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Road rage incident leads to shooting in Orlando, police say

<p> Police are searching for a shooter after a road rage incident that took place Sunday night near Bruton Boulevard and LB McLeod Road.</p><p> Police said it started around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Bruton Boulevard and Columbia Street. A witness told police there were several men inside a silver, older model SUV and that a passenger in the car began shooting at the victim's car.</p><p> Police are asking anyone who has any information on the shooting to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:24:06 GMT

7 people taken to hospital after lightning strikes near Tampa Bay Bucs stadium

<p> Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay on Sunday, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said.</p><p> None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said. The strike kicked up rocks and gravel and knocked a few people down when it hit around 4 p.m.</p><p> "The boom came at the same time as the light did. It was like the speed of sound type thing. And it was loud. It scared the heck out of everybody," Packers fan Rudy Hynek said. "It was amazing nobody was killed."</p><p> Bruce Kudick, of Sarasota, said the lightning appeared to hit the top of a car and "shattered the top" of it.</p><p> "I never saw a streak. I just saw this huge flash. It was like the sound and the light was at the same time, so it was like a bomb went off," the Packers fan said.</p><p> Green Bay beat the Bucs 20-3.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:12:57 GMT

SunRail tests late-night train

<p> Starting Monday you won't have to drive if you're heading into Downtown Orlando in the evening.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:19:44 GMT

Bicyclist killed while attempting to cross State Road 50, police say

<p> A Winter Gardens man was killed Sunday morning as he rode his motorized bicycle near a Taco Bell at 1810 East State Road 50.</p><p> Police said Silas Clifford Woods, 55, was attempting to cross the road around 10:05 a.m. when a gray four-door sedan, driven by Yusef Harris, 20, struck him.</p><p> Police said Woods was not at a crosswalk.</p><p> He was taken to South Lake hospital, where he was pronounced dead.</p><p> Police continue investigating the crash.</p>

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:16:30 GMT

Top holiday lights destinations

<p> From dazzling Disney displays to brilliant boat parades, these top holiday lights destinations are a spectacular way to ring in the season.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Celebrity bad hair days

<p> Think you're the only one having a bad hair day? You're not alone. There are plenty of celebrities that have had them, too.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Authorities: Florida police officer shot and killed

<p> Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.</p><p> The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder.</p><p> The Tarpon Springs Police Department identified the fallen officer as 45-year-old Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the local police department. Originally from New York, Kondek had previously served on the New York City Police Department for more than five years, authorities said.</p><p> Authorities say Kondek responded to a call for service shortly after 2 a.m. Police said the suspect shot at the officer and then fled the scene in a vehicle and crashed into a pole and another vehicle. He was then apprehended by police at that location.</p><p> The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kondek was the father of five children.</p><p> A news conference is to be held later Sunday.</p>

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:29:04 GMT

Gunman shot ex-girlfriend before killing NYPD cops

<p> The day ended with two slain New York police officers. But it started, investigators say, when Ismaaiyl Brinsley slipped into his ex-girlfriend's apartment using a key he wasn't supposed to have.</p><p> A fight quickly erupted around 5:30 a.m. Saturday after Brinsley used that key to unlock the door of an apartment in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland, New York Police Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters.</p><p> Just 20 minutes later, calls of a shot fired there came into 911.</p><p> Shaneka Nicole Thompson, a 29-year-old who'd known Brinsley for about a year and was once romantically involved with him, had been shot in the stomach with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.</p><p> By the time police arrived, police said, Brinsley had fled -- stealing Thompson's cell phone and carrying it with him as he headed north on the highway.</p><p> Minutes later, he called her mother and apologized, telling her he'd shot Thompson "by accident and that he hopes she lives," Boyce said.</p><p> She was critically wounded, police said, but is expected to survive.</p><p> It was one of Thompson's friends, Baltimore County Police said, who alerted them Saturday afternoon to troubling Instagram posts the friend believed came from Brinsley.</p><p> "These posts included overt threats to kill police officers," police said, and they appeared to be posted in Brooklyn, New York.</p><p> "I'm putting wings on pigs today...they take one of ours, let's take two of theirs," one Instagram post said.</p><p> Around 2:10 p.m., 40 minutes after speaking with the friend, Baltimore County Police said they called a New York Police Department precinct to warn them. Then they faxed a "wanted" poster with Brinsley's picture. </p><p> "Suspect is armed with a 9mm handgun and has posted pictures on Instagram saying that he will shoot a police officer today," a description on the flier says.</p><p> "PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION," it says in large red letters. "THREATS ON POLICE," it continues. "ARMED SUBJECT."</p><p> But the message to be on alert apparently came too late.</p><p> While New York Police Department notifications about the warning were going out, Boyce said, Brinsley ambushed two officers in their patrol car, shooting them dead.</p><p> Lengthy criminal history</p><p> Long before Saturday's shootings, Brinsley was no stranger to police.</p><p> He had an extensive criminal record, including at least 19 arrests, a 2-year prison term and several stints in Georgia jails, Boyce said. </p><p> Brinsley's mother told detectives she hadn't seen her son in a month. He "had a very troubled childhood," "was often violent" and had tried to commit suicide, she told them, according to Boyce.</p><p> It wasn't immediately clear, Boyce said, how Brinsley got the gun he used to shoot his ex-girlfriend and two police officers before turning the weapon on himself.</p><p> A man bought the handgun at a Georgia pawn shop in 1996, when Brinsley was just 9. </p><p> Detectives are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Boyce said, "to find out where (the gun) could have fallen into his hands."</p><p> In a 2011 hearing in Cobb County, Georgia, Brinsley pleaded guilty to theft, property damage, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a gun near a public street after he used a stolen .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun to fire into a gold Chevy Malibu.</p><p> When asked by a judge at the hearing whether he'd ever been a patient in a mental institution or under the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist, he answered yes, according to court documents.</p><p> Detectives comb social media posts</p><p> On social media, Brinsley also had a history, posting numerous rants on Instagram, Boyce said. Detectives are investigating his past posts on Facebook and Instagram, and looking through his e-mails and phone records.</p><p> "What we're seeing from this right now is anger against the government, anger at the police," Boyce said. </p><p> Some posts mentioned Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose killings by police have sparked protests across the country.</p><p> "I always wanted to be known for doing something right," one of his last posts on social media said. "But my past is stalking me and my present is haunting me."</p><p> And it's not just his posts that detectives are looking into.</p><p> They're also looking at social media to investigate anyone who posted responses to Brinsley's posts that could lead to violence, New York Police Department sources said.</p><p> Shortly before he shot the officers in New York, Boyce said, Brinsley spoke with two people and asked them three things.</p><p> "He asked for their gang affiliation," Boyce said. "He asked them to follow him on Instagram. And then he says, 'Watch what I'm going to do.' "</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:35:20 GMT

Last-minute Christmas shopping guide

<p> Still haven't ordered those stocking stuffers? You've got to hurry, or your gift won't arrive by Christmas.</p><p> You've already missed the deadline for free shipping from Amazon, for example. (It was Friday.)</p><p> But the online store says gifts ordered as late as Tuesday can still be under the tree on Thursday if you pay for one-day delivery. Some customers in major cities can even place orders by 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and receive same-day delivery.</p><p> Hitting the stores: If you want to do your last-minute shopping the old-fashioned way, expect stores to be crowded and lines to be long this weekend.</p><p> Many stores like Target and J.C. Penney will be open for extended hours.</p><p> Toys 'R' Us and Kohl's will be remain open all hours until Christmas Eve.</p><p> Shopping online: And you can also shop online at these same stores.</p><p> Walmart's free shipping deadline passed (last Wednesday), but "rush shipping" is available through Monday for a fee. And if the item is in stock at a nearby store, orders for in-store pickup can be placed -- even on Christmas Eve.</p><p> There's still time for free shipping through Best Buy. It says orders over $35 placed by 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday qualify for free delivery by Christmas. It also offers free in-store pickup.</p><p> The deadline at Kohl's and Target is Saturday. Sears' and Macy's is Monday.</p><p> Last call at the Post Office: If you already have a gift you have to mail, that clock is ticking, too. The U.S. Postal Service will accept packages through Tuesday for Priority Mail Express. You can save a few bucks -- and time in line -- by dropping off the package by Saturday and using First Class Mail (for Christmas cards) or Priority Mail (for packages).</p><p> The deadline for Thursday delivery from UPS and FedEx is Tuesday.</p>

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:32:53 GMT

76ers rally in 2nd half to claim 3rd win of the season, 96-88 over Magic

<p> Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied in the second half to claim a 96-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.</p><p> The win, which ended a five-game losing streak, came as the Sixers began a seven-game road trip. All three of their victories this season have come away from home.</p><p> Philadelphia trailed by 11 in the third quarter, but led by as many as 14 points in the fourth.</p><p> The Sixers also got a lift from their bench, which outscored the Magic reserves 37-20.</p><p> Victor Oladipo had 23 points for the Magic. Nik Vucevic finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Tobias Harris added 17 points.</p><p> The Magic have lost four straight and six of their last seven.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:04:00 GMT

Rodgers reverts to form, leads Packers to 20-3 victory over Buccaneers, clinching playoff spot

<p> With the NFC North title still up for grabs, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers couldn't afford a slip-up against the struggling Tampa Buccaneers.</p><p> Rodgers threw for 318 yards and one touchdown and Eddie Lacy scored on a 44-yard run to pace a 20-3 victory that clinched at least a wild-card playoff berth Sunday.</p><p> Lacy finished with 99 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Jordy Nelson caught a 1-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter and had nine receptions for 113 yards, while Rodgers completed 11 throws to Randall Cobb for 131 yards.</p><p> A 21-13 loss to Buffalo a week ago cost Green Bay (11-4) sole possession of first place in the division. It also hurt its chances for earning home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Green Bay closes the regular season at home against Detroit (11-4), with a victory giving the Packers another NFC North crown.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/sports/7-people-taken-to-hospital-after-lightning-strikes-near-tampa-bay-bucs-stadium/30345800" target="_self">7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game</a>]</p><p> Rodgers rebounded from the only game this season in which he's failed to throw for a touchdown, completing 31 of 40 passes without an interception. He threw 24 yards to Nelson on third-and-13 to extend the drive that produced Lacy's long TD run, and a 19-yard completion to Nelson set up Rodgers' 36th TD pass of the year.</p><p> The Bucs (2-13) have lost five straight and remain in contention for the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. Their sputtering offense was outgained 154-6 in the opening quarter; Josh McCown was sacked seven times and intercepted once; and Doug Martin was held to 17 yards rushing on 10 attempts.</p><p> Tampa Bay kept it close with a solid defensive performance, forcing Rodgers' fourth turnover in two weeks with Michael Johnson's sack-fumble in the opening half. A goal-line stand denied the Packers points in the third quarter after Lacy gained 5 yards on first down to the Bucs 1. Lacy and John Kuhn were stopped for no gain on the next two plays, and Rodgers threw an incompletion in the end zone on fourth down.</p><p> Nevertheless, the Packers wound up with 431 yards total offense.</p><p> McCown, meanwhile, was 12 of 26 for 147 yards. Mike Evans had four receptions for 49 yards and Vincent Jackson had three for 60 yards, moving both of them to the brink of 1,000-yard seasons.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:24:08 GMT

Rookie Fede blocks punt for winning safety and Dolphins rally past Vikings 37-35

<p> The postgame celebration on the field had just begun when Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave seventh-round draft pick Terrence Fede a happy slap on the back.</p><p> If Ross decides to bring back coach Joe Philbin for another season, Fede will be a big reason.</p><p> The rookie blocked a punt for a safety with 41 seconds left, and Ryan Tannehill threw four touchdown passes to help the Dolphins come from behind twice and beat the Minnesota Vikings 37-35 Sunday. Miami outscored the Vikings 23-18 in a wild fourth quarter.</p><p> Both teams went into the game playing for pride rather than a postseason berth, but the outcome had plenty of significance for third-year coach Philbin, whose job is in jeopardy. Miami improved to 8-7, and Philbin might return if the Dolphins achieve their first winning season since 2008.</p><p> Minnesota, which has been out of the playoff race since Thanksgiving, fell to 6-9 under first-year coach Mike Zimmer.</p><p> The Dolphins overcame a 14-0 deficit to take the lead, but trailed again after giving up 15 points in an 11-second span in the fourth quarter.</p><p> Tannehill then drove Miami 80 yards and hit Damien Williams for a 3-yard score with 1:11 left to make it 35-all. Minnesota failed to pick up a first down, and Fede blocked Jeff Locke's punt out of the end zone for the game-winner.</p><p> Tannehill went 35 for 47 for 396 yards, and directed an offense that totaled 36 first downs and 493 yards. He shook off a costly interception and two sacks and was knocked down at least eight other times.</p><p> Mike Wallace caught touchdown passes of 16 and 7 yards and has 10 scores this year.</p><p> Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater, playing in his hometown, was also efficient if not as prolific as Tannehill. He went 19 for 25 for 259 yards and two scores.</p><p> The Vikings trailed 28-20 but drove 59 yards for a touchdown and made the 2-point conversion. On the ensuing kickoff they recovered Jarvis Landry's fumble at the 5, and Matt Asiata ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:35 to go.</p><p> Miami regrouped, and its tying drive was aided by a pass interference penalty on Xavier Rhodes on third-and-14. Williams scored on the next play.</p><p> Safety Harrison Smith set up a touchdown when he blitzed and intercepted Tannehill's pass at point-blank range deep in Miami territory. Three plays later, Bridgewater led Greg Jennings perfectly for a 21-yard score and a 14-0 lead.</p><p> But the Vikings squandered an early two-touchdown cushion in a loss at Detroit last week, and they couldn't hold their leads against Miami, either. Lamar Miller's 1-yard plunge on third down at the start of the fourth quarter put the Dolphins ahead for the first time.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:25:09 GMT

On this day: December 22

<p> Christmas tree lights are born, the Lincoln Tunnel opens, Alvin and The Chipmunks hit No. 1, the "Shoe Bomber" tries to take down a transatlantic flight, and "Don't ask, don't tell" is repealed, all on this day.</p>

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 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, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:51 GMT