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Boy’s generosity remembered with cookie campaign

  • 9:44 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

SANDOWN, N.H. – A 9-year-old boy who died while delivering cookies to a friend is being remembered across the country with a campaign called #Cookies4Christopher.

A woman in Indiana started the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to help remember Christopher Chester and keep his memory alive by sharing cookies with family and friends, The New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

Christopher died Friday of a heart condition of which his family was not aware.

He collapsed as he walked to a friend’s house to deliver cookies that he had made.

His father, Bill, was with him, and he, along with paramedics, tried to revive [More]

Dean of Students at Ocala school accused of exposing self to student’s grandma

  • 8:55 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The Dean of Students at Evergreen Elementary School turned himself in on charges of exposing his sexual organs to a student’s grandmother, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Deputies said the 44-year-old grandmother reported the incident on Monday after she said Patrick Sasnett, 36, met with her to discuss disciplinary issues with her grandchild at the school in Ocala.

Deputies said that as the grandmother was leaving the meeting in Sasnett’s office, she bent down to grab something from the floor and Sasnett told her, “Look what you do to me.” When the victim stood up, she [More]

GA sex offenders to spend Halloween night in ‘jail’

  • 7:25 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

GEORGIA – Georgia’s Department of Community Supervision and County Sheriffs are cracking down this Halloween.

“Operation Watchful Eye” is an effort to keep track of registered sex offenders and predators during the trick-or-treating hours.

On Michele Casteel’s block in Douglasville, neighbors go all out on Oct. 31.  But for some, Halloween has gotten a little too scary.

“I know a lot of kids are no longer allowed to trick-or-treat door to door, because parents are so worried about that sort of thing,” Casteel said.

There are 180,000 registered sex offenders and predators living in Georgia.

“We take this very seriously, but during Halloween, we do [More]

Woman dies days after being shot during fight with husband

  • 6:23 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

HOLLY HILL. Fla. – A Holly Hill woman has died, just days after police said her husband shot her in the chest and the back of the head during an argument over infidelity.

Holly Hill Police Chief Steve Aldrich said Jeanette Ramos, 47, died Tuesday night.

Ramos’ husband Anibal Muniz, 42, remained in jail early Thursday and officials said his charges will be upgraded to murder.

Police said the two argued Sunday after Ramos accused Muniz of cheating on her. According to a news release, Muniz called 911 and told police he and his wife had scuffled for his handgun. He later told [More]

Republican debate: Best moments as candidates took on the media

  • 5:49 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

WASHINGTON – Viewers tuning into the Republican debate were likely looking to see a fight, but, as it turned out, the third meeting of the top contenders for the GOP nomination didn’t produce the bout they expected.

In the run-up to the CNBC hosted debate, billionaire businessman Donald Trump was expected to lob grenades at retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson after Carson moved past Trump into the lead in several national polls. That wasn’t the case Wednesday when the candidates seem to come together to pick another target – the media.

CNBC moderators Carl Quintanilla, John Harwood and Becky Quick were on the [More]

Man goes to jail after Monopoly game dispute

  • 4:24 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

MISSOURI – A Missouri man didn’t get the chance to pass “Go,” but he did go straight to jail. Too bad it was a real jail and not the spot on a Monopoly board.

According to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, John Litton, 69, had previously participated in an annual Monopoly tournament with others in the community. Tournament organizers told Litton he would not be invited to participate in this year’s tournament, however, due to unsportsmanlike behavior at the event last year.

According to WXIN, a disgruntled Litton arrived at the 7th Annual Stone County OACAC Monopoly Tournament in Branson West, [More]

Trooper in serious condition after SUV crashes into cruiser on I-4 in Volusia County

  • 3:49 am Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by WFTV

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol cruiser and an SUV collided on Interstate 4 near State Road 44 in Volusia County Thursday morning, authorities said.

The westbound lanes were shut down for a few hours after the crash that happened just after midnight, but the road has since been reopened.

Raw: FHP cruiser, car collide on I-4

The driver of the SUV, Ryan Thompson, 31, of Daytona Beach was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Trooper Jay Spencer, 48, of DeLand was hospitalized in serious condition.

FHP said Thompson was driving west on I-4 and Spencer was on the shoulder on the highway, conducting [More]

FHP: Street racer caught driving 140 mph in east Orange County

  • 11:07 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Some east Orange County residents say Curry Ford Road is looking more like a racetrack due to a recent increase in street racing near their homes.

Troopers said they arrested James Mitchell, 18, early Monday after he was driving 140 mph in a 45 mph zone during an illegal street race.

“I’m at 140 miles an hour and I’m not even catching up to you,” Trooper Steve Rando said to Mitchell in dash-cam footage.

Rando was monitoring traffic from his patrol car when he saw two cars fly by, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

“You’d hate to be involved in [More]

Man sues Lake County to allow satanic prayer at commission meetings

  • 8:44 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by WFTV

TAVARES, Fla. – A South Florida man wants change in Lake County, even though he doesn’t live there.

Chaz Stevens is suing the county government because it rejected his request to lead a satanic prayer at its commission meetings.

Stevens, who’s an atheist, said his agenda isn’t so much about promoting satanic prayer as it is about equality.

“I’m not a devil worshipper,” Stevens said. “This is flat out about religious freedom, what one group can or can’t say or force the other group to do.”

Of the 18 guest invocations already allowed at commission meetings this year, only four were delivered by non-Christian [More]

Day after Eatonville police chief wins job back mayor seizes power

  • 7:45 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by WFTV

EATONVILLE, Fla. – Eatonville’s mayor has seized the power of the town’s police chief a day after he won his job back.

Less than 24 hours after the Eatonville Town Council reinstated Chief Eric McIntyre following five hours of debate, Mayor Anthony Grant held a meeting with rank-and-file officers Wednesday to tell them the chief isn’t in command.

Grant said Deputy Chief Joseph Jenkins will remain in charge of day-to-day operations for several weeks as McIntyre focuses on “special duties.”

Jenkins was reinstated following a nine-week suspension and recommendation for termination for conducting an illegal search, town officials said.

McIntyre was fired last week, [More]

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