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Woman, 70, attacked in College Park during morning walk, cops say

<p> A 70-year-old woman was attacked as she was on her morning walk, Orlando police said.</p><p> The woman told Local 6 she was walking along Lake Adair in College Park when a guy jumped out of a dark-colored car and attacked her.</p><p> It happened in front of the Gingerbread House in College Park around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.</p><p> "If you live in College Park and you drive around College Park, then you definitely have seen her before," said her neighbor Kathryn Stuart.</p><p> The woman is a well-known dog sitter in the area. She told Local 6 she was chased and asked for money. The man appeared to have an accent and when he grabbed her arm, he broke it.</p><p> "She's so innocent, she's so frail, like, how could something like that happen? It's just really unfortunate," said neighbor Michael Reilly.</p><p> Ask anyone in the area, they'll tell you they know her.</p><p> "She's been doing it for years, and years and years," Stuart said.</p><p> Neighbors are now putting together efforts to help the woman, who they say for so long has helped them.</p><p> "I never saw her with anyone but herself, and wanted to make sure that there were people there to help her and support her through this because this is awful," Stuart said.</p><p> The woman is scheduled for surgery Thursday morning. She told Local 6 that if she could tell people anything it'd be not to walk in the dark and certainly not alone. While she didn't a get look at the men, she hopes if anything people will be on guard.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:41:08 GMT

Airman's car vandalized in Oviedo driveway

<p> The father of a U.S. airman serving overseas is outraged that vandals targeted his son's car as it sat in his driveway.</p><p> Brian Domian said the vandals hit all three cars in front of his home in the Estates of Aloma Woods in Oviedo sometime early Wednesday morning. He said they caused thousands of dollars in damage.</p><p> "You feel very violated," Domian told Local 6 News.</p><p> All three cars were coated in instant potato flakes and some kind of liquid and eggs to make it harden.</p><p> Domian said he thought it would be a quick wash job with the hose until he noticed that all the vehicles had designs etched in the paint. He said five tires were also punctured.</p><p> "The one car they focused on was mine," he said. "Probably because of the flag, and it really bothered me a lot."</p><p> He said the American flag had been cut out of his Jeep's tire cover, which was a Christmas gift from his son. The flag was gone.</p><p> "That really bothered me, especially since he's deployed fighting for our liberties," Domian said.</p><p> He said his son, Sgt. Benjamin Domian, is deployed in Africa.</p><p> Seminole County sheriff's deputies told Local 6 that some of the neighbors had surveillance cameras, but none of them were pointed at Domian's driveway.</p><p> Domian said he's considering buying his own cameras to make sure a similar incident doesn't happen again.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:19 GMT

1 arrested, 1 sought after kids abandoned at Publix, Osceola deputies say

<p> Deputies arrested one of the women who investigators in say abandoned two children at a grocery store in Kissimmee on Sunday.</p><p> Investigators tell Local 6 the women, Jessica Barker and Kristen Grodetz, were seen trying to walk their shopping cart out of the Publix Supermarket on Blake Boulevard in Kissimmee with nearly $500 worth of groceries inside. They hadn't paid.</p><p> Grodetz was arrested on Tuesday after she turned herself in at a jail facility in Lee County.</p><p> Barker has not been located or arrested.</p><p> When a store worker confronted the pair, investigators say they quickly left the store with the 3-year-old child they had brought with them, leaving Barker's 11-year-old daughter and her friend behind inside the store.</p><p> The children told Osceola County investigators they were visiting from Lehigh Acres in Lee County, which is near Ft. Myers.</p><p> They also told deputies they were told to place items in their cart and leave without paying.</p><p> Investigators say they were able to contact Barker on her cellphone, at which time she said she would shortly return to pick up the girls. They say she never arrived.</p><p> "I just can't even imagine leaving my child in that circumstance," said shopper Rene Delisi.  "That's like a double whammy for those poor kids.  They have the worst example of thievery, and then they get abandoned. That's just horrible."</p><p> Investigators tell Local 6 the other child's mother traveled from Lee County to pick her child up after the incident.  She also took custody of Barker's daughter.</p><p> Lee County sheriff's investigators would not tell Local 6 if Grodetz was helping find Barker.</p><p> Grodetz will appear before a judge tomorrow morning in Lee County.</p><p> It's not clear when she will return to Osceola County to face charges.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:59:46 GMT

Woman, 75, dies in Volusia County crash, FHP says

<p> A woman is dead and three others were hurt in a crash involving two vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p> The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday at International Speedway Boulevard and Fire Tower Road in Volusia County.</p><p> Troopers said Claudio Coppola, 54, was attempting to turn his truck west onto International Speedway Boulevard from the center median break.</p><p> Karen Lucas, 75, was traveling west with two passengers in a Chevrolet pickup on International Speedway Boulevard in the right through lane, troopers said.</p><p> Coppola pulled out into the direct path of Lucas' pickup and the right front of Coppola's truck struck the left front of the pickup, according to FHP.</p><p> Lucas was taken to Halifax Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, troopers said. Coppola and the two passengers inside Lucas' pickup suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Halifax Medical Center.</p><p> Everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor, according to FHP's report.</p><p> Troopers said charges are pending.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:15:06 GMT

Walt Disney World: Christmas in July

<p> Christmas may be months away, but for some cast members at Walt Disney World, it's Christmas all year round.</p><p> "People ask us sometimes, 'What do you do between Christmas and Christmas? Christmas," said Doug Benedict, of Walt Disney World Resort's Holiday Services.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA:<a href="/blob/view/-/33915326/data/1/-/uc517k/-/resort-theme-parks.pdf" target="_blank"> Resort theme fun facts</a> | <a href="/news/web-extra-matt-austins-bowmaking-lesson/33930942" target="_blank">Matt's bow-making lesson</a> ]</p><p> That's all day, every day at the 100,000-square-foot facility for 30 full-time employees.</p><p> "We support all of Walt Disney World's resorts and that includes 27 resort buildings, four theme parks and the cruise ships," said Holiday Services Manager Lisa Borotkanics.</p><p> Local 6 anchor Matt Austin went behind the magic at the facility to see how it's all done.</p><p> Borotkanics started by showing Austin the iconic Christmas tree area.</p><p> "It's about 15,000 square feet of artificial trees," said Borotkanics.<br/></p><p> They're not your averages trees. The icon trees are found at all four parks, Downtown Disney Marketplace and the Contemporary Resort.<br/></p><p> Borotkanics said they range upwards of 45 feet tall with more than 5,500 lights on each tree. They have to be transported into place using flatbed trucks and a 70-ton crane.<br/></p><p> The Epcot tree, for example, is 65 feet tall. Austin stood beside the angel that tops the tree, which sits on a pedestal while she's in storage. Austin is 6 feet 2 inches and the angel towered over him at 6 feet 5 inches, not counting the pedestal.<br/></p><p> "Any idea what one of these things weighs?" asked Austin.<br/></p><p> "They can weigh over 5,000 pounds a section," said Borotkanics.<br/></p><p> She said most of the larger-than-life decorations on the icon trees are custom-made for Disney.<br/></p><p> "It's not something that we can go and buy off the shelf because of size and perspective," said Borotkanics.<br/></p><p> She said they keep the trees looking brand new by refreshing them. Every piece of a decor is on a cycle, so some years they're refreshed and other years, completely replaced.<br/></p><p> "The foliage, the base of the tree gets totally replaced," said Borotkanics. "We may reuse if the decorations are good or we may replace all new decorations on it, it just depends. When we refoliage the trees, it takes about six cast members a month and a half to foliage, light it, decorate it and get it ready for installation."<br/></p><p> Then, Borotkanics and Austin took a look at the novelty section -- rows and rows of specialty ornaments.<br/></p><p> "This is where the theme comes to life," said Borotkanics.<br/></p><p> Each area of the parks is assigned a theme and all of the corresponding decor matches it. Holiday Services sources the ornaments and other decorations from all over the world.<br/></p><p> Take Animal Kingdom's Kidani Village, for example.<br/></p><p> "We source them from Africa and they are all handmade, all handcrafted specifically for Animal Kingdom Park and Resorts," said Borotkanics.<br/></p><p> If regular colored ball ornaments are your thing, the "color wall" doesn't disappoint.<br/></p><p> "This particular area was set up so when our decorators are out here and they are looking for a particular color to change out, they can see it in a glance," said Borotkanics. "They know where everything is. They can see at a glance to know where to go to to find that similar shade, or that exact shape."<br/></p><p> There's always ribbon when you're talking holiday decorations, and Disney has no shortage of that, either.<br/></p><p> "We have one room dedicated to ribbon," said Borotkanics. "We have over 300,000 yards of ribbon throughout the property's decorations, and this is just a small portion of it. Everything is organized by color. It is all marked with numbers so that we have it listed in our databases of how much we're keeping on hand and we go from reds to teals. Our team makes all of our bows by hand."<br/></p><p> It all comes together in what cast members call the "hands on" room.<br/></p><p> "We get to do all of the decor, whether it's trees, sprays, wreaths, or garland," said Benedict. "We actually have over 15 miles of garland that we put up on show."<br/></p><p> "Our team is working on many different elements," said Borotkanics. "They are in the process of rehabbing and getting it ready. They are on different parks, different resorts. Some are on Saratoga Springs Resort, so they are just finishing up or just getting started on those properties."<br/></p><p> One of the things that happen in the room -- bow-making.<br/></p><p> Ed Miles has been making bows at Disney for 37 years. He said at this point, he can't even count how many he has made, but guesses it's in the thousands. He showed Austin how to make what he called a simple double bow tie, which they use all over the parks.<br/></p><p> "Not bad at all for his first bow, look at that," said Miles.<br/></p><p> Benedict said safety is a big priority for cast members, not only in this room, but while the decorations are on show.<br/></p><p> "I know, as a dad, when you walk through the park and you see the decorations hanging everywhere, you would expect kids to want to grab that," said Austin.<br/></p><p> "Safety is kept at the forefront," said Benedict. "I'll give you an example. Each one of these rounds, we take the topper off and we drill through and we use a double strand of airplane wire and then we do a pull test. We also do a drop test so it doesn't shatter. Sometimes we have ornamentation in outdoor locations, where we might have high winds, so everything is done with safety in mind so when we are on season and during our show, we aren't going to have an incident."<br/></p><p> Once all the bows are tied, the trees lit, and the 1,314 wreaths fluffed, it takes cast members just three nights to put all of the decor into place.<br/></p><p> "The team performs their magic pretty much while everybody else is sleeping, so we like to say Christmas appears while you're sleeping," said Borotkanics. "If you think about if a park closes at midnight, it takes up to two hours for the park to clear. Parks we actually have two nights to decorate, and Downtown Disney is moving to three nights, but we try to decorate so it feels seamless as a guest, to you."<br/></p><p> Holiday Services partners with other departments to make it all happen, but just from their department, it takes 85 people with semi-trailers to get the job done.<br/></p><p> "The team is awesome, they all know what needs to happen and how it has to happen," said Borotkanics.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:49:52 GMT

Most popular Fourth of July fireworks shows

<p> The Fourth of July is nearly here, which means it's time to take a look at the biggest and best fireworks celebrations across the U.S.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: July 2

<p> A president is shot, a Supreme Court justice is born, aliens land -- or not -- and an acting legend passes, all on this day.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Orange County Animal Services issues warning against dogs in hot cars

<p> Orange County Animal Services issued a warning to the public on Wednesday about leaving their dogs in hot cars after they said they rescued three dogs from hot cars in a 72-hour time span.</p><p> [PICS: <a href="/news/pics-dogs-locked-in-hot-cars/33916952" target="_blank">Dogs found in hot cars</a> ]</p><p> Money, a male Maltese, was left in a Nissan owned by Shawanda Pierce at Disney's Animal Kingdom on Saturday. The dog was unable to stand and was showing signs of distress. Money was reportedly observed in the car for more than four hours before he was rescued. Money was impounded at the shelter then reclaimed after two days, where they issued his owner a $265 citation for neglect.</p><p> Simon, a male Maltese was observed in a truck at Target on Town Center Boulevard. The temperature in the truck was approaching 130 degrees when he was rescued and taken to Animal Services. His owner, 41-year-old Britton Ortize, was returned Simon the next day with a $265 citation for neglect.</p><p> Lulu, a female Yorkie, was found after getting reports of her being trapped in a car at the Florida Mall. She was showing signs of distress as the windows were closed and no water available.  Owner Jimena Chica was arrested after she shopped at the mall for an hour.</p><p> "In this weather it is completely unacceptable to leave a pet in the car," says Dil Luther, division manager of Orange County Animal Services. "Thankfully in these situations the pets were able to recover, but we won't always be as fortunate if the trend continues."</p><p> Animal Services says temperatures will put the pet's life in danger, regardless of whether or not the windows are cracked. They urge all pet owners to leave their pets at home or to find boarding options for them if need be.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:40:02 GMT

DJ for kid parties arrested in Florida on sex charges

<p> A 41-year-old man who police say works as a DJ and supplies bounce houses at children's parties was arrested in Volusia County on sex charges.</p><p> Christopher Pintek, of Palm Coast, was arrested Tuesday in Orange City on charges of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and traveling to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child.</p><p> According to Orange City police, Pintek used an app to post a message saying he was a 25-year-old man known as "Tim Young Only," who wanted to "meet up" and pay $100 for a sex act.  Police said Pintek's profile on the app stated, "Looking for young teens that want to make money to get (expletive)."</p><p> Police were tipped off to Pintek by a 15-year-old boy who uses the app, authorities said.</p><p> Police said they arrested Pintek when he pulled into Coleman Park in Orange City, after a conversation with who he thought was the boy. Police said the conversation was still on the screen of Pintek's phone when he was arrested.</p><p> According to the police report, the exchange included:</p><p> Person: “I have to tell you something tho... I'm not really 18.”</p><p> Pintek: “How old?”</p><p> Person: “Truth 14. Bout to be 15.”</p><p> Pintek: “You are hot I am down if u want to meet up"</p><p> Pintek: “Do you like to kiss in and get kinky be there in 6 minutes"</p><p> Person: "Not my house. My Momma be home... I'm a little scared. Never did dis before."</p><p> Pintek: "Yes don't worry"</p><p> Reached by phone, Pintek called the allegations “twisted” and “blown out of proportion.” Pintek said the app showed a profile picture of someone who appeared 18 and didn't believe the person was 14 when he was told.</p><p> "I don't think he's that kind of person, I don't so,” said Pintek's neighbor Sexto Game. “He's a nice person, I don't think he's whatever they said here."</p><p> According to police, Pintek owns a business called Surround Sound DJ & Party Bounces, and the company's website shows Pintek working with and around children.</p><p> Earlier Wednesday, the website showcased testimonials, including one from someone claiming to be a radio station general manager: “We are VERY particular on who we trust to represent our brands in public. Chris has proven over and over his showmanship and professional attitude. Surround Sound DJ Chris is an important part of our special event team."</p><p> The testimonials were removed from the site by Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> Pintek was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail. He has since bonded out.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:58:14 GMT

Armed man robs Edgewood Subway restaurant, police say

<p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery at an Edgewood Subway restaurant Tuesday.</p><p> Deputies said Jeffrey Torres, 41, walked into the Subway at 4353 Edgewater Drive just after 8 a.m. with a knife and demanded cash from the clerk.</p><p> Torres was arrested Wednesday and the weapon was recovered, according to deputies.</p><p> Torres is charged with two counts of armed robbery -- one for robbing the business and one for robbing the clerk.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:00:54 GMT

Arrest made in Orlando fatal hit-and-run crash

<p> Florida Highway Patrol troopers said an arrest has been made in a fatal hit-and-run after a nearly yearlong investigation.</p><p> Troopers have charged Daniel Strickler, 24, with leaving the scene of <a href="" target="_blank">a fatal crash involving death in the August 2014 crash on Colonial Drive.</a></p><p> Strickler was driving his 1997 Toyota pickup truck on Colonial Drive near Tanner Road at 2:30 a.m. when troopers say he struck and killed Nicholas Smith as he rode his bicycle.</p><p> FHP said Strickler then left the scene and turned himself in to Titusville Police Department 12 hours later.</p><p> Strickler was booked into Orange County Jail on $10,000 bond.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:21:10 GMT

Police name Daytona Beach shooting suspect

<p> Police have named a suspect in a shooting that took place Tuesday at 433 Hudson St., in which two men were shot.</p><p> Police said when they arrived to the residence they found Dewayne Holmes with a gunshot wound to his shoulder lying in the hallway of the home.</p><p> They were then approached by Raymond Maning, who had a gunshot wound to his right thigh.</p><p> Maning told police he was sitting outside the home when a black man with his face covered approached the house and began shooting. He said he did not believe the shooter was targeting him.</p><p> Holmes told police he and Lavonte E. Sol, 22, were in a physical altercation at Safari Lounge a few days earlier. Police later named Sol the shooting suspect.</p><p> Holmes and Maning were taken to Halifax Hospital.</p><p> Sol is described as being black, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.</p><p> Anyone with any information on Sol's whereabouts is asked to contact the Daytona Beach Police Department at 386-671-5100.</p>

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:07:27 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: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:48:31 GMT