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Man accused of forcing girl into vehicle, raping her in Winter Springs

<p> A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping a girl in Winter Springs.</p><p> Benjamin James Worthy Sr. was arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment. </p><p> According to Winter Springs police, the girl said she was playing near the pool Wednesday at her apartment complex when a man, later identified by authorities as Worthy, forced her to get into his vehicle.</p><p> She said he drove to a house and raped her inside his vehicle, according to police.</p><p> The girl, described by police as under the age of 12, told her mother about the attack, according to officials, who said the woman drove her daughter to police headquarters.</p><p> When asked by Winter Springs police if she knew the man, the girl said it was possible that he lived with one of her friends.  An investigation led police to Worthy, who was questioned about the alleged attack. </p><p> Officials said Worthy agreed to speak with police, and he was later arrested and taken to jail.  He was being held on no bond.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:44:46 GMT

1 shot at Winter Garden block party

<p> A Thanksgiving tradition in Winter Garden ended with one person shot and an Orange County sheriff's deputy's cruiser riddled with bullets.</p><p> The shooting occurred Thursday night near the corner of Bethune Avenue and East Bay Street.</p><p> Every year, a block party is held in Winter Garden to celebrate Thanksgiving, and 1,000 showed up this year, according to deputies.</p><p> Nearby residents called authorities about the noise from the party, and deputies said when they arrived, about a dozen shots were fired and a deputy cruiser was hit three times.</p><p> A man was also struck by a bullet, said deputies, who added that the victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center but was expected to be OK.</p><p> The block party typically runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., deputies said.</p><p> No other details have been released.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:24:48 GMT

Boaters rescue 2 in St. Johns River

<p> Two boaters were rescued from the St. Johns River near the Seminole-Volusia county line after their boat took on water, according to officials.</p><p> The men were rescued early Friday after being in the water for about 45 minutes, officials said. </p><p> The men were taken to the Jolly Gator Fish Camp in Geneva after the rescue.  Temperatures dropped into the 40s overnight in Central Florida, but the men were checked out and did not need further medical attention.</p><p> Another boater also found their dog.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:56:23 GMT

Man arrested in Orlando carjacking

<p> A suspected carjacker crashed into a gas pump that burst into flames, fought a group of policemen and firefighters and caused a frantic scene just after 7 Thursday evening.</p><p> It began as police were investigating a carjacking that happened Thursday at 555 North John Young Parkway.</p><p> Witnesses told Local 6 the suspect tried to carjack at least five cars and succeeded twice.</p><p> "I told the lady, 'Hurry up, I'm about to tase him.' She was like, 'Just hold on, just hold on.' I'm getting kind of scared because I knew he was trying to take my car because of the way he came at me," said Alyson Pruitt, who was on the with phone 911 while confronting a carjacker bent on taking her car -- or any car -- someplace fast. "He tried to carjack the taxi man. He couldn't. So he come to my car, I didn't see him. He tries to pull open my door."</p><p> Pruitt got him out of her car only for him to try to carjack two other cars on John Young Parkway near the Greyhound bus station.</p><p> She watched as the suspect ran back and forth around the intersection trying to carjack vehicles until he was able to steal a maroon vehicle and drive off.</p><p> The family who owns the stolen vehicle had just gone Black Friday shopping and had TVs inside the car.</p><p> What happened next ended in a ball of fire at the Chevron gas station on Old Winter Garden Road and Ferguson Drive.</p><p> The carjacker crashed, and officials said a large fire broke out at the gas station, but the carjacker was able to escape and jump into another vehicle.</p><p> As the driver of the vehicle was heading west, the suspect began demanding him to get out. Fearing for his life, he told police he was able to escape his car in the 3900 block of Old Winter Garden Road and flagged down police, who were then responding to the fire at the gas station.</p><p> Two Orlando Police Department officers were able to get to the suspect, who fought them and an OPD K-9. Four firemen assisted the officers and were able to eventually secure the man, who was identified as 21-year-old Jordan L. Mincy.</p><p> Mincy was transported to Orlando Medical Center for injuries related to a dog bite, but was later booked into the Orange County Jail.</p><p> Back where it all began, Pruitt said she thinks he seemed like a desperate man.</p><p> "I tell him, 'What are you doing?' He just says, 'You don't know what just happened to me,'" said Pruitt.</p><p> Cops have not given any motive for Mincy's frantic crime spree.</p><p> A group of people were watching and videotaping the fight with police, but they left the area, said officers. Police said they hope the group will come forward because the video could help their case.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:34:02 GMT

Woman fatally struck by son-in-law backing out of driveway in Volusia

<p> A woman who was walking along a sidewalk was struck and killed Thursday by her son-in-law's truck as he backed out of a driveway at a home on Richmoor Circle, officials said.</p><p> Troopers said 65-year-old Randi Wheeler was behind 64-year-old Steven Proctor's Ford truck in a position where she could not be seen when he hit her with the rear side of the vehicle.</p><p> Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> Orange County Fire Rescue said Wheeler's daughter was taken to the hospital for hyperventilating at the scene of the incident.</p><p> The crash is now under investigation and charges are pending.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p><p> Stay with Local 6 News and for updates on this developing story.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:42:46 GMT

NY boys rescued after spending hours buried in snow

<p> Two little boys have something to be thankful for this year following their rescue after spending hours buried under a pile of snow in New York. </p><p> The boys, ages 9 and 7, were building a fort Wednesday evening when a snow plow came through a parking lot near their homes in Newburgh. </p><p> It pushed even more of the white stuff into the snowbank in which they were playing, leaving them trapped underneath the snow for several hours, according to police.</p><p> Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, got more than 6 inches of snow that day.</p><p> "The (plow) operator would have had no knowledge that the boys were on the other side of the bank," Newburgh police said in a statement. </p><p> Not reported missing</p><p> Not only was the plow operator unaware, so were their relatives, who didn't report them missing for several hours. </p><p> It wasn't until the boys didn't return home at 10 p.m., police said, that both families became concerned and started searching the neighborhood. </p><p> After failing to locate them on their own, they called the police nearly two hours later. </p><p> Nine officers and a police dog canvassed the area into the early hours of Thanksgiving morning, when they learned that the pair had been building a fort in the parking lot. </p><p> Officer Brandon Rola approached the snowbank and " found a shovel that was half-buried," and sprung into action, using it to dig into a bank until he spotted a possible sign: a small boot. </p><p> 'Digging out ... with their hands'</p><p> A frantic rescue ensued.</p><p> "Officers, family members, community members, and mobile ambulance personnel assisted in digging out the boys with shovels and with their hands," police said. </p><p> Finally, at 2:10 a.m., the boys were pulled from the frigid heap.</p><p> "Fortunately, they were alive and well," Rola told CNN affiliate WCBS. "And the police got a big round of applause," </p><p> "They were probably in about five feet of snow," Sgt. Aaron Weaver said. "But how ever it fell, there was, like, a dome around their heads, so there was air in there, like space for them." </p><p> Both were conscious and alert and taken to the hospital for observation. Family members told the affiliate Thursday that they were both in good condition.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:25:33 GMT

Top-selling holiday gifts: A timeline

<p> As we enter another holiday shopping season, look back at the popular holiday gifts that have sent consumers a-tramplin.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

On this day: November 28

<p> Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Local 6 weekend weather webcast

<p> Local 6 meteorologist Elizabeth Hart's weather forecast for Orlando and Central Florida.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:04:04 GMT

Black Friday better for certain credit card holders

<p> Twenty-seven shopping days left until Christmas, and Cyber Monday is just around the corner.  Before you shop 'til you drop, be sure you're using the best credit card. Choosing the right card could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA:  <a href="" target="_blank">Find best credit card for you</a>]</p><p> Savvy shopper Kimberly Rose doesn't just search for the best deal, she scours the fine print of credit card offers to make sure she applies only for the ones that will save her the most.</p><p> “Over the years, I've saved thousands of dollars by using the credit card benefits," said Rose.</p><p> Like the time her phone broke after the manufacturers' warranty expired.</p><p> Luckily, she bought the device with her American Express card, which offered an extended warranty.</p><p> Mastercard has a similar policy -- doubling the manufacturer or store warranty for up to a year.</p><p> “Most card holders don't know the services and benefits that the card in their wallet or their digital wallet hold," said a Mastercard representative.</p><p> Another benefit is price protection.</p><p> If you buy an item but find it cheaper somewhere else, some cards will reimburse you the difference with no trip to the store needed.</p><p> And if you miss a return deadline at the store, some cards allow you to fill out a form, ship the item to them and get your money back.</p><p> There are also travel perks.</p><p> Rose has two cards that double the amount of money she can get if an airline loses her luggage.</p><p> Chase bank reimburses some card holders for clothing and necessities when luggage is lost and pays for meals and hotels if your flight is delayed for more than 12 hours.</p><p> And if you have to back out of a trip?</p><p> Some cards offer protections for those who are sick and can't travel by allowing them to cancel their reservations.</p><p> American Express works with some car dealers to give special discounts.</p><p> And if your car breaks down, some cards hook you up with roadside assistance.</p><p> As with anything, however, you have to be careful.</p><p> Be sure to read all that fine print to find out which perks apply to the specific card you have.</p><p> And, of course, watch for things like interest rates and annual fees.</p><p> You'll also want to pay close attention to any notices you get in the mail about changes in benefits.</p><p> And always make sure you understand all the rules before signing up for a new credit card.  Most banks and card companies list their benefits online.</p><p> Want to know which is the right credit card for you?  <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for a quiz designed to help you decide.   </p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:11:13 GMT

FHP: 58-year-old woman killed while crossing road

<p> Officials are investigating after a 58-year-old woman was killed Thursday evening while crossing the street.</p><p> Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the woman, identified as Priscilla Jeffords, of Cocoa, was attempting to cross Paradise Lane near Cocoa Boulevard around 6:35 p.m. and walked directly in front of a 2012 Chevy SUV driven by 73-year-old Judith Connelly.</p><p> Jeffords was struck by the front of Connelly's SUV, troopers said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> Troopers said the victim was not in a crosswalk.</p><p> Stay with Local 6 News and for updates on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:06:40 GMT

8 teens ambush driver, steal pizza, Volusia deputies say

<p> Eight teens -- ranging from 13 to 16 years old -- were arrested Wednesday in Volusia County on allegations of ambushing a deliveryman and stealing pizza, chicken wings and soda from him.</p><p> The robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. at a house in the 1000 block of Abagail Drive in Deltona. </p><p> According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the driver he was delivering a pizza to the home when some teens snuck up and threw a blanket or sheet over his head.  The culprits took off with pizza, chicken wings and soda, said deputies, who added that no weapons were used and no money was taken from the driver.<br/><br/>The teens were last seen running with the pizza boxes toward Discovery Elementary School, possibly down a trail into a wooded area, the Sheriff's Office said.  Two deputies headed down the trail with a K-9 to search for them and found three pizza boxes, empty Pepsi and Mountain Dew bottles and several footprints.</p><p> Another deputy found four teens walking out of the woods and asked one of them if they had any Pepsi lately, the Sheriff's Office said.  The teen  replied that the “the pizza man” had given him a couple of bottles earlier, according to officials.<br/><br/>Deputies found two more teens in the area and two others were identified through the course of interviews, officials said.</p><p> All eight boys -- three 13-year-olds, a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and two 16-year-olds -- were arrested on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary to an unoccupied dwelling.</p><p> Officials said the house to which the pizza was delivered is vacant.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:26:18 GMT

Boost your immunity -- naturally

<p> Cold and flu season is here. Find out how you can naturally boost your immunity and keep those germs away.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 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: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:43:19 GMT