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1 dead, 3 in custody in homicide, police say

<p> Police said one person is dead in what they are calling a homicide.</p><p> It happened at 6113 Westgate Drive at the Landmark at Siena apartments.</p><p> Details surrounding the incident are unclear at this time, but police said three people are in custody.</p><p> Stay with Local 6 News and for updates on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:49:46 GMT

Cone continues to show Erika off Central Fla. coast as hurricane

<p> Tropical Storm Erika was producing very heavy rains over portions of the Leeward Islands Thursday afternoon as the cone continues to show the storm approaching Florida Sunday evening.</p><p> [WEATHER INFO: <a href="" target="_blank">Sandbag locations</a> | <a href="/weather/central-florida-prepares-ahead-of-tropical-storm-erika/34958520" target="_blank">Central Fla. prepares</a> | <a href="/news/emergency-phone-numbers/34954748" target="_blank">Important Numbers</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Free Hurricane Tracker, Storm Tracking apps</a> | VIDEO:<a href="" target="_blank"/><a href="/weather/local-6-weather-webcast/34944902" target="_blank">Local 6 weather webcast</a> | SHARE: <a href="" target="_blank">Storm photos</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Hurricane names of 2015 </a>]</p><p> At 8 p.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Erika had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving west at 12 mph. It was located 145 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p> Officials expect Erika to continue moving west-northwest for two days. Erika should approach the Virgin Islands later Thursday.  It is then expected to pass Puerto Rico on Thursday night and the Dominican Republic by Friday.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">On Thursday, four people were killed </a>in Dominica in severe flooding and mudslides caused by Erika as the storm made landfall.</p><p> Little change in strength is expected over the next two days as the storm moves toward Florida.</p><p> The latest projection from the NHC shows Erika as a hurricane, with the eye of the storm just off Central Florida's Flagler County coast on Tuesday.</p><p> "Here's what you want to see, the brand new track, notice how it's very tightly wound through Puerto Rico in the next 24 to 48 hours and over to the Dominican Republic and out," said Local 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells. "If the storm survives until Friday into Saturday ... we ought to have a good idea of what's going to happen with it."</p><p> Gov. Rick Scott held a news conference Thursday to address Floridians about the storm.</p><p> "We've been very fortunate for a long time, and we've got to get prepared," he said. </p><p> Scott said the Florida National Guard can used if Erika were to impact Florida.</p><p> Tropical storm warnings -- meaning sustained winds of 39 mph or more are expected in the next 36 hours -- were issued for numerous island locales including Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic from the northern border with Haiti eastward and southward to Isla Saona, Southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. A tropical storm watch was issued Thursday night for Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Punta Palenque and Central Bahamas.</p><p> The bad news is that this means islanders and vacationers will get soaked and then some. The hurricane center predicts 3 to 5 inches of rainfall, with as many as 8 inches in some locales.</p><p> </p><p> The good news is that while Erika's winds will be strong, they'll be far short of historic.</p><p> That doesn't mean Erika -- the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season -- will sputter out.</p><p> </p><p> Meanwhile, rain chances will increase Thursday in Central Florida to 70 percent as a front in north Florida slowly slides into the region.</p><p> "Expect some storms to linger into Thursday night, with lightning and heavy rain," Bridges said.</p><p> Afternoon high temperatures in Orlando will be near 90 degrees.   The average high for Orlando is 91.</p><p> Rain chances will be 60 percent in the Orlando area from Friday through Monday.</p><p> </p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.<a href="/weather/local-6-weather-webcast/34944902" target="_blank">justwxam082715</a></p>

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:18:32 GMT

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

<p> Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.</p><p> [WEATHER INFO: <a href="/weather/sandbags-provided-in-central-fla-as-tropical-storm-erika-nears/34955098" target="_blank">Sandbag locations</a> | <a href="/weather/central-florida-prepares-ahead-of-tropical-storm-erika/34958520" target="_blank">Central Fla. prepares</a> | <a href="/news/emergency-phone-numbers/34954748" target="_blank">Important phone numbers</a> |  <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Free Hurricane Tracker, Storm Tracking apps</a> | SHARE: <a href="" target="_blank">Storm photos</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Hurricane names of 2015 </a>]</p><p> The storm, <a href="" target="_blank">which was forecast to near Florida</a> as a hurricane on Monday, knocked out power and water supplies and had dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on Dominica by early Thursday, according to the weather service in the nearby island of Antigua.</p><p> Police Superintendent Daniel Carbon said an elderly blind man and two children died following a mudslide in the southeast of the island. Another man was found dead near his home in the capital of Roseau after a mudslide, but the cause of death has not yet been determined, Carbon told The Associated Press.</p><p> Even though the eye had passed, heavy wind and rain were still buffeting the island known for its lush forests and steep terrain, and authorities had yet to do a full damage assessment.</p><p> "We're advising people to stay put," Carbon said, adding that they have received reports of several injuries but that he had no details.</p><p> About 80 percent of the island was without electricity, and water supply was cut off, authorities said. Trees and lightpoles were strewn across streets as water rushed over parked cars and ripped the scaffolding off some buildings. The main airport was closed due to flooding, with water rushing over at least one small plane.</p><p> The main river that cuts through the capital overflowed its banks and surging water crashed into the principal bridge that leads into Roseau.</p><p> "The capital city is a wreck," policewoman Teesha Alfred said. "It is a sight to behold. It's a disaster."</p><p> Erika was centered about 160 miles (255 kilometers) west of Guadeloupe, and was moving west at 16 mph (26 kph) with maximum sustained winds that had slipped slightly to 45 mph (75 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.</p><p> Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward South Florida early next week. The storm was not expected to gain strength in the next two days.</p><p> Erika is now more likely to hit the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said chief forecaster James Franklin at the National Hurricane Center.</p><p> "That would certainly not be good news for Hispaniola," he said. "They're very vulnerable to flooding. And even if Erika is a weak system, that could be very bad there."</p><p> Officials shuttered schools, government offices and businesses across the region and warned of flash flooding because of dry conditions caused by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years. Authorities warned power and water service might be temporarily cut off.</p><p> Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the storm could bring badly needed rains to the parched U.S. territory.</p><p> "We're happy given the dry conditions, but it does highlight the need to be on alert," he said, adding that heavy downpours could lead to flash floods. He activated the National Guard as a precaution.</p><p> The heaviest rains were expected to hit Puerto Rico's eastern region, with the storm expected to pass about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the island overnight Thursday, said Odalys Martinez, with the National Weather Service in San Juan.</p><p> Dozens of flights were canceled in the region, and the U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p><p> Erika was projected to follow a path toward South Florida, but its impact was still unclear.</p><p> "Erika could dissipate before reaching the U.S., could hit as a hurricane, or could miss the coast entirely, depending upon which model you believe," wrote Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with Weather Underground. "In the short term, we are pretty sure Erika will struggle."</p><p> Meanwhile in the Pacific, Ignacio strengthened into a hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased Thursday morning to 90 mph (150 kph).</p><p> Hurricane Ignacio was centered about 1,135 miles (1,825 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and was moving west-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).</p><p> Also in the Pacific, a new tropical storm formed Thursday morning. Tropical Storm Jimena had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 kph) and was expected to strengthen to a hurricane Friday. Jimena was centered about 890 miles (1,430 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:25:46 GMT

Sandbags provided in Central Fla. as Tropical Storm Erika nears

<p> Counties in Central Florida are preparing for the effects of Tropical Storm Erika by providing free sandbags to residents.</p><p> [WEATHER INFO:  <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Free Hurricane Tracker, Storm Tracking apps</a> | VIDEO:<a href="" target="_blank"/><a href="" target="_blank">Local 6 weather webcast</a> | SHARE: <a href="" target="_blank">Storm photos</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Hurricane names of 2015 </a>]</p><p> The latest projection from the National Hurricane Center shows Erika as a hurricane, with the eye of the storm along the coast south of Brevard County on Monday afternoon and moving north along the Flagler County coast on Tuesday afternoon.</p><p> A list of sandbag locations, county-by-county, is available below.</p><p> VOLUSIA COUNTY:</p><p> The Public Works Department will provide free sand and bags to county residents from 7 a.m. to dusk. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels and fill and transport the bags themselves.</p><p>530 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach<br/>455 Walker St., Holly Hill<br/>2560 W. State Road 44, DeLand<br/>200 State Road 415, Osteen</p><p> ORANGE COUNTY:</p><p> Orange County Public Works will distribute sandbags at all eight Maintenance Unit locations on Friday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The locations are:</p><p>Apopka Maintenance Unit, 3258 Clarcona Road Apopka, FL 32703<br/>Bithlo Maintenance Unit, 18753 Old Cheney Highway, Bithlo, FL 32820<br/>John Young Maintenance Unit, 4200 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32839<br/>Taft Maintenance Unit, 11442 Intermodal Way, Orlando, FL 32824<br/>Three Points Maintenance Unit, 4737 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando, FL 32822<br/>West Orange Maintenance Unit, 644 Beulah Road,  Winter Garden, FL 34787<br/>Zellwood Maintenance Unit, 3400 Golden Gem Road, Zellwood, FL 32712<br/>Goldenrod Maintenance Unit, 2530 N. Forsyth Road, Orlando, FL 32792<br/></p><p> The City of Apopka will provide 10 sandbags per resident and business starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Public Services facility located at the corner of South Highland Avenue and East 8th Street.</p><p> MARION COUNTY: </p><p> The City of Ocala will provide 10 sandbags per household on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two locations are:</p><p>SW corner of NE 8th Avenue and NE 14th Street<br/>E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW 4th Street<br/></p><p> More locations will be added as Local 6 and receive updates from counties.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:39:17 GMT

Central Florida prepares ahead of Tropical Storm Erika

<p> The Emergency Operations Center said its been busy talking about what Volusia and other surrounding counties are doing, if and when Tropical Storm Erika hits but said because it's still uncertain, the best plan is to err on the side of safety.</p><p> [WEATHER INFO: <a href="" target="_blank">Sandbag locations</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Beach erosion </a>| <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Free Hurricane Tracker, Storm Tracking apps</a> | SHARE: <a href="" target="_blank">Storm photos</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Hurricane names of 2015 </a>]</p><p> Volusia County residents are preparing for the worst.</p><p> "Bottled water, candles, batteries, I have certain things that run on gasoline," said Linda Ainslie.</p><p> "We have some roll down shutters and we have some manual shutters that we can put up so we can shutter the whole house down in about two hours," Jim Smith.</p><p> Smith lives in New Smyrna Beach and said he remembers the last time a storm hit hard back in 2004.<br/></p><p> "I looked at the ocean and it was as close as I've ever seen it and that was a fairly mild storm surge," he said.</p><p> Smith is a FEMA reservist and said it's never too early to plan ahead especially since it's been a while.<br/></p><p> "People have gotten a little lackadaisical and I think it's probably time to start thinking about what you're going to do in the event that we do get a storm.<br/>I'd say from 24 to 48 hours out, go ahead and get your final preparations in order," he said.</p><p> That's why city and county leaders gathered on Thursday afternoon to talk about a plan of attack.</p><p> "Right now, taking a look at your individual family preparedness plans. What is your plan? Do you have a family preparedness kit? You know, all the provisions that you might need if we were to be impacted by a hurricane," said Jim Judge, Director of Emergency Management.</p><p> Judge said the EOC will be ready to answer any questions residents may have about being prepared and staying safe. Meanwhile, some residents along the coast said they'll be ready for whatever comes their way.<br/></p><p> "We know which items to buy, which ones we already have stocked up on and what last minute things we'll need," said Ainslie.</p><p> County updates are available at Residents wanting local information can call the Emergency Operations Center at 386-254-1500 on Thursday and Friday. Beginning on Saturday, please call the Citizens Information Center hotline at 866-345-0345.<br/><br/></p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:21:23 GMT

Orlando Police Department responds to video of bloody scuffle

<p> The Orlando Police Department is investigating claims one of their officers attacked a homeless man, resulting in a bloody fight video being shared on social media.</p><p> Witnesses said Officer James Wilson and Terre Johnson, 44, started arguing in a vacant lot near the corner of Ossie Street and Parramore Avenue Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> "Him and Terre are standing on the edge of the road, face-to-face, talking and arguing, and all of a sudden, he just grabs Terre and slammed him into the ground," said one of the witnesses.</p><p> The cell phone video shows Officer Wilson straddling Johnson, pulling his hair and hitting him in the face.</p><p> It also shows Johnson trying to hit the officer.</p><p> More officers showed up to the scene and helped subdue Johnson, who was hospitalized and transferred to the Orange County Jail.</p><p> "All you are seeing is one small piece of an incident, and that is it," said Orlando police spokeswoman Sgt. Wanda Ford.</p><p> She told Local 6 Wilson's body camera captured the events that happened before the cell phone cameras started rolling.</p><p> She said it was Johnson who started attacking Wilson, and the officer was trying to subdue him and put him in handcuffs.</p><p> "This is one of those instances, where the suspect was aggressive. He's known to be aggressive. He's been arrested before for battery and for resisting against an officer," Ford said.</p><p> Ford said she also worries that people will see the snippet of fight video online and draw wrong conclusions about what happened.</p><p> Ford said the body camera video showing the events before the scuffle will be released to the public after investigators review them for the case against Johnson.</p><p> Johnson is being held in the Orange County Jail on $10,300 bond.<br/></p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:30:40 GMT

Weirdest Guinness world records

<p> With Thursday marking the 60th anniversary of the publication of the very first "Guinness Book of Records," take a look at some of the weirdest world records ever set.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Hurricane Katrina: A look back

<p> Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and large swaths of the Gulf Coast 10 years ago. Here's a look back at the historic disaster.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:03:26 GMT

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins dies

<p> Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins, who was from Orlando, died Thursday at the age of 58, according to reports.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">WFMZ-TV</a> in Pennsylvania first reported Dawkins' death.  His cause of death is not known, and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.</p><p> Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, was the first player ever drafted in the NBA out of Evans High School in Orlando.  He was selected by Philadelphia with the fifth pick of the 1975 draft.</p><p> Dawkins  appeared in three NBA Finals with the Sixers, and in 14 NBA seasons, he averaged 12 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.</p><p> After retirement, Dawkins played with the Harlem Globetrotters before getting into the coaching profession.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:55:17 GMT

Brevard County medical examiner under investigation

<p> A family says the Medical Examiner's Office in Brevard County never conducted an autopsy on their father when he died two years ago, and now the chief examiner is under investigation.<br/></p><p> John McDonough's death certificate said he died of "accidental leukemia," but the family learned through a private toxicologist that their father had four times the lethal limit of morphine in his system at the time of his death.<br/></p><p> Dr. Sajid Qaiser has been Brevard County's Chief Medical Examiner for the last nine years, but according to state records he's now under investigation after a Florida Department of Law Enforcement panel found him negligent of "substantial work."<br/></p><p> "Medical Examiner's Offices don't fail like this, and for good reason," said Tim McDonough.<br/></p><p> The investigation was prompted by Tim and his siblings after they started asking questions regarding their father's death.<br/></p><p> It started two years ago, when the 85-year-old Korean War veteran was discharged from a rehab center in Brevard County in good condition, but then mysteriously was moved to hospice care.<br/></p><p> Three days after his home hospice admission, records show someone administered double the amount of morphine prescribed by his doctor.<br/></p><p> Eighteen hours later, McDonough was dead.<br/></p><p> "We are victims of a possible homicide," said McDonough.<br/></p><p> Because Dr. Qaiser never performed an autopsy, a criminal investigation was never conducted.<br/></p><p> The family says their father never had cancer and didn't need to be administered to hospice care in the first place.<br/></p><p> "There are a lot of aspects of this thing that are very disturbing," said McDonough. "Not just for us, this is a failure of the community."<br/></p><p> Because of this investigation, the panel found 11 other cases Dr. Qaiser performed that are similar in nature, according to records.<br/></p><p> "It's up to Phil Archer to make a call," said Christopher McDonough. "I know he likes veterans, well he's got a war hero here that's buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Come to the forefront and do the right thing."<br/> </p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:26:56 GMT

Man secretly recorded 16-year-old girl in bedroom, Seminole deputies say

<p> Seminole County deputies have arrested a man who they say secretly recorded a 16-year-old girl in her bedroom.</p><p> Cletus Griffith, 66, has been charged with video voyeurism and possession of obscene material.</p><p> Deputies said an investigation began in May after Griffith told deputies he placed a phone underneath the spare bed and recorded 10 separate videos of the 16-year-old dressing and undressing.</p><p> During the investigation, Griffith told deputies, "you'll find contraband on there. You'll find things on there that will put me in jail," according to the report.</p><p> Deputies said they also found child pornography on Griffith's laptop.</p><p> Griffith was arrested on Wednesday and taken to Seminole County jail.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:16:22 GMT

Theme World: Halloween Horror Nights 25: Scares Revealed

<p> Halloween Horror Nights 25: Scares Revealed<br/>August 27, 2015</p><p> Hard to believe Halloween season starts in just over three weeks. After teasing us that Jack's back, then revealing houses based on The Walking Dead, Jason vs. Freddie, Insidious and The Purge</p><p> Well, Universal's done with the dribs and drabs. All is revealed for Halloween Horror Nights 25.  </p><p> Here is the rest of the record-breaking 9  houses:</p><p> </p><p> Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem</p><p> Jack invites you to join him for the ultimate reunion in horror. Universal classic monsters will attack and ghosts of Horror Nights past will stalk you around every corner.</p><p> </p><p> RUN: Blood, Sweat and Fears</p><p> You’ve been selected to be one of the lucky contestants on RUN, the most popular and brutal television show in the world. In this house, you’ll have to try and avoid the skilled assassins known as Reapers as you work through “death obstacles” d for the amusement of the audience watching from home.</p><p> </p><p> Asylum in Wonderland 3D</p><p>  A new volume of Scary Tales has been released by Ultra Violent Comics: “Asylum in Wonderland”. This time around, you’ll follow the white rabbit through the looking glass and into a murderous 3-D Wonderland.</p><p> </p><p> Body Collectors: Recollections</p><p> The Body Collectors are on the hunt for the human parts they so desperately need. Emerging from the darkness on a cold, winter night, they descended upon the unknowing inhabitants of Shadybrook Asylum.</p><p> </p><p> An American Werewolf in London</p><p> ThisI'm excited about. The best house from 2013 is back. It's  pretty faithful recreation of the movie classic. This time Universal is promising a few new twists.</p><p> There are also a large number of scare zones.</p><p>  <br/>Psychoscareapy: Unleashed</p><p> The criminally insane inmates of Shadybrooke Asylum have escaped and unleashed their horror onto a Halloween block party in the streets of New York.</p><p> HHN Icons</p><p> Come face-to-face with   icons from  the event’s 25 year history such as The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director and more will be found roaming the streets of Hollywood.</p><p> <br/>Scary Tales: ScreamPunk</p><p>  Be immersed in Halloween’s most evil traditions in  Central Park. Here you’ll find the event’s traditional jack-o-lanterns  as you encounter evil fairies, humanoid bats, scarecrows and more.</p><p> <br/>All Nite Die-In: Double Feature</p><p> Wander down the streets of San Francisco and you’ll come across  a theatre  renamed “DIE IN”, due to the gruesome murder.</p><p> Sounds like fun, right? Tickets are on sale now. Universal kicks off #HHN25 on September 18th, and runs on select nights through November 1st.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's a link to more information.</a></p><p>  </p>

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:27:19 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: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:44:20 GMT