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  • A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom.  Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation. >> Read more trending news During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported. The weapons included the following: An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip A .308-caliber rifle A .50-caliber pistol A 12-gauge shotgun Numerous other handguns About 15 knives A baseball bat with protruding nails in it  A crossbow Brass knuckles A container of gunpowder More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition Three incendiary devices A homemade silencer Tactical vests Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered. Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them. Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.
  • Gainesville police are set to release more details after three men were arrested in connection to a shooting at a bus stop following a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.  Tyler Tenbrink  28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears 28, are in the Alachua County Jail on charges of attempted homicide after they were accused of getting argument with another group of people that led to a shooting. THREE IN CUSTODY for yesterday's 34th/Archer Road shooting. Press Release: https://t.co/FcFNHkPXVw Arrest Reports: https://t.co/JLIx0csK05 pic.twitter.com/NVWJZsvyAi — Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 20, 2017 PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Presser regarding the 34th/Archer shooting arrests (was related to event) 1:00pm at GPD HQ, 545 NW 8th Ave.— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 20, 2017 Gainesvile police said the men are from Texas. Police said that at least two of the three men involved have connections to extremist groups. Tenbrink is a convicted felon and faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Police said the shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a bus stop near 34th and Archer Street, which is about two miles from the University of Florida.    WATCH: Thousands attend controversial speaker Richard Spencer event  The victim was sitting at the bus stop after the Richard Spencer speaking event when someone from a moving car shouted, 'Hail Hitler!' and other chants toward a group of people. The group and the suspects got into an argument, leading Tenbrink to take out a gun and fire a single shot at the group, Gainesville Police said in their report .   The suspects then fled in a silver Jeep. A witness in the group was able to provide officers with a license plate tag and quickly locate the vehicle later that evening a few miles north of the bus stop location.  The Fears brothers are under $1 million bond, and Tenbrink is under a $3 million bond. Gainesville Police said no one was injured during the shooting.  Three men arrested after bus stop shooting after Richard Spencer Gainesville eventhttps ://t.co/mhYpuxZjXx pic.twitter.com/Hquk4VAtca — ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 20, 2017
  • An Oviedo, Florida, teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing said Jaclyn Truman, 30, had sexual contact last year with a 15-year-old Paul J. Hagerty High School student multiple times at school. “Investigators conducted a recorded interview with Truman, who is cooperating with the investigation,” Kealing said. >> Read more trending news The victim told investigators that the two had sexual encounters five to 10 times from March to May 2016, an arrest report said. Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said Truman worked at the school as a long-term substitute teacher at the time of the alleged relations. Lawrence said Truman most recently worked at Lake Howell High School, but she was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 4 after the alleged incident was reported to the Florida Department of Children and Families. Lawrence said Truman had a clean record and no reports of prior incidents. He said the school district performed background checks on her before hiring her as a full-time teacher. 'During that time frame, the teacher had already turned in (her) resignation to the district, which actually was effective and final yesterday,' Lawrence said. 'Therefore, this individual is no longer an employee of SCPS.' Deputies said Truman surrendered Thursday at the Sheriff's Office. She was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on two counts of lewd acts on a minor. A judge set her bond at $40,000. Deputies said they’re looking into the possibility that Truman has other victims. Anyone with information about other possible incidents is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6650.
  • Nearly 6 months after a sleepover on the Westside took a tragic turn, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is announcing the arrest of a 12-year-old boy. Tyron Calhoun is now charged with manslaughter, after police say he shot 12-year-old Ra’Mya Eunice with a gun he found underneath the home on Willow Branch Avenue. Calhoun was 11-years-old at the time.  Eunice died a week later at the hospital and her death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.  JSO says Calhoun was arrested at his home today, without incident.
  • A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, instead of engaging in House-Senate negotiations that could take several weeks, as Republicans look to generate more momentum for the first major tax reforms since 1986. Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders signaled their plan to simply accept the budget plan passed 51-49 by the Senate, setting a Tuesday meeting of the House Rules Committee, which sets the ground rules for bills on the floor of the House. “We want Americans to wake up in the new year with a new tax code, one that is simple and fair,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Now it is time to meet this moment and deliver real relief to hardworking people.” Approval of the Senate-passed plan would allow tax-writing committees in both the House and Senate to get to work on the actual details of tax reform; what’s been released so far is an outline, but not the fine print. “This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As for Democrats, some feel like they are being set up by the GOP, predicting that Republicans will unveil their tax reform bill, and then demand a vote on it days later. “I am perfectly willing to negotiate,” said Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO). “I can’t do it in a vacuum.” “It doesn’t work that way,” McCaskill told reporters. “Why can’t we have a bill?” When you look back at the 1986 Tax Reform Act – that took months to make its way through the House and Senate, and then a conference committee for final negotiations. Need some weekend reading? Here is the link to the explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act – it’s only a little under 1,400 pages. It’s a gentle reminder that if you do ‘real’ tax reform – it is a very complicated endeavor.

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