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Search on for driver who fled traffic stop, crashed into police car, Ocala PD says

Police are searching for a man Wednesday who fled during a traffic stop in Ocala and crashed into another officer’s patrol car, officials said.  

 

Police said a passenger tried to get out of the fleeing vehicle and was struck by the same car.

He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

 

Meanwhile, the fleeing driver hit a fire hydrant on Southwest 10th Street and Southwest 27th Avenue, where he fled on foot, police said.

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College Park Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 units are assisting in the search.

 

A passenger in the suspect vehicle attempted to exit the car and was hit by the suspect (driver). He has been transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/r8TBQHoOR3 — Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 23, 2019 While fleeing, the driver hit a fire hydrant in the area of SW 10th Street and SW 27th Avenue. He abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. OPD has set up a perimeter, College Park Elementary has been placed on lock down as a precaution, & MCSO Air One and K-9 Units are assisting. pic.twitter.com/1vk3Fj0odW — Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 23, 2019 SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN PROGRESS, COLLEGE PARK ELEM. ON LOCK DOWN AS A PRECAUTION At 8:12 a.m. Officer William Joedicke conducted a traffic stop in the area of Gaiteway Plaza. The driver fled, pulled out in front of another OPD officer and collided with a patrol vehicle. pic.twitter.com/vnigZHmEx5 — Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 23, 2019

Florida teen gets community service for fatal crash that killed 17-year-old boy

A Florida teen received a six-month driver-license suspension and 20 hours of community service for a fatal crash, according to the Associated Press.  

Cole David Jordan, now 18, was also fined $1,000. 

The News-Press reports that Jordan was sentenced last week after pleading no contest to careless driving.

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Authorities said then-17-year-old Jordan was driving at a high rate of speed on a Fort Myers street in January 2018 when he was hit by another vehicle pulling out of a parking lot.

A passenger in the other car, 17-year-old Erik Babatz, suffered serious injuries and later died at a hospital.

News Press Driver in crash that killed Fort Myers High teen last year gets suspended license, community service https://t.co/mkMHtRwu19 https://t.co/oX5axDTAr2 pic.twitter.com/MCXwLncNiZ — Press (@_Press_Press_) January 22, 2019

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Fans get up close and personal at NFL Pro Bowl Experience at Disney

Fans can get up close and personal with players at the NFL Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Wednesday.

 

Fans can take part in an interactive Fan Zone, with fun activities for the family.

 

Visitors can test their vertical leap and run a 40-yard dash while wearing a helmet and hearing field calls.

 

“To be here in Orlando around the Pro Bowl itself, Disney and all it entails, I am honored to be back here and the captain on the NFC side,” Hall of famer Emmitt Smith said.

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The Pro Bowl events are free and will continue through Friday.

 

The best players will be selected to participate in a big game Sunday at Camping World Stadium.

The @nfl’s #ProBowlExperience begins today. It’s free today thru Saturday and it is free. I’m showing you all the cool events on @WFTV #ProBowl2019 #ProBowlWeek pic.twitter.com/0hegNdGTCG — Q McCray (@QMcCrayWFTV) January 23, 2019

The Pro Bowl is also about giving back to the community. Volunteers with the NFL Green Project planted trees and a vegatable garden in Ivey Lane Park in Orlando. 

The Pro Bowl isn’t until Sunday at our @CWStadium, but the event is already making an impact in our community. I was grateful to join the @nfl and volunteers, including the @EvansHS_OCPS football team, to help enhance our Ivey Lane Park this morning. pic.twitter.com/YvQxXXgOeC — Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) January 22, 2019

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Fans get up close and personal at NFL Pro Bowl Experience at Disney

Fans can get up close and personal with players at the NFL Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Wednesday.

 

Fans can take part in an interactive Fan Zone, with fun activities for the family.

 

Visitors can test their vertical leap and run a 40-yard dash while wearing a helmet and hearing field calls.

 

“To be here in Orlando around the Pro Bowl itself, Disney and all it entails, I am honored to be back here and the captain on the NFC side,” Hall of famer Emmitt Smith said.

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The Pro Bowl events are free and will continue through Friday.

 

The best players will be selected to participate in a big game Sunday at Camping World Stadium.

The @nfl’s #ProBowlExperience begins today. It’s free today thru Saturday and it is free. I’m showing you all the cool events on @WFTV #ProBowl2019 #ProBowlWeek pic.twitter.com/0hegNdGTCG — Q McCray (@QMcCrayWFTV) January 23, 2019

The Pro Bowl is also about giving back to the community. Volunteers with the NFL Green Project planted trees and a vegatable garden in Ivey Lane Park in Orlando. 

The Pro Bowl isn’t until Sunday at our @CWStadium, but the event is already making an impact in our community. I was grateful to join the @nfl and volunteers, including the @EvansHS_OCPS football team, to help enhance our Ivey Lane Park this morning. pic.twitter.com/YvQxXXgOeC — Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) January 22, 2019

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Drunken man arrested after pedestrian killed in hit-and-run, Cocoa police say

A hit-and-run driver was arrested after a man was found dead in a median early Wednesday morning, according to Cocoa police.

At about 12:15 a.m., a patrol officer found a bumper of a car on east State Road 520 near Varr Avenue, police said.

A short distance away, a witness found the man’s body lying in a median, police said.

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About 30 minutes later, a deputy with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office stopped a black Honda Accord on US-1 and State Road 405 with front-end damage and a missing bumper, police said.

Cocoa police said the VIN in the car matched the bumper found on SR-520.

The driver, Jacqueice Witcher, 33, was arrested on a DUI charge.

SR-520 was closed between Varr Avenue and Fiske Boulevard as traffic homicide officials investigated, but it has since reopened.  

The name of the vicitm has not been released, pending next of kin notification. 

This scene just cleared within the last 10 mins. This is a picture of where of the deadly hit and run took place. Police arrested 33 yo Jacqueice Witcher. More on @WFTV. pic.twitter.com/TJKJgJze7t — Johny Fernandez (@jfernandezwftv) January 23, 2019

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Wedgefield business owner hires federal workers during government shutdown

It has been 32 days and Matt Rowland still hasn’t been able to return to his job at NASA where he works with software because of the government shutdown.

“I’m kind of starting to get into panic mode,” Rowland said. “If it goes on for another month or two, we’re going to be in trouble.”

Rowland has been using up his vacation time in order to get paid during the government shutdown but he only has a week left.

Since he’s a contractor, it’s still unclear if he’ll get paid back for the vacation time or for unpaid time off once the government reopens.

“Historically they have reimbursed vacation time that’s been used for the shutdown but there also hasn’t been a shutdown this long historically so it’s not guaranteed," Rowland said.

That’s why Rowland answered a Facebook post offering work for temporary federal workers affected by the shutdown.

“Rodas Outdoor Services is now temporarily hiring federal employees and government contractors who have been impacted by the government shutdown,” the Facebook post said. “If you are looking for side work during this hardship, we would be honored to hire you.”

The post said the job pays $12 to $20 an hour for lawn services including tree work, mulching and sod.

“I thought to myself, what can I do for my part and to help our community?” Rodas said to Eyewitness News.

Rodas has hired Rowland to take on some extra work.

Rodas’ own father works for the FAA in Dallas, and like Rowland, his father hasn’t been able to work for over a month.

“At the end of the day, we all just want to be great providers for our family and that was my main thought with this idea,” Rodas said.

Rodas said so far, about 30 people have asked about temporary work.

Rowland is hoping that offer won’t be needed much longer and is calling for lawmakers to take action.

“They need to make a decision and let us get back to work," Rowland said.

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Wedgefield business owner hires federal workers during government shutdown

It has been 32 days and Matt Rowland still hasn’t been able to return to his job at NASA where he works with software because of the government shutdown.

“I’m kind of starting to get into panic mode,” Rowland said. “If it goes on for another month or two, we’re going to be in trouble.”

Rowland has been using up his vacation time in order to get paid during the government shutdown but he only has a week left.

Since he’s a contractor, it’s still unclear if he’ll get paid back for the vacation time or for unpaid time off once the government reopens.

“Historically they have reimbursed vacation time that’s been used for the shutdown but there also hasn’t been a shutdown this long historically so it’s not guaranteed," Rowland said.

That’s why Rowland answered a Facebook post offering work for temporary federal workers affected by the shutdown.

“Rodas Outdoor Services is now temporarily hiring federal employees and government contractors who have been impacted by the government shutdown,” the Facebook post said. “If you are looking for side work during this hardship, we would be honored to hire you.”

The post said the job pays $12 to $20 an hour for lawn services including tree work, mulching and sod.

“I thought to myself, what can I do for my part and to help our community?” Rodas said to Eyewitness News.

Rodas has hired Rowland to take on some extra work.

Rodas’ own father works for the FAA in Dallas, and like Rowland, his father hasn’t been able to work for over a month.

“At the end of the day, we all just want to be great providers for our family and that was my main thought with this idea,” Rodas said.

Rodas said so far, about 30 people have asked about temporary work.

Rowland is hoping that offer won’t be needed much longer and is calling for lawmakers to take action.

“They need to make a decision and let us get back to work," Rowland said.

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Volusia County reaches settlement with man struck by Votran bus

Officials in Volusia County have reached a settlement with a man who was struck by a Votran bus over three years ago, but not before they tried to charge him for a for a stint he served in the county jail.

Michael Wade was struck while riding his bike at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in 2015.

He sued the county to cover his $130,000 worth of medical expenses.

The county then launched a counter claim for $18,300 to pay for his time in jail stemming from a 2011 arrest when a marijuana plant was found in his room.

There was no attempt to recoup the $18,300 prior to Wade being struck by the bus.

Volusia County Commissioner Heather Post does not think it's fair to go after people who are legitmitely injured, as the county doesn't go after most inmates to pay for their jail time.

The county voted against Post and later approved the $75,000 settlement.

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