Brevard dance student accepted to Juilliard School in New York City
Video: Brevard dance student accepted to Juilliard School in New York City The teen’s dream to dance professionally is closer to becoming a reality. (James Tutten, WFTV.com/WFTV)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A local student is the first woman from Brevard County to be accepted to The Juilliard School’s prestigious dance program. WATCH: ‘You’re on edge every second’: Rising housing costs squeeze buyers, tenantsNow the teen’s dream to dance professionally is closer to becoming a reality. READ: Dial 988: National mental health crisis hotline launches country wideSinnott-Klenotich got a call in March saying she was accepted into the prestigious arts school in New York City. She set up a GoFundMe to help gather the funds for living expenses and school supplies.wftv.com
Some see failures before alleged killer shot five homeless people
Some have argued that the Fairfax County prosecutor should have sought stiffer charges in a previous case against the man accused of shooting multiple homeless men in D.C. and New York City. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano said he didn’t have the evidence.washingtonpost.com
Prosecutors: Suspect played music after homeless shooting
Prosecutors allege Brevard escalated his violence as he stalked and shot homeless people asleep on the streets of the two cities over a 10-day period. The video shows the suspect a few minutes after the shooting sitting on a curb about a block away and playing music from a mobile device, according to the court papers. Surveillance video showed the suspect pouring gasoline into a cup at a gas station nearby about 30 minutes before the fire was discovered, prosecutors said. Ballistics evidence has connected the New York and Washington cases, prosecutors said. He also had a bench warrant and failed to appear for a trial in Maryland in 2021, prosecutors said.wftv.com
‘Crushed’: 30-Year-Old’s Arrest Over Homeless Shootings Stuns Relatives
D.C. Police DepartmentPolice in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday arrested a man with a history of mental illness who they suspect shot several homeless men in D.C. and New York, leaving his family members aghast at what they suggested was a stunning turn toward targeted, murderous violence.A senior law-enforcement official first identified the suspected serial shooter as Gerald Brevard III to The Daily Beast before D.C. cops formally announced his arrest later Tuesday. The official said that the 30-news.yahoo.com
Grab your umbrella: Scattered showers, storms to move through Central Florida
Scattered showers and storms will move through Central Florida again this afternoon. Some leftover showers in Brevard and Osceola counties will continue through the morning. On Tuesday night, some leftover showers will continue to move through the area. WATCH: FHP trooper drives car into path of drunk driver heading toward Tampa 10KAfternoon storms may stay with us through the end of the week. On Sunday morning, temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s.wftv.com
What is ‘super fog?’
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least three people were killed in a several crashes along Interstate 95 early Thursday. There was a lot of fog in the area at the time of the crashes. Over the past few days, there have been controlled and prescribed burns in Volusia and Brevard counties. READ: At least 3 dead after several fiery crashes close 18-mile stretch of I-95 in Volusia CountyA “super fog” event happens when condensed water vapor is combined with a mixture of smoke and moisture. “Super fog can be very dangerous when present over highways, and has been the cause of several large, multi vehicle pileups,” officials with NWS said.wftv.com
Orlando to pay for damages to neighbor’s car sustained during officer-involved shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. — Her car was riddled with bullets as it was parked outside her home during an officer-involved shooting, and she says the police department first told her they wouldn’t cover the damage they caused. The woman who owns the 2007 Chevy Tahoe, Alexandra Nuñez, is a single mother of three who wasn’t involved in the incident. She was just parked in the wrong place at the wrong time, and said the city or the Orlando Police Department should pay for the damages. Nuñez said the police officers were very nice and told her they believed the city would pay for it. Late Friday, Nuñez got word that the city reversed its original decision and will now cover her claim for damages.wftv.com
Fog blankets Central Florida, temps heat up to the 80s
ORLANDO, Fla. — A blanket of fog will cover parts of Central Florida to start the workweek. If you live or work in Flagler, Polk, Brevard or Osceola counties, there is a dense fog advisory in place until 9 a.m. Once the fog clears, temperatures will heat up to the 80s this afternoon. READ: UCF Knights to face Florida Gators at Gasparilla Bowl in TampaThere will be a couple of clouds around but it will be mostly sunny. Tonight, more patchy fog will move into Central Florida.wftv.com
Some local parents want school mask mandate to be extended
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Student mask policy rules will be loosened at schools in Brevard and Marion counties. Other school districts, like Seminole and Orange counties, are set to drop their mandates at the end of the week. “Our numbers are improving in different areas, but we’re so close to a new goal with children 5 to 11,” said Jenifer Hill, an Orange County school district parent. The current school district mask mandate ends Saturday. Hill believes the longer we use precautions, the safer we’ll be keeping COVID-19 out of the classroom.wftv.com
Group wants Orange County schools to extend mask mandate, rally planned for Monday
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — On Monday, a group will be asking the Orange County School Board to renew its policy to mask up students. Right now, the only students allowed to bypass the mask mandate in Orange County schools are those with medical exemptions. By extending the mask mandate, they hope to give younger kids the opportunity to get vaccinated before loosening restrictions. Jenifer Hills, who is the parent of a second-grader in the Orange County School District, said while she’s optimistic COVID-19 positivity rates are trending down, she doesn’t feel comfortable with the district letting the mask mandate expire. Read: Police investigate after child’s death in Titusville on SundayBrevard and Marion County school districts have decided to leave the decision for face coverings up to parents.wftv.com
OCPS responds to state’s threat to withhold funding over mask mandate
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — As of Thursday, both Brevard and Orange counties have responded to the state’s mask mandate demands.
The state said it will withhold funds on a monthly basis, which amounts to 1/12 of the total annual compensation of the school board.
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Volusia County School Board approves temporary mask mandate
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — In another late, contentious school board meeting, Volusia Public Schools became the latest to implement a district-wide mask mandate despite an order by the governor banning such policies. DeSantis’ order banning mask mandatesVolusia County School Board members called for an emergency meeting Tuesday specifically to discuss a potential mask mandate. As expected, LARGE turnout at Volusia Schools meeting. This district is next up to discuss a possible mask mandate. READ: Brevard School Board votes to reinstate mask mandate“If someone can tell me another way, fine,” one board member said.wftv.com
Storms to move into Central Florida later this afternoon
ORLANDO, Fla. — Storms will move through Central Florida after lunchtime Thursday. A front to the north of us is elevating the chance for rain and storms. The rain will start to move in to many areas around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.Stronger storms could develop near Brevard and Volusia counties closer to 7 p.m.Visit our hurricane section: EYE ON THE TROPICSVisite la sección en español: Temporada de huracanesFollow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:Click here to download the WFTV weather app for live updates to your phone, and click here to stream weather coverage on the WFTV now app.wftv.com
Florida breaks annual manatee death record in first 6 months
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that 841 manatee deaths were recorded between Jan. 1 and July 2, breaking the previous record of 830 that died in 2013 because of an outbreak of toxic red tide. The TCPalm website reports that more than half the deaths have died in the Indian River Lagoon and its surrounding areas in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. “Unprecedented manatee mortality due to starvation was documented on the Atlantic coast this past winter and spring,” Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute wrote as it announced the record Friday. The manatee was once classified as endangered by the federal government, but it was reclassified as threatened in 2017. The federal government says approximately 6,300 manatees live in Florida waters, up from about 1,300 in the early 1990s.wftv.com
Volusia County school leaders expected to vote on face mask policy
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — On Monday, Volusia County School District leaders are expected to vote on the county’s face mask policy for the upcoming school year. The policy includes making face coverings voluntary for students and staff members. READ: To infinity and beyond: ‘Toy Story 3’ high school graduation photo goes viralThe board still has to give the changes final approval. If approved, the changes will take effect on July 1. READ: School district removes names of all holidays from calendarSo far, Brevard, Lake, Osceola counties will not require students or staff members to wear a face mask on campus.wftv.com
Man charged with terrorism after several devices go off in North Carolina and another is found in a church
Brevard, North Carolina — Authorities here charged a man with terrorism and possessing a weapon of mass destruction after "incendiary" devices were found at several buildings, including a church, on Sunday morning, reports CBS Spartanburg, South Carolina affiliate WSPA-TV. The one at the church was intact but the others had gone off, causing light damage, Brevard police said. Officers searched the area and found multiple devices, which had detonated, at the Transylvania County Community Services Building and the American Legion Lodge. Brevard Police said Barham was linked to the devices though the investigative efforts of their department along with the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the ATF. Barham was being held in the Transylvania County Jail on $280,000 bond.cbsnews.com
LIVE RADAR: Rain moves through Central Florida
Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain pic.twitter.com/ldk6JlssUe — Jonathan Kegges (@JonathanKegges) March 6, 2021Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain were among the threats to the area. pic.twitter.com/dxIRQhuu0n — Jonathan Kegges (@JonathanKegges) March 6, 2021Now a SEVERE T'STORM WARNING for Volusia. pic.twitter.com/m6dMsMzJEx — Jonathan Kegges (@JonathanKegges) March 6, 2021Using our Pin It! Most of Saturday afternoon will be in the 60s across all of Central Florida. Improvements to the allergy situation will be likely as this system moves in and out of Central Florida.
14 dogs from Texas shelters heading to SPCA of Brevard for adoption
When American Pets Alive put out a call that 1,000 dogs needed moving out of the state, SPCA of Brevard stepped up to help. [TRENDING: Where school staff, child care workers can get the vaccine| 80th annual Daytona Beach Bike Week starts | When could Orange County could lift its mask mandate]AdWith the help of Palm Valley Animal Society in Edinburg, Texas, the SPCA of Brevard will be receiving 14 dogs in Houston Friday to bring back to Florida for veterinary care and adoption, the shelter said in a news release. “We are happy to be in a position to assist other shelters in need, regardless of their location,” said Susan Naylor, public relations director for the SPCA of Brevard. “A life saved is precious and worth the effort.”SPCA of Brevard will document these dogs’ journeys on its Facebook page if you want to follow along. If you’re interested in more information you can call 321-567-3615 or to make a donation toward the dogs’ care, visit www.spcabrevard.com.
Gorgeous Friday, but have the indoor plans ready for Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sunshine will dominate our skies to close out the workweek. With the help of sunshine, high temperatures return to the upper 70s. Saturday will likely fall in the washout category as a system in the Gulf of Mexico pushes in moisture to all of Central Florida. Lower 70s will still be possible in Brevard where the rain holds off the longest. AdImprovements to the allergy situation will be likely as this system moves in and out of Central Florida.
Man found shot to death at Merritt Island home identified
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Brevard County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday identified the victim of a shooting death on Merritt Island as a 25-year-old man. Deputies said Matthew Nicol was found dead Wednesday morning in a home on Hall Road. Sheriff’s officials said it appears the shooting stemmed from an armed robbery at Nicol’s home. AdBCSO said it appears the shooting was an isolated incident and the home was specifically targeted. Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to please call Agent Don Reynolds of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633- 8413.
Car crashes into Brevard County funeral home
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A car crashed into a Titusville funeral home Saturday morning around 2 a.m. The crash happened at the North Brevard Funeral Home at 1450 Norwood Ave. Photos of the funeral show a large hole where the front entrance once was. The car appeared to crash through a second wall inside and stop on top of some furniture. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 8 Car crashes into Brevard County funeral home.
Titusville mother, boyfriend arrested after 1-year-old drowns in pool, officers say
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Saturday after authorities say they failed to prevent a 1-year-old girl from drowning in a pool. Officers with the Titusville Police Department said Amanda Paige Davis, 30 and Charner Leon Williams IV, 30 were arrested and both charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Davis told authorities she and Williams are both recovering heroin addicts and have been sober for 60 days. AdThe couple later told detectives they used heroin, cocaine and marijuana throughout the day prior to Athena’s drowning. Davis and Williams were taken to the Brevard County Jail and are currently being held without bond.
More waves of rain expected Sunday, few strong storms possible
The rain and clouds will help to lower the overall severe weather threat Sunday, but a few storms could still be strong in the afternoon. Severe threats SundayThe main severe threat will occur in the afternoon if enough heating can occur to generate a sea breeze. Future radar SundayAnother chance for strong storms arrives Monday with another system pushing through the Southeast U.S. The highest severe threat will be northwest of I-4 Monday for areas shaded in yellow. All of Central Florida has the chance for a few strong storms Monday.
LIVE RADAR: Tornado Watch expires for Central Florida, isolated strong storms still possible
The Tornado Watch that had been in effect has been allowed to expire for all of Central Florida. SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SUNDAY MORNINGA cold front is moving through Central Florida producing downpours and storms. A few storms could be strong through the late morning, but the severe threat is lowering across Central Florida. An isolated damaging wind gust or brief tornado is still possible southeast of I-4, but the severe weather threat has come to an end along and northwest of I-4. Future radarMost of Central Florida is dry by noon.
Publix reopens portal for vaccine appointments in Florida
Publix reopened its online portal Wednesday morning for eligible people to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The available appointments, which will take place later this week, were all booked in Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and Marion counties in less than 90 minutes. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The Publix portal next reopens at 7 a.m. Friday. “We’re happy to announce we’re expanding the program to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and 11 Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County,” DeSantis said. To make an appointment when the portal reopens, click here.
OK, we get it, it’s winter. Wind chill readings hit 20s in parts of Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – There was yet another cold start across Central Florida as temperatures dropped into the 30s and 40s Wednesday. Feels-like temperatures dipped into the upper 20s in parts of Flagler and Brevard counties, with Ocala reaching a wind chill of 32. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]There’s a freeze warning in effect for Orange, Lake, Flagler, Marion, Sumter, Volusia and Brevard counties through Thursday. There is also a wind chill advisory for most of the region as the wind will continue to kick up through 9 a.m. Wednesday. Expect highs in the upper 60s Thursday and the mid-70s Friday and Saturday, with rain chances returning for the weekend.
Fire danger increases across Central Florida this week
The drier air combined with dry conditions the region has experienced during the past several months will create an enhanced risk for wildfires to start Thursday. Most of Central Florida is running 3 to 5 inches below normal in the rainfall department dating back to Dec. 1, 2020. The gusty winds that will accompany the cold front will create an environment for any fire that ignites to potentially spread rapidly. Wind gust forecast ThursdayThe greatest risk for wildfires to start and spread will be when the relative humidity is at its lowest between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday. The relative humidity naturally rises at night when the temperatures drops closer to the dewpoint.
Cocoa High School alum to play in Super Bowl 55
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)COCOA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback and Cocoa High School alum Jamel Dean will be playing in the Super Bowl in just his second year in the NFL. Before the Bucs, one of the fastest players in football was a player for the Auburn Tigers and the Cocoa Tigers. “He really epitomizes Tiger Pride and he’s going to represent Cocoa High School in the best ways possible. Along with Cocoa High, Dean is also an alum of Rockledge youth football and he’s one of three Cocoa Tigers currently in the NFL. The Bucs vs. Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl will air on WKMG-TV at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
Frost Advisory in effect for a large part of Central Florida
[TRENDING: This woman received the first COVID-19 vaccine | Judge scolds theme park trespasser | Chuck Yeager dies at 97]We are looking at another cold night in Central Florida. There is now a Frost Advisory in Effect for everyone except Flagler, Coastal Volusia, and Brevard counties. Everyone else has the Frost Advisory until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Widespread Frost is to be expected. The high makes it back to 65, not normal, but much better than the 57 Central Florida had for a high today.
Window-opening weather returns to Central Florida
Most of Central Florida will wake up to temperatures in the 60s Monday morning, with the exception of the Brevard coast. A few 80s are still possible south of Orlando. Monday will feature a mostly cloudy sky with a few lingering stray showers early. The cool air continues to trickle in Monday and by Tuesday morning, most of Central Florida will wake up to temperatures in the 50s. Highs TuesdayHighs Tuesday for most of central Florida will be in the low-to-mid 70s.
Raw video shows Gregory Edwards' confrontation with Brevard deputies before his death
Raw video shows Gregory Edwards' confrontation with Brevard deputies before his deathPublished: November 14, 2020, 12:23 pmNearly two years after his death in custody, the public is getting a look at what happened to Gregory Edwards after he was taken to the Brevard County Jail Complex.
Man accused of strangling fiancée at Sanford apartment indicted on murder charge
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of strangling his fiancée earlier this year at an apartment complex in Seminole County has been indicted on a murder charge, according to the Brevard-Seminole State Attorneys Office. The indictment comes months after June 3, when police said they found Samantha Feliciano Rivera, 24, dead inside an apartment at the Stonebrook Apartment complex. Police said Rivera was found on the bed with bruising around her neck and obvious signs of a physical struggle. Police said the child inside the home was not harmed. Cruz-Perez was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree homicide and is being held at the Seminole County Jail without bond, records show.
Can you help? SPCA of Brevard searching for hospice home for dying dog
Meet Sir Mix-A-Lot, who is a very good boy. In early September, volunteers from the SPCA of Brevard traveled 12 hours in an RV to bring homeless animals to safety, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. Sadly, Sir Mix-A-Lot is dying. Sir Mix-A-Lot doesn’t require much in the way of specialized care, but he does need to be the only pet in the home. “Being a hospice foster isn’t easy, but it’s one of my favorite things to do,” she said.
12’ waves possible at East Coast beaches Sunday, Monday
Teddy will be pushing the ocean right into the coast which could lead to coastal flooding and beach erosion. Coastal flood watches and warning go into effect Saturday eveningA coastal flood warning goes into effect Saturday evening for coastal Flagler county. This means that coastal flooding is possible in these areas. Pay extra close attention if you live in an area prone to coastal flooding. Coastal flooding occurs from rising ocean water being forced inland by a storm rather than from heavy rain.
Storms popping up in parts of Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. Although were about a month away from the official start of summer, its going to feel swampy Thursday in Central Florida. Orlando will see a high in the mid-90s, with a feels like temperature of 100 degrees and a chance of strong afternoon storms in Brevard and Osceola counties. Most of the rain will fall after 2 p.m. There is a small craft advisory in effect for coastal zones of Central Florida until 10 a.m. Friday as seas will be up to 7 feet. Expect a high in the low 90s on Saturday and Sunday, with rain chances at 30%.
Flagler Politicians, Take Note: Brevard Taxpayers Just Paid $490,000 to Settle Illegal Christian Prayers at Meetings
The Bunnell City Commission, the Flagler County Commission and the Flagler County School Board should take note: the Brevard County Commission on Tuesday agreed to pay out $490,000 in a settlement to end a lawsuit stemming from the commission illegally starting its meetings with Christian prayers. The school board tried almost exactly what Brevard was doing, but thankfully, more sober heads prevailed. Thats where the Brevard commission went wrong. Not so at the county commission, which still represents about 110,000 people. Just ask Brevard county commissioners.flaglerlive.com
Central Florida educators bring Tally rally to Lake Eola Park this weekend
click to enlarge Photo via Central Florida Jobs with JusticeBrevard, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties. Fund Our Future campaign started by Florida Education Association, which fights for further investment in teachers, public schools and students. "After the rally in Tallahassee, the momentum continues as educators and all public school employees ask the Legislature to fund our future," said Wendy Doromal, president of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, in a press release. "We will be gathering at Lake Eola to let policymakers know that we want to make sure this is really the 'Year of the Teacher.'" Lake Eola Park, at 512 E. Washington St., on Saturday from 1 - 3 p.m. "The Rally Continues" rally at the Northeast lawn ofclick to enlarge Photo via Central Florida Jobs with JusticeFollowing the January teacher rally in Tallahassee to demand higher wages, which saw tens of thousands of participants, Central Florida educators are holding another rally at Lake Eola Park for more funding for public education.Some 1,500 people are expected to join in, according to rally organizers, including educators, teachers, students and union reps fromThe January "Take on Tallahassee" rally at the capitol and downtown Orlando's "The Rally Continues" this weekend both sparked by the statewideorlandoweekly.com
Cocoa Beach ordinance to target discarded items left overnight on beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla. - For people visiting Brevard's most popular beaches, leaders have a message about cleaning up after yourself, too many people are leaving tents and other items on the beach overnight, Cocoa Beach city officials say. At the City Commission meeting Thursday, leaders approved a new law allowing the city to pick up overnight items and throw them away immediately. Before the meeting, the city has to hold discarded items for 90 days. City Manager Jim McKnight said a set of those tents and chairs interfered with a sea turtle nesting. "I don't know if I would say inconsiderate," Halicky said about others leaving items.
Report: Manatee boat deaths on pace to set record in Florida
Florida is on pace to break the record for manatee boat deaths in a year, with 86 struck and killed through June, the Fort Myers News-Press reported. Brevard and Volusia counties have each recorded nine manatee boat deaths through June, but Lee County leads the state with 21 boat kills, the newspaper reported. This year's pace would put manatee boat deaths at 172, far surpassing 122 in 2018. Last year, there were a total of 824 manatee deaths documented. "Here in Volusia, four of our nine manatee watercraft deaths this year have been down by the Mosquito Lagoon.
Man in custody after fleeing authorities by stolen car, motorcycle
Three people are in handcuffs after deputies in Brevard and Orange counties first followed suspects fleeing arrest in a car and then tracked a man on a motorcycle crossing county lines, Sky 6 video... Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.