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Florida man shoots, kills huge bear inside his home

<p> A man shot and killed an estimated 500-pound bear that broke into his Lake County home, telling wildlife officials that it was the biggest bear he's ever seen.</p><p> [LISTEN TO 911 CALLS:  <a href="/news/bear-911-call-no-1/29322080" target="_blank">Part I</a> | <a href="/news/bear-911-call-no-2/29320472" target="_blank">Part II</a>]</p><p> In 911 calls, the man said he had no choice but to shoot the bear, which he said continued to enter his home through a window, even after he yelled at the animal.  The man said he thinks the bear was after his pet dog's food.</p><p> "The bear came back tonight," the man said in a second call to authorities.  "I cranked open the window in the living room and yelled at it and it just kept coming at me, showing teeth, so I shot it.  It's dead on my porch."</p><p> The man first called 911 hours earlier, reporting that a bear had damaged his home.<br/></p><p> "It came in the same way it did last night.  It ripped out a whole set of metal windows," the man said.  "He's got to be 450 to 500 pounds.  He's huge."</p><p> The man said he didn't touch the bear, wanting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials to remove it.</p><p> "(The bear) is laying in the middle of my Florida room, bleeding all over.  I shot him in the head," the man said.  "I've seen a lot of black bear -- I hunt -- and I've never seen one this big."</p><p> The man said he moved the dog food inside in an effort to deter the bear from returning, but that didn't stop the animal.</p><p> "He walked right through the shrubs, almost over them he was so big, and just climbed right in.  He was two-thirds of the way in when I saw first saw him and I yelled and he just looked up at me and kept right on coming like he didn't care I was there.  And I don't have any way to stop him (other than shooting him)."</p><p> Wildlife officials said they would not release photos of the bear because of an ongoing investigation.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:05:14 GMT

Mom left 7-year-old alone at movies, found drunk at home, Altamonte police say

<p> Altamonte Springs police have charged a mother with child neglect after they say she left a 7-year-old boy alone at the movies on Thursday afternoon to go drink with friends.</p><p> Carolina Uchoa was arrested after taking her son to a movie at The Picture Show on East Altamonte Drive and leaving him during the movie, according to the report.</p><p> Police said the boy went outside after the movie and couldn't find his mother or her car, but had her purse and phone, but didn't know the lock code to make calls.</p><p> When the boy's father called his mother to see how the day was going, the boy answered the phone and told him he didn't know where his mother was. The boy's father left work and went to pick up the boy, police said.</p><p> According to the report, the boy told his father that Uchoa was drinking "mean juice," which is their code word for alcohol.</p><p> Police said Uchoa's mother was contacted by the son's father in an effort to find Uchoa. Uchoa's mother told police that she drove back from Key West when she found out her daughter left the movies and got a hold of Uchoa, who sounded heavily intoxicated and offered to pick her up.</p><p> Uchoa was picked up at a friend's house at Waterside at Crane's Roost apartments and her mother took her to the police department to turn herself in, according to the report.</p><p> Uchoa told officers that nothing happened and she was "just hanging out."</p><p> The Department of Children and Families was called to investigate and Uchoa was booked into the Seminole County jail.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:26:56 GMT

Cocaine, marijuana wash up on Florida beaches

<p> A day after cocaine washed ashore on New Smyrna Beach, a bale of marijuana washed up on Daytona Beach, according to officials.</p><p> [PHOTOS:  <a href="/news/29318012" target="_blank">Drugs wash up on Volusia beaches</a>]<br/></p><p> Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said 20 kilograms of cocaine was found Thursday on New Smyrna Beach near Flagler Avenue.<br/></p><p> On Friday morning, marijuana washed up near Silver Beach Avenue in Daytona, beach officials said.<br/></p><p> The drugs were turned over to authorities.</p><p> No other details were released.</p><p> </p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:44 GMT

Woman's death investigated as homicide, Cocoa Beach police say

<p> Brevard County authorities said on Friday they are investigating the death of a woman as a homicide.</p><p> Cocoa Beach police say Jessica Erausquin, 27, was found dead on Rose Street just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 16.</p><p> Erausquin's death is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Her last known address was the 5200 block of Millenia Boulevard, police said.</p><p> The medical examiner found that Erausquin died from blunt force trauma to her head.</p><p> Check back for more on this developing story.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:54:49 GMT

2 additional West Nile virus cases reported in Central Florida

<p> Two additional human cases of the<a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/chickens-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-orange-county/28371322" target="_blank"> West Nile virus</a> have been reported in Central Florida, health officials said on Friday.</p><p> [MORE:<a href="http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html" target="_blank"> Info on mosquito-borne illnesses]</a></p><p> Volusia County health officials said they received confirmation from the state lab of a fourth human case of the virus on Friday.</p><p> The report in Volusia County comes<a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/2nd-human-case-of-west-nile-virus-reported-in-volusia-county/28967178" target="_blank"> weeks after two other victims of West Nile </a>were confirmed-- the third was a female in her 30s and the second victim was an elderly male.</p><p> Another West Nile virus human case was reported in Marion County on Friday, health officials said.</p><p> The confirmed infection of West Nile virus in a human follows the department’s Sept. 16 announcement that a Marion County horse had tested positive for West Nile virus.</p><p> Both Marion and Volusia counties are under a mosquito-borne illness advisory.</p><p> Details about the victims were not immediately available.</p><p> There is a heightened concern additional residents will become ill in both counties, health officials said.</p><p> Health officials are urging residents to "Drain and Cover," by draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, covering skin with clothing or repellent and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.</p><p> The West Nile virus has been reported in chickens in Orange, Seminole, Brevard and Flagler counties.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:10 GMT

Edgewater police shoot, kill man

<p> Edgewater police shot and killed a man who they say threatened officers with a knife.</p><p> </p><p> <a href="/news/trevor-silvia/29316852" target="_blank">Trevor Silvia</a>, 34, died in the shooting, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday at 1410 Needle Palm Drive in Edgewater.</p><p> According to police, the agency received a disturbance call and found Silvia, who threatened and confronted officers.</p><p> The officers tried to subdue Silvia with a Taser, but he ripped the stun gun's prongs out with one hand while moving toward them with the knife in the air, according to police. </p><p> The officers then shot Silvia, who was airlifted to Halifax Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, officials said.</p><p> Police later released an image of the knife they say Silvia brandished.  It was a <a href="/news/knife-in-edgewater-police-shooting/29315524" target="_blank">kitchen knife with a 13-inch blade</a>, police said.</p><p> Silvia's mother and her boyfriend were inside the home but were not injured, police said.</p><p> Police said Silvia was arrested on armed robbery charges in 2007.</p><p> Edgewater police Sgt. John Tarr and Officer Charles Geiger were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.</p><p> The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:12:28 GMT

20 scariest states in America

<p> Clowns, spiders and snakes, oh my! These states are the scariest in America, according to, well, Americans.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 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: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:09 GMT

2 shot in Orlando home invasion

<p> Two men were shot multiple times early Friday in an Orlando home invasion, and Orange County deputies continue to search for the intruders.</p><p> </p><p> The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. at a home in the 7300 block of Burnway Drive in the Clubhouse Estates subdivision in Dr. Phillips near Bay Hill.</p><p> According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, two gunmen entered the home and demanded money.  Deputies said a woman who jumped out of a back window of the home called 911 to report the home invasion.</p><p> Deputies said they found the victims, ages 40 and 22, suffering from gunshot wounds.  They were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.  The woman was not injured.</p><p> "I haven't ever seen anything like this.  Ever, ever," said neighbor Ishvar Prasad.  "Now I want to close my door.  I don't want to open it, you know."</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said detectives believe the victims were targeted by the assailants, who were only described as black men carrying semiautomatic handguns.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:35 GMT

Texas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola

<p> Ebola-themed Halloween decorations?</p><p> That's the approach one Dallas-area man is taking.</p><p> James Faulk has outfitted his home to look like a hazmat scene, complete with caution tape and infectious waste containers.</p><p> He even has his own hazmat suit.</p><p> The display has raised some eyebrows among neighbors, but police stopped by and said Faulk isn't breaking any laws with his decor.</p><p> "It never ceases to amaze me what will offend people these days," he told Dallas TV station WFAA. "And I'm sure I'm crossing the line."</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:41:32 GMT

Jacksonville duo catches 13-foot gator by hand

<p> After months of scouting, two Florida men finally caught the more than 13-foot gator they nicknamed "Lumpy."</p><p> The men caught Lumpy in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville using a rope and a few hooks.</p><p> It took about four hours to bring the 13-foot, 4-inch gator in and he was so heavy he broke the scales.</p><p> "Usually when people say they've seen a large alligator, it's usually around 11 feet or so. So, 13 feet, close to 13 and 1/2 feet is definitely rare," said Jim Darlington, curator of reptiles at Alligator Farm.</p><p> Right now, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating to figure out if Lumpy is the biggest gator ever caught in Florida by hand.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:59:52 GMT

DeBary candidate faces illegal recording charge after spat with city worker

<p> A DeBary city council candidate is facing a felony charge after deputies say he secretly recorded an argument with a city worker.</p><p> The worker, Eugene Leighton, worked part-time for the city enforcing its sign ordinance. Kinsella saw Leighton removing his campaign signs, which sparked the argument.</p><p> According to Kinsella, he had permission to post the signs at the shopping center where he owns a business, but Leighton believed the signs' placement violated the city's ordinance.</p><p> Local 6 obtained the audio recorded by Kinsella. The argument turns nasty in seconds. Leighton can be heard using expletives.</p><p> "Excuse me. Don't use that language at me please. Don't use profanity at me," said Kinsella.</p><p> At one point Leighton even tells Kinsella to "go to hell."</p><p> Kinsella says he told Leighton he was recording. He says he shared it with the city to show how unprofessional Leighton had been. Deputies later charged Kinsella for recording the audio without consent after Leighton reported it.</p><p> According to the charging affidavit, Leighton also told police "[Kinsella] took photographs of him, demanded to know where he lived, threatened to break his legs."</p><p> The State Attorney's Office told Local 6 the case is under review. They will investigate the case and decide whether or not to prosecute based on the charge recommended by the sheriff's office.</p><p> The city of DeBary says Leighton has been re-assigned to measure lake levels, a job that doesn't entail interaction with the public.</p><p> Leighton told Local 6 he wasn't sorry for the language and called it a response to Kinsella's alleged threats.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:39:27 GMT

Weirdest craft beer flavors

<p> Ever kicked back and enjoyed a cool Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout? How about a tall brewsky made from yeast found in some guy's beard? Take a look at some of the quirkiest beers brewed in craft breweries all over America. </p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:27:12 GMT

TV Trivia: Test your knowledge

<p> In the 1960's, television program choices were few. Can you remember what was on?  Test your trivia knowledge.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:44:27 GMT