News 6 What You Need to Know: Bag left at Pulse, strip mall crash

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

Here are the Central Florida happenings you need to know today. Be sure to check back with and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.


Bag left at Pulse
Nothing hazardous was found in a piece of luggage that was left outside Pulse Friday morning. The local bomb squad arrived on the scene and determined through an X-ray that the bag was not a threat. Roads have since reopened. Click here to see a picture of the bag and the police response.

Kissimmee strip mall crash
Two teenagers were killed late Thursday after a driver lost control of his car and slammed into a building, police said. The pedestrians who were fatally struck were both Gateway High School students and there were also five passengers inside the vehicle. Click here to see video of the crash scene.

National Doughnut Day
Friday is National Doughnut Day, which means free pastries at select restaurants while supplies last. To find a list of participating eateries, click here

Thursday, June  1

Hurricane season
Thursday marks the official start of hurricane season and to help you prepare, News 6 has a series of experts available to answer storm preparedness questions. News 6 will also air an hour-long hurricane special beginning at 7 p.m. Click here for more information on how you can have your questions answered or visit

Pulse bodycam
More than 11 hours of bodycam video from the night of the mass shooting at Pulse has been released to the media. The videos show survivors running and officers shouting before they took down gunman Omar Mateen. News 6 is currently sifting through the videos. Click here to read more. 

Orlando airport suspect in court
A man accused of bringing a simulated firearm to Orlando International Airport had his bond increased during a court appearance Thursday morning. Michael Pettigrew, 26, told the judge he is an unemployed college student who lives with his parents. Click here to read more on what he had to say in court.

Wednesday, May 31

Airport standoff details
New details have emerged about the former Marine’s three-hour standoff with police at the Orlando International Airport. When officers arrived around Michael Pettigrew was standing in front of the Dollar Rent a Car Counter, according to the arrest report. See a timeline of the events and police response here and new details from the arrest report here.

Trump to withdraw from Paris climate agreement
President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, two senior US officials familiar with his plans said Wednesday, a major break from international partners that would isolate the United States in global efforts to curb global warming.

Woman charged in Ormond Beach kidnapping homicide
The former lover of a man accused of kidnapping and fatally shooting his estranged wife from the Ormond Beach area in November has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Read about her alleged involvement in Rachael Madison’s death here.

Tuesday, May 30

Wildfire growing
A wildfire started by a lightning strike on Sunday near the Orange-Brevard County line has grown to 2,000 acres and crews are working to extinguish it. Roads in the area were open Tuesday morning, but officials are monitoring the flames, especially with storms expected to roll in through the week. Click here to read about the fire and see the forecast here.

Tiger Woods arrest details
More details were released Tuesday morning in golfer Tiger Woods' DUI arrest. Jupiter police said they found Woods asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes and he thought officers wanted him to recite the national anthem backward rather than the alphabet. Click here to read more about the arrest, including a statement Woods released Monday night. 

White House resignation
White House communications director Mike Dubke said he's stepping down for personal reasons. "It has been a privilege to serve this president," Dubke said in a phone interview. His final day has not yet been set. Click here to read more about the resignation. 

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day events
Memorial Day ceremonies are taking place Monday in Gotha and Orlando to honor the men and women who died while serving our country. Read more about those events here. Anyone planning on being outdoors for the holiday should know that Central Florida is expecting record heat with highs near 98 in some cities. See the full forecast here.

Tiger Woods DUI
Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on a DUI charge early Monday morning in Palm Beach County, jail records show. He was released around 10:50 a.m. Click here to see his mugshot.

Brush fires
Crews are battling a 1,000-acre brush fire that sparked Sunday night near the Cocoa Water Plant and State Road 52. Get updates on the fire here. Also in Brevard County, a SpaceX static rocket test sparked a brush fire on Merritt Island. Officials said the flames were contained at four acres Sunday evening and they will continue to monitor the area for flare ups Monday. Click here to see more pictures of the flames.

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