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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...

Transcripts of 911 calls reveal extent of Pulse shooter's terrorist motives

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:00am

"You have to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq. They are killing a lot of innocent people," gunman Omar Mateen told a crisis negotiator from inside the Pulse nightclub during a June standoff, transcripts of 911 calls released Friday show.

The 17 pages of conversations between Mateen and...

Arrest made in stabbing death of Seminole High School student

4 hours 17 min ago

Sanford police arrested a man who they say stabbed and killed a 16-year-old high school student on Tuesday.

Justin Seale, who turned 20 on Wednesday, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Kaleb Rabun, a Seminole High School student.

“It is heartbreaking to hear that a life was lost,...

Hurricane Maria: After making landfall in Puerto Rico, Category 4 storm eyes San Juan

7 hours 47 min ago

Hurricane Maria’s 150 mph winds are expected to cause “catastrophic” damage over Puerto Rico as it made landfall Wednesday morning, a week after the island averted the worst of Hurricane Irma.

The Category 4 storm made landfall early Wednesday near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. The eye of the hurricane...

Orange County deputy facing charges for stealing from a burglary scene

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:55pm

An Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy is facing charges for stealing a wallet, multiple credit cards and $1,750 at the scene of a burglary incident last Sunday, Capt. Angelo Nieves said.

Joseph Suheil Haddad, who has been with the office since April 2016, was arrested Tuesday after an internal...

Hurricane Maria's winds strengthen to 175 mph as storm heads toward Puerto Rico

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:05pm

Hurricane Maria intensified Tuesday night, carrying sustained winds of 175 mph as the “extremely dangerous" storm barreled toward a possible direct hit on Puerto Rico.

The Category 5 hurricane could bring a storm surge of 6 to 9 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center, which called it...

Hurricane Irma: As floodwaters rose, officials found woman dead at Good Samaritan Village

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:05pm

The day after Hurricane Irma struck Central Florida, crews evacuated hundreds of seniors from the flooded Good Samaritan Village south of Kissimmee, and the village website on Tuesday night still said “all of our residents and staff members are safe and accounted for.”

One resident, however, was...

Juvenile stabbed in Sanford, police say

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:10pm

A juvenile was stabbed and killed in Sanford on Tuesday, Sanford police officer Sanjuanita Justiniano said.

Police responded to the incident at Stonebrooke Apartments, off of Airport Boulevard near State Road 417.

No further details on the incident or the victim were immediately available.

This...

Kissimmee police investigating apparent road rage shooting

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:25pm

A man on a bicycle was shot in an apparent road rage incident in Kissimmee Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened in the area of Columbia Avenue and Dyer Boulevard about 2 p.m.

The victim was shot by a suspect in a dark-colored Honda Accord.

The man was taken to the hospital. Police...

Sinkhole 'swallowing' Apopka home, rescue officials say

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:25pm

A sinkhole is “swallowing” an Apopka family’s home Tuesday, Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said.

The hole was about 25 feet wide and 15 feet deep when rescue crews arrived about 8:30 a.m., Kennedy said. The hole near West Kelly Park Road has grown since then.

The family was evacuated...

Hurricane Irma leaves behind foul stink across Central Florida

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:50pm

Residents across Central Florida have caught a whiff of the latest reminder of Hurricane Irma’s destructive march across the state — a foul, rancid odor.

The stench — which many said smells like rotten eggs or raw sewage — was reported by locals in Orlando, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and...

Windermere woman jumped from Orlando Eye parking garage, authorities say

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:05am

The woman who jumped to her death from the parking garage of the Orlando Eye on Saturday was identified as 55-year-old Kimberly De Ann Kim, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Records show Kim lived in Windermere.

Deputies responded around 7:10 p.m. to reports of someone jumping from...

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:55am

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West.

It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma.

Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany International Airport when she saw the news that the...

USF leader forced out for Hurricane Irma evacuation plan

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:22am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — While students at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus hunkered down in preparation for a hit from Hurricane Irma, their leader fled to Atlanta.

Sophia Wisniewska, the regional chancellor for the Tampa-based university, negotiated a resignation Monday...

Disaster unemployment pay available for workers, self-employed

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 8:35am
Includes Central Florida counties

Disaster unemployment pay available for workers, self-employed in South Florida

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 8:35am

Federal disaster unemployment assistance to workers and the self-employed affected by Hurricane Irma is available to residents of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

The deadline is Oct. 16 to file an application for disaster unemployment assistance for those whose work was lost or interrupted...

Crash delays traffic on State Road 408 near I-4

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 7:50am

A crash on westbound State Road 408 near I-4 has traffic backed up for several miles.

The crash has been cleared but is still causing delays.

It happened shortly after 7 a.m.

Traffic is backed up from the I-4 interchange to Semoran Boulevard.

dharris@orlandosentinel.com

Fort Myers settles Zombicon shooting death suit for $40,000

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:40am

The city of Fort Myers has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for a mass-shooting at a Zombie-themed festival.

The News-Press reports that the Fort Myers City Council passed the settlement for 20-year-old Expavious Taylor's estate without comment Monday.

Zombicon was one of...

Hollywood nursing home never called for ambulances or housing as patients died in the heat

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:55pm

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had an ambulance service and another nursing home at the ready to help in the event of a hurricane emergency. But it never reached out to either, even as its frail residents began to die in the escalating heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s...

SunRail to resume full schedule Tuesday

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 6:30pm

SunRail on Monday announced that its regular schedule would resume Tuesday and fares will continue to be waived for the day in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The commuter rail line had suspended service because of the storm. Trains resumed Monday on a limited schedule.

The first train out Tuesday...

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