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Holiday shopping is going strong in Florida and on pace to increase or even exceed the 4.5 percent increase predicted for this year, the Florida Retail Federation said Tuesday.

What’s prompting all the cash registers ringing? A strong economy and near full employment in the Sunshine State.

"With...


A 15-year-old student was shot and killed Tuesday morning while walking to Boone High School, Orange County Sheriff John Mina told reporters.

The teenager’s name has not yet been released.

The shooting happened about 6:30 a.m. near Waldo Street and East Kaley Avenue, about a half-mile east of the...


An Osceola County deputy was praised for his compassion after the Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of him comforting a dog that that had been hit by a car.

The Sheriff’s Office shared the photo of Deputy Josh Fiorelli which showed him resting his hand on the dog’s head as it lay prone on the roadside...


Four Deland police vehicles were attacked by a shooter Sunday in the department’s parking lot, according to a WESH 2 News report.

A shooter fired a dozen rounds onto a K-9 van, a crime scene truck and the police athletic league van, the report stated. The fourth vehicle was not identified.

The...


A fatal crash involving a septic recovery truck and a Camaro has all lanes shutdown east on State Road 520 west of the Taylor Creek Road exit, the Florida Highway Patrol reported at 7:41 a.m.

After impact, the truck rolled over and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, FHP reported.

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Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study...


An Oviedo man was arrested Saturday after assaulting a deputy outside of Armories Guns and Ammo store, according to a WKMG Click Orlando report.

Timothy Craig, 33, faces charges of resisting an officer with violence and battery on an officer or firefighter, according to Seminole County Sheriff’s...


Dense patches of fog are developing throughout the east Central Florida area until sunrise, according to the National Weather Service.

It is expected to be forming around major highways and shouldn’t dissipate until 8 a.m.

Central Floridians are waking up to a cool 50 degrees this Tuesday morning....


A 16-year-old boy on a motorcycle died Monday after his motorcycle was hit by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brian Mccumber was riding northbound on Round Lake Road when he collided with a southbound Toyota Corolla driven by Sanjay Sachdeva that was turning left onto Kelly Park...


Frank Kruppenbacher, an Orlando lawyer accused of misconduct in his former role as the attorney for the Florida Virtual School, is threatening legal repercussions if the school releases records about employee complaints against him to the Orlando Sentinel, court records state.

Kruppenbacher resigned...


A long-time cardiologist with Orlando Health was killed in Maitland on Monday morning when his bicycle was hit by a car.

Dr. Robert Dalton Jr., 56, was riding his bicycle around 6:45 a.m. on Orlando Avenue near Versailles Drive when he was hit.

Maitland police continues to investigate the crash.

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The Sanford man charged with brutally killing his wife in August died Saturday after an "extended illness," according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Elue Watson, 75, had been receiving treatment at a hospital since Dec. 2, the sheriff’s office said. He had a history of high blood pressure...


A 23-year-old man was arrested in Port St. Lucie early Sunday after police say he tried to trade marijuana for food at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

A manager at the McDonald’s on Port St. Lucie Boulevard told police he was working the drive thru just before 2 a.m. when a customer drove up in a gray...


Those seeking a pardon for the Groveland Four, the black men falsely accused of rape of a white woman in 1949, may have a new hope.

Nikki Fried, who was elected state agriculture commissioner last month, signaled she will push for the pardon at her first Cabinet meeting.

"During the first Cabinet...


A Central Florida man has been arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge after a deadly crash on Interstate 4 during the weekend, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Stephen W. McCullough, 40, of Lakeland caused an accident on I-4 near Memorial Boulevard in Polk County about 9:20 p.m. Sunday,...


Dozens of 911 calls released Monday showed the panic and confusion experienced by students and parents who believed an active shooter was prowling Lake Brantley High School’s campus earlier this month.

The hysteria, caused by an unannounced "Code Red" drill at the school, led to parents demanding...


A suspicious letter at the Orlando Utilities Commission offices in downtown Orlando Monday morning ended up being a harmless card, fire officials said.

Hazardous materials units were called to the utility’s offices, at 100 W. Anderson St., just after 10 a.m. They did not evacuate the building or...


Apopka, which has always relied on outside counsel for legal advice, has hired its first full-time, in-house attorney and he’s an ordained minister, too.

In addition to a law degree, Joseph K. Byrd also holds a doctorate degree in theology, according to his application for the Apopka job, his first...


TALLAHASSEE — Gwen Graham’s optimism might seem unlikely to those who don’t know the former congresswoman, who lost a crowded gubernatorial primary to Andrew Gillum in August and then watched Republican Ron DeSantis win the general election.

In a wide-ranging interview, Gwen Graham, 55, reflected...


A 21-year-old Apopka man died at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Sunday, the day after he was injured in a fiery four-car crash on State Road 429 in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened 5:40 p.m. near Mile Marker 24.

Troopers said a Chevy pickup driven by 46-year-old...


Two people were transported to the hospital after an Osceola school bus hit another vehicle Monday morning in Winter Garden, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

Bus driver James Brayman, 63, of Kissimmee failed to stop before hitting a Volkswagen in front of him at 6:10 a.m. at the...


A portion of Interstate 4 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, according to a release by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Construction will be ongoing toward the completion of the State Road 408 bridge as part of FDOT’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

The highway...


An Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dragged Sunday by a vehicle fleeing from the scene of a robbery, according to a WOFL Fox 35 report.

A deputy arrived at a Tommy Hilfiger store on State Road 535 to observe the store during its off hours, when a suspect ran out of the store with about...


A female suspect was arrested Sunday night in connection to a stabbing inside of an apartment, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Deputies responded to a domestic incident at 10:55 p.m. when a video circulated into their office revealing a male in his 20s showing signs...


Nearly a year ago, a female pit bull puppy was rescued from the frozen banks of the Halifax River by Daytona Beach Police Animal Control officers. On Saturday, the department threw a party for the canine named "River," who became its unofficial mascot.

During a rare freeze in January, an anonymous...