Man arrested in separate Winter Garden shootings planned to kill again, cops say

Winter Garden police on Friday arrested a 24-year-old man they say was responsible for two shootings, including one that killed another man earlier this week.

Phillip Alonte Stalnaker is facing charges of first-degree murder from a shooting earlier this week and attempted murder stemming from a Sept. 20 shooting, said Winter Garden Capt. Scott Allen.

Allen said Stalnaker also is a suspect in a fatal shooting from Wednesday that left 60-year-old Jose Manuel Clas Gonzalez dead. Police were called around 8:42 a.m. to a home in the 1000 block of Lincoln Terrace. Officers started CPR and paramedics took him to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he died, Allen said.

Gonzalez was apparently being robbed and a fight ensued, leading to the shooting.

Stalnaker was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. Officers found a gun they believe he used in both shootings, Allen said.

“Investigators interviewed Stalnaker and he admitted to being the suspect in both cases, and that today’s arrest has kept him from committing an additional homicide that he had planned to commit,” Allen said in a emailed statement. “Because of the investigation conducted by the Winter Garden Police Department, and with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Winter Garden is a much safer place tonight.”

An arrest affidavit was not immediately available.

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Covid cops swoop in and stop wedding party planned for garden

Covid cops acting on intelligence prevented a wedding party from going ahead at a home in Wythenshawe.

When officers arrived at the home they found a gazebo had been erected in the garden, police tweeted.

It meant they were able to prevent the ‘illegal gathering’ from going ahead.

The full GMP tweet, put up on Friday evening, said: “Earlier, GMP’s Covid-19 compliance operation received intelligence regarding a wedding party in Wythenshawe.

“Police attended and found that a gazebo had been erected in the garden of a property.

“Officers prevented the illegal gathering before restrictions were breached.”

In Manchester, wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal, cannot take place.

This is due to local lockdown restrictions brought in to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The government guidelines state that in parts of the country with extra lockdown restrictions such as Manchester “wedding celebrations should not currently take place in these areas – unless they are limited to people who live together (or are in the same support bubble), or a group of up to 6 people outdoors.”

Just last week, fines were issued by police after around 100 people were found at a wedding party in Bolton.

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Kitchen fire breaks out at historic Rugby cafe, food service still planned for Labor Day weekend

Staff with the Harrow Road Cafe will still have food available for take-out or to eat outside over the Labor Day weekend, next door to the cafe.

RUGBY, Tenn. — A kitchen fire broke out at Harrow Road Cafe in Rugby early Friday morning, gutting the building according to officials.

An image of the building was posted on Historic Rugby’s Facebook page, with chunks of the roof missing and white smoke still rising. However, the staff also said that a fire wouldn’t keep them from feeding people over the Labor Day weekend.

Officials said staff will set up next door to the cafe to offer food services Sept. 5 – 7, between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Take-out, picnic tables and other kinds of food services will be available, officials said.

The cafe has been open since 1882, when a group first opened the shop, according to Historic Rugby’s website. Lunch service is still available at R.M. Brooks Store every day except Sunday, officials said.



Enough with work already! Spend your Labor Day with us this Monday. … The Visitor Centre, Harrow Road Cafe, Commissary, Print Shop & more will all be open. Stroll one of our trails or get wet at the Gentemen’s Swimming Hole. See you here!

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