Skeletal remains found at Pine Hills construction site
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of some skeletal remains at a construction site in Pine Hills. Deputies were called to the area of West Colonial Drive just east of Powers Drive shortly after 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. READ: Man fatally shoots wife, son & mother-in-law in CasselberryAccording to the sheriff’s office, construction workers were digging in the area when they found the bones. READ: 2 teens killed caught in middle of feud stemming from social media, rap songsThis story is developing. Please stay with WFTV as more information comes into our newsroom.wftv.com
Deputies: Woman in late teens shot to death in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A woman in her late teens was shot to death early Wednesday near Pine Hills, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to The Park at Highgate Apartments along North Powers Drive near Silver Star Road shortly after 3 a.m.READ: Shooting injures one, leads to crash in OrlandoThey said the victim was taken to a hospital but did not survive. Woman shot to death near Pine Hills (WFTV.com News Staff)Investigators are calling the case a homicide but had no information about possible suspects in the case. READ: Friends describe woman killed by 10-year-old girl as loving, generous neighborWFTV’s Q McCray is on scene gathering the latest details. Watch his live updates on Eyewitness News This Morning.wftv.com
Man hurt in shooting in Pine Hills neighborhood
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County deputies are looking for a shooter after a man was shot in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Deputies said a man showed up at a business along Silver Star Road near Hiawassee Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Silver Star Road shooting (WFTV.com News Staff)Deputies did not say if either of those places was where the shooting happened. READ: Florida teen arrested for ‘school-based threat’ posted onlineThe man who was shot is expected to survive. Silver Star Road shooting (WFTV.com News Staff)See a map of the scene below.wftv.com
Sound the Alarm: Firefighters go door-to-door installing free smoke alarms
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Fire Rescue partnered with the American Red Cross on Saturday for its annual Sound the Alarm Event. On Saturday, firefighters and volunteers went door-to-door in The Groves Community in Pine Hills with the goal of visiting more than 400 homes and offering to install free smoke alarms. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Red Cross - OCFR - Smoke Alarms - Groves CommunityThe #SoundTheAlarm initiative is about being proactive and ensuring residents are prepared and educated in the event of an emergency by installing free smoke alarms in homes that do not have them or need them replaced and educating residents about fire prevention and safety. Read: Wild Florida to debunk alligator myths during Gator WeekThis event is part of a nationwide campaign to provide and install 50,000 free smoke alarms in at-risk communities. Read: Orlando Fringe Festival returns to Loch Haven Park with new venues and showsClick 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
Deputies: Man shoots, injures 2 young people during car break-in
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Sheriff’s investigators said a man shot at and injured two people during an attempted car break-in outside of a Pine Hills home early Thursday. The man said when he felt threatening by the apparent burglars, he fired several shots at them. Sheriff’s investigators told Eyewitness News that two kids were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. READ: Man shot, killed by deputies in Target parking lotAround 6 a.m., a WFTV news crew watched crime scene investigators focus on a house at the intersection of Martinwood Drive and Elderwood Lane. Investigation underway in Pine Hills (WFTV.com News Staff)Eyewitness News reporter Christy Turner is on scene and gathering the latest details from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.wftv.com
Pine Hills residents say trash is going uncollected for weeks
Trash pick up Week after week some neighbors in Pine Hills say garbage and yard waste trucks were passing by but not picking up their trash. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Week after week some neighbors in Pine Hills say garbage and yard waste trucks were passing by but not picking up their trash. Neighbors say the problem has only been getting worse. Another neighbor, Carter Felix, said his main concern is yard waste. FCC is responsible for pick ups in Pine Hills.wftv.com
Habitat for Humanity volunteers lend a hand for Women Build initiative in Pine Hills
ORLANDO, Fla. — Volunteers in Central Florida are pulling out their construction gear in honor of Women’s History Month. READ: BatKid to the rescue: Community helps boy with heart condition’s crime-fighting dreams come trueHilton Grand Vacations partnered with Habitat for Humanity for a project in Pine Hills on Thursday. Photos: Habitat for Humanity volunteers lend a hand for Women Build initiative in Pine HillsExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 13 Habitat for Humanity volunteers lend a hand for Women Build initiative in Pine HillsIt’s part of Women Build, a national initiative to build homes for women and their families. Some volunteers installed siding and doors, painted the home and worked on landscaping. 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
Have you seen him? Orange County deputies search for missing man, 39
Melvin Wilcox Deputies said they are looking for Melvin Wilcox, who was last seen in the area of Elon Drive in Pine Hills. (Orange County Sheriff's Office)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County deputies are asking for the community’s help to find a missing 39-year-old man. Deputies said they are looking for Melvin Wilcox, who was last seen in the area of Elon Drive in Pine Hills. Deputies said he was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants and gray shoes. He was wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants & gray shoes, possibly driving a blue Honda Civic FL tag HGSX29.wftv.com
Person hurt in Orange County stabbing
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An early morning stabbing near the Pine Hills community left one person hurt, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday. Deputies responded to West Colonial Drive near Powers Drive shortly before 12:30 a.m.Stabbing on West Colonial (WFTV.com News Staff)They said they located an injured adult in that area, who was later hospitalized. OCSO did not release the victim’s name, sex or age, but reported their condition as serious but stable. Investigators called the stabbing a case of aggravated battery, but as of 2:40 a.m. Friday said they had no details to report about a suspect or suspects. Stabbing on West Colonial (WFTV.com News Staff)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
‘We could feel the heat’: Neighbors describe fire that ripped through Orange County home
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Fire lit up the sky and woke neighbors early Wednesday in the Pine Hills community. Firefighters raced to the 2900 block of Danforth Drive around 2:30 a.m. and began battling flames shooting from a home. Neighbors told Eyewitness News they saw flames rise at least 25 feet from the roof and worried as embers flew toward their own home. Orange County house fire (WFTV.com News Staff)WFTV watched as crews from Orange County Fire Rescue sprayed water onto the house, working to put the fire out. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Orange County house fire (WFTV.com News Staff)Channel 9′s Christy Turner is on scene gathering more information and will have live updates beginning at 5 a.m. on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
FDLE to investigate man’s death following encounter with Orlando police
ORLANDO, Fla. — A mother is grieving after she said her son died following a confrontation with Orlando police. READ: Chief: Man dies after Orlando officer attempts to take him into custodyThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called in to investigate what happened at the shopping plaza. “We’re looking at the officer’s body worn camera video, the store video,” Chief Orlando Rolon said. Rolon said the man was taken into custody and suffered a medical episode following an encounter with an Orlando police officer. They actually did CPR on him.”The man died at the hospital.wftv.com
Orlando police investigate suspicious death of man near Pine Hills shopping plaza
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police said they are investigating a suspicious death of a man near a Pine Hills shopping plaza. Police said just before 10:30 a.m., an officer came into contact with a man at the 5100 block of North Lane. They said during the encounter, the man began to show signs of medical distress, police said. READ: Deputies: Sex offender arrested, accused of offering girl, 14, $50 for sexOfficers said they performed life-saving measures and gave the man Narcan. The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died.wftv.com
Shooter at large after man shot at apartments near Pine Hills, police say
Shooter at large after man shot at apartments near Pine Hills, police sayORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police are searching for a shooter after a man was shot Sunday evening. Officers said a man was shot at around 5:47 p.m. in the parking lot of the Stella West Apartments on Willow Bend Circle. READ: Man dies after Saturday night shooting in Orlando, police sayThe victim is in his 30s and was shot multiple times in his upper body, police said. WATCH: Police: Knife-wielding Florida Tech student shot and killed by officer on campusThe shooter was last seen fleeing on foot and has not been captured by police. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).wftv.com
Police: Man charged with first-degree murder after hit-and-run crash that killed woman in Pine Hills
Police: Man charged with first-degree murder after hit-and-run crash that killed woman in Pine HillsORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Orlando said they have arrested a man after a deadly hit-and-run crash in Pine Hills. WATCH: School employee shot at gas station could be ‘stand your ground’ case, Sanford police sayOfficers said Kenneth Postell was arrested Thursday and has been charged with first-degree murder. The crash occurred at around 3:19 a.m. on July 31 near the intersection of North Pine Hills and Indian Hills roads. WATCH: ‘My kids lost everything’: Intense fire destroys Orlando family’s homeOfficers said detectives worked for months to find Postell and gather evidence for his arrest. 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
Deputies: 2 teens injured in shooting in Pine Hills
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two teenagers were injured in a shooting in Pine Hills Monday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Pine Chase Dive around 2:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting. READ: FHP investigates fatal hit-and-run crash on Colonial Drive, troopers sayThey arrived to find two victims, identified only as teenaged males, with gunshot wounds. The sheriff’s office didn’t release any additional details on the severity of their injuries. According to the sheriff’s office, nearby UCP Pine Hills Charter Elementary school was planed on lock-out status for about an hour due to the shooting.wftv.com
Deputies: Man killed in shooting at Pine Hills apartment complex
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man was killed in a shooting at a Pine Hills apartment complex Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the Park Hamilton Apartments on Park Hamilton Blvd. just before 7:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting. READ: Dozens of Orange County firefighters file lawsuit over vaccine mandateThe sheriff’s office hasn’t released any details on a possible suspect or motive for the shooting. Please stay with WFTV as more information comes into our newsroom.wftv.com
Homicide investigation underway after man found dead near Pine Hills, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man was found dead Sunday near Pine Hills, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they were called at around 11:51 p.m. to the 600 block of Delhi Street for a “man down.”READ: Florida reports record COVID-19 cases, virus hospitalizations on SaturdayWhen deputies arrived, they found a man dead inside a residence, according to a report. No other details were released, and deputies said the investigation is ongoing. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Man struck twice in fatal hit-and-run crash in Pine Hills, troopers say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man died after he was struck twice in a hit-and-run crash in Pine Hills, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, troopers said a white Toyota and a BMW were traveling southbound on Pine Hills Road when a man was attempting to cross the street. Troopers said the man was struck by the front of the Toyota, which immediately left the scene without stopping. READ: ‘I was going to die’: ECMO machine credited with saving the most severe COVID-19 patients’ livesThe crash remains under investigation. See a map of the scene below:READ: Palm Coast therapist accused of molesting underage patient, authorities sayMan fatally struck in hit-and-run crash in Pine Hills (WFTV.com News Staff)©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Deputies: Woman shot during dispute at Orange County home
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County deputies are investigating after a woman in her 20s was shot during a dispute at a home in Pine Hills. Deputies said the shooting happened just before midnight Monday near the intersection of Alecon Drive and Burgundy Lane. Investigators said a woman in her 20s went to the home of a man in his 30s and a dispute ensued. They said the man shot the woman at least once during the dispute. READ: Man killed in Pine Hills shooting, deputies sayThe woman was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.wftv.com
FHP: Cars towed, minor injuries reported after man-made tailgate falls off vehicle on I-95
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Several vehicles struck a man-made tailgate which detached from a vehicle traveling northbound along Interstate 95, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers responded to the scene around 8:50 p.m. Monday and said nine vehicles hit the piece of debris. READ: Man killed in Pine Hills shooting, deputies sayMinor injuries were reported, and a few vehicles had to be towed, FHP said. Officials said they didn’t know what kind of vehicle lost the tailgate, or if the driver knew it came off. READ: Orange County opening second drive-thru COVID-19 testing site©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Man killed in Pine Hills shooting, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder after a man was found shot in Pine Hills Monday afternoon. Deputies were called to the 4100 block of Westgate Rd. READ: 2 women shot while sleeping in Holly Hill apartmentThey arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The sheriff’s office hasn’t identified the victim or released any information on a possible suspect in the shooting. READ: Victim Service Center increasing services to help survivors in underserved communitiesThis is a developing story.wftv.com
Woman dies after being struck by car in Pine Hills, troopers say
Woman dies after being struck by car in Pine Hills, troopers sayORLANDO, Fla. — A woman has died after she was hit by a car in Pine Hills early Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash happened at around 3:15 p.m. on Pine Hills Road and Indian Hills Road. WATCH: Disney to require all salaried, non-union hourly employees in the U.S. to be fully vaccinatedTroopers said the 34-year-old Orlando woman was either walking or standing in the roadway when she was struck by a 31-year-old Oakland man driving a pickup truck. A 69-year-old Orlando man driving a sedan struck the pickup truck after it became disabled after hitting the pedestrian, according to a report. 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
16-year-old shot in Pine Hills, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 16-year-old boy was shot in Pine Hills on Monday morning, Orange County deputies said. Just before 9:30 a.m., deputies said they responded to the 4000 block of Robbins Avenue in reference to a shooting. READ: Woman dies, child in critical condition after shooting at Orange County apartment complexDeputies said they found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. READ: Florida shooting: 3 dead, 3 hurt after shots fired near Homestead Air BaseDeputies said they do not have any suspect information. READ: 6-year-old boy passes away after getting stuck in parking gate last week, police saySee map of scene below:©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
16-year-old boy critical after shooting in Pine Hills
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a shooting in Pine Hills Friday evening. READ: Deputies: Merritt Island man wanted for killing his fiancée found hiding in creekAccording to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was standing outside in the 2000 block of San Jose Blvd. just before 7:30 p.m. when two people shot at him from a car. The victim was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. READ: Murder suspect turns himself in after being wrongfully released in Osceola CountyThe sheriff’s office has not released any additional information on the suspects or a possible motive for the shooting.wftv.com
Construction underway on affordable apartments for seniors in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A new affordable housing neighborhood for seniors is coming to Pine Hills. Hawthorne Park Apartments is a $27 million construction project that will help low-income seniors who need an affordable home in Orange County. AdOfficials explained more than 100,000 people in Orange County spend a third of their income on housing payments, most of them seniors. More affordable housing coming to Pine Hills. Orange County Mayor Demings says the 27 million dollar project will help low-income seniors.
Fire consumes Orange County home
PINE HILLS, Fla. – A fire broke out early Monday at a house in Pine Hills. “Crews currently have a good knockdown on the fire with no reported injuries at this time.”AdThe state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the blaze. Orange County fire crews are working to put out hot spots after a house went up in flames. in Pine Hills just after 5:30 this morning. No injuries reported at this time.
Motorcyclist killed in crash near Pine Hills, troopers say
A Sky 6 aerial view of a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV in Pine Hills on March 16, 2021. (Image: Sky 6/WKMG)ORLANDO, Fla. – A 20-year-old motorcycle rider was killed Tuesday afternoon following a crash in the Orlando area of Pine Hills, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The two-vehicle crash involving the motorcycle and an SUV happened around 3 p.m. at Silver Star Road and Kingsland Avenue, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the crash scene. FHP said a 47-year-old Orlando woman was heading westbound on Silver Star Road and the motorcyclist was heading eastbound on Silver Star Road.
FEMA to host walk-up vaccination site in Pine Hills
ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA’s mobile vaccination site will be setting up in Orlando’s Pine Hills neighborhood on Thursday. The walk-up site will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at Barnett Park. Shots are available to all those eligible, including seniors, law enforcement over the age of 50 and K-12 educators. People hoping to get vaccinated can get their shots in the gymnasium. The mobile site will be moved to South Econ Park Gym on March 14.
5 hospitalized following accident on State Road 408, authorities say
Three adults and two children were hospitalized following a crash on State Road 408 on Sunday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The crash occurred westbound on State Road 408 between Pine Hills and Kirkman Road, authorities said. Two adults were taken on trauma alerts to Orlando Health, two children were taken to Arnold Palmer hospital and another adult was taken to Orlando Health, authorities said.
Orange County community centers help Floridians sign up for vaccine appointments
ORLANDO, Fla. – Workers at four Orange County community centers lent a helping hand Friday as many seniors in Florida continue to struggle with booking an online coronavirus vaccine appointment. Staff at Holden Heights, Pine Hills, East Orange and Taft community centers walked residents through the process of registering for a shot. People must create a CDR Health account in order to get tested or schedule a vaccine appointment. “I don’t know what to do, so I’m most grateful for the community centers and the folks here that are assisting us,” Clark said. The county is providing vaccine updates via text if people text OCFLCOVID to 888777.
1 woman, 2 girls shot at Orange County home
ORLANDO, Fla. – One woman and two girls were shot Sunday morning in a Pine Hills neighborhood, according to authorities. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called at 9:07 a.m. to the 1500 block of Ridge Pointe Drive. Authorities said the shooting was a domestic incident, and the suspected shooter was detained Sunday night in Henry County, Georgia. “It’s a terrible thing, and I just hope the family or the members of the family who got shot will be doing okay,” said neighbor Charles Davis. Authorities have not said when Fryer will be extradited to Orange County to face charges.
Juvenile shot at Orange County gas station
ORLANDO, Fla. – A juvenile was shot late Sunday at an Orange County gas station, according to deputies. The shooting was reported around 10:05 p.m. at the Citgo at Silver Star and Pine Hills roads. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting was possibly a drive-by, but no other details have been released. The victim, whose age has not been released, was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
‘We have nowhere to go:’ Fire at Pine Hills apartment complex leaves residents homeless
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – More than 30 people are now left trying to figure out where to call home after a fire at the Pine Hills apartment complex on Saturday. A spokesperson with Millennia Companies, the apartment complex management company, said that about 32 people were displaced, including about 22 children. She said now especially, since the fire happened there, she wants to make sure the affected families affected can have a merry Christmas. The Red Cross will also be assisting the affected families with a gift card of $500 to assist with hotel accommodations and other necessities. Saturday’s toy drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jernigan Gardens Apartments.
Pine Hills food drive feeds hundreds of families ahead of Thanksgiving
PINE HILLS, Fla. – Across the country and throughout Central Florida, there has been a big need for food heading into Thanksgiving. Future Leaders United and United Foundation of Central Florida, in part hosted the food giveaway Tuesday in Pine Hills and fed 900 families. She said she was grateful for Tuesday’s meals in Pine Hills. Orange County Public Schools said they wanted to help families over the holiday break while schools were closed, but there were more people than expected. Unfortunately, the demand was greater than the resources available and several sites ran out of meals sooner than expected.
New affordable housing for seniors opens in Pine Hills
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Nearly 100 new units at the Preserve at Emerald Villas in Pine Hills will now be the home to dozens of seniors in Orange County. The $19 million project was designed to help seniors who earn from 40% to 60% of the area median income. “This is an opportunity for us to have a public, private partnership to address the deficit of affordable housing here in our community,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said. The property was bought back in 2011 and was in deep foreclosure then became the second phase of development at Emerald Villas affordable housing. Pozzo said less than 20 units are still available for seniors at the Preserve at Emerald Villas.
Homicides increased by 22% in Orange County so far this year
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County’s new Citizen’s Safety Task Force meeting convened Friday for the first time to address the seven recent shootings that took the lives of two 14-year-olds and one 3-year-old. At the same time, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department revealed the large upswing in homicides this year. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]Homicides are up 22% in 2020 with almost two months to go compared to all of 2019, according to Sheriff’s Office statistics:66 people have been killed in Orange County this year. “We’re partnering with the federal government, we’re partnering with Orange County and with other agencies throughout the county and addressing this,” Velez said. In 2017, the Orange County Sheriff used a federal grant to dedicate 15 full-time deputies to Pine Hills.
Orange County deputies make 75 arrests in gang-related violence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said they have made 75 gang-related arrests since late July in efforts to crack down on increasing violence. One of the most recent arrests happened Wednesday afternoon when deputies arrested 19-year-old Joshua Holder. That would be him,” said Lt. Paul Volkerson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He said AFNF – also known as The Army – and 438 are two of the most violent gangs in Orange County right now. Volkerson said many of the incidents that have happened in Orange County since April involved high-powered weapons.
Orlando area community plots strategy to tackle gang violence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Around 100 people gathered on Thursday to come up with solutions to the gang violence hitting the Pine Hills community of Orlando. The meeting took place at True Life Church, about one mile away from where three-year-old Daquan Felix was shot and killed last week in a drive-by shooting. “We had another shooting in Ocoee,” Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill said. Even though it’s in Ocoee, it impacts us.”Orange County sheriff’s investigators said they were still searching for the gunmen who killed the two children, and they said they’re determined to get a hold of the violence. “The violent crime, the gang issue -- it’s our number one priority, we promise you that,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief of Operations Larry Zweig.
‘Right place, right time:’ Orlando officer honored for saving toddler’s life
ORLANDO, Fla. – There’s no memorial set up on the corner of Silver Star and Pine Hills roads; Orlando police officer Curtis Neraasen prefers it stay that way. [TRENDING: Celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 | ULA set for Tuesday rocket launch | Local coronavirus mask mandates remain in effect]“Just happened to be the right place, right time,” he said. “We all are called upon to do our job, but this is something above and beyond your job,” Plumley said. It was the ability for Officer Neraasen to instantly react in a situation where you didn’t have five or 10 minutes to spare. “You have demonstrated the honor of wearing a badge,” Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolon said during the ceremony.
Orlando bishop holds funerals for last 10 weekends amid gang violence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Residents, spiritual and community leaders gathered Wednesday night to rally against the gang violence that has hit the Pine Hills neighborhood. Cobaris and Bishop Derrick Hutchins met with residents at New Life Church on North Powers Drive. Hutchins said he’s held a funeral at his church every weekend for the last ten weeks -- sometimes twice a day. Orange County sheriff’s investigators said the shooting was part of a feud between two rival gangs -- the 438 and the Army gangs. Cobaris and Hutchins said they’re working with law enforcement to encourage people to report things they find suspicious in their neighborhoods, but they’re also asking investigators to do more.
14-year-old killed, 15-year-old critically injured in Orange County shooting
PINE HILLS, Fla. – A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy was critically wounded late Monday in an Orange County neighborhood shooting, according to deputies. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Dennis Joshua Atkinson, who attended Evans High School, died in the shooting, which was reported at 11:07 p.m. in the 1600 block of Glendale Road in Pine Hills. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area and found the teens shot in front of a home. Both victims were taken to a hospital with traumatic wounds, and Atkinson was pronounced dead, according to deputies. Detectives said anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
Authorities searching for 71-year-old woman
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 71-year-old woman who went missing in the Pine Hills area of Orange County. Authorities said Richardson was last seen around 2 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said Richardson could be disoriented. They said to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office if you have information about her. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Orlando man charged in fatal shooting in Pine Hills
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a man was killed in a shooting Thursday on Belco Drive in Pine Hills. The Sheriff's Office said deputies were called around 8:40 p.m. to Jerico's Drive Thru. Investigators said a 30-year-old man was shot and rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said 26-year-old Lamar Antwon Williams has been arrested and charged with one count of second degree murder. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Man killed in Pine Hills apartment shooting, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives are seeking the public's help after a man was killed when a Pine Hills apartment was shot up earlier this month, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. She saw Rucker's feet hit the floor and heard the sound of another gunshot and two people running out the apartment, records show. Deputies said the witness knew the two men were dressed in all black but didn't get a good look at them. Detectives found the sliding glass door had been broken and two fresh-looking holes in the wall, according to the report. Deputies posted on social media that a $5,000 reward is being offered for tips for information from the community.