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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...

Orlando police make arrest in Westmoreland Drive slaying

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 8:40pm

A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday on a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of a man found dead last week on Westmoreland Drive near Parramore,

James A. Chambers also is facing two counts of attempted second-degree murder, according to Orlando police.

Officers were called around 2:20...

U.S. Marshals arrest suspect wanted for downtown Orlando slaying in Tennessee

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:45pm

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect wanted in a slaying outside a downtown Orlando nightclub.

Marshals arrested Notier Misael Gomez on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 26 shooting death of Keveon D. Smith outside of Club Lit.

A video showed Smith being sucker punched....

Gov. Ron DeSantis says Russian hacking didn't affect vote totals in 2016

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:10pm

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida’s Secretary of State would “do what’s needed” to shore up elections systems in response to the Mueller Report stating that the FBI believed at least one Florida county was infiltrated by Russian intelligence in 2016.

But DeSantis did not say if there would be further...

Florida sheriff vows accountability after deputies are seen pepper-spraying and punching teens

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:10pm

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said Friday he would launch a “thorough investigation” into deputies who are shown on video pepper-spraying, tackling and punching teens near J.P. Taravella High.

“It may take some time but we will be transparent, and if folks need to be held accountable, it shall be...

Southwest Airlines flight struck by lightning while landing in Jacksonville: report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:40pm

A Southwest Airlines flight was struck by lightning while landing at Jacksonville International Airport, according to a report from First Coast News.

No one was reported injured on the flight, but airport staff told First Coast News that the plane had to be removed from service.

The airline told...

Hepatitis C ruling adds to Florida prison health costs

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:35pm

TALLAHASSEE — The state may have to pay millions of dollars more in treatment costs for inmates infected with hepatitis C, following a federal judge’s ruling Thursday that said prison officials have been “deliberately indifferent” in caring for thousands of inmates infected with the virus.


Broward man upset over gun control accused of threatening to kill Democratic presidential candidates

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:05pm

A Tamarac man upset over gun control is accused of threatening to kill prominent Democratic members of Congress, including two contenders for president.

John Kless, 49, was arrested by federal authorities Friday.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and U.S....

4 smashed Rolex case at Florida Mall jewelry store with sledgehammers — stole $340K in watches, deputies say

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 2:35pm

Four thieves who used sledgehammers to smash cases at a Florida Mall jewelry store Thursday night made off with 17 watches — worth more than $340,000, deputies said.

Four suspects were later arrested on charges of first-degree grand theft and felony criminal mischief: Lorenzo Caldwell, 20; Torren...

Tinder swipes left on George Zimmerman, bans him after using fake name: report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 1:15pm

The social media dating app, Tinder, recently banned George Zimmerman from its service after he used a fake name, according to an article by the Daily Mail.

Zimmerman, who made headlines in 2012 and was acquitted after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was introducing himself as...

SpaceX delays launch of International Space Station supply mission

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 1:05pm

SpaceX has pushed back the Cape Canaveral launch date for its next mission to the International Space Station.

A Falcon 9 rocket plans to launch a Dragon capsule carrying supplies, experiments and other materials to the space laboratory at 4:22 a.m. on April 30.

The mission had previously been...

Army soldier 'felt that he was still in Iraq' after shots whiz by him at Tavares park

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:55pm

An Army soldier told police he was reminded of a war zone when bullets whizzed by him Thursday night as he stood next to a car talking to the driver at a park near downtown Tavares, according to a police report.

The soldier, Brian Robinson, “felt that he was still in Iraq when the shooting started,”...

Next SpaceX resupply mission launch pushed to April 30: report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:45pm

The next SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral has been pushed to April 30, according to a report from spaceflightnow.com

The resupply mission CRS-17 that will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations’s Space Launch Complex 40 is slated to take the Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:22...

Authorities searching for persons of interest in east Orange hookah lounge shooting

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:40pm

Orange County authorities are hoping to identify persons of interest they believe are connected to the shooting of a man at a hookah lounge last Sunday.

A man, whose identity has not been released, was shot the morning of April 14 about 4:40 am near the Sky Hookah Lounge at 10103 East Colonial...

Pickup truck crashes into tree in east Orange, killing Cape Canaveral man, FHP says

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:40am

A Cape Canaveral man was killed after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a tree along Colonial Drive on Friday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said the 24-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was driving a Ford pickup truck east on Colonial near St. Nicholas...

Freshening up the homeless, Orlando group 'SALT' creates mobile hygiene center for upcoming interviews

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:20am

Mario Perez doesn’t have a car to take him places or a home to call his own.

But he nailed down a job interview this week, and he’s going to look sharp for it, thanks to SALT; a Christian millennial group of volunteers dedicated to helping Orlando’s homeless freshen up.

"I actually put (a job interview)...

Metro Orlando's unemployment rate drops to 13-year low as Florida remains flat

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:15am

Metro Orlando’s unemployment rate dropped to 3% in March, a 13-year low, the state reported Friday.

The numbers released by the Department of Economic Opportunity said the state’s unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 3.5% in March, the same as February.

Orlando’s 3% rate was the lowest of...

Altamonte Springs man killed when SUV collided with FedEx truck on Florida's Turnpike, FHP says

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:35am

An Altamonte Springs man was killed and several people were injured when an SUV collided with a FedEx truck on Florida’s Turnpike in Orange County early Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 2:45 a.m. near mile 250, according to FHP spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes.


International Space Station gets Easter feast, other supplies from Cygnus capsule

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:30am

CAPE CANAVERAL — A private cargo ship brought the makings of an Easter feast to the International Space Station on Friday, along with mice and little flying robots.

Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule as they soared 258 miles above...

Two Florida girls with reported middle school hit list arrested for conspiracy to commit murder: report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:15am

Two middle school students in Avon Park were in custody after a teacher alert authorities about a possible plan to harm others, according to a statement from the Highlands County School Board.

“At the end of the day yesterday two students were taken into custody at Avon Park Middle School after...