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Woman dead in Florida Turnpike crash in Osceola County, FHP says

<p> A woman is dead and a man was hurt in a crash on the Florida Turnpike, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p> It happened at 1:10 p.m. Saturday on the Turnpike at mile marker 246 in Osceola County.</p><p> The 29-year-old Hialeah woman was driving north on the Turnpike in her 2005 Nissan vehicle when for an unknown reason, she lost control of her vehicle, troopers said.</p><p> The Nissan left the roadway and the left side of the vehicle struck a tree.</p><p> FHP said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> The passenger, a 25-year-old Davie man, suffered minor injuries. Troopers said he was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center.</p><p> The woman and man were both wearing seat belts, according to FHP's report. Troopers do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:15:34 GMT

5-year-old Florida girl killed by jumping sturgeon

<p> A 5-year-old Florida girl died after a sturgeon leaped into her boat along the Suwannee River and struck her.</p><p> Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck Thursday night. Her mother and 9-year-old brother were also injured and taken to a Gainesville hospital. Their condition was not known.</p><p> Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said this is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Four people have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year, including two boaters who were taken to the hospital Friday.</p><p> Wildlife officials say Colleen Harvey, 42, and her husband Charles, 41, were struck while boating along the Santa Fe River. Last month, a 14-year-old was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon while boating with her family.</p><p> Local 6 News partner Florida Today says the fish are famous for leaping more than 7 feet above the water, and many people boating on the north Florida river have been injured by the large, airborne sturgeon over the years. The large, prehistoric-looking sturgeon have hard plates along their backs. They can grow up to 8 feet long and up to 200 pounds and cause serious injuries.</p><p> In 2007, a leaping sturgeon severely injured a 50-year-old woman from St. Petersburg as she was riding a personal watercraft along the Suwannee River. She suffered a ruptured spleen and had three fingers reattached by surgeons, but she lost her left pinkie finger and a tooth.</p><p> The fish usually return to the area in the spring, but their acrobatics often depend on the water levels. This year's low levels are causing the sturgeon to jump more frequently than in recent years. Biologists aren't sure why they jump, but they assure boaters that the fish aren't trying to attack people.</p><p> Boaters are urged to wear life jackets and avoid the bow of the boat to avoid injury.</p>

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:15:34 GMT

No bond warrant issued for man sought in Ormond Beach homicide

<p> A no bond warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old man who is being sought by Ormond Beach police in the death of a man whose body was found inside a home.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/man-found-slain-in-ormond-beach/33982632" target="_self">Man sought after body found inside Ormond Beach home</a>]</p><p> The death was reported Friday after a woman said she entered her boyfriend's home on Foxhunter Flat Road in the Hunters Ridge subdivision near Highway 40 in Ormond Beach and found the body. The medical examiner will identify the body.</p><p> <a href="/news/Maroon-2006-Mitsubishi-Eclipse/33998428" target="_self"/></p><p> Police are searching for Garrett Logan Schroeder, the son of the woman's boyfriend. Schroeder was seen walking away from the home.</p><p> Police said Saturday that a no bond warrant has been issued for Schroeder's arrest for first-degree premeditated murder.</p><p> Schroeder might be driving a maroon 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the tag AUH W67 (pictured above), which is missing from the home, according to police.</p><p> Schroeder has ties to the Tallahassee, Daytona, South Daytona and Ormond areas, police said. He is known to frequent Carrabba's Italian Grill, microbreweries and is known to be a gamer.</p><p> Schroeder is described by Ormond Beach police as a white man who is 5 feet 9 inches tall who may have dark brown or black hair.</p><p> Police said residents should use caution if they come in contact with Schroeder, as he may be armed.</p><p> Ormond Beach police said they performed a well-being check on Schroeder's mother because Schroeder was charged last year with attacking her with a hammer. Police said she's OK.</p><p> Anyone with information about Schroeder's whereabouts is urged to call police.</p><p> </p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:30:35 GMT

1 person hurt in crash on I-4 at Amelia Street, Orlando FD says

<p> One person was hurt in a crash that happened on Interstate 4 at Amelia Street, the Orlando Fire Department said.</p><p> The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-4 at mile marker 83A or Amelia Street, which is near the Bob Carr Theatre.</p><p> [CHECK: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Traffic/1637060" target="_blank">Local 6 Timesaver Traffic Conditions</a>]</p><p> Cameras with the Florida Department of Transportation showed that two right eastbound lanes were blocked due to the crash. The interstate has since reopened.</p><p> Fire officials said the injured person was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:29:47 GMT

Estimated 150,000 people flock to Lake Eola for July Fourth fireworks fun

<p> An estimated 150,000 people flocked to Lake Eola on Saturday to celebrate America's independence.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:36:39 GMT

America's favorite fast food chain is...

<p> While satisfaction with the restaurant industry has waned, a survey found Americans still eat out an average of four times a week. See which company topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2015. </p>

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:23:54 GMT

On this day: July 5

<p> History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Man armed with knife robs restaurant near UCF

<p> Deputies are searching for a man who was armed with a knife while robbing a restaurant near the University of Central Florida.</p><p> The armed robbery happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Pita Pit at 12140 Collegiate Way.</p><p> Deputies said the armed man entered the restaurant wearing rubber gloves and a bandana over his face while two employees were sitting at a table.</p><p> The man asked if the two worked at the restaurant. Deputies said he then went behind the counter and started opening things.</p><p> One of the restaurant employees went behind the counter and the man asked for the money that is not kept in the register. Deputies said the employee gave it to him.</p><p> The man took the cash, along with money from the register. He fled from the store, deputies said.</p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office described the robber as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:14:19 GMT

Police remove unauthorized Confederate flag flown in Florida

<p> Authorities say they've taken down a Confederate flag someone raised unauthorized on a pole outside Tallahassee City Hall.</p><p> Police said in a report released Saturday that an anonymous caller alerted them to the flag found flying Friday afternoon outside City Hall. Police impounded it.</p><p> City Hall was closed for the July Fourth weekend. Mayor Andrew Gillum condemned the flag-raising, vowing whoever put the flag up would be held responsible.</p><p> "Today we proudly celebrate the founding of our Nation" under a single flag, he said. "While this reprehensible act may have been an attempt to divide us, I know that our community will instead choose to unite and focus on the values that bind us together."</p><p> The city hall building is located near the Florida Capitol, where a confederate flag flew until 2001.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:44:16 GMT

Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for Sunday's race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.</p><p> Greg Ives instructed Earnhardt to go flat-out at the start of Friday's first practice session because the rules state the field will be set by practice times if a qualifying session is canceled. When rain washed out the Saturday session, Ives proved to be a skilled weatherman.</p><p> NASCAR's most popular driver is a two-time Daytona 500 winner and won this race in 2001.</p><p> Austin Dillon will start second and will be followed by Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne.</p><p> David Gilliland will start sixth, and AJ Allmendinger, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne round out the top 10.</p><p> Jeff Gordon will start 24th in his final race at Daytona. The four-time NASCAR champion is retiring at the end of the year and said he was disappointed he didn't get a chance to qualify Saturday. Gordon won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and the May race at Talladega.</p><p> The qualifying washout meant Michael McDowell and Ryan Blaney failed to make the 43-car field.</p><p> It was a big blow for Blaney, who had an engine failure in his Daytona 500 debut but was the lone Ford capable of competing for the win at Talladega in May. He finished fourth and might have had a shot at the victory, but few drivers were confident enough in the rookie to work with him in the closing laps.</p><p> But that performance earned him enough respect that he might have been able to contend and get drafting help on Sunday.</p><p> "I was really looking forward to qualifying and getting into the race," he said. "Some stuff we can't control and this is one of them. This is the bad part about running part-time."</p>

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:54:57 GMT

Getting separated from your children

<p> It only takes a few seconds for you to become separated from your family on a beach with thousands of people; the Volusia County Beach Patrol has a tool help combat the problem.</p><p> The extra security item is a yellow waterproof wristbands called Res-Q bands.</p><p> Josh Rynne and his family are visiting from South Florida. Rynne has concerns about his two children. “One blink of an eye and they can be somewhere else, it’s nice to know there’s a little extra security there," said Rynne.</p><p> “Each year we have about 100 displaced children from their families here on the beach. When you have small children on the beach, everything looks the same and it’s easy for them to wander off, especially if it’s very crowded,” said, Capt. Tammy Marris from Volusia Beach Safety.</p><p> The bands, which are available all year long, have the parents’ name and phone numbers on them to help reconnect lost children with their families.</p><p> The free wristbands are available at any Volusia County lifeguard stand.</p><p> </p>

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:31:29 GMT

10-man Orlando City earns 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake

<p> Kaka was sent off in the 45th minute, but 10-man Orlando City held Real Salt Lake scoreless for the second half to earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.</p><p> Orlando City (6-6-6) took the lead in the fifth minute on Kaka's ninth goal of the season. He got behind the defense on Pedro Ribeiro's feed and slotted home the right-footed shot.</p><p> Kaka received the red card after knocking RSL's Javier Morales to the ground and stepping on him as his momentum carried him past. Referee Sorin Stoica ruled it was a stomp.</p><p> Sebastian Jaime tied it for Real Salt Lake (5-6-8) in the 28th minute with a header from the middle of the box. It was the designated player's third goal in four matches after going scoreless for his first 11 MLS appearances.</p>

Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:03:59 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, 03 Jul 2015 11:56:50 GMT