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2 injured, 1 dead at Daytona Beach Shores, police say

<p> One man drowned and another was rescued this morning at Daytona Beach Shores.</p><p> Daytona Beach Shores police said the incident occurred just after 11 a.m. when the two swimmers appeared to be in distress due to the rough surf and strong riptides.</p><p> There was no lifeguard stationed today at the section of the beach where the drowning occurred.  Local 6 has learned that five good Samaritans went into the water and pulled two men out.  One performed CPR on the man until EMS arrived. </p><p> Both men were taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach where one was pronounced dead.<br/><br/>Tammy Maris from Volusia County-Beach Safety Ocean Rescue tells Local 6 that over 50 people had to be pulled out of the water today. </p><p> Red flags are posted on all the beaches warning swimmers of strong riptides.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 23:21:08 GMT

1 injured in Orange County shooting, officials say

<p> One person was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after being shot in the area of Brookgreen Avenue and Oak Ridge Road Sunday.</p><p> Officials said a black man was shot during a soccer game.</p><p> It's unclear where the gunshot wound was or what the man's condition is.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p><p> Stay with Local 6 News and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 23:08:38 GMT

Man tried to rape UCF student at off-campus apartment, deputies say

<p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office released a sketch late Saturday afternoon depicting a man who they say tried to rape a University of Central Florida student at an off-campus apartment complex.</p><p> The attack happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Arden Villas Apartments on University Boulevard, which is just down the street from the UCF campus, deputies said.</p><p> Investigators said as the female student was approaching her door, the man pushed her into her apartment and tried to sexually assault her.</p><p> "It's terrifying," said UCF student Brittany Rainone. "We usually don't carry Mace with us, but now we are definitely going to."</p><p> The student managed to fight the man off, but before he left the complex he exposed himself to her, deputies said. </p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office brought in K-9s and a helicopter to search for the attacker, but to no avail.</p><p> Rainone said a lot of students walk back from the nearby bars around the time of the attack.</p><p> "That's kind of scary. You don't think about that when you're going out and coming home," she said.</p><p> The attack comes one day after the Orange County Sheriff's Office and UCF Police Department announced a joint operation to crack down on violent crime near campus.</p><p> In this case, the investigation is fully in the hands of OCSO, but UCF police will be on the lookout for the suspect as well.</p><p> "She is a fighter," said Lt. Paul Hopkins, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "She wants to catch this guy and she's helping us catch this guy. With that composite sketch and the help of the public, we are going to catch this guy. We're going to get him off the street and he's not going to hurt anyone else."</p><p> The attacker is described as a white man in his early 20s who is 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and dark facial hair.</p><p> Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS. Any tips leading to an arrest are eligible for a $1,000 cash reward. </p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:10:27 GMT

Car rear-ends Lynx bus in Orange County

<p> Seven people had non-life-threatening injuries after a car rear-ended a Lynx bus, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.</p><p> It happened Saturday on Dean Road at Colonial Drive in Orange County.</p><p> Six people were taken to a hospital. Authorities said one person denied treatment.</p><p> It's unclear what led up to the crash.</p><p> No other details were given.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:18:46 GMT

1 dead, 2 hurt in overnight shootings, cops say

<p> Orange County Sheriff's deputies responding to a call Saturday morning discovered three people with gunshot wounds.</p><p> Deputies said the shootings occurred at the Tymber Skan Apartments on Tymberwood Lane in Orlando.</p><p> Deputies found two male victims with gunshot wounds at the entrance to the apartment complex at 6:46 a.m. Saturday. One victim had non-life threatening injuries. The other victim is in critical condition.</p><p> Deputies discovered a third male victim dead in a vehicle outside the apartment complex. His death is considered a homicide, deputies said.</p><p> Deputies said the case is active and open. No further information was released.</p><p> Stay with ClickOrlando.com as this story develops.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:31:19 GMT

Before they were famous: Celebrity commercials

<p> Not everybody starts at the top, and that includes celebrities. In that spirit, click on to see 30 commercials featuring some of your favorite TV and movie stars before they were famous.</p>

Published: Wed, 20 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: May 24

<p> "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is first published, the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Major League Baseball gets lit up, Bob Dylan is born, and "Thelma & Louise" and "Braveheart" premiere in theaters, all on this day.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT

UCF raising cost of repeating college classes a third time

<p> The University of Central Florida is raising the price on students who have to repeat classes they have flunked.</p><p> The Orlando university announced last week that it was raising its repeat-class fee by 12 percent, from $159 to $178. It only applies to students who have to take a class a third time, since taking a class again the second time carries no penalty.</p><p> School officials tell the Orlando Sentinel that they expect to generate $100,000 from the change. An appeal process exists if students want to fight the fee.</p><p> About 2,000 students had to take a class three or more times last year.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 22:15:45 GMT

New charges brought against man who punched 76-year-old woman

<p> New charges have been brought against a man who was arrested for punching a 76-year-old woman.</p><p> Douglas Wingo, 32, was arrested on May 16 after police received several calls about his identity based on a news broadcast that showed video of him knocking out the woman with one punch for no apparent reason.</p><p> [VIDEO: <a href="/news/video-shows-man-knocking-out-76yearold-woman-in-daytona-beach/33046996" target="_self">Man knocks out woman, 76</a>]</p><p> According to Daytona Beach police, the woman was walking on the sidewalk when the man approached her and said, "Where's the f****** police? Where's the f****** police?"</p><p> Wingo was initially charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older. He has now additionally charged with aggravated battery and missile into dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.</p><p> </p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:54:30 GMT

Dashcam shows plane's fatal fall on highway

<p> New police dashcam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month. </p><p> Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, died in the crash on May 8, along with Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer. The four were headed to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to see Greg Byrd's younger son, Robert, graduate. </p><p> In the video released by the Chamblee Police Department, the small plane appears out of the right side windshield -- flying low and at an angle along the highway. </p><p> It appears to bank right then disappears behind a tree line. A black cloud of an apparent explosion rises up. At first the tape is silent, but then sound pops in. The police car, siren blaring and engine roaring, zooms through intersections to reach the crash site. </p><p> The single-engine Piper PA-32 had just left DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Shortly after 10 a.m., the plane collided with an Interstate highway barrier during a forced-landing attempt, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released this week. </p><p> 'We're going down'</p><p> According to the NTSB, the pilot -- in cross talk with the airport control tower -- said, "I'm having some problem climbing here." Then he said, "Were going down here at the intersection." That was the last transmission made by the pilot.</p><p> 'Send everything'</p><p> On the police tape, the officer breathes heavily as his patrol car closes in on the ever-growing plumes. "Send everything," he radios in. Then he drives up a highway off-ramp shoulder in the opposite direction of traffic.</p><p> The police car cuts through a grassy median and comes to a halt. The crash site and flames are seen in the middle of the dashcam video. A person is outside her vehicle, with the door open. </p><p> A warning to onlookers</p><p> The officer yells "get back, get back, get back, everyone get the hell away from it." The woman runs away, her car pulls off with its door open. A man walks by and the officer asks him, "Which way is this? Is it eastbound or westbound? The officer radios in the information he gives him. </p><p> "There's someone screaming in there"</p><p> Someone says, "I thought it was gonna hit me." Then a man walks up with a small fire extinguisher. A voice tells him, "I don't think that's gonna do much." The man answers, "Yeah, but there's someone screaming in there." </p><p> The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The NTSB's final report should be released in a few months. </p>

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:34:52 GMT

Florida woman released in jailing over son's circumcision

<p> A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son's circumcision has been released from jail.</p><p> Heather Hironimus spent nine nights behind bars. The 31-year-old woman was released late Saturday.</p><p> Hironimus fled with her 4-year-old son as her legal options fighting the boy's surgery dwindled. She had been charged with contempt of court and interference with child custody.</p><p> The contempt charge was dropped Friday after she tearfully gave in to a judge's demand that she sign a form consenting to the procedure.</p><p> Hironimus and the boy's father have been warring for years over the issue. She initially approved of the circumcision in a parenting agreement, then changed her mind.</p><p> The case has drawn rapt interest from a bubbling movement of anti-circumcision advocates who deride the procedure as barbaric.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:56:22 GMT

Actor Jack Black gives commencement speech at Florida school

<p> Actor Jack Black gave some tongue-in-cheek advice to high school graduates in central Florida.</p><p> The "School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre" star told 175 students graduating Saturday from Montverde Academy to maybe skip college "unless you want to be a doctor, and then I totally get it."</p><p> Black told the graduates to seek inspiration from great minds who learned to fake it until they made it.</p><p> The Orlando Sentinel reports that Black asked: "Do you think Einstein knew what he was doing before he solved the riddles of the universe?"</p><p> Black's stunt double, Jimmy Waitman, is the father of two graduates of the Lake County private school. Black said he couldn't decline to be the commencement speaker when asked by the man who jumps off buildings for him.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:44:56 GMT

Photos: Recent Fla. mugshots

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

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:04:45 GMT