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1 shot, killed at Orlando apartment complex

<p> Orlando police are investigating after one person was shot and killed on Thursday afternoon.</p><p> </p><p> Police said the shooting occurred on Raper Dairy Road at Blossom Corners apartments  just after 3 p.m.<br/></p><p> Police haven't confirmed the shooting victim's identity, but neighbors tell Local 6 a man was shot.</p><p> Initial reports from officers were that the person was shot in the face, but no other details were released.</p><p> No one is in custody, police said.</p><p> Check back for more on  this developing story.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:07:18 GMT

Man who raped, impregnated girl sought, Daytona Beach police say

<p> Daytona Beach police are searching for a man they say is wanted for raping a child and getting her pregnant.</p><p> Robert Lee Bellamy Jr., 50, is accused of sexually abusing a girl when she was 10 years old, according to police.  </p><p> Two years later, police found that Bellamy had sex with the girl at her apartment complex and a couple of times at the Quality Motel in Holly Hill.</p><p> According to the report, when the girl's mother found out about the assault, her daughter was already six months pregnant.</p><p> "The baby now has been born and he's approximately 4 months, so through DNA, we confirmed that Robert Bellamy is the father to the child," said Detective Lissette Deshamps. </p><p> Bellamy will be charged with lewd and lascivious battery when he is found.</p><p> Police said the girl, who is now 13 years old, is doing well, is in school and taking care of her son.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:27:28 GMT

Central Florida high school grades released

<p> The number of top rated high schools in Florida is dropping, according to new data released Thursday.</p><p> [DOWNLOAD: <a href="/blob/view/-/30296338/data/1/-/xxcnj3/-/School-grades.xls" target="_blank">Full school grades, county by county </a>]</p><p> Grades released by the Florida Department of Education showed that the number of A-graded schools dropped from 49 percent last year to 36 percent this year.</p><p> Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said a key reason for the drop in A-rated schools was that the grading formula was changed to make it more difficult to earn a top grade.</p><p> DOE officials say six high schools in the Central Florida area increased a grade letter. In Brevard, Seminole and Lake counties, Eau Gallie High School, Winter Springs High School and Lake Minneola High School increased their grades from a B to an A.</p><p> In Orange County, three schools improved one letter grade: Dr. Phillips High School and University High School went from a B to an A, and Colonial High School improved from a C to a B.</p><p> In Volusia County, six of the 10 county schools received B grades and four received C grades. According to Volusia County Schools, three schools would have received an A rating but were penalized due to not testing the required 95 percent of students or not graduating enough number of at-risk students.</p><p> Twenty-eight Central Florida schools went down a grade, according to the report.</p><p> Palm Bay Magnet Senior High School in Brevard County, Jones High School in Orange County and Gateway High School in Osceola County would have dropped two grades if not for the state rule that prevents a school from decreasing more than one letter grade.</p><p> The department tried to downplay the drop in the number of A-rated schools in its official release. Instead, the department highlighted that the state's overall high school graduation rate edged up slightly this year.</p><p> In Central Florida, Sumter County's graduation rate improved to 83.4 percent, an increase of nearly 5 percentage points over the last year.</p><p> Statewide, graduation rates increased to  an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04, according to the DOE.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:04 GMT

Florida woman slapped grandma for denying Facebook friend request, cops say

<p> A Pinellas County woman was arrested after deputies say she slapped her grandma in the face because she wouldn't be her Facebook friend.</p><p> Rachel Hayes, 27, has been charged with aggravated battery on an elderly person in the Wednesday incident.</p><p> According to the report, Hayes was at her 72-year-old grandmother's house when they got into an argument because the victim wouldn't accept Hayes' Facebook friend request.</p><p> In the midst of the argument, Hayes slapped the victim multiple times on the side of her face, deputies said.</p><p> Hayes was arrested Thursday morning and booked into jail on no bond.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:53:00 GMT

NASA's Orion capsule returns to Kennedy Space Center

<p> NASA's first space-flown Orion capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, returning to the place where it was assembled.</p><p> The spacecraft completed a 2,700-mile, cross-country drive from San Diego that followed its Dec. 5 splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at the end of a successful first test flight launched hours earlier from Cape Canaveral.</p><p> Orion is the spacecraft NASA is designing to again carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit, to the area around the moon and possibly one day Mars.</p><p> The unmanned Exploration Flight Test-1 mission, launched by a Delta IV Heavy rocket, sent Orion to a peak altitude of 3,600 miles during a two-orbit, four-and-a-half-hour mission. Orion survived a 20,000-mph reentry through the atmosphere and deployed parachutes in preparation for the splashdown 600 miles southwest of San Diego.</p><p> "Orion's flight test was a critical step on our journey to send astronauts to explore deep space destinations," said Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development at NASA Headquarters in Washington, in a statement. "We stressed Orion to help us evaluate its performance and validate our computer models and ground-based evaluations, and the information we gathered will help us improve Orion's design going forward."</p><p> NASA has invited media to see Orion Friday morning in its open shipping container.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:39:54 GMT

Man, 69, killed in head-on crash in Seminole County

<p> A 69-year-old Sanford man was killed and a 65-year-old Deltona woman was seriously injured Wednesday night in a head-on crash in Seminole County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p> The FHP said Duglis Daw died in the crash, which occurred around 7 p.m. on State Road 46 near Ross Lake Lane.</p><p> According to troopers, Daw was driving a four-door Chevrolet west on S.R. 46 when he veered into the eastbound lanes and struck the front of a four-door Toyota driven by Mary Strates, who was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital.</p><p> The crash remains under investigation.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:46:02 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: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:53:49 GMT

What will cost more in 2015

<p> Prepare to pay more for chocolate, coffee, shipping and several other goods and services next year.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT

$10,000 dropped into Salvation Army kettles in Brevard

<p> Don't call this a mere drop in the bucket.</p><p> An anonymous donor or donors stuffed nearly $10,000 in crisp $100 bills into the Salvation Army's red kettles across Brevard on Tuesday.</p><p> The donations, which Salvation Army officials believe came from a single donor, thrilled the group, whose bell ringers have become synonymous with Christmas. All the $100 bills were folded the same way. The amounts per kettle ranged from $500 to $1,000, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.</p><p> "That was the most exciting thing," said Kathy Mardirosian, Red Kettle coordinator for Salvation Army North Central Brevard Corps. "Somebody went from Viera all the way to Cocoa Beach."</p><p> Mardirosian said donations usually come in denominations of $1, $5 and $10, with a few $20 bills, checks and lots of coins. So the $100 bills attracted attention.</p><p> The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign provides critical funding for the organization, which offers social services throughout the year.</p><p> "It's a miracle," said Capt. Angel Calderon, executive director of the North Central Brevard Corps. "We are in shock. I think it's the first time in my years in the Salvation Army."</p><p> Calderon said the kettle campaign provides a better Christmas for many local families and feeds and helps needy families.</p><p> "With that is what we operate the rest of the year," Calderon said. "I want to say thanks to the North Central Brevard Community."</p><p> The organization operates a soup kitchen and is in the process of building another in Titusville. It also operates a shelter for the homeless and other programs in Brevard.</p><p> Calderon said the nearly $10,000 will go a long way toward helping local families, and he is appreciative of the thoughtful donor.</p><p> "I want to tell him or her thanks for such a generous donation that will help us help the community," he said.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:44:46 GMT

'Burglar boxes' return to Orlando for holidays

<p> "Burglar boxes" are back by popular demand.</p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Orlando Recycling and Waste Management to have "cardboard-only" Dumpsters placed throughout the county. </p><p> The so-called "burglar boxes" allow residents to discard cardboard boxes, especially for big-ticket items like TVs, computers and gaming consoles, instead of leaving them curbside outside their homes.</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said criminals often target homes by boxes left outside during the holiday season.</p><p> "We want to encourage members of the community to use these 'burglar boxes' as an alternative to leaving their cardboard boxes curbside," the Sheriff's Office said.</p><p> The "burglar boxes" can be found at the following locations:</p><p>Winn Dixie at 5732 N. Hiawassee Road in Orlando <br/>Forest Edge Shopping Center at 5701 Edgewater Drive in Orlando <br/>Waterford Shopping Center (behind the Subway) at 413 N. Alafaya Trail in Orlando <br/>Sector 2 Substation at 11000 Lake Underhill Road in Orlando <br/>Orlo Vista Park at 1 N. Powers Drive in Orlando <br/>Soiree Event Center at 6394 Silver Star Road in Orlando<br/>Dr. Phillips YMCA at 7000 Dr. Phillips Boulevard in Orlando<br/>Goodwill at 7915 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando<br/>Costco at 2101 Waterbridge Boulevard in Orlando<br/></p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:04:52 GMT

Thief takes only Christmas tree from tattoo shop

<p> A burglar is on the loose in Port Orange, wanted for pulling off a bizarre holiday heist.</p><p> Police said out of dozens of Christmas decorations at one local business, the only item that thieves took was a decorative Christmas tree.</p><p> The business, Hold Fast Tattoo, is on Ridgewood Avenue near Dunlawton in Port Orange. The owner of the shop, Chris Norton, decided to decorate for the first time this year and went all out.</p><p> "We were just trying to get in the Christmas spirit around here and them coming along, kind of like the Grinch, just makes it not as fun,” said Norton.</p><p> The shop was closed Sunday. Norton said when they opened back up Monday and went to turn on the Christmas lights and decorations like they do each night, they noticed something was missing.</p><p> “One of the other guys said the tree is gone and we watched the video and realized we had them caught on there,” said Norton.</p><p> Some of the 11 surveillance cameras around the shop captured a man or a woman unplugging and snatching a white metal tree right out of the yard. They did it slowly, in the middle of the day, and took off in an older model Crown Victoria.</p><p> “They drove by a couple minutes earlier and turned around. We rewound to see if they turned back around. They saw it and decided to come back for it,” Norton said.</p><p> Norton said he invested time and effort into helping people who come to his shop and those who drive by it get into the Christmas spirit. He said a lot of the decorations were donated, so now he's on a quest to find the person he calls the Port Orange Grinch.</p><p> “I hope someone recognizes you and you feel humiliated,” Norton said.</p><p> Norton is offering a $200 gift certificate to his shop to anyone who helps turn the thief in.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:07 GMT

Florida man accused of faking heart attack so friend could steal toys at Walmart

<p> Two men were arrested Tuesday in Central Florida after, according to deputies, one of them faked a heart attack inside a Walmart so the other one could steal toys.</p><p> [WATCH FULL VIDEO BELOW (Check 3:30 mark for fake heart attack.)]</p><p> Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, both of Lake Wales, were arrested on charges of grand theft.</p><p> According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the duo filled a shopping cart full of toys, including a motorized Barbie car, inside the Walmart at 2000 State Road East in Lake Wales. </p><p> The men then walked through the store together and Dupree laid down on the ground near the entrance, clutched his chest and pretended to have a heart attack, according to deputies.</p><p> Concerned citizens rushed to Dupree while Scott walked out of the store, deputies said.  Once Scott was out of the store, Dupree stood up and the duo got into a silver sport utility vehicle, deputies said.</p><p> The men were later arrested and taken to jail.</p><p> Deputies said Scott and Dupree have extensive criminal histories, adding that Scott was recently released after serving 10 years in state prison.</p><p> </p>

Published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:07:27 GMT

Where are 'Dawson's Creek' stars today?

<p> With Katie Holmes celebrating her 36th birthday on Thursday, join us for a look at what she and her fellow "Dawson's Creek" castmembers have been up to since the show went off the air.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Top movies of 2014

<p> From science fiction thrillers to biblical epics, find out which movies took in the most money this year. All amounts are from IMDb.com.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:04:31 GMT