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Orange County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a passer-by found a body near the Little Econlockhatchee River on Thursday evening.

Deputies were called around 5:30 p.m. after the passer-by spotted the body in a marsh area near Econ Trail and Colonial Drive.

The Orange County Sheriff’s...


text Man injured in Union Park backyard explosion
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:25:00 PDT

A man who was trying to cut scrap metal in his backyard was injured when a steel drum marked "racing fuel" exploded Tuesday afternoon, an Orange County Fire-Rescue spokesman said.

The 67-year-old man was in a back yard on the 10600 block of Fernando Street just before 4 p.m. preparing to cut scrap...


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — A massive cylindrical habitat may one day house up to four astronauts as they make the trek to deep space.

Lockheed Martin gave a first look at what one of these habitats might look like Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center, where the aerospace giant is under contract with...


TAVARES — Steve Bishop has Olympic-sized dreams for Lake County’s giant sandbox.

Bishop, executive director and president of Florida Region of USA Volleyball, said Thursday the group is seeking to be named an East Coast training site for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.

Crucial...


A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult in the shooting death of a 63-year-old man at a 7-Eleven store on Orange Blossom Trail last month.

The teen, Bryant Alexi Rodriguez-Virella, faces a second-degree murder charge — and the possibility of life in prison — in the July 26 shooting of Nelson...


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who killed a taxpayer-financed, high-speed train from Orlando to Tampa in his first year in office, has invested with his wife in a fund that has links to a private company that now wants to take on the project.

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that new...


A Lakeland man who police said was acting erratically at Orlando International Airport was doused with pepper spray and taken into custody early Thursday.

Police responded to OIA just before 6 a.m. after a call from airline employees about a disorderly traveler.

When Jeffrey Epstein, 59, saw officers...


U.S. Marshals Service agents in Pennsylvania arrested the suspect accused of killing a 44-year-old man last week and burying his body in the backyard of a home on Orlando’s east side.

Orlando police detectives issued a second-degree murder warrant for Jose Francisco Garcia Otero, 31, in the Aug.10...


The Sanford man accused of brutally murdering his elderly wife appeared before a judge Thursday afternoon at the Seminole County jail.

Elue McDonald Watson, 75, faces charges of premeditated first-degree homicide and kidnapping.

Authorities say Watson was found with blood on his shirt, wandering...


Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a 35-year-old Polk County man, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Brian Klecha, a Disney employee, was last seen in December, making a bank transaction at MidFlorida Credit Union in Auburndale, according to FDLE spokeswoman...


Three children who were missing from Dade City, about 90 minutes west of Orlando, have been found safe, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

FDLE sent out the alert early on Thursday morning for 1-year-old Christopher Christy, and 6-year-olds Justin and Jeremy Simonds.

 

Authorities...


The beach at Winter Park’s Dinky Dock park is closed for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels in the water, the city said in a post on Twitter.

The swim ban will last at least through the weekend, the tweet said.

Officials will test the water again on Monday.

Dinky Dock is a 1.5-acre park on...


A re-written complaint in the lawsuit dozens of Pulse survivors filed against the city of Orlando and some of its the police officers shifts the focus away from some of the first officers who responded to the June 12, 2016 massacre.

The new complaint was filed in Orlando’s U.S. District Court on...


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified 61-year-old John A. Korody as the worker who died after falling into a vat filled with oil near Walt Disney World on Wednesday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Korody and a 49-year-old coworker were emptying oil byproduct from a semi truck into...


A home security camera caught a thief in the act of stealing packages in Osceola County last week — and also recorded his change of heart days later, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a bulletin Tuesday seeking to identify the young man who had nabbed packages soon after they were delivered...


A 2-year-old boy was found in Osceola County on Thursday, whom authorities said was taken by his parents in defiance of a court order.

Elijah West was recovered unharmed because of an anonymous tipster who saw the news coverage of his case, said sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Jacob Ruiz. The boy is in...


City commissioners are expected to approve an agreement Monday meant ti reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths in Orlando — whose roads often rank among the most risky in the country.

Nearly $55,000 granted by the University of North Florida will be used to fund more enforcement on some of Orlando’s...


Groveland Police issued a warning on Thursday for merchants to be on the lookout for counterfeit U.S. dollar bills.

Since April 9, retailers in the Lake County city have intercepted fake American currency, which ranged from $1 to $100 denominations. After officers confirmed the forgeries, Groveland...


Iván Vazquez said he thinks of himself as American as much as Mexican, but in spite of spending more than half of his life in the United States, he can’t cast a ballot in U.S. elections.

"We complain a lot, the Republicans, the Democrats, but most people don’t take the time to learn about politics,"...


A furious judge scolded the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Wednesday for publishing confidential but legally obtained information about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the newspaper flouted her order that portions of a school district report about...


A 22-year-old Lakeland man was arrested on Wednesday for his part in a fatal street racing crash last month in Highlands City, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Brondon Manning and 27-year-old Daniel Bagwell were racing each other on July 6 at speeds over 90 mph — in a 50 mph area...


A University High School student fleeing Thursday morning from a random search prompted a temporary lockdown on campus, according to the Orange County Public School System.

The lockdown — which means no movement on campus — was issued at 7:55 a.m. but was soon switched to a lock out — with classes...


Incumbent Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin faces a challenge in her re-election bid from a self-described social-justice activist who was among 10 people arrested during a 2016 sit-in protest at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s Orlando office a month after the killings at the Pulse...


A city-owned vehicle fatally struck a woman on Thursday in Daytona Beach, police said.

A large, flatbed truck from the Public Works Department was heading south on Atlantic Avenue, near Main Street, around 3:00 a.m. when the driver ran over 34-year-old Dawn Klenk, Police Chief Craig Capri told...


A man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex near the Mall at Millenia, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called around 2:40 p.m. to the Wood Hollow Apartments 5728 Kingsgate Drive for shots fired. They found several witnesses trying to help the...