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Boy drowns at pool in City View Apartments, police say

<p> Police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy drowned in a pool at the City View Apartments.</p><p> Orlando police and fire officials arrived at the complex on West Church Street around 4:17 p.m. Saturday.</p><p> Witnesses told Local 6 some kids were in the pool celebrating a birthday party. The boy was also at the pool with family members when he went under and stopped moving.</p><p> The boy's aunt started calling for someone to do CPR.</p><p> Two officers found an unresponsive 5-year-old boy at the pool, police said.</p><p> The officers performed life-saving rescue efforts, including CPR, until the Orlando Fire Department arrived and began additional advanced life-saving efforts, authorities said.</p><p> The boy was taken to a hospital by OFD, where he was pronounced dead, police said.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:22:02 GMT

Part of Bumby Avenue near Orlando airport to close

<p> In just two days, part of Bumby Avenue near the Orlando Executive Airport is going to close for the next year and a half.</p><p> Monday morning crews are shutting down Bumby Avenue from Colonial Drive to Corrine Drive.</p><p> [CHECK: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Traffic/1637060" target="_blank">Latest traffic conditions</a>]</p><p> People who drive the stretch of road regularly agree that it will be an annoyance. The nearly 1-mile stretch of Bumby Avenue starting at Colonial Drive will be closed to through traffic.</p><p> The closure will result in a new road with no potholes and less risk of flooding. The city said the road will shut down Monday as soon as the project begins.</p><p> The main goal is to improve the drainage on the stretch of Bumby from Colonial Drive to Corrine Drive. They hope to prevent flooding during heavy rains once the new drainage system is installed.</p><p> The city said crews will also repave and remove potholes. Sidewalks will also be upgraded and bus stops will be enhanced.</p><p> The project is expected to take 20 months from start to finish.</p><p> Residents said they're happy about the benefits, but finding a detour is going to be an inconvenience.</p><p> The city does recommend some detours during the construction. For drivers heading northbound take N. Hampton Avenue to Virginia Drive to North Forest Avenue out to Corrine Drive.</p><p> Southbound, take Corrine Drive to North Forest Avenue to Virginia Drive and then N. Fern Creek to Colonial Drive.</p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:07:15 GMT

Small plane catches fire during emergency landing, Titusville officials say

<p> A small plane caught fire during an emergency landing at Space Coast Regional Airport in South Titusville, fire officials said.</p><p> Authorities were called at 1:01 p.m. Saturday to the airport in South Titusville.</p><p> The single-engine plane had engine trouble and already landed when crews arrived.</p><p> Smoke could be seen coming from the engine compartment, which became engulfed in flames, Titusville Fire officials said.</p><p> Crews put out the fire within five minutes after arriving at the scene. Three people were aboard the small plane, officials said.</p><p> No injuries were reported.</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:23:09 GMT

8 church members killed in van crash mourned at funeral

<p> Two members of a Haitian church remain hospitalized nearly three weeks after their overloaded van crashed in the dark on a rural road, killing eight members of the congregation.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/florida-church-van-crash-kills-8/32082832" target="_self">Florida church van crash kills 8</a>]</p><p> A funeral for the eight victims was held Saturday in Fort Pierce, followed by burials at White City Cemetery.</p><p> The 15-passenger van was carrying 18 members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God when it plunged into a ravine in the early morning hours of March 30 as the group was returning from a Palm Sunday service in Fort Myers.</p><p> The eight victims all were originally from Haiti and were long-time members of the Fort Pierce church.</p><p> The driver, 58-year-old Volsaint Marsaille, was the church's regular driver as well as a school bus driver for the St. Lucie County School District. Servilus Dieudonne, 71, was traveling with his wife and 4-year-old granddaughter, who both survived the crash. Jude Petit-Frere, 66, died with his 58-year-old wife, Obernise Petit-Frere. Dazilia Joseph, 79, Madeleine William, 63, Wanie Larose, 60, and Lifaite Lochard, 58, also were killed.</p><p> The church's pastor was among 10 injured in the crash. The <a href="http://bit.ly/1CYBU9S" target="_blank">Tribune in Fort Pierce reports</a> that two survivors remain hospitalized: 89-year-old Innoncent Roseme and 44-year-old Clodette Fleurvil.</p><p> The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Federal transportation officials have warned about the potential instability of 15-passenger vans for over a decade. Colleges and church groups, among others, have been warned that overloading the vans increases the risk of rollover and makes the vehicles difficult to maneuver in emergencies.</p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:22:19 GMT

Gorilla cracks window, sends family running

<p> A family trip to a Nebraska zoo turned terrifying for one family after the gorilla they were looking at leaped toward the exhibit window, cracking it. </p><p> Kevin Cave caught the incident on video that he posted on his Reddit page. It has already been viewed more than 1 million times. </p><p> Cave said when his family first arrived at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo gorilla exhibit, he noticed one of the gorillas had a cut below his eye that was "bleeding a little bit." </p><p> He said he overheard a couple of zookeepers say the gorillas had been fighting with one another. </p><p> Then the gorilla -- named Kijoto -- charged toward the window and smacked into it, he said. </p><p> The leap sent the family and other patrons running, but Cave said when he looked back, "it wasn't as bad as we thought it was." </p><p> Dan Cassidy with the Henry Doorly Zoo said he's been surprised by the attention since he considered the whole thing a "nonevent." </p><p> The group of male gorillas is known to have occasional skirmishes. </p><p> "They show how tough they are by pounding on the wall and the windows," Cassidy said. </p><p> Even with the crack, the public was never in danger, he said, because the window has multiple layers of both glass and acrylic. </p><p> Kijoto is a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, according to a release on the zoo's website. He weighs 375 pounds. </p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:21:49 GMT

Secret celebrity weddings

<p> While some celebrities go all out for their weddings, others slipped away to tie the knot in private. Join us for a look at celebrity marriages that began beyond the prying eyes of the paparazzi.</p>

Published: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: April 19

<p> The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in a deadly blaze, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.<br/></p>

Published: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Female CEO: A woman shouldn't be president

<p> The female business owner who declared on Facebook earlier this week that women aren't fit for the U.S. presidency stood by her views Saturday, citing "hormones" and a "biblical background." </p><p> "That's how God wanted it, and again, it's my belief and how I run my household and how I am," Cheryl Rios, the CEO of Go Ape Marketing in Dallas, said on CNN's "New Day." </p><p> "Like I believe in the woman should cook the meal for the man, like I believe in staying home when you have your child," she said. </p><p> Rios was explaining a post on her personal Facebook account that went viral after she asserted that Hillary Clinton should not be elected president because of her gender. </p><p> "By no means am I saying every woman out there who doesn't do what I do is a bad female, or that your daughter shouldn't aspire to be the president," Rios said. "If that's what she wants, that's great, go for it. All it means is that I don't support that, that's my personal opinion."</p><p> In her Facebook post, Rios wrote of the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.</p><p> "If this happens -- I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country --- but more importantly a female shouldn't be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the president, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man."</p><p> Rios, who has faced an onslaught of criticism, said she's entitled to share her opinion, and noted that she posted her sentiments on her personal Facebook page.</p><p> "I didn't put it on Twitter, I didn't announce it anywhere," she said. "It was just me sharing who I am. I'm old-fashioned and I have different views than others, but it's just the way that I feel in reference to the presidency."</p><p> "I am a strong woman," she continued. "I run my own company, like you said. But that is not the same as running the best country in the world and being commander-in-chief and head of state. The president of the United States, to me, should be a man, and not a female."</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:09:20 GMT

Obama's Earth Day trek to Florida to highlight climate change

<p> President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades.</p><p> In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change."</p><p> He says he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the "economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry" at risk.</p><p> Polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. So Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on the costs of climate change.</p><p> Obama held an event in Washington earlier this month linking climate change to health problems like allergies and asthma.</p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:19:48 GMT

'Operation Green Light' takes place in Central Florida

<p> There was a huge relief Saturday for people with traffic tickets hanging over their heads. They got to take care of them without a collection agency penalty at Clerk of Court offices all over Central Florida.</p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:10:45 GMT

Volunteers help fix up homes for seniors in Seminole County

<p> There are houses in Seminole County that need some help, and seniors who could use a hand keeping up their places and keeping their HOAs off their back. Local 6's Kristin Giannas shows viewers how they got that help.</p>

Published: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:15:30 GMT

Columbus Crew roll 10-man Orlando City 3-0

<p> Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Crew beat Orlando City 3-0 on Saturday night.</p><p> Higuain opened the scoring in the 32nd minute for Columbus (2-2-2). Ethan Finlay hustled to gather a failed clearance by Rafael Ramos and he fed Higuain in front of the net for a nifty back-heel goal.</p><p> Ramos was given a red card 2 minutes later for Orlando (2-3-2) after a studs-up tackle on Waylon Francis, which started a few skirmishes.</p><p> Kamara assisted on Justin Meram's score in the 55th minute and netted his own goal 5 minutes later. Kamara picked the pocket of a defender in Orlando's penalty box and Meram hammered in the finish. Then Kamara ran down Higuain's diagonal cross and chipped goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who had come out of his box.</p><p> Columbus' Steve Clark stayed low at the near post and used quick hands to block Kevin Molino's close-range shot in first-half stoppage time. It was Clark's third shutout of the season.</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:57:02 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: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:11:46 GMT