Orange County deputy arrested on dating violence charge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested a fellow employee late Wednesday. Deputy Marcus Ghent was booked into the Orange County Jail on a battery charge related to dating violence, a department spokesperson said. Read: Wrong-way driver causes I-95 crash, troopers sayAccording to OCSO, Ghent was arrested after a criminal investigation that stemmed from accusations of physical violence reported by the alleged victim on Nov. 24. According to an arrest affidavit, Deputy Ghent got into an argument with an ex-girlfriend who alleged he’d been in a relationship with another woman. In a statement Thursday, the sheriff’s office confirmed Ghent has been relieved of all law enforcement duties, without pay, while a criminal investigation is conducted.wftv.com
‘More than just a competition’: SWAT teams from around the world compete in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — More than 40 SWAT teams from around the world are in Orange County this week for SWAT Round-Up International. Organizers described the event as “an opportunity for operators across the globe to come together as one to learn from each other.”The event features training, competition and a vendor show. The training and education program is a vital component of the SWAT Round-Up International experience, organizers said. READ: ‘My kids lost everything’: Intense fire destroys Orlando family’s home“SWAT Round-up is more than just a competition,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. Here’s a list of local Veterans Day events, deals & discountsMore than 40 SWAT teams from around the world are in Orange County this week for SWAT Round-Up International.wftv.com
Video of Markeith Loyd’s arrest can be shown to jury during penalty phase, judge rules
A judge outlined what evidence could be presented to the jury in the upcoming penalty phase of Markeith Loyd’s trial, allowing the defense to show a 2-minute video of his violent arrest that resulted in the loss of his left eye.
Theft of Bugsy the French bulldog leads deputies to disturbing dog trafficking puppy ‘chop shops’
Theft of Bugsy the French bulldog leads deputies to disturbing dog trafficking puppy ‘chop shops’ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The theft of a young French bulldog named Bugsy led Orange County deputies to make a disturbing discovery of animal cruelty. Bugsy was stolen from his owner at gunpoint in March, and the investigation into his theft uncovered shady underground dog-trafficking organizations. READ: Police: 16-year-old girl among 3 found dead inside Orlando condoOrange County Sheriff John Mina was joined by his detectives to detail the alleged criminal activity. Channel 9 has a crew working to gather more information about this investigation and will have continuing coverage on Eyewitness News. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Happening at 10:30 a.m.: Orange County sheriff, violent crimes detectives providing case update
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Sheriff John Mina and detectives from his department’s violent crimes division are set to provide an update on a case from this spring. The update is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Friday. The sheriff’s office has not released any additional details about what case the update may involve. READ: Zillow to sell off hundreds of Orlando homes after homebuying division crumblesStay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Central Florida reacts after Markeith Loyd found guilty of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton
ORLANDO, Fla. — Law enforcement agencies are reacting after Markeith Loyd was found guilty of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton. LIVE UPDATES: Jury finds Markeith Loyd guilty of murdering Orlando police Lt. Debra ClaytonLoyd was found guilty by a jury just after 1:30 p.m. READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton? pic.twitter.com/fNf3GPPobP — Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) November 3, 2021WATCH: ‘Like a sister’: Sheriff, commissioner remember OPD Lt. Debra ClaytonOrange County Sheriff’s Office:The Orange County Sheriff’s office wrote “Jury has found Markeith Loyd guilty of first degree murder in the killing of Lt. Debra Clayton. We will never forget you, Debra.”Jury has found Markeith Loyd GUILTY of First Degree Murder in the killing of Lt. Debra Clayton.wftv.com
Union representing Orange County deputies files lawsuit over body camera policy change
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The union representing Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies is taking legal action against Sheriff John Mina and the sheriff’s office over the use of body cameras. The union is concerned about a new policy that enables the department’s body cameras to capture one minute of audio and video before the deputies hit the record button. For example, they’re concerned about private conversations between significant others or other citizens that could be captured and stored by the agency. READ: Could a fire put out 15 years ago be responsible for cancer cases among 4 firefighters? The union said it is not aware of any other agencies in the state of Florida that have pre-recorded audio on their body cameras.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Florida law enforcement leaders urging, but not requiring, officers to get vaccinated
Orange County Sheriff John Mina is among the local law enforcement officials pleading with his deputies to get vaccinated. “As law enforcement officers, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Get vaccinated please. https://t.co/XW5hk9mU7h — Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) August 25, 2021In 2020, the Coronavirus took the lives of 248 law enforcement officers nation-wide. “That’s more than all other line-of-duty deaths combined,” Sheriff Mina said. In Osceola County, State Senator Victor Torres questioned Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez about whether he would be requiring COVID vaccines for his deputies.wftv.com
‘I think he’s a murderer’: Sheriff John Mina weighs in on Markeith Loyd’s murder trial
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Sheriff John Mina said he is looking forward to Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial being over. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Loyd, who is accused of fatally shooting Lt. Debra Clayton outside an Orange County Walmart in January 2017. “It’s seems like it’s been a long time, but I am glad it’s finally here,” Mina said. READ: Markeith Loyd murder trial: How to watch“I think he’s a murderer,” Mina said. Mina said Loyd is the worst of the worst when it comes to criminals.wftv.com
Sheriff, Orlando commissioner remember Lt. Debra Clayton as murder trial looms
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sheriff John Mina says not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about the day Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton was killed nearly five years ago. “It’s something i think about almost every single day.”>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Mina was the Orlando police chief when Clayton was killed. READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton? Clayton grew up in Orlando and went on to the University of Central Florida where she received a master’s degree. “I still mourn Debra everyday.”Hill said Clayton was known for her service to the community and her passion for bringing people together.wftv.com
Attorney: Sheriff’s defense of early investigation into Miya Marcano’s disappearance ‘shameful’
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The attorney for Miya Marcano’s family released a statement on Friday stating that Sheriff John Mina’s defense of his department’s early investigation into Marcano’s disappearance was “indefensible” and “shameful.”“It was shameful to say that no matter what they did or didn’t do, that Miya was dead anyway,” attorney Daryl Washington said in a statement. “That statement is the equivalent of saying ‘prisons should not incarcerate murders because the sentencing still won’t bring the dead back to life anyways.’”>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<The attorney for Miya Marcano’s family released a statement on Friday stating that Sheriff John Mina’s defense of his department’s early investigation into Marcano’s disappearance was “indefensible” and “shameful.”‘It was shameful to say that no matter what they did or didn’t do, that Miya was dead anyway,” attorney Daryl Washington said in a statement. Mina said when the video was taken, deputies did not have probable cause to detain Caballero. SEE: Orange County Sheriff’s Office releases detailed timeline in Miya Marcano caseAnd unfortunately, Mina said at the time the video was taken, Marcano was already left for dead. In a statement, Washington countered that Marcano’s family had provided “more than enough evidence” that Caballero was involved in the case.wftv.com
Authorities: Body of missing Florida college student found
ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Florida college student who disappeared a week ago. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. Marcano vanished on the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master key to enter her apartment. The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were among the hundreds of authorities searching for Marcano. The sheriff says cellphone records from Caballero led them to the area, showing he was at the apartment for about 20 minutes the night she was reported missing.wftv.com
Authorities: Body of missing Florida college student found
ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Florida college student who disappeared a week ago. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s near an apartment building. Marcano vanished on the same day a maintenance man improperly used a master key to enter her apartment. The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were among the hundreds of authorities searching for Marcano. The sheriff says cellphone records from Caballero led them to the area, showing he was at the apartment for about 20 minutes the night she was reported missing.wftv.com
Authorities: Body of missing Florida college student found
Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Florida college student who disappeared a week ago. A maintenance worker who entered her apartment unauthorized the day she disappeared and later killed himself is the prime suspect. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Saturday that authorities found Miya Marcano’s body in a wooded area near an apartment building.news.yahoo.com
Body of missing woman Miya Marcano found, sheriff says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — WFTV has confirmed that the a body of Miya Marcano has been found near a troubled condominium complex in Orange County, sheriff John Mina said during a press conference on Saturday. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Forensics investigators have surrounded the Tymber Skan by the Lake condos where the 19-year-old was discovered dead just over a week after her disappearance. Read: Hurricane Sam brings roughs seas and dangerous rip currents to coastInvestigators believe that a maintenance worker at an Orange County complex, the Arden Villas, used a master key fob on Sept. 24 to break into her apartment and abduct her. That man, Armando Caballero, was found dead on Sept. 27 at a different apartment complex in Seminole County in an apparent suicide. Since then, investigators have been searching across Orange, Seminole and Volusia countiesRead: Police investigating fatal shooting in Marion County; suspect still at large, police sayArden Villas, the complex where Miya Marcano was last seen alive, released a lengthy statement regarding the hiring of Caballero.wftv.com
LIVE UPDATES: Miya Marcano search continues in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The search continues for a missing Orange County woman. Read updates below:Orange County deputies said they are pouring all possible resources into Miya Marcano’s disappearance. READ: Miya Marcano case: A timeline of her disappearance“At this time, we don’t believe there’s another person involved,” Mina said. READ: Search expands to Volusia County for missing 19-year-old Orange County womanLaw enforcement officers said Caballero was questioned at the apartment complex when deputies first arrived. READ: Suspect in Miya Marcano case previously accused of throwing weight through woman’s windowDeputies will search the New Smyrna Beach area on Friday after receiving a tip.wftv.com
Search expands to Volusia County for missing 19-year-old Orange County woman
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The search for a missing woman in Orange County expanded on Thursday amid a new tip of her possible location to law enforcement. Family and friends of Miya Marcano are continuing to hold on to hope as the search for her continues into its sixth day. WATCH: FBI helping deputies investigate disappearance of 19-year-old Miya MarcanoOrange County deputies expanded their search to an area of New Smyrna Beach, near A-1-A. Activity in the search area grew rapidly Thursday afternoon as Orange County deputies swarmed the scene. WATCH: ‘Help us bring Miya home’: Investigators continue to search for missing 19-year-old in Orange CountyChannel 9 has a crew in New Smyrna Beach and will have continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
Search for missing 19-year-old Orange County woman to resume this morning
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A missing 19-year-old woman’s family will continue to search for her after deputies said a person of interest in her disappearance was found dead in Seminole County. The family said they will start their search for Miya Marcano at 8 a.m. at 11401 University Boulevard in Orlando. READ: Sheriff: Person of interest in 19-year-old’s disappearance found deadOn Monday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the person of interest in the case was found dead in a Seminole County apartment. READ: Orange County deputies search wooded area for missing 19-year-oldDeputies, including around 30 detectives, are still actively searching for Marcano. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-HELP (4357).wftv.com
19-YEAR-OLD VALENCIA STUDENT MIYA MARCANO STILL MISSING — KnightNews.com
The Orange County Sherriff’s Office found the body of the apparent person of interest in the disappearance of Valencia College sophomore, Miya Marcano, today. Marcano has been missing since Friday, Sept. 24th, when she was last seen at her home in the Arden Villas apartment complex in Orlando, just off of University Boulevard a mile from the University of Central Florida, Orange County sheriff’s deputies said. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a possible suicide at 10:30 a.m. at Camden Club Apartments off of Sabal Lake Drive in Longwood, where they found Caballero’s body. Police are asking anyone with information to call the OCSO non-emergency line at 407-836-4357. If anyone sees Miya, the police say to call 911.knightnews.com
Person of Interest ‘Rebuffed’ by Missing Florida College Student Kills Himself
via Instagram/Orange County Sheriff's OfficeLocal authorities in Orlando, Florida, said Monday that a maintenance worker they had identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of 19-year-old Miya Marcano—who has been missing since Friday—was found dead in an apparent suicide.Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, a maintenance employee where Miya Marcano lived and worked, had repeatedly expressed “romantic interest” in the Valencia College sophomore—andnews.yahoo.com
Happening at 1 p.m.: Orange County sheriff to give update on search for missing 19-year-old
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Sheriff John Mina is set to provide an update on the search for missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano at 1 p.m. on Monday. Marcano was last seen around 5 p.m. Friday at the Arden Villas apartments on Arden Villas Boulevard, near the University of Central Florida in Orlando. >>> CLICK HERE TO STREAM THE UPDATE LIVE <<<On Sunday, deputies began searching the wooded area behind Marcano’s apartment building. READ: ‘Help us bring Miya home’: Investigators continue to search for missing 19-year-old in Orange CountyAnyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-HELP (4357). >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Search underway after woman, baby found dead in car in Orange County, sheriff says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A search for a person of interest is underway in Orange County after deputies said a mother and her 1-year-old child were found dead in a car. READ: Woman shot in domestic incident, suspect at-large, deputies sayThe mother and child were found along Lake Ellenor Drive last Thursday, deputies said. pic.twitter.com/NMTldbosnu — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) September 13, 2021According to deputies, Griffiths is also also a suspect in a shooting that happened Tuesday that deputies believe is connected. Early Tuesday morning, Orange County deputies found a man shot several times at an apartment complex. pic.twitter.com/uAKrnztvGj — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) September 10, 2021Deputies ask for anyone with information on Griffiths’ whereabouts to call 911.wftv.com
Homicides down 30% in Orange and Osceola counties
ORLANDO, Fla. — The streets of Orange and Osceola counties are becoming a little safer. According to the medical examiner for the two counties, the number of homicides has declined 30% so far this year, compared to 2020 levels. WATCH: Brevard Sheriff releases video of ambush shooting that left gunman dead, deputy shotAs of early September 2020, there were 119 homicides. “Last year was an unusually high year for homicides in Orange County,” Sheriff John Mina said. Medical examiners in Volusia, Lake, Seminole, Sumter and Marion counties reported homicide rates similar to 2020 levels.wftv.com
First deadline for Orange County employees to get COVID-19 vaccine fast approaching
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he is trying to save lives. Four county employees have recently died from the virus, and there are several county employees “who are now in critical care units and are still very, very sick,” Demings said. All employees must have their initial vaccine dose or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Tuesday. The county said the county is at 66% of its non-union employees being vaccinated, up from the 40% vaccinated Tuesday. READ: DeSantis pushes back on school districts ordering mask mandates against state lawThe Orange County Sheriff’s Office does not fall under the county’s mandate, but Sheriff John Mina shared a video strongly encouraging employees to get the shot.wftv.com
‘Do it for your community’: Local law enforcement agencies encourage COVID-19 vaccinations
ORLANDO, Fla. — Local law enforcement agencies are encouraging law enforcement officers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “To my fellow law enforcement officers: Get vaccinated. To my fellow law enforcement officers: Get vaccinated. - @SheriffMina pic.twitter.com/VG9tAHBFwt — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 25, 2021Mina said in 2020, COVID-19 killed 240 law enforcement officers in the United States. “Craig dedicated much of his life to serving the residents of Orange County,” Sheriff John Mina said in a statement.wftv.com
Departments looking to incentivize COVID-19 vaccines after 3 first responder deaths this week
Orange County deputy dies of complications from COVID-19 End of Watch: The body of long-time Orange County Deputy Craig Seijos is escorted from the hospital Thursday as members of his OCSO family pay tribute. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, first responders across Central Florida are mourning the loss of some of their own. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said he’s a strong proponent of getting workers in his department vaccinated, and that his entire senior staff already is. First responders die of COVID-19 A Melbourne firefighter, Orange County deputy and Port Orange police officer all died from complications of COVID-19 this week. And the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is now offering three days off for employees to get vaccinated.wftv.com
OCPS mask mandate for employees goes into effect, leaders to give update on back-to-school safety
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools will host a news conference on back-to-school safety on Friday morning. Several board members, representatives from the Florida Department of Health, Orange County Sheriff John Mina, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon and more are expected to speak. Pino recommends kids who aren’t vaccinated mask up. READ: OCPS to require employees, visitors to wear face masks while indoorsOrange County Public School’s mask mandate went into effect on Friday. It requires all district employees and visitors to wear a face mask while indoors.wftv.com
Only half of Orange County deputies have gotten COVID-19 vaccine so far
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on Central Florida law enforcement agencies, in more ways than one. Many officers and deputies were infected in the line of duty, but so far only half of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office have been vaccinated so far. READ: Disney confirms plans to build campus in Lake Nona, relocate 2K jobs hereSheriff John Mina said he’s doing everything he can to get more deputies on board, including recently hosting a vaccine clinic at the sheriff’s office. They’re also bringing a doctor in to speak with anyone who has concerns about getting the shot. READ: ‘We are disheartened’: Officer, another man arrested on charges stemming from Capitol riotThe sheriff’s office does not plan to require the COVID-19 vaccine at this point, however it does require hepatitis A and B shots, as well as a tetanus shot.wftv.com
Panel recommends policy changes after Orange deputies suspended over TikTok videos
A citizens advisory committee has recommended changes to the Orange County Sheriff’s social media policy after two deputies were suspended for posting inappropriate TikTok videos of themselves while wearing agency uniforms.
2 gangs linked to murders, drug trafficking shutdown in Orange County, state investigators say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — State investigators said they believe they have shut down two local gangs they think are linked to a criminal enterprise tied to murders and drug trafficking in Orange County. Investigators said 34 people are connected to the case and many of them face racketeering and conspiracy charges, while others face drug trafficking charges. Others arrested on drug trafficking charges, investigators say, helped fund the gang activity with subgroups and criminal activity that led to search warrants in gated communities in Lake Nona, Seminole County and east Orange County. Investigators say they’ve used evidence collected along the way, over nine months of surveilling these suspects, which should make for a strong case less dependent on witnesses who are often reluctant to testify. More guns, investigators say, concealed by Sonny Thornton were used in the drive-by shooting that took the life of 16-year-old Tavyiah King.wftv.com
Crackdown on Protesters Near Chauvin Vacation Spot Collapses
Photo by Minnesota Department of Corrections via Getty ImagesJust days before killer cop Derek Chauvin was to be sentenced to prison for murdering George Floyd, a proposed protest crackdown in the Florida community he once called a vacation home went up in smoke.After accusing the county mayor and sheriff of attempting to strongarm through an ordinance banning protests at peoples’ homes, commissioners in central Florida’s Orange County met late Tuesday to give actual residents a chance to commennews.yahoo.com
Orange County considers ordinance limiting picketing outside targeted person’s home
Orange County Minneapolis protesters Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Orange County home of the now-fired Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin on Friday afternoon. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Board of Commissioners is considering an ordinance that would establish limitations for picketing a residence of a person who is a target of criticism, objection, complaint, ridicule or other protest. At the request of Sheriff John Mina and with support from Mayor Jerry Demings, the ordinance would specifically prohibit picketing on public property such as sidewalks and streets within 150 feet of a home. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, there were social media posts threatening to burn the Windermere home down. And he said that the ordinance proposed would protect the well-being and tranquillity of residential areas.wftv.com
Orange County considers prohibiting picketing on public property near targeted person’s home
Orange County Minneapolis protesters Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Orange County home of the now-fired Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin on Friday afternoon. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — This week Orange County Commissioners discussed an ordinance that would prohibit picketing on public property such as sidewalks and streets within 150 feet from a targeted person’s home. The proposal comes after hundreds gathered for days in front of the Windermere home of Derek Chauvin, the man convicted in the murder of George Floyd. READ: Man, woman and child shot to death at Florida PublixSheriff John Mina said it’s about protecting the homeowner. But Orlando civil rights attorney Shannon Ligon said the proposal infringes upon constitutional rights.wftv.com
Drama Erupts Near Chauvin Vacation Spot in Florida
Police Handout via GettyConvicted murderer Derek Chauvin is nowhere in sight, and yet he’s still making chaos in a tiny town in Florida.The disgraced Minneapolis cop who murdered George Floyd on camera owns a vacation spot in the town of Windermere, Florida, population approximately 3,000. But even as he flails in last-ditch attempts to soften his sentence, this community has become consumed with drama over BLM protests, the First Amendment, and residents officials say are thirsty for quiet.On Tnews.yahoo.com
New video shows hostage situation inside Orange County jail
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Chief of the Orange County Corrections Department is thanking the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department for helping to bring a hostage situation at the county jail to a peaceful resolution nearly one year ago. Investigators said Eric Stanley snuck a gun into the Orange County Jail and took four hostages after he was arrested on March 20, 2020. Eric Jefferson Stanley Jr. (Orange County Sheriff's Office)The Orlando Police Department also released new body-worn camera video Friday of the hostage situation. pic.twitter.com/QlRW1vFMWV — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) March 19, 2021To honor their bravery Quiñones held two separate events Friday. AdQuinones has since banned plastic handcuffs inside the jail and mandated that jail officers replace any flex-cuffs with metal handcuffs.
Orange County deputy suspended for Facebook post about Muslims
ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida sheriff’s deputy was suspended for nearly a month after a civil rights group asked for an investigation into his Facebook posts about Muslims. In a February 2020 post on his personal Facebook page, Johnson wrote that “Muslims are taking over America,” calling them the “most intolerant people when it comes to other religions,” the report said. !” Johnson wrote in the post. None of those deputies reported the post to the agency, and none said they had concerns with the post when interviewed by internal investigators. Mina told the newspaper deputies have an obligation to report any policy violations they see while on duty, but said that is not the case for an off-duty deputy.
Orange County deputy shoots man accused of strangling victim, setting house on fire
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight shooting after they say a man strangled someone then tried to set their house on fire. Sheriff John Mina said deputies responded to the 3400 block of Ridgemont Road Friday night to respond to a domestic violence call. “The suspect had choked the victim, later came back and intentionally lit the house on fire and fled the scene,” Mina said. Investigators said several hours later, the same man returned to the home and tried to set the home on fire and fled again. While deputies were investigating, he came back and opened fire on deputies who returned fire striking him.
Former Orange County deputy facing perjury, battery charges
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A former deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is facing multiple criminal charges, according to the state attorney’s office. Records show charges of perjury in an official proceeding, perjury when not in an official proceeding and battery were filed Wednesday morning against former deputy Ayler Cruz. Officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the charges stem from a Jan. 26, 2020 battery incident. “No one is more outraged than I am when a deputy is charged with a crime,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. According to the video, Cruz deployed his stun gun less than 10 seconds after getting out of his patrol car.
Central Florida law enforcement vigilant following FBI warning of armed protests
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – With reports of the FBI contacting law enforcement in anticipation of armed protests in the coming days, officials in Central Florida are chiming in. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said on Monday that as a former sheriff, he said he remains vigilant. [RELATED: FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week]Mayor Demings gave insights on how state and local law enforcement are likely evaluating security threats related to planned armed protests following last Wednesday’s unrest at the U.S. Capitol. As rioters stormed the capitol complex last Wednesday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that law enforcement in Central Florida was checking for potential threats online. Sheriff Mina has said Orange County is prepared.
After outrage over Florida Mall shooting, Orange County Sheriff’s Office unveils new video policy
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – In the days after an Orange County deputy shot Salaythis Melvin in the back outside the Florida Mall, members of the community protested in Melvin’s memory and demanded that video be released to show what led to the fatal gunfire. More video released on Aug. 26, 2020 showed first responders trying to help Melvin as he laid bleeding in the parking lot. The agent who shot 22-year-old Melvin didn’t have his body camera activated at the time. Public outcry was swift as protesters marched outside the Florida Mall calling for justice, transparency and access to the body camera footage. In the aftermath of the shooting, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the situation was tricky because the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was reviewing the deputy-involved shooting, which is standard procedure.
Man injured after deputy-involved shooting in Orange County
A man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound after an altercation with an Orange County deputy on Sunday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The injured man was shot in the leg and the deputy who opened fire is now on paid leave as the investigation continues, deputies said. Sheriff John Mina said one of his deputies shot a man in his leg after a traffic stop. The man, identified Monday as Edenilson Urbina, was driving a motorcycle and Mina said he had illegal tags. “We’re still trying to determine that at this point, exactly what led up to the shooting,” Mina said.
Orange County deputies, mental health clinicians team up as part of new pilot program
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Two Orange County deputies will be partnered up with mental health clinicians to respond to mental health crisis calls as part of a new sheriff’s office pilot program called the Behavioral Response Unit. The clinicians are mental health professionals with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and the deputies have received crisis intervention training. The deputy-clinician pairs also participated in 40 hours of behavioral response unit training earlier this month. “They will be proactively on patrol, they’ll be listening to calls, they’ll be looking at our calls for service,” OCSO Major Carlos Torres said. Chitwood said too many calls involving a person with a mental health crisis end in tragedy and could be avoided.
Orange County deputies to receive training for new mental health response unit
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – In addition to their regular patrols, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will soon be implementing mental health patrols. | Intruders cut woman’s hair, leave]“We are starting a ‘Behavioral Response Unit,’ which will pair mental health clinicians with deputies and they will respond to certain calls,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said. According to the sheriff’s office, the pilot program will include two deputies and two clinicians. OCSO has been working on this new response unit for more than a year. Plus, in Volusia County, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said too many calls involving a person with a mental health crisis that ends in tragedy could’ve been avoided.
Operation Safe Holiday underway in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – While the shopping experience may look different this year because of the pandemic, law enforcement agencies say the threat of crime is the same and are launching their annual safety initiative across Orange County. Operation Safe Holiday kicked off Tuesday during a news conference at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. “The idea of the operation is to really make it safe for our shoppers,” Sheriff John Mina said. Don’t leave your valuables in plain sight.”Operation Safe Holiday underway in Orange CountyWith the pandemic, a big focus this year has shifted to online retail and keeping delivered packages in the hands of the right person. Once at home, shoppers are also urged to properly dispose of big-ticket item boxes to avoid becoming a target after the holidays.
New Citizen’s Safety Task Force pledges to take solutions to community gun violence
The task force is a result of seven shootings involving teens and children under the age of 17 in recent months. In each of these case, Orange County Sheriff John Mina reported they have received only six Crimeline tips or less. “The community working with the agencies, working with all the parties involved in the process is key,” Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon said. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings broke up the task force into subcommittees with four main objectives: prevention, intervention, enforcement and prosecution. He’s given the task force 120 days to set recommendations and actionable goals to fight gun violence.
Orange County voters re-elect Sheriff John Mina
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat John Mina has been declared the winner of the Orange County sheriff race. Made up of more than 2,500 employees, including 1,600 sworn officers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. Here’s what you need to know about each candidate:John Mina (D)Mina became the 29th elected sheriff of Orange County in November 2018, when he won a special election to replace former Sheriff Jerry Demings after Demings was elected Orange County Mayor. You can read read more about Mina’s career as Orange County sheriff and the issues that matter most to him here. Winston Johnson (WRI)Winston Johnson, a write-in candidate on the November ballot, is running to become the next sheriff of Orange County.
Election 2020: Orange County Sheriff John Mina has won re-election
click image Photo courtesy John Mina, Orange County Sheiff/FacebookOrange County Sheriff John Mina (D) has won re-election to another term in office.After winning the Democratic primary in August, Mina ran unopposed – save for write-in candidates – in today's general election.Mina was chief of the Orlando Police Department for almost four years, and Orange County Sheriff for two years. Even in his short tenure as sheriff, he has weathered several controversies, including the shooting of Salaythis Melvin by one of his deputies, as well as the withdrawal of an endorsement by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93. The Lodge objected to the stricter punishments Mina instituted for officers found guilty of wrongdoing.According to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Mina received 520,758 votes, or 95 percent.orlandoweekly.com
Orange County deputy accused of putting woman in chokehold, forcibly kissing her
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County deputy was arrested over the weekend after a woman said he became physically aggressive, including putting her in a chokehold, when she fended off his sexual advances, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Jordan Chrisley was arrested in Volusia County and booked into the jail there around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on battery and false imprisonment charges. [TRENDING: 2020 Voter Guide | What to expect if Trump wins | What to expect if Biden wins]According to the incident report, Chrisley was at a bar near the victim’s home and texted her. When the victim tried to get up, Chrisley pulled her off the chair and straddled her, she told deputies. He was also previously employed with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for Orange County sheriff
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County residents will either reelect their current sheriff or choose to give someone else a chance to be the county’s next top cop this November. Made up of more than 2,500 employees, including 1,600 sworn officers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. You can read read more about Mina’s career as Orange County sheriff and the issues that matter most to him here. Tim Lucas Adams (WRI)Tim Lucas Adams, a write-in candidate on the November ballot, is running to become the next sheriff of Orange County. Winston Johnson (WRI)Winston Johnson, a write-in candidate on the November ballot, is running to become the next sheriff of Orange County.
Florida General Election Results for Orange County on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereORLANDO, Fla. – Some of the key races in Orange County include sheriff and state attorney. Orange County Sheriff John Mina looks to hold off Tim Lucas Adams and Winston Johnson. Meanwhile, with Aramis Ayala not running for re-election, either Jose Torreolla and Monique Worrell will become the next Orange-Osceola state attorney. Check out all the Orange County races, including how residents voted for president, in the list below. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below, and get more information on the ClickOrlando.com Results 2020 page.
Orange County sheriff’s deputy arrested on child abuse charges
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County deputy was arrested Sunday on child abuse charges, the same day he was fired from the agency in an unrelated matter, according to sheriff’s officials. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Christopher Dougherty was arrested three days after deputies responded to a 911 call about a residential alarm. Dougherty was taken to a hospital under the Baker Act and, upon his release from the hospital, he was arrested, the sheriff’s office said. The Sheriff’s Office said Doughtery was terminated from the agency Sunday for an unsatisfactory performance finding in a separate matter. “While this deputy was terminated for a pattern of unsatisfactory performance, these are very serious criminal allegations,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
3 dead in shooting at Orange County motorcycle club ID’d
ORLANDO, Fla. – Three men were killed and another was injured in a shooting early Friday at a private motorcycle club in Orange County, Sheriff John Mina said. The shooting was reported around 1:55 a.m. at a warehouse that’s been converted into a motorcycle club in a warehouse along North Forsyth Road near Patridge Lane in Orlando. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found two men dead at the scene. The surviving victim, who suffered a non-life-threatening injury, is not cooperating with the investigation, Mina said. Breaking overnight: 3 dead, 1 injured in Orange County shooting.
FBI working with local authorities targeting Orange County gang violence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After more than 200 shootings this year, including a 3-year-old boy who was gunned down in his home, federal authorities are working with Orange County law enforcement agencies on a targeted gang violence operation. "These two gangs - the 438 Gang and the Army Gang - have got our attention now. Hopper said the FBI became involved due to “the level of violence" in the Orange County community happening in broad daylight with law enforcement in close range. The goal, said Mina, is getting as many gang members off the streets to make Orange County a safer community. Hopper said gang members and their associates can look forward to “lengthy meaningful federal prison sentences" and “we intend to significantly disrupt and ultimately dismantle both criminal organizations.”
3 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Orange County motorcycle club
3 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Orange County motorcycle clubPublished: October 16, 2020, 9:59 amThree people were killed and another was injured in a shooting early Friday at a private motorcycle club in Orange County, Sheriff John Mina said.
Orange County sheriff considers change in body camera policy after Florida Mall shooting
On Thursday, Mina requested the Orange County citizen’s advisory committee review language in a body worn camera policy. “Yes it is important for us to release body worn camera video but only after initial interviews are done,” Mina said. The sheriff’s office said they hope the policy backed by recommendations from the FDLE would put in writing what the sheriff’s office is trying to comply with. Mina told the citizens advisory committee he recommended an at least three-week timeframe to release body worn camera footage. “It is important for us to release body worn camera video but only after initial interviews are done,” he said.
'It takes courage:’ Domestic violence survivors encouraged to speak up
Two of those cases alone account for five of our domestic violence victims because of family violence. Harbor House of Central Florida is a domestic violence organization providing safe shelter, legal advocacy and other services to help domestic violence survivors and their families. The crisis hotline for Harbor House is 407-886-2856During the pandemic, Harbor House has had to lower the capacity for its emergency shelter to 50% so residents can socially distance. State Attorney Aramis Ayala said it’s also a community effort in helping domestic violence survivors get out of their situation and find help. Click here to make a donation to Harbor House and help domestic violence survivors throughout Central Florida.
Armed woman who was killed in Avalon Park deputy-involved shooting identified
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. A woman who was fatally shot by deputies in Avalon Park after she pointed a gun at them has been identified, according to the Orange County Sheriffs Office. Officials identified the suspect as 42-year-old Tracy Drowne while the deputies who fired their weapons were identified as Nathan Henley and Joseph ONeil. Both patrol deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates, which is standard procedure. OCSO @SheriffMina describes the events that led up to a deputy-involved shooting this afternoon on Fountain Coin Loop in Avalon Park. When deputies confronted the woman, they said she came out of her house armed with a gun that she pointed at them, prompting Henley and ONeil to open fire.
Woman killed in deputy-involved shooting in Avalon Park
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. A woman was shot and killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Avalon Park, according to the Orange County Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs Office said the 42-year-old suspect pointed a gun toward deputies. OCSO @SheriffMina describes the events that led up to a deputy-involved shooting this afternoon on Fountain Coin Loop in Avalon Park. Investigators said the 42-year-old woman came out of the house with a gun and pointed it at the deputies. pic.twitter.com/bVPyHFT8ys Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) May 27, 2020Mina said the investigators rendered aid and the suspect was rushed to the hospital.
Orange County under two-week 'stay at home' mandate, starting Thursday night
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Sheriff John Mina and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called a meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to announce the county will be under a stay-at-home order for two weeks, to begin Thursday night at 11. "Orange County now has at least 50 cases within our county," said Demings. The entire county will be asked to stay at home as much as possible except for "essential business." Dyer noted that "every single mayor" in the county was in agreement with the decision. Its become clear the governor is not going to do a statewide order, Dyer told the Times.orlandoweekly.com
The Weekly Newsletter: Saluting News 6 veterans
Below is a list of ClickOrlando.com stories as well as a recap of this week's interview on "The Weekly." Getting to know News 6 veteransRelatives, friends, co-workers or strangers - Monday Americans will be thanking those who served our country. Body cam video shows Orange County deputy yanking middle school student's headVideo circulating social media shows the deputy aggressively escorting the girl to his cruiser. Frustrated refrigerator owners vent to News 6For a lot of people, Samsung is a trusted brand in technology, but recently, News 6 received several complaints about their Samsung refrigerator. Video shows monkeys belly-flopping in Silver SpringsAnyone who has kayaked at Silver Springs State Park, knows that monkey sightings are not uncommon.
Deputies shoot, kill drug-trafficking suspect in Orange County neighborhood, sheriff says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Three Orange County Sheriffs Office deputies shot and killed a drug-trafficking suspect Friday morning inside his home while attempting to serve a search warrant, Sheriff John Mina said. Mina said the search warrant was the result of a month-long investigation into Morales-Camacho, who is suspected of being the leader of a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring. Before the shooting, deputies made multiple attempts to notify the suspect and others inside the home, saying "This is the Orange County Sheriff's Office, open the door" over a loudspeaker, Mina said. Morales-Camacho was shot inside the home after three deputies fired their weapons, the sheriff said. Deputies seized $26,000 from the suspect's bank account, along with weapons from a storage unit before attempting to execute the search warrant, Mina said.
Sheriff: Women dumped near Apopka church were stabbed, shot
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An arrest has been made in connection with the deaths of two women who were found dumped near an Apopka church in May, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The deaths of Kristina Upchurch, 34, and Nicole Evans, 37, were ruled as a double homicide early on in the investigation. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Evans suffered two gunshot wounds to the head and multiple stab wounds, and Upchurch was stabbed multiple times. While the investigation is still ongoing, Mina said investigators believe the two women were prostitutes and Tavarez hired them. During a first appearance Friday on first-degree murder charges, attorneys said DNA evidence was found under the victims' nails which led to Tavarez.
Prosecutor clears Orange deputy involved in shooting but questions his 'truthfulness'
The state attorney's office cleared three deputies in June following a review of the FDLE use-of-force investigation. According to the state attorney's office review, the FDLE found that the suspect did not know he was being followed by deputies. At no time were any emergency lights activated and the suspect did not fire his gun, the state attorney's office report found. According to the internal investigation report, Boggs said no one approached the suspect's vehicle during that stop Barra raised questions about in her letter. "The account provided by Deputy Boggs is at best incomplete and misleading, and at worst, intentionally deceptive and self-serving," Barra said, adding she requests Mina conduct an internal investigation into Boggs' truthfulness.
Orange County lieutenant accused of lying about off-duty hours
AlexRaths /iStockphoto.comORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County lieutenant is accused of filing for off-duty hours that he never worked, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Between May 2018 and May 2019, Mackey reported working 49 off-duty shifts for a total of 184.75 hours at an apartment complex, for which he was paid $7,390, records show. Investigators said Mackey only worked the required off-duty shift for $3,000 of that compensation. At the Orange County Sheriffs Office, we hold our deputies to the highest ethical standards, Sheriff John Mina said. We are committed to serving this community with integrity and ensuring that any alleged criminal activity or misconduct is thoroughly investigated and that the results of those investigations are made public.Mackey was hired by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a lieutenant in patrol.
Orange County sheriff hosts community briefing to help reduce crime
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Sheriff John Mina hosted the first ever "Focus" event on Tuesday. The Orange County Sheriff's Office also has real-time access to roughly 6,000 security cameras in Orange County schools. "This is exactly what we wanted for people to know what's happening in the Orange County Sheriff's Office. However, he said overdose deaths are down more than 10% from last year in the Orange County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction. The Sheriff's Office also introduced their comfort dog, Daisy, who could help victims of domestic violence or other types of crime.
Orlando officers' use of force is 'minute,' police chief says
Crime going down, arrests going down, community engagement going up." Five suspects involved in use of force incidents filed excessive force complaints, but Mina insists that's a huge improvement from when four officers in 2014 were either charged, indicted or arrested for violence. Thirty of the 87 officers who were battered while making arrests required medical treatment, compared to 18 officers in 2015. "It's possible, but I think the vast majority of officers are going to use force to protect themselves, to protect the citizens," Mina said. He insisted that if officers must use force and are justified, they have his support.