Bookmark and Share

rss logo Top Orlando Area Local News Stories

Source: Top Stories

Girl, 13, posted school threats on Instagram, Ormond Beach police say

<p> Ormond Beach police arrested a 13-year-old Calvary Christian Academy student after she allegedly posted threats on a fictitious Instagram account.</p><p> The girl, who Local 6 isn't identifying because of her age, will be charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily injury, disruption of educational institute, making a false report to law enforcement and cyberstalking.</p><p> Police said the girl posted on the fictitious Instagram account, "CCA Ugliest," "I wanna kill everyone at CCA. I promise I do."</p><p> Several students also received anonymous text-message threats, according to police.</p><p> Police were able to track the messages being sent to a residence in Holly Hill and arrested the teen.</p><p> When they interviewed the teen, she said she made the account and posted the threat partially in response to not being included in another Instagram page that promoted a positive image of CCA, according to the police report.</p><p> Ormond Beach Police said they're still investigating because more people may be involved. Officers will still be patrolling school grounds Friday.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:54:29 GMT

Teacher accused of molesting girl in classroom

<p> A teacher was arrested Wednesday in Orange County on allegations of touching students inappropriately.</p><p> Anthony Joseph Salvo, 31, of St. Cloud, who teaches at Renaissance Charter School in Hunters Creek, was arrested on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 18, lewd or lascivious conduct and false imprisonment of a child under the age of 13.</p><p> According to an Orange County arrest affidavit, last month Salvo told a 12-year-old student to come to his classroom for help with some school work.  Salvo locked the door and began massaging the girl's upper thigh, according to the affidavit.</p><p> Salvo allegedly picked the girl up and simulated a sexual position, said officials, who added that Salvo then asked her, "Do you know what comes next?"</p><p> The girl became upset and left the room, saying Salvo unlocked the classroom door, the affidavit said.</p><p> According to officials, an 11-year-old girl told investigators that Salvo, who was helping her with a hand injury, would not let her leave the classroom last month and placed his hands on either side of her head for two minutes without saying anything.  Salvo eventually allowed the girl, who felt trapped and scared, to leave, officials said.</p><p> Salvo was interviewed by investigators, who said he admitted to engaging in lewd contact with one of the girls and that he's sexually attracted to her.</p><p> Salvo also told deputies that he resigned from his previous teaching job in South Florida after he was caught asking a 17-year-old student on a date, officials said.</p><p> Deputies say there is a parallel investigation into Salvo in which he is accused of molesting more students.</p><p> Salvo is being held on no bond at the Orange County Jail.</p><p> <a href="/news/17040834" target="_blank">Local 6 reporter Evan Lambert </a>is working to get more details, so watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:35:55 GMT

State releases report on Spirit family killings

<p> The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its investigative report on the murders-suicide in Gilchrist County.  Donald Spirit, 51, shot and killed his 28-year-old daughter Sarah, her six children, then himself at their home in September 2014.<br/></p><p> The report details a motive for the murders in the small town of Bell, WJXT reports.</p><p> It said some of Donald Spirit's last words to law enforcement were about Collene Stewart, the great aunt to three of the children killed.  </p><p> When a deputy responded to the Spirit home the day of the murders, Donald yelled out, “I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the Stewarts. Collene Stewart has turned Sarah into a whore and drugs and I’m fed up with this whole family … the Stewart family … they’ve ruined my family, they’ve ruined my life and I’m just tired of ‘em all.”  He continued by saying, "and I have taken care of it today!”</p><p> Collene Stewart's nephew is Jaime Stewart, the father of three of the children: 5-year-old Destiny Stewart, 4-year-old Brandon Stewart and 3-month-old Alanna Stewart.  Jaime Stewart was incarcerated in the Levy County jail at the time of the murders.</p><p> FDLE REPORT: <a href="/blob/view/-/31623104/data/1/-/gcoxusz/-/FDLE-Bell-report.pdf" target="_blank">Spirit family murders-suicide</a></p><p> Investigators interviewed Collene Stewart, who said she was at the Spirit home the day before the murders.  She said she overheard Donald Spirit tell his daughter Sarah that "her kids were not worth a s***, tell someone to come get them because I don't love them, I hate them."  A short time later, Donald was overheard apologizing to Sarah for making the comments.  He said he was really stressed out.</p><p> Investigators said Sarah Spirit was unemployed and providing her father with money from sexual acts that she was conducting with a Hispanic male only known as "Jose" from Trenton, which is a small town outside Bell.  </p><p> The report said Sarah only knew Jose for two days and was provided $25 and $70 on the two days leading up to the murders and she was supposed to give some of that money to her father.</p><p> The report also said Sarah was introduced to Jose by Collene Stewart and another woman named Ruby Cissell.</p><p> After Donald Spirit killed his daughter and grandchildren, he called 911 to tell deputies to respond and then he would kill himself.  Deputy David Aderholt responded and asked Spirit to come to the roadside and show his hands.  Spirit responded with, "I killed 'em all!" according to the report.</p><p> When Aderholt asked who, Spirit said, "the kids inside, I killed the kids inside.  They're in the trailer dead and Sarah's dead too!"</p><p> Aderholt asked where Sarah was and Spirit pointed to a tarp in the front yard and yelled, "she's under that right there, mother f*****." </p><p> Spirit shot and killed himself moments later.  When deputies entered the home, they found the children dead.</p><p> Autopsy results revealed that all the children except the baby were shot in the head.  Sarah Spirit had been shot in the head and also suffered six stab wounds.  The report said she sustained blunt force trauma to the back of her head and appears she may have been pistol-whipped.</p><p> The children killed were identified as Kaleb Kuhlmann (11), Kylie Kuhlmann (9), Johnathan Kuhlmann (8), Destiny Stewart (5), Brandon Stewart (4) and Alanna Stewart (3 months).</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:44:42 GMT

Testing goes smoother in Central Florida schools

<p> Sophomores at Lake Nona High School in Orange County say there were a few complications Thursday, but for the most part, testing went a lot smoother.</p><p> [VOTE:  <a href="" target="_blank">Do students take too many tests?</a> ]</p><p> "I know a few people who had issues for the first few minutes, but it was fine after that," one Lake Nona sophomore explains.</p><p> "My friend took it, said it worked fine," said a Lake Nona freshman.  "I have to take it tomorrow, so I hope it's still working."</p><p> Testing seemed to go better on a state level today as well, with less reported issues.</p><p> However, now there appears to be some issues regarding whether the FSA tests will count toward students' overall class grade.</p><p> "I was told that this would count thirty percent toward my class grade," explains a freshman. "I even double checked with my teacher today."</p><p> Another student confirmed a similar understanding. However, the school district says that's not correct.  </p><p> "I wish I would have known that," said one student. "I have no idea what to think now."</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:32:44 GMT

Man hanged dog from tree after dog 'made mess in trailer,' Polk deputies say

<p> A Davenport man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested after Polk County deputies say he hanged a dog by its neck from a tree because the dog "made a mess in the trailer."</p><p> Victor "Manny" Solano, 29, was charged with felony animal cruelty in the Wednesday incident.</p><p> According to deputies, Solano asked his neighbors if they had a gun he could borrow to shoot his 18-month-old pit bull because the dog made a mess.</p><p> When neighbors refused, Solano hanged the dog with a rope around its neck from a tree in the yard, then tied the rope to an ATV and dragged the dog's body to dispose of it in a pond nearby, deputies said.</p><p> Solano, who was released from state prison in March 2013 after serving a five-year sentence, was booked into Polk County Jail and the dog's body was taken to animal control.</p><p> According to records, Solano was previous arrested in Orlando twice on domestic violence charge, along with a Polk County burglary and larceny conviction. </p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:45:16 GMT

Local 6 Theme World: Soarin & Toy Story Mania expanding

<p>  <br/>March 5, 2015</p><p> Soarin & Toy Story Mania Expanding<br/><br/> <br/>Good news for fans of Disney's Toy Story Mania & Soarin' attractions: the wait should drop by late next year.<br/>Disney confirmed today <a href="" target="_blank">what I've been hearing for months now</a>: the two rides with the longest lines  at Hollywood Studios & Epcot are expanding by a third.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Toy Story Mania will add a third ride track. If you don't know, it is a spinning 3-D ride where passengers play oversized arcade games themed to Woody, Buzz, and the gang.<br/>The ride opened in 2008 in what was once two soundstages for making movies & tv shows.<br/><br/>The new track will expand into another soundstage next door, that was long-rumored to be the home for a family coaster based on the doors room in Monsters, Inc.<br/>From what I hear -- once the third track is ready, one or two will be reserved exclusively for FastPass+  .<br/><br/>The nearly-10-year-old Soarin' is the last major addition to Epcot.  Like Toy Story, it is a family-friendly ride with large appeal, but with the ability to carry far fewer guests a day than people-eaters like SpaceShip Earth & Pirates of the Caribbean.<br/><br/><br/>As you can see on the map above, while you enter it from The Land pavilion, Soarin' is actually in a huge building closer to Imagination! The new third theater will be built on vacant land next door to the other two.</p><p> When it is finished, Disney promises  the whole attraction  will be upgraded to state-of-the-art digital projectors. If what I hear is true, that will come with a new film with broader horizons than a flight over California. Theoretically speaking, digital projections could allow for random trips, ala Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.<br/><br/>The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2016, Disney says.<br/><br/> </p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:59:40 GMT

America's favorite quick-serve restaurants

<p> A new nationwide study by Market Force Information reveals American consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant chains in four popular food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken and sandwiches. Check out who topped the list in this gallery. </p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:17:11 GMT

25 surprising celebrity facts

<p> Think you know everything about your favorite celebrity? Think again. Here are 25 surprising facts about celebrities that we bet you didn't know.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Share photos: Future soccer stars

<p> As Orlando City SC gears up for its MLS debut, we want you to share photos of your future soccer stars.  Just register and upload your pictures, and your little star may be featured on Local 6!</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:56:20 GMT

Peeps-flavored milk hits food stores

<p> Prairie Farms is releasing Peeps-flavored milk just in time for Easter. </p><p> <br/>The Peeps milk will be available in three flavors: "Marshmallow Milk," reduced-fat "Chocolate Marshmallow Milk" and reduced-fat "Easter Egg Nog." <br/><br/>The Peeps-flavored milk has 37 grams of sugar per cup per serving, almost three times the amount of sugar than regular Prairie Farms whole milk has.</p><p> Prairie Farms first says the product will be released in the Midwest first and then later will be available in other areas of the U.S.<br/><br/>The company says the milk will available only for a limited time. </p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:15:33 GMT

Florida man takes neighbor's body to lawyer's office

<p> A southwest Florida man put his dead neighbor in the bed of his pickup truck and drove to his lawyer's office claiming he'd killed the man in self-defense.</p><p> Attorney Robert Harris told the <a href="" target="_blank">News-Press of Fort Myers</a> that 52-year-old John Marshall showed up around 4 p.m. Wednesday, saying he didn't know who else to trust.</p><p> Attorneys called 911 and Marshall spent hours at Harris' office before finally leaving for the hospital around 10:30 p.m. He had a swollen lip, missing tooth and what appeared to be two broken thumbs.</p><p> According to Harris, Marshall wrestled a gun away from his neighbor and fatally shot him earlier Wednesday. The two men had apparently been in a dispute over property work.</p><p> Lee County sheriff's deputies declined to say whether Marshall would be arrested.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:18:47 GMT

Ringling Bros. Circus eliminating elephant acts

<p> The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its iconic elephant acts.</p><p> [VOTE:  <a href="/news/circus-elephants/31627012" target="_blank">Agree with decision?</a>]</p><p> The circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, says that the acts will be phased out by 2018, citing growing public concern about the animals' treatment.<br/><br/>"There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers," Executive Vice President Alana Feld told the Associated Press. " A lot of people aren't comfortable with us touring with our elephants."<br/><br/>Feld's 43 elephants will live at the company's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation near Polk City, about 40 miles southwest of Orlando.<br/><br/>The facility is closed to the public.<br/><br/>Twenty-nine animals already live there. The others will arrive as they are phased out.<br/><br/>Ringling Brothers estimates it costs $65,000 per year to care for each elephant at the center, money that they will save from not having to fight "anti-elephant laws" imposed by some cities they perform in.<br/><br/>Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century, but over the last 35 years, the animal rights group "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" has staged protests at circus performances.<br/><br/>The group has also posted alleged behind-the-scenes videos of trainers beating elephants.<br/><br/>Ringling Brothers isn't saying whether that had an impact or not.<br/><br/>"I don't know that they were supposed to be here for our entertainment," said Kathie Johnson, who remembers seeing elephants in chains at the circus when she was a child.<br/><br/>Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:15:27 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: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:49:15 GMT

10 most expensive cities in the world

<p> Is it Oslo? Maybe London? See which city tops the Economist Intelligence Unit's bi-annual list as the most expensive city in the world.</p>

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:00:00 GMT