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2 dead, 1 injured after driver loses control of car

<p> Two people were killed and one was injured Tuesday around 3:15 p.m. when a driver lost control of the vehicle at SR 40 and SR 11.</p><p> Troopers said the driver of a 2003 GMC SUV was traveling east on SR 40 when the person lost control of the vehicle and began to spin before ending up traveling backwards in the westbound lane.</p><p> James Hanis, 66, who was driving a 2007 Ford truck, struck the rear of the SUV, causing it to overturn, ejecting two passengers inside the vehicle. Those passengers, identified as 23-year-old Jessica Marcus, of Pierson, and 27-year-old Jaime Desmarais, of Pierson, died at the scene.</p><p> The driver of the SUV, who has not been identified, received no injuries in the crash. Hanis was sent to Halifax Medical Center with serious injuries.</p><p> The crash is now under investigation.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:22:41 GMT

Severe weather hits Central Florida

<p> Severe weather struck Central Florida on Tuesday, prompting warnings and causing power outages and flooding.</p><p> [MORE:  <a href="http://orlando.justweather.com/radar/?default=true" target="_blank">Live radar </a>| <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/station/download-free-apps-from-local-6/-/1636714/20080842/-/ncweuc/-/index.html" target="_blank">Storm Tracking App</a> | <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/station/local-6-storm-pins-app-gives-users-realtime-weather-information/27315816?showAds=0" target="_blank">Storm Pins App</a> | <a href="/blob/view/-/29920126/data/1/-/13mt2xwz/-/Video-of-rain-falling-DC.qt" target="_blank">Rain video</a> | <a href="/blob/view/-/29920640/data/1/-/1sky5b/-/Video-of-rain-JS.mp4" target="_blank">More rain</a> | <a href="/news/local-6-viewers-share-weather-photos-via-storm-pins-app/29921232" target="_blank">Viewer photos</a> | <a href="/news/local-6-viewers-share-weather-photos-via-storm-pins-app/29921262" target="_blank">More viewer photos</a> | <a href="/entertainment/social-local/strong-storms-move-through-central-florida/29923318" target="_blank">Slideshow</a>]</p><p> Two tornado warnings -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon -- were issued Tuesday for Orange and Osceola counties.  There weren't any reports of serious damage, although several trees were downed across the region and several streets were flooded.</p><p> A flood watch remains in effect through early Wednesday for Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Voluisa and Lake counties.</p><p> [WATCH: <a href="/weather/lightning-strike-caught-on-video-in-daytona-beach/29930612" target="_self">Lightning strike caught on video</a>]</p><p> Several inches of rain fell over most parts of Central Florida, including more than 3 inches in Orlando as of mid-afternoon.</p><p> A handful of New Smyrna Beach homes on Live Oak Street between Smith and First streets were threatened by water that was pushed off flooded roadways by vehicles, city officials said.</p><p> Earlier in the day, OUC reported that nearly 900 customers were without power, mainly in the Colonial Drive/Interstate 4 area of Orlando.  That number was later reduced to 185, mostly neighborhoods in the areas of Hiawassee/Colonial, State Road 408/John Young Parkway, Lake Catherine and state roads 436 and 408.</p><p> Duke Energy said about more than 1,150 customers were without power off North Old Lake Wilson Road near Celebration.  Duke said another 500 customers were without power near the Apopka Vineland/State Road 50 area and 620 were affected near Belle Isle.</p><p> In Brevard County, Florida Power & Light said the following cities were hit with outages:  Port St. John near Fay Boulevard; Cocoa near Michigan Avenue; Rockledge near Barton Boulevard; Merritt Island near North Banana River Drive; and Cocoa Beach near Lori Wilson Park.</p><p> Many stoplights in Central Florida were not working or were flashing.  If flashing, drivers should treat the intersections as four-way stops.  Orlando police said westbound International Drive at Kirkman was closed Tuesday morning because of flooding.</p><p> In addition, Orange County Fire Rescue said a manhole was spewing water on the roadway at Highland Avenue and Livingston Street in Orlando, creating a hazard.</p><p> "We're tracking heavy rain and storms for Tuesday into Wednesday," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "Some storms will be strong with winds up to 50 miles an hour, lots of lightning and very heavy rain."</p><p> After setting a new record -- 87 degrees -- in Orlando on Monday, highs reached the upper 70s on Tuesday.</p><p> Rain coverage for the first part of Wednesday stands at 60 percent.</p><p> "It will be dry and sunny for Thanksgiving, with a high in the upper 60s," Bridges said.  "And we're staying dry through the weekend."</p><p> High temperatures will be back in the 80s over the weekend.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:32:06 GMT

Former Poinciana HS band director accused of having sex with teens

<p> A former Poinciana High School band director is accused of having sex with two teens, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.</p><p> Detectives arrested 25-year-old Steven Velez, of Kissimmee, and charged him with two counts of unlawful sex with certain minors, deputies said.</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said the investigation began Nov. 18 when deputies took a report from a 17-year-old student at Poinciana High School. The student told deputies that last year -- when she was 16 years old -- she began receiving text messages from Velez, who at the time was the band director at the school.</p><p> The teen began going over to his house and eventually they began a sexual relationship, deputies said.</p><p> The student recently found out Velez also has a sexual relationship with another 17-year-old student at the school. Detectives confirmed there was a second victim.</p><p> Velez was brought in for questioning. Deputies said he cooperated with the investigation, was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.</p><p> Velez resigned his position with the school district last week, according to the Sheriff's Office.</p><p> Anyone with information about similar incidences is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Deputies said calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:46:50 GMT

Law firm gives away 1,200 turkeys in downtown Orlando

<p> Thanksgiving came early for hundreds of families in downtown Orlando as a law firm handed out 1,200 turkeys to families in need.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:55:48 GMT

Ferguson protests around U.S. clog streets

<p> [Breaking news update, posted at 10:45 p.m. ET]</p><p> A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers there are allowing people to vent. </p><p> "We have detained people. We don't have any property damage to speak of. We are letting [the people] exercise their constitutional rights -- and so far so good," LAPD's Officer Jack Richter told CNN's Lorenza Brascia. He said no one will be allowed on the freeways. </p><p> [Breaking news update, posted at 10:38 p.m. ET]</p><p> Hundreds of protesters angry with a Missouri grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson marched through Times Square in New York on Tuesday night, shutting down traffic on 7th Avenue, one of the city's busiest streets. The demonstrators also directed their anger at New York police.</p><p> [Previous story, posted at 9:46 p.m. ET]</p><p> In Atlanta and Boston and New York and Los Angeles, they marched by the hundreds or the thousands -- blocking bridges, tunnels and major highways as they shouted their anger over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. </p><p> A day after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced there would be no criminal charges against Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, there were protests in more than 170 U.S. cities.</p><p> In the Big Apple, protesters shut down lanes of the FDR, known more formally as the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, as they chanted, "Mike Brown! Mike Brown!" </p><p> It was just one of several long lines of demonstrators to make its way through the city. Police, who were nearby in large numbers, stayed back and let the marchers go. </p><p> It's not clear where the protesters were headed as they walked north up the FDR, but Tuesday's events seemed more organized than those a night before.</p><p> In Washington, protesters lay down on a sidewalk outside police headquarters as if dead, according to a tweet by Nikki Burdine, a reporter for CNN affiliate WUSA.</p><p> Some had handwritten notes on their chests: "Black lives matter."</p><p> There was a shocking moment at a demonstration in Minneapolis where a woman in a group blocking an intersection was run over by a car. The Star Tribune newspaper reported that the driver of the car honked at the protesters before knocking a few people onto the hood of the vehicle and apparently running over one of the woman's legs. She was hospitalized with "very minor injuries."</p><p> In Chicago, a few dozen protesters gathered Tuesday morning on a downtown street corner ahead of another protest at City Hall, CNN affiliates WGN reported. About 200 members of the Black Youth Project staged a sit-in outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office Tuesday afternoon. They plan to be there for 28 hours.</p><p> Protesters in the New York area briefly blocked one of the entrances to the Lincoln Tunnel Tuesday evening but then headed off to the city's West Side. </p><p> And at Union Square, about 400 people had gathered shortly after dark before breaking into groups of marchers. </p><p> There were also large demonstrations in Baltimore, near Morgan State University, and in Atlanta, outside CNN Center and at a popular tourist shopping attraction.</p><p> In Atlanta: 'It's a travesty'</p><p> The Public Enemy anthem pumping from mounted speakers at a protest in downtown Atlanta captured the mood of the crowd Tuesday night.</p><p> "Fight the Power," the rapper's voice shouted over the speaker. "Fight the powers that be. ..."</p><p> About 300 people tried to follow Public Enemy's advice when they gathered to protest the grand jury's decision. </p><p> As helicopters circled above, black college students, white urban hipsters in skinny jeans, middle-aged socialists and black militants in berets gathered for a raucous rally to vent their anger at the events in Ferguson.</p><p> "They have given us no justice! We will give them no peace," the demonstrators chanted at they massed in front of the Underground Atlanta shopping district.</p><p> Some held signs that read: "Enough," and "We are all one bullet away from being a hashtag." One demonstrator wore a T-shirt that read, "Racism isn't over but I'm over racism."</p><p> "It's a travesty; it's just not right," ShaCzar Brown said as held up a sign that said, "Stop killer cops."</p><p> "Seventy years ago, it was legal to kill black people," Brown says, referring to the spate of lynchings that spread through the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "It's essentially still legal."</p><p> Atlanta, birthplace of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., also saw emotional reaction Monday night when about 200 students gathered at Morehouse College to hear the grand jury's decision. A collective gasp rippled through the crowd when it came.</p><p> Some of the students at the historically black men's school looked at one another in disbelief, others started to tear up, and a few stared ahead as their jaws dropped.</p><p> Police sirens wailed in the distance as the students chanted: "Ferguson's hell is America's hell."</p><p> Kevin Harvey, a senior dressed in a blue blazer, button-down shirt and penny loafers, walked away from the demonstration with his head down. He said he was angry and bewildered by a storyline that's become all too familiar.</p><p> "I'm afraid to raise my son in this country," he said. "When I do have a family, I'm afraid to raise him in this country and that's a terrible thought. Because I know that he is not valued."</p><p> During the night, some demonstrators lined up on the busy section of freeway known as The Connector that cuts through the center of Atlanta. Law enforcement came along and used their cars to guide the demonstrators to the shoulder.</p><p> Largely peaceful protests</p><p> "I think what happened yesterday is a great injustice to everyone that's been fighting for equality in this country," one Chicago protester told WGN on Tuesday. "And I think that just because a bad decision was made doesn't mean people who believe in equality are going to fall silent."</p><p> As of Tuesday evening, more than 130 protests had either occurred or were planned for Tuesday in more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and at least three other countries, according to information compiled by CNN from organizers, media reports, social media and a site set up to help organize protest efforts.</p><p> Protests sprang up around the nation Monday night, after the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to charge Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's August 9 death.</p><p> Most were peaceful, compared with the protests in Ferguson. There, demonstrators set police vehicles ablaze and officers responded with round after round of tear gas, as well as shooting bean bags into the crowds.</p><p> In Minneapolis, students at several high schools staged sit-ins to protest the decision, the city's public school district said in a statement.</p><p> "We will not discipline students for the act of protesting as long as the protest remains peaceful," the district said. "However, prolonged sit-ins may result in an unexcused absence from class."</p><p> In Richmond, Virginia, about 500 students turned out for a calm protest at Virginia Commonwealth University on Monday night, according to CNN iReporter Alexandria Cooper. "I am deeply saddened by the decision to not indict Officer Wilson," she said.</p><p> In New York, a roving crowd accompanied by police wound its way through the city, surging to more than 1,000 in Times Square before heading toward the Upper West Side, CNN's Miguel Marquez tweeted. </p><p> Police arrested a 21-year-old Brooklyn man after he allegedly threw red liquid resembling blood on police Commissioner William Bratton as Bratton walked through Times Square, CNN affiliate WABC reported.</p><p> Earlier in the evening, about 200 people flocked to Union Square, brandishing signs that read "Jail killer cops" and a large display, in lights: "Black lives matter."</p><p> Protesters knocked down barricades and headed toward the West Village before turning north, accompanied by police.</p><p> Emotions boiled over in Philadelphia, too.</p><p> "Shouts of 'f--- the police' at word of no indictment," a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter tweeted. "A man with the mic: 'we don't need to get mad.' Others: 'yes we do!' "</p><p> Two people were taken into custody, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The protesters were arrested when a crowd tried to march onto Interstate 95, the station said.</p><p> In Oakland, California, shop owners posted signs in their windows that said "We support Michael Brown" as marchers took to the streets.</p><p> A crowd filled the intersection at 14th and Broadway, and some demonstrators lay down in chalk outlines, reports on social media showed. Later, they merged onto Interstate 580, shutting down traffic. </p><p> Some protesters stood on top of an unmarked police car and spray painted it, according to CNN affiliate KTVU.</p><p> In Seattle, anger turned to violence as protesters threw bottles, rocks and cans of food and fired a powerful firework toward police, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.</p><p> Five people were arrested, the station said, citing police.</p><p> "Same story every time, being black is not a crime," protesters shouted, KIRO reported.</p><p> In Los Angeles, a city still scarred by the riots of 1992, silent protesters staged a demonstration at La Brea and Wilshire. On Tuesday, Los Angeles police said on Twitter that three people had been arrested in Ferguson-related protests. Later in the day, protesters blocked traffic on busy Crenshaw Avenue. </p><p> A group also assembled in front of the Colorado Capitol in Denver calling for nonviolence, according to CNN affiliate KMGH.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:46:25 GMT

Teen's shooting death sparks protests in Ferguson

<p> Take a look at images of the protests surrounding Brown's death. </p>

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:08:06 GMT

Where are 'Married... with Children' stars today?

<p> With Christina Applegate celebrating her 43rd birthday on Tuesday, join us for a look at where she and her "Married… with Children" co-stars are today.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Man pulls knife on Space Coast Area Transit passengers

<p> About a dozen Space Coast Area Transit riders had their travels delayed Tuesday afternoon after witnesses said a man pulled out a knife on board.</p><p> The incident happened around 3 p.m. in Melbourne near Dairy Road on bus route 25.</p><p> According to witnesses, the man, believed to be in his 50s, pulled out the knife and threatened riders after two men stood up for a woman the suspect was verbally harassing.</p><p> Naomi Rivera and Simone Blackwood were just a few feet away from the man and said he appeared to be intoxicated.</p><p> "When he came on the bus I knew he was drunk. He was stumbling everywhere and I got scared in that moment," said Rivera.</p><p> She said after the man boarded the bus he started yelling profanity at a woman who was sleeping. After two men told the suspect to settle down, that's when he apparently pulled out his knife.</p><p> "I was really scared," said Rivera. "I was texting my mom and I was terrified. I didn't know what to do."</p><p> Space Coast Area Transit officials told Local 6 that rider safety is their No.1 priority and they're thankful no one was injured.</p><p> No one on board the bus is pressing charges against the man. Police said he was taken to a mental health facility where he will be evaluated.<br/></p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:34:57 GMT

Driver who pinned teacher in school car line cited

<p> A 19-year-old driver who pinned a teacher between two vehicles in a car line at a Volusia County elementary school has been cited in the crash, according to officials.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/condition-of-teacher-pinned-between-cars-at-school-upgraded/29595812" target="_self">Injured teacher's condition upgraded</a> | <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/volusia-school-district-reviewing-procedures-after-teacher-pinned-between-cars/29017916" target="_self">District reviewing after teacher hurt</a>]</p><p> The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Erick Martinez was cited with careless driving.</p><p> The 39-year-old teacher, Wendy Scorpio, has been hospitalized since the accident, which occurred in early October at Timbercrest Elementary School in Deltona.</p><p> According to the Sheriff's Office, Martinez said that he drove a Honda Odyssey to the pickup loop and fell asleep while waiting for the students to be released.  Martinez said he was then awakened by someone honking their horn, which was intended to alert him that vehicles in front of him had moved, according to officials.</p><p> Martinez said he meant to apply the brakes, but because his right leg had fallen asleep he accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead, according to the Sheriff's Office.</p><p> The Odyssey lurched forward, striking Scorpio, and pinning her between the minivan and the vehicle in front of it, deputies said.</p><p> Scorpio was recently moved from the intensive care unit, but the family's personal injury attorney, Andrew Jones, told Local 6 last week that Scorpio is not out of the woods and could have permanent injuries.</p><p> "Obviously it crushed a lot of her lower extremities, so there is going to be a lot of things, as simple as walking, that will be tougher for her," Jones said. "She's not going to be able to do some things many of us take for granted, like playing with her children on the ground, picking up her children, running with her children."</p><p> "I know she's talked to the family about it, but we haven't tried to press her to talk to too many people about the case because it's not only a physical injury, it is also emotional and spiritually challenging," said Jones.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:43:36 GMT

Chicken takes a walk in UPS truck in Oviedo

<p> Funny things always happens when you least expect it.</p><p> A Local 6 viewer snapped a photo of a chicken stepping on board a UPS truck in downtown Oviedo.</p><p> The driver was quite surprised when he got back into his truck and found that the bird had moved in. Both the driver and the photographer had a good laugh.</p><p> Notice in the background there is a Popeye's. Maybe the chicken was making a run for it.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:29:04 GMT

Masked robber fires shot inside Daytona Beach store

<p> An armed robber is on the loose after he walked into a convenience store, demanded money and fired a shot before taking off with a box full of cash.</p><p> "He pointed it at her and was like, 'Give me the money,'" said Nakia Daniels.</p><p> Daniels knew the details of what happened at the Mid Town Market because she was there when it happened.</p><p> "I was real scared, I was crying," she said.</p><p> In the surveillance video the man is seen wrapped in what looked like a pink towel with gloves or socks on his hands, pointing a gun and demanding money from the register.</p><p> "The clerk could not get the cash register open. They keep money inside of a box, so he told her, 'Well, give me money from the box,'" said Jimmie Flynt, of the Daytona Beach Police Department.</p><p> After the man got the box full of money, police said he then fired a shot into a cardboard box.</p><p> "Why he fired a shot, I have no idea," said Flynt.</p><p> The crook then calmly walked out the door and then jumped over the fence at the Pine Haven Apartments. Police are still looking for him.</p><p> "It's like every time you go somewhere, somebody got to rob something. You can't feel comfortable going anywhere," said Daniels.</p><p> No one was hurt in the robbery. A store employee told Local 6 that she thinks it was a regular customer because he knew about the box full of cash.</p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:47:48 GMT

Delays expected at Orlando International Airport

<p> Officials with Orlando International Airport are advising anyone who is picking up travelers to wait at least 30 minutes after their flight arrives before approaching the pickup curb.</p><p> Due to poor weather and road conditions, and heavy Thanksgiving travel, traffic at the airport has slowed.</p><p> Officials said the 30-minute wait time will allow travelers to get off the plane, retrieve their luggage and be ready for pickup.</p><p> Those arriving early to the airport for pickup are advised to park in the A or B garages, or use the free cellphone lot south of the main terminal building.<br/></p>

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:50:26 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: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:29:51 GMT

They started as cheerleaders

<p> We take a look at some well-known public figures who were cheerleaders.</p>

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT