‘A gut punch’: Father of TV reporter killed in Virginia reacts to Orlando shooting spree
As the country mourns the deaths of three people killed in a shooting spree near Orlando, including a TV news reporter, the father of another reporter killed on the job years back calls the violence “a gut punch.”
9-year-old girl, TV reporter fatally shot in Central Florida neighborhood, sheriff says
Three people are dead after shootings Wednesday, including a 9-year-old girl, and a television journalist who was in a Central Florida neighborhood reporting on a homicide that had occurred earlier in the day, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
72-year-old janitor with diabetes trapped in inmate holding cell at Florida courthouse for nearly 3 days
A janitor in Orange County was rescued from an inmate holding cell at the Orange County Courthouse after she was accidentally trapped within for nearly three days, according to the sheriff’s office, News4JAX sister station WKMG-TV ClickOrlando reports.
Landlords try to stop rent control initiative in Florida
Ballots haven’t even been printed yet, but already a group of landlords, apartment managers and real estate agents in Florida are trying to stop voters from deciding on a measure that would implement rent control for a year in the theme park hub that has been one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. The Florida Apartment Association and the Florida Association of Realtors last week sued Orange County, Florida in an attempt to halt a ballot initiative aimed at limiting how much...
Teen who fatally fell from Orlando drop tower nearly 100 pounds over limit: autopsy report
A 14-year-old boy who fell to his death from an Orlando thrill ride in March was nearly 100 pounds over the weight limit of the attraction, according to an autopsy report released by the Orlando medical examiner’s office Monday.
The Latest: Sinovac: CoronaVac vaccine effective in children
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING — Sinovac said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac is safe and effective in children ages 3-17. State-owned Sinopharm, who has two COVID-19 vaccines, is also investigating the effectiveness of its vaccines in children. The House vote came just before the state health department reported that more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered within the state. State officials say about 2.9 million vaccine doses have been given to about 1.1 million people so far in Arizona. ___LISBON, Portugal — Portugal resumed administering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, a week after temporarily halting its use.
Man gets three years for lying about hurricane damage
ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Steven Rembert, 49, of Orange County, was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in December to disaster assistance fraud. In September 2017, Rembert falsified records concerning his primary residence when submitting an application for assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to an indictment. Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September 2017, causing about $50 billion in damage throughout the state.
Roberto Clemente: More than Latin America’s baseball star
Roberto Clemente was the first Latino to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The legacy of Roberto Clemente is still treasured today, proven nearly 50 years after his death. In fact, the Orange County School Board unanimously voted to rename the facility Roberto Clemente Middle on Sept. 21, coincidentally during Hispanic Heritage Month. Becoming baseball’s most prominent Afro-LatinoRoberto Clemente started his Major League Baseball career with the Pittsburg Pirates. The son of a sugarcane worker, Clemente began his professional baseball career just after finishing high school.
Women dressed as elderly caught trying to get COVID-19 shot
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two women who dressed up to make themselves appear as older adults to get coronavirus vaccinations were turned away and issued trespass warnings in Orlando, officials said. Dr. Raul Pino, state health officer in Orange County — where Orlando is located — said the women disguised themselves on Wednesday with bonnets, gloves and glasses. It appeared that the women had gotten the first shot, but it was unclear where. The women were 35 and 45 years old, officials said in a news release. Pino said the Health Department’s investigation will try to determine where they were vaccinated earlier and how they managed to get an appointment.
California seizes control over struggling vaccine delivery
California is revamping its vaccine delivery system to give the state more control over who gets the shots following intense criticism of a slow and scattered rollout by counties. Counties, which have been leading the vaccine effort along with hospital and health care systems, were cautious about what to expect and said they need more information. At the same time, confused residents are clamoring for more information and frustrated by eligibility rules that vary by county and by hospital system. She also asked what paperwork essential workers would need to present to get a vaccine from the state. Allowing the state to seek an equitable distribution of the vaccine will allow counties to focus on getting as many people inoculated as possible.
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
NTSB says vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders
U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe. (Orange County Sheriffs Department/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)DETROIT – Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators. There are also gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires, especially in high-speed, severe crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. And it's asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include the availability of an emergency response guide when it calculates five-star vehicle safety scores. The NTSB started investigating battery fires after crashes and fires in Lake Forest and Mountain View, California, and in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 2017 and 2018.
California expands eligibility for coronavirus vaccine
But the decision perplexed some county officials who say they don’t even have enough doses right now to vaccinate those who were already eligible. California has received more than 2.4 million vaccine doses as of Monday, but only a third of them have been used. This is about life and death,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said. So can you send us 4 million doses?”About 375 miles (600 kilometers) to the north, Santa Clara County officials made their pitch to Gov. Santa Clara County wants at least 85% of its eligible residents vaccinated by Aug. 1.
The Latest: Japan's daily virus cases rise above 3,000
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)TOKYO — Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season. ___SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The U.S. has reached a record 3,309 daily coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. ___PHOENIX — Arizona reported 8,076 confirmed coronavirus cases, one of the state’s largest daily total. Italy has registered 1.8 million confirmed cases and more than 63,000 confirmed deaths, sixth highest in the world. He says the latest outbreak at Orange County jails had 74 confirmed cases, 75 tests pending and more inmates waiting to be tested.
A new face to the GOP: Diverse candidates win in California
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)LOS ANGELES – It had been over two decades since a Republican captured a Democratic-held congressional district in California. The stunning victories have California GOP leaders talking about a comeback after years of teetering on the brink of irrelevance in the heavily Democratic state. Still, California Republicans all too familiar with Election Day misery now see a template to make further inroads. Young Kim defeated Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros in a rematch in the Democratic-leaning 39th District, anchored in Orange County. In Orange County “voters saw a different face to the Republican Party in Steel and Kim,” she said.
Wind fans wildfire in California canyons, residents flee
The fire grew to more than 11 square miles (29 square kilometers) and blanketed a wide area with smoke and ash. Scientists have said climate change has made California much drier, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable. A few miles to the north, a blaze near Corona Municipal Airport shut down State Route 71 and had residents getting ready to flee. More than 6,500 square miles (16,835 square kilometers) have been scorched, a total larger than the combined area of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Virtually all of Northern California is in severe or extreme drought while nearly all of Southern California is abnormally dry or worse.
Christmas, Florida: More than a distinctive postmark for your holiday cards and letters
Even though the city’s name brings images of a jolly fellow in red, elves, reindeer and ho, ho, hos, the city’s most notable mascot is Swampy, the world’s largest gator. Swampy is the world’s largest alligator-shaped building measures just over 200 feet can be seen and photographed at Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park. There’s Fort Christmas Historical Park, a recreation of the Second Seminole War’s Fort Christmas. Head to the Fort Christmas Folk School -- a nonprofit school dedicated to teaching folk arts. Budget around two and a half hours for travel and a couple of hours to enjoy your day in Christmas.
Disney World increasing theme park capacity to 35%
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors they are seeing high demand and strong attendance at the parks in Orlando, as first reported by ClickOrlando. Chapek said they are now allowing the parks to have up to 35 percent of total capacity each day, which is up from 25 percent. Additionally, Thursday was the release of Disney’s fourth quarter and full fiscal year earnings. Disney’s quarter four revenues were over 14.7 billion, that’s down 23 percent from last year. The report shows Disney’s fiscal year revenue was 65.3 billion, down about 6 percent from last year.
COVID-19 hospitalizations top 2,900 in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The number of people hospitalized with “primary” diagnoses of COVID-19 has substantially increased during the past two weeks, topping 2,900 on Monday, according to numbers posted on the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration website. The total of 2,902 hospitalizations late Monday afternoon was up from 2,777 on Sunday. It also was up from 2,474 a week earlier and 2,252 two weeks earlier, numbers compiled daily by The News Service of Florida show. The increase in hospitalizations has come as the state has seen thousands of new COVID-19 cases each day. Miami-Dade County had the most people hospitalized late Monday afternoon at 402.
California braces for more fire danger from winds
In Northern California, the easing of winds allowed Pacific Gas & Electric to begin restoring power after the largest of five safety shutoffs this year. Nearly two dozen wildfires were reported in Northern California Sunday night and Monday but all were rapidly contained without serious damage. However, once the winds ease, the weather should remain calm through the weekend, Quinlan said. Scientists have said climate change has made California much drier, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable. Associated Press writer Amy Taxin in Orange County, California, contributed to this report.
Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze
In a report to the state Public Utilities Commission, Southern California Edison said it was investigating whether its electrical equipment caused the blaze. However, the utility had reduced that to under 16,500 as winds eased temporarily Monday night. Fire officials said PG&E transmission lines sparked that fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes and caused nearly 100,000 people to flee. While the biggest fires in California have been fully or significantly contained, more than 5,000 firefighters remain committed to 20 blazes, state fire officials said. Associated Press writer Amy Taxin in Orange County, California contributed to this report.
Florida official: No birthday parties to keep virus away
Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said half of the 30 attendees at a recent Sweet 16 party in the Orlando area came down with the virus. Last month, an Orange County high school closed for two weeks after students who had attended a birthday party tested positive for the virus. In recent days, the county's positivity rate has crossed into the 6% range after being in the 5% range. Maintaining the positivity rate around 5% makes it possible to contact trace and isolate people, keeping the virus under control, Pino said. Florida reported 3,689 new coronavirus cases on Friday, raising the statewide total since March to 771,780 cases.
California orders GOP to remove unofficial ballot boxes
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES – California's chief elections official on Monday ordered Republicans to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes from churches, gun shops and other locations and Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned those behind the “vote tampering" could face prosecution. Republicans have set up their drop boxes at churches, gas stations and gun shops in at least three California counties. He said these unofficial drop boxes lack those protections, making them vulnerable to tampering. Officials in Ventura County also said Monday that they had received reports of groups promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes. ___Taxin reported from Orange County, California.
Drubbed in 2018, California GOP looks to regain House seats
And GOP candidates need to win back suburbanites who recoiled from the Trump agenda in 2018 and helped return the House to Democratic control. But Issa’s once strongly Republican district became increasingly friendly for Democrats and he nearly lost his seat in 2016 before deciding not to run in 2018. Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda captured the district in an upset of longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2018, as suburban voters nationally rejected the Trump label. First-term Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros is looking to hold off Young Kim, the Republican he narrowly defeated two years ago to snatch the seat long held by Republican Rep. Ed Royce. Kim, a former legislator who was born in South Korea and grew up in Guam, has depicted the congressman as subservient to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
11-year-old Florida girl subject of Amber Alert found safe
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – About three hours after Florida authorities issued an Amber Alert for an 11-year-old from Apopka on Saturday night, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled the alert. No details of how and where the girl was located, but the FDLE tweeted just before 11 p.m.: “The child was found safe. Thank you for sharing!”
Gov. DeSantis nominates new Florida Supreme Court judge after first ruled ineligible
Ron DeSantis on Monday named Jamie Grosshans, a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal, to the Florida Supreme Court. DeSantis missed a noon request to appoint a justice to the Florida Supreme Court Court. He announced Grosshans just after 5 p.m.At 11:38 a.m., an email titled the ‘Governor’s Daily Digest’ promised an announcement about the future of the Supreme Court. “I told him that we have a great judge down here in Florida who was going to be on the Supreme Court. “Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we planned, but who am I to complain, you know.
GOP targets Democratic-run California in election gamble
(AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)LOS ANGELES Republican candidates eager for a turnaround in heavily Democratic California are spotlighting what they see as a dire threat to families and communities their own states policies. If Joe Biden says hes fighting for the soul of America, Republican candidates say they are fighting for the soul of California. Yet, in an election year that could produce a record Democratic turnout in California, Republican chances of gaining ground are uncertain at best. The California Republican Party was once a national powerhouse, and Orange County was a foundation block in the conservative revolution that sent the former California Gov. The numbers are witnessed at the ballot box: The GOP hasnt won a statewide election since 2006 and George H.W.
‘You got 2 seconds before I shoot you’: Man kills Burger King employee after order takes too long, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman who was upset that her Burger King order took too long got a man to come to the restaurant and shoot one of the employees, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the shooting happened Saturday around 7:30 p.m. at the Burger King on the 7000 block of E. Colonial Drive. When they arrived, deputies said they found Desmond Armond Joshua, 22, suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. A witness intervened to stop the fight when Rodriguez-Tormes put Joshua in a headlock and started choking him, according to the affidavit. According to investigators, Joshua had just started working at the Burger King a few days earlier.
Rising virus totals force rethink of bars, schools, tourism
Nearly 40,000 people were fined about $1.30 each in the past two weeks for not wearing face masks. As is true of many places, Tokyo's nightlife bars, clubs, cabarets and karaoke parlors has been seen as a weak link in efforts to contain the virus. Officials have struggled over the trade-off between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting the ailing economy. The Democrat's order came as the state reported a record number of new confirmed cases. Few other countries have shown the will to impose such stringent measures to keep the virus at bay.
Central Floridas largest hospitals out of ICU beds, but say they can scale up if demand increases
ORLANDO, Fla. Some of Central Floridas largest hospitals are out of adult intensive care unit beds and running low on regular hospital beds, according to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration hospital bed dashboard. Central Florida Regional, Orlando Health South Seminole, AdventHealth Altamonte Springs, Encompass Health Rehabilitation hospital of Altamonte Springs, all have 0% ICU beds available. Oviedo Medical center has two ICU beds available, according to the AHCA hospital bed dashboard. In Orange County, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health-Health Central and Orlando Health Dr. Phillips Hospital are showing zero adult ICU beds available. Nearly 200 of those are ICU beds and we have the capacity to surge up to 500 ICU beds if it becomes necessary, Lewis said in an email.
Major Florida cities now require use of face mask in public places
JACKSONVILLE, Fla A mandatory non-negotiable order is now in place for residents in St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Orange County. Every person in a public place must be wearing a face mask. The county, which includes the city of Orlando, said face masks apply to visitors The Mayor said the order applies to any person living, visiting or doing business in the County. The Tampa order applies to all indoor locations outside the home. Currently, there is no state-wide requirement governing the use of face masks and in Jacksonville, there isnt a requirement but Mayor Lenny Curry said he urges people to wear them.
Not magic? Disney sues Florida county over property taxes
ORLANDO, Fla. One thing that is not magic to Walt Disney World is the property taxes it must pay to a Florida county. Disney is once again suing the Orange County property appraiser over 2019 tax assessments for its theme parks, resorts, employee buildings and other structures. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Property Appraiser Rick Singh says the Disney complex has been undervalued for years. According to the Disney lawsuits, Singh listed the assessed value for the Magic Kingdom the worlds busiest theme park at $504 million. Disney World has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and plans a phased reopening starting July 11.
Florida Supreme Court weighs reinstating death sentences
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. After issuing a bombshell decision in January about the death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in two potentially far-reaching cases about whether that decision should lead to reinstating death sentences for two convicted murderers. Both men were initially sentenced to death but had those sentences set aside because of a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that, in part, required unanimous jury recommendations before defendants could receive the death penalty. The Florida Supreme Court in October 2016, in the similarly named case of Hurst v. State, interpreted and applied the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That ruling required unanimous jury recommendations before death sentences could be imposed and dealt with a critical issue of jurors finding what are known as aggravating factors that can justify death sentences. But the Florida Supreme Court last year became more conservative after the retirement of longtime justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who had been part of a generally liberal majority.
Report: Woman shot by deputies was a U.S. Army veteran
Tracy Drowne pointed a gun at two deputies who came to her house while investigating a battery call on Tuesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a statement. A neighbor called the sheriff's office to report that Drowne hit him during an argument about his 16-year-old daughter, according to a sheriff's statement. The sheriff's office hasn't said what caused the confrontation with the neighbor. There were issues that she was dealing with, Perez told the newspaper. The sheriffs office is also completing an internal review.
Long-suffering California GOP sees revival in rare House win
Long-suffering California Republicans see hope for November after Garcia's special election victory in the 25th District. (AP Photo/Michael Blood, File)LOS ANGELES California Republicans have been waiting for a turning point and some think it's finally arrived. The same year, the number of registered independent voters eclipsed Republicans in the state, reducing the GOP to third-place status. His win was powered by reliable, older GOP voters, while it appears younger, more fickle Democrats stayed away. But Sam Oh, who is running campaigns for Republican House contenders Steel and Young Kim in Southern California, sees Garcias win as confirmation that voters are looking for a new direction.
Helicopter pilot shares breathtaking view of Disneyland Resort during coronavirus closure
But one man in California went a step further and was lucky enough to get a birds-eye view of Disneyland Resort without pixie dust, a magic carpet or a lucky feather. Disneyland has a temporary flight restriction that restricts pilots from flying anywhere near the park, within 3,000 feet. During his flight, Muzio visited much of Orange County, which included stops at Angel Stadium, El Dorado Park and Long Beach Airport, to name a few. However, our favorite sight was that of a closed Disneyland park without a single person to be seen. While the view from above is great, anyone who’s been there would likely agree: nothing beats the view from the ground.
Blake Sheltons Ole Red Orlando announces opening date
Blake Sheltons Southern-style Ole Red Orlando announced its opening one day after the country music stars birthday, June 19, WKMG reports. My birthday is June 18, but Ole Red Orlando is opening June 19, thats way more important, Shelton said in a video on Instagram. However, that didnt happen due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurant officials said. When it opens, Ole Red will adhere to CDC and local health department guidelines by positioning tables at least 6 feet apart, officials said. For more updates, follow Ole Red on Facebook.
FHP trooper killed in crash on Orlando highway
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was killed early Friday morning when his cruiser struck a truck carrying construction equipment on State Road 408 in Orange County, according to FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes. Trooper Tracy Vickers (pictured, right) served more than four years with the Florida Highway Patrol as a field training officer. Officials said they're working to recover dash camera video from Vickers' patrol car since the impact of the crash should have activated the device. FHP Col. Gene Spaulding said the crash investigation is still in its early stages and it could be several weeks before authorities know exactly what happened. Trooper Vickers was a leader within the patrol and his troop," said Terry Rhodes, executive director of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
NC's emu on the run dies during capture attempt
(CNN) - After several months at large, an emu in North Carolina was found -- but the bird died during an attempt to capture and relocate it to a sanctuary, Orange County Animal Services said Thursday. The emu, whom Orange County workers had dubbed Eno, was known for popping up in front yards throughout central North Carolina since June. Despite widespread publicity, no one came forward to claim ownership of the bird, according to Orange County Animal Services spokesperson Tenille Fox. Every time Orange County Animal Services got a call about an Eno sighting, the department would send staff to track the bird down. Orange County Animal Services fed and cared for Eno for weeks and consulted with outside experts to come up with a capture plan.
Puppy rescued during Hurricane Dorian living best life with deputy
Dorian the puppy was rescued by Orange County Sheriffs Deputy Josh Tolliver from a partially flooded vehicle in a ditch early Wednesday as Hurricane Dorian was hitting the area. Tolliver ended up adopting the speckled pup, and now shes living her best life. The Orange County Sheriffs Office posted photos to Facebook showing Dorian having the time of her life. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Young Texas couple dies in collision leaving their wedding ceremony
(CNN) - As a young Texas couple were leaving the courthouse for their wedding ceremony, their car collided with a pickup truck, killing both of them, according to CNN affiliate KFDM. Harley Morgan, 19, and Rhiannon Boudreaux, 20, were merging onto Highway 87 in Orange, Texas when the accident occurred. The pickup truck was towing a trailer loaded with a tractor, according to a statement from the Orange Police Department. The newlyweds were leaving an Orange County Justice of the Peace precinct after their marriage ceremony, Lt. Gary Keaton, a spokesman for the department said. Orange County is in the Beaumont-Port Arthur region of southeastern Texas.