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Teenager shot after fight breaks into gunfire

<p> A 13-year-old boy was shot Thursday around 7:30 p.m. after a fight between teenagers ended in gunfire.</p><p> Orange County Fire Rescue said the boy was a bystander and was not involved in the fight that broke out near an apartment complex.</p><p> He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.</p><p> Witnesses reported hearing between one to four gunshots.</p><p> Deputies said those bullets could have gone anywhere.</p><p> "It's unfortunate. Luckily, it's a non life-threatening injury," said Orange County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike Crabbs. "He's at the hospital with his dad and he'll have a full recovery, but (it's) frustrating dealing with these kids out here trying to settle their differences with guns, once again."</p><p> Officials said a person of interest was taken into custody.</p><p> No other details were immediately released.</p><p> Stay with Local 6 News and for updates on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:44:32 GMT

Police ram into truck driven by man suspected of being drunk

<p> Tavares police shared a dashcam video of their officers chasing after a man driving recklessly in a Dodge truck.</p><p> "His actions were egregious," said Lt. Jason Paynter. "I’ve never seen someone drive that way in my 25 years of doing this."</p><p> Paynter said the chase began after they received a call of someone driving and acting drunk in Howie in the Hills.</p><p> "Our officers tried to stop him on one of our side streets," Paynter said. "They initially stopped and he took off as they apprehended him."</p><p> Police said the man continued driving all around Tavares and at one point went the wrong way on Highway 441.</p><p> "He ended up going the wrong way," Paynter said. "He ended up going through one of our senior retirement communities at a high rate of speed. He put the entire city and everyone visiting in grave danger."</p><p> To stop the truck officers made the decision to ram into it from three sides in a shopping plaza.</p><p> "There's the Twisty Treat," Paynter said. "We had grandmother and parents and kids running and walking, trying to get ice cream."</p><p> Three officers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, as well as the suspect.</p><p> "There was probably 100 people affected by this, and the officers took great action and put their lives on the line for this community," Paynter said.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:48:53 GMT

Car owner confronts suspected burglar on video

<p> Orange County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspected car burglar who was confronted by an owner.</p><p> Deputies released photos of the man Thursday hoping someone recognized the accused burglar.</p><p> It happened early Sunday in the Cypress Run Apartments on Goldenrod Road in Orange County.</p><p> The car owner told Local 6 he was alerted by a neighbor, he then ran out and confronted the suspected thief with his cellphone.</p><p> In the video, the car owner told the suspected thief, "He [friend] saw you breaking into my truck."</p><p> "You see anything broken? What?" said the suspect in the video.</p><p> "All the stuff in it, in the glove compartment is on the floor .. all stuff around," the victim told the suspect.</p><p> "No, I came to fix my homeboy. I drank a little bit. I came. I couldn't find my bike. That's it," replied the suspect in the 38-second cellphone video.</p><p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office calls him a suspect in at least two car break-ins at Cypress Run Apartments.</p><p> "That took a lot of guts to be honest, you never know, if he can break into your car. He can do anything," said driver Lucy Cuevas.</p><p> Deputies said this car break-in speaks to a much larger problem across the county. It's called car hopping.</p><p> Investigators passed around flyers this week to some neighborhoods warning folks that young kids are behind most of the burglaries. With school letting out, summer becomes a hotbed for the crime.</p><p> Deputies encourage drivers to remember to lock your cars.</p><p> "I would always lock the door, even if it's to come inside and come right back out," said Cuevas.</p><p> "Why am I going to go in the truck, seriously? I got my bike," the suspect said to the victim before driving off.</p><p> Anyone with information is urged to contact property detective Charles Webster at 407-254-4817.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:56:38 GMT

Baby accidentally drowned at apartment complex, Orange County deputies say

<p> Orange County deputies say an investigation found that the 8-month-old boy who died at an apartment complex accidentally drowned. </p><p> The infant's death happened at an apartment in the 7100 block of Gateshead Circuit in Orlando.</p><p> Deputies said that the medical examiner's office that the infant's death was caused by accidental drowning and that the incident occurred within the residence.</p><p> The infant was identified as Yousuf Khumayis. He was taken to Florida Hospital East, where he was declared deceased, according to deputies.</p><p> A homicide team was sent to the residence, which is standard procedure, deputies said.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for updates on this developing story.</p>

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 21:06:41 GMT

June special session could decide fate of Film Tax Incentive

<p> State Rep. Mike Miller says he is hopeful some form of his film tax incentive bill will get through next week’s special session in Tallahassee halting a feared exodus of hundreds of local film professionals.<br/></p><p> [WEB EXTRA:<a href="/news/web-extra-extended-interview/33269516" target="_blank"> Extended interview</a> ]</p><p> In an exclusive interview with Local 6, the Winter Park Republican said he will be asking for a one year package that includes $50 million in tax incentives for Film and TV productions.<br/></p><p> “I think the strategy would be to look at a one year extension to the current program,” Miller said.<br/></p><p> The state’s film tax incentive budget has been dry for months sending production companies to states that are offering tax incentives including Louisiana and Georgia.<br/></p><p> An estimated 100,000 local professionals who work behind and in front of the camera are suddenly facing the prospects of leaving Florida and heading to those states.<br/></p><p> Orlando actress Lauren O’Quinn landed a role in the sequel to Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2 she says jobs for local professionals are just part of the story.<br/></p><p> Both films were shot in Florida and according to a study by the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg College of Business the films will have a “$2 billion economic impact on the area for the next 5 years.”<br/></p><p> O’Quinn says the projects bring jobs and economic growth to the state but she is concerned the tax proposal won’t get a chance.<br/></p><p> “If it doesn’t make it to the session, O’Quinn says, “then I’m worried that our industry is dead in the water.”<br/></p><p> Critics of the tax incentives call it nothing but a “Hollywood handout” but the economic effect is compelling.<br/></p><p> The Governor’s office reports the first Dolphin Tale movie had over 55 production days in 2010 and added $17 million in revenue to the state, “including paychecks totaling slightly more than $7.5 million for nearly 1,300 Floridians working as crew members, actors and extras.”<br/></p><p> Louisiana’s film boom has earned it the title of Hollywood South.<br/></p><p> The productions in Georgia and Louisiana took away revenue from Florida and Hollywood.<br/></p><p> In fact, Hollywood Mayor Eric Garcetti led a push to add a $330 million film tax incentive package to lure those productions back to his town.<br/></p><p> Garcetti told CBS Sunday Morning the business lost is too costly not to chase.<br/></p><p> “We’re talking billions of dollars that would have been spent in California that was not there ,”Garcetti says, We’re talking about tens of thousands of jobs.”<br/></p><p> Miller understands Florida’s state budget is top priority but he will be looking for an opportunity to add the incentive package to the budget. In his view it’s a “jobs bill.”<br/></p><p> “I’m going to be front and center saying let’s make sure we keep an eye on the film industry because it’s really important , not only to the folks you’re talking to but the whole state.”<br/></p><p> The special session runs from June 1-20.<br/> </p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:52:05 GMT

Celebrity bad hair days

<p> Think you're the only one having a bad hair day? You're not alone. There are plenty of celebrities that have had them, too.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT

On this day: May 29

<p> Constantinople falls, Bing Crosby records "White Christmas," Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the top of Mount Everest, and Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to race in the Indy 500, all on this day.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT

Kissimmee police search for teen who ran away

<p> Police are searching for a 17-year-old girl who ran away from the Gulf Coast Placement Services on March 24.</p><p> Kissimmee police say Gabriela N. Gonzalez is a habitual runaway and has run away seven times in the last year. However, this is the longest she has been missing.</p><p> Anyone with any information on Gonzalez's whereabouts is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Department at 407-846-3333.</p>

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 01:20:41 GMT

Melbourne police say pilot smelled like alcohol after crash, kept Cognac on plane

<p> Melbourne International Airport authorities said the 57-year-old Satellite Beach pilot who rode his plane across the grass before striking a communication tower shed "smelled like alcohol."</p><p> His 10-year-old son, also aboard the twin-engine Cessna Skymaster 337 as it was preparing to fly to Dayton, Ohio, to visit an aviation museum, suffered minor injuries but refused treatment from paramedics.</p><p> Police later found a half-empty bottle of cognac, along with a plastic water bottle filled with clear contents and the smell of an alcoholic beverage, police reports show.</p><p> Christopher Hall, described as an engineer, was charged with reckless operation of a vessel and child abuse without harm after airport police attempted to talk with him following the incident, reports show.</p><p> Hall, who is the principal engineer for the Satellite Beach-based Wireless Systems Engineering, posted a $4,000 bond about 9 a.m. Thursday and walked out of the Brevard County Jail Complex before getting into a waiting car. Hall has an extensive career in the cellular, digital processing and flight testing arenas, according to his resume.</p><p> The incident, which is being reviewed by the FAA, happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the airport as air traffic control tower workers attempted to guide Hall's aircraft. One of the controllers told airport police that Hall failed to heed their instructions and that his speech was "noticeably slurred," reports show. He was planning to fly the craft to Ohio, taking his son to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, according to friends.</p><p> </p><p> It was not immediately known if he filed a flight plan, although private pilots are not necessarily required to do so, according to the FAA.</p><p> Air traffic control officials could be heard on audio captured in the moments leading up to the incident. At one point, the air traffic controllers ordered Hall to roll the aircraft back to its hangar but he refused, officials reported.</p><p> "Okay, 32 Mike, where are you going, sir?" a controller asked Hall, referring to the tail number of the plane. Moments later the controller asked, "Skymaster 32 Mike, is everything alright, sir?"</p><p> Air traffic controllers also ordered Hall to turn off his engine. Moments later, the left wing of the airplane crashed into a small tower shed at the end of the runway, bringing the journey of Hall and his son to a sudden stop.</p><p> Airport authorities said the Cessna was registered to Wireless Systems Engineering, based in Satellite Beach.</p><p> "We are proud of our airport operations team, especially the experienced and alert (air traffic control) professionals who denied runway access to the aircraft," said Lori Booker, a spokeswoman for the airport.</p><p> Police and fire crews quickly responded to the air strip and found the airplane sitting up against a shed next to the fence. Another person helped the child get out of damaged aircraft and reported smelling alcohol on Hall's breath. Both Hall, described as flushed and sweating, and his son sat down on a nearby golf cart and waited for authorities to arrive.</p><p> "There were minor injuries reported," said Lt. Pete Mercaldo, of the Melbourne Police Department.</p><p> Police said Hall, whose eyes were also bloodshot, according to reports, seemed disoriented and refused to supply his identification card or to take a field sobriety test. An unidentified witness at the scene of the incident told police to check inside the computer bag on board the plane to explain what happened.</p><p> Hall's wife, a local anesthesiologist, according to an associate, was contacted in Hawaii where she had taken a trip with her daughter. Authorities turned the child over to a longtime family friend. The wife is now preparing to fly back to the mainland, friends say.</p><p> Local 6 spoke to longtime friend, Dr. Kevin Simmons, who says he's flown with Hall several times and never had a problem.</p><p> "I was absolutely stunned that anything so overtly dangerous could've potentially happened. Obviously, he didn't get off the ground, that would've been catastrophic. I would've been afraid of what would've happened if that had continued," said Simmons. "Luckily, airport authorities, the tower there, was recognizing that there was an issue and managed to get it averted before it went much further."</p><p> The boy, in his custody, "is fine," said Simmons. "Obviously, he's a little shaken but he's OK."</p><p> The Department of Children and Families is investigating.</p><p> Melbourne International Airport remains open with regular flights as scheduled.</p>

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 23:42:55 GMT

State requests GPS monitoring for man accused of firing shots at George Zimmerman

<p> State officials are requesting GPS monitoring for the man who was arrested after firing<a href="" target="_blank"> a gun into George Zimmerman's truck</a> earlier this month.</p><p> Matthew Apperson turned himself in to authorities and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, an arrest report said.</p><p> The state filed the motion on Thursday and a hearing will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m. A judge had previously said that there is no GPS monitoring required because Zimmerman does not want anyone to know his whereabouts.</p><p> In the motion, officials said Zimmerman's address would not need to be provided for Apperson to receive GPS monitoring.</p><p> The assistant state attorney writes the judge was "misinformed by jail staff at the time of Apperson's First Appearance" and that Apperson "poses a continuing threat to safety of Mr. Zimmerman."</p><p> Also in the motion, the state writes that Apperson has a history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.</p><p> Police wrote in an arrest report that Apperson appeared to have a "fixation" with Zimmerman and that Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution.</p><p> Zimmerman wasn't hit by the bullet, but he was hit by glass and shrapnel. He was checked out at a hospital, but is expected to be OK.</p><p> Apperson said he shot at Zimmerman's SUV out of a fear for his life after Zimmerman waved a gun at him. Zimmerman denies the claims.</p><p> Apperson's arraignment will be June 23 with Judge Debra Nelson, the same judge that presided over the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin  trial.</p>

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 18:58:00 GMT

Universal Orlando announces opening of new water park in 2017

<p> Universal Orlando confirmed on Thursday it will be opening a water theme park in 2017.</p><p> [COMING SOON:  <a href="" target="_blank">Massive ski mountain</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">World's tallest coaster</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">World's tallest tower drop ride</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando Eye</a>]</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Local 6 first reported the new park, </a>which will be called Volcano Bay, in February when a permit application was submitted by a geo-technical engineering service for Universal Orlando.</p><p> The park will be located just south of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and ground has already been broken, according to park officials.</p><p> Officials described the park as a "picture-perfect tropical islands, formed by a massive volcano."</p><p> [READ MORE:  <a href="" target="_blank">Theme park expert Ken Pilcher's blog</a>]</p><p> Theme park expert Ken Pilcher said the most attractive part of this water park for Universal and its guests, is that it'll be on Universal's property.</p><p> "One of the reasons they're building so many resorts is to keep people there. They want people to spend more time and therefore more money," said Pilcher.</p><p> Now that Volcano Bay is in the making, does it leave Universal's other popular water park, Wet n' Wild left hanging out to dry?</p><p> "It wouldn't surprise me if eventually they replaced Wet n' Wild with something else or expanded it at least," he said.</p><p> Local 6 showed the rendering to visitors on their way to Wet n' Wild and asked them if a third waterpark is needed.</p><p> "It would have to be very similar to this, I think to keep them happy," said Melissa Grubbs.<br/><br/>"We got passes to this one, passes for the other one, so I don't know if you need another one," said Jackie Shortland.<br/><br/>But Universal is hopeful that this water park will be one of a kind.</p><p> "Universal swears that this is going to be the next level of water park. It's going to be really innovative and really thrilling," said Pilcher.</p><p> Check back for more on this story.</p>

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 22:29:05 GMT

2 police dogs found dead in Florida officer's SUV

<p> An investigation is underway after two police dogs were found dead inside an unmarked SUV parked outside a Hialeah police officer's home.</p><p> [RECOMMENDED:  <a href="" target="_blank">Man reels in 552-pound fish</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Cops: Man branded boy's face</a>]</p><p> Hialeah police say K-9 Officer Nelson Enriquez arrived at his home in Davie early Wednesday after completing his midnight shift and apparently left the dogs inside his vehicle. Investigators say the officer found the dogs around 7 p.m.</p><p> Davie police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda says his agency responded to a call from the home and found the two dogs.</p><p> [MORE:  <a href="" target="_blank">Don't feed dogs these foods</a>]</p><p> The SUV was towed from the home late Wednesday. Davie police are handling the investigation.</p><p> The dogs were Jimmy, a 7-year-old bloodhound, and Hector, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois.</p><p> Hialeah police say Enriquez is a 13-year veteran of the department and has been a K-9 handler for seven years.</p><p> [SEE THESE? <a href="" target="_blank">Break-ing news: TV mistakes</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Tattoo spell check</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">World's craziest beach</a>]</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p><p> </p>

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 16:14:02 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: Thu, 28 May 2015 10:02:21 GMT