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Website reveals nude photographs of local high school girls

<p> At first glance, the website resembles an online yearbook, featuring logos and mascots of more than a dozen Central Florida high schools: Boone, West Orange, Freedom, Dr. Phillips, Ocoee, Olympia, Lake Howell, Haggerty, Winter Springs, Lake Brantley, Wekiva, Lyman, Osceola and Deland high schools. </p><p> But clicking on those web links reveals hundreds of nude photographs of current and former high school students, all of which have been posted by anonymous users.</p><p> Besides the explicit images, the website also contains hundreds more photos of clothed women, likely stolen from their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Those portraits are being used to solicit "wins," a code word for nude photographs.</p><p> While some users have requested naked images of current high school girls, others have posted messages hoping to obtain photos of women who graduated as far back as 14 years ago, including a few who are now married and have children.</p><p> "It just kind of freaks me out," said one former Lake Howell student, who asked that we refer to her as Elaine to shield her identity, so she could speak freely about the website. "It's honestly disgusting. I didn't think anybody I went to high school with would ever do that."</p><p> Elaine said she had no idea someone was using her Facebook profile photo as bait for nude pictures until Local 6 News brought it to her attention. Although she said there are no revealing images of her out there, Elaine is worried about other former classmates who have shared nude photos with others, including an old high school friend.</p><p> "She said she knows one person she sent that picture to. She didn't know if he could have sent it to somebody else and they posted it. Or maybe he posted it," said Elaine.</p><p> Elaine indicated her friend may have been a minor when the nude photograph was taken.</p><p> "She said she took that in seventh grade or eighth grade, maybe," said Elaine.</p><p> Local 6 has been unable to independently verify the ages of the women pictured on the website. Since it could potentially contain illegal images, Local 6 provided the website address to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A representative from the state agency did not return follow-up phone calls inquiring about the matter.</p><p> Local 6 is not publishing the address of the website. Online records indicate the website domain is associated with CloudFlare, a California-based company that, among other services, acts as a reverse proxy to protect website host providers from cyber attacks.</p><p> "(CloudFlare) does not provide hosting services for any website," said representative Amanda Purvis, who did not confirm whether the company had a business relationship with the pornographic website.</p><p> However, Purvis indicated anyone who suspects a CloudFlare client's website might contain child pornography could file an <a href="" target="_blank">abuse report</a> with the company.</p><p> "I hope they shut it down," said Elaine's father, who also asked that Local 6 to conceal his identity. "It's upsetting when it's a family member and somebody you love and care about."</p><p> Although the father does not like the idea of teenagers posting nude photos of their classmates, he is even more concerned about others who might visit the website, such as rapists and pedophiles.</p><p> "Something that may have started as a high school boy trying to access nudie pictures could turn into something that's a very bad thing for one or more of these girls," said Elaine's father.</p><p> In May, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to maliciously publish identifiable nude photographs without the subject's consent. Repeat violators could be charged with a felony. The "sexual cyberharassment" law, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, also allows victims to file lawsuits against those who break the law.</p><p> Elaine and her father want to remind teens that private photographs do not always stay private. They also want the people who posted the photos on the pornographic website to be criminally prosecuted.</p><p> "There are plenty of porn movies or pictures of models," said Elaine. "Why do you need (nude photos of) people you know and people you went to high school with?"</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:44:34 GMT

Man found dead in front of home, Orange County deputies say

<p> Deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in front of a home.</p><p> It happened after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of Charles Street.</p><p> Deputies arrived in the area after receiving an emergency call about shots being fired, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.</p><p> Upon arrival, deputies found a man in his late 30s to early 40s dead in front of the home.</p><p> Deputies said investigators and a forensics team arrived at the scene.</p><p> The man has not been identified and no suspect information was given.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for updates on this developing story.</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:01:32 GMT

Vigil held in Cocoa Beach for 2 south Florida teens lost at sea

<p> Dozens of families gathered Wednesday evening in Cocoa Beach to pray for two 14-year-old missing boaters from south Florida.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/coast-guard-says-search-continues-for-boys-lost-at-sea/34419302" target="_self">Coast Guard: Search continues for boys lost at sea</a>]</p><p> "Where there is no way, you make a way," sang AnnMarie Gustke.</p><p> "You know, the only thing we can do is pray," Robin Rye said.</p><p> Families arrived to Cocoa Beach to simply support. They don't know 14-year-old Austin Stephanos nor Perry Cohen. However, the Brevard County families have children of their own.</p><p> "As we were going to bed last night, I said, 'Can you imagine if that was our children out there?'" said Robin Rye.</p><p> "You know, having three kids ourselves, you know, it's just heartbreaking," David Rye said.</p><p> "My son is 16 and I worry about him daily," Dana McGee told Local 6. She came from Titusville.</p><p> "I'm a mother of four and this story hits close to my heart," Gustke said.</p><p> Gustke headed up the vigil, touched by the missing boaters' story.</p><p> The search is now in its sixth night and more than 39,000 square nautical miles have been combed and 53 search patterns have been executed from Daytona to Charleston, South Carolina.</p><p> </p><p> In Cocoa Beach, as the water darkened, the coast lit up with candles.</p><p> "If they're out there, hopefully they can see the candlelight and give them hope and strength to hold on," Gustke said.</p><p> "Our smallest one said on the way here, we're going to bring the boys home and we're hoping that's going to be true," said Rye.</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:42:55 GMT

Residents accuse sex offender of living in wrong neighborhood

<p> Neighbors are on alert after they say a registered sex offender is living in the wrong neighborhood.</p><p> Jason Minton is fresh out of jail on bond after he was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a woman in Volusia County.</p><p> Since his release, neighbors said they have seen more of him than they would like.</p><p> "I saw his truck out (in) front of the house yesterday," said one woman, who asked to remain anonymous.</p><p> The problem?</p><p> Minton is a convicted sex offender, and due to local ordinances, he cannot live in the DeBary home, said a Volusia County Sheriff's Office representative. Deputies said they are aware that Minton has been seen at a home off Pleasant Hill Drive in DeBary, instead of the home off West Minnesota Avenue in Orange City where he is registered with the state's Sex Offender Registry. </p><p> However, there's not much deputies can do unless they catch Minton living where he's not allowed.</p><p> "He is living there, without a doubt. I live here, 10 feet away. I see him come and go every day," said another woman. "He's a registered sex offender who isn't giving his correct address and he's getting away with it."</p><p> According to the Sex Offender Database, in 2006 Minton was convicted of raping a child and for failing to properly register as a sex offender.</p><p> Just days after being released on his most recent arrest, neighbors said he's living with his girlfriend and children in the DeBary home.</p><p> Deputies said legally he can visit his girlfriend's home but cannot stay longer than five days a year. That's why neighbors are watching the house in DeBary 24 hours a day.</p><p> "The whole neighborhood is not feeling safe, not just for the children's sake but for women as well," said a neighbor. "We're going to get him out of this neighborhood one way or another."</p><p> Neighbors have banded together and said they are installing cameras soon to watch his every move</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:45:49 GMT

Hiding healthy: Tricks to get children to eat vegetables

<p> For many parents, going down the produce aisle at the grocery store or planning dinner can be a struggle, because you know you'll likely to have to battle your children to get them to eat their vegetables.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA: <a href="/news/web-extra-arthurs-healthy-eating-tips/34426602" target="_blank">Arthur's healthy eating tips</a> | <a href="/blob/view/-/34421396/data/1/-/stki1p/-/11pm-hiding-healthy-recipes.pdf" target="_blank">Truffles & Trifles Recipes</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Eggplant Brownie</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Cookie</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookie</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Chocolate Beet Cake</a>]</p><p> But Marci Arthur, chef and owner of <a href="" target="_blank">Truffles & Trifles Cooking School</a> in College Park, said it doesn't have to be a nightly challenge.</p><p> She invited Local 6 to visit her children's summertime cooking camp to see what she meant.<br/></p><p> They had quite the menu planned, including potato wedges and meatloaf, chicken-stuffed ravioli, glazed carrots, Caesar salad and chocolate cake with buttercream icing, made from scratch.<br/></p><p> All of the campers seemed very excited, even though nearly every recipe includes several vegetables.<br/></p><p> Arthur said getting the kids involved in cooking is what changes everything.<br/></p><p> "If they're making it, suddenly it changes and it becomes their experience," said Arthur. "They have this false idea of what it's going to taste like. Let's face it, kale is not beautiful. It's beautiful to me, but it's not beautiful to a lot of children. But when they make something with it, like we today we had the Tuscan kale soup, the kids loved it. Yet if you tell a lot of adults 'We're going have kale,' they'll just cross their eyes."<br/></p><p> Arthur said she regularly has the children cook meals with vegetables in them, and even the kids who think they won't like the meal going in change their minds as soon as they have a taste.<br/></p><p> "Yesterday, we did a kind of like a chicken pot pie, but a healthy one," said Arthur. "We did 10 different vegetables in it and the kids ate every bite of it."<br/></p><p> We asked the budding chefs what the secret was.<br/></p><p> "Does making food yourself make it yummier?" asked Local 6's Julie Broughton.<br/></p><p> "Yes," said one camper.<br/></p><p> "Are you going to try the meatloaf you made, even though it's got some vegetables going on?" asked Broughton.<br/></p><p> "Sure, yes" said another.<br/></p><p> "Are you more likely to want to eat it because you helped make it?" asked Broughton.<br/></p><p> "Yes," said another pint-sized chef.<br/></p><p> Then it's tasting time. The verdict?<br/></p><p> "How are those vegetables and stuff in there?" asked Broughton. "Can you taste them?"<br/></p><p> "No," said the campers.<br/></p><p> "Tastes interesting, it's actually kind of good."<br/></p><p> "It's delicious."<br/></p><p> For extra-picky palates, Arthur said just finely grate the veggies to sneak them into your child's favorite dishes.<br/></p><p> "We use what is called a microplane grater," said Arthur. "It's like a cheese grater and we grate carrots, I love to chop leeks and there are all kinds of vegetables you can sneak into meatloaf or even baked with chicken."<br/></p><p> But does it actually work, even when the kids aren't helping?<br/></p><p> We searched for desserts with hidden veggies online and came up with four: eggplant brownies, avocado and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, zucchini chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate beet cake.<br/></p><p> Then, anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell joined Broughton and brought their children along to do a blind taste-test.<br/></p><p> We gave them a little bit of each dessert and had them tell us what they thought.<br/></p><p> "I think the cookies are pretty good," said Isla, Broughton's 5-year-old daughter.<br/></p><p> "What do they taste like?" asked Broughton.<br/></p><p> "Taste pretty good," said Isla.<br/></p><p> "Lulu, what do you think? You've got your mouth full, you must like it," said Austin.<br/></p><p> "I like the cookies the best," said Austin's 7-year-old daughter, Lulu.<br/></p><p> "What do you think about the cake?" asked Austin.<br/></p><p> "A little bit too chocolatey," said Lulu.<br/></p><p> "Addi, you like chocolate, what do you think about the cake?" asked Austin.<br/></p><p> "I don't really like it," said Addi, Austin's 9-year-old.<br/></p><p> "I appreciate you being polite," said Austin. "What's so gross about it?"<br/></p><p> "I don't know, it's kind of too chocolatey for me, too," said Addi.<br/></p><p> Bell asked her 17-month-old son Henry if he liked the desserts and got a smile as he ate more of the cake as her response.<br/></p><p> Overall, the feedback was positive, and they didn't suspect the hidden veggies.<br/></p><p> Then, Austin and Bell broke the bad news.<br/></p><p> "You know what is packed into that food right there? Vegetables!"<br/></p><p> The children looked shocked, especially when Austin asked them if they usually liked eggplant, zucchini, avocado and beets. But still, they admit they were totally fooled.<br/></p><p> "So what did you think?" asked Austin.<br/></p><p> "I thought it was pretty good for vegetable cookies," said Addi. "You can't really tell there's vegetables inside unless somebody tells you."<br/></p><p> Isla agreed.<br/></p><p> "I don't really taste them in the cookies," she said.<br/></p><p> Lulu admitted she had spotted a little bit of green in the avocado and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but didn't taste anything odd and ate them anyway.<br/></p><p> "Would this be a good way for mom and dad to get you to eat your vegetables?" asked Matt.<br/></p><p> "Well, that's the way my mom would get me to eat my vegetables," said Isla.<br/> </p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:47:49 GMT

'Friends' stars: Where are they now?

<p> July 30 marks not only the International Day of Friendship but also Lisa Kudrow's 52nd birthday. Coincidence? Perhaps, but what better time to check in with Kudrow and your other favorite "Friends" from the classic '90s sitcom?</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: July 30

<p> Henry Ford is born, the host nation captures the very first World Cup, the USS Indianapolis sinks into shark-infested waters, and Hoffa goes missing, all on this day.</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Family creates distraction to commit robbery, officials say

<p> Six people have been arrested for a robbery at the Wasabi Buffet restaurant Wednesday in Mount Dora.</p><p> Officials said Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the restaurant at 16700 Highway 441 at about 6:24 p.m. when it was reported that there was a possible fight going on in the parking lot.</p><p> A family traveling through the area reportedly created a distraction theft that escalated into a robbery.</p><p> Officials said the family members fought with the owners, who were trying to prevent the robbery.</p><p> Three juveniles and three adults were arrested. Officials said they will be charged with robbery.</p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:34:13 GMT

Altamonte police search for man who stuffed, ignited fireworks in SunRail machine

<p> Altamonte police are searching for the man they say was caught on video stuffing fireworks into a SunRail ticketing machine.</p><p> Police said the man on Monday night just after 9 p.m. placed and ignited the fireworks into one of the automated ticket machines at the south platform of Altamonte Springs SunRail station.</p><p> Police released video of the incident from the CCTV cameras on the platform.</p><p> Contact police if you have any information on the case at 407-339-2441.  </p>

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:55:13 GMT

Victoria Siegel died from accidental drug overdose, autopsy report says

<p> Victoria Siegel, the daughter of Westgate Resorts founder and billionaire David Siegel, died from an accidental drug overdose, according to an autopsy report.</p><p> Victoria Siegel <a href="" target="_blank">was found unresponsive in her family's Windermere home </a>in June and was pronounced dead at the hospital.</p><p> The toxicology report stated that drugs were found in Victoria Siegel's system, including methadone and sertraline, which is used to treat depression.</p><p> According to the report, the cause of death was listed as "acute methadone and sertraline toxicity." The manner of death was ruled accidental.</p><p> David and Jacqueline Siegel were featured in a 2012 documentary, "Queen of Versailles," that followed them as they built their 90,000-square-foot mansion in Isleworth.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:03:28 GMT

Orange County Fire Rescue investigates apparent lightning strike that hurt 1

<p> Orange County Fire Rescue says they are investigating two people possibly being struck by lightning on Wednesday afternoon as storms moved through the region.<br/></p><p> [WEATHER INFO:  <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Free apps</a> | SHARE: <a href="" target="_blank">Storm photos</a>]</p><p> Fire Rescue said they were called to a report of lightning strike victims on the 4600 block of Martinez Drive just before 5 p.m.</p><p> Homeowner Carmen Newell said her two friends were standing in the driveway after running errands when one of them was apparently struck by lightning.</p><p> Officials said one woman, who the friend says is a 30-year-old wife and mother, has been taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The other victim refused treatment.</p><p> Meanwhile, trees were down on Old Highway 441 in Tavares, and a mobile home was damaged near the intersection of Main Street and State Road 19, according to Tavares police.</p><p> One tree fell on a playground set at a Tavares preschool, causing thousands of dollars in damage.</p><p> The heavy rain affected Marion, Sumter and Lake counties Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> "Rain chances will increase by Friday to 60 percent," said Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said, adding that the chance of rain will remain at that level through Sunday.</p><p> A tropical wave has a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.  Currently, it's located off the <a href="" target="_blank">west coast of Africa</a>.</p>

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:22:14 GMT

American-Islamic Relations group files lawsuit against Florida 'Muslim-free' gun store

<p> The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida announced on Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against the Florida gun store that declared itself a "Muslim-free zone" earlier this month.</p><p> [READ:<a href="/blob/view/-/34424182/data/1/-/12qphmz/-/lawsuit-filed-by-CAIR.pdf" target="_blank"> Lawsuit filed</a> ]</p><p> Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Iverness, <a href="" target="_blank">made headlines on July 17 </a>when he posted a video on YouTube, saying "I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots."</p><p> "American Muslims have a right to browse and purchase guns, take classes on gun safety and shoot guns at a range without having to be profiled and discriminated," said Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR Florida, said in a release. "Such discrimination is not only illegal, it is bad for our country and makes us less safe and less free."</p><p> CAIR Florida is represented by Michael Hanna and Bernard Mazaheri at Morgan & Morgan.</p>

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:25:33 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: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:10:20 GMT