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Port Orange boy recovering after encounter with barracuda

<p> A Port Orange boy is recovering after a terrifying encounter with a barracuda.</p><p> The fish jumped into a boat and struck the 13-year-old so hard and made him bleed so bad, he said he thought he was going to die. What made it worse, he and his father were so far offshore, they didn't have any way to call for help.</p><p> It was a Sunday afternoon fishing trip for Irwin King and his son, Parker. About 19 miles from land, they spotted a barracuda.</p><p> "We seen him and he was big and we were like, 'This should be a fun little fight.'  But it wasn't.  It wasn't," said Irwin King.</p><p> That fight turned into a fight for Parker's life.</p><p> "In a split second, he went from there, up over the boat and just nailed him right (on the upper chest/shoulder area)," King showed Local 6.</p><p> The fish nailed the teenager so hard that it landed Parker in the hospital. Getting to the hospital, however, was the challenge. Being more than 15 miles away from shore, with no phone reception, they raced back to land with the barracuda still in tow.</p><p> "It's still flopping in the back of the boat and I started going, just heading, I mean, it was not a fun ride.  It was a bouncy ride and I really didn't care. I didn't care if parts were flying off the boat, I just wanted to get him in," recalled King.</p><p> Parker had a towel wrapped around his arm and chest for the ride.</p><p> "I was praying that he wasn't going to run out of blood," said King.</p><p> Now, staples and stitches later, Parker is out of the hospital and recovering from a fight that nearly cost him his life.</p><p> "The fish won on that one.  He got us, he got Parker. He was a champ, I mean, he was a champ," said King.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:08:51 GMT

Women robbed at gunpoint outside Walmart in Holly Hill

<p> As Holly Hill police continue to search for a gunman who targeted two women at a Neighborhood Walmart on North Nova Road, shoppers tell local 6 they're taking extra precautions.</p><p> Police said the women, both in their 70s, were confronted at gunpoint in the middle of the day Tuesday as they walked together in the parking lot. The gunman demanded their purses and then drove off.  The women were not injured.</p><p> “I have my pepper spray, so if they come behind me I would take it out,” said Yolanda Baham.</p><p> Robert Gelles said that he carries a gun for protection.</p><p> “I carry this everywhere. If I witnessed someone robbing some old ladies, I'd probably shoot them in the knee caps," he said.</p><p> Police said they are looking for a bald, white man who was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and baseball cap. The robber had help from a getaway driver, described by police as a white woman with a ponytail and sunglasses.</p><p> The pair got away in an early to mid 2000 model Chevrolet Silverado white pickup truck with an extended cab. The truck had a paper tag with a possible number of 06184.</p><p> Police said Walmart security cameras caught the robbery and say the video will be released Wednesday morning.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:47:05 GMT

Vet forgotten, locked inside Orange City VA clinic

<p> A Marine veteran from Deltona says he's very disappointed in the Veterans Administration after he was locked inside the community clinic in Orange City on Monday.</p><p> Jeffrey Duck tells Local 6 he arrived as a "walk in" patient at the clinic located on S. Volusia Avenue at 1 p.m. Monday.</p><p> He says he sat waiting in a consultation room for more than three hours before he realized he was the only one left in the building.</p><p> "I was apparently left there and forgotten," said Duck.</p><p> Locked inside and worried that he would be accused of trying to steal something, Duck whipped out his cellphone to take video of him walking around the lobby, which set off the burglar alarm.</p><p> He called 911.</p><p> "I apparently got left in a VA facility -- a medical facility -- and the alarm has been going off," he told the operator.</p><p> "So, you're inside and there's no employees?" the operator asked.</p><p> "None that I can see," he said.</p><p> The Veterans Administration issued an apology to Duck on Tuesday, saying, "We want to apologize to Mr. Duck for his experience yesterday at the Orange City VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic."</p><p> "We are looking at our closing procedures and will make changes to ensure that this does not happen again," VA administrators stated.</p><p> Duck said he's not angry.</p><p> "I'm kind of disappointed; really disappointed," he said. "There's a lot going on with the VA right now, they're all over the news. Everybody knows what's going on with them."</p><p> Duck says he hopes his story will help shine attention on other problem areas within the medical operations.</p><p> "There's a lot of people with bigger problems than me," he said.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:46:51 GMT

Longwood neighborhoods under rabies alert

<p> Neighborhoods near the Big Tree Park in Longwood are under a rabies alert as of Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County.</p><p> The alert was issued after a cat found in a nearby neighborhood tested positive for rabies. The cat's newborn kittens may also be infected with the rabies virus.</p><p> Jon Hall, who lives in the Crystal Creek subdivision, said he is one of six people on his street who were bit or scratched by a stray gray cat that's roamed their street for about a year.</p><p> "It came out and it rubbed against my leg, and then I put my hand down just to kind of pet on its back a little bit. It kind of nipped me," Hall said.</p><p> Hall said he didn't think anything of it because that happened while he and his family were trying to look at the cat's kittens in a storm drain near their house.</p><p> "As it turns out, now we know that it had rabies so that was the onset of the rabies getting more and more aggressive," said Hall.</p><p> As the days went on, Hall said the cat got more aggressive and it attacked his next door neighbor.</p><p> "Wrapped around his leg and he shook it off and then it came back out," said Hall. "He and his roommate threw a blanket over it, wrapped it up in the blanket not knowing it had rabies and took it back to the yard where it lived."</p><p> Hall said another neighbor was walking her dog last week when the cat showed aggression so she called animal control. Seminole County Animal Control picked the cat up and tested it for rabies.</p><p> "The first day it was in quarantine, they said this cat is crazy and has rabies and you obviously have to put the cat to sleep at that point. And then they have to do their final testing and they determined it had rabies," said Hall.</p><p> Hall said he, three other adults and two children are all now receiving rabies vaccines.</p><p> "We had to get shots in the bite. It got me on the hand so I had to get two shots right here (hand) and two shots in my arm and a shot on each of my thighs," said Hall.</p><p> Hall has to get another shot Friday and said one of the vaccines cost $19,000.</p><p> Because it's not known if the cat's kittens are still roaming and could possibly be infected as well, an alert has been issued for all neighborhoods surrounding Big Tree Park. Residents are asked to maintain a heightened awareness of the virus by protecting pets that are not vaccinated, staying away from all wildlife and covering outside garbage to avoid attracting animals. The alert will last for 60 days.</p><p> Because of the alert, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Sanford Veterinary Clinic is providing $5 preventative rabies vaccinations to all dogs and cats until 5 p.m. Saturday. The shot usually costs $17 plus a $37 exam fee, which will be waived. The Pet Alliance Sanford location is 2800 County Home Road Sanford, FL 32773 and their phone number is 407-323-8685. Walk-in rabies vaccination hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.</p><p> Anyone with information regarding the possible location of these kittens is asked to call the Seminole County Animal Services at 407-665-5201, or the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County at 407-665-3294.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:51:53 GMT

Boy, 8, bitten by shark in Brevard County

<p> An 8-year-old boy is recovering Tuesday after being bitten by a shark while playing in the water off Indiatlantic's Fifth Avenue beach.</p><p> Aadyn Crick is visiting from Indiana with his family and friends and described what Monday's shark attack was like from his hospital bed.</p><p> "The waves pushed me down on the sand and I went to get back up and something pushed me down and my whole skin was gone", he said. "My eyes opened and then about a second later, I started to scream because it hurt so much."</p><p> Aadyn, who is currently being held at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, was experiencing the beach for only the second time in his life.</p><p> He said he was walking in the water when he felt something brush up against him. Aadyn's mother, Michelle Jarmon, said it was a shocking and gruesome experience.</p><p> "And I turn around and he was within several arms reach and I just reached up and pull him up out of the water and I could see the bone," said Jarmon. "I think it's a lot for an 8-year-old to be able to say that they walked out in the water, got bit and walked back out."</p><p> Aadyn said he won't be getting back in the water anytime soon.</p><p> Doctors said he has ligament and cartilage damage in his knee and it could be a couple of months before he is able to put weight on the knee.</p><p> The family had plans of going to Universal Studios and Disney World during the rest of their vacation but now plan on resting and working towards a quick recovery for Aadyn.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:09:58 GMT

Video: Heavy rain turns sod into 'water bed'

<p> A weather phenomenon creates "floating sod" that some liken to a water bed.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:42:49 GMT

On this day: July 23

<p> Miss America gives up her crown, Fergie gets a royal wedding, a new comet is discovered, and a singer's life comes to a tragic ending, all on this day.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT

TV's all-time 30 greatest pets

<p> Whether they were the star of the show or just part of the cast, television history is filled with animal stars who stole the spotlight from their human co-stars. Here's a look at our picks for the best 30 TV pets ever.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT

'Real feel' temperatures near 105 in Orlando; More rain in forecast

<p> Humid air in place Wednesday afternoon will lead to more storms as the atmosphere heats up to what will feel like 105 degrees.</p><p> "Heavy rain will be the greatest concern as storms move slowly across Central Florida," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "Some areas could see up to 4 inches of rain that lasts into the early evening."</p><p> The coverage of rain will be 50 percent of the region, mainly from 2 to 4 p.m., Bridges said.</p><p> The afternoon high temperature in Orlando will be 93 degrees, but it will feel like 103 before the heaviest rain comes.</p><p> Rain chances will be at 40 percent as drier air works in for Thursday.</p><p> There will be a 50 percent coverage of rain from Friday into the weekend, with high temperatures in the low and mid-90s.</p><p> Tropical depression 2 is weakening as it moves closer to the Lesser Antilles.  It will likely fall apart Thursday morning south of Puerto Rico.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:50:05 GMT

Millions of car recalls spark confusion

<p> With nearly 40 million car recalls so far this year, car manufacturers have already recalled more vehicles in 2014 than any other year in history.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA: <a href="" target="_blank">Click here for more vehicle recall information</a>]</p><p> According to the National Highway Safety Administration, General Motors made up about two-thirds of the recalls, having 2.6 million just in March due to faulty ignition switches that led to thirteen deaths.</p><p> Many of the recalls, however, are not necessarily the car companies' fault. For example, BMW, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota recalled roughly 1.1 million vehicles due to faulty air bags which were all made by a Japanese supplier Takata Corporation.</p><p> Tracy New, an instructor at Universal Technical Institute, and a former dealership technician, said she believes that the recent recalls over the past months are not such a bad thing.</p><p> "I think we get wrapped up in the term recall as negative. It's not negative, it's a positive thing," New said. "It means that the manufacturer is helping you out; they're taking care of you and helping out for your safety and security and the reliability of your product. It's really a good thing."</p><p> As he teaches future technicians, he urges car owners to go to the dealership when their cars are recalled because they know what to fix and exactly how it needs to be fixed.</p><p> But Joshua Donlan, a Toyota Prius and Camry owner, said he thinks the recalls are due to the increase in technology that car companies are trying to put in new vehicles.</p><p> "The more technologically advanced it is and the more bells and whistles, the more likely things will go wrong somewhere along the way," said Donlan.</p><p> Between both of his Toyota cars, he has received 10 recall notices -- eight for the Prius and two for the Camry.</p><p> "When I get a recall it says 'Hey, we want to go check this out.' Clearly I'm going to pay attention to that," he said.</p><p> Kevin Blakewell, with American Automobile Association, had something to say to car owners who are getting recall notices.</p><p> "Don’t try to read it and analyze and say, 'That doesn't sound like that big of a problem,' or 'Oh, I won't worry about it.' Take it into the dealership and have it taken care of. It doesn't cost you anything," Blakewell said.</p><p> Donlan, who has taken both cars in for the recalls, said it was an easy fix and worth it in the long run.</p><p> "It's a couple hours out of a day to make sure my family is safe when we're driving around. That's the most important thing," he said.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:54:04 GMT

3 arrested in fake officer home invasion, Volusia deputies say

<p> Three people <a href="" target="_blank">accused of tying up a couple during a home invasion were </a> arrested on Tuesday, according to deputies.</p><p> Howard Overturf, 42; Michael Umont, 44; and Melissa Stolfi, 38, were arrested in the May home invasion in DeLand.</p><p> Volusia County deputies say the two men tricked an 82-year-old man and his 63-year-old wife into thinking they were police officers, flashing badges and wearing tactical masks. When the couple opened the door, the men tied them up, stole their jewelry and $800.</p><p> Deputies said they were able to track the tactical gear the duo was wearing to a local army surplus store that had surveillance images.</p><p> Overturf and Umont are being charged with kidnapping, home invasion robbery and impersonating an officer. Stolfi is being charged with principal to home invasion robbery after deputies say she was with Umont buying the tactical gear at the army surplus store before the home invasion.</p><p> The trio is being held at the Volusia County jail.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:40:37 GMT

Sumter pizza delivery man shot in face speaks out

<p> A pizza delivery man who was shot in the face while trying to deliver a pizza is now out of the hospital.</p><p> Jack Sickman has a wound on the left side of his face where the bullet entered. He also has a black eye and bruises on his neck that are the result of the bullet traveling through his face.</p><p> "It's an experience I wouldn't wish on anybody," Sickman said.</p><p> "They tried to kill me," the 46-year-old said of the two men who held him at gunpoint then pulled the trigger last week.</p><p> Sickman works for Dominoes Pizza in Wildwood and went to deliver an order someone made around 11:30 last Wednesday night. But he quickly found he was set up.</p><p> A woman called and placed the order. She said her boyfriend would be waiting in front of the house because the house numbers were hard to see.</p><p> When Sickman got to an area near the intersection of County Road 462 and 235, two men approached him. One stuck a rifle in his face and demanded money.</p><p> "They said, 'Give me the money,' and that was about the extent of the conversation, and I'm telling them, 'Don't shoot me. Don't kill me,'" Sickman said.</p><p> The gunman pulled the trigger anyway, then the men pulled Sickman from his truck and robbed him. He had $35 in cash, two large pizzas, 40 hot wings and a 2-liter Sprite.</p><p> During the robbery, Sickman's cellphone fell to the ground and came apart. Bleeding and struggling for life, he was able to piece it back together and call 911 for help.</p><p> Sickman said he has already had his share of challenges. A few years ago, his left leg was amputated after complications with diabetes. He now has a prosthetic. It caused him to leave a long-term career as a firefighter. He said now he doesn't know if he'll continue delivering pizzas.</p><p> The suspects may have tried to kill him, but they didn't kill his spirit, Sickman said.</p><p> "I'm one tough old bird," he said. "I've had a few things thrown at me in my life so far, but I just keep rolling with the punches,"</p><p> Anyone with any information about the suspects is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.<br/></p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:11:48 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:33 GMT

Top 25 companies for work-life balance

<p> Juggling a job and home life can be stressful. Find out which companies are making work-life balance a priority.</p>

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT