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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...

Vigil held to honor woman found dead in Orlando parking lot: 'This is the reality of my life'

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 9:50pm

Although Christine Dance never met Sasha Garden, she felt compelled to join a small candlelight vigil to honor the woman who was found dead at an Orlando apartment complex Thursday morning.

“She was a woman,” Dance said of Garden. “She was a woman of color. She was a trans woman of color. Out of...

Man arrested after running from traffic stop in Pine Hills, troopers say

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:20pm

A 41-year-old man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly fled from Florida Highway Patrol troopers during a traffic stop in Pine Hills, Lt. Kim Montes said.

Troopers around 8:30 p.m. pulled over a 1993 Toyota Camry for traffic infractions on Colonial Drive at Pine Hills Road. The driver gave...

Orlando police drug operation nets nearly 30 arrests

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 8:17pm

A targeted effort to get drug dealers off the streets in the Parramore area resulted in nearly 30 arrests over the last couple of months, according to Orlando Police.

The operation began after a spate of drug-related homicides earlier this year. Police used informants and undercover officers during...

Woman shot in leg on Semoran Drive in Orlando

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:55pm

A woman suffered a gunshot wound to her leg on Friday afternoon along South Semoran Boulevard, Orlando Police said.

Police were called around 12:15 p.m. to the back parking lot of McDonald’s, 1505 S. Semoran for a hit and run accident between a car and pedestrian.

Instead they found a woman shot...

Orange County killing marks 4th of transgender woman of color in Florida this year, advocates say

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:50pm

A woman killed in Orange County early Thursday was the fourth known transgender woman of color killed in Florida this year, according to the political advocacy group Equality Florida.

Sasha Garden, 27, was found dead just after 5 a.m. Thursday at the Reserve at Lake Buchanan apartment complex on...

Burning candle caused deadly fire on Lescot Lane in Orlando, investigators say

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:40pm

A burning candle left unattended on the back porch caused the deadly fire at a home on Lescot Lane, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The fire started early July 8 in the 5200 block of Lescot Lane in the Carver Shores neighborhood.

An occupant of the home told Orlando fire investigators...

One arrested in Happy Place Sports Bar shooting

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 1:45pm

Orange County deputies arrested one person accused in a shooting outside a sports bar but are still looking for others.

Bryan O’Neil Diodonet Cortes, 20, faces a charge of second-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder in a shooting that killed Edgar Rivera, also 20, and injured four...

Man killed in Alafaya Trail shootout identified

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:45pm

Orange County deputies identified a man who died after a shootout and crash on Alafaya Trail Thursday as Jonathan Bryant, 35.

Bryant was driving a Jeep Wrangler Challenger Parkway, next to a white Nissan Altima, Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel said Thursday. A Florida Highway Patrol...

Beached manatee waits for rescue in New Smyrna Beach Inlet

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:35am

A beached manatee was found at New Smyrna Beach Inlet on Friday morning, a Beach Safety captain said.

The manatee, which is between 9 and 10 feet long, was found a little before 8 a.m., Captain Tamra Malphurs. She did not appear to be injured and was covered in damp clothing as she waited for Florida...

Orlando considers policy to keep cops from asking about immigration status of law-abiding people

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 8:15am

After an uproar last year urging them to do so, Orlando officials are poised to consider a policy next week that would bar police from inquiring about a law-abiding person’s immigration status.

Activists with the Orlando Trust Coalition — a cohort of about 35 social-justice organizations — lobbied...

Construction, crash could slow traffic on Beachline

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:19am

Some emergency construction and a crash could slow down traffic on the Beachline Expressway Friday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were investigating a crash, reported just after 6 a.m., at exit 4 of State Road 528 westbound to U.S. Highway 17-92 and Florida’s Turnpike. No road block was...

Ocoee man enters plea after pretending to be a psychologist, records show

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:50am

An Ocoee man was sentenced to probation and community service for claiming to be a licensed psychologist, even though he wasn't, court records show.

A judge ruled Frank Haberle, 49, was guilty of practicing health care without a license and scheming to defraud. Haberle pleaded no contest Thursday...

Hurricane Maria evacuees should get same aid used after Katrina, Sandy, advocates say

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:00am

Even as a legal fight continues over whether hotel vouchers for hurricane-displaced families from Puerto Rico should be extended, housing advocates argue the temporary aid won’t be enough for evacuees’ long-term needs.

Those advocates — along with prominent Florida Democrats — say the federal government...

Woman's killer hid in closet as she slept night before fatal attack in Apopka home: records

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:00am

Asgierr Ulfr had a plan to scare the woman he felt did him wrong — and then come to her rescue.

Instead, the 26-year-old — who was upset that Christina “Danielle” Scarr wouldn’t date him and was seeing someone else — killed her at her home near Apopka on April 6, authorities say.

Then, he confessed...

Traffic: Crash on I-4 near Disney slows traffic

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 5:35pm

A crash on eastbound Interstate 4 near Disney has shut down two lanes and slowed traffic, according to Florida 511.

Traffic cameras appear to show a vehicle turned upside down. It’s near the Osceola Parkway. It’s not clear if there are any injuries.

Osceola Fire Rescue is on scene.



Judge extends hotel vouchers for Puerto Rican evacuees until August 6

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 4:35pm

A judge has delayed the deadline for a federal housing aid program for Puerto Rican evacuees until Aug. 6, as part of a lawsuit seeking to extend government assistance for survivors of Hurricane Maria.

The advocacy organization LatinoJustice and four Puerto Rican families — two of whom are living...

SunRail to change schedule for coming route expansion into Osceola

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 3:35pm

SunRail will prepare for its expansion into Osceola County with schedule changes that start Monday.

The system now serves 12 stations spanning 32 miles between south Orange and south Volusia counties.

Starting July 30, SunRail will extend service another 17 miles to four stations: Meadow Woods...

Vehicles exchange gunfire on Alafaya Trail near UCF, school says

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:24pm

Two vehicles exchanged gunfire on Alafaya Trail near UCF, the university said in a campuswide alert.

Gunfire rang out around 1 p.m. just north Colonial Drive, leaving at least one man injured and another detained, the university said. The injured man was transported to a local hospital.

UCF police...

Orlando police identify 2 dead at apartments on Jefferson Street

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:15pm

Orlando police have identified the man and woman found dead in an apartment on Jefferson Street near downtown Wednesday morning.

Cynthia Stack , 52, and her 22-year-old son Sean Stack died at the apartments at 1032 W. Jefferson Street, between Westmoreland Drive and Orange Blossom Trail.