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FDLE issues missing child alert for baby who could be with 15-year-old girl

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert Thursday for a 5-month-old boy last seen in Williston, which is near Gainesville.

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  65% of all felony drug cases from Orange, Osceola state attorney’s office enrolled in drug diversion program over past year

9 Investigates is digging into the results from a plan to allow people who are caught with drugs, including fentanyl and heroin, a way to stay out of jail or prison and even get charges dropped.

  Former Osceola County commissioner no longer has ‘special deputy’ designation

Just as the news came in that Gov. Ron DeSantis will not appoint someone to serve as Osceola County commissioner in place of Fred Hawkins, 9 Investigates has learned he has been stripped of the special deputy designation that provided him the badge he’s seen using on video, which led to his arrest on charges of impersonating an officer.

  Body camera video provides new evidence in case against ex-cop-turned security guard at Kissimmee community

New court filings are giving 9 Investigates insight on the evidence stacked against the ex-cop-turned-felon, who we exposed working illegal security inside a Kissimmee neighborhood, and his longtime girlfriend who gave him the job.

  Mount Dora police chief retires after allegations of hostile work environment, inappropriate relationship surface

For the second time in a year, Mount Dora is soon to be without a police chief. Chief Robert Bell, who was promoted to the position less than a year ago, is retiring next week.

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  Grant scams cheating those trying to pay hospital bills during COVID-19 pandemic

An Orlando woman desperate to pay hospital bills thought a government grant offered a way out.

  How to stop paying for gym membership if you don’t feel safe during pandemic

An Apopka man claims his gym won’t refund fees it charged after closing because of the pandemic, and as infection rates soar, some consumers want to stop paying for gym memberships when they don’t feel safe working out.

  COVID-19 brings new twist to family emergency scam

A local couple said scammers almost took them for thousands by using their personal information to create a family emergency that seemed all too real.

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  In a state known for close elections, how important is Central Florida this year?

Since 1992, no president has ever won the White House without carrying Florida.

  Despite Tweets, Vote by Mail is safe and Election Day cannot be moved by president

In a series of tweets Thursday morning the President Donald Trump called into question the integrity of voting by mail. Additionally, he floated the idea of postponing the presidential election.

  Jobless claims rise as state numbers show hardest hit areas

Initial jobless claims were filed by 1.43 million Americans last week, an increase of 12,000 from the prior week, marking the second straight week of growing jobless claims.
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  Record vote-by-mail numbers could mean delays for winner to be declared

With the nation still dealing with COVID-19, it’s expected that a record number of people will vote by mail, something that could mean days of waiting for a final count and a winner to be declared.