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The Basement pours $60,000 in beer during UCF losing streak

<p>A downtown Orlando bar gave out $60,000 in free beer during UCF's football team's losing streak, according to ESPN.</p><p>Business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted Friday that The Basement, "gave out $60,000 (retail) worth of beer in their free beer until Knights win promo (they never won)."</p><p>The bar retweeted the message.</p><p>After UCF started the season 0-4, The Basement posted on its Instagram page, "Free beer until UCF wins. Seriously. Free beer during every game until we win. Because we need something to be excited about."</p><p>The Knights, which beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago, finished the 2015 season winless after getting <a href="">trounced by rival USF 44-3 on Thanksgiving night</a>.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:33:58 GMT

Florida teacher accused of having sex with student is pregnant, friends say

<p>A St. Johns County teacher who was arrested late Wednesday afternoon after being accused of having sex with a student is married and is expecting her first child, according to her previous classmates and friends.</p><p>The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Virginia Houston Hinckley, who lives in Jacksonville, turned herself in Wednesday at the Nassau County Sheriff's Office after learning a warrant for her arrest was issued.</p><p>The 26-year old St. Augustine High School teacher is charged with having unlawful sexual activity with a minor which is a second-degree felony.</p><p>She was released Wednesday after posting $10,000 bond, WJXT-TV reported.</p><p>Detectives began an investigation Oct. 20 after allegations that Hinckley had sex with a 16-year-old boy who was one of her students.</p><p>Police interviewed witnesses and search warrants were obtained and used as evidence in the investigation.</p><p>Detectives then turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office, which issued the arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>Hinckley was suspended with pay in October pending the outcome of the Sheriff's Office and school investigation, according to the St. Johns County school district.</p><p>No other details about her pregnancy have been released.</p><p>According to the St. Augustine High School website, Hinckley teaches ninth-grade English and ninth- and tenth-grade intensive reading.</p><p>At this point, the investigation only surrounds one 16-year-old student.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:59:52 GMT

Watch News 6 at Noon livestream

<p>Watch News 6 at Noon with Bridgett Ellison, David Hall and meteorologist Troy Bridges.</p><p>Be sure to visit or download the free News 6 App (search "WKMG" in your App Store) to watch News 6 livestreams weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m., 4 to 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. </p><p>News 6 is getting results in Central Florida.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:59:13 GMT

Robber tells clerk 'I'm sorry to do this on Thanksgiving,' Volusia cops say

<p>Volusia County deputies arrested a man who they say tried to rob a Burger King drive-thru before robbing a gas station on Wednesday night.</p><p>Brian McCoy, 27, was charged with robbery and attempted robbery in the incidents in DeBary and Deltona.</p><p>Deputies said McCoy went to the Burger King on Sunrise Boulevard just before 10:30 p.m. and ordered two cheeseburgers and fries from the drive-thru. When he pulled up to the window, McCoy said that it was a robbery, to which the restaurant manager shut the drive-thru window, according to the release.</p><p>McCoy then went to a Circle K store less than 2 miles away in Deltona, walked up to the counter with a 12-pack of beer and said, "I'm sorry to do this on Thanksgiving, but I need all the money in your register," according to deputies.</p><p>Deputies said the clerk gave McCoy $87 from the cash register, and he fled from the store. </p><p>McCoy spoke to deputies over the phone at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday and said he wanted to turn himself in, according the release.</p><p>Deputies arrested McCoy in a grocery store parking lot.</p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:34:35 GMT

'Operation Burglar Box' returns for Black Friday

<p>Local law enforcement in Central Florida are teaming up to bring "Operation Burglar Box" back for the holiday shopping season. </p><p>The Orange County Sheriff's Office and Kissimmee police have partnered with Orlando Recycling and Waste Management to have "cardboard-only" dumpsters placed throughout the area. </p><p>The so-called "burglar boxes" allow residents to discard cardboard boxes, especially for big-ticket items like TVs, computers and gaming consoles, instead of leaving them curbside outside their homes.</p><p>The Sheriff's Office said criminals often target homes by boxes left outside during the holiday season.</p><p><strong>Here are the Orange County Sheriff Office locations:</strong></p><p>- Sector 1 Substation - 1111 N Rock Springs Road, Apopka FL</p><p>· Waterford Shopping Center (behind the Subway)- 413 N Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL 32828</p><p>· Sector 2 Substation -11000 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, Florida 32825<br /> <br /> · Orlo Vista Park 1 N. Powers Dr. Orlando, FL 32835</p><p>· Lowes 8700 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32818</p><p>· Goodwill- 7915 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809</p><p>· Costco- 2101 Waterbridge Blvd Orlando, FL 32837</p><p>· Winn-Dixie - 11957 S Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando FL 32836</p><p><strong>Kissimmee Police Department locations:</strong></p><p>· Plaza Del Sol - 3831 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741</p><p>· Mill Creek Mall - 1400 E. Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34744<br /> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:09:53 GMT

Pedestrian hit by car, killed in Orange County

<p>The Florida Highway Patrol said a 60-year-old Chuluota man was killed Thursday when he was hit by a Ford Mustang while walking along Colonial Drive in Orange County.</p><p>Troopers say a 2013 Mustang was traveling westbound on Colonial Drive, and the Chuluota man was walking westbound in the median along the road. The 52-year-old Orlando woman driving the Mustang said the man suddenly started walking north across the westbound lanes, according to troopers.</p><p>The Mustang tried to avoid the man by veering left, but the front side of the car hit the man, killing him, the FHP said.</p><p>The driver and her two passengers, ages 76 and 26, were uninjured.</p><p>The westbound lanes of Colonial Drive were shut down but later reopened.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:31:14 GMT

Former deputy accused of robbing store, leading police chase

<p>A former Flagler County sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday on allegations of robbing a store in Daytona Beach and leading police on a chase through three counties.</p><p>A store owner said the man, identified by authorities as Daniel J. Ruddell, of Palm Coast, was in the Circle K at 1900 LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach for 30 minutes. He was about to purchase $300 worth of candy and snacks when he claimed he needed to go to his car to get his credit card. The owner said Ruddell returned and told the clerk to give him all the cash.</p><p>Police said Ruddell threatened the clerk with a bottle of liquid and claimed it was toxic.</p><p>The store owner said Ruddell didn't show a gun. He said the clerk complied because Ruddell was a "big guy."</p><p>Police saw the Silverado at Nova Road and 10th Street and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled onto northbound I-95, officials said.</p><p>Flagler County authorities set up two sets of stop sticks on I-95 and pursued the car into St. Johns County. The car avoided the stop sticks. St. Johns County police set stop sticks at State Road 207 and when the Silverado avoided the stop sticks, it rammed into a Flagler police car and tried to run over police officers, according to officials.</p><p>Police fired shots at the car, which continued driving northbound until a P.I.T. maneuver caused him to crash near the County Road 214 overpass.</p><p>% INLINE %</p><p>The car crashed on the side of I-95 just north of Highway 207 and Ruddell was arrested without incident. He was taken to Flagler Hospital.</p><p>Police said Ruddell is a former Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy who retired a year and a half ago. Before then, he was an officer with Daytona Beach and a deputy in Putnam County.</p><p>Ruddell was arrested last week for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, police said. </p><p>% INLINE %</p><p>Ruddell was arrested on charges of aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude with property damage. Additional charges are pending.</p><p>A judge on Friday morning set bond for Ruddell at $90,000. He will be transported from St. Johns County to Volusia County at some point.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:01:41 GMT

Central Florida to see warm, breezy day

<p>If you enjoyed the weather on Thanksgiving Day in Central Florida, there's more of it in store.</p><p>"Expect more of the same weather for your Black Friday and into the weekend," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said. "Strong high pressure will continue to maintain control across the area, causing a strong east breeze."</p><p>Winds are expected to remain at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, especially along the coast.</p><p>"With winds kicking up, a small craft advisory as well as a high threat for rip currents will remain in effect through at least Sunday," Campos said.</p><p>Skies in Central Florida will be mostly clear on Friday. Onshore flow will pick up a few more showers throughout the afternoon, however.</p><p>"Slightly heavier showers will track onto the beaches with continued weakening as they track inland," Campos said. "Rain chances will remain at 30 percent along the coast, and 20 percent for inland neighborhoods. Any rain we do see on Friday should quickly track in and out in a few minutes along the strong breeze."</p><p>Highs will rebound back to the upper 70s to low 80s around most neighborhoods in Central Florida. As the sun sets, lows will slowly cool back into the mid-60s.<br /> <br /> "Looking ahead into the weekend, long range models keep highs above average in the upper 70s to low 80s with minimal rain in the forecast," Campos said.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:24:01 GMT

Mysterious flying object search proves fruitless in Brevard

<p>Though emergency personnel searched by air, land and sea on Thanksgiving following reports of a mysterious flying object that crashed near the Pineda Causeway, no evidence was found, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Cpl. David Jacobs said Friday morning.</p><p>A 911 caller reported seeing a plane crash into the Banana River just south of the causeway, according to police scanner traffic.</p><p>Jacobs said a sheriff's office helicopter scanned the river using a thermal-imaging camera. Land-bound deputies also looked in vain, and the U.S. Coast Guard, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Patrick Air Force Base and Satellite Beach police were notified.</p><p>"Nothing was ever found, which leads me to believe that they didn't see what they believed they saw," Jacobs said of people who reported the flying object.</p><p>News 6 partner Florida Today reported that Coast Guard personnel determined that one witness who was driving by saw a sailboat operator lowering its sail -- and mistook the movement for a plane falling from the sky, Petty Officer Steve Lehman said Friday morning. The Coast Guard conducted phone interviews, but did not send people to the scene, Lehman said.</p><p>Joe Zayas, a Rockledge retired aerospace worker, said he called Rockledge police and the Coast Guard after he spotted "a bright light falling out of the sky" near dusk. He lives near Lowe's at Fiske and Barnes boulevards, and he was eating Thanksgiving dinner on his outdoor patio looking toward the east.</p><p>"It looked to me like an object on fire. Whatever it was, it was falling on fire," Zayas recalled Friday morning. "It was heading at a slight angle towards the Pineda.</p><p>"All I know is, it took my breath away because I thought, 'That could be a plane. That could be an act of terrorism.'" he said.</p><p>Zayas said he watched the object for about two seconds before it disappeared beyond the treetops, and it left no smoke trail.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:08:25 GMT

Cars stolen from Brevard County dealership

<p>Brevard County investigators say at least three people smashed their way into Westside Cars on South Tropical Trail on Merritt Island and stole cars.</p><p>The bandits got away with three vehicles and left car keys and license plates scattered on the ground, officials said.</p><p>A description of the culprits is not known.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:26:01 GMT

USF blasts UCF in season finale

<p>The UCF Knights took to the field for the last time this season in the seventh edition of "The War on I-4" against the South Florida Bulls.</p><p>USF quarterback Quinton Flowers scorched the Knights for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns in South Florida's 44-3 win.</p><p>UCF finished the season winless and ranked 114th in total defense and 128th in total offense, averaging under 15 points per game.</p><p>The Knights are 2 and 5 against the Bulls and finished winless for the second time in 11 years.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:18:23 GMT

Donald Trump to campaign in Florida

<p>Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump returns to Florida for a campaign rally on Saturday.</p><p>Trump's rally will be held at the Robarts Arena in Sarasota, beginning at noon. He last visited Florida last month when he made stops before large crowds in Miami and Jacksonville.</p><p>The latest statewide poll shows Trump leading with 36 percent, followed by Marco Rubio, 18 percent, and Ben Carson at 15 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was in fifth place with 8.9 percent.</p><p>Earlier this week, the Trump campaign announced the hiring of four new staffers. Named were Jennifer R. Locetta as deputy State Director; Ken Mayo as Director of Field Operations; John Ross Pughe as Southeast Regional Field Director; and, Craig Bachler, as Director of Coalitions.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:14:28 GMT

Early shoppers line up for Black Friday deals

<p>People flooded the Toys R Us in Altamonte Springs on Thursday for the Black Friday deals. Ertha Walters was the first shopper in line and said she's been doing this for over a decade.</p><p>"Getting something $700 difference, having that off, is a big difference for some people," Walters said.</p><p>Her friend sitting next to her in line says she's there for moral support. She's shopper No. 2.</p><p>"It's not just for the kids, us adults see things on sale and we get to take a chance to take advantage of those deals, so it is exciting," said Chana Yon.</p><p>One shopper said she got her toys half off.</p><p>"We got Star Wars and Nerf guns, that is what my 7-year-old is dying for this Christmas, so we're all set," said Alicia Pritchart.</p><p>Just down the street at Target, hundreds were in line for the 6 o'clock big open.</p><p>"When I'm buying for my grandkids and saving money, I can get them more, so you can't beat that," said Dave Maranda.</p><p>The Best Buy on Colonial Drive is also getting a rush. Fex Marano said he waited three hours to get his new television.</p><p>"They were running, people were fighting all over the place," Marano said. "I didn't know what to do. I just grabbed the TV and walked out."</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:23:25 GMT

Central Florida International Auto Show kicks off in Orange County

<p>The Central Florida International Auto Show is in full swing at the Orange County Convention Center.</p><p>Both domestic and foreign automakers are displaying their new 2016 models to the public.</p><p>One of the trends at the auto show is taking old designs and mixing them with new technology.</p><p>The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is a throwback of an old muscle car design, but features state-of-the-art technology.</p><p>"The consumers and the design teams are really looking to reinvigorate these historic muscle cars. The ones that really resonate with people," said Rachel Young with Ford.</p><p>The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful Dodge ever sold. With 707 horse power, the sports car can top 199 miles an hour without any modifications.</p><p>If off-road driving is more your style, Jeep is showing off its latest models with an obstacle course track. Visitors are able to ride in the new models going up and down a 35-degree incline, and a 30-degree tilt.</p><p>The Central Florida International Auto show runs through Sunday.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:21:09 GMT

2 arrested after crashing stolen car at Disney resort

<p>Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies said two men were arrested Thursday after crashing a stolen car into a kiosk at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.</p><p>Police said the men crashed the car near 900 Cayman Way after 5 a.m. and fled the scene on foot. One of the men arrested is a juvenile.</p><p>There were no injuries in the crash.</p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:29:16 GMT

1 dead after crashing into traffic signal pole on SR 520, FHP says

<p>A 36-year-old woman was killed in a Merritt Island crash Thursday morning on State Road 520, according to Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p>The crash was reported at SR 520 and Kiwanis Island Park Road just before 4 a.m.</p><p>Troopers said Jessica Hebert was driving on westbound SR 520 when she drove over a curb and onto a grass shoulder before crashing into a large traffic signal support pole.</p><p>Herbert sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash, according to FHP.</p><p>No other vehicles were involved.</p><p> </p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:57:38 GMT

Man arrested in fatal Brevard County shooting

<p>A 26-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a fatal <a href="">August shooting that left a 28-year-old man dead central Brevard.</a></p><p><a href="">News 6 partner Florida Today reports</a> Tracy Boother Jr. was arrested today in the shooting death of George Dewey, of Cocoa, who was shot and killed Aug. 11 in the Space Coast Gardens community just west of Cocoa. Boother was arrested on manslaughter charges, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.</p><p>Deputies said Boother and Dewey began to exchange gunfire in the area of Venus Drive. Dewey was fatally shot in the back as he retreated from the scene, according to evidence collected by the sheriff's office.</p><p>Laboratory tests conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that a nearby shell casing had been discharged from Boother's weapon.</p><p>Investigators told FLORIDA TODAY in August that a feud between the two may have played itself out online.</p><p>"There were conversations going on before between a couple of individuals. From what I know, it looks like it was pretty close to the time of the (shooting)," Maj. Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said in August. "There were some offline, as well as online, discussions."</p><p>Anyone with information about this case should contact the Brevard County Sheriff's Office at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-8477.</p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:32:32 GMT

1 lane of I-75 NB closed after dump truck hits bridge over CR 329

<p>Two northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are open just north of Ocala Wednesday night after a dump truck hit the bridge over County Road 329.</p><p>Police say the dump truck was driving on CR 329 at 4:40 p.m. when it hit the northbound I-75 bridge over CR 329. The incident closed CR 329 and two northbound lanes of I-75. On Thursday, one northbound lane of I-75 remained closed.</p><p>% INLINE %</p><p>Drivers heading northbound on I-75 can take any of the Ocala exits and make their way to U.S. 441. They can take U.S. 441 to CR 318, where they can head west and link up with I-75.</p><p>The Florida Department of Transportation is examining the option of opening the shoulder on the bridge for an additional travel lane.<br /> <br /> Officials said the bridge will likely need major repair. A couple of the beams supporting the outside lane were considerably damaged. There is no timetable for the permanent repairs.</p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:20:37 GMT

Orlando Magic serves Thanksgiving breakfast to homeless

<p>The Orlando Magic serves Thanksgiving breakfast to more than 700 homeless men, women and children at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.</p><p>The 23rd annual tradition provides an open breakfast, served by Orlando Magic players Devyn Marble and CJ Watson, Magic CEO Alex Martins and Magic staff and volunteers.</p><p>"It definitely puts things into perspective coming out here and just seeing people less fortunate then we are and putting smile on their faces," said Magic player Victor Oladipo. "And giving them a nice cooked meal is definitely a blessing."</p><p>A special carnival for children was held after breakfast at the Coalition's main campus.</p><p>Festivities included guest appearances by STUFF, the Magic Dancers, and the Magic Blue Crew; a Magic Fit exercise station, Pop-a-shot and Bounce House; caricatures, games, face painting, balloon art; and music by 104.5 The Beat, according to a release. </p><p>Paul Mitchell The School also gave haircuts to adults and children.</p><p> </p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:12:44 GMT

Candlelight Processional returns to Epcot

<p>Starting on Friday, a longstanding holiday tradition returns to Disney World as part of its Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot.</p><p>The Candlelight Processional tells the Christmas story with a 50 piece orchestra, a mass choir and a celebrity narrator. </p><p>This year's lineup includes Whoopi Goldberg, Meredith Viera and Neil Patrick Harris. The first night kicks off Friday with actor Gary Sinise.</p><p>The Candlelight Processional runs through Dec. 30. Shows take place three times per day at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.</p><p>Disney listed the narrator schedule on its website, which read: </p><p><strong>Nov. 27-29: </strong>Gary Sinise<br /> <strong>Nov. 30-Dec. 3:</strong> Neil Patrick Harris<br /> <strong>Dec. 4-5: </strong>Whoopi Goldberg<br /> <strong>Dec. 6 -8: </strong>Joe Morton<br /> <strong>Dec. 9-11: </strong>Ana Gasteyer<br /> <strong>Dec. 12-14:</strong> Meredith Vieira <br /> <strong>Dec. 15-17:</strong> America Ferrera <br /> <strong>Dec. 18-20: </strong>Chandra Wilson <br /> <strong>Dec. 21-23: </strong>Daniel Dae Kim - NEW<br /> <strong>Dec. 24-26:</strong> Edward James Olmos<br /> <strong>Dec. 27-28:</strong> Blair Underwood<br /> <strong>Dec. 29-30: </strong>Amy Grant</p><p>Visit the Disney website <a href="">for more information.</a></p>

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:22:25 GMT