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Family of 5 rescued from Little Big Econ Forest

<p> A dad and four kids almost had to spend the night in the frigid cold after they got lost while bike-riding on trails inside Little Big Econ State Forest. After several hours, they were rescued by Seminole County firefighters Wednesday night.</p><p> Christine Mills, 13, told Local 6 she was on the bike trail at the Jones East Trailhead with her siblings, two 15-year-old boys and an 11-year-old girl. As they continued riding on the marked trail, several feet of water blocked the trail, forcing them off their path. District Chief Edward Forrest said the heavy rain from Tuesday caused the river in the forest to rise 8 feet higher than normal, flooding the trail.</p><p> “It was awful,” said Mills. “It was freezing and we were so cold, trying to find something -- we were huddled together.”</p><p> She said at some points they were forced to swim in the 3 to 4 feet water, looking for land as they yelled for help.</p><p> “There was so much water on the trails and we didn't see that when we first got in the trail it got deeper and deeper,” Christine Mills said.</p><p> “By the time we were halfway through, we were pretty deep,” echoed Jack Mills.</p><p> They quickly called their father, Buddy Mills, who is also a firefighter, to get them. But with darkness setting in, temperatures dropping and no sense of how to get out, he realized they would need more help.</p><p> After Seminole County firefighters arrived they used a bulldozer to make their own trail and then went almost 2 miles to rescue the family. Firefighters were able to bring them out safely on ATVs without any injuries.<br/></p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:07:30 GMT

Ocoee High School coach accused of having sex with student

<p> An Ocoee High School coach was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having sex with a student.</p><p> Brian Pitts, 49, was arrested on two counts of sexual activity with a child.</p><p> Pitts coaches boys and girls cross country at Ocoee High School and teaches math at Acceleration Academy West, according to the school's website.</p><p> Pitts bonded out of Orange County Jail at 10:39 p.m. Wednesday.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:05:19 GMT

Robber hits Publix clerk in head with bottle of liquor

<p> Police arrested a violent robber who used a bottle to beat a store clerk, but not before he robbed another business.</p><p> Investigators said the man's crime spree began when a man posing as a customer at a Publix liquor store in Altamonte Springs repeatedly struck a clerk in the head with a bottle before robbing the business, according to police.</p><p> The robbery happened around noon Wednesday at the Publix at 482 E. Altamonte.</p><p> According to Altamonte Springs police, the man was at the cash register when hit the clerk several times and grabbed the money from the cash register.</p><p> "A brutal act if you want to call it that, especially somebody who works in the store who's just doing their job day to day," said a regular customer, Brad Hester. "(They're) very nice people, so I'm very shocked to hear that happened to them, very sad."</p><p> The thief ran outside and rode off on a bike, police said. Witness said money was flying out of his pockets as he rode away. Police said he left his credit card behind.</p><p> Four hours later, police arrested Donovan Wright after they said he robbed a 7-Eleven along Highway 17-92 in Casselberry.</p><p> They found him a few blocks away hiding in a wooded residential area, where they said he confessed to the crimes at the scene.</p><p> Wright remains in the Seminole County jail.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:14:25 GMT

Holly Hill man sentenced for living with body

<p> A Holly Hill man was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of living with a body.</p><p> Todd Christopher LaDuke, 39, was convicted of two felony counts of child neglect and a misdemeanor count for failing to report a body to the medical examiner.</p><p> LaDuke was arrested last Halloween along with co-defendant Nicole Scalise after investigators discovered the body of Tiffany Kain, 33, in her bedroom.  Officials said she had been dead for at least three weeks. LaDuke and Scalise were living off her Social Security money, according to investigators.</p><p> Police were responding to a well-being check on Kain, who suffered from spina bifida and multiple sclerosis, neighbors said. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities contacted police after they failed to reach her.  </p><p> LaDuke and Scalise were living across the hall in another bedroom with a 6-year-old and a 11-year-old children in deplorable conditions, investigators added.</p><p> Police reports say that both defendants had clear knowledge of the obvious odor and were living without water and illegally obtaining electrify by bypassing the meter by using jumpers. There was also evidence of animal feces and urine throughout the living area.</p><p> The state attorney’s office also says LaDuke was convicted of being in possession of a controlled substance.</p><p> The Department of Children and Families took custody of the children.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:03:22 GMT

Delayed flights slows Disney surprise

<p> Thousands of flights across the country were delayed for hours Wednesday, including in central Florida, because of storms hitting the northeast part of the country.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/46-million-expected-to-travel-for-thanksgiving-holiday/29941478" target="_self">Your holiday travel guide</a>]</p><p> Rain, snow and sleet hit the East Coast, including parts of New York, New England and Pennsylvania, where they could see up to 8 inches of snow.</p><p> Nearly 200 flights were delayed in Orlando, which meant thousands of travelers got a slow start to their holiday weekend.</p><p> Ryan Rhoads is in Orlando for business. His Thanksgiving plan was to fly down his wife and kids from Cincinnati.</p><p> "They have no idea where they're going. We've kept it a complete secret. It was just something my wife and I planned," said Rhoads.</p><p> A surprise for his 6-year-old and 3-year-old children: a trip to Disney.</p><p> "From the moment they got on the plane, so no one would ask them if they were going to see Mickey or Minnie, [my] put the DVD in front of them and headphones on them so no one could ask them," said Rhoads.</p><p> A perfectly laid out plan, but something happened the Rhoads didn't anticipate.</p><p> "I didn't plan for those delays, that'll happen from time to time," said Rhoads.</p><p> Other families can relate.</p><p> "Our flight is delayed about two hours right now," said traveler Mike Drucker, who was flying home to Chicago.</p><p> "We are trying to get away from that by flying into a smaller airport but looks like we're still going to get stuck," said Stephanie Slowinski, who is traveling to Milwaukee.</p><p> That is all thanks to a band that covered much of the northeastern part of the country with snow, sleet and rain.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="" target="_blank">OIA flight travel</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Flight aware misery map</a>]</p><p> It meant waiting, and waiting for Rhoads until he could see his family and surprise his children.</p><p> "You're going to Disney World," said Rhoads, despite a late start.</p><p> Orlando International Airport officials said 18 percent of flights were delayed and 17 flights were canceled Wednesday.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:50:48 GMT

20 easy ways to burn 100 calories

<p> Need to work off that Thanksgiving dinner? Check out Self magazine's list of easy ways to burn 100 calories.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The most annoying songs of all-time

<p> Check out our list of the songs that you just can't forget ... no matter how much you try.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Brevard County man arrested for groping teen walking home

<p> A Brevard County man was arrested Tuesday after a 14-year-old girl says he touched her as she was walking home from school.</p><p> The teen was walking home from Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay when Emmanuel Colon-Gago, 27, approached her, grabbed her buttocks, smiled at her and then walked away, according to arrest documents.</p><p> "Something like that should not happen in the neighborhood and I'm glad they arrested the guy. There are more of them out there that they need to go after," said Elsie Augustine.</p><p> According to arrest documents, the girl started yelling at Colon-Gago after he touched her and he replied simply with a smile before walking away like nothing happened.</p><p> But he didn't get far.</p><p> The victim's fellow classmates saw what happened, confronted the 27-year-old and alerted the school resource officer in time to make an arrest.</p><p> "I feel for the girl and that is why I'm happy that they arrested the guy," said Augustine. "He needs to be where he belongs."</p><p> Local 6 didn't find a prior criminal history for Colon-Gago but did find out he works for a Goodwill in Brevard County.</p><p> The Palm Bay man is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $15,000 bond.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:13:24 GMT

Video: Crook steals gun from unlocked car in Sanford

<p> Police say a crook took a gun and it could be part of a bigger crime spree.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:37:29 GMT

Worker rescued from Orlando Eye

<p> A man working on the Orlando Eye, an attraction under construction in the tourist district of the city, needs some help getting down.</p><p> [PHOTOS:  <a href="/entertainment/social-local/orlando-eye/29947692" target="_blank">Orlando Eye</a>]</p><p> According to Orange County Fire Rescue, a platform on which the man was standing lost power and a brake engaged, causing it stop. </p><p> Coworkers were able to pass an extension cord to the man, who powered up the platform and disengaged the brake.</p><p> The platforms are used to raise workers up and down so they can work on the observation wheel, which is scheduled to open next year.</p><p> Firefighters learned of the incident and went to the scene but were not needed for a rescue.</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:39:48 GMT

Thief wanted for stealing TVs from Sanford Walmart

<p> A thief caught on video stealing two televisions from a Walmart is being sought by the Sanford Police Department.</p><p> Police said the robber stole two 32-inch Samsung LED televisions from the Walmart at 1601 Rinehart Rd. on Nov. 12.</p><p> Surveillance video shows the man take the two televisions from the electronics department and walked out of the store.</p><p> The estimated value of the merchandise stolen is $456, Sanford police said.</p><p> Anyone with information about this retail theft is asked to call <a href="" target="_blank">Crimeline</a> at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Police said calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and tips to Crimeline that lead to solving a felony case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.</p><p> </p><p> [MOBILE USERS: <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to watch video</a>]</p>

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:42:05 GMT

Curry, 3s too much for Magic; Warriors win 111-96

<p> Stephen Curry had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Golden State Warriors rolled to a 111-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.</p><p> Harrison Barnes added 16 points. Seven Warriors reached double figures.</p><p> Curry sat in the fourth quarter of Golden State's seventh straight victory overall and third consecutive win over the Magic. The Warriors led by as many as 27 in the second half.</p><p> Orlando, who has been bothered by a rash of recent injuries, lost its third straight game. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 16 points and 10 rebounds.</p><p> The Warriors hit their first five shots of the night to take a 10-0 lead barely two minutes into the game.</p><p> Then Curry got going, connecting on all four of his 3-point attempts as part of a 14-point opening quarter. He finished the half with 25, going 5 for 5 from beyond arc.</p><p> His sixth consecutive make from 3 early in the second half pushed Golden State's lead to 20. He didn't miss his first 3-pointer of the night until the 5:39 mark of the third quarter.</p><p> Orlando entered Wednesday having seen its players miss a total of 43 games to injury or illness this season.</p><p> Five Magic players began the day on the injury report. Three of them - Evan Fournier (right quad contusion, Harris (strained right calf), and Kyle O'Quinn (sprained left ankle) - were all active against the Warriors. For O'Quinn it was his first action since the season-opener.</p><p> Despite Curry's shooting, the extra personnel provided Orlando an energy injection that helped the Magic keep pace for a while.</p><p> Orlando made a spurt early in the second quarter, briefly taking a two-point lead. But the Warriors outscored the Magic 29-14 the rest of the half.</p><p> TIP-INS:</p><p> Magic: C Nik Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season.</p><p> Warriors: Have made 25 3-pointers in their last two games. They improved to 4-0 against the Eastern Conference.</p><p> UP NEXT:</p><p> Magic: Begin a six-game road trip at Indiana on Friday.</p><p> Warriors: Continue their four-game road trip at Charlotte Friday.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:50:08 GMT

On this day: November 27

<p> Alfred Nobel establishes the Nobel Prize, Baby Face Nelson dies in a shootout with the FBI, Harvey Milk is assassinated, MTV bans Madonna, and Tiger Woods crashes his SUV, all on this day.</p>

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:00 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: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:29:51 GMT