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Edgewater police shoot, kill man

<p> Edgewater police shot and killed a man who they say threatened officers with a knife.</p><p> </p><p> Trevor Silvia, 34, died in the shooting, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday at 1410 Needle Palm Drive in Edgewater.</p><p> According to police, the agency received a disturbance call and found Silvia, who threatened and confronted officers.</p><p> The officers tried to subdue Silvia with a Taser, but he "rendered it ineffective," police said.</p><p> The officers then shot Silvia, who was airlifted to Halifax Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, officials said.</p><p> Police later released an image of the knife they say Silvia brandished.  It was a kitchen knife with a 13-inch blade, police said.</p><p> Silvia's mother and her boyfriend were inside the home but were not injured, police said.</p><p> Edgewater police Sgt. John Tarr and Officer Charles Geiger were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.</p><p> The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:12:57 GMT

2 shot in Orlando home invasion

<p> Two men were shot multiple times early Friday in an Orlando home invasion, and Orange County deputies continue to search for the intruders.</p><p> </p><p> The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. at a home in the 7300 block of Burnway Drive in the Clubhouse Estates subdivision in Dr. Phillips near Bay Hill.</p><p> According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a woman who jumped out of a back window of the home called 911 to report the home invasion.  Deputies said two gunmen entered the home and demanded money.</p><p> Deputies said they found two men, ages 40 and 22, suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victims were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, but their conditions were not released.</p><p> The woman was not injured.</p><p> Deputies only described the assailants as black men carrying semiautomatic handguns.</p><p> No other details have been released.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:16:41 GMT

Orlando firefighter accused of making racist remarks

<p> A veteran Orlando firefighter has been cited for racist comments he allegedly made to a fellow firefighter.</p><p> A Hispanic co-worker claims the comments were directed at him by engineer Robert Goldenberg during a break at a training program on May 6.</p><p> "He stated, 'To make this place better, you need to take your people, put them in two containers and ship them back to where they came from,'" the firefighter told a department investigator.</p><p> He said the comments continued after he left the room.</p><p> "I had to go, I believe the restroom," the firefighter told investigators. "And he turned around and expressed to the class or a group of people, 'That's the way you take care of Puerto Ricans. You make them leave the room.'"</p><p> Other firefighters heard the comments made by Goldenberg, and said they were also offended and they testified as part of the internal fire department investigation.</p><p> Goldenberg, an 18-year veteran of the Orlando Fire Department, was accused of violating the department's civility rule, which requires firefighters to be civil, orderly and courteous.</p><p> During the investigation, Goldenberg claimed he didn't remember saying anything racist.</p><p> When investigators asked him if he had any issues with people of different cultures or races, he said, "I see everybody as just whatever you present. I see you as what you present."</p><p> Last week, Fire Department investigators finalized their report and sustained the allegations against Goldenberg.</p><p> His punishment, a verbal reprimand, was far less that some people would have liked to see.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:12:03 GMT

Orlando cash advance clerk robbed at knifepoint

<p> A female clerk was robbed with a knife as she worked alone inside Advance America, a cash advance store off East Colonial Drive.</p><p> Only Local 6 received a copy of the video Thursday night. It shows a man dressed in a black sweatshirt and gray sweatpants walking into the store pretending to be a new customer.</p><p> Deputies said as the 26-year-old clerk went to a back room to grab an application the man followed her, coming behind the counter with a knife.</p><p> </p><p> Another camera shows them coming back to the front, where she calmly hands him cash from several registers.</p><p> The robber then puts away the knife and demands she opens a safe. After grabbing the cash, the robber jumps over the counter and takes off.</p><p> Gary Lush works at Goodfellas Pizzeria, a restaurant nearby.</p><p> "That's pretty scary. If it was my situation I'd be scared as well," said Lush.</p><p> Lush said they weren't allowed to leave while deputies searched for a suspect.</p><p> "We had customers trying to come in to pick up food and our delivery drivers couldn't leave either because the guy is still on the loose," said Lush.</p><p> If you have any information on this robbery call the Orange County Sheriff's Office.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:12:55 GMT

Jacksonville duo catches 13-foot gator by hand

<p> After months of scouting, two Florida men finally caught the more than 13-foot gator they nicknamed "Lumpy."</p><p> The men caught Lumpy in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville using a rope and a few hooks.</p><p> It took about four hours to bring the 13-foot, 4-inch gator in and he was so heavy he broke the scales.</p><p> "Usually when people say they've seen a large alligator, it's usually around 11 feet or so. So, 13 feet, close to 13 and 1/2 feet is definitely rare," said Jim Darlington, curator of reptiles at Alligator Farm.</p><p> Right now, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating to figure out if Lumpy is the biggest gator ever caught in Florida by hand.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:59:52 GMT

Survey reveals inventive sick day excuses

<p> Had a big night out? Don't fancy leaving a cozy bed for the cold outdoors? Having a Ferris Bueller moment?</p><p> We may not all admit it but surely everyone has done it: called in to work sick when we're actually feeling fine.</p><p> The challenge for playing hooky is always coming up with a credible excuse. But according to a survey for the online career site <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, while honesty may be lacking, inventiveness is not.</p><p> According to its survey, dubious excuses put forward by U.S. workers for taking a sick day range from an employee claiming a plastic surgery procedure needed some "tweaking" to get it just right, to a worker saying he or she had accidentally got on a plane.</p><p> Other gems recounted by employers include: a worker having just put a casserole in the oven; an employee who claimed to have got stuck in a blood pressure machine at the grocery store; and a worker saying he'd had a "lucky night" and didn't know where he was.</p><p> Another employee told her boss she fell and broke her ankle after her legs "fell asleep" while she was sitting in the bathroom.</p><p> Over the past year, the survey indicates, 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well, down 4 percent from last year. </p><p> Of those, three in 10 said they just didn't feel like going to work and about the same proportion said they wanted the day to chill out. Around a fifth took the day off to see the doctor, while almost as many just wanted to catch up on sleep.</p><p> Fancy a snow day? Bad weather was enough for 11 percent of employees to take the day off last year.</p><p> The danger of faking it is -- of course -- getting caught.</p><p> And some workers just aren't smart enough to figure out that posting those Facebook pictures of themselves having fun when they're supposedly ill in bed could be a giveaway.</p><p> According to the survey, a quarter have caught an employee lying about being sick by checking social media. </p><p> Of those, just over a fifth have shown the employee the door, but more than half only scolded them for the lie.</p><p> But while some are wracking their brains for excuses to stay home, there are more who are struggling in to work when they shouldn't because they don't feel they can take a day off, the survey suggests.</p><p> Some 53 percent of employees said they'd gone into work when sick because they felt the work wouldn't get done otherwise, while nearly two in five workers did the same because they couldn't afford to lose a day's pay.</p><p> So who's most likely to call in sick? According to the survey, professional and business services employees, with just over a third doing so in the past year, closely followed by those in sales. </p><p> IT, retail and leisure and hospitality employees were the least likely to call in sick this past year, with only one in five picking up the phone to make that call.</p><p> And when do most sick days get taken? Unsurprisingly, perhaps, in December, January and February, when flu, coughs and colds are doing the rounds.</p><p> The survey, conducted for between Aug. 11 to Sept. 5 this year, was based on a sample of about 3,100 workers and 2,200 hiring managers and human resource professionals.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:16:52 GMT

On this day: October 24

<p> The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

20 scariest states in America

<p> Clowns, spiders and snakes, oh my! These states are the scariest in America, according to, well, Americans.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Several variations of flu vaccine available this year

<p> There's been so much discussion about Enterovirus and Ebola you may have forgotten we really need to focus on the flu.</p><p> [WEB EXTRA:<a href="" target="_blank"> Flu shot locator </a>| <a href="" target="_blank">Flu shot map </a>|<a href="" target="_blank"> More information on flu shots</a> ]</p><p> As we hit flu season it's important for kids and adults to take steps to protect themselves.</p><p> But did you know there are new and different options this year?</p><p> And picking just the right one is what will give you the best fighting chance against the flu.</p><p> Following chemotherapy for breast cancer Debi Katz's immune system was suppressed, and that's a big concern for someone whose job in retail puts her in contact with a variety of people very day.</p><p> “I am with the public and people are coming in every day and they're coughing and sneezing. There's germs everywhere,” said Katz.</p><p> So Katz didn't hesitate when her doctor strongly recommended a flu shot this year.</p><p> “Ii definitely did it as a preventative to make sure i don't get the flu,” said Katz</p><p> Flu season begins to ramp up in October and this year experts recommend you get your shot before Halloween.</p><p> But did you know there are four different kinds of the flu vaccine?</p><p> The standard flu shot covers three strains of influenza and are given with a smaller needle.</p><p> Then there is the new Quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza.</p><p> It covers H1N1, H3N2 and two B viruses which gives you a bit more protection that the regular shot.</p><p> But if you're considering it for your child check with your doctor because the Centers for Disease Control says some Quadrivalent vaccines aren't safe for children under three.</p><p> If you're 65 or older you have an added choice.</p><p> There's a high dose vaccine with four times the antigen.</p><p> And finally, there's the flu mist. It also protects against four viruses.</p><p> And for the first time, the CDC is recommending the nasal spray for kids ages 2 to 8.</p><p> In fact, recent studies show it may work better than the flu shot in younger children often preventing 50 percent more cases than the injection.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:22:52 GMT

2 charged after couple claims boy given morphine, Seminole cops say

<p> A Seminole County couple was arrested after they told investigators a 6-year-old boy was accidentally given morphine, deputies said.</p><p> Lorena Oikle, 41, and Axel Rosa, 44, have been charged with child neglect, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.</p><p> Deputies said Oikle was administering antibiotics to the boy with an ear infection on Monday when she realized she had accidentally given him one teaspoon of morphine instead of the antibiotics.</p><p> "The medication the boy was given didn't look anything like the antibiotics," said Kim Cannaday of Seminole County Sheriff's Office. "That was also a red flag to investigators."</p><p> Oikle said the boy was acting normal so Oikle and Rosa decided to watch him instead of taking him to the hospital, according to the report.</p><p> When Oikle woke up at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, she checked on the boy and found that he had vomited and was unresponsive, deputies said.</p><p> Oikle and Rosa put the boy in a cold bath in an attempt to wake him up and then contacted 911, nearly eight hours later.</p><p> "We have a 6-year-old here who, somehow or another, was mistakenly given morphine, the patient here is extremely critical," the caller told 911 dispatchers.</p><p> The boy was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in serious to critical condition. Deputies said the boy is doing well and is recovering.</p><p> Oikle said the boy had an ear infection for 10 days and had been on medication for seven days, according to the report.</p><p> Deputies said Rosa left the hospital to go home to find the morphine bottle, but couldn't find it.</p><p> Upon investigating the home, deputies found cocaine and marijuana stored in plastic pill bottles.</p><p> Investigators said they are looking into if the morphine could have come from the assisted living facility Oikle owns in Deltona, called Lorena's Sweet Home. The home has had some citations in the past from the Agency for Health Care Administration and when Local 6 went to the home on Thursday, it was empty.</p><p> They were booked into the Seminole County jail on Wednesday.</p><p> Another 6-year-old girl was also in the home at the time of the incident, but her relationship to Rosa and Oikle was unclear.</p><p> Officials said both children will be removed from the home and put in foster care.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:30:39 GMT

Vandal busts Palm Bay City Council candidate's car windshield

<p> A candidate for the Palm Bay City Council has had his car's windshield busted open three times in the last year and the last act of vandalism was caught on his home surveillance system.</p><p> Palm Bay police released the video Thursday, which they say shows a man busting out a Chevy sedan's windshield back in August.</p><p> The video shows the alleged vandal try to break the glass with his backside before ultimately busting it open with his hand.</p><p> "It was a bit creative. He ran up, jumped on the hood of the car, promptly sat down on my windshield as hard as he could and busted the windshield out," said Bill Rettinger.</p><p> Rettinger, who is running for Palm Bay City Council, says this is the third time one of his cars has had its windshield busted out in the last year.</p><p> He hopes the vandalism is just a coincidence and not related to his campaign.</p><p> "There was speculation as to whether or not it had something to do with the campaign that was going on," said Rettinger. "I don't think so, or at least I would not like to think so."</p><p> Rettinger says his insurance company covered the damages, but he was without a car for nearly a week.</p><p> Palm Bay police believe the man in the video is in his late teens or early 20s.</p><p> "Hopefully we'll catch the guy and hopefully someone will recognize him, and we'll get him arrested and prosecute him because I fully plan on prosecuting," said Rettinger.</p><p> There is a $1,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest. Authorities want anyone who recognize the man to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:32:13 GMT

Brad Pitt joins Galifianakis on Two Ferns'

<p> Just another big name for Zach Galifianakis and his comic Web series, "Between Two Ferns."</p><p> In March, the actor and comedian had on President Barack Obama. Thursday, the guest was Brad Pitt.</p><p> In classic "Between Two Ferns" style -- that is, the style of an early-'80s public access show -- Galifianakis made Pitt awkward from the beginning.</p><p> The "Fury" actor was introduced as "Bradley Pitts" (and ID'ed as "Bart Pit" from "12 Years a Salve") and immediately asked how old he was when he lost his virginity and why he doesn't shower.</p><p> Pitt accepted most of the insults with a blank good nature, even when Galifianakis called his new movie "Furry."</p><p> At one point, Galifianakis brought him a tightly wrapped gift that looked suspiciously like a bong.</p><p> "It's a bassoon," said Galifianakis.</p><p> "You know I'm a dad now," Pitt responded. "We don't 'bassoon' in my house anymore."</p><p> Published Wednesday to comedy site Funny or Die, the clip had 3 million views by late Thursday afternoon.</p><p> Things turned ugly when Galifianakis asked Pitt about the focus on his looks and how it distracts people from realizing "that you're just a sh***y actor."</p><p> Pitt's reaction was full of, um, spit and vinegar.</p><p> The actor did get a chance to put in a plug for Make It Right, his charity. But he was quickly interrupted by Galifianakis, who ushered comedian Louis C.K. onstage for a cameo standup routine.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:33:33 GMT

TV Trivia: Test your knowledge

<p> In the 1960's, television program choices were few. Can you remember what was on?  Test your trivia knowledge.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:44:27 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: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:43:11 GMT