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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...

Another prisoner escapes from Orange County Work Release Center

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:35pm

Orlando police are trying to track down a prisoner who escaped from the Orange County Work Release Center on Wednesday night.

Jadarius Boykin, 19, was originally arrested on burglary charges and now could face felony escape charges. Boykin is 5-foot-9 and weighs about 170 pounds with black hair...

Westminster Towers treats water systems amid concerns about Legionnaires' disease

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:05pm

Orlando’s Westminster Towers retirement community hired a company to treat its water systems Thursday after a former resident contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

Experts from Nalco Water flushed out the pipes using a process called hyperchlorination, which raises the levels of chlorine in the water,...

Man indicted after selling fentanyl on 'dark net' that caused fatal overdose, feds say

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:25pm

A man was indicted Thursday after federal prosecutors say he sold synthetic fentanyl that caused an Orange County man to die of an overdose.

Jeremy Achey 43, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, faces up to life in federal prison if convicted.

Achey is accused of selling a variety of synthetic substances...

Man shot by deputy outside WWE training center ruled incompetent for trial

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:10pm

A man shot by an Orange County deputy after trying to get inside the WWE Performance Center in east Orange County has been deemed incompetent to proceed in his aggravated-assault trial.

Circuit Judge Leticia Marques ordered Armando Montalvo, 30, committed to a state mental hospital and scheduled...

Student researcher targets cancer with virus, earning support of local nonprofit

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:05pm

Candace Fox laughed easily and smiled often on Thursday at the University of Central Florida’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. But the 24-year-old Ph.D. candidate’s thesis research is serious business: she’s using a modified parainfluenza virus to target and help kill cancer cells.

Fox was...

Judge to rule on use of man's confession to counselor in murder case

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:40pm

After a failed suicide attempt, David Charles Buchan told a mental health counselor he may have killed his girlfriend’s father.

Prosecutors want to use Buchan’s statement in the murder trial against him but a defense lawyer argues the conversation with the counselor was protected by law.

Buchan...

Bond hearing for James "Bob" Ward rescheduled after delay in transfer from Ocala prison

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:30pm

An Isleworth millionaire whose murder conviction in his wife’s death was overturned wasn’t brought from an Ocala prison to Orlando in time for his Thursday bond hearing.

James ‘Bob’ Ward’s daughters traveled from California and Georgia and another family member came from South Carolina for the...

Heritage Park Inn works toward reopening

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:15pm

KISSIMMEE — The Heritage Park Inn is nearly back into compliance with Osceola County code as the property’s manager continues to improve the rundown condominium on U.S. 192.

But the low-income families that once lived in the condominium without electricity or running water are no longer there.

...

Maitland police identify 71-year-old man found dead in Lake Lily

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:35pm

Maitland police released the name of the man found dead in Lake Lily on Sunday.

He’s been identified as 71-year-old Theodore Capretta of Maitland.

Police are still awaiting results from an autopsy that will determine the cause and manner of death.

A parks and recreation employee found Capretta...

Toilet paper and soap withheld from Florida prisoners, lawmaker says

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:15pm

A Florida lawmaker says basic necessities such as toilet paper and soap are being withheld from inmates in some prisons in the state.

On a weekend visit to Tomoka Correctional Institution near Daytona Beach, Miami Beach Rep. David Richardson found inmates without toilet paper, soap and pillows....

Teen misled detectives about friend's death in interview, cops say

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:35pm

The teenager who officials say accidentally shot a 15-year-old and helped a man dump her body on the side of a road initially misled Orange County Sheriff’s detectives about her whereabouts the night of the homicide, according audio released Thursday by the state attorney’s office.

Ramsys Cruz...

Voters say poll asked about Muslim candidate's religion

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:30am

A Muslim candidate for Orlando City Council said Thursday that her religion should not be a campaign issue, after voters described a phone poll that asked whether her faith would sway their vote.

Asima Azam, a real estate attorney seeking to unseat District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart, said she...

Woman, 93, dragged 20 feet after carjacking outside DeLand church, cops say

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:55am

Two men were arrested Thursday, accused in the carjacking of a 93-year-old woman outside a DeLand church, police said.

The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, was in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on West New York Avenue about 8:15 a.m. just before mass was set to start when...

County employee bitten by rattlesnake at Volusia landfill

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:40am

A bite from a venomous snake caused a Volusia County employee to be rushed to a local hospital Wednesday afternoon, said county manager Jim Dinneen.

A rattlesnake bit the man on the shin just above his boot around 2:30 p.m. while he was at the 3,200-acre Tomoka Landfill at 1990 Tomoka Farms Road,...

Volusia deputies search for man, 19, who harassed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his kids: report

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:45am

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stalked and harassed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his two children, according to a report from Fox 35.

Jason Jurado, 19, kicked in the woman’s door while she was sleeping, deputies told Fox 35.

He also hid in the woman’s car near...

Sheriff's office looking for man who robbed cellphone store at gunpoint

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:10am

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed a cellphone store at gunpoint in Pine Hills on Sunday.

At about 4:10 p.m., a man, described as being between 20 and 30 years old, entered a Cell City store on West Colonial Drive, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Ingrid Tejada-Monforte.

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Man killed in crash in Kissimmee, troopers say

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:45am

A 45-year-old Zephyrhills man was killed Wednesday after he crashed his vehicle into a van on Boggy Creek Road in Kissimmee, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man, whose name has not been released, was driving eastbound on Boggy Creek Road near Lake Vista Drive at about 3:45 p.m. when...

Businessman accused of stealing millions in Ponzi scheme

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:30pm

A businessman is accused of running a Ponzi scheme that took more than $3.6 million from people in Central Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested Justin Troy Spearman, 29, on numerous fraud-related charges Saturday.

Spearman, formerly of Winter Park, persuaded...

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