia being licensed as a child care provider with the department.

DCF also reminds families to check online to see if their daycare center is licensed.  Some Florida child care centers also earn a Gold Seal designation, reflecting quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.

To search licensed child care providers and see inspection histories, click here.

An 18-month-old boy was found dead at an Orange County home Sunday morning, deputies said.

The first deputies on scene that afternoon knew the toddler had been the victim of abuse.

Jeremy Main, 38, was taken into custody on Monday after Lake County sheriff's deputies said that he called his wife and told her that he had drowned their daughter.

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Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran remains ill and won't return to his Senate duties Monday as was expected, his office announced.The 79-year-old's absence raises doubts about the ability of GOP leaders to pass a key budget resolution -- a vote is planned later this week -- that is needed to advance tax reform, a top legislative priority for Republicans and President Donald Trump."Mrs. Cochran informed me late Saturday night that Senator Cochran has developed another urinary tract infection," said the statement from Cochran's chief of staff Brad White. "After a day of monitoring his condition, and on the advice of his physicians and other health care professionals, Senator Cochran has postponed his return to Washington. He will continue his recuperation at home in Mississippi."White did not say if Cochran might be back in time for the vote, which, while not formally scheduled, is expected to take place late Thursday night or very early Friday morning, but the senator already has been out for several weeks.Asked if the vote might be postponed to give Cochran time to recover, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said he did not have any scheduling announcements to make.Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate. To pass the budget resolution, they will need at least 50 GOP senators to vote "yes" and have Vice President Mike Pence break a tie. Right now, there are no Democrats who have said they will vote for the budget. The resolution is critical because it could lay the groundwork for tax reform to pass with 51 votes instead of the 60 often needed to pass major legislation.This same technique was tried to pass a repeal and replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act but twice failed dramatically.Currently, at least four Republicans senators are undecided: Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They cite various concerns, but Paul and Corker have said they are very concerned the tax overhaul could add to the budget deficit. Collins told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that she is a "likely yes" on the budget.GOP Senate leaders and the White House are working hard to convince the wavering senators to get on board. Paul played golf with Trump this weekend and praised his tax proposal afterward but didn't say if he will vote for the resolution.Before Cochran's illness, GOP leadership aides privately expressed confidence they would get the needed votes to pass the budget. But even if they do, it remains unclear if they can pass the tax reform bill itself, which is still being formulated through intense negotiations. Democrats have decried it as a series of tax break for wealthy Americans at the expense of the middle class.Cochran's illness was cited by Trump late last month, shortly after health care efforts collapsed. The President wrongly suggested that Cochran was in the hospital, even though he wasn'[...]

Palm Bay police searching for CVS robber2 sheriff's deputies, 1 police officer, 1 teen hurt in crashMan, 23, involved in shootout with Orlando bike officerMisery in Puerto Rico: No power, no job, 'enormous' linesIreland on lockdown as former Hurricane Ophelia makes landfallCatalonia leader fails to clarify independence declaration

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Police are working to get results and find the man who robbed a Palm Bay CVS. 

Officers say the man walked into the store at Palm Bay Road and Babcock Street early Sunday morning and implied he had a weapon. 

No one was hurt during the robbery. 

The department took to Facebook with photos from CVS's security camera, which show the alleged robber clad in a red shirt, gray shorts and sandals with socks.

Police said he demanded money from the cashier and implied he had a gun. No information was immediately available on the amount of money the man took. 

The man left the store to the west, police say, though they are unsure whether he was in a car or on foot. 

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS or go to CRIMELINE.ORG. 

A police officer, two sheriff's deputies and a teenager have suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening after a crash in Florida. 

A confrontation between an Orlando police officer and a suspect ended with a shootout early Monday, according to police.

Leslie Cofresi started to cry when he saw his staff the day after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm on Monday, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and the threat of storm surge and flooding.

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, failed to clarify Monday whether his administration had officially declared independence from Spain and instead repeated his call for talks to resolve the ongoing constitutional crisis in the country.

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1-year-old boy struck by SUV in Deerfield Beach dies

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A boy who was struck by a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon in Deerfield Beach has died, his grandmother told Local 10 News.

Caroline Chery said Monday that her 1-year-old grandson, Neallie Saxon Jr. III, died at Broward Health Medical Center.

Chery said her grandson wandered into the street outside her home on Northwest Fourth Place while her family prepared to celebrate her 10-year-old grandson's birthday.

"I asked my son to come out here and help his sister get some of the stuff to have at the party so that we can get back to church," Chery said.

Family members and witnesses said the driver didn't stop after she struck the boy with her SUV.

As some family members performed CPR on Neallie, others chased after the driver, catching up to the SUV at the end of the block.

"They beat her unmercifully," witness Anthony Clay said.

The driver was also taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries. Her name hasn't been released.

"She would have left," Chery said of the driver. "She had no intentions of stopping."

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the crash.