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Mystery odor sickens 2 at Leesburg High School

<p> Two Leesburg High School cafeteria workers were sickened by an known odor Friday morning and taken to a hospital, prompting school officials to close some buildings on campus.</p><p> Lake County firefighters continue to investigate the source of the odor at the school, which is located at at 1401 Yellow Jacket Way.</p><p> The conditions of the workers was not immediately known.</p><p> Fire officials have closed Building 3, which houses the cafeteria and several classrooms at the school.  Building 1 was partially closed, and some students have been placed in the school auditorium, officials said.</p><p> The school said it brought in breakfast for the students and was making arrangements for a lunch plan.</p><p> No other details were immediately known.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:46:51 GMT

Cooldown hits Central Florida day after record highs

<p> A day after record-high temperatures in Central Florida, big weather changes are coming to the region.</p><p> "Light fog and light drizzle will be the story throughout Friday as a cool front moves through Central Florida," said Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges, who added that the coverage of rain will be at 20 percent.</p><p> After starting off in the 60s and 70s Friday morning, temperatures drop into the low and mid-60s and will stay there all day.</p><p> Highs will be back in the low and mid-70s over the weekend, with rain chances at 20 percent.</p><p> Highs were in the upper 80s Thursday as Melbourne and Daytona Beach tied records.  Daytona Beach tied the record of 87 degrees set in 1985, and Melbourne tied its record of 88 degrees, set in 1982.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:14:30 GMT

Protest held after Volusia deputy shoots, kills man

<p> Several people gathered Friday morning to protest the death of an unarmed man who was shot in the face and killed earlier this week by a Volusia County deputy.</p><p> [FOLLOW:  <a href="/news/mark-lehman-twitter-feed/29187128" target="_blank">Updates from Local 6 reporter Mark Lehman</a> | PHOTOS: <a href="/news/protest-held-after-volusia-deputy-shoots-kills-man/31649364" target="_blank">Protest</a>]</p><p> The protest began after 7:30 a.m. in DeLand, with a march to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office scheduled.</p><p> Derek Cruice, 26, (pictured below) was killed early Wednesday after being shot in the face while deputies served a search warrant at his Deltona home.</p><p> The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Todd Raible, 36, shot and killed Cruice when he was met with resistance as he entered the home.</p><p> The protesters posted a list of demands, including wanting Raible to face formal charges, an apology from the Sheriff's Office to Cruice's family and a policy change in connection with raids geared toward non-violent suspects wanted on marijuana charges.</p><p> The incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.</p><p> A man who was inside the home said the shooting happened in a matter of seconds.</p><p> "A bunch of guys came around the corner and they're pushing me down," said Matthew Grady. "As I'm going to the ground a gunshot went off."</p><p> Steve Cochran, who was also inside during the shooting, said Cruice was unarmed and did not resist.</p><p> </p><p> "Nobody resisted. There were no weapons," said Cochran. "Nobody was making any kind of resistance or trying to keep anybody from doing their job."</p><p> Deputies said 217 grams of marijuana, a scale, a drug ledger and about $3,000 in cash were found inside the home.</p><p> Raible was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard procedure.</p><p> On Wednesday, Sheriff Ben Johnson said the full details of the investigation will be revealed once the FDLE investigation is complete.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:01:22 GMT

Alleged bank robber found in closet of Central Florida home

<p> After months on the run, Marion County deputies say they finally caught the man behind two bank robberies.</p><p> Detectives say they found Randall Williford on Thursday hiding in a closet of a home.</p><p> Investigators had been looking for Williford since August when they say he robbed a Citizen's Bank in The Villages.</p><p> Deputies say Williford also robbed another bank in Sumter County last week.</p><p> Investigators say Williford admitted to both crimes.  He was taken to the Marion County Jail.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:57:57 GMT

Motorcyclist killed in Titusville hit-and-run, police say

<p> A motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday night in Titusville, police said.</p><p> The fatal crash, involving a motorcycle and sedan, happened at 8:12 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 1, a quarter mile south of Cheney Highway.</p><p> Titusville police said after the vehicles collided, the driver of the sedan failed to stop and fled from the scene.</p><p> The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. The motorcyclist was not identified.</p><p> Police described the sedan as silver, with damage to the driver's side of the vehicle.</p><p> Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Titusville Police Department.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:37:33 GMT

Colon cancer: One of the deadliest cancers

<p> Colon cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, but many people still aren't getting proper screenings, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA:  <a href="/news/video-extended-interview-with-amanda-evans-clark/31631790" target="_blank">Amanda Evans Clark talks about Cocktails & Chemo</a> ]</p><p> March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and the organization is asking people to wear blue today to show support.</p><p> Amanda Evans Clark knows firsthand how colon cancer can affect a family.</p><p> "Some days it just feels like we're just barely keeping our heads above water," she said.</p><p> Her husband, Joe Clark, was diagnosed with colon cancer at 28 years old. The diagnosis came two months before the couple's wedding in 2011.<br/><br/>Joe started chemo and after several rounds he was cancer-free in 2012.</p><p> The reprieve is when their daughter Mira was conceived. Mira is short for Miracle.</p><p> One year later the cancer was back. Last November, Joe died at 31, one month before his daughter's first birthday.</p><p> Evans Clark is stoic about their life.</p><p> "I feel like I received more love in my short marriage than I think people do their whole lives," the former news reporter said.</p><p> Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second deadliest according to the American Cancer Society.<br/><br/>It is also the most preventable, according to Dr. Sreeram Maddipatla, an oncologist with Orlando Health.</p><p> "In the past 50 years by screening colonoscopy, we have reduced colon cancer deaths," he said.<br/></p><p> 59 percent of Americans are having regular colonoscopy screenings, but more than 40 percent are not according to the Centers for Disease Control.<br/><br/>Maddipatla says he believes people don't know that a colonoscopy can save your life.<br/></p><p> "If they knew that, I think there would be more people doing it," he said.<br/></p><p> Dr. Maddipatla, who was Clark's oncologist, recommends patients have a colonoscopy screening at age 50.<br/></p><p> However, if you have a family member who has had colon cancer you should start screening at 40.<br/></p><p> Joe's father also died of cancer, so their daughter Mira will start even sooner.<br/></p><p> "I'm just always going to talk to her about it," Evans Clark said.<br/></p><p> Joe had Lynch Syndrome, a rare inherited disorder, which means Mira has a 50 percent chance of getting colon cancer.<br/></p><p> Because of that, Evans Clark says Mira will start having a colonoscopy at 15.<br/></p><p> "When she gets older, hopefully it will just be a part of her life and its not anything scary," she said<br/></p><p> While she may have lost her husband too soon, he lives on through their daughter, in their home, and definitely in their hearts.<br/></p><p> "I knew love, real love and not everyone gets that," she said<br/><br/>Evans Clark chronicled her family's journey in a blog called<a href="" target="_blank"> Cocktails & Chemo.</a><br/></p><p> She has started a foundation by the same name.<br/></p><p> The foundation will support young cancer caregivers, she said.<br/></p><p> This Sunday, she will talk more about the foundation at a memorial for her husband at the Enzian theater.<br/></p><p> The memorial is open to the public. Doors open at noon.<br/> </p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:35:44 GMT

On this day: March 6

<p> The Alamo falls, the Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott case, the Oreo cookie and Silly Putty are introduced, Mike Tyson wins in his pro debut, and Eric Clapton enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Stars who started on soap operas

<p> More than a few TV and movie stars got their start in daytime drama. Click on to find out which stars started on soap operas.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Deputy investigated for cybercrimes, FDLE agents say

<p> An Orange County deputy is under investigation for alleged cybercrimes, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.</p><p> An FDLE investigator said the investigation into Deputy Ronald Barba began in early February through the Cyber Crimes Task Force.</p><p> Thursday afternoon, FDLE agents covered his Mount Dora neighborhood to serve a warrant on his home. Those investigators spent hours at the home and seized several computers, along with other electronics.</p><p> Barba was not arrested.</p><p> He closed the door and did not answer questions when Local 6 went to his home to ask about the investigation.</p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Barba is still working as a deputy.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:48:32 GMT

Potholes prompt lane closures, back up traffic on I-4

<p> The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating reports of cars on Interstate 4 being damaged by potholes, prompting lane closures and backing up traffic.</p><p> [MORE: <a href="" target="_blank">The Big Drive </a>| <a href="" target="_blank">Timesaver Traffic </a>]</p><p> Troopers said the damage was reported in Volusia County in the area of mile marker 123 to 129 on Thursday evening.</p><p> One lane of eastbound I-4 was closed as troopers investigated, backing up traffic in the area.</p><p> Troopers told Local 6 drivers were calling 911 to report the potholes damaging cars. </p><p> Local 6 news helicopter Sky 6 flew over the scene, which showed cars backed up and a pothole in a construction zone where lanes were recently shifted.</p><p> No other details were immediately available.</p><p> Check back for more on this developing story.</p>

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:48:12 GMT

Man hanged dog from tree after dog 'made mess in trailer,' Polk deputies say

<p> A Davenport man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested after Polk County deputies say he hanged a dog by its neck from a tree because the dog "made a mess in the trailer."</p><p> Victor "Manny" Solano, 29, was charged with felony animal cruelty in the Wednesday incident.</p><p> According to deputies, Solano asked his neighbors if they had a gun he could borrow to shoot his 18-month-old pit bull because the dog made a mess.</p><p> When neighbors refused, Solano hanged the dog with a rope around its neck from a tree in the yard, then tied the rope to an ATV and dragged the dog's body to dispose of it in a pond nearby, deputies said.</p><p> Solano, who was released from state prison in March 2013 after serving a five-year sentence, was booked into Polk County Jail and the dog's body was taken to animal control.</p><p> According to records, Solano was previous arrested in Orlando twice on domestic violence charge, along with a Polk County burglary and larceny conviction. </p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:45:16 GMT

Share photos: Future soccer stars

<p> As Orlando City SC gears up for its MLS debut, we want you to share photos of your future soccer stars.  Just register and upload your pictures, and your little star may be featured on Local 6!</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:56:20 GMT

Negative effects of daylight saving time

<p> According to Mother Nature Network, there is a ton of data that points to negative effects on our bodies from the time change resulting from daylight saving time.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:28:09 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: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:49:15 GMT