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Goodwill store employee accused of inappropriately touching child
<p>A worker at a Goodwill Industries retail store was arrested and now faces accusations of inappropriately touching a child while the family shopped.</p><p>Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff&#39;s Office said the incident happened Saturday night at the Goodwill located at the corner of Curry Ford&nbsp;and Goldenrod roads.</p><p>Parents told investigators they watched as William Chatel, 64, stood in back of their child, pressing his body against the child&#39;s body.</p><p>When he walked away, they said, they saw Chatel touch the child&#39;s buttocks.</p><p>The parents called deputies, who arrested Chatel.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="600889130" embed-content-groupid="33113" embed-content-id="600889130" embed-content-imgalign="none" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="https://media.clickorlando.com/photo/2017/10/16/goodwill-101617_1508206405122_10781096_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" style="width:100%;" /></p><p>&quot;That is very scary,&quot; one shopper said. &quot;I have a child and we go to the store a lot.&quot;</p><p>She said she recognized Chatel as a worker who always greeted her with a smile.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s very friendly,&quot; she said. &quot;He&#39;s always ready to help if you have a question.&nbsp;He&#39;s always saying hi to the kids, so that&#39;s kind of scary to me -- especially because I have a child.&quot;</p><p>News 6 found out investigators are lacking a key piece of evidence in their case.</p><p>Workers at the store told them none of their surveillance cameras were working at the time of the incident, so they didn&#39;t catch anything.</p><p>Goodwill Industries gave News 6 a written statement, saying in part, &quot;We are investigating this matter internally and taking steps to prevent similar occurrences in the future.&quot;</p><p>Chatel is being held at&nbsp;the Orange County Jail without the option to post bail.</p><p>Chatel&#39;s attorney told a judge he&#39;s going to try to get that changed, but it would be at least a&nbsp;week before a hearing could be held.‚Äč</p>

Disney World law enforcement spending increases
<p>For the second year in a row, the agency that provides governmental services to Walt Disney World&#39;s property has approved a multi-million dollar spending increase to hire Orange County sheriff&#39;s deputies.</p><p>The Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is comprised of the Disney-controlled cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, has budgeted $15.8 million dollars for outside law enforcement in the fiscal year that began October 1.</p><p>Reedy Creek&#39;s 2018 public safety budget more than doubles the $7 million that was allocated for deputies annually from 2011 through 2015.</p><p>Following the terrorist attack at Orlando&#39;s Pulse nightclub in June 2016, Reedy Creek <a href="https://www.clickorlando.com/news/investigators/spending-on-police-at-disney-world-surges" target="_blank">hiked its law enforcement budget</a> to $13.7 million.</p><p>Months later, the agency&#39;s board approved an additional $1.4&nbsp;in funding for deputies, records show.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>[<a href="https://www.rcid.org/mdocuments-library/" target="_blank">READ:&nbsp;Reedy Creek&#39;s&nbsp;public safety budget</a>]</strong></em></p><p>Under the new budget, Reedy Creek will now pay the Orange County Sheriff&#39;s Office more than the City of Winter Park spends on its entire police department.</p><p>For security reasons, Walt Disney World representatives and Orange County Sheriff&#39;s officials do not disclose the specific number of deputies who patrol the resort at any given time.</p><p>But the increased spending suggests Walt Disney World is continuing to expand the presence of law enforcement officers at the same time concerns about domestic and international terrorism grow.</p><p>&quot;We have a comprehensive approach to security that includes measures that are visible and some that are not,&quot; said Jacquee Wahler, Walt Disney World&#39;s vice president of communications. &nbsp;&quot;We continuously review and adapt security procedures in coordination with law enforcement officials, but do not discuss specifics in order to avoid compromising their effectiveness.&quot;</p><p>Reedy Creek&#39;s public safety budget was finalized less than two weeks before a gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas resort hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 who were attending a concert across the street.</p><p>Earlier this year, federal prosecutors revealed that the Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen had allegedly discussed with his wife the possibility of attacking Walt Disney World.</p><p>&quot;What would make people more upset, an attack at Downtown Disney or at a nightclub?&rdquo; Mateen&nbsp;is said to have asked Salman, according to prosecutors.</p><p>Salman is awaiting trial on charges of aiding a terrorist organization.</p><p>With the additional law enforcement spending, Disney World visitors are now more likely than ever to encounter armed sheriff&#39;s deputies standing outside ticket booths, walking around inside the theme parks and hotels, or driving around the resort&#39;s property in marked and undercover patrol cars.</p><p>Reedy Creek hires nearly 70 deputies, detectives, supervisors and administrative staff as part of an $8.3 million annual contract with the Orange County Sheriff&#39;s Office. &nbsp;The agreement also covers the cost of vehicles, uniforms, weapons and other county-owned equipment.</p><p>The law enforcement agency&#39;s contract with Reedy Creek will likely be amended during the current fiscal year to reflect a new salary structure for deputies, according a Sheriff&#39;s Office spokesman.</p><p>Details of that proposed contract addendum have not been finalized.</p><p>Besides those on-duty law enforcement officers provided under the sheriff&#39;s office contract, Reedy Creek will hire an undisclosed number of additional off-duty deputies at a cost of more than $7 million, records show.</p><p>The Walt Disney Company independently hires even more off-duty deputies to supplement those brought in by Reedy Creek. &nbsp;But unlike Reedy Creek&#39;s government budget, which is a public record, Disney is not required to disclose its spending on law enforcement. &nbsp;</p><p>Both Disney and Reedy Creek pay $40 per hour for each off-duty deputy, according to the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. That&rsquo;s $10 more than the $30 minimum hourly rate required by the deputies&rsquo; union contract.</p><p>All organizations that hire off-duty deputies must also pay an additional $5 per hour fee to the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office to cover the costs of equipment.</p><p>Some Disney World visitors feel the presence of law enforcement injects a bit too much reality into the resort&#39;s crafted fantasy world.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a little bit concerning that they think they need that much security. &nbsp;You&#39;re walking around and you see the cops and wonder, &#39;Why are there so many cops?&#39;&quot;&nbsp; said Geavin Channels, a frequent park-goer from Ocala. &nbsp;&quot;It gives you that brief moment of anxiety.&quot;</p><p>But others, like Aimee Olmedo, try not to let security concerns distract them from their vacations.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t think about those type of incidents,&quot; said Olmedo, who was visiting the resort from Phoenix with her family. &quot;I think (the law enforcement presence) is great if it makes people feel safe.&quot;</p>

Scott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist event at UF
<p>Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County and directing additional law enforcement resources to help&nbsp;Thursday when white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida.</p><p>UF officials originally denied Spencer&rsquo;s request Sept. 12 due to the potential violence and risk on campus and the community, following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. UF President W. Kent Fuschs later said the university would allow Spencer&rsquo;s event to happen.</p><p>Scott said he signed the order after a request for additional resources the day of the event from&nbsp;Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.</p><p>UF and other agencies will pay more than $500,000 for additional security measures.</p><p>&quot;We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion;&nbsp;however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our No. 1 priority,&quot; Scott said.&nbsp;&quot;I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell, who has requested this executive order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.&rdquo;</p><p>The university has repeatedly stated that it will not be affiliated with the event in any way, but as a public institution, UF is legally obligated to allow the expression of many viewpoints by external groups, such as Spencer&#39;s National Policy Institute.</p><p>On Monday after Scott signed the executive order, UF officials said that they appreciated the governor&#39;s support, but that there was no immediate heightened threat to public safety.</p><p>&quot;(The declaration)&nbsp;enables various law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently,&quot; the statement read.&nbsp;&quot;For example, agencies from multiple jurisdictions can be mobilized, if necessary, without bureaucratic delays.&quot;</p><p>Richard Spencer told the Associated Press that the emergency declaration was &quot;flattering&quot; but &quot;most likely overkill.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m not a hurricane or an invading army, at least not literally,&quot; he said.</p><p>However, Spencer expressed concern that the emergency declaration could be used as a pretext for blocking his speech. He noted that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had declared a state of emergency on the day of the Charlottesville rally before Spencer and others could speak.</p><p>&quot;That was basically a means for suppressing the rally,&quot; Spencer claimed.</p><p>The event is scheduled from 2:30&nbsp;to 4:30 p.m. in the Philips Center of Performing Arts.</p><p>The University of Florida plans to be open for classes and regular operations Thursday, but faculty members have been informed to be understanding for students who are targets of hate because of race, religion, culture and other beliefs.</p><p>People<a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/upcoming-richard-spencer-speaking-event-provokes-fear"> took to social media to plan protests</a> and opposition against Spencer.</p><p>A Gainesville brewery, Alligator Brewing, offered a free drink for anyone who brought in tickets for the event instead of attending.</p><p>&ldquo;We, unfortunately, can&rsquo;t stop him from bringing his hate to Gainesville, but we can empty the room so his disgusting message goes unheard,&rdquo; a message posted on the brewery&rsquo;s Facebook page said.</p><p>Free tickets to the event were supposed to be available Saturday at the Phillips Center box office, but event planners now say the National Policy Institute and volunteers will distribute tickets the day of the event. &nbsp;</p>

Authorities regularly called to home where 18-month-old boy died, records show
<p>An 18-month-old boy was found dead at an Orange County home Sunday morning, deputies said.</p><p>Moor Lysias was found not breathing inside the home on Killington Way in Orlando around 4:30 a.m. by a man who lives in the home, deputies said.&nbsp;The man, who authorities said is not related to the boy, called 911.</p><p>He spoke&nbsp;to News 6 Monday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>He didn&#39;t want to go on camera but said he helped care for the young boy.&nbsp;</p><p>Loud music woke him early Sunday morning.&nbsp;He said when he went to check on the child in his bedroom he wasn&#39;t breathing.</p><p>&quot;You shouldn&#39;t have to bury a child,&quot; he said.&nbsp;&quot;They should be the ones burying you.&quot;</p><p>Lysias&#39; mother was the only other person home when the boy was discovered, deputies said.</p><p>According to court documents, Tamika Nicole Young and Frino Lysias are the toddler&#39;s parents.</p><p>The two have been in a custody battle for their son since last year.</p><p>Most recently on Sept. 27, Young filed paperwork stating Frino had taken their child and she was afraid he was not going to give him back.</p><p>More than a dozen calls for service have been made to the home in the past two years. Some of which include calls for mental illness and verbal disturbances.</p><p>Orange County Sheriff&#39;s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said examiners are calling the boy&#39;s death suspicious, but did not immediately provide any other details about his death.</p><p>&quot;They know when a death is natural.They attend hundreds of deaths every year in Orange County, and in this case, they feel that it&#39;s suspicious and the team is here to make sure that whatever happened to this child -- if something happened that&#39;s suspicious -- that whoever did this will pay,&quot; Watrel said.</p><p>An autopsy was performed Monday.&nbsp;The results of the boy&#39;s death are pending.&nbsp;</p><p>Lysias&#39; mother was taken in for a mental health evaluation just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Watrel said.</p><p>Authorities said the man who lives in the home is cooperating with investigators.</p><p>No one has been charged in connection with the boy&#39;s death, deputies said. The investigation is still ongoing.</p><p><em>Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.</em></p>

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