Edgewood police chief placed on administrative leave
EDGEWOOD, Fla. — The Edgewood police chief is on administrative leave, following an incident captured on surveillance video. Chief John Freeburg said the moment at the police station on Friday was an attempt at humor, but those actions have triggered a complaint that’s led to him being placed on leave. The Police Benevolent Association said there are several possible violations including abuse of power and battery of a law enforcement officer. The video shows the chief putting his hands on Officer Chris Meade’s chest and his face. But the chief says it wasn’t in anger.wftv.com
New bill allows Edgewood Central District businesses to purchase affordable liquor licenses
VIDEO: Edgewood leaders applaud new law allowing smaller businesses to purchase liquor licenses Officials in Edgewood say they’re ready to revitalize a popular stretch of their community thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that allows smaller restaurants affordable liquor license options for the Edgewood Central District. HB 1423 permits smaller restaurants to buy an SRX license for $5,000 instead of a 4COP. Read: Here’s when Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reopens at Magic KingdomThe city said this specific alcoholic beverage license will benefit Edgewood’s small budget and the recently created downtown area. Mayor John Dowless said this bill will help create new jobs.wftv.com
Edgewood leaders applaud new law allowing smaller businesses to purchase liquor licenses
VIDEO: Edgewood leaders applaud new law allowing smaller businesses to purchase liquor licenses Officials in Edgewood say they’re ready to revitalize a popular stretch of their community thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. House Bill 1423 allows special exceptions for smaller businesses along Orange, Hoffner, and Gatlin Avenues to buy liquor licenses at a significantly reduced cost. However, Pitz says the idea of getting a liquor license just wasn’t viable. “I could not apply for a liquor license right now at a cheaper rate because I didn’t meet the seating requirement,” Pitz said. Pitz says he hopes to fill out the paperwork for a liquor license within a few days.wftv.com
Busy Orange County intersection could get overhaul, some concerned over new route
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — There’s a push to ease traffic tensions at a very busy Orange County intersection. Channel 9 has told you how easily the traffic can back up along Orange Avenue near Gatlin and Holden Avenue in Edgewood. There’s one that cuts through the park and there’s one that takes homes on the Gaitlin side,” said Commissioner Mayra Uribe. Plans show a realigning of Holden Avenue with Gatlin Avenue. The current Holden Avenue and Orange Avenue intersection would be eliminated, so instead of two three-way intersections, there would be one four-way intersection.wftv.com
ALDI to open 150 new stores, hire hundreds of employees
Aldi to open 150 new stores File photo: Shoppers arrive at an Aldi discount grocery store in Edgewood, Maryland. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)ALDI announced this week plans to expand its brand with another 150 new stores as well as a new regional distribution center. “There’s nothing like watching shoppers discover ALDI for the first time,” ALDI U.S.’s CEO, Jason Hart, said in a statement. ALDI said it intends to hire approximately 300 people to work in its stores and another 200 people to work in its distribution center. ALDI is expanding its curbside pickup options, adding another 300 stores that will offer the convenient service by the end of the year, KADN reported.wftv.com
‘Indians’ mascot being replaced at Merritt Island school
High announced it was retiring its Indian mascot, the school opened the first of two virtual discussions with the community. Senior Shaun Comino said the Indian mascot creates a lot of school spirit at Edgewood. “The school board has the final say in anything that happens inside the school district,” Susin said. If the school selects a new mascot, Comino said he would be disappointed. “I would just pick something that was more to the academics because that’s what this school is really about.
Train horns silenced in Edgewood
But now, as dozens of trains now pass every day, Mendoza said the sound of the trains' horns has become almost unbearable. Starting this week, trains approaching four railroad crossings in Edgewood will no longer be required to sounds their horns with the implementation of a "Quiet Zone" through the community. "Every winter, when people sleep with the windows open, we get calls all the time saying, 'Can you do anything about those freight train horns?'" Those and other infrastructure improvements required by the FHA for quiet zones cost about $260,000 per crossing, transportation officials said. But for homeowners like Mendoza, the absence of train horns is priceless.
Thieves take sick boy's special gift, then return it with an apology
Timmy Vick of Edgewood, Washington, holds a replica wrestling belt after two thieves returned it with an apology after they were seen in security video stealing it off the family's porch. (CNN) - An autistic 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor will get back his bejeweled replica wrestling belt after a pair of repentant thieves learned of his plight. Timmy's parents sought to soften news of the illness by saving money to purchase a special gift for the boy: a replica WWE championship title belt. To make the belt appear more authentic, the parents connected via Facebook with belt designer Sergio Moreira in Washington. The Edgewood Police Department in Washington posted a photo of the wrestling belt on Facebook this week with the message, "Talk about restoring your faith in humanity!"