Fog blankets parts of Central Florida, possible near-record temps for Thursday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Fog will blanket parts of Central Florida Thursday morning. There is a dense fog advisory in effect for Orange, Osceola, Sumter, Polk, Seminole, Lake, Marion and Flagler counties. Temperatures will again be near records, with highs widespread in the 80s. READ: Cleaning service worker attacked by tiger at Florida zooLooking ahead, temperatures will stay warm through the new year. A quick front will bring some rain on Sunday and a short blast of cold weather.wftv.com
Heart of Florida United Way distributes $1.2 million between 15 Central Florida nonprofits
Heart of Florida United Way The Heart of Florida United Way is distributing $1.27 million to 15 nonprofits across Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to address needs across the community. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Heart of Florida United Way is distributing $1.27 million to 15 nonprofits across Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to address needs across the community. Catholic Charities of Central Florida Inc.: $45,0002. Christian Service Center for Central Florida Inc.: $70,000READ: Recall alert: Target Christmas decorations4. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: $130,00014.wftv.com
Dense fog advisory in place for some Central Florida counties
ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready for another foggy start in Central Florida. A dense fog advisory is in place for Marion, Polk, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Orange, Seminole and Osceola. It will be in place until 9 a.m.Daytime highs will be in the mid-to upper 80s across Central Florida. Meteorologist Brian Shields said we will have a good deal of sunshine today. A front will move in on Sunday, which will drop the temperatures into the upper-70s.wftv.com
Dense fog advisory in place for several Central Florida counties
ORLANDO, Fla. — A dense fog advisory is in place for several Central Florida counties. A blanket of fog is covering parts of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Marion, Volusia, Polk and Sumter counties. The advisory will be in place until 8 a.m. By the afternoon, temperatures will start to heat up to the upper 70s to low 80s. Visit our hurricane section: EYE ON THE TROPICSOrlando Wetlands sunrise (James Werner)Follow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.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
Orange-Osceola state attorney forms committee to bridge gap between residents, justice system
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell is trying to bridge the gap between Central Florida residents and the criminal justice system. But she says it won’t work without input from the community. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Worrell brought together a group of community members to be a part of a team to bring that accountability and empowerment to her office. READ: State attorney Worrell announces new traffic homicide unit to handle backlog of casesWorrell met with the Community Engagement Committee to talk about how it will help address major issues in Orange and Osceola counties, including police reform, juvenile crime and drugs. “I can’t be everywhere but I can deputize my assistant state attorneys to go out in the community and bring back what are the concerns, what am I missing,” Worrell said.wftv.com
Mural honoring domestic violence victim Nicole Montalvo unveiled in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Help Now of Osceola and the Nicole Montalvo Foundation came together with the help of a local artist to create a mural honoring murder victim Nicole Montalvo. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<The mural was unveiled on Saturday as part of events surrounding Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The large mural features butterfly shapes in purple hues, a purple domestic violence awareness ribbon and lyrics from the song, “The Fight Song.”Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 4 OSC-NICOLE-MONTALVO-MURALIt also features an interactive QR code where visitors can find resources for domestic violence awareness. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo dies in prison“I’m glad this project will give us an opportunity to add art to the community in a way that honors victims and survivors of domestic violence. Nicole Montalvo was a victim of domestic violence in Oct. 2019.wftv.com
Central Florida school districts issue weather alert for possible dismissal delays
ORLANDO, Fla. — School districts around Central Florida have issued a weather alert over the threat of severe storms Thursday afternoon. Parents/guardians, be prepared for possible storms and severe weather this afternoon and keep in mind this may result in some transportation delays. pic.twitter.com/Fv6bR6oHq3 — ocpsnews (@OCPSnews) October 28, 2021School leaders said parents should plan for possible dismissal delays caused by afternoon thunderstorms. There may also be bus transportation delays if students are kept inside over safety concerns. Channel 9 will have continuing coverage of the afternoon storms and provide major updates on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
Mild temps with slight chance of storms on Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Temperatures will be slightly cooler Saturday morning and into the afternoon as well. Daytime highs are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 80s on Saturday. Read: Your guide to Orlando Come Out With Pride 2021Most of Central Florida will see mainly dry skies on Saturday. Read: Doctors use smell training exercises to help some COVID-19 patients recover their lost sensesAreas of Southern Brevard and Osceola counties will have the best chances of afternoon showers and storms. Read: Disney World at 50, and the city that rose around itChief meteorologist Tom TerryClick 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
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
State attorney Worrell announces new traffic homicide unit to handle backlog of cases
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange-Osceola state attorney Monique Worrell announced the creation of a special unit to deal with the growing number of traffic homicide cases. Worrell says because traffic homicide cases are difficult to prosecute, she hopes using just one prosecutor dedicated to just those cases will streamline communication between law enforcement, victims and prosecutors, ultimately bringing justice. The new unit will handle cases in Orange and Osceola counties from the crash scene to court. Several police chiefs say the unit will lead to a better working relationship and help with the prosecution of cases. READ: Florida woman driving stolen car fatally shot by police after confrontationThe new unit has already cleared its backlog from 2019 and is currently working on clearing the backlog of cases from 2020.wftv.com
Central Florida counties prepare for COVID-19 vaccine booster shot rollout
Osceola health officials offer COVID-19 vaccine events ahead of upcoming school year Some Central Florida health departments said they are ramping up COVID-19 vaccine efforts before school is back in session. SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — While health leaders work to get more people on board with the COVID-19 vaccine, it may be time for those who’ve already had two shots to line up for a third. Seminole County officials said they are prepared. “We just didn’t know when that would be able to be launched.”READ: Walgreens, CVS to offer booster shots for immunocompromised peopleIf approved, the general public would not be able to start getting boosters until mid-September. A spokesperson for the governor’s office said she believes the infrastructure in Florida is already in place to give out the booster shots because of the initial vaccine rollout.wftv.com
Here’s where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Brevard County this weekend
Osceola health officials offer COVID-19 vaccine events ahead of upcoming school year Some Central Florida health departments said they are ramping up COVID-19 vaccine efforts before school is back in session. BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health-Brevard will hold its next COVID-19 vaccination outreach clinic on Saturday. The clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., in Melbourne. Health officials said they’ve seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in Brevard County that is attributed to the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. READ: 9 things to know about the new COVID-19 delta plus variantwftv.com
Beachfront experience in Orlando? This company is planning to make it happen
Crystal Lagoons Crystal Lagoons said it plans to open “Public Access Lagoons” in five Central Florida counties: Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Sumter. But one company is working to change that by recreating white sand beaches and turquoise waters in landlocked Central Florida communities. Crystal Lagoons said it plans to open “Public Access Lagoons” in five Central Florida counties: Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Sumter. The company said it specializes in creating “crystal-clear lagoons that bring the luxury of a beachfront experience anywhere in the world at very low costs.”READ: Farms in downtown Orlando? See photos provided by Crystal Lagoons below:wftv.com
Orange-Osceola state attorney creates new policy for officer-involved shooting review
Prosecutors with the State Attorney’s Office in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, covering Orange and Osceola counties, will independently investigate police officer or deputy-involved shootings in addition to the review conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Indian River County prescribed burn causes smoky conditions in Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Although no prescribed burns were scheduled for Brevard County, two large burns in Osceola and Indian River counties have been sending smoke to Central Brevard Wednesday afternoon, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. Skies over parts of Melbourne, Rockledge and Merritt Island were filled with grey smoke that obscured the sun and glowed bright orange from the 9,600-acre burn in Indian River County. Winds carried the smoke into a large portion of southern and central Brevard County. Radar images from the National Weather Service showed how south-by-southwest winds carried smoke from the prescribed burn in western Indian River County into Brevard. Ash and poor air quality were reported over large swaths of Brevard.
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.
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.
Lynx offers seniors with appointments a ride to Orange County Convention Center vaccine site
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Seniors needing a ride to their vaccine appointment at the Orange County Convention Center can ride for free with Lynx. Anyone in Orange, Osceola or Seminole with a vaccine appointment can call 311 to schedule a pickup, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Thursday during a coronavirus update. Deming said 311 will coordinated with the Office of Emergency Management to arrange the ride. “When a ride is scheduled you’ll get a ride from home to the Convention Center,” Demings said where a “Lynx driver will wait with the senior for entire process then take them home.”Masks must be worn the entire time. The program is for the Convention Center vaccine site only.
Ormond Beach residents fight to keep last beachside school
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Osceola is Ormond’s only beachside elementary school and for many families, it has become a generational staple for the past 65 years. [TRENDING: Trooper Steve diagnosed with cancer amid pandemic | Latest on $1,400 payments | How to get vaccine in Fla.]Pavelka went to Osceola Elementary, his mother worked there and now, his children go there. AdThe school district wants to close it and merge it with Ortona Elementary, roughly eight minutes south in Daytona Beach. The city of Ormond Beach just passed a resolution giving $2 million to the district to keep the school at Osceola. “During the half cent sales tax referendum, the voters here in Ormond Beach were told that there would be significant renovations to Osceola.
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.
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.
Osceola County offers new method for seniors to request COVID-19 vaccine appointment
OSCEOLA, Fla. – As Central Florida works to speed up the process of getting vaccines into the arms of seniors, officials can’t keep up with demand. Bill Litton, Director of Osceola Emergency Management said the county has been working to juggle vaccine availability, appointment slots, and waitlists. Health officials sent an update about the new online vaccine request form for seniors who want their first or second dose. CLICK HERE FOR FORMThe new vaccination request form can be accessed through the FDOH website. Litton said the county hopes to resume vaccinations this week.
Florida could see highs close to 80 to close out the weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. – Foggy conditions are expected to continue into Sunday morning across much of Central Florida. Minimal rain chances are expected throughout Sunday, after the fog dissipates this morning, skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy. Overnight lows will drop into the low 60s. The first will move through the area on Monday, bringing a slight 10 percent chance of rain with highs cooling back to near normal, in the mid 70s Tuesday and Wednesday. By the latter part of the week, highs will drop back in the mid 60s with overnight lows into the 40s.
Incoming Orange-Osceola state attorney fires 5 employees before entering office
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Incoming Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell has notified five employees that they will not be retained when she takes office in January. Three assistant state attorneys and two investigators were notified by letter this week that they will be let go. I am excited to inherit a staff that is so committed to these goals,” Worrell wrote. We appreciate their service to this office, and wish them well in their future endeavors.”The local state attorney’s office has about 400 employees. Interviews will take place to replace the five employees who will be dismissed effective Jan. 5.
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for Orange-Osceola state attorney
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After a heavily contested primary, voters now have the choice of two candidates to replace Aramis Ayala as the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties. Before the November election, get to know more about the two candidates vying for the position of top prosecutor. Here’s what you need to know:Jose Torroella (NPA)Jose Torreolla says he wants to bring truth and fairness to the office if he’s elected. He’s been endorsed by former Orange County sheriffs Kevin Beary and Lawson Lamar. Click here or visit ClickOrlando.com/results2020 to learn more about what you can expect to see on your ballot.
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for US House District 9
Three candidates are hoping to secure a win in Florida’s 9th Congressional District, which includes all of Osceola and parts of Orange and Polk counties. Nearly 689,000 people live in District 9, according to the last U.S. Census. In the previous three elections, the District has elected Democratic candidates. Darren Soto (D)Congressman Soto was first elected in 2016 to represent Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Clay Hill (WRI)Hill is a write-in candidate in the U.S. House District 9 race.
Election officials send mail-in ballots to these Central Florida voters
ORLANDO, Fla. – Election officials in three Central Florida counties will be sending mail-in ballots ahead of the November election. Officials say voters should receive their ballots by next week. : Here’s how to track your ballot]Election officials in Seminole County say their ballots will be mailed by Oct. 1. [TRENDING: Gang feud leaves 3-year-old dead | Man steals cat blood from clinic | How can I tell difference between flu and COVID-19?] Orange County officials will start sending mail-in ballots on Sept. 30.
Parents: Here’s how you can switch your child’s learning preference for the 2nd quarter
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Parents of students in two of Central Florida’s largest school districts have until Friday to decide whether they want to switch their child’s learning preference for the second nine weeks of the academic calendar. Many parents on Friday said they are planning to make the switch from online to face-to-face, including mom Lara Ibarra. Many parents are wondering if their child will have the same teacher as they have on digital and LaunchEd. Both Osceola and Orange County school officials said it all depends on how many students return to face-to-face learning. Parents in Seminole County should be on the lookout as surveys for their choice of preferred learning also went out Friday.
More than 450 asked to quarantine across Osceola County Public Schools
OSCEOLA, Fla. In the first two weeks of the fall semester at Osceola County Public Schools, more than 450 people who came into contact with a person positive with COVID-19 were asked to quarantine by the Florida Department of Health, according to the latest report from the school district. Since the school week ending in Aug. 24, more than 36 schools have had students and/or staff asked to quarantine. A total of 26 students and 14 staff have tested positive for the respiratory illness as of the week ending in Aug. 31, according to the district. A majority of the people in quarantine are connected to a small number of schools, most of the schools with a high number in quarantine are high schools. However, the campus has been closed since Aug. 28 when 12 staff tested positive for the virus.
Deborah Barras position within state attorneys office eliminated after election
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. After her failed bid to get elected as the next state attorney of Orange and Osceola counties, Deborah Barras position within the office has been eliminated and shes instead been reassigned to the post-conviction unit. State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who did not seek re-election, released a statement Monday saying that her office would no longer have a chief assistant state attorney. Barras former chief assistant state attorney responsibilities will be given to three other assistant state attorneys. Mark Wixtrom will field policy questions and manage day-to-day interactions with Assistant State Attorneys in my office. Barra was one of four Democratic candidates seeking to replace Ayala next year as Orange-Osceola State Attorney.
Meet the candidates: Heres whos running for Orange-Osceola state attorney
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. No matter the results of the election, residents in Orange and Osceola counties are guaranteed to have a new state attorney serving them starting next year. Four Democrats have qualified to run for the race and fill the role that will be vacated by current Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Barra also sits on Ayalas death penalty review panel, a group of prosecutors who decide whether the death penalty is appropriate in a first-degree murder case. (WKMG)Ryan Williams, a longtime assistant state attorney in Floridas Ninth and Fifth Judicial Circuits, resigned from Ayalas office after she announced in March 2017 that her prosecutors wouldnt seek the death penalty in any case. Williams was one of the earliest candidates in the race, announcing his intent to run in March 2019.
Medical Examiner responds to questions about Floridas coronavirus death numbers
According to those records, many people died of pneumonia, many were intubated and some died within hours of arriving at the hospital. The person died of a trauma, and they just happen to have COVID. We did not attribute COVID to the cause of death in that case because it didnt contribute to that case, he said. Clearly that person died with COVID and not of COVID.There were more. It happened to be COVID pneumonia, and they died, he said.
Singer John Legend endorses Orange-Osceola State Attorney candidate Monique Worrell
ORLANDO, Fla. – Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend is paying attention to Florida politics, specifically several upcoming elections for local state attorney seats. The current Orlando-area state attorney Aramis Ayala said last year she would not be seeking re-election. Worrell, former chief judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Belvin Perry; current assistant state attorney in Orange-Osceola Deborah Barra and Ryan Williams, a longtime assistant state attorney in Florida’s 9th and 5th Judicial Circuits, have all announced they are running. Worrell, a criminal justice attorney, faces the three other candidates in the Aug. 18 Democratic primary. The goal of the political group is to “elect prosecutors who will fix our broken criminal justice system,” according to its website.
Central Florida organization worried about 'tidal wave' of evictions
Central Florida organization worried about 'tidal wave' of evictionsPublished: July 1, 2020, 1:31 pmHeart of Florida United Way President Jeff Hayward said he feared thousands of families would face homelessness with Orange and Osceola counties reporting some of the state's highest unemployment rates.
Businesses in downtown Orlando adapting to face mask requirements
ORLANDO, Fla. – “I think the message has gotten across all of the county areas, and even in Osceola and Seminole; they know, if they’re coming to Orange County, it’s required,” said Roger Wall. [RELATED: Orange County residents will be required to wear face masks under new executive order]Roger Wall is the owner of Embassy Irish Bar on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. While Wall’s bar is open, another bar owner made the decision to close. Will Walker is the owner of three bars in Orlando: Will’s Pub, Iil Indies and Dirty Laundry. [RELATED: Restaurants and bars temporarily close as COVID-19 cases rise in Orlando area]
278 complaints filed against Central Florida businesses amid coronavirus
ORLANDO, Fla. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation received 278 complaints against Central Florida businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to records obtained by News 6. Records show complaints were made against a variety of business, including restaurants, retail stores, hair salons and rental properties. Kissimmee businesses saw the most complaints with 45 registered with the state, while Orlando saw the second highest number with its businesses receiving 39 complaints. This is one of the complaints filed with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation amid the coronavirus pandemic. RG also saw a single complaint during the coronavirus shutdown claiming it was open when it should have been closed.
Osceola, Ortona elementary schools will merge into one K-8 school
After much debate, board members decided they want a K-8 school on the beachside. The Volusia School Board voted Tuesday to consolidate Ortona and Osceola elementary schools into a single K-8 school. [READ MORE: Osceola, Ortona elementary schools may fold into new K-8 campus, Volusia officials say][READ MORE: No K-8 school for Ortona-Osceola consolidation, survey says]A K-8 school costs around twice as much as the district had budgeted for the project, and that could jeopardize or push back future building projects. The original plan was to rebuild Osceola Elementary and leave Ortona Elementary alone a project that would complete in 2021 and cost $24 million. [READ MORE: Volusia School Board tackles vaccinations, leadership, new schools at Superintendent Fritzs 1st meeting][READ MORE: Volusia School Board will borrow $100m to build schools faster]Now, board members must pick which of the two sites, in Daytona Beach or Ormond Beach, it wants to use for the new school.news-journalonline.com
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%.
No K-8 school for Ortona-Osceola consolidation, survey says
Community members said in a survey they want an elementary school, but Volusia School Board members arent yet ready to let go of their dreams of a K-8 school. But board members arent giving up yet on the idea of a K-8 school on the beachside. And most of the respondents with ties to that school want to see a new elementary school. School Board member Carl Persis, whos been strongly in favor of a K-8 school, said he believes the survey results would change if parents knew more. A combined K-8 school would cost almost twice as much as it would for an elementary school.news-journalonline.com
Fire danger: Gusty winds, dry air increase fire danger Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla.- – Be mindful of open flames across Central Florida Saturday. The dry vegetation combined with low relative humidity and gusty winds is creating dangerous fire conditions. Gusty northeast winds could quickly spread any fire that got started. The fire danger is elevated across of Central Florida, but the counties not included in the warning don’t quite meet the warning criteria. As the sun goes down, the relative humidity increases improving the situation.
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
Volusia County Schools hires 3 new leaders
Volusia County Schools has a new deputy superintendent, chief of HR and chief of IT all leaders coming to Volusia from other Florida districts. The Volusia School Board approved the hiring of three new district-level leaders all three of whom were pulled from leadership roles in Orange, Hillsborough and Osceola school districts. Joseph Mark West comes from Hillsborough County to be Volusias new chief of human resources. And Clint Griffin, from Orange County Schools, will be Volusias new chief of information technology. [READ MORE: Volusia teacher vacancies down, but persistent]All three hires were approved unanimously by the Volusia School Board on Tuesday.news-journalonline.com
Brush fire threatens homes in Osceola County
CLOUD, Fla. – Firefighters are working to put out a brush fire Friday evening in St. Cloud that’s threatening nearby homes. Crews from Orange and Osceola counties are using tanker trucks to try and put out the fire in the 4100 block of Cardinal Lane. Osceola Fire Rescue said the cause was burning debris that caught a mobile home on fire. People who live on the street were kept from their homes tonight until crews finished putting out the fires.
More cars were shot on Central Florida highways, and police still don't know the motive
Four cars driving on I-4 near the Orange-Osceola county line were struck by gunfire around 5 a.m. Monday, say Orange County Sheriffs Office deputies. There were no injuries.Officials think the shooter was in a car headed westbound but have no idea why they were shooting into traffic. There were no injuries then either just more frightened drivers, damage to windows and cars, and more unknown motives. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
State attorney announces use of force review policy in Orange and Osceola counties
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced a new policy in how her office will handle law enforcement use of force cases in Orange and Osceola counties. The decision was prompted by a deadly officer-involved shooting at the Colonial Plaza in 2018. This prompted Ayala to start a procedure for handling law enforcement use of force cases. A team will review the cases before Ayala makes a final decision. She plans to have quarterly publications to outline the number of cases reviewed and cases cleared.
Executive order on Markeith Loyd murder case expires
READ: State Attorney Ayala's letter to State Attorney KingGov. "After reviewing several Executive Orders, it is clear that 22 executive assignments to you have expired," she wrote. "The ramifications of expired Executive Orders could question your jurisdiction." News 6 investigated and found out those expired executive orders include the murder case of Markeith Loyd, which expired on March 16. She and her husband called King's office and the governor's office Wednesday afternoon, and they got results within hours.
Ayala announces new level of scrutiny for recurring state witnesses
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A new level of scrutiny for recurring state witnesses aims to make sure testimony in Orange and Osceola counties is as truthful and reliable as possible. State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced the new Brady policy Thursday, which includes the creation of a Brady Committee to evaluate witness credibility. The committee will review information and determine whether a state witness should be cleared, placed on a Brady alert list or placed on a Brady exclusion list. If the person is placed on the exclusion list, they will not be permitted to testify as a state witness. With the announcement of the new policy, the State Attorney's Office is working to determine the best way to effectively manage state witness information with law enforcement agencies.
Central Florida forecast: Cooler temperatures to follow warm Wednesday
ORLANDO, Fla. – After the morning fog burns off, another warm day is on tap in Central Florida, but slightly cooler temperatures are on the way. "We're tracking a new front that will be mostly dry as it moves south of Central Florida," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "We're starting with some fog and clouds, with a few showers possible across far southern Osceola and Brevard counties." Clouds will clear later Wednesday, allowing cooler temperatures early Thursday morning. With fewer clouds acting as a blanket, temperatures will range from the low 50s to low 60s across Central Florida.
Fog lifts; Warm week on tap
ORLANDO, Fla. – Thick fog blanketed much of Central Florida on Tuesday morning, and temperatues in the 80s are expected for the region through the end of the week. Dense fog advisories for Volusia, Lake, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole and Orange counties expired at 9 a.m. Rain on Monday saturated the ground, trapping moisture and causing the fog to form. Overnight lows into Wednesday morning will hover near 63 degrees. No rain is forecast through the rest of the week.