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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...

Longtime fugitive 'cocaine cowboy,' captured in Kissimmee, gets 11 years in prison

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:35pm

A quarter-century after fleeing from the law, a man dubbed the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys" was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison for playing a key role in one of the biggest drug trafficking operations of the violent 1980s smuggling era.

Gustavo Falcon, 56, was a fugitive for 26 years...

Immigration activists praise DACA ruling, but say more needs to be done

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:55pm

After a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to end an Obama-era program for young immigrants, local activists said it’s good news — but doesn’t go far enough.

“We are happy that the judge is fighting back on this racially-biased anti-immigrant agenda,” said Ana, a DACA...

Noor Salman lawyer talks about her life after the verdict — 'How do you recapture your life?'

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:25pm

Since her acquittal last month Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, has been back in California with her 5-year-old son, one of her defense attorneys said Wednesday.

Her son has been unable to sleep unless Salman’s arm is around him, Fritz Scheller said. When she got sick and sent...

Seminole County Commission chairman John Horan arrested on domestic violence charge, records say

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:30pm

Seminole County Commission Chairman John Horan was arrested Wednesday on a domestic violence charge after he allegedly hit his adult son in the face, records show.

Horan, 65, is at the Seminole County Jail without bond.

An arrest affidavit states Horan and his son were arguing over living arrangements...

Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:05pm

Apple Computers and the Apple store at Florida Mall are facing a new lawsuit in Orlando over an evacuation drill that caused panic in August 2016 – just months after the Orlando massacre at Pulse nightclub.

Kissimmee resident Leslie Ortiz accuses the store of negligence that resulted in her being...

Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 1:25pm

Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The agencies have been given five days...

Attorney for UCF student accused of gang rape cites 'numerous' witnesses

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:55am

The attorney for a University of Central Florida student accused of gang-raping a woman Friday night during an off-campus party says “no less than five” people witnessed the incident.

His client, David Anthony Kirk, was booked into Orange County jail late Tuesday on sexual battery charges, after...

Man hit woman twice with car as kids cried, told him to stop, deputies say

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:30am

A man struck a woman twice with a car during an argument Saturday as two kids inside the vehicle pleaded with him to stop, according to arrest paperwork in Orange County.

Junior Isaac Eugene, 26, faces felony charges of aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, aggravated domestic battery with great...

Pulse foundation to hold fundraiser at Millenia Bloomingdale's today

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:00am

Starting today, the Bloomingdale’s store at The Mall at Millenia will host an “interactive digital kiosk” in support of the onePULSE Foundation, the department store said in a statement.

Shoppers at the store between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. can donate 10 percent of their purchase to the nonprofit, which...

Chloride spill on Florida's Turnpike shuts down southbound lanes

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:30am

Florida’s Turnpike is down to one southbound lane near Consulate Drive as crews clean a calcium chloride spill.

Lanes will be shut for “an extended period of time,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes said.

Barrels of calcium chloride fell off a semi-truck when the driver suddenly stopped for...

Haze from Kissimmee fire affecting visibility on major highways

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:25am

A heavy haze from a Kissimmee wildfire is lingering over major highways Wednesday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol officials are urging drivers to be cautious on Interstate 4, State Road 417 and US 192, but downgraded the warning this morning.

What authorities are calling the “Triangle” brush fire...

Parkland student draws fire for shooting AR-15 at gun range

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 7:50am

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas student alleges he was aggressively questioned by school administrators and local law enforcement after posting on social media that he fired an assault weapon at a gun range with his dad.

Junior Kyle Kashuv said he was brought in for questioning Monday by a school security...

Man accused of trying to kill his wife for 'putting voo-doo on him'

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 7:35am

In an attack at a Lauderhill shopping plaza, a man stabbed his wife’s body, neck and head with a box cutter for “putting voo-doo on him and having evil spirits,” police said.

The stabbing was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday in a Babies “R” Us parking lot at 7350 W. Commercial Blvd., just...

Florida ignored law in rejecting oil well in Everglades, lawyers for landowners say

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:30am

A South Florida family seeking oil wealth in the Everglades accused the state of ignoring the law in rejecting their application for an exploratory well in western Broward County.

Lawyers for Kanter Real Estate LLC, which represents the family of developer and banker Joseph Kanter, argued to the...

Boy, 4, found wandering outside apartment complex

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:15am

The little boy with the wide eyes was found outside a Boynton Beach apartment complex about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday — and police quickly mounted a search for his family.

His name is Nasir, according to Boynton Beach police.

Shortly after 6 a.m., police announced that a family member of Nasir had seen...

16-year-old boy arrested in December homicide in Sanford

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:50pm

Sanford police arrested a 16-year-old boy Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge in a December homicide.

The boy is accused of killing Lester Inman, 18.

Inman was riding his bicycle just after midnight Dec. 27 on Terry Lane and Scott Drive when he was shot in the head, police said.

Inman’s family...

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie booked on felony charges of official misconduct

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:45pm

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday on charges that she lied about money she took from developers and hid more than $335,000 in income.

Haynie, 62, plans to withdraw her candidacy for the Palm Beach County Commission, sources told the South Florida...

Motorists on major roads near wildfire in Kissimmee should use 'extreme caution'

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:25pm

Motorists in the area near the intersections of Interstate 4, State Road 417 and US 192 should use "extreme caution" because a wildfire is diminishing visibility in the area, official said.

The fire is about 80 acres large and 80 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service.

Crews...

Valencia College honors Central Florida's fallen officers

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:50pm

With a rose in hand, Norma Lewis wept as she walked toward the memorial honoring her son and other fallen law-enforcement officers in Central Florida.

She shed more tears as she leaned down and placed the rose at the foot of the memorial bearing the name of her son, Orange County Deputy First Class...

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