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2 charged after boy accidentally given morphine, Seminole cops say

<p> A Seminole County couple was arrested after deputies say a 6-year-old boy was accidentally given morphine.</p><p> Lorena Oikle and Axel Rosa have been charged with child neglect, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.</p><p> Deputies said Oikle was administering antibiotics to the boy with an ear infection on Monday when she realized she had accidentally given him one teaspoon of morphine instead of the antibiotics.</p><p> Oikle said the boy was acting normal so Oikle and Rosa decided to watch him instead of taking him to the hospital, according to the report.</p><p> When Oikle woke up at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, she checked on the boy and found that he had vomited and was unresponsive, deputies said.</p><p> Oikle and Rosa put the boy in a cold bath in an attempt to wake him up and then contacted 911.</p><p> The boy was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in serious to critical condition. Deputies said the boy is doing well and is recovering.</p><p> Oikle said the boy had an ear infection for 10 days and had been on medication for seven days, according to the report.</p><p> Deputies said Rosa left the hospital to go home to find the morphine bottle, but couldn't find it.</p><p> They were booked into the Seminole County jail on Wednesday.</p><p> Another 6-year-old girl was also in the home at the time of the incident, but her relationship to Rosa and Oikle was unclear.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:54:13 GMT

Teen girl towed on skateboard dies after accident in Brevard

<p> A 17-year-old Satellite High student has died after being injured in a weekend skateboarding accident on Merritt Island, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p> Haley Hodge died Tuesday after being injured around 9 p.m. Saturday on Tropical Island Lane on the southern portion of Merritt Island.</p><p> Hodge was being towed with a rope behind a Toyota Celica when she fell and was critically injured, the FHP said.  Brevard County sheriff reports said she struck her head.</p><p> Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedics found Hodge breathing but unresponsive.</p><p> Hodge was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne but later taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for further treatment.  She died three days later.</p><p> The driver was a 19-year-old Rockledge man, but it's not known if charges will be filed against him.  The FHP continues to investigate the accident.</p><p> Brevard County School District officials said grief counselors would be made available at the school.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:56:48 GMT

Seminole County man charged in mother's death

<p> A 20-year-old man arrested in Maryland on grand theft auto charges has now also been charged in the death of his mother, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/son-homicide-victim-found-maryland-seminole-county/29268636" target="_self">Son of homicide victim found in Maryland</a>]</p><p> Investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office traveled to Maryland and met with <a href="/news/seminole-county-deputies-search-for-missing-endangered-son-of-homicide-victim/29241888" target="_self">Joshua Ortiz</a> on Wednesday night.</p><p> Joshua Ortiz faces second-degree homicide charges in the death of his mother, 45-year-old Jacqueline Suzanne Ortiz.  Investigators have not said what led to her death or how she was killed.</p><p> Deputies received a call Sunday afternoon about an unresponsive woman inside a home on Woodley Park Place in Oviedo.  When they arrived, deputies said they found Jacqueline Suzanne Ortiz dead at the scene.</p><p> Jacqueline Ortiz lived at the home with Joshua and her two other sons, who found her dead, according to officials.</p><p> Deputies said Joshua Ortiz had made suicidal statements prior to his arrest Tuesday evening by Maryland State Police.  It's not known when he will be extradited to Central Florida.</p><p> Ortiz was booked into the Howard County Central Booking Facility, deputies said.</p><p> Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Thursday released video of Joshua Ortiz, showing him being pulled over in Brevard County in August for erratic driving.  He was arrested the next day on suspicion of stealing his mother's vehicle.</p><p> [READ: <a href="/blob/view/-/29256010/data/1/-/vadbgxz/-/oviedo-mom-report.null" target="_blank">Previous charges filed against Joshua Ortiz</a> ]</p><p> One of Jacqueline Ortiz's other sons has been posting updates on his Facebook page, recently saying, "As most of you know, they have found Joshua. Thank you for all of your assistance -- everybody who was looking out for him, and everybody that spread the word to try and find him.  Again, I want to thank you all for your love and support in this in time of need."</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:41:04 GMT

Boy running for homecoming queen in Lake County

<p> It's homecoming season and that means hundreds of teenagers across Central Florida are hoping to be crowned queen or king of their high school.</p><p> But things may not go the traditional route in one Lake County school, where a male student is hoping to become queen.</p><p> A 17-year-old student has been nominated for homecoming queen for the first time in Lake County.</p><p> Dillon Gleeson is a senior on the swim team at East Ridge High in Clermont, but could soon add the title to his resume.</p><p> "He's outgoing, he's loved by a lot of his, he's a good person, really friendly, eccentric and he's funny," Amanda Casey, a senior, told Local 6. "I think it's awesome that he's running, but I think he should have ran as king because it gives the girls who are seniors a chance to win queen."</p><p> Parents had mixed feelings about it.</p><p> "I think its great. Times are changing and if the kids are good with it, why not?" said Eileen Adams.</p><p> But Ann Ambrose, a parent with twins at the school, disagrees.</p><p> "It doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem right. Guys are kings and girls are queens," said Ambrose.</p><p> Gleeson may pave the way for another student, a girl at Lake Minneola High who is running for homecoming king.</p><p> The king and queen will be announced Friday at East Ridge. Lake County school board member Tod Howard said the decision of who can run for king or queen is up to each school. He said the school board will stay out of it.</p><p> Howard also told Local 6 he received one complaint Wednesday about it from a parent.</p><p> </p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:25:24 GMT

Orlando trial lawyer, casino mogul behind money in medical marijuana battle

<p> A Las Vegas casino magnate and the founder of a well-known law firm are providing the bulk of money being spent on a measure to legalize medical marijuana.</p><p> Florida's battle over pot is the seventh most expensive in the nation, according to data assembled by the Center for Public Integrity. So far, $3.4 million has been spent on more than 4,200 television ads, most of them encouraging Floridians to vote down Amendment 2.</p><p> Sheldon Adelson, a high-profile Republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., has given a total of $4 million to the Drug Free Florida Committee. Adelson wants to build a large resort casino in the state.</p><p> John Morgan and his law firm Morgan & Morgan law firm are the largest donors to the group pushing the amendment.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:54 GMT

Missing girl may be in Orlando area

<p> A missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen in September may be in the Orlando area, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.</p><p> Nilda Lopez disappeared from her Pascagoula, Mississippi, home on September 27 after meeting a man online, officials.<br/></p><p> The specific connection the man or teen have to Central Florida was not released, but officials said they may be in the Orlando area.</p><p> Nilda was described as a Hispanic girl, about 4 feet 9 inches tall and 100 pounds. She has black hair, green eyes and a scar on her left arm.</p><p> Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call 800-THE-LOST.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:44:10 GMT

The women of political sex scandals

<p> From Monica Lewinsky to Sydney Leathers, take a look at the women involved in steamy political sex scandals. </p>

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:55:39 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: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:28:32 GMT

Utah gun shop stirs controversy with Obama display

<p> A Spanish Fork gun shop is prominently displaying a target bearing a resemblance to both President Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden, and the shop's owner said he hopes the message attached to the target will resonate with those who see it.</p><p> The target bears a sign around its neck stating: "Obama Bin Laden. The biggest terrorist this country has ever seen."</p><p> Patrick Meinhart, the owner of Quantum Guns, said he put the target up because he believes Obama is bringing the country down. He said the president is limiting freedom of speech and eroding gun rights. He also said he thinks the president isn't doing enough when it comes to problems posed by Islamic extremists and the spread of Ebola.</p><p> He said he and his family are supporters of the Constitution and wanted to make a statement.</p><p> "We just put this out there to try to get people to realize what's going on in the country and try to stand up and do something about it," he said.</p><p> The target with the sign has been in place since June, and Meinhart said the response has been largely positive.</p><p> "Honestly I haven't had anybody come in and complain about it or tell me that I'm wrong," he said. "And some people probably say that I'm racist, but it's got nothing to do with that. It's that he's not doing what he was elected to do."</p><p> Meinhart said rather than criticism he has seen more people taking pictures and giving a thumbs up to the display. He said he expected to receive complaints about the display but so far has not heard any. He said he response has been more than he expected.</p><p> "I figured I'd get some laughs out of it, and it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it's actually getting to where it's kind of a big deal, which is good because I hope it will bring people to realize what's going on in the United States right now," he said.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:03:57 GMT

Teens charged with attempted murder in stabbing, Osceola cops say

<p> Two teens were arrested on charges of attempted murder after they stabbed another boy who was defending a girl, Osceola County deputies said.</p><p> Mark Anthony Core, 16, and Edwin Rivera, 14, were arrested in the Oct. 18 incident near the Brighton Lakes Community basketball courts.</p><p> Around 7:30 p.m. a group of teens was walking near the basketball courts when the two boys "began to call the group bad names" and said "rude things to the females and continued to follow them," according to witnesses.</p><p> Arrest reports said the 15-year-old victim "got upset about the name calling" and told the boys to shut up.</p><p> That's when the three boys started to fight. Witnesses said the heavier boy stabbed the victim from behind.</p><p> As the teen lay bleeding on the ground, one suspect was heard saying, "That's why your boy got stabbed in the back."</p><p> Deputies said the stabbing left the 15-year-old victim with a broken rib and a punctured lung. The victim was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.</p><p> "It's pretty strange that something like this would happen here because it's a gated community and we have security," said Sammy Arroyave, who lives in the neighborhood. "I think it's pretty crazy that something like just words would end up in something so violent."</p><p> Deputies identified Core and Rivera as suspects based on witness information and evidence found with a search warrant. They were arrested and taken to the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:13:12 GMT

New Smyrna Beach police search for woman in patio furniture, plant theft

<p> New Smyrna Beach police are searching for the woman they say stole patio furniture and plants from a local business.</p><p> Police said the theft was reported at AA Garden Fusion on Flagler Avenue on Oct. 19.</p><p> The woman was caught on surveillance video taking patio furniture and plants from the store and putting them in the car, according to police.</p><p> The business owner told police the furniture, which was worth $450, was kept inside in an enclosed patio.</p><p> Police described the woman as white, having blonde, medium-length hair worn in a ponytail and a cigarette smoker. She was last seen driving a newer model Cadillac.</p><p> If you recognize the woman, contact police at 386-424-2220.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:38:02 GMT

Kenny G angers China with Hong Kong visit

<p> Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G wants everyone to know that he's not a foreign agitator trying to defy the Chinese Communist Party.</p><p> Pleading ignorance, the musician has deleted a selfie he took at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests after the Chinese Foreign Ministry -- which has claimed the protests are fueled by outside agents -- declared Kenny G was participating an "illegal activity."</p><p> In a panicked <a href="" target="_blank">social media message</a>, the musician insisted "I am not supporting the demonstrators."</p><p> "I was not trying to defy government orders with my last post," <a href="" target="_blank">he wrote on Twitter</a>. "(I) happened to walk by the protest area ... I don't really know anything about the situation."</p><p> Kenny G is hugely popular in China. One of his tunes, "Going Home," is played in shopping malls and train stations at closing time, and is even used as a ringtone or a doorbell chime.</p><p> His surprise visit on Wednesday had excited pro-democracy supporters in the city, where protests against Chinese restrictions on Hong Kong's election system have continued into a stubborn fourth week.</p><p> Demonstrators initially saw his visit as show of support, only to become angry when the artist explained that wasn't true.</p><p> "It comes across as if you are protecting your own capitalistic income and your own brand ... yet Hong Kong is fighting for its life," wrote the most-liked response to Kenny G's message.</p><p> "Very disappointing and cowardly of you to offer this pathetic clarity."</p><p> Kenny G isn't the only celebrity to draw the ire of Beijing during the protests. </p><p> According to Hong Kong media, Chinese propaganda officials have ordered state-run media to erase any mentions of 47 celebrities who are believed to support the Hong Kong protests, including martial arts star Chow Yun Fat.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:59:51 GMT

Most 'appetizing' U.S. cities for zombies

<p> When the undead rise up, you won't want to be in paradise. Honolulu is the most "appetizing" U.S. city for zombies, according to a fun new set of rankings.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Photos: Biketoberfest 2014

<p> It's been perfect weather for this year's "Biketoberfest" in Daytona Beach. Thousands visit the Daytona Beach area for the event that was created "more than 20 years ago" according to their website. Take a look at some of the bikes and some cars that got our eye. Check back to on Saturday for more. </p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:46:14 GMT