Warren County shooting: Wife's 911 call starts calmly then, 'Don't touch me!'
Jul. 16—The woman who called Warren County dispatch Tuesday night sounded calm at first but became panicked waiting for police at the end of the driveway at her Clearcreek Twp. home in an incident that ended with her husband shooting an officer in the head and another officer shooting the caller's husband, who died at the scene. The Dayton Daily News through public records requests on Friday ...news.yahoo.com
Central Florida tourism group adopts manatee, ‘Gator,’ to support Save the Manatee Club
ORANGE CITY, Fla. — West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority has adopted “Gator” the manatee to help support the work of the Save the Manatee Club in Central Florida. WATCH: Brevard County reports increased number of manatee deathsGator the manatee was adopted this month to help with efforts to support the manatee population in Florida. Gator, a frequent visitor to Blue Spring State Park, was identified in 2011 when he was seen on a Save the Manatee Club’s webcam chasing and playing with an alligator, thus earning him his name. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Record number of manatees counted at Blue Spring State Park Blue Spring State Park staff recently counted a record number of manatees in their waters. Gator’s exact birth date is not known, but it’s believed he was among a group of yearling manatees seen at Blue Spring during the 2010-2011 winter season.wftv.com
Alligator attacks woman who fell into South Florida canal
Gator attacks South Florida woman Stock photo of an American alligator swimming in the Everglades. A suspected homeless woman was severely injured Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, during an alligator attack after she fell into a canal in St. Petersburg, Florida, canal. (Mark Kostich/Getty Images/iStockphoto)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A woman was severely injured Monday during an alligator attack after she fell into a canal in St. Petersburg, Florida. (The alligator) just reacted like an alligator would act, just spontaneously,” business owner Dale Mastry told the TV station. A St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman confirmed to WFLA that the woman had been resting on a seawall and was attacked after she fell into the canal just off of Fourth Street.wftv.com
Man rescues dog attacked by alligator in South Carolina neighborhood
Gator attacks South Carolina terrier Stock photo of an American alligator swimming in the Everglades. A South Carolina man was forced to snatch his terrier, Hannah, from the mouth of an alligator near a pond in his Mount Pleasant neighborhood on Aug. 11, 2021. (Mark Kostich/Getty Images/iStockphoto)MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — A South Carolina man’s routine morning walk took a near-tragic turn when an alligator almost succeeded in snatching his terrier from her leash. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, three fatal alligator encounters have been recorded statewide since 2016, but gator-related injury reports have increased in recent years, especially in the spring and summer months, as more neighborhood developments encroach on alligator habitats, WSOC reported. Neither animal control nor Gator Getter Consultants were able to locate the alligator in the hours following the attack, WCIV reported.wftv.com
Going postal: 7-foot alligator sneaks into Florida post office
Gator goes postal A 7-foot alligator was discovered lounging in the lobby of a Florida post office early Wednesday. (Hernando County Sheriff's Office )SPRING HILL, Fla. — Customers at the post office are used to the mantra: “Does this parcel contain anything fragile, liquid, perishable or potentially hazardous?”>> Read more trending newsStop right there. A patron at a Florida post office found something extremely hazardous early Wednesday -- a 7-foot alligator in the lobby, WTVT reported. The reptile was resting inside the Spring Hill post office after walking into the lobby through the office’s automatic doors, the television station reported. The customer, who dropped by the post office at 3:30 a.m. EDT, immediately called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, WFTS reported.wftv.com
Alligator stops traffic on South Florida road
Gator stops traffic An alligator measuring more than 10 feet long stopped traffic on a South Florida road on Saturday. (Port St. Lucie Police Department )PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Why did the alligator cross a South Florida road on Saturday? >> Read more trending newsIn a Facebook post, the Port St. Lucie Police Department said an alligator measuring 10 feet, 4 inches long stopped traffic briefly. “This might be the first time that an alligator has caused a traffic jam in Port St. Lucie,” the department wrote in its post. Port St. Lucie, located two hours north of Miami, is a city that was carved out of a swamp by the General Development Corporation during the 1980s.wftv.com
Louisiana gator swaps swamp life for Texas beach getaway
Beachin' Gator This May 24, 2021 photo provided by the National Park Service shows a young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous on Padre Island beach in South Texas. Officials at Padre Island National Seashore said in a Facebook post that the gator showed up Monday, May 24, 2021, on Malaquite Beach, about 25 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. National Park Service rangers found it and checked its tail notch and tags on its rear feet to determine it had come from Louisiana. (K Rogers/National Park Service via AP) (K Rogers)PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas — (AP) — A young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous traded swamp scum for a sandy Padre Island beach in South Texas. National Park Service rangers found it and checked its tail notch and tags on its rear feet to determine it had come from Louisiana.wftv.com
Fun Spot’s new Sky Hawk swing allows riders to fly through the air like a superhero
ORLANDO, Fla. – You will soon have the chance to feel like a superhero flying through the sky. Fun Spot America said Thursday that it will introduce Sky Hawk to its Orlando park next month. The swing will make 10 revolutions per minute as its tower lights up in purple, magenta, yellow and orange. Ad“We’re excited to offer our guests this thrilling new ride,” said John Arie Jr., CEO of Fun Spot America Theme Parks. Sky Hawk will become the 31st ride at the park, officials said.
Fort Lauderdale airport reopens after security incident, evacuation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Operations at Fort Lauderdale International Airport are “gradually returning to normal” after the facility was briefly evacuated due to a “security incident” outside two terminals. Officials say all roads leading into the airport have reopened after being shut down around 4 a.m. Thursday. [TRENDING: Tax collector accused of stealing $400k | Land, ahoy: Boat falls onto Fla. interstate | Gator takes dip in couple’s swimming pool]AdIn a post on Twitter, officials asked for patience as airport employees were allowed back inside to resume normal operations. An earlier tweet advised passengers that “disruptions to airport operations may be possible,” and asked them to check with their airlines before heading to the airport. The way we found out was being driven in different directions by our driver,” said Coy Combs, who was scheduled on a 6 a.m. flight to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Crank up the AC: 90s linger through weekend in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Temperatures will be approaching record highs through the weekend across Central Florida. The record high s 94, set in 1907. [TRENDING: That’s not lint: Family finds snake in dryer | So Florida: Gator swims with shark | SpaceX rocket launch]Overnight lows will be near 70. High temperatures dip to the 80s on Monday. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com Pinpoint Weather Insider newsletter, sent every Thursday.
Temperatures may hit record heat in a couple of Central Florida cities
ORLANDO, Fla. – The heat returned to Central Florida. The sunshine and southerly winds pushed the daytime high into the 90s for the first time in 2021. For Friday, temperatures could reach 92 degrees in Orlando. That will not be hot enough for a record in Orlando, the record at OIA is 94 from 1929. The 90s will also be sticking around for the weekend with Saturday hitting 92 and Sunday maxing out at 91.
1 arrested in disturbance that closed Vineland Road in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was arrested on several charges in a disturbance that prompted Orlando police to close Vineland Road. Orlando police tweeted that Vineland Road was closed south from Conroy Road and north from Radebaugh Way. The road was later reopened. Shortly after 10 a.m. crisis negotiators talked the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Malcolm Moore, out of the apartment and arrested him. (WKMG)Police later tweeted that the “situation off Vineland Road has been safely resolved.
Australia experiencing spider, snake invasion amid floods
Southeastern Australia is seeing a massive animal exodus caused by record-breaking floods. People are seeing a surge of creatures on their land as they try to find higher ground. [TRENDING: 18+ can soon get vaccine in Fla. | That’s not lint: Family finds snake in dryer | So Florida: Gator swims with shark]Spiders in particular have been found in homes. People have also reported seeing trees full of snakes. According to New South Wales’ Premier, nearly 18,000 people have been forced to flee flood-hit regions in the state.
Central Florida to see stretch of 90s; no rain in sight
ORLANDO, Fla. – We will be approaching record-high temperatures for the next couple of days across Central Florida. Expect a high in the low 90s Thursday in Orlando. [TRENDING: That’s not lint: Family finds snake in dryer | So Florida: Gator swims with shark]Overnight lows will be near 70 degrees. Expect highs in the low 90s through the weekend. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com Pinpoint Weather Insider newsletter, sent every Thursday.
Victim shot during fight in Orlando, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. – A fight at a business on Wednesday ended with gunfire, according to the Orlando Police Department. Police said two people were in an altercation at a shop on Conway Road when one person shot the other. [TRENDING: Missing Fla. woman found naked in storm drain | That’s not lint: Family finds snake in dryer | So Florida: Gator swims with shark]The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition. It’s unclear if any arrests have been made. Check back for more updates.
Temperatures to soar past average highs in Orlando area, with no rain in sight
ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s all about the heat in Central Florida as there’s no chance of rain in the coming days. Expect a high of 87 degrees Wednesday in Orlando. AdA front will drop temperatures into the mid-80s on Monday, with low 80s expected later next week. As of now, the next chance of rain isn’t until the middle of next week. Orlando has a rain deficit of 4.05 inches in 2021.
Which lake in Florida has the most alligators?
ORLANDO, Fla. – If you live in Central Florida, alligators can show up anytime, anywhere. (Scroll down to see which Florida lakes have the most “bull” alligators.) While gator encounters often make headlines, News 6 wanted to know just how frequent are those sightings, and where are Florida alligators spotted the most? News 6 found, at least once a day on average, Florida alligators and human habitats collide. That is considered “bull gator” status, and locally, Lake Poinsett on the St. Johns River, Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County, and Lake Jesup in Seminole County had the largest population of “bull” alligators (or alligators longer than nine feet).
Home for the holidays: Florida’s Keyontae Johnson to be released from hospital
(AP Photo/Matt Stamey, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After spending more than a week in the hospital, the University of Florida’s Keyontae Johnson is heading home just in time for Christmas, the basketball player’s family said in an update on Tuesday. Keyontae is being released from the hospital. Johnson has been recovering at UF Health in Gainesville since he collapsed during a game against Florida State University on Dec. 12. Prior to his release, Johnson shared an update on Instagram from his hospital room on Friday. In the post, Johnson said thank you to doctors, medical staff and UF Nation.
Gatorland announces reopening date alongside Universal, other attractions
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gatorland will reopen its doors to the public just in time for Memorial Day weekend. By entering Gatorland, guests must agree to the following: They do not have a fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19. They will endeavor to maintain social distancing from other groups. The attraction also introduced what it’s calling “The Gatorland Social Distancing Skunk Ape,” a character that aims to take social distancing efforts to the next level, according to the release. MORE: Skunk Ape: Here’s how Gatorland will enforce social distancingGatorland is the fourth attraction to announce its opening date Friday.
19 albino alligator eggs are at Florida animal park
(CNN) - Two albino alligators at a Florida animal park are the proud parents of 19 gator eggs, and park officials are hoping for a bounty of the rare white creatures. The eggs were discovered this month at Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, about an hour's drive south of Orlando. Park officials crossed their fingers for a possible mating between the two and got their wish when they noticed the gators' changing behavior going into mating season. Because they are really, really rare, we want to pull them and just ensure they get every chance they can to hatch out and be successful," Biddle said in a video on the park's Facebook page. Park officials say that with the incubator, the eggs' chances of viability jump from about 60% to about 95%.