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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...

Inmate walks away from work crew to buy sweet tea

2 hours 33 min ago

An inmate serving a five-year prison sentence walked away from a work crew Monday morning to buy clothes and a sweet tea, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor Fender, 23 of Okaloosa County, was part of an inmate crew from Putnam Corrections Institute in East Palatka. The crew...

Traffic report: Crash on I-4 in Seminole snarls traffic

5 hours 33 min ago

A crash that has been cleared is still causing back-ups on Interstate 4 westbound near Lake Mary Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation reports traffic is congested from mile marker 98 to 101C.

The FDOT is also reporting multiple areas of congestion along I-4 in Orange County:

On the...

Man OK after being thrown 'face-first' off Daytona Beach bridge, police say

5 hours 43 min ago

A Daytona Beach police officer arrested a man Sunday after spotting him throwing another man "face-first" off the Main Street Bridge and 30 feet into the water, according to a report.

Derrick Goodin, 21, was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, battery and disorderly conduct, according...

Clermont home where boy lived infested with maggots, cockroaches

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 8:50pm

A man is facing child abuse and neglect charges after Lake County Sheriff's deputies discovered a boy was living in a home filled with flies, cockroaches and maggots, according to an arrest affidavit.

Mark Cameron, 30, was arrested Saturday and taken to the Lake County Jail, where he has since...

Sanford company faces $6.5M in penalties for disabling vehicles' emissions controls

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 7:20pm

The government says a Sanford company will spend more than $6 million in penalties and repair costs for selling computer software that disables automotive emissions controls.

The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency say that Derive Systems sold 363,000 products that violated the...

Man mistakes TD Ameritrade in Altamonte Springs for bank, demands money

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 7:10pm

A man thought a TD Ameritrade in Altamonte Springs was a bank and tried to rob it on Monday, according to police.

He walked into the business at 420 E. Altamonte Drive about 5 p.m., said he had a gun and demanded money. When an employee said the business is not a bank, the man still wanted cash.

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Newly released records show what led to deadly parking lot shooting near Clearwater

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 6:30pm

Florida authorities on Monday released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July.

According to a transcript of Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives, he said that if Markeis McGlockton...

Florida congressional candidate April Freeman dies at 54

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 6:15pm

April Freeman, the Democratic candidate in Florida’s Congressional District 17, died Sunday night, her husband announced on Facebook. She was 54.

“It’s with great sadness that I feel I must inform all of you that my beloved wife April passed away suddenly last night,” David Freeman posted on Facebook...

Bomb threat evacuates Office Depot in Ocala

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 5:50pm

The bomb squad responded to an Office Depot in Ocala on Monday afternoon after a man claimed he had a bomb in his backpack, according to police.

The 73-year-old man walked into a Chick-fil-A restaurant and claimed he had the bomb before he left. Two Ocala police detectives spotted the man within...

Pit bull stabbed to death after attacking couple in Daytona Beach

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 4:30pm

A woman was forced to stab the family pit bull to death after the dog attacked her husband at their Daytona Beach home on Sunday evening, according to Daytona Beach police.

The couple’s son said the dog, Tyson, was playing with a toy when the family’s other dog, a lab-mix named Finn, tried to take...

School deputies mix new tech with old-school mentoring to detect threats

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 4:15pm

School resource deputy Fred Hilaire arrives at Millennium Middle 30 minutes before the first period bell each day, giving kids fist bumps and high-fives.

When the students settle into class, he goes to work.

Hilaire strolls around the newly minted campus jiggling classroom doors to make sure they...

Senate District 12: Where Dennis Baxley, Gary McKechnie stand

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 4:10pm

State Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, a conservative lightning rod who opposes the movement to remove Confederate statues from places of prominence, is campaigning to keep his District 12 seat against self-described “Harry Truman Democrat” and first-time candidate Gary McKechnie of Mount Dora.

District...

Man tried to abduct woman near Florida Gulf Coast University, cops say

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:50pm

South Florida Crime Stoppers are looking for a suspect who tried to kidnap a young woman last night near Florida Gulf Coast University.

A woman reportedly pulled into the parking lot of The Residences, a student housing complex, according to a report by WBBH Channel 2, a NBC news affiliated station.

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Volusia deputies rescue, then arrest man who climbed onto roof because he was thirsty

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:35pm

Volusia County deputies rescued — then arrested — a man who climbed onto the roof of Woodland Food Mart in DeLand Saturday morning.

The man, 31-year-old Michael Monacelli, told deputies he was trying to get into the store because he was thirsty and wanted to get some water from the store, which...

Still have damage from Irma? A new center will help those in need of hurricane repairs

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:00pm

More than a year since Hurricane Irma blew through Orlando, hundreds of low-income families are still dealing with the aftermath: Punctured roofs, downed fences and infestations of mold.

Now, those families will be the beneficiaries of a new Florida Department of Economic Opportunity program that...

Naked Florida man arrested in Chick-fil-A parking lot

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 1:45pm

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Monday after he exposed his genitals and harassed another man in a Chick-fil-A parking lot, deputies said.

Cory Hatzl, 30, of Palm Coast is charged with breaching the peace and resisting an officer without violence, according to FCSO.

Deputies...

Troopers looking for red convertible in hit-and-run crash in Brevard County

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:55pm

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a red Chrysler convertible after a hit-and-run crash in Brevard County left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

Alexander Marchica, 31 of Melbourne, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on U.S. Highway 1, near Viera Boulevard, FHP Lt. Kim...

UCF among Florida college campuses targeted by NextGen for National Voter Registration Day events

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:45pm

The deadline to register to vote or update voter registration information for the November midterm election is Tuesday, Oct. 9. National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 25, and organizations across the country will be out in force registering people to vote for the first time or helping...

Apopka boys honored for lemonade stands that donated profits to help others

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:25am

Apopka officials honored two boys who squeezed lemons to help others.

Christian Redmon, 8, and Anthony Torres, 9, were recognized by the Apopka City Council last week for giving away proceeds from their summer lemonade stands.

Christian gave his profits to help a family friend, 4-year-old Sila...

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