Happy Place Sports Bar, an Orange County bar shuttered in October after a series of shootings, was the hub for a major Central Florida drug trafficking organization, local and federal authorities said Friday.,Sheriff John Mina, along with members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, announced the dismantling of the organization, which resulted in the arrests of 16 people and confiscation of dozens of guns and $180,000 in cash.,The Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of other agencies when it realized the organization was behind a series of violent crimes dating to 2015, according to Director Ron Stucker of the MBI, a task force targeting vice and organized crime in Orange and Osceola counties.,Stucker said the organization had been distributing between one and two kilograms of cocaine and heroin per week on average in Central Florida.,Mina said members of the organizations played a role in numerous shootings in Orange County, including two at Happy Place Sports Bar in July and October.

The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department.,The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.The layoffs, effective in mid-April, were posted to the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications.,(Kevin Sullivan, The Orange County Register)

Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, a primary care sports medicine specialist, has joined Hoag Orthopedic Institute.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department. read more

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Local, state and federal investigators said they broke up a drug trafficking organization and arrested 16 people.,Law enforcement officials said the suspects moved those drugs through a troubled bar, called the Happy Place Sports Bar, on which WFTV News has done several stories.,Officials with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the16 suspects were part of a robust drug organization.,Investigators said the group was moving one to two kilos of heroin and cocaine a week through Orange County.,Investigators said the organization is connected to that murder and the other issues that were happening at the bar and all over Orange County.

The president's visit to Vietnam is bringing people out into the streets tonight in Orange County.,Stacey Butler reports from Westminster where many are pushing the president to be tougher on Vietnam's Communist government.

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Tampering or not, Bryce Harper didn't back away from his comments about recruiting Mike Trout to the Philadelphia Phillies.,Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal last week, caused a stir Tuesday when he told a local Philadelphia radio show he would campaign for the two-time American League MVP if the Los Angeles Angels outfielder became a free agent after the 2020 season.,"If you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy,” said Harper.,Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.,When approached by media members Wednesday, Trout didn't have much to say about Harper's comment. read more

In February 2018, Sheriff Amos joined the Epidemic Intelligence Council, formed by Orange County Social Services, which includes local and state agencies along with local news media and health care providers.,The Council was formed for information sharing, education and collaboration concerning the opioid epidemic.,Over the last 3 years, the Sheriff’s Office has been awarded grants for Naloxone injectors to help save the lives of opioid-related overdoses, giving victims another chance for sobriety.,In the last four years, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office began partnerships with the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, the DEA and Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.,This combination of local and federal resources works together to identify, target, arrest and convict individuals and organizations responsible for distributing and/or manufacturing illegal narcotics.

With a natural ability to lead, you would never know that this professional keeper is only 16-years-old and just signed a contract with Orange County Soccer Club.,“I coached in the academy level, I’ve coached youth soccer and now all the way up to the professional ranks and there’s a tremendous amount of talent out here.,Orange County is home to some of the ripest soccer talent in the country.,They are signing kids like Cervantes to contracts and fostering an environment where that talent can develop.,It is the equivalent of the minor leagues of Major League Soccer and is becoming a big ticket with homegrown talent.

Orange County residents who trusted well-known home organizer Erin Aaberg trusted her with their valuables.,Orange County Sheriff's believe that was a mistake.

WARWICK – Orange County could become a state leader in producing and researching a medically promising hemp chemical, if a local economic development agency has its way.,The Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator recently announced plans to create a new $2.1 million branch focused on fostering the production of the hemp compound cannabidiol, or CBD, at the former state prison site in the Town of Warwick.,“We are getting in on the ground floor of creating a whole CBD industry with a full spectrum of jobs creating everything from food to nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, body and health care products,” said Vincent Cozzolino, managing director of the Orange County IDA and its Accelerator.,Orange County's CBD Accelerator will process hemp into CBD-rich oil and teach farmers and entrepreneurs about the hemp and CBD industries, Cozzolino said.,Warwick’s CBD Accelerator is “an opportunity to revitalize a New York farming industry that’s hurting,” McCauley said.

If you’re willing to bet on Kansas City’s future as an NBA city, there is a place to make that wager.,The online gambling site Bovada has listed this question: “If the New Orleans Pelicans are relocated before game 1 of the 2020-2021 which city will they be relocated to?”,Star player Anthony Davis has requested a trade from the Pelicans and apparently there is some doubt about the franchise’s future, at least at Bovada.,However, Rita Benson, who took ownership of the Pelicans last March after the death of her father, has made no mention of moving the team.,Sign Up and Save

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