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Woman who says she was attacked in UCF garage speaks out

<p> A woman who says she was attacked by a man in a University of Central Florida parking garage spoke exclusively to Local 6 Sunday.</p><p> UCF police reported that a man exposed himself to a woman before running off Saturday, but the alleged victim said the man touched himself and got so close she had to fight him off.</p><p> "Thank God he didn't touch me or anything and he didn't try to hold me down, but he did try to get closer and I just looked up at him and just started yelling and pushing. I started pushing him," she said.</p><p> The out-of-town college student said she was visiting the campus to watch a friend in a track meet. She went to her friend's car in parking garage D to get something when the man approached from behind.</p><p> Local 6 asked a police spokeswoman why the department only reported an indecent exposure and got the following response via e-mail:</p><p> "We put a timely alert so that the UCF community could be on the lookout for the suspect and the vehicle," said Courtney Gilmartin.</p><p> The woman told Local 6 that police said it was unlikely any surveillance cameras caught the man's actions. She said that makes her uneasy, knowing that police have less to go on in tracking him down.</p><p> She's joining hundreds in the UCF community that have signed a petition calling for more security cameras on campus, specifically in parking garages.</p><p> "It's just common sense. You would think it would just be common sense to have cameras in a parking garage," the woman said.</p><p> Police said the attacker is still on the loose. He was described as a white male in his 20s with brown hair. He was last seen driving a blue van, according to the woman, with a handicapped tag hanging on the rear-view mirror.</p>

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:07:58 GMT

Patrolling begins Monday at SunRail crossings

<p> Police begin patrolling at several SunRail crossings, ticketing careless drivers</p>

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:19:32 GMT

Fire Rescue: 2 children injured in I-95 crash

<p> All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shutdown Sunday due to a crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p> There were two pediatric trauma alerts and medical helicopter was requested along with three ambulances, Brevard County Fire Rescue said.</p><p> According to Fire Rescue tweets, they responded to the crash on I-95 near SR-520 in West Cocoa after reports of a possible entrapment and overturned vehicle.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:23:39 GMT

Deputies: Man shot during dispute in Orange County

<p> A man was shot Sunday morning during a dispute in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. </p><p> Deputies said all parties left the scene at Clearbrook Circle after the shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. The victim was subsequently dropped off at Florida Hospital South.</p><p> According to the Orange County Sheriff's, investigators responded to the scene and are working to determine the cause of the shooting.</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said investigators are also working to identify and apprehend the suspect.</p><p> This is a developing story. Check back to for the latest.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:19:13 GMT

UCF professor, students to study driving in foggy conditions

<p> A University of Central Florida engineering professor has been awarded a grant to conduct a study in hopes of making driving in fog safer.</p><p> The Florida Department of Transportation awarded UCF's Mohamed Abdel-Aty a $2 million grant to collect real-time driving data from sections of Interstate 4 in Polk County, Interstate 75 near Gainesville and a two-lane road in Tallahassee to determine driving patterns when foggy conditions exist.</p><p> The study began this month and will last two years.</p><p> Abdel-Aty and his students are using traffic and weather data to put drivers through a driving simulator. It will help them understand how drivers react to fog and advisory messages.</p><p> According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data there are nearly six million vehicle crashes in Florida yearly, with 23 percent related to weather.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:56:15 GMT

Man arrested for burglary after found in boy's bed naked

<p> A Tampa man has been arrested after a woman found him naked in a bed with her 10 year-old son.</p><p> Twenty-five-year-old Ernest Johnson faces charges of burglary and molestation in the incident.</p><p> Tampa police say they received a call at 4:34 a.m. Sunday reporting a burglary. The boy's mother told officers when she discovered the man in her son's bed, he jumped out a window.</p><p> A police dog helped track down the suspect.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:39:05 GMT

Thieves steal casket, leave on side of road

<p> A stolen casket mysteriously winds up on the side of a road.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:28:56 GMT

8 foods that age your skin faster

<p> Yahoo! Beauty consulted nutritional therapist Petronella Ravenshear on what foods (and drinks) may be prematurely aging your skin.</p>

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Wildlife officials say look out for shorebirds

<p> Florida wildlife officials are warning beach-goers to watch where they step.</p><p> Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say shorebirds are starting to build nests out of shells and sand, and the hatching chicks can be difficult to see.</p><p> Wildlife officials recommend staying 300 feet from a nest and using designated walkways when possible.</p><p> Shorebirds in Florida include the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oyster-catcher and Wilson's plover.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:10:39 GMT

Florida strawberries to be sold at Puerto Rican stores

<p> Florida is partnering with 41 Walmart and Amigo stores in Puerto Rico to sell its strawberries.</p><p> Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced a trade mission with the stores this week.  He said store ads and promotions will feature Florida strawberry parfaits.</p><p> The two chains join the more than 60 retailers in 27 countries that have partnered with the "Fresh From Florida" campaign in 4,700 stores around the globe.</p><p> The agency is looking into expanding the campaign within the Caribbean, Central America and South America as the Panama Canal expansion is in its final stages.</p><p> Florida international agricultural exports generate more than $4 billion in cash receipts, making the state the eighth-largest agricultural exporter in the U.S.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:32:01 GMT

7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party

<p> Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder.</p><p> Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach, and deputies found a sprawling crime scene with victims inside the home, outside and across the street from it, and in the street's median, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.</p><p> Officers set up a perimeter and found a suspect matching witnesses' description. David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and jailed awaiting a first court appearance. A .40-caliber handgun believed to have been used was found in the yard of a nearby home.</p><p> By sunset on Saturday new renters, a family with Indiana license plates, had moved into the three-story, vacation-rental home located several blocks off the beach. The family did not want to talk to the media but said they were aware that multiple people had been shot inside the home less than 24 hours earlier.</p><p> Dozens of cases of beer filled the front porch of a neighboring house where loud music thumped inside. The young spring breakers renting the house said they were aware of the shooting but felt safe because it was not a random attack and the assailant was in jail.</p><p> Sheriff Frank McKeithen said a busy party full of dancing young people dissolved into "a chaotic scene." Daniels was free on bond on a drug possession charge in Alabama, the sheriff said, and was accompanied by two others, one who had been recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in Mobile last week.</p><p> The two companions to the accused shooter were questioned but not charged. A woman who declined to give her name answered the phone at the home of Daniels' relatives and said the family would not comment on the shooting.</p><p> At least three were critically injured: Kearria Freed, 20, who was shot in the head; Devanta Moore, 21, who was shot in the chest; and Henton Franklin, 22, who was shot in the side. Three others were listed in stable condition: Jacole Young, 22, who police said was shot in the back three times; Kelli Curry, 21, who was shot in the leg; and Tykeria Ethridge, 22, who was shot in the neck and shoulder.</p><p> A seventh victim — Anesia Powell, 20 — was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee, and was undergoing surgery Saturday. No condition was given.</p><p> Three of the victims — Freed, Curry and Powell — are students from Alabama A&M University in Panama City Beach for spring break, university spokesman Jerome Saintjones said. He said investigators in Florida told the university police department the students were innocent bystanders.</p><p> University officials were sending staff to Panama City Beach to assist the victims.</p><p> McKeithen said hundreds of people have been arrested in recent weeks in and around Panama City during its raucous spring break celebrations. The masses of college students bring a parallel migration of unsavory visitors to the area and, combined with heavy consumption of alcohol, pose a huge challenge to officers, he said.</p><p> "We have a recipe for disaster," he said.</p><p> Eddie Tarter shares his back fence with the rental home. Tarter, who played ball with his young son in his driveway late Saturday, has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years. He said he has had problems before with loud parties at the house.</p><p> "Never anything like this though," he said.</p><p> Despite the shooting, Tarter said he isn't against spring break.</p><p> "This is usually a quiet neighborhood."</p><p> Neighbor William Payne, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2002, said he had called the police many times because of loud parties at the house.</p><p> "I heard all the screaming and sirens last night and I didn't think anything of it at first because it is spring break."</p><p> Elsewhere along Panama City Beach, the party continued Saturday as hundreds of kids cruised up and down the main road, strolled the beach and gathered at hotel swimming pools.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:12:28 GMT

Rubio planning mid-April announcement

<p> Sen. Marco Rubio is planning a major announcement for mid-April in Miami, sources tell CNN, with that announcement likely to be the launch of his presidential campaign.</p><p> The announcement is expected the week of April 13, and will very likely come as soon as that day, a Rubio source confirmed to CNN.</p><p> According to the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported news of Rubio's announcement, the Florida senator has reserved the Freedom Tower on the campus of Miami Dade College --- which once housed the Miami News --- for an undisclosed event that day.</p><p> A Rubio aide hinted that some clarity on the announcement could come Monday, during the senator's appearance on Fox News' "The Five."</p><p> "You should tune in," the aide said.</p><p> Rubio has not publicly confirmed plans to run for president, but he's been making preparations for a campaign, traveling to early primary states and reaching out to donors and supporters to gauge support for a bid.</p><p> While he's drawn interest from Republican kingmakers, he routinely polls in the middle of the likely field, recently drawing 7% support in a CNN/ORC poll.</p><p> His announcement is one of a handful of expected presidential launches in a busy April as the contest gears up. </p><p> Texas Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the competition and became the first prospective contender to make his bid official this week. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is slated to announce on April 7, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning an April launch as well.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:04:02 GMT

2015 NCAA Tournament in photos

<p> With the Sweet 16 field now set for the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, check out some memorable photos from all the action on the court.</p>

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:48:04 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, 27 Mar 2015 18:48:51 GMT