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Alligator eats Orlando man's pet dog

<p> A trapper searched an <a href="/news/alligator-eats-dog/27824358" target="_blank">Orlando lake</a> Monday after an <a href="/news/alligator-at-lake/27825224" target="_blank">11-foot alligator</a> ate a man's 55-pound pit bull.</p><p> [PHOTOS:  <a href="/news/alligator-devours-mans-pet-dog-at-orlando-lake/27825298" target="_blank">Alligator attacks pit bull at Orlando lake</a>]</p><p> "My boy, he turned around, came to me, and he took off to run back again," said Eric Glover, referring to King, his 10-month-old pit bull. "And when he took off again, the gator came out, snatched him in front of the bank here and took him in. And that was it."</p><p> The attack occurred Monday morning at Eagles Nest Park near Lescot Lane in Orlando.</p><p> The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Glover was playing fetch with his dog when the gator attacked the pit bull and dragged it underwater.</p><p> Glover hasn't seen King since.</p><p> A trapper was called to the lake but did not capture the alligator. The trapper will return later, wildlife officials said.</p><p> Several houses back up to the lake, which is near Kirkman Road and Raleigh Street. A bike path and jogging trail outline the edge of the lake. Neighbors said many children take the path every day to and from Eagle's Nest Elementary.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:16:24 GMT

Man found dead after fight with bouncer at Daytona Beach bar

<p> As police try to piece together exactly what happened outside One Horse Saloon Bar in Daytona Beach early Sunday morning, Mariah Richards told Local 6 she was there shortly before that fight began.</p><p> "I don't know why the fight started or how, because no one was behind that corner, it's as simple as that," Richards said. "All I know is that he was acting crazy in the bars and James O'brien tried to walk him out."</p><p> According to eyewitnesses, the victim, 34-year-old Lance J. Rewis, had been causing problems with people at the bar all night.</p><p> Richards said Rewis kept touching her, so O'brien, an unofficial bouncer, came to her rescue.</p><p> "The guy grabbed my arm again and that's when (O'brien) got stern with the guy and said, 'Dude, stop touching her.'"</p><p> After O'brien walked Rewis out of the bar, the two got into a fight and that's when police said Rewis pulled out a knife.</p><p> "I didn't see a knife, I didn't see anything. I just know he had his fist behind his back."</p><p> A short time later, Rewis was found with facial injuries and unconscious in some bushes nearby. He was taken to Halifax Hospital and later died.</p><p> "(O'brien) had a cut on his hand and he had bloody knuckles," said Richards.</p><p> Richards said O'brien's knuckles were evidence of a struggle that she believes had to be self-defense.</p><p> "I've never seen him get violent, even with people he didn't like," Richards said.</p><p> O'brien was arrested but has not been charged in Rewis' death.</p><p> Police said an autopsy will be performed on Tuesday, which will give them the manner and cause of death.<br/></p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:51:38 GMT

Owner shuts down day care without notifying parents, employees

<p> Children's Playskool facility suddenly closed its doors Saturday night after staff said the owner cleaned out the business, took all the money and left without a word.</p><p> "I've seen this stuff on TV and now it's happening to me and I'm in disbelief," said Nadia Caruso.</p><p> Caruso said she's one of the lucky parents who found out a day early that Children's Playskool is closed and the owner is nowhere to be found.</p><p> "Everything in there is gone, and my check," she said.</p><p> Caruso isn't the only parent who lost money, employees are left without a job.</p><p> "I have three kids. Two are disabled and now, how am I supposed to pay for some of my stuff?" said Jane Kimsey.</p><p> "This is very upsetting. This leaves about 10 of us without a paycheck," said Tina Goldin.</p><p> Goldin worked at the day care for more than three years and said she showed up to the facility Saturday night and called police after she heard the owner, Chelsea Romero, was secretly packing up.</p><p> "She was out back with her van, U-Haul truck, and moving her stuff," said Goldin.</p><p> Employees said they knew something wasn't right when hours were getting cut. They weren't able to clock in electronically anymore and learned that the day care lost 90 to 95 percent of its Early Learning Coalition state funding in July. Now, the owner has left parents, employees and children in a bind.</p><p> "She has left everybody in the dark. No paycheck, the parents are going to come over here on Tuesday morning to drop off their children and they will have no place to go," said Goldin.</p><p> Local 6 called and left messages with Romero but she has not returned calls. The staff at Children's Playskool said they'll be at the facility Tuesday at 7 a.m. to tell parents what's going on.</p><p> Staff members said that if parents need a place to take their child, they can drop them off at the Future Stars Preschool Academy.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:08:21 GMT

Volusia County officials keep busy with soft sand, rip currents

<p> Labor Day is one the busiest days at the beach all year and Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue were kept busy dealing with soft sand issues and strong rip currents.</p><p> "We've had soft sand, which has plagued us all summer long, but it really came out over the weekend," said Deputy Chief Scott Petersohn.</p><p> During the holiday weekend, Petersohn said they've rescued at least 100 cars stuck in the sand. On Monday, it happened to Katrina Devine.</p><p> "We went to pull in somewhere else and we got stuck in the soft sand, so we had to get help to get out," Devine said.</p><p> Driving on Daytona Beach was nixed for almost three hours after high tide washed out the traffic lane.</p><p> Lifeguards also helped rescue more than a dozen people as the strong rip currents lasted throughout the weekend.</p><p> "At first glance, you don't think there's too much out there and then you get out into 3- and 4-footers out there,” said beachgoer Jon Wilson of the rip currents.</p><p> What lifeguards didn't see Monday was shark bites. However, a 13-year-old girl was bitten Sunday in New Smyrna Beach.</p><p> Six people have been bitten by sharks in Volusia County so this year.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:26:28 GMT

Allegiant Air flight to Sanford loses cabin pressure

<p> An Allegiant Air flight headed to Orlando-Sanford International Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in South Carolina after a pressurization issue caused oxygen masks to drop inside the cabin.</p><p> An airline representative said Flight 683 was two hours into its trip from Michigan when the pressure issue was encountered around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. </p><p> Flight attendants had to help passengers with oxygen masks and safety belts, officials said.</p><p> The plane landed safely at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 7:40 p.m. with no injuries reported, according to the airline.</p><p> Passengers say they thought the plane was going to crash.</p><p> "I thought we were just gonna go down," said passenger Alicia Clark. She and her siblings were flying home to Sanford when the plane experienced the pressure change.</p><p> "I knew something was wrong when my ears started popping and my chest locked up a little bit and the [masks] dropped from the ceiling," said Dominick Clark.</p><p> Clark says Sunday's flight was his first ever trip in a plane. He says now he's uneasy to fly again.</p><p> "I'm done with planes I think. I'll take a bus," he said.</p><p> Allegiant paid for the passengers' overnight hotel stays and added that it would refund passengers the price of the one-way route, along with a $200 travel voucher for future flights.</p><p> The rescheduled flight arrived in Sanford on Monday.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:02:41 GMT

1 dead, 2 injured in I-4 crash in Orlando

<p> A multi-vehicle fatal crash has prompted officials to close a stretch of Interstate 4 in Orlando.</p><p> The crash happened around 3 a.m. Monday on I-4 westbound near South Orange Blossom Trail.</p><p> According to Orlando police, five vehicles were involved in the crash.  One person died and two others, one of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, were injured, police said.</p><p> All lanes of I-4 westbound were closed between Orange Blossom Trail and John Young Parkway for about six hours. </p><p> "We came in from Atlanta and we woke up early this morning to go to Universal Studios and low and behold we couldn't get on the interstate," said Dr. Joanne Green.</p><p> An investigation is ongoing.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:35:09 GMT

Celebrity nude photo scandals

<p> Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are only the latest celebrities facing nude photo scandals. Check out the others.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:39:59 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:59:33 GMT

Man in handcuffs escapes police custody in Daytona Beach

<p> Daytona Beach police said they are looking for a man who took off running while still in handcuffs Sunday morning.</p><p> Police said they saw 18-year-old Dontavius Williams at 831 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. around 2:56 a.m. Sunday while doing routine patrol.</p><p> Police said they approached Williams, who gave them a fake name. Police were able to hold and identify Williams, who was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm.</p><p> Police said they handcuffed Williams and as they were investigating, a group of his friends started to gather around the patrol car.</p><p> Williams was able to disappear into the crowd while police were trying to keep everyone back, officials said.</p><p> While police were handling the crowd, Williams was able to run off with his hands still handcuffed behind his back, officials said.</p><p> Police searched by air and ground, but were unable to locate Williams.</p><p> Police are asking anyone with information about Williams to call Daytona Beach police.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:31:48 GMT

Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico

<p> Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico, with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca.</p><p> The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph Monday afternoon. The storm is about 255 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan. It is moving west-northwest at 13 mph.</p><p> The center of the storm is expected to approach the coast by Tuesday night with some strengthening forecast.</p><p> The storm is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain, with 10 inches possible across southern Tampaulipas, northern Veracruz and eastern San Luis Potosi through Wednesday. The rain could cause flash floods and mudslides.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:28:12 GMT

Jennifer Lawrence's rep slams stolen pics

<p> A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence slammed the appearance of nude photographs of the Oscar-winning actress online Sunday as a "flagrant violation of privacy."</p><p> "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," the publicist said in a written statement.</p><p> Posts on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr claim to include nude photographs of Lawrence, who won an Academy Award last year for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook."</p><p> Twitter posts on verified accounts of several other celebrities Sunday also reported hacks.</p><p> "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," actress Mary E. Winstead wrote.</p><p> "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."</p><p> Some celebrities claimed the photos were doctored.</p><p> An individual close to singer Ariana Grande told CNN photos claiming to show her are "completely fake."</p><p> And actress Victoria Justice said pictures purporting to be her are fake.</p><p> This isn't the first time celebrities have accused hackers of stealing risque photos. </p><p> A judge sentenced Christopher Chaney of Florida to 10 years in federal prison in 2012 for stealing nude photos, scripts and personal information from the e-mail accounts of 50 entertainment industry figures, including movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis and singer Christina Aguilera.</p><p> The first real case of a celebrity hacking attack was in 2005 when hackers logged into Paris Hilton's phone and stole photos of the reality star, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at computer security company F-Secure told CNN in 2011. Those hackers reportedly were able to break into Hilton's phone by correctly guessing the not-so-secret answer to her security question, which was "tinkerbell," the name of her pet Chihuahua.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:27:10 GMT

University of Florida students warned of rapist

<p> Officers with the University of Florida and Gainesville police are searching for a man who they say attempted to rape three women over the weekend.</p><p> At 2 a.m. Saturday, university police responded to a call about a woman being dragged from a sidewalk into a wooded area along the edge of campus.</p><p> Police say the suspect description matched another incident that happened at 2:40 a.m. Saturday. A witness told police they saw a man ask for a ride to the ABV Motel on SW 13th Street. Police and a K-9 units responded and knocked on all the hotel doors but were unsuccessful in finding the suspect.</p><p> Then at 11:20 p.m Saturday, Gainesville police responded to a report of a woman screaming on NW 2nd  Avenue. Police say a 21-year-old woman had been punched in the face by a person who ripped some of her clothes off and tried to rape her. Authorities say the man disappeared into a crowd of hundreds of fans leaving the stadium after the season opening football game was canceled by lightning.</p><p> The assailant was described as a white man about 6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches tall with a heavy build, close-cut brown hair and a close-cut beard. Police say he was wearing a blue Gator shirt.</p><p> Gainesville police say they will increase patrols in the area.</p>

Published: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:40:00 GMT

20 easy ways to burn 100 calories

<p> Need to work off those Labor Day weekend cookouts? Check out Self magazine's list of easy ways to burn 100 calories.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Celebrities with September birthdays

<p> Wondering which celebrities will be partying on your special day this month? Click on to discover which stars share your September birthday.</p>

Published: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT