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Pulse victims could need more than millions collected so far, analysts say

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 3:00am

On a darkened dance floor one night in June, 35-year-old Frederick Johnson lost much of what he once took for granted.

Like being able to easily open a jar. Or drive with both hands. Or cover his bills.

An insurance underwriter from Jacksonville, Johnson was shot twice during the Pulse nightclub...

Deputies asking for public's help in solving teen's slaying

3 hours 54 min ago

Orange County deputies on Friday asked the public for help in piecing together a three-hour period between when a teenager left school and a relative found him shot to death in his home on Jan. 9.

Detectives also released a photo of a car — a silver four-door sedan, possibly an Infiniti — they...

Terrorism expert will be allowed to testify at Noor Salman trial

6 hours 14 min ago

A terrorism expert will be able to testify at Noor Salman's trial in March, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

Salman, the widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, faces charges of lying to investigators and aiding and abetting in providing material support to a foreign terror organization.

Salman’s defense...

Instagram video of pot party sends Florida rapper back to jail

6 hours 54 min ago

Instagram video of an alleged pot party at Kodak Black’s Pembroke Pines home — when a guest held a handgun while an infant was present -- led to the performer’s return to jail Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Black, 20, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, did not take the baby away from...

Luis Toledo gets 3 life sentences for killing wife, her 2 children

6 hours 59 min ago

Saying he believed Luis Toledo showed no remorse for killing his wife and her two children four years ago in Deltona, a judge on Friday sentenced the former gang leader to three consecutive life sentences in prison.

Toledo, 36, was convicted in October of second-degree murder for killing his wife,...

Lake County man sentenced to 40 years for child-porn production

7 hours 49 min ago

A Leesburg man will spend the next 40 years in federal prison for producing child pornography that depicted a toddler in his care, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Thomas Edward Abney Jr., 38, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and aiding and abetting the transportation...

Edgewater man trying to adopt child arrested on child-porn charges, deputies say

9 hours 34 min ago

Volusia County deputies arrested an Edgewater man — who was in the process of adopting a child — on 11 counts of child pornography Thursday evening, according to sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant.

Erik Deemer, 38, was arrested at his home on Willow Oak Drive. Deputies had been investigating Deemer...

Deputies investigate carjacking incident at Topgolf

14 hours 4 min ago

Deputies are looking for a carjacking suspect after an incident early Friday morning on Universal Boulevard, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 1:56 a.m., the suspect forced the victim out of his or her car in the parking lot at the Topgolf sports entertainment facility at 9295 Universal...

Sanford police arrest shotgun-wielding bank robber, getaway driver

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:10pm

A man wielding a shotgun robbed a Sanford bank on Thursday morning, but he didn't get to enjoy his profits for long.

Sanford police say the masked suspect entered the SeaCoast bank, 3791 W. First St. just before noon. He demanded money and the clerk gave him $2,300, police said. He asked for more...

Woman arrested after she grabbed deputy's gun and it went off, affidavit shows

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:45pm

A 31-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday near Longwood after she grabbed a Seminole County deputy's gun, causing it to go off, according to an arrest affidavit.

About 9:20 a.m., a deputy saw a woman — later identified as Danielle Trudell — slumped over in her SUV in a parking lot on Markham Woods...

'He's gonna die! Help me!' woman pleads after boyfriend shot in Tavares

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:25pm

TAVARES — The girlfriend of a man shot to death Wednesday called police screaming for help, exclaiming in a 911 recording released Thursday, “He’s gonna die, help me!”

“Oh, my God!” the sobbing caller says.

Police on Thursday identified the victim as Luis Meraz, 25. The shooting occurred about...

Attorneys argue about how much video, photos should be allowed at Noor Salman trial

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:40pm

A federal judge heard legal arguments Thursday about how much video, photos and other evidence from the Pulse nightclub attack should be allowed in the trial of the shooter’s widow.

Noor Salman was in court for the hearing, which lasted about 3½ hours. Her trial is scheduled to begin March 1.


Previously charged with murder, man in botched drug deal gets probation in plea agreement

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:30pm

A man once charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old Seminole High School student was granted a plea deal on a drug charge Thursday and in exchange may testify against another defendant.

Justin Seale, 20, of Longwood pleaded no contest to sale of a controlled substance. Kaleb Rabun, 16,...

Firefighter lacked judgment during fatal road rage incident, report says

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:53pm

A Broward Sheriff’s firefighter who recorded his own expletive-laced tirade during a fatal road rage incident lacked judgment when he refused to stop chasing the other driver, a police investigation released Thursday found.

Firefighter and paramedic Joshua Tullis violated the Sheriff’s rules on...

Sanford man sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for selling drugs and firearms

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:20pm

A man from Sanford was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison possession of heroin, cocaine, crack and fentanyl and conspiracy to distribute controlled substance, federal authorities said Thursday.

Christopher Gerard Dickerson, 39, was also convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon. He was...

Landlord convicted of cyberstalking ex-tenant with Craigslist sex ads

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:30pm

The cyberstalker told her she could run but she couldn’t hide and that he was going to make her pay for an unspecified slight.

And for several months, it seemed like he was right.

Strange men showed up at her home, her job and her mom’s house, asking for her by name and saying they were responding...

Florida could declare porn a health threat

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:20pm

TALLAHASSEE — The state could declare pornography a public health risk that needs education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, according to a resolution overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Thursday.

The resolution is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ross Spano, also...

Temperatures in Orlando area drop to coldest since 2010

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:35am

The Orlando area woke up to the coldest temperatures Thursday morning since 2010, according to the National Weather Service.

Orlando’s temperatures dropped to 27 degrees. Sanford felt 25-degree weather just before sunrise.

The last time temperatures were that cold were in January 2010, said Kevin...

School bus involved in crash in Winter Garden: report

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:40am

A crash in Winter Garden involving a school bus led to lane closures Thursday morning, according to WFTV.

The southbound lanes of Daniels Road and Winter Garden Vineland Road were closed by State Road 429, but the accident has since been cleared.

There were no students in the bus at the time of...

Friends, family gather to honor slain teen

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:35pm

The crowd at the “celebration of life” service for a teen slain last week spilled out into the lobby and into the parking lot Wednesday night at Family Funeral Care.

The turnout was a testament to how many lives Justin Machado affected in his 17 years, said family friend Jorge Bonilla. Nearly 500...