‘Healing is now beginning’: Community holds vigil for 3-year-old Winter Springs boy found dead
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A song of sadness and a prayer for peace. Support is pouring in for the family of a 3-year-old who drowned in a retention pond in Winter Springs. The Rising Sun neighborhood honored Axel Caballero’s life during a candlelight vigil Sunday evening. Read: Missing 3-year-old Winter Springs boy found dead, deputies sayAxel was first reported missing last Sunday. More than 100 people attended the vigil and many of them said they did not know Axel.wftv.com
Missing child alert issued for 3-year-old Winter Springs boy
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert Sunday for a Winter Springs boy. Police said 3-year-old Axel Caballero was last seen in the 1380 block of Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Seminole County. MISSING CHILD: We are asking the public for help locating a missing endangered 3-year-old Axel Caballero. He was last seen near Ponce De Leon Blvd in Winter Springs after he wandered from his home, He was last seen wearing a green shirt and a diaper. If seen, please call 911. pic.twitter.com/8fyKXEaHTR — Seminole County S.O.wftv.com
Firefighters battle blaze started by grill at Seminole County home
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A family of six is displaced after a fire burned through a residential home in Seminole County. The fire happened at a home on Ermine Avenue in Winter Springs around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 4 Firefighters battle blaze started by grill at Seminole County home (JD Hunter)The Seminole County Fire Department arrived on the scene and had water on the fire within minutes. According to officials, the fire started in the garage with a grill. Read: Orlando celebrates LGBTQ community, ensures safety during Come Out With Pride festivalOfficials said the residents have a place to stay after being displaced.wftv.com
Happy anniversary: Winter Springs couple celebrates 75 years of marriage
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Katherine and Ed Corr met 81 years ago at a roller rink in Queens, New York, and on Thursday they’re celebrating skating into their 75th year of marriage. The Winter Springs couple are celebrating their 75th anniversary with wedding cake and entertainment Thursday afternoon at The Watermark at Vistawilla, the assisted living facility where they live. Katherine and Ed, who are now 95 and 99 years old, respectively, married in 1947 after Ed returned from serving in the Navy during World War II. After meeting on the rink, the couple said they often roller-skated in Madison Square Gardens, and continued couple-skating until they were in their early 80s. Read: Georgia deputy helps groom who got into an accident on the way to his weddingThe couple have three daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.wftv.com
Reports of shots fired on campus at Winter Springs High School deemed to be unfounded
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Winter Springs High School was placed on lockdown on Thursday after officials said they received a report of shots fired on campus. Winter Springs High Update: Early report of shot fired on campus is inaccurate. (@SeminoleSO) September 8, 2022The school was immediately placed on lockdown as Winter Springs Police and Seminole County Deputies converged on the school. Parents of Winter Springs High students gathered outside the school as rumors of the shooting spread. The Seminole County sheriff’s office later said that early reports of shot fired on campus was inaccurate and that the school was secure.wftv.com
Student arrested after thrown chair causes shooting scare at Winter Springs High School, deputies say
A student was arrested Thursday after Winter Springs High School was placed on a code red lockdown amid a shooting scare during which the campus was secured and no injuries were reported, officials said.
‘Tragic’: Woman killed by lightning strike in Seminole County identified
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Investigators identified the woman killed by a lightning strike in Seminole County as a mother of two and wife of an Orlando Sanford International Airport police officer. “This is a tragic, tragic incident,” Winter Springs Police Chief Matthew Tracht said Friday during a news conference at Orlando Sanford International Airport. Read: Mother dies, child hurt after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police sayTracht said he’s never seen something like this happen in his 25-year law enforcement career. Photos: Child hurt, mother dies after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police sayPolice chief Tom Fuehrer said the family is “overwhelmed with kindness and support” but asking for privacy to grieve. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Child hurt, mother dies after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police sayVideo: Child hurt, mother dies after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police say A lightning strike killed a mother and hurt two others in Seminole County.wftv.com
Community rallies behind family of mother killed in Winter Springs lightning strike. Here’s how to help
Sanford Airport officials are rallying behind one of their officers after his wife was killed and his 10-year-old daughter and their family dog were injured in a lightning strike in Winter Springs.
Mother dies, child hurt after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police say
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A lightning strike killed a mother and hurt two others in Seminole County. Watch: ‘It fried her work car!’: Incredible video shows lightning bolt strike near Florida deputy’s cruiserPeople in Winter Springs said they are devastated after hearing about the woman’s death. Photos: Child hurt, mother dies after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police sayExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Child hurt, mother dies after lightning strikes tree in Winter Springs, police sayPolice and first responders were seen surrounding the tree where it happened Thursday afternoon. The deadly lightning strike happened at Trotwood Park, not far from Keeth Elementary School. Read: 2 people injured by lightning strikes in New Smyrna BeachPolice said the victims were just waiting for a sibling to get out of school.wftv.com
Afternoon storm chances stick around Friday in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida will continue to see a threat from afternoon storms Friday. Read: Mother dies after being injured by lightning strike in Winter Springs, authorities sayOur area is forecast to see a 60% chance of afternoon storms. High temperatures should reach an average of 92 degrees for most of Central Florida. The chance for scattered storms will stick around this weekend, but the chance for storms will lower to 40%. Strong Tropical Wave Moves into the Gulf of Mexicohttps://t.co/ZPcPucZGQr — Brian Shields, WFTV (@BrianWFTV) August 18, 2022The tropics are looking quiet for Florida, but there is a strong tropical wave in the western Gulf that will roll into Texas this weekend.wftv.com
Adult, child struck by lightning in Winter Springs, officials say
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Two people were transported to the hospital Thursday afternoon after being struck by lightning, according to the Winter Springs Police Department. It happened around 2:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of Park Villa Place. READ: Quiet start to lightning season ends as US hits annual peakA child and a hospital were taken to the hospital, according to Seminole County Fire Department. A pet dog was also involved, but its condition and whereabouts are unknown, according to the fire department. READ: 2 people injured by lightning strikes in New Smyrna BeachChannel 9 has a crew heading to the scene.wftv.com
Teen leads run honoring fallen Apopka firefighter
VIDEO: Teen leads run honoring fallen Apopka firefighter Layer Elementary School in Winter Springs was awash with sirens, flags and the heavy footsteps of first responders running in full gear Monday evening.
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Some Winter Springs residents say ‘no’ to possible Walmart construction
VIDEO: Some Winter Springs residents say ‘no’ to possible Walmart construction VIDEO: Some Winter Springs residents say ‘no’ to possible Walmart construction (Demie Johnson, WFTV.com/WFTV)WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Some residents in Winter Springs said their city has no room for commercial development. More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to stop a super Walmart from coming to town. Channel 9 has learned that the land in question is not zoned for a business like Walmart and is meant to be developed in phases. “Having a super Walmart right outside my neighborhood is not ideal,” said resident Ashley Recchi. “I know there’s going to be growth, but we want smart growth.”At a commission meeting earlier this week, Deputy Mayor Kevin Cannon said the super Walmart plan does exist but so far, nothing has been filed with the city.wftv.com
Seminole County home almost catches fire after shed go up in flames
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Firefighters saved a house from catching fire after responding to an overnight shed fire in Seminole County. The Seminole County Fire Department responded to a shed fire early Sunday morning that was close to home in a Winter Springs. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Winter Springs Shed Fire (Seminole County Fire Department)The shed was complete destroyed by the flames, but crews were able to extinguish the fire to save the home. Read: 1 person displaced; cat and dog killed after mobile trailer fire in Orlando, firefighters sayClick 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. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police: Winter Springs man arrested after woman he pushed to the ground dies from injuries
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A Winter Springs man was arrested after a woman he pushed to the ground during a argument later died from her injuries, according to a police report. On Aug. 30, Winter Springs police said they responded to a home on Bombay Avenue in reference to an alleged battery call. READ: Police: Altamonte Springs man shot twice after confronting group breaking into his carAccording to investigators, McGuire pushed the woman to the ground. But once he was at the hospital, McGuire said that he “pushed someone but that it wasn’t purposeful.”In September, investigators said the woman’s condition worsened. The woman died on Sept. 24.wftv.com
Pastor blamed by complex after spore-like growth appears in Winter Springs apartment
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Black growth has been forming inside a Winter Springs apartment and covering everything. The elderly pastor who lives at the apartment is worried about her health. Bobbie Stiver said the black and green spore-like substance started forming on her vents and then “was all on my chair. Her complex, the Park at Laurel Oaks Apartments, blamed her. The complex wouldn’t do anything until code enforcement issued a written warning on Wednesday.wftv.com
Man and woman shot after early-morning fight inside Winter Springs home, police say
Man and woman shot after early-morning fight inside Winter Springs home, police sayWINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A man and woman were shot after a fight inside of a Winter Springs home early Christmas morning, police said. Investigators said Nicholas Tucker allegedly drove to the home to start an altercation and shot a man in the neck and a woman in the torso. READ: FHP: Father and son killed in fiery crash in Lake CountyBoth shooting victims were transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. Police said the man was treated and released but the woman remains in critical condition at the hospital. WATCH: 2 dead, 3 hurt after car crashes into hotel near Kissimmee, troopers sayOfficers arrested Tucker and said they are not looking for any other suspects.wftv.com
‘A water-less hero’: Winter Springs man’s personal plan to save water sparks legislative action
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A Winter Springs man says he bought a tool to help him save water and control his lawn irrigation, but ended up launching a two-year research project. Here’s how to find outAs he hung Christmas decorations, Gallo recalled a single step, two years ago, that started his journey: the purchase of a smart irrigation system to save water on his landscaping. “I said oh, that’s pretty cool…I’ll get this thing and we’ll save some water,” Gallo said. “We saved 202,068 gallons of water,” Gallo said. “He’s a water-less hero.”Gallo’s two-year analysis also found that smart water irrigation systems may save the most water for high water users.wftv.com
‘Oh, bother’: Winter Springs family searches for Eeyore, their runaway 40-pound tortoise
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A family in Winter Springs is asking for help to find their runaway pet. The family is searching for Eeyore, not the donkey, but a 4-year-old land tortoise. Bigham has been searching around her home in Winter Springs and hanging up flyers. She was spotted by a family who filmed her but didn’t know at the time she was a missing pet. Bigham is hoping someone will find Eeyore and said she’s leaving the gate open in case Eeyore wanders home from her adventure.wftv.com
Winter Springs High School group helps students in need attend homecoming events in style
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — It’s homecoming week for many Central Florida high schools, which means football games, parades and dances. One local PTSA program at Winter Springs High School is making dreams come true for dozens of girls. READ: Seminole County prepares new Sanford affordable housing projectWinter Springs High School junior Kayla Sanders found the perfect dress for homecoming. “And here they get the whole look and feel too,” said Heather Miller, PTSA president at Winter Springs High School. The homecoming for Winter Springs is next Saturday.wftv.com
Winter Springs boy dedicates mile run to honor officer Jason Raynor
Zechariah Cartledge, 12, ran one mile on Thursday evening in honor of fallen Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor. Raynor died Tuesday evening after spending two months in the hospital after suffering a gunshot to the head responding to a call.
Winter Springs mayor announces resignation, says commission ‘no longer reflects my values’
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey announced he plans to step down as the Seminole County city’s top elected official. He and his wife have lived in Winter Springs for 20 years, according to his bio. In a statement, Lacey said he can no longer “proudly” represent Winter Springs. “In my eleventh year as Mayor of Winter Springs, I have realized that I can no longer proudly represent my City. “Elections have consequences and the City Commission of Winter Springs no longer reflects my values of small government with courtesy to all who come before us.”The Winter Springs Commission includes five members, two of whom were most recently elected in November 2020.
Winter Springs police locate person of interest, vehicle in hit-and-run
Winter Springs police say they're looking for this man and vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run crash. WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Winter Springs police on Thursday said investigators have located a person of interest and a vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run crash. AdAfter the crash, police said the driver continued traveling east on State Road 434 until stopping at Stone Gable Circle to remove the bicycle that was lodged under the car. The victim remained at the original crash scene, police said. The extent of his or her injuries is unknown.
Man sought in home invasion near Winter Springs
Deputies release a photo of a man wanted in connection with a home invasion. WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man wanted in connection with a home invasion near Winter Springs. The home invasion happened March 5 at the Madison Riverwalk Apartments in unincorporated Winter Springs. “This man is one of three suspects in a home invasion,” SCSO tweeted on Tuesday along with a picture of the man. Anyone with information about the man is asked to call deputies at 407-754-6127.
SUV slams into multiple Winter Springs homes, officials say
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Officials in Seminole County said an SUV crashed into two homes Sunday morning. According to firefighters, the crash happened around 8:49 a.m. near 310 Edgemon Avenue in Winter Springs. Officials said the driver hit two homes and a parked car during the collision. The driver was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. News 6 has reached out to Seminole County authorities for more information.
3 Central Florida winners claim nearly $1 million each in scratch-off prizes
Year of the scratch-off: More than half of winning tickets worth at least $600 claimed in 2020ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Lottery announced Tuesday that three people in Central Florida just scratched their way to be one step closer to becoming millionaires. Thach Randazzo, Georgie Negron Marrero and Luis Curet recently claimed their scratch-off prizes. According to the Florida Lottery, Randazzo purchased her winning $15,000,000 Gold Rush Special Edition ticket from Winn Dixie at 340 South State Road 434 in Altamonte Springs. Marrero opted to purchase The Fastest Road scratch-off at Save A Ton on West State Road 434 in Winter Springs. As for Curet, he went with a 200x The Cash scratch-off ticket that he got at a Mobil gas station at 1979 East Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee.
11-year-old running for fallen first responders inspires others across the country
Winter Springs, Florida At just 11 years old, Zechariah Cartledge runs a mile for every first responder who loses their life in the line of service. "All I think about during the runs is the fallen heroes, the fallen officers, the fallen firefighters, their families. Zechariah Cartledge even ran in the rain to honor 37-year-old Brian Ishmael, a sheriff's deputy from El Dorado County, California. CBS NewsOn one night, Cartledge ran to honor 37-year-old Brian Ishmael, a sheriff's deputy from El Dorado County, California, who was shot and killed recently. Elementary school students in El Dorado were inspired by Cartledge to run and remember their fallen hero.cbsnews.com
Winter Springs man killed in 4-vehicle crash on Maitland Boulevard
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol said a 28-year-old Winter Springs man was killed in a four-vehicle crash around 4:05 p.m. on Thursday. Investigators said Ryne Powers was driving eastbound on Maitland Boulevard while three other cars were stopped at a traffic light in the Eden Park Road area. FHP said the 28-year-old did not slow down and the front of his car hit the rear of another vehicle. This caused the second vehicle to hit another vehicle, that vehicle hit a fourth vehicle, according FHP. The crash is under investigation.
Ocean Sun Brewing on Curry Ford Road to close this Saturday
click to enlarge Ocean Sun BrewingThe sun has set on another local brewery.In a sign that Orlando may have reached market saturation, Ocean Sun Brewing announced that their very last Primrose Porters and Bumby Blonde Ales would be poured Saturday, Sept. 28.Ocean Sun's closing comes on the heels of Red Cypress Brewery's closure in Winter Springs this past May. "It's been an amazing three and a half years," said a post on Ocean Sun's Facebook page . "We hope to see you all this week so we can all share a few more pints, smiles and laughs. "No reason was given for the brewery's closure, but Hourglass Brewing opening just down the road in July may have had something to do with it.orlandoweekly.com
2 people killed in 4-vehicle crash in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol said two people are dead after a four-vehicle crash in Seminole County Friday night. Investigators said a Shane French, 30, of Winter Springs was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 17-92 in a 1999 Honda. Three other cars were heading northbound on U.S. Highway 17-92. FHP said for an unknown reason French traveled into the northbound lanes and hit two of the cars heading north. A fourth car hit the back of one of the cars heading north.
Winter Springs woman warns pet owners after her dog was attacked
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Winter Springs woman wants to warn pet owners about a wild animal in her neighborhood after her dog was attacked. Joyce Catogni said her terrier, Trillby, is recovering after he was caught in the jaws of a bobcat in her backyard when she let him out. "I know what a bobcat looks like, I've lived in Florida all my life," Catogni said. Catogni said when she went to her back door and called out to Trillby, he started walking toward her slowly. "I could see there was blood on his neck, and when I saw the blood, I went and woke my husband up," Catogni said.
'Incredibly nasty' botflies invade Seminole County yard
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Winter Springs resident discovered what appeared to be a sick-looking squirrel resting on her window ledge, prompting a lot of questions. According the Seminole County UF-IFAS Extension, the tree squirrel botfly has been reported in some 20 U.S. states, including Florida. Rene has asked Seminole County to spray the conservation area behind her house, as it does for mosquitoes. Seminole County said it only focuses on mosquitoes and advised Rene to hire a pest control service. Tree squirrel botflies are different than human botflies, which are found in Central and South America.
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Winter Springs man killed when motorcycle hits fence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A 46-year-old Winter Springs man was killed Monday night in Orange County when his motorcycle crashed into a fence, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers said Scott Coville died in the crash, which was reported at 10:10 p.m. near Lake Pickett and Tanner roads. The FHP said Coville was riding a 2016 Honda east on Lake Pickett Road when the bike left the road for an unknown reason and struck a fence. Coville, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the FHP. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.