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Fatal crash blocks SR-40 in Ormond Beach, FHP says

<p> A fatal crash in Ormond Beach on Monday afternoon has State Road 40 blocked, according to Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p> Troopers said the crash occurred just after 2 p.m. at West SR-40 and Cone Road.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports</a> one person was killed and six were hurt, including five children.</p><p> Volusia fire officials said multiple trauma alerts and multiple helicopters are being used in the crash.</p><p> No other details were immediately available.</p><p> Check back for more on this story.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:57:33 GMT

Drowning reported in Volusia as nearly 150 rescued

<p> One person has drowned in Ormond Beach as Beach Patrol officials rescue more than 150 swimmers from the ocean.<br/></p><p> Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said one swimmer was pulled from the water unresponsive at the Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park, in the 1700 block of State Road A1A in Ormond Beach, and was taken to a local hospital.</p><p> [MORE: <a href="" target="_blank"> Beach Safety updates</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Download Storm Tracking App</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get Storm Pins</a> | SHARE <a href="" target="_blank">weather pics</a>]</p><p> Beach Patrol said that swimmer, a 61-year-old man from Beirut, was pronounced dead just before noon. He has not been identified.</p><p> "We are experiencing very hazardous rip current conditions," said Capt. Tamra Marris of Volusia Beach Safety. "As of about 130 p.m. today we have rescued about 150 people out of the ocean and it is not slowing down." </p><p> Brevard County Fire Rescue said possible drownings were reported at Hightower Beach Park in Satellite Beach and in Melbourne Beach on Atlantic Avenue. <br/></p><p> Officials said the Satellite Beach incident had two patients, one in minor distress and one in critical condition. The condition of the Melbourne Beach victim was not known.</p><p> Brevard County Ocean Rescue said five rescues have been made as of 1:30 p.m.</p><p> The U.S.Coast Guard told Local 6 earlier Monday morning it sent a crew to Volusia County to help with the search for a possible missing swimmer.</p><p> The search and rescues come as the National Weather Service<a href="" target="_blank"> warns of life-threatening rough surf and rip currents</a> along the Volusia and Brevard county coasts. The beach hazards statement is in effect <a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0">until Monday evening</a>.</p><p> Officials identified Sunday's drowning victim on Monday as<a href="" target="_blank"> 43-year-old Christopher Milhoan of Tampa.</a></p><p> NWS said that lifeguards at Daytona Beach had more than 130 rip current-related rescues Sunday alone.</p><p> Check back for more on this story.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:45:45 GMT

2 injured, 1 dead at Daytona Beach Shores, police say

<p> Rough surf and strong riptides are to blame after a man drowned Sunday morning.</p><p> "I saw a man coming out of the ocean screaming for help and then people running toward him," Tom Frio said.</p><p> Volusia County Beach Safety Patrol said two brothers were in distress while the third brother called for help. Marisa Purvis is one of the five people who jumped into action.</p><p> "He said his brother is still out there. We were unable to find him anywhere. Finally, we saw a board pop up," Purvis said.</p><p> That's when they grabbed the man, identified as 43-year-old Christopher Milhoan of Tampa, and brought him back to shore.</p><p> "He was blue and of course he was filled with water," Purvis said.</p><p> Purvis immediately began CPR, while emergency medical services arrived.</p><p> "The first gentleman had made it and there was one other guy that we made sure we assessed and he was fine," she said.</p><p> Both brothers were quickly taken to Halifax Medical Center, where Milhoan died. Beachgoers like Sandra Weiss said the drowning may have been prevented had a lifeguard been nearby.</p><p> "It was manned by a girl and she has been doing her flag all day yesterday getting people in because of the rough rip tides. Today, there was nobody there," said Weiss.</p><p> However, Beach Safety Patrol said the drowning happened in an unguarded area and that is why it is important to swim in front of a lifeguard tower, especially during hazardous beach conditions.</p><p> "We all tried the best we could but the rip currents are really bad today. If you don't know how to swim parallel to the shore, especially if you're not from around here, it can be scary," Purvis said.</p><p> Beach Safety Patrol said they rescued 139 people.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:06:52 GMT

Children injured when waterspout topples bounce house in Fort Lauderdale

<p> Three children were injured, at least one seriously, after a waterspout toppled a bounce house in Fort Lauderdale.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">WPLG reports</a> it happened on Memorial Day near the Bahia Mar hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach.</p><p> Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw said three children were injured. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said three children were taken to a hospital.</p><p> At least one child was in serious condition.</p><p> Brandon Burchett posted <a href="" target="_blank">on his Facebook page</a> cellphone video of the waterspout lifting the bounce house into the air. It shows the bounce house being carried several feet.</p><p> Greenlaw said the waterspout lifted the bounce house from a tennis court into the middle of State Road A1A.</p><p> No other information was immediately available.</p><p> </p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 19:02:51 GMT

Crowd assaults Melbourne officer during arrest, police say

<p> An officer was assaulted by a crowd as he attempted to arrest a man who police believe had violated a city ordinance just after midnight on Monday, Melbourne police say.</p><p> Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports as an officer approached 22-year-old Phoenix Low to inform him of the violation, he became combative against the officer and ignored their instructions.</p><p> He attempted to run and as he did so, he pushed and struck the officer in an attempt to free himself, Melbourne police say. Eventually, he was wrestled to the ground.</p><p> Police say that while the officer was trying to handcuff Low, a crowd surrounded the officer and began to interfere with Low's arrest by yelling, striking and pulling at both the officer and Low. At that point, the officer feared for his safety and utilized what the police term "less-lethal force" toward the crowd.</p><p> Melbourne police report that the distraction from the crowd allowed Low to escape briefly as he ran eastbound before he was tracked down and taken into custody.</p><p> Police say this is the second incident in weeks where crowds have attempted to interfere as they arrested someone and been hostile toward an officer. In both cases, officers maintained control of the suspects and ultimately were able to take them into custody.</p><p> Low is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and having an open container of alcohol.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:33:25 GMT

Search resumes for elderly wheelchair-bound man missing from Clermont

<p> Police have resumed the search on Monday for an elderly man who was last seen Friday at his home in Clermont.</p><p> </p><p> Salvatore Gambino, 82, is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and a mostly bald head with gray hair on the sides. He has moles on his head and has no teeth.</p><p> He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, white baseball cap, green shorts and black sneakers.</p><p> Police said they are focusing the search on the Citrus Tower area. Volunteers are also helping with the search, along with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Clermont Fire Department.</p><p> Gambino uses an electric wheelchair and is paralyzed on one side of his body. </p><p> Police said the wheelchair is confirmed to be a red and black JET Power Control- Model Jet 3, serial numer Pride J4601004170S10 with a gray seat. The wheelchair has a missing right front wheel. </p><p> His family said he gets disoriented easily and is in need of medication.</p><p> Police said the Lake County Sheriff's Office helicopter has conducted multiple air searches, a dive team has checked nearby lakes, and officers have done multiple neighborhood canvasses as well as viewed surveillance video from nearby businesses.</p><p> Anyone with any information on Gambino's whereabouts is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:53:26 GMT

On this day: May 25

<p> Goofy makes his debut, Babe Ruth hits his final home run, JFK sets sights on the moon, Ali taunts Liston, "Star Wars" hits theaters, and Oprah signs off, all on this day.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Memorial Day: A history in pictures

<p> As you wrap up the holiday weekend, look back at the history of Memorial Day through old and new images. </p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Man tied up, robbed at Leesburg motel, police say

<p> Leesburg police are searching for the culprit who tied up a man and robbed him in a motel.</p><p> The victim said he was in bed at the Lee Motel on 14th Street in Leesburg on Sunday when a man with a gun walked inside of his room, put a cover over his head and tied him up, according to police.</p><p> Police said the gunman stole the victim's wallet, cellphone and car.</p><p> According to police, three women and four children the victim had just met were also in the room with him at the time of the robbery, but were gone by the time he got free.</p><p> Police are investigating if the women may have been involved in the robbery.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:41:59 GMT

Man arrested on threats with sledgehammer, Daytona Beach police say

<p> A Daytona Beach man has been arrested after police say he threatened to kill everyone with a sledgehammer and held someone hostage.</p><p> Roderick Green, 36, has been charged with aggravated battery, aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment in the Sunday incident at a home on Whitney Road.</p><p> The victim told police that Green told her she was not allowed to leave the home and punched her in the throat before slinging the sledgehammer and threatening to kill everyone in the room, according to the report.</p><p> Green was brought to the Daytona Beach Police Department to be interviewed and booked into the Volusia County jail on no bond.</p><p> The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident, as children were present, according to the report.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:08:33 GMT

Cocoa woman prepares to turn 110

<p> Strictly speaking, Mattie Mae Cisrow is only 109 years old until May 30. But when you're about to become one of the few "supercentenarians" — those 110 or older — in the United States, you get to have your party whenever you want,<a href="" target="_blank"> Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.</a></p><p> So, joined by between 80 and 100 guests, Cisrow got the party started Saturday night at Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church in Cocoa — where she is, hands down, the oldest member.</p><p> There, the woman known to many as "the jewel" of the city held court in a regal-looking red chair, a bejeweled silver hat on her head and love on her face.</p><p> Kirche Hall, 27, is a primary caregiver for her great-grandmother, and has put many of Cisrow's stories on video.</p><p> "We are so grateful for every single day we have the opportunity to see her beautiful face," Hall told guests, who were treated to dinner and tributes to Cisrow.</p><p> "All of you play a part in our lives somehow, in some way. We love you; we thank you."</p><p> The birthday gal greeted and dined with everyone from family, friends and church members to Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe, representatives from the fire department, Mayor Henry Parrish and former mayor Mike Blake, who has known "Miss Mattie" for much of his life.</p><p> Seeing so many people turn out to honor his mother means the world to Curtis Cisrow, who came in from Georgia. He confided that his mother isn't a fan of big crowds and "didn't really want a big fuss."</p><p> "Many of these people have known my mother for more than 50 years," he said.</p><p> "I would say this night captures what she has meant to so many people — she has touched so many lives either through church, or her restaurant, or meeting them in other ways. I know she appreciates this."</p><p> There was music. Praise dancing. Tributes from President Barack Obama and Gov. Rick Scott. Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish offered Cisrow's second key to the city — she received her first one at age 105.</p><p> "110. 110," Parrish said, shaking his head. "She's just amazing. She always thought of her family first and she worked very hard. She's very well respected in the community."</p><p> The fifth of 11 children, Cisrow was born May 30, 1905, in Morgan, Georgia, to parents Clyde and Gussey Thomas. She married Clarence Cisrow in 1922.</p><p> Weary of hard labor in the fields of Georgia, she, Clarence and some of her siblings came to Cocoa in 1935 to start a new life.</p><p> With just a sixth-grade education, the mother of three thrived in her adopted home. She worked as a chef at the Hob Nob in what's now Cocoa Village.</p><p> Then she and her two sisters built a business — the Seven Seas restaurant at King Street and Fiske Boulevard. Cisrow, who was married to Clarence for 60 years, created a tasty reputation as the maker of the "best sweet potato pie" found in these parts. She baked pastries until she was 100.</p><p> "The Lord must not be ready for me yet," Cisrow told FLORIDA TODAY with a grin when she turned 108. "Not yet."</p><p> On top of feeding her loved ones, including six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Cisrow has enriched the lives of everyone around her, countless guests said.</p><p> Curtis Cisrow's daughter, Cathy Evans, is a nurse in Atlanta. Another granddaughter, April Burnette, is a teacher in Georgia; granddaughter Amy Peterson is an attorney in North Carolina.</p><p> "One of the first things our grandmother instilled in us was a love for God," Evans said, her eyes moist.</p><p> "She also wanted us to have an education. When I was in college, whenever I got discouraged, she told me it didn't matter how long it took me, as long as I finished."</p><p> Kandyce Hall, 25, a teacher at Emma Jewel Charter Academy in Cocoa, remembers her great-grandmother making sure her "babies" got their homework done.</p><p> Hall learned from the parent of one of her students how the parent's father, in tough straits, was allowed by Cisrow to stay in a house she owned, rent-free, until he was on his feet.</p><p> "She was good to everybody — there's a lot of community love for her," Kandyce Hall said.</p><p> "When you get her going, she's definitely able to hold a conversation ... and she will absolutely tell you what she wants to do, too. She really is the jewel of Cocoa."</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:34:12 GMT

Confederate flag burning ceremonies to be held on Memorial Day

<p> On Memorial Day, the Greenwood Urban Wetlands, along with a number of other locations in the region, will be the site of a ceremony to burn the Confederate flag.</p><p> Julian Chambliss, the chair of the Department of History and coordinator of the Africa & African-American Studies program at Rollins College, will coordinate the ceremony.  He said he plans to put a flag in a box, burn it and then scatter the ashes into a pond in the wetlands area.</p><p> "That part of our history needs to be buried," said Chambliss, who was born in Jacksonville but moved to the Orlando area about a decade ago.</p><p> He said he sees the flag as a symbol to a part of history that needs to be let go.</p><p> As expected, not everyone agrees with that sentiment.</p><p> John Adams, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has nine relatives that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Adams said he doesn't mind the exercise in free speech but does take exception to the timing of the event.</p><p> "Memorial Day?" Adams said as he raised his eyebrows. "That's a day for the soldiers. Respect that day and let our boys who gave their lives rest in peace."<br/></p><p> The flag burning will be held at the Greenwood Urban Wetlands at 1 p.m. Monday.</p><p> Check back for more on this story.</p>

Published: Mon, 25 May 2015 11:02:44 GMT

Federer furious after boy's selfie attempt

<p> From world leaders to celebrities of all degrees of fame, taking a selfie with fans has become an accepted part of life.</p><p> But tennis great Roger Federer felt an unacceptable line was crossed Sunday when a spectator invaded center court at the French Open to try to get a snap with the 17-time grand slam winner.</p><p> The boy -- reportedly a teenager -- got close enough to Federer to put his arms around his shoulders as he was walking off the playing arena.</p><p> It raised fears over security in a city where just a few months ago terrorists killed 11 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.</p><p> The incident also brought back memories of the 1993 attack on former women's No. 1 Monica Seles, who quit playing for two years after being stabbed during a tournament in Germany.</p><p> "I'm not happy about it -- obviously not for one second am I happy about it," Federer told reporters after winning his opening match on day one at Roland Garros.</p><p> "It happened yesterday in the practice, too. It's just a kid, but then three more kids came.</p><p> "And today on center court where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, he just wanders on and nothing happens."</p><p> For Federer, it brought back memories of 2009 when a fan in Swiss colors tried to put a flag on his head during the French Open final against Robin Soderling -- which he won for his only grand slam triumph on clay.</p><p> "I definitely think something needs to happen quickly," said the 33-year-old. </p><p> "Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that where you do your job, that's where you want to feel safe.</p><p> "And so clearly I'm not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I'm relieved. But clearly it wasn't a nice situation to be in."</p><p> Federer said tournament director Gilbert Ysern had apologized to him, but the Swiss was still concerned that no proper action will be taken to tighten security.</p><p> "First, it should never happen," Federer said. "I'm not just speaking about Roland Garros, but now that we are playing Roland Garros, there are so many players, so many fans, so much focus by the media on Roland Garros, that people should react much more quickly.</p><p> "That's true as well for the other tournaments. I think it's essential. I think that in terms of safety, they should be well-educated. They should know what they do.</p><p> "It's not just being there, standing there on the courts wearing a nice tie and suit. It's not that funny and I hope there is going to be a reaction from the tournament.</p><p> "They apologized, and I must say that I appreciated this, but I'd like to see what's going to happen next."</p><p> There was also a court invasion at Roland Garros before the 2013 final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, when a protester ran on with a flare before being wrestled to the ground by security.</p><p> Ysern held a press conference after Sunday's incident, and insisted security had been tightened after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.</p><p> "It's not the end of the world but it was embarrassing, and we are collectively responsible as organizers," said Ysern, who acknowledged that Federer was "p*ssed off" and "has good grounds for being unhappy." </p><p> "We made a mistake and it won't happen again," he added. "There is no reason for us to change security procedures. It was just a lack of judgment.</p><p> "The court is clearly forbidden for (fans) to go on, and, well, they have to respect that. Of course, contrary to what happened this afternoon, we will enforce that rule more severely from today on and make sure it doesn't happen again."</p><p> Ysern also had to apologize for a story published on the tournament's official website about the private life of Federer's compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, who has split up with his wife.</p><p> It was removed after the 2014 Australian Open champion complained -- he later told reporters it was a "completely stupid article."</p><p> Federer had made a confident start to his French Open campaign before the boy -- who Ysern said has been banned from the rest of the tournament -- came on to the Phillippe Chatrier court and persistently tried to get a photo.</p><p> He triumphed 6-3 6-3 6-4 against Alejandro Falla, who made it into the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying.</p><p> The Colombian famously took a 2-0 lead against Federer in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010 before losing in five sets, but this time the second seed comfortably prevailed to set up a clash with Spain's Marcel Granollers in what is his 62nd consecutive grand slam tournament appearance.</p><p> There were no major upsets on the opening day of the tennis season's second grand slam.</p><p> Japan's Kei Nishikori and Wawrinka were the only other top-10 men in action, and both progressed in straight sets.</p><p> Croatia's No. 25 Ivo Karlovic was the only male seed to fall, losing to veteran Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.</p><p> In the women's draw, world No. 3 Simon Halep beat Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-4. Last year's runner-up will next face veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni -- who beat the Romanian at last year's U.S. Open.</p><p> The 33-year-old, whose first Roland Garros appearance was back in 1999, defeated young American Lauren Davis in three sets.</p><p> Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 champion, lost the opening set against Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova before battling back to earn a second-round match against Japan's Misaki Doi.</p>

Published: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:00:00 GMT