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Missing teen last seen in Hialeah, may be in Orlando, cops say

<p> A state-wide missing child alert has been issued for a 15-year-old girl who was last seen in Hialeah.</p><p> WPLG reports Lindsey Turner, who has been missing since Sept. 8, may be with 24-year-old Hailey Vallier.</p><p> She was last seen in the 1900 block of West 60th Street. Police said the pair could be traveling in a 1996, white Nissan Sentra with the tag number 2214PC.</p><p> Turner is pregnant and very close to her due date, CBS Miami reports.</p><p> Turner has a smiley face scar on her inner right wrist.</p><p> Police believe the pair may be in the Orlando or Charlotte County area at this time.</p><p> If you have any information about the whereabouts of these two people, call the Hialeah Police Department at 305-687-2525.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:23:51 GMT

Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

<p> A 19-story Atlas V rocket launched Tuesday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a secret U.S. government satellite.</p><p> The mission called CLIO is not attributed to any agency and spacecraft builder Lockheed Martin won't discuss it. The payload is described only as a "commercially-based communications satellite."</p><p> The launch window was delayed from 5:44 p.m. to 6 p.m. to 7:28 p.m. as the evening continued. The rocket finally launched at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday.</p><p> The launch was one of the first of two from the Cape this week. SpaceX's next launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule packed with International Space Station cargo is planned for 2:16 a.m. Saturday.</p><p> The mission is SpaceX's fourth of 12 under a $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract.</p>

Published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:34:12 GMT

Jury finds woman guilty in Brevard County love triangle murder trial

<p> A jury has found a woman guilty of killing her estranged husband's lover in a love triangle murder trial in Brevard County.</p><p> Shelia Graham-Trott was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing Kelly Brennan, the lover of Graham-Trott's estranged husband. The jury deliberated for nearly three hours.</p><p> A judge sentenced Trott to life in prison, Florida Today reported.</p><p> After presenting a witness who said evidence should have been handled differently to prevent possible contamination, the defense rested their case. The jury was sent away for the evening, and the defense argued that the state hadn't proven premeditation and asked the judge to find their client not guilty.</p><p> The state countered by saying premeditation could be shown by injuries aimed at vital areas — Brennan died after suffering blunt injuries to the head consistent with being hit with a hammer, though no murder weapon was found. Brennan's car was moved and Graham-Trott's sons testified she appeared clean the night of the killing.</p><p> "Which suggests the planning of taking additional clothing or wearing protective clothing at the time of the struggle with the victim," Assistant State Attorney Jim McMaster said.</p><p> The judge denied the defense's effort.</p><p> "I think the conclusion is easy to reach, that this was a premeditated homicide," he said.</p><p> While discussing jury instructions, the judge said there was "direct evidence of an admission." Graham-Trott's sons testified she had a dream Brennan had been hurt, and then drove them to where her body had been taken.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:23:35 GMT

3 charged with abusing autistic residents at Winter Park home

<p> Three former workers at a Winter Park home for adults with autism have been arrested on accusations of  abusing people living there.</p><p> The attorney general's office says Shenika Abraham, Kenneth Hampton Jr. and Michael Meeks face felony charges for the abuse at the Threshold Center for Autism.</p><p> The trio was caught on camera by another employee abusing the residents in their care, according to officials.</p><p> The center reported the abuse when they saw the video in March after being tipped off by an employee who had been fired.</p><p> No video will be released as the criminal investigation continues.</p><p> The trio could face up to five years in prison if convicted.</p><p> Check back for more on this developing story.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:37:25 GMT

Sotloff's fixer recounts ISIS abduction

<p> American journalist Steven Sotloff began his last journey into Syria with a surprise gift for his fixer, Yosef Abobaker. It was a small camera.</p><p> "Happy birthday!" Sotloff told his guide, whom Sotloff had befriended a year earlier by interviewing Abobaker's father about the Syrian civil war.</p><p> Then came the real surprise for the two men: about 15 masked ISIS gunmen jumped out of three cars and took them captive, beginning a dark tale that eventually led to Abobaker's release, but ended in Sotloff's beheading.</p><p> In an interview with CNN this week, Abobaker provided a detailed account of how he, Sotloff and three armed guards were abducted in Syria by ISIS fighters in August 2013, but since then, never once did U.S. officials try to interview Abobaker about his first-hand experience with ISIS and its captivity of Sotloff.</p><p> "No, nobody tried to contact me and I tried to help. Nobody come to me and ask me any questions from the (U.S.) government.... Nobody contact me or ask me about their conditions," Abobaker said in occasionally broken English. "And they can find me. It's easy. But, no, nobody tried to contact me."</p><p> A Sotloff family representative who kept contact with Abobaker before and after his captivity reiterated the claims, saying U.S. government or security agencies -- who were made aware of the fixer and his connection to Sotloff -- never talked to Abobaker. </p><p> "That was one of many mistakes," Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi told CNN. He declined to comment further.</p><p> Abobaker's assertions that his abductors were ISIS fighters couldn't be independently verified by CNN.</p><p> FBI officials declined to comment directly on the accusations by Abobaker and Barfi, but asserted they are investigating the Sotloff case.</p><p> "The FBI is actively investigating the savage murder of Steven Sotloff at the hands of terrorists and will not discuss investigative details at this time. We are committed to bringing the murderers of Steven Sotloff to justice," said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson.</p><p> ISIS' killing of Sotloff shocked the world because it was the second of three videotaped beheadings of Westerners by ISIS since last month. The first was another U.S. journalist, James Foley, last month. Then Sotloff this month. And then British aid worker David Haines, this week.</p><p> A survivor's torment</p><p> Since Sotloff's decapitation, Abobaker has agonized over the fate of his journalist-friend and the fortune of his own release, as well as that of his brother and two cousins who went along as armed guards.</p><p> "I was very angry, and after that I calmed down and was so, so sorry," Abobaker said in an interview conducted in Turkey. "I put message on Facebook (to) tell his mother I am so sorry.... I did my best to save him.... My feeling is so sorry, like I lost my brother.</p><p> "He was nice man and good heart I just wish he can rest in peace now," Abobaker added.</p><p> Abobaker blamed a guard on the Turkey-Syria border for possibly betraying Sotloff's whereabouts to an ISIS contact. CNN contacted other journalists who worked with Abobaker, and they said he was an established fixer with a good reputation.</p><p> "I think maybe one guard from the border, they call him on the radio, and he said he's moved from here, you can wait for him: He has this kind of car," Abobaker said. Conscious of security, he didn't use his car that day and instead borrowed one, he said</p><p> Their harrowing abduction by ISIS occurred just 20 minutes after Sotloff, Abobaker and his relatives as aides entered Syria, on August 4, 2013, Abobaker said.</p><p> How it began</p><p> The moment the journalistic team entered Syria, Abobaker called Barfi to confirm the group was inside Syria.</p><p> Barfi was staying in a hotel in Turkey. When asked why he didn't travel with Sotloff into Syria, Barfi told CNN that "I cannot go into details about that."</p><p> This trip wasn't the first time that Abobaker worked as a journalistic "fixer" -- or a jack-of-all-trades guide who does translations and arranges interviews. He had 18 months of experience working with at least 100 other journalists, and he was charging Sotloff about $80 a day, he said.</p><p> Abobaker had also been a rebel fighting for four or five months in Syria with the Tawheed brigade, a moderate Islamist faction. He even got married in his combat fatigues in Aleppo, with comrades firing their weapons in celebration, in February 2013. That was six months before his ill-fated encounter with ISIS.</p><p> When the masked ISIS gunmen confronted Abobaker and his charges, Abobaker pulled out his gun, but he saw he was vastly outnumbered.</p><p> "We were four people, and they are 15," Abobaker said. "We don't have any chance to defend (ourselves)."</p><p> Knowing all the roads</p><p> The ISIS gunmen took Sotloff and his retinue to a textile factory on the outskirts of Aleppo, and that was the last time Abobaker saw Sotloff. The captives were told to close their eyes, and one captor hit Sotloff with a gun and told him don't look, Abobaker said.</p><p> "I know all the roads. I know if they turn 500 meters, they turn left, they turn right...," Abobaker said. </p><p> The captives were held individually in separate rooms, and Abobaker overheard one captor asked Sotloff for his passport, Abobaker said.</p><p> At first, Abobaker didn't know who the abductors were because they had accents from Morocco, Libya and Algeria, he said.</p><p> As days passed, he wondered whether he would survive the Islamic extremists waging war in Syria and northeastern Iraq in a quest to create a caliphate.</p><p> "Sometimes I say they will kill us all because I work with people from outside," Abobaker said.</p><p> After 15 days of captivity, Abobaker, his brother and their cousins were freed by their abductors.</p><p> "They ask me, do you know who we are, and I said, yes, I think you are ISIS," Abobaker said. "And they said, yes, we should kill you. You are spy and work with America and CIA and FBI, but we leave you now because you work with (Tawheed), because I have papers.... But if we hear you work with journalist again, we will kill you for sure."</p><p> Sotloff's family believes ISIS paid as much as $50,000 to rebels who alerted the militant group that the journalist had entered Syria, Barfi said.</p><p> Apprising Sotloff's family</p><p> Once liberated, Abobaker met Barfi several times to give him details about the abduction, Abobaker said.</p><p> Later, Abobaker often traveled between Turkey and Syria, and he sometimes asked other former captives of ISIS "if they know information about any journalist," Abobaker said.</p><p> "I go back inside (Syria), and I try to make information," he added.</p><p> In fact, Abobaker heard one account that Sotloff was moved from the textile factory to an industrial center, also outside Aleppo, he said.</p><p> He then heard another unsubstantiated account that Sotloff was moved again, this time to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, he said.</p><p> A year passed, and then Abobaker finally saw the news on the Internet.</p><p> Sotloff -- the journalist and one-time bearer of a birthday gift -- was barbarically killed by an ISIS executioner masked in black.</p><p> "I send message to world to say it's not really Islam," Sotloff said of the ISIS killing. "They are liar. I say that to all the people. They are not Muslims."</p><p> Abobaker says he has now moved all of his family from Syria to Turkey. Two months ago, he became a father for the first time.</p>

Published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:38:55 GMT

'Miami Vice': Where are they now?

<p> Fire up that Ferrari Testarossa and break out the pastel-colored clothing, the quintessential '80s cop show "Miami Vice" turns 30 on Tuesday. Join us for a look at where the show's stars are now.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Best places to live in 2015

<p> Good schools? Affordability? Lots to do? These best places to live in 2015 have it all.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:31:45 GMT

Attorney: More parents coming forward about bullying after Seminole teen's suicide

<p> The attorney representing<a href="" target="_blank"> the family of the 14-year-old who committed suicide at a Seminole County School last wee</a>k says more parents are coming forward saying their children have been bullied at the same school and they got no help from administrators.</p><p> Matt Morgan represents Lamar Hawkins' parents, who believe their son committed suicide because he was bullied at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary.  The family says they reported the bullying to the school, but little was done to stop it.</p><p> Michael Carr says all three of his children went to Greenwood Lakes Middle School and all were bullied.</p><p> "This is a major ongoing problem," Carr said.  "They have a major safety issue there. They just can not protect the children."</p><p> Carr says he went to administrators but the bullying continued.</p><p> Morgan says other parents with children at Greenwood Lakes and other schools in Seminole County are telling him similar stories.</p><p> A spokesperson for the district says they have numerous anti-bullying programs in place.  The superintendent of Seminole County Schools said in a statement after the Hawkins came forward that bullying is not tolerated in any of the district's schools.</p><p> The Seminole County Sheriff's Office has not said Hawkins suicide was related to bullying.  Detective are still investigating.</p><p> Morgan says his firm is conducting a full investigation and they want to give the district time to respond before the decide whether to file a lawsuit against the district.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:24:54 GMT

Man shot rifle, banged on doors in neighborhood, Volusia cops say

<p> Residents woke up around 5 a.m. on Tuesday to someone pounding on their windows, banging on their doors and yelling, "What do I have to do to get your attention?" all while shooting a rifle into the air.</p><p> At least 28 people called 911, and said they heard and saw a man walking down the street with a rifle in hand.</p><p> "Somebody was hitting the window, like tried to break it," said Claus Idrogo.</p><p> "We saw a dude in camouflage crouch behind the cars over there when they were here earlier, loading a gun and we saw him shooting at the air," said Trenton Brickhouse.</p><p> Brickhouse then showed Local 6 a bullet casing that was left in front of his home.</p><p> Volusia County deputies said it was 28-year-old Frederick Wenzel who fired at least six shots and then hid until deputies tracked him down.</p><p> "There was helicopters with huge lights, right there just shining as if like somebody was on a tree," said Britney Idrogo.</p><p> Deputies finally found Wenzel hidden in some bushes behind a home and arrested him. He's facing six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, open carrying of weapons and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.</p><p> Deputies said he will also have a mental evaluation.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:48:55 GMT

Severed head falls out of neighbor's trash bag

<p> A Memphis man who went to police after he saw a severed head in a man's backyard says it's an image he can't forget.</p><p> On Saturday, police found the severed head and a body at a home in the 3800 block of Dunn Avenue and arrested the man who lives there.</p><p> Michael Wilson, Jr., is now facing charges of second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.</p><p> Lacedric Ruffin said he went to Wilson's home on Dunn to pick up some scrap metal Wilson said he could have.</p><p> While he was loading items on to his truck, he noticed Wilson pull a large black bag out of a garbage can and try to place it in a metal bucket.</p><p> Ruffin said the bag started ripping, and a head fell out of it.</p><p> "I'm like, man, what the hell you got going on, bro? He said something like he didn't mean to kill him. I said, kill who brother? I don't want to know who that is, I don't want to know. You don't got to tell me," Ruffin said.</p><p> He said Wilson told him there were also two hands inside the garbage bag.</p><p> He thinks Wilson was planning on putting the severed head on the back of his truck along with everything else.</p><p> "If that bag hadn't busted, I would have had a head going to the junk yard," said Ruffin.</p><p> Ruffin, who is on parole, said his fingerprints were on everything in Wilson's backyard and he went straight to police to let them know he had nothing to do with what was going on at Wilson's house.</p><p> Wilson is being held on $2 million bond.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:15:57 GMT

Boeing, Space X get NASA contracts to fly astronauts into space

<p> Both Boeing & SpaceX were awarded contracts Tuesday afternoon by NASA to take U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station starting in 2017.</p><p> </p><p> NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners at a late-afternoon news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The news had been eagerly anticipated for weeks.</p><p> Bolden called the companies' contracts, worth $6.8 billion, a "seminal moment" in NASA history.</p><p> SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released a statement after the announcement, saying “SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us.  We welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose. It is a vital step in a journey that will ultimately take us to the stars and make humanity a multi-planet species."</p><p> NASA ended its space shuttle program in 2011 amid funding concerns and a shift in priorities to exploring deep space.</p><p> Since the shuttle program was retired, NASA crewmembers have been hitching rides on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $70 million per seat, according to a NASA spokeswoman. The agency typically purchases six seats per year.</p><p> NASA has set a goal of 2017 for the first launch under the commercial crew program. Both companies will use crew capsules. Launches will originate from Cape Canaveral.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:24:23 GMT

Man indicted on 1st degree murder charges in Orange County teen's death

<p> A grand jury has indicted the man who deputies named the prime suspect in the death of an Orange County teenager on murder charges, the state attorney's office said on Tuesday.</p><p> According to the indictment, Sanel Saint Simon, 43, faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and giving false information to law enforcement concerning a missing person investigation.</p><p> Alexandria Chery, 16, was reported missing by her mother. D<a href="" target="_blank">eputies identified her body on Aug. 6,</a> almost a week after her remains were found near the Osceola-Polk County line.</p><p> Saint Simon, Alexandria's mother's live-in boyfriend, was named the prime suspect in Alexandria's death and  p<a href="" target="_blank">leaded not guilty to tampering with evidence last month. </a></p><p> A pretrial hearing was set for Oct. 14. Bond for Saint Simon was set at $200,000, although he still remained in the Orange County Jail as the state attorney's office gathered evidence from Orange County Sheriff's Office for the murder charges.</p><p> OCSO released a statement on Tuesday, saying, "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Alexandria Chery as they grieve their loss. We thank the Grand Jury for this indictment and recognize the effort demonstrated by all the law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance throughout this investigation and State Attorney Jeff Ashton for procuring this indictment.  We will continue to work closely with the State Attorney’s Office as we seek  justice on behalf of Alexandria Chery and her family.” </p><p> In a previous bond hearing, prosecutors said Saint Simon lied about leaving work the day Alexandria vanished and then lied about borrowing a car and driving it to her home. Prosecutors also said he tried to clean up blood that was found inside the teen's bedroom.</p><p> Check back with and Local 6 for more on this story.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:25:28 GMT

Colleges that bring in the highest paycheck

<p> Graduates with bachelor's degrees from certainU.S. colleges earn some ofthe highest salaries in the country, according to Payscale. Find out which colleges will get you paid the most.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:20:23 GMT