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Woman hits Orlando 7-Eleven with car

<p> A woman is OK after she drove a vehicle into a pillar at an Orlando 7-Eleven store, according to the Orlando Fire Department.</p><p> It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven store at 4655 Dixie Belle Drive.</p><p> The elderly woman hit the gas instead of the brake of the vehicle, causing it to hit the pillar of the store, officials said.</p><p> The car and the pillars outside of the 7-Eleven were damaged.</p><p> Officials arrived at the store to determine if there is structural damage to the building.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:01:28 GMT

Northeast Seminole County under boil water advisory

<p> A boil water advisory has been put into effect for the northwest service area of Seminole County.</p><p> Seminole County Environmental Services said that due to a temporary reduction of pressure at the water treatment plant they have issued the advisory. The distribution system was flushed and the county has started taking bacteriological samples as a precautionary measure.</p><p> "Precautionary Boil Water Advisory" yard signs were placed at business and residential properties to inform customers of the situation, SCES said. Larger signs were placed at specific intersections within the area.</p><p> As a precaution, water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dished be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. The advisory will remain in  effect until the problem has been corrected.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:14:42 GMT

US searches Bahamas for ship lost during Hurricane Joaquin

<p> An intensive, dawn-to-dark search Saturday turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/search-covers-broad-area-for-ship-lost-in-hurricane-joaquin/35639736" target="_self">Search covers broad area for ship lost in Hurricane Joaquin</a>]</p><p> U.S. Coast Guard and Navy aircraft covered a large expanse of the Atlantic Ocean near Crooked Island for the El Faro, which was taking on water as it was battered by massive waves at the height of the hurricane. The search was halted at nightfall and was expected to resume Sunday.</p><p> Authorities don't know yet what happened to the ship or whether the discovery of the life ring means that the crew were forced to abandon the ship, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss, a Coast Guard spokesman in Miami.</p><p> "There are plenty of instances where things get torn off a ship in heavy winds," Doss said. "It even happens to Coast Guard cutters."</p><p> The life ring was spotted 120 miles (193 kilometers) northeast of Crooked Island, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) from the last known position of the El Faro before authorities lost contact with it on Thursday as Joaquin raged through that section of the Bahamas as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.</p><p> TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, the operator of the ship, said in a statement that it told family members of the crew, who gathered at a union hall in Jacksonville, Florida, that they should not be discouraged by the discovery of the life ring and that it will help the Coast Guard with the search.</p><p> "While this reflects that the ship was caught in rough seas and extreme weather, it is in no way indicative of the ship's fate," the company said. "Small items such as life rings and life jackets are lost at sea frequently, particularly in rough weather."</p><p> The El Faro was heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida when it ran into trouble. It was being battered by winds of more than 130 mph and waves of up to 30 feet (9 meters). The crew reported it had taken on water and was listing 15 degrees but said it was "manageable," according to the company. That was the last it was heard from.</p><p> The El Faro departed Sept. 29, when Joaquin was still a tropical storm, with 28 crew members from the United States and five from Poland. The company described them as experienced and "more than equipped to handle situations such as changing weather."</p><p> The weather has improved now that Hurricane Joaquin has moved to the northeast, away from the Bahamas on a path toward Bermuda, but high seas and heavy winds were still making it difficult to search.</p><p> The vessel carried 685 containers and had on board an EPIRB, which transmits distress signals. An initial ping was received Thursday morning, but no new ones have followed as Coast Guard helicopters and C-130 planes and Navy P-8 scan from the skies.</p><p> As the threat of the storm receded on a path that would take it away from the U.S. mainland, people in the southeastern Bahamas were in cleanup mode. Joaquin destroyed houses, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain. Officials said it would take time to come up with a complete assessment of the damage to private property and infrastructure.</p><p> An elderly man died on Long Island during the hurricane but it has not yet been determined if the storm caused his death, said Capt. Stephen Russell, the director of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency.</p><p> Late Saturday, the storm was centered about 455 miles (730 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and was moving northeast at 17 mph (28 kph). It strengthened again into a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (235 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to lose strength in upcoming days, but a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch were issued for Bermuda.</p><p> The eye of Joaquin was expected to pass west of Bermuda on Sunday, but the storm still might veer closer to the island, forecasters warned.</p><p> ___</p><p> Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Associated Press writer Matt Sedensky in Miami contributed to this report.</p>

Published: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:52:39 GMT

Florida cop fired for Tasering suspect without cause

<p> A Zephyrhills police officer has been fired after authorities say he Tasered a man without cause.</p><p> Authorities say Officer Tim Claussen went to Lester Brown's home last month to investigate a retail theft and ordered Brown to come out of the house. Video shows a compliant Brown with his hands up. He does not appear to be resisting when the video shows Claussen firing his Taser.</p><p> According to a news release, the agency started an internal investigation and put Claussen on leave.</p><p> Zephyrhills City Attorney Joseph Poblick told the <a href="" target="_blank">Tampa Bay Times</a> the investigation determined "the deployment of that Taser was unjustified." Claussen was fired Wednesday.</p><p> It's unclear if Claussen will face criminal charges. Claussen is white and the man he Tasered was black, but the police chief said race was not a factor.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:21:08 GMT

Awning collapse causes multiple injuries at North Carolina high school

<p> An awning collapsed at a high school in North Carolina resulting in multiple injuries, according to WXII-TV.</p><p> According to the WXII-TV, 25 people were taken to hospitals.</p><p> The incident happened Saturday afternoon at North Iredell High School in Iredell County.</p><p> WCNC-TV reports that students were on campus for a band competition as well as SAT testing.</p><p> A large box truck ran into a concrete canopy, according to CBS News.</p>

Published: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 03:03:04 GMT

Swiss hotel's 'Space Suite' lifts off

<p> A Swiss hotel says their new $2,000 a night "Space Suite" is designed to appeal to "a guest who is art loving, a collector, a visitor of Art Basel or someone who would like to have an overall art experience."</p>

Published: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:40:32 GMT

Where are 'Beverly Hills, 90210' stars now?

<p> With Sunday marking the 25th anniversary of the debut of "Beverly Hills, 90210," what better time to stop in at the Peach Pit and see what the show's stars are up to these days?</p>

Published: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:00:06 GMT

Motel evacuated after meth lab discovered, deputies say

<p> An Orlando motel was evacuated after a meth lab was discovered in one of its rooms.</p><p> Orange County Sheriff's Department said the Motel 6 at 5300 Adanson St. in Orlando was evacuated after deputies confirmed a meth lab in one of the rooms.</p><p> Two arrests have been made with the suspects charged with trafficking narcotics, officers said.</p><p> Three deputies, and two OCSO vehicles had to be decontaminated at the scene. No injuries have been reported.</p><p> Stay with as this story develops.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:14:09 GMT

Public's help sought to name new Marion County Sheriff's dog program

<p> The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in naming its new dog program.</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said it has partnered with the Humane Society of Marion County for the new program, where inmates will be paired with homeless dogs to go through an extensive training process in an effort to make the dogs more adoptable.</p><p> The three names to choose from are:</p><p> 1. New "Leash" on Life - (by Diane Stein)<br/>2. T.A.I.L.S. (Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills) – (by Suzanne Chung Moore)<br/>3. G.A.T.O.R. (Gaining Adoption Through Obedience Training) – (by Karen Hartsell)</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said the winner of the contest will get to have lunch with Sheriff Chris Blair.</p><p> The dogs have a better chance of finding forever homes once they receive the training, but deputies also said inmates can learn certain skills and develop a sense of self-worth and accomplishment.</p><p> Blair believes the program will have a hand in reducing the recidivism rate in Marion County.</p><p> "This program can be the driving force in inspiring our inmates to do better in their lives when they leave the Marion County Jail," Blair said. "These dogs can make them feel wanted and accepted no matter what their past may be, and I believe that's going to have an impact on most inmates that go through this program."</p><p> Five female inmates and four dogs have been enrolled in the program, deputies said. The Humane Society said it will consider writing job references for the inmates that succeed during the training.</p><p> To visit the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>

Published: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:42:38 GMT

No. 25 Florida upsets No. 3 Mississippi 38-10

<p> Will Grier was sick all right.</p><p> He was downright nasty.</p><p> Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers — all in the first half — and No. 25 Florida upset third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night to give coach Jim McElwain a signature win in his first season in Gainesville.</p><p> Grier battled a stomach virus for two days before the game, feeling so ill that the Gators (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) thought there was a chance Treon Harris might get the nod. Grier started anyway and was sharper than ever.</p><p> The freshman completed 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards against the Rebels (4-1, 2-1). He was poised in the pocket, precise with every throw and even closer to perfect than he was down the stretch against Tennessee last week.</p><p> Grier's start was the difference in the latest victory. His four-touchdown first half gave him six TD passes in his last three quarters.</p><p> With All-American Robert Nkemdiche draped all over him, Grier found Demarcus Robinson on a 36-yard score in the first quarter. He hooked up with Jake McGee for a 2-yard score a few minutes later, five plays after Ole Miss running back Jaylen Walton fumbled.</p><p> Grier added two more TD passes in the second quarter, beating a third-down blitz with a quick slant to Brandon Powell. Powell slipped a tackle and outran two defenders down the sideline for a 77-yarder. Grier added a 15-yarder to Antonio Callaway, the hero of last week's come-from-behind victory against the Volunteers, with 20 seconds remaining in the half.</p><p> In the span of two games and three quarters, Grier completed 28 of 37 passes for 370 yards and six touchdowns — and no turnovers.</p><p> He got plenty of help in both games.</p><p> Florida's offensive line, which was widely considered overmatched against Ole Miss' vaunted defensive front that features Nkemdiche, gave Grier enough time to make reads and deliver accurate passes.</p><p> And the unit opened up holes for Kelvin Taylor, who ran 27 times for 83 yards.</p><p> Robinson caught eight passes for 98 yards.</p><p> Florida's defense, meanwhile, dominated the line of scrimmage. Chad Kelly was sacked three times, burned timeouts because of crowd noise and confusion, and took a beating when he scrambled.</p><p> Kelly finished 26 of 40 for 259 yards, with four sacks, two fumbles and an interception.</p><p> Vernon Hargreaves III returned the pick inside the 10-yard line late in the game, but the Gators settled for a field goal that got the celebration started.</p><p> CeCe Jefferson returned a fumble to the 1-yard line on the ensuing possession, and Jordan Cronkrite punched it in from there — long after most of the disgruntled Ole Miss fans had left the Swamp.</p><p> Florida hadn't beaten a team ranked this high at home since knocking off No. 2 Tennessee in 1999.</p><p> McElwain became the first Florida coach since Steve Spurrier in 1990 to open his first season 5-0.</p><p> More importantly, he moved a step closer to "restoring the order" at Florida. It's been McElwain's message to his team since Day 1, wanting them to get back to winning at home and playing for conference and national championships.</p>

Published: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 02:53:43 GMT

No. 11 Florida State hangs on to beat Wake 24-16

<p> Dalvin Cook had a 94-yard touchdown run before leaving with a left leg injury, and No. 11 Florida State held on to beat Wake Forest 24-16 on Saturday.</p><p> Johnathan Vickers added a 9-yard touchdown run and Everett Golson was 20 of 31 for 202 yards with a 5-yard TD to Kermit Whitfield.</p><p> Roberto Aguayo added a 25-yard field goal for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).</p><p> Freshman Kendall Hinton was 27 of 42 for 215 yards against the nation's No. 4 pass defense with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cam Serigne.</p><p> Mike Weaver kicked three field goals for the Demon Deacons (2-3, 0-2), including a 29-yarder with 3:34 left that pulled them within eight.</p><p> Wake Forest got the ball back with 1:42 left and reached the Florida State 20 before Hinton overthrew Serigne in the end zone and a diving Tyler Hunter intercepted it with 21 seconds left.</p><p> That finally sealed it for Florida State, a 20-point favorite that had won the last three meetings in the series by an average of 49 points, allowing the Demon Deacons two field goals during the past three years.</p><p> It seemed like Florida State was about to pull away when Golson found Whitfield for a short scoring pass on the Seminoles' first series of the second half, and Aguayo followed with his kick that put Florida State up 24-10 midway through the third.</p><p> But the sloppy Seminoles struggled to put away pesky Wake Forest, finishing with 10 penalties for 100 yards and gaining just 213 total yards in the three-plus quarters after Cook was hurt.</p><p> He appeared to tweak his hamstring while pulling in a seemingly innocuous 8-yard pass from Golson late in the first quarter.</p><p> He clutched the back of his leg on his way off the field and had it stretched on a trainer's table, but didn't return and spent the second half on the sideline in sweats.</p><p> Still, Cook — who leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 158.7 yards — finished as Florida State's leading rusher with 94 yards. The Seminoles gained just 33 yards rushing after he was hurt.</p><p> The entirety of his rushing total came on that long run — the third-longest in Florida State history.</p><p> He took a handoff up the middle, shed hits by two defenders and didn't come close to being touched again on his way to the end zone.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:52:20 GMT

Lee leads Tulane over UCF 45-31

<p> Tanner Lee threw for four touchdowns and Tulane beat Central Florida 45-31 in an American Athletic Conference opener on Saturday.</p><p> Lee was 15 of 26 for 190 yards and backup Devin Powell also threw for a score. Five different Green Wave receivers caught touchdown passes.</p><p> Tulane (2-2, 1-0) took advantage of three interceptions and two fumbles, scoring 28 points off turnovers, and held the Knights (0-5, 0-1) to minus-35 yards rushing.</p><p> A 49-yard pass from Lee to Teddy Veal one play after a fumble and a 4-yard run by Sherman Badie soon after an interception on consecutive possessions led to a 24-10 halftime lead.</p><p> Two-time defending conference champion UCF has been hit hard by injuries this season, particularly on offense. Freshman Bo Schneider threw for 236 yards and a score but had three picks. Another freshman, Tyler Harris, came in and threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, all to freshman D'erren Wilson.</p>

Published: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:33:40 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, 02 Oct 2015 15:06:00 GMT