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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...

Three dead in fiery crash near Yeehaw Junction

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:50pm

Three people were killed Friday night in a fiery crash near Yeehaw Junction in southeast Osceola County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Peavine Road and State Road 60, troopers say.

It involved at least one vehicle, which caught...

Pedestrian killed after struck by motorcycle in Seminole County

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:40pm

A pedestrian was killed Friday night after he was struck by a motorcycle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened around 9:20 p.m. on Orange Blossom Trail and Overland Road in Seminole County.

The pedestrian, who was not identified, was pronounced dead on scene.

Further details...

76-year-old man found in feces, urine; son arrested on neglect charge

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:00pm

A man is facing a neglect charge after Apopka police say he allowed his 76-year-old father to sit in his own feces and urine for more than two weeks.

The Apopka Fire Department was called around 8 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 300 block of S. McGee Avenue for an elderly man not feeling well.


State Attorney Aramis Ayala misses filing deadline to pursue first death-penalty case

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:25pm

The feud between Gov. Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala escalated Friday after she missed a filing deadline to pursue her first death-penalty case.

The governor issued an angry statement and said it’s “absolutely outrageous” that Ayala failed to “seek justice” in the case.


Law enforcement to have rolling DUI patrols for holiday weekend

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:20pm

Several law enforcement agencies are banding together to have rolling DUI patrols during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Nearly 51 million people are expected to be on the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, and Central Florida is one of the most popular destination for travelers, according to...

Kissimmee families in need receive ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:20pm

Lydia Rivera of Kissimmee said she prefers to stuff her Thanksgiving turkey with mashed yucca root and ground pork meat.

The 76-year-old woman, originally from Puerto Rico, was among 150 families in Osceola County — many of them low-income households — pre-selected to receive the essential ingredients...

Man shooting at squirrel prompts 911 call, school lockdown

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:55pm

A man shooting at a squirrel with a BB gun prompted a 911 call, a lockdown at a nearby elementary school and a sweeping neighborhood search by Cocoa police Thursday.

The resident, who lives on Yale Lane, told Cocoa police the squirrel had been "wreaking havoc" in his attic, Detective Deborah Titkanich...

Lockdown lifted after threatening note found at West Orange High School, deputies say

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:55pm

Orange County deputies are investigating after a threatening note was found at West Orange High School on Friday, the latest in a string of serious incidents involving a Central Florida school this week.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., a student told a school resource officer about a note he found in...

Manslaughter trial scheduled for two teens charged in Roger Trindade's case

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:30pm

The trial of two teenagers charged as adults in the killing of Winter Park High School student Roger Trindade is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2018.

Jesse Sutherland and Simeon Hall, both 16, face charges of manslaughter and battery. They have a pre-trial conference scheduled for Jan. 30.

Roger was 15...

Pedestrian struck in crash on Goldenrod Road

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:20pm

A pedestrian was struck in a crash on South Goldenrod Road Friday, according to the Orange County Fire Rescue Department.

Just after 10 a.m., first responders were called to the scene of a vehicle crash at South Goldenrod Road and Mai Tai Drive near Three Points Elementary school, according to...

Testimony resumes in security guard's murder trial

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:15pm

Testimony resumed Friday in the trial of a former Orlando apartment complex security guard accused of killing a resident in 2015.

Stephen Duxbury, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sasha Samsudean, a 27-year-old resident of Uptown Place, just north of downtown Orlando on Orange...

Threat against Palm Bay school warns of 'massacre' Friday: report

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:55am

Additional officers will patrol Southwest Middle School on Friday morning after a “credible threat’’ of mass casualties against the school was posted on social media, Palm Bay Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Bandish told WESH-Ch. 2.

Police said the message — ”Southwest Massacre is coming —...

DCF will decide fate of day care where boy died in hot van

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:05pm

The Department of Children and Families will decide in the next month what will happen to the license for the day care where a 3-year-old boy died after being left in a hot van.

Lawyers for DCF and Little Miracles Academy met Thursday to discuss the day care’s future, a department spokeswoman said.


Altamonte Elementary students checked at hospital after playing with syringe

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:00pm

Three Altamonte Elementary School students were taken to the hospital as a precaution after one of them found a syringe Thursday morning and playfully poked the others with it, a school official said.

A “very young” student picked up the syringe while walking to the bus stop and poked two others...

Court will not reconsider Oviedo killer's death sentence

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:45pm

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision not to reconsider the sentence of an Oviedo man on death row, documents show.

Andrew Allred, 31, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his best friend and his ex-girlfriend in 2007, following a public break-up during...

Two men killed in Lake County crash, FHP says

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:40pm

Two people were killed in a car crash on Thursday near Groveland in Lake County, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Both males, ages 65 and 40, were from Center Hill, Sgt. Kim Montes said, and they were driving eastbound on Austin Merritt Road. Jose Zambrano, 32, of Santa Ana, Calif., was driving a semi-truck...

Poinciana man arrested on child-porn charges, deputies say

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:15pm

A 28-year-old Poinciana man was arrested after authorities found he had downloaded, stored and shared child pornography, deputies said Thursday.

Alexander Merced faces charges of promoting the sexual performance of a child and possession of photographs depicting the sexual performance of a child,...

Woman killed in downtown apartment suffered 'severe' injuries, medical examiner testifies

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Sasha Samsudean’s killer likely squeezed the life from her with his bare hands, an Orange County medical examiner testified in court on Thursday.

Dr. Gary Utz spent hours Thursday morning describing to the jury the numerous bruises and scrapes found on the 27-year-old’s body after her death in...

Timber Creek High student arrested, accused of threatening to shoot up school

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:15pm

A 15-year-old Timber Creek High School student has been arrested and faces a felony charge for threatening to shoot up the school Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Someone wrote threatening messages on a mirror and stall in a girls’ bathroom at the school, deputies said....