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Deputies investigate deadly Orange County shooting

<p> Deputies are investigating a deadly shooting Sunday night at the intersection of Powers Drive and Livingston Street in Orange County.</p><p> Investigators said they received a call about the shooting around 7 p.m. and found a victim dead in the middle of the road.</p><p> Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and seeing a young man wounded in the street.</p><p> "(The) moment I open the door -- pop, pop, pop -- like three or four gunshots," said Andre Demps.</p><p> Demps also reported hearing tires squealing after the shooting. He said he looked and saw several cars speeding away.</p><p> Deputies detained several witnesses and questioned at least one man. They said they are still trying to identify a shooter.</p><p> Stay with for updates on this story.<br/></p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:24:15 GMT

Charges upped after victim of accidental shooting dies

<p> A man who was arrested Thursday after telling police he accidentally shot his friend is now facing harsher charges after the shooting victim died.</p><p> The 20-year-old employee, Eduar Martinez said that when his friend, 23-year-old Nicholas Alligood, came into Joy Grocery Store on North U.S. Highway 17, Martinez picked up a .380-caliber gun kept at the store for security and began handling it.</p><p> In a 911 call released Thursday, Martinez is heard speaking to a dispatcher about the shooting.</p><p> "I just, I just, I just hit somebody on accident with a gun," Martinez said to the dispatcher.</p><p> "You, you hit somebody on accident with a gun?" asked the dispatcher.</p><p> "Yes," answered Martinez.</p><p> "So, did you shoot somebody or what?" asked the dispatcher.</p><p> "I shot him on accident. I didn't mean to. We were talking, playing," said Martinez.</p><p> The victim, 23-year-old Nicholas Alligood, was in critical condition Thursday night, but Sunday afternoon, the man died.</p><p> Martinez, who was originally charged with attempted manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, is now facing manslaughter charges.</p><p> Martinez is being held on no bond.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:15:26 GMT

Man hit, killed by semi after running into traffic, FHP troopers say

<p> A pedestrian was hit and killed by a semitrailer Sunday around 3:05 p.m. at Interstate 4 and Highway MM 97.</p><p> The Florida Highway Patrol said Michael Pare, 80, of Canada, was traveling in a semitrailer in the westbound lane of I-4 when a man, 45-year-old Shawn Raymond, of Winter Springs, ran into the lanes.</p><p> Troopers said Pare was unable to avoid Raymond and struck him.</p><p> Witnesses told troopers that Raymond exited his 1999 Honda on the right shoulder of the road before running into the road.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p><p> Stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:34:08 GMT

Hundreds delayed at OIA after bag left unattended

<p> Hundreds of people waited hours for their luggage after a bag was left unattended in the garage around 5 p.m. Sunday at the Orlando International Airport. A passenger moved the bag inside and prompted an investigation.</p><p> A spokeswoman for OIA said units were called in to investigate the luggage. While she said there was no indication that there was any danger, they are investigated with dogs and the bomb squad.</p><p> The baggage claim level was shut down as officials investigated.</p><p> One person tweeted from OIA Sunday night saying, "Stuck at Orlando airport. Everything is closed off, no bags coming in. K9 units everywhere."</p><p> A fire official told Local 6 two bomb-sniffing dogs alerted to the bag, which caused further investigation.</p><p> Just after 7 p.m. the all clear was given. Officials determined the bag contained personal items and medications. They said the dogs picked up on the scent likely because chemicals in the medicines may have been similar to those used to make explosives.</p><p> An airport spokeswoman said 10 Southwest Airlines flights were delayed because the baggage area was shut down. The airport is back to normal operations.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:34 GMT

Two men injured in downtown Orlando shooting

<p> Police are searching  for a gunman after two men were shot in downtown Orlando.</p><p> The shooting happened around early Sunday morning, in the parking lot behind Venue 578 on Concord Avenue, west of Orange Avenue.</p><p> Police tell Local 6 someone fired gunshots into a crowd of people, striking two men.</p><p> One of the victims was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.</p><p> The other victim was also taken to ORMC in critical, but stable condition.</p><p> Police have not released any suspect information.</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:16:14 GMT

Crews hang Jack Kazanzas star

<p> It's another sign that the holidays are here -- the hanging of the Jack Kazanzas star.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:16:45 GMT

Baby found in storm drain days after birth

<p> The bicyclists were on a morning ride Sunday when they heard a shocking sound coming from somewhere below them: a baby crying.</p><p> They lifted a slab off a storm drain beside the bike trail and discovered a newborn boy, police in Blacktown, Australia, said.</p><p> "We felt sick. We just wanted that baby to know ... that it was OK," Hayley Otte told CNN affiliate Seven Network. </p><p> Police say rescuers reached the baby, who was 2.5 meters (more than 8 feet) underground at the bottom of the drain in this suburb of Sydney. </p><p> Now the newborn is hospitalized in serious condition and a 30-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder, New South Wales Police said in a statement. </p><p> She was denied bail and did not appear for a scheduled court appearance Monday, Australian media reported. The matter was adjourned to be heard in Penrith Local Court Friday.</p><p> Investigators allege the baby, who is 7 days old, was placed in the drain the day after he was born and spent days inside before Sunday's rescue.</p><p> Hours after their morning bike ride, Otte and her father went to visit him in the hospital, carrying a stack of baby clothes.</p><p> "He doesn't have family," she told Seven News, "so we wanted to try to give him as much as we can, to know that he's got something."</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:50:45 GMT

Anderson's big day rushing and Thomas' 3 TD catches lead Broncos to 39-36 win over Dolphins

<p> The Denver Broncos finally found the balance — and the win — they've so desperately sought to stop their November slide.</p><p> Peyton Manning threw three of his four TD passes to Demaryius Thomas and C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards and the go-ahead score in the Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.</p><p> Anderson's 6-yard run with 5:01 left gave the Broncos (8-3) their first lead of the game at 32-28.</p><p> Then, Ryan Tannehill's pass skipped off Jarvis Landry's left hand to T.J. Ward, whose 37-yard return set up Wes Welker's insurance TD catch.</p><p> The Broncos needed it after Tannehill drove the Dolphins (6-5) on another scoring drive, hitting Landry from a yard out with 1:34 left. Lamar Miller's 2-point dive made it a three-point game.</p><p> The Dolphins' onside kick was recovered by — who else? — Anderson, who sealed the game with a 26-yard run.</p><p> After the Broncos ran just nine times for 28 yards at St. Louis a week earlier, offensive coordinator Adam Gase said he could take some heat off his much maligned O-line by calling for more handoffs and fewer drop-backs.</p><p> The Broncos ran the ball 35 times and threw it 35 times.</p><p> Anderson, who had 27 carries, caught four passes for 38 yards.</p><p> Manning became the third player in NFL history with touchdown passes in 50 consecutive games, joining Drew Brees (54) and Tom Brady (52). He completed 28 of 35 passes for 257 yards and no interceptions on a cool Colorado evening.</p><p> Emmanuel Sanders led the way with nine catches for 125 yards a week after sustaining a concussion.</p><p> Thomas finished with 10 catches for 87 yards, failing to match Calvin "Megatron" Johnson's NFL record of eight straight 100-yard games.</p><p> His consolation was three touchdowns.</p><p> The Broncos' O-line opened up holes and kept Manning upright — his only blemish was a "self-sack" in which he lost his footing on third-and-1 from the 7.</p><p> Tannehill (26 for 36 for 227 yards with three TDs) kept the Dolphins a step ahead much of the afternoon until Ward's interception.</p><p> Two big blunders on special teams prevented the Broncos from taking control in the third quarter.</p><p> After Denver drove to the Dolphins 7 on the strength of nine runs, Manning slipped on third-and-1 for a sack. Then, Brandon McManus clanked a 33-yard field goal try off the right upright.</p><p> His teammates could hardly hide their anguish. On the sideline, center Manny Ramirez ripped his helmet off and hollered at McManus and Thomas slammed his helmet to the ground.</p><p> The Broncos forced a quick punt by Miami, but Isaiah Burse fumbled the punt at his own 12, leading to Tannehill's 5-yard TD toss to Landry that gave Miami a 28-17 lead.</p><p> Manning drove the Broncos downfield and found Thomas from 5 yards out, then hit Sanders with the 2-point pass to pull Denver to 28-25 with 14:09 remaining.</p><p> In a matchup of contenders with dominant defenses and suspect offensive lines, both the Dolphins and Broncos scored on three of their four first-half drives.</p><p> Tannehill handed off for one, took one him himself and threw a TD pass.</p><p> Manning threw TD passes of 5 and 14 yards to Thomas in the first half. The first was a dart with linebacker Jelani Jenkins blanketing the big receiver and the second came with 12 seconds left in the half and pulled the Broncos to 21-17 at the break.</p><p> Von Miller was hit below the belt on the first snap from scrimmage and retreated to the sideline. From there, he watched the Dolphins march down the field for Daniel Thomas' 3-yard TD run.</p><p> The Broncos responded with McManus' 38-yard field goal, but then cornerback Aqib Talib pulled up lame with a hamstring injury and the Dolphins capitalized with another touchdown drive. Tannehill's 1-yard keeper made it 14-3.</p><p> Talib came back, but was beaten badly on Mike Wallace's 10-yard touchdown grab and then sat out the rest of the game.</p><p> The Broncos also lost cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and leading tackler Brandon Marshall to a concussion. The Dolphins lost cornerback Jamar Taylor (shoulder), who started in place of Cortland Finnegan, who was deactivated with an ankle injury, and Miami left tackle Ja'Wuan James sustained a stinger.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:19:29 GMT

Hilton rocks Jaguars with 73-yard TD catch to help sluggish Colts pull away 23-3

<p> T.Y. Hilton delivered on the first promise to his first child, wrapping up his family's big day with a rockin' touchdown catch.</p><p> Just hours after Hilton's wife gave birth to a baby girl, the third-year receiver caught four passes for 122 yards and one touchdown to spur Indianapolis' second-half turnaround in a 23-3 victory over Jacksonville. He celebrated by cradling the ball like a baby.</p><p> Before leaving for Lucas Oil Stadium, Hilton promised to catch a touchdown pass for his new daughter.</p><p> But it sure wasn't easy on a day the Colts offense was mostly out of sync.</p><p> Andrew Luck was sacked a season-high five times, fumbled three times and lost two of those — just in the first half. The Colts (7-4) wound up losing three of six fumbles in the game, still not enough to derail the AFC South leaders, who have won seven of nine and 11 straight against division foes.</p><p> Luck finished 21 of 32 with 253 yards and the one score, though his streak of eight consecutive 300-yard games ended one game short Drew Brees' NFL record (nine).</p><p> All Jacksonville (1-10) could muster on an even worse day was a 28-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. That capped a 2-yard drive after Luck fumbled at his own 12-yard line. Bortles was 15 of 27 for 146 yards with one interception and Jacksonville managed just 194 total yards.</p><p> But the Colts struggled mightily early with two key blockers out because of injuries, right tackle Gosder Cherilus (shoulder) and tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle).</p><p> While Luck spent most of the first half dodging the Jaguars' pass rushers, the Colts did just enough to take a 6-3 halftime lead.</p><p> After Blake Bortles was picked off by Vontae Davis, Indy settled for a 46-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri to make it 3-0. Scobee's field goal made it 3-3, and the Colts didn't score again until Luck took them on a 52-yard march that ended with Vinatieri's second field goal, a 20-yarder, with 12 seconds left in the half.</p><p> Indy righted itself quickly in the second half. Trent Richardson scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter to make it 13-3. Less than two minutes later, Hilton beat Dwayne Gratz for the 73-yard catch-and-run to make it 20-3.</p><p> Vinatieri added a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth to make it 23-3, breaking a tie with Matt Stover for fifth place on the NFL's career field goal list (472).</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:29:08 GMT

Forte, Bears rally for 21-13 victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Lovie Smith's return

<p> Matt Forte and the Bears used a big rally to hand their former coach a loss in his return to Chicago.</p><p> Forte rushed for two touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Bears beat Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-13 on Sunday.</p><p> Jay Cutler threw a 2-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery as the Bears (5-6) scored 21 straight points to erase a 10-0 halftime deficit. Forte had a 13-yard run that put Chicago ahead to stay, and then added a 1-yard plunge that made it 21-10.</p><p> Smith coached the Bears to three playoff appearances and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl during his successful nine-year run in Chicago. He was hired by Tampa Bay in January, and his first game back at Soldier Field showed just how far he has to go to get the lowly Bucs (2-9) back on track.</p><p> Tampa Bay had three turnovers in the third. Josh McCown, who played for the Bears for the previous three seasons, lost a fumble and threw an interception. Vincent Jackson also lost a fumble at the end of a 24-yard reception that would have resulted in a first-and-goal.</p><p> Each of Forte's touchdowns came after a Buccaneers turnover. McCown also threw an interception in the first quarter that ended another promising drive.</p><p> Forte had 23 carries for 89 yards as Chicago won consecutive games for the first time since September. Cutler was 17 for 27 for 130 yards.</p><p> McCown was 25 for 48 for 341 yards for Tampa Bay, which has dropped six of seven. Rookie Mike Evans had a touchdown reception for the fourth consecutive game, and Jackson had five catches for 117 yards.</p><p> The Buccaneers, who were coming off a 27-7 win at Washington, managed just 156 yards and six first downs in the second half after getting off to a fast start on a warm, rainy day in Chicago.</p><p> Smith was let go by the Bears after they failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season in 2012 despite a 10-6 record. He was 81-63 in his first stint as a head coach in the NFL.</p><p> Most of Smith's tenure in Chicago featured a stout defense and an ineffective offense, and general manager Phil Emery replaced him with a coach with an offensive background when he hired Marc Trestman last January. It has been a rocky start so far for Trestman, and Smith's return seemed to increase the pressure on the former CFL coach with Montreal.</p><p> It got even worse for Trestman when Tampa Bay controlled most of the first half, with the lowly Buccaneers playing like some of Smith's winning teams in Chicago.</p><p> Gerald McCoy knocked the ball loose when he had a big hit on Cutler in the first quarter and Clinton McDonald recovered for the Buccaneers. McCown then capped a six-play, 46-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Evans for a 7-0 lead.</p><p> Tampa Bay scored again right before halftime, making it 10-0 on rookie Patrick Murray's 32-yard field goal. Louis Murphy helped set up Murray's 12th field goal with a 54-yard reception when he spun out of a tackle attempt by Tim Jennings, and Jackson had a 27-yard grab on a third-and-23 on the drive.</p><p> The crowd of 54,706 booed as the Bears ran off the field after they had just three first downs and 68 yards of offense in the first half. Forte had 16 yards rushing at the break.</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:30:18 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, 21 Nov 2014 13:42:42 GMT

Deputies: Reports of shots fired near UCF fraternity house

<p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of shots being fired near  a University of Central Florida Fraternity house.</p><p> According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to Khayyam Avenue a little before 1 this morning for gun shots heard in the area.</p><p> The Sheriff Office said deputies met with a victim who stated two black men  approached him and wanted to join the party.</p><p> He told deputies that he told the men that the party was private. That is when the victim said one of the men pointed a gun at his face.</p><p> He told deputies several people from the party went outside. The men walked away and the one with the gun fired several rounds. No one was hurt.</p><p> According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies conducted an area check but were unable to locate the men. </p><p> The Sheriff's Office said the victim refused to complete a statement or cooperate with the investigation.</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:36:54 GMT

Fla. man sets house on fire, kills responding deputy

<p> A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers and firefighters Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.</p><p> The first deputy who approached the house at the end of a cul-de-sac was shot to death. The gunman picked up the deputy's gun, walked down the street and used it to shoot a second deputy, Lt. James McQuaig of the Leon County Sheriff's Office said.</p><p> Dozens of first responders had descended on the scene about 10:15 a.m., but no one else was hurt in the shooting.</p><p> It wasn't known yet whether anyone was in the home when it was set on fire. Pockets of flames could still be seen in the smoldering wreckage hours after the fire was set. As night fell, investigators sifted through the rubble with shovels under the bright glow of spotlights.</p><p> "It is almost unimaginable that a call for help turned into the ambush of a Leon County Sheriff's Deputy and the shooting of another deputy by the assailant. Every one of these first responders is a hero and our hearts go out to them and their families," Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said in a statement.</p><p> Neighbor Joan Cabbage said she called 911 to report the fire while her husband Henry went outside. She said she could see two patrol cars pull into the cul-de-sac when she heard "pop, pop, pop, pop, pop" that she thought was from the house burning.</p><p> "I saw a fire truck and he started backing up real fast — I couldn't figure out why," she said. Her daughter, who had just left the house, then called to say police officers were running down the street with guns drawn.</p><p> "That's when I knew something big was going on," she said.</p><p> The gunman, who was not immediately identified, was shot to death by a Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby. The officer heard the initial shooting, grabbed his gun and ran toward the house, according to a government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly release the information.</p><p> The wounded deputy was saved by his vest and his injuries are not believed to be serious, said the official, who had spoken to law enforcement officials handling the case.</p><p> The names of the slain and wounded deputies were not immediately released.</p><p> The house, at the end of a cul-de-sac in a middle-class neighborhood just outside the Tallahassee city limits, was destroyed by the fire.</p><p> Dana Harrison, 20, said she was babysitting three young boys in a nearby house when she heard sirens, went outside and saw the fire. She then heard popping sounds, which she thought was caused by the fire, but a neighbor said they sounded like gunshots. She had hustled the boys inside when two police officers banged on the front door and then ran through the house into the backyard, which is near the burning house. The police told Harrison to get everyone into the bathroom.</p><p> "I was scared," she said.</p><p> The shooting near Florida's capital comes just two days after a police shootout at Florida State University left a gunman dead after he wounded two students and an employee.</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:10:34 GMT

Former Apopka Mayor John Land dies

<p> Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer confirmed former mayor John Land died Saturday morning after suffering a stroke Friday night and being hospitalized.</p><p> Kilsheimer confirmed Land suffered the stroke on his way home from a banquet, where he received a lifetime achievement award from the Tri-County League of Cities.</p><p> City officials said the award had been renamed in the former mayor's honor.</p><p> Land, 94, served Apopka since 1950, with the exception of three years, until his term ended in April 2014.</p><p> Land helped lead Apopka to become the second largest city in Orange County.</p><p> The city of Apopka said a viewing will be held in the council chambers of Apopka City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. A community service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Apopka VFW, located at 519 S. Central Ave.</p><p> Following the service at the VFW, Land will be interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Apopka, city officials said.</p>

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:06:11 GMT