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Orlando homeowner shoots at intruder

<p> A homeowner opened fire on an intruder during an Orlando burglary, but it's not known if the individual was shot, according to sheriff's officials.</p><p> The shooting occurred Friday morning in the 8300 block of Fort Thomas Way near Goldenrod Road.</p><p> Orange County sheriff's Deputy Lourdes Clayton said deputies continue to investigate an occupied burglary in which a resident fired a shot at a burglar.</p><p> Officials initially told Local 6 that a person involved in the incident ended up at a hospital, but Clayton later said that wasn't confirmed.</p><p> No other details have been released.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:30:11 GMT

Search for missing Orange County teen continues as tips come in

<p> The uncle of the missing 16-year-old Orange County girl told Local 6 on Thursday the man arrested in connection with her disappearance has had trouble with the teen before.</p><p> [PICS: <a href="/news/27230876" target="_blank">Rally held for missing teen</a>]</p><p> Alexandria Chery was reported missing on Monday by her mother after she returned home from work to find her daughter's clothes removed from the closet and her bedding gone.</p><p> The man arrested on Wednesday in Alexandria's disappearance, Sanel SaintSimon, is the boyfriend of the girl's mother and Alexandria's uncle Ray Joseph said SaintSimon had touched Alexandria inappropriately before.</p><p> "I never trusted him to begin with," said Joseph, who added that SaintSimon had touched Alexandria sexually about a year ago and no one ever reported it to authorities.</p><p> Joseph said SaintSimon was allowed to stay in the house but wasn't supposed to ever be alone with Alexandria.</p><p> "I'm wishing she did take the proper precaution and take it to authorities, but now it's kind of too late," Joseph said. "Our niece is out there, her daughter is out there, and no where to be found."</p><p> SaintSimon is accused of lying to law enforcement about where he was when Chery disappeared, lying to them about cleaning the apartment and bloody areas with bleach and lying to them about the car he had used on Monday during the time Alexandria went missing.</p><p> Orange County deputies said they were investigating several tips on Alexandria's disappearance and were searching for her Thursday on the ground and using high-tech tools. Deputies said they were doing a search in the ChampionsGate area related to the investigation and that they will continue to search in Polk County, along with Orange County.</p><p> Orange County sheriff's deputies say they found what appears to be blood spatter on a teddy bear in the girl's room, as well as down the hallway of the apartment they lived in off of Good Homes Road.</p><p> On Thursday afternoon, a large group of Chery's friends from Olympia High School and family gathered at the Publix grocery store at the corner of Good Homes Road and W. Colonial Drive to keep attention focused on finding her. They put up fliers around the area.</p><p> SaintSimon remains at Orange County jail on $7,650 bond.</p><p> If you have any information on Alexandria's whereabouts, you're asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:53:12 GMT

Tropical Storm Bertha forms east of southern Lesser Antilles

<p> Tropical Storm Bertha formed Thursday night east of the southern Lesser Antilles, according to the National Hurricane Center.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="" target="_blank">Hurricane Headquarters</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Local 6 Hurricane Tracker App</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Track storm</a>]</p><p> At 11 p.m. Thursday, the second tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season was about 275 miles east-southeast of Barbados and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.</p><p> Bertha was moving west-northwest at 20 mph. The storm is expected to pass near Barbados on Friday afternoon and move through the central Lesser Antilles Friday evening.</p><p> Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, according to the NHC.</p><p> A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica. NHC said a tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:43:03 GMT

12-year-old shot, killed homeless man, Jacksonville deputies say

<p> A 12-year-old boy shot and killed a 54-year-old homeless man last month in a Westside parking lot, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.<br/> <br/>WJXT reports Sharron Townsend is charged with murder in the death of Thomas Trent, who was found dead at a vacant business in the 7400 block of 103rd Street about 7:20 a.m. June 28. Police said Townsend shot Trent one time in the head.</p><p> Police said <a href="" target="_blank">surveillance video was obtained from nearby businesses</a> that helped them identify two persons of interest after receiving tips from the public. The video shows the two in the area at about 2:25 a.m.</p><p> Investigators said one of them, 16-year-old Darrel Royal, was incarcerated in connection with an unrelated robbery, and when interviewed Wednesday night, he implicated Townsend.</p><p> Police said they then interviewed Townsend, who they said admitted to shooting Trent with a .22-caliber gun. Police said the gun has not been recovered.</p><p> Investigators said Townsend and Trent did not know each other, and the killing appears to be random. Police said Trent was not robbed.</p><p> "I cannot tell you a reason. To me, the best way to describe it is a horrible, spontaneous event," said Assistant Chief Chris Butler. "I can't give you an explanation as to why it happened."</p><p> Police initially said foul play was not suspected in the death, but two days later they said it was. On July 1, police released the <a href="" target="_blank">surveillance video</a> of two persons of interest in the killing.</p><p> Butler said no charges are expected for Royal in connection with the killing.</p><p> "We did not believe that he was involved in the incident," Butler said.</p><p> Trent sometimes lived in a shed behind an abandoned Pizza Hut off 103rd.</p><p> "I used to stay in the little shed with him, and I see him and hung out with him on weekends," said Ron Butler, who knew Trent. "When I don't want to go.home, I might hang out sometimes.</p><p> "He was a nice guy, never bothered nobody. As a matter fact he was a crippled guy. He may ask you for some change, but he wasn't no troublemaker at all, not at all."</p><p> Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford spoke Thursday about young violent offenders and said children need to be raised in a strong home environment.</p><p> "They become violent because we're not teaching them values," he said. "Somewhere on the lines, this 12-year-old was never taught that there is value to life, and he doesn't value his own, he doesn't value anyone else's, and that's how you can just take a life for no reason. That's what we're up against."</p><p> Rutherford said that's why prevention and intervention programs in the community are so important -- programs such as the Police Athletic League, Pastor Gundy's Nehemiah Family Life Center that teaches kids how to solve problems without violence, and the nonprofit Save Our Sons at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church that works with families.</p><p> "Not just dealing with the boy, but dealing with the family as a whole, trying to work where we can connect the fathers to their sons and make sure the mothers are empowered to be able to raise the sons as well," said Scott Cotton, executive pastor at St. Paul.</p><p> These leaders try to get kids on the right track and give them hope for a better future, so a child like Townsend doesn't end up in jail charged with murder, and an innocent man like Trent dead.</p>

Published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:27:53 GMT

Rare yellow lobster found at Central Florida grocery store

<p> A rare yellow lobster nearly wound up on a dinner plate after being delivered in a Publix grocery store's daily seafood shipment.</p><p> Publix manager Chuck Jones told the <a href="" target="_blank">Daytona Beach News-Journal</a> the lobster arrived at his Flagler Beach store on July 24.</p><p> Store employees soon realized they had received a rare catch: According to the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, the odds of finding a yellow lobster are one in 30 million.</p><p> Publix workers contacted several centers for marine wildlife but were told they didn't have the necessary cold-water tanks to house the lobster.</p><p> The newspaper reports an animal rights activist purchased the lobster about five days later.</p><p> Marybeth Jeitner told <a href="" target="_blank">ABC News</a> the lobster was sent to the Sea Coast Science Center in New Hampshire.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:32:29 GMT

Woman seen walking naked man on leash

<p> A couple in West Virginia could face charges for taking their sex games out of their bedroom and on the street.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:25:37 GMT

On this day: August 1

<p> Oxygen is discovered, Adolf Hitler presides over the opening of the Olympics, a new superhero is introduced, tragedy strikes the University of Texas, and a new all-music TV network debuts, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Celebrities with August birthdays

<p> Wondering which of your favorite celebrities shares your August birthday? Wonder no more. Click on to discover what stars have birthdays this month.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Florida man accused of stealing rice, beer from restaurants

<p> Police say a 41-year-old man told them he broke into multiple Daytona Beach restaurants because he was hungry.</p><p> The <a href="" target="_blank">Daytona Beach News-Journal</a> reports Joel Rodriguez is accused of taking a cake, beer and bags of rice. He was being held in the Volusia County Jail on Friday morning.</p><p> Officials say Rodriguez also stole nurse uniforms from a medical supply store.</p><p> He told police he traded the beer for a place to stay in a local crack house. He said he also sold the nurses uniforms.</p><p> He faces multiples charges.</p><p> There was no word on whether he has an attorney.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:41:42 GMT

11-year-old Florida boy sets himself ablaze in 'fire challenge' game

<p> An 11-year-old boy is recovering at Kendall Regional Hospital after playing the so-called "fire challenge," a game in which people douse themselves with alcohol, light themselves on fire and post the video on Facebook, YouTube or other social media outlets.</p><p> The boy, Derick Robinson, told WPLG-TV in Miami that he was playing with his older brother and three other friends Tuesday at their home in Clewiston. Robinson said his cousin showed him a video on Facebook showing a teen lighting himself on fire; Robinson admitted he wanted to try it.</p><p> Robinson's mother, Keyesta Pouch, said she was asleep in another room when she heard her son's screams. She said she found him in the shower after having burned himself.</p><p> Robinson was rushed to an area hospital and then transferred to the burn unit at Kendall Regional Hospital.</p><p> Robinson's message to other kids: Don't play the game.</p><p> "Some people die from it, and it [hurts] real bad," he said.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:53:43 GMT

SeaWorld Orlando's last polar bear dies unexpectedly

<p> SeaWorld Orlando's last polar bear at the park died suddenly on Thursday morning, according to park officials.</p><p> Johnny, a 24-year-old polar bear, underwent a physical examination that went well with no unexpected problems. SeaWorld veterinarians said they believe he may have suffered a cardiac arrest event during his recovery, but say a necropsy will provide more information.</p><p> Park officials said although Johnny experienced a skin condition and lameness due to his age, his death was unexpected.</p><p> "... Johnny enhanced the awareness of polar bears to millions and millions of SeaWorld Orlando fans and visitors - he’ll be missed by our guests and team members," Mike Boos, SeaWorld Orlando vice president of zoological operations, said in a release.</p><p> Polar bears live between 15-18 years in the wild, according to Polar Bears International,</p>

Published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:01:18 GMT

Digital dashboards allow drivers to tap an app without reaching for cellphone

<p> We all know reaching for a smartphone while driving is a recipe for disaster, but what if all the apps you needed on your phone were already built into your car?</p><p> [ WEB EXTRA:<a href="" target="_blank"> Click here for a list of manufacturers' digital technology</a>]</p><p> Once just a perk of the luxury vehicle, digital dashboards with apps that allow you to update your status or order a pizza are now hitting mainstream cars.</p><p> If Shamil Shalwani wants to keep up with his favorite team while he's on the road, he only has to consult his car.</p><p> "When I first saw the feature of the new apps inside the car, I was pretty impressed," said Shalwani.</p><p> Thanks to his car's digital dashboard, Shalwani said he feels like he's become a safer driver.</p><p> “Before I got this car it was very hard to keep the phone out of my hand," he said.</p><p> Mark Takahashi, an automotive editor at, said that's the point.</p><p> "Give drivers the freedom they're looking for while keeping the phone out of drivers' hands and their eyes on the road," said Takahashi. "Some systems don't even utilize a touchscreen, where you have the display well within the driver's line sight, but you have a little dial right where your hand rests so you can control everything without really having to reach or pay that much attention to what's going on on the screen."</p><p> But Jake Nelson, of AAA, said he worries the hands-free features might give drivers a false sense of security. </p><p> "When you distract your mind from the task of driving, it creates a more unsafe driver," said Nelson.</p><p> AAA has been speaking out on its safety concerns with digital dashboards to Congress but is also taking its message of caution directly to the consumer.</p><p> "Focus squarely on driving. If you must use these technologies, we encourage you to pull over and use them when the vehicle is not in motion. When it's time to get back on the road, focus on driving," said Nelson.</p><p> As for Shalwani, he said he can't imagine driving without a digital dash.</p><p> "I wanted something more convenient. I wanted something that would get the phone out of my hand, per se, and I really think that they did a good job," said Shalwani.</p><p> AAA said they hope car manufacturers will take voluntary actions to make drivers safer without making it necessary to introduce regulations.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:00:00 GMT

15 best U.S. spots for kids

<p> August is National Family Fun Month. Spend some time with yours at these 15 best U.S. spots for kids.</p>

Published: Fri, 01 Aug 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: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:11:05 GMT