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Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Launches 12th Annual Toy Drive

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With the community continuing to recover from the effects of recent storms and many families in need, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has launched the 2022 Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive. Now in its 12th year, the Toy Drive has collected over 65,000 gifts that directly benefit local youth. Last year, the drive collected more than 9,500 toys and serviced Orange County Neighborhood Centers for Families and 17 other local organizations.

The Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive serves children and youth – from infants through teens. Please include extra items where appropriate. For example, batteries with electronic toys, or crayons with a coloring book. Please note that we are unable to accept cash, gift cards or plush toys. Visit www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive for a full list of suggested toys and gifts for various age groups.

WHO:

Residents are encouraged to purchase new, unwrapped toys or gifts to support the Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive. For safety and convenience, donations can be made online through Tuesday, December 6, 2022; or toys can be dropped off at one of the 21-countywide collection sites through Monday, December 12, 2022.

This contactless donation option is available through Tuesday, December 6, 2022, by simply visiting www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive and following the online option link. This allows donors to purchase items for the Mayor’s Toy Drive from their phones or computer. All donations ship to the Orange County holiday warehouse.

Local businesses are encouraged to support the drive by forming teams and setting goals with either a dollar value or a number of items goal for their drive. Visit www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive for more information about participating as a business.

IN-PERSON DONATIONS:

In-person donations will be accepted now through Monday, December 12, 2022, for donors who prefer to purchase their toys for donation in person, and drop them off at a collection site. For a full list of the 21 public-drop off locations throughout Orange County, visit: www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive

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FDLE to investigate Orange County Sheriff’s Office in custody death of woman

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that on February 20, 2024, at around 3 a.m., deputies responded to 11100 block of Crystal Glen Boulevard in reference to a woman knocking on doors and displaying erratic behavior in the area. When a deputy arrived on scene, they heard breaking glass, which was later determined to be the woman throwing a large paver stone through the window of a residence.

The first deputy on scene made contact with the woman, who began to fight with that deputy. As back up deputies arrived, they were able to secure the woman, who then became unresponsive. Deputies rendered aid and the woman was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating this in custody death and will turn over its findings to the State Attorney’s Office for review. Once that process is completed, OCSO will conduct its own internal investigation.

The deputies involved are on temporary, paid administrative leave. This is all the information we have for release at this time.

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Senator Geraldine Thompson Hosts Gospel Concert in Celebration of African American History Month

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State Senator Geraldine Thompson speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Opening Day of the 2023 Legislative Session at the Florida State Capitol Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Orlando, Fla. – All are invited to an evening of music hosted by Senator Geraldine F. Thompson (D-Orlando) and The Wells Built Museum of African American History and Culture. In keeping with the theme for African American History Month, African Americans and the Arts, we invite you to join us for a gospel concert featuring Maurette Brown Clark, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States for her contribution to gospel and her ability to lift the spirits of people throughout America. Maurette Brown Clark released the highly acclaimed song, “I Just Wanna Praise You” and is a recipient of the Stellar Awards.

What: The Return: Gospel Concert

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024

7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

535 W. Washington St. Orlando, Florida 32801

 

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Orlando Police Arrests Shawn Patrick Spencer III for Homicide

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – According to Orlando Police, on January 30, 2024, at approximately 1:14 p.m., Orlando Police officers responded to the Jernigan Gardens apartments located in the 1400 block of Mercy Drive in reference to a shooting.

The investigation revealed that this shooting began as a Home Invasion/Armed Burglary that led to the resident firing at the suspect. Upon arrival, officers located an individual in the breezeway with a gunshot wound. This individual, identified as Kevin Dewayne Hodges (B/M, 18yoa), succumbed to his injuries.

Source: Orlando Police

Orlando Police Homicide Detectives have charged Shawn Patrick Spencer III (B/M 18yoa) with Homicide-Murder while engaged in Burglary and Armed Burglary of a Dwelling with a Firearm in connection to this shooting.

Today, Spencer III was picked up and taken into custody by the Orlando Police Department’s Fugitive Investigative Unit.

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