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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...

A good Samaritan stopped to help crash victims. He says one of the drivers stole his truck.

3 hours 6 min ago

A good Samaritan who stopped to help victims of a fiery crash on Interstate 95 was shocked when one of the drivers jumped in his pickup truck and sped away Monday night, authorities said.

Zachary Searls, 27, of Ormond Beach rear-ended another vehicle about 8 p.m. near Old Dixie Highway in Volusia...

Respiratory therapist at AdventHealth arrested on child-porn charge, FBI says

5 hours 36 min ago

A respiratory therapist at Advent Health was caught with nearly 2,000 images and videos of child pornography, the FBI said in an arrest affidavit.

Vorarut Vorasiangsuk was arrested Tuesday on a charge of receiving child pornography, according to the affidavit.

An FBI agent tracked Vorasiangsuk’s...

Grace Medical Home moving to larger building, adding dental care for uninsured

6 hours 51 min ago

Grace Medical Home, one of the main care providers for Orange County’s uninsured population, is getting a new home.

By early summer, the nonprofit clinic will move from its current location on Pennsylvania Street to a 19,000-square-foot building on East Concord Street, tripling its space and increasing...

Maitland cop fatally shoots rabid otter after multiple people bitten

7 hours 26 min ago

A Maitland police officer fatally shot a rabid otter last week, days after multiple people reported being bitten near Lake Maitland, according to a police report.

On Jan. 7, a visitor at John Hudson Park was attacked in the evening. The next morning, police received reports of a person attacked...

2 Orange County Corrections officers arrested, accused of attacking man's ex-girlfriend

7 hours 36 min ago

Two Orange County Corrections officers were arrested early Tuesday, accused of leaving the jail while on duty and attacking a woman who used to date one of the officers, according to an arrest report.

An ex-girlfriend of corrections Officer Jamaal Jolly told Orlando police that Jolly called her...

Man sentenced to 9 years in prison in fatal 2016 shooting at 7-Eleven

9 hours 1 min ago

A man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday in a 2016 fatal shooting in the parking lot of an Orange County 7-Eleven.

Deputies said 25-year-old Lindon Rhone shot and killed Edgar Grant Jr., 24, inside a car parked at the 7-Eleven at 7603 West Colonial Drive April 17, 2016.

Friends of Grant...

New Orange firefighter's dad couldn't attend his graduation, so crew brought the ceremony to him

9 hours 36 min ago

A new Orange County firefighter had barely started his first shift when his crew gave him a surprise from his father and his new Fire Rescue family Monday night.

Firefighter Greg Ferone was among the 41 new OCFR’s recruits who graduated Friday at Valencia College. As part of the ceremony, members...

Lake designates portion of C.R. 44 in honor of soldier Derek Gibson, killed in Iraq in 2007

10 hours 21 min ago

Army Pfc. Derek Gibson of Eustis, who was killed 11 years ago while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, will be honored with a 2-mile stretch of County Road 44 named in his honor.

Lake County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to designate C.R. 44 between County Road 452 and South Fish Camp Road the...

Teen who said he accidentally shot sister's friend while dancing with gun sentenced to prison

11 hours 11 min ago

An 18-year-old who told detectives he accidentally shot and killed his sister’s best friend as she filmed him dancing with a gun at a home in south Orange County was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, records show.

Giovanni Gordono was 17 when he called his mother March 30, 2017, and told...

Seminole County man said he played with gun 'daily' before it fired, killing his friend

12 hours 26 min ago

A Seminole County man said he and his friend played with a handgun “daily” before it accidentally fired Monday morning, hitting the friend in the head and killing him.

Correz Morse, 22, faces two evidence-destruction charges related to the death of Paul Maurice Brown, 29. Morse told authorities...

UCF classroom building evacuated due to smoke, police and fire crews responding

12 hours 56 min ago

A classroom building at the University of Central Florida was evacuated Tuesday morning due to smoke, the UCF Police Department said.

In a post on Twitter, UCFPD said the smoke was coming from a room inside the Health and Public Affairs II building. The building was evacuated but all other campus...

Deltona nurse arrested, accused of leaving disabled teen alone

13 hours 11 min ago

A Deltona nurse was arrested this month after leaving a disabled teen unattended, according to a report by WFTV-Channel 9.

David Buchmann, 55, faces a charge of neglecting a disabled adult, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

After authorities say Buchmann left 18-year-old cerebral...

Stranger asked girl, 9, to come to her 'secret place,' Seminole County deputies say

13 hours 41 min ago

A Seminole County woman is facing a stalking charge after deputies say she approached a 9-year-old girl she did not know, asked her to come to a “secret place” and hugged her.

The girl told deputies she first saw Karina Geiersbach, 21, on Dec. 25, when Geiersbach approached her in the girl’s Altamonte...

Florida universities recognized by U.S. News for online programs, Embry-Riddle tops for bachelor's degree

14 hours 21 min ago

Several Florida universities were recognized in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of online programs, including Daytona Beach-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has the top bachelor's degree program, according to the publication.

U.S. News released its rankings...

Food bank setup for Tampa Airport employees amid government shutdown

15 hours 6 min ago

Tampa International Airport began the 24th day of the longest government shutdown Monday by starting the first day of its food bank for federal employees affected by the shutdown, according to a report by WFTS, an ABC news affiliated station.

Employees missed there first paycheck last Friday, many...

Traffic Report: Left lane blocked west on I-4

16 hours 41 min ago

A crash west on Interstate 4 has the left lane blocked near the John Young Parkway exit, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Traffic is backed up until Michigan Street as of 6:48 a.m.

The left lane is blocked south on Florida’s Turnpike near State Road 50 in Clermont, according...

Weather: Strong cold front expected by Sunday

16 hours 51 min ago

Wind conditions are expected to deteriorate late this weekend as a cold front moves across Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

The cold front is expected to arrive Sunday night.

Central Floridians are waking up to 51 degrees Tuesday morning, with the high expected to be...

Man killed in home invasion in east Orange County, deputies say

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 7:35pm

A 20-year-old man died Monday afternoon in a shooting during a home invasion at a home in east Orange County, sheriff's deputies say.

The shooting happened a little before 5 p.m. at a home on Port Simbor Avenue, which is near North Econlockhatchee Trail and University Boulevard.

Paramedics took...

Orlando boosts fines for expired meters and other infractions by $5, to $20

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:55pm

Parking violations within Orlando’s city limits are getting a tad pricier.

City commissioners voted Monday to raise fines $5 on its five most common infractions, hoping the additional revenue will offset losses from parking spaces below Interstate 4. Deputy Transportation Director P.J. Flynn said...