Protecting your tax dollars: Seminole commissioner makes changes to prevent inappropriate spending
Seminole County’s preliminary audit of Winter Springs claimed the city misspent special tax money, but it also exposed a bigger problem: There aren’t enough safeguards in place to ensure proper spending across the county.
Ring video shows man accused of burglarizing Seminole County home while family slept
Ring video given to News 6 by a Winter Park resident, showed a man, identified by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office as 40-year-old James Danforth, entering into a home off of Tangerine Avenue through the sliding glass door.
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.
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.
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.
Massive fish kill on former golf course stinks up Winter Springs neighborhood
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Jamie Miller says her Winter Springs neighborhood stinks so bad her son had an asthma attack caused by the stench. “Our visit is a courtesy visit since we are not the enforcement authority.”The City of Winter Springs posted an explanation for the fish kill on its Facebook page:“Yesterday we received a call about a fish kill in a DEP permitted privately owned pond (previously the Winter Springs Golf Course),” the post read. Engineers, city staff, and leadership have been working onsite since early yesterday morning to determine the cause. “And that leaky valve discharged into the pond on the private property of the [former] golf course reclaimed water. DEP staff said the effluent impacted a stormwater pond which resulted in the fish kill.
Suspect in fatal arson attack in Winter Springs facing premeditated murder charge
A suspect in a fatal arson attack in Winter Springs is facing a premeditated murder charge. WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – A suspect in a fatal arson attack in Winter Springs is facing a premeditated murder charge. The Office of State Attorney in Seminole County said investigators responded to an arson call at a home on Andes Drive in Winter Springs on June 13. Investigators said two victims escaped the home and 55-year-old Lincoln Marks sustained significant burns. Physical evidence and witness testimony tied Matias to the crimes, according to the Office of the State Attorney.
Drive-by birthday celebrations shows unity between law enforcement and community
It turns out there was a parade right in front of her house and it was for her. A drive-by birthday celebration from family, friends and the Winter Springs Police Department. “We recognize that she’s turning 13 at a very turbulent time,” Treva Marshall, Nyah’s mother said. It kind of humanizes the uniform a bit.”The Marshall family said they’re grateful for the relationship their community has with their police department. “It’s police departments like the Winter Springs police department that will help forge the change we need in this country today,” Treva Marshall said.
Shark bites fish from surfers hand at Canaveral National Seashore
A shark bit a surfers hand as the man was releasing a fish he caught Tuesday at Canaveral National Seashore, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. The victim was a 54-year-old man from Winter Springs. The 4- to 5-foot shark swam away after it bit the mans hand and the fish he was holding. He was treated on scene by Beach Safety personnel then drove himself to a hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Winter Springs cancels Festival of the Arts due to coronavirus
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – As cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Florida, one town is canceling one of its annual festivals. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce leadership team has canceled its 13th Annual Winter Springs Festival of the Arts,” officials said Tuesday. The community event was scheduled for the weekend of October 17 at the Winter Springs Town Center. “While we are disappointed, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Winter Springs Festival of the Arts this year following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event,” OWSRCC President, CEO Bridget Lake explained.
Nonprofit donates Amazon tablets to help those with Alzheimer’s disease stay stimulated
A Central Florida community dedicated to caring for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease received a donation to help stimulate those suffering from the illness. Arden Courts of Winter Springs recently received a donation of 60 Amazon Fire Tablets for their residents. “The Fullers are passionate about dementia and have lost Grandparents to Alzheimer’s disease on both sides of their family. They wanted to make this donation to the residents at Arden Courts so they would be able to communicate with loved ones while our communities are practicing social distancing protocols,” a representative with Arden Courts said. The tablets have the goal of keeping those with Alzheimer’s disease stimulated and engaged with music, cognitive apps and family photos, officials said.
Florida woman drunkenly causes 2 crashes with 4-year-old daughter in car, police say
Officers responded to 425 Tuskawilla Road, near Keeth Elementary School, Sunday for a reported crash. When they got to the scene, officers found a minivan had crashed into a stop sign. The driver of the minivan, identified as Erin Kelley, was using the vehicle to steady herself as she swayed back and forth, officials said. Kelley’s 4-year-old child was “crying hysterically” in the back seat of the minivan but was not injured in the crash, according to officers. Witnesses at the scene of the crash told officers Kelley appeared to be racing other vehicles and driving at a very high rate of speed when she crashed into another car.
Winter Springs police suspend search for missing man after finding him dead
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Winter Springs police suspended their search Saturday for a man who had been reported missing. Police were searching for 32-year-old Nebojsa Spiric. Police said further searches were suspended after a man was found dead in the area of Dolphin Road near Sundance Court. The man was later identified as Spiric. Stay with ClickOrlando and News 6 for updates on this developing story.
Police search for missing Winter Springs man, $5,000 reward offered for information in case
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Authorities are searching for a missing Winter Springs man who hasn’t been seen in nearly a week, according to police. Winter Springs police said 32-year-old Nebojsa Spiric was last seen leaving his home around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, when he said he was going to a friend’s house. Spiric is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has brown balding hair and brown eyes, according to police. Police said Spiric is typically in good health and is known as a “working family man.”Anyone with information on Spiric’s whereabouts is asked to call the Winter Springs Police Department at 407-327-1000. Crime Line is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Spiric’s whereabouts.
Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Winter Springs
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. Residents in a certain area of Winter Springs are asked to be on the alert after a raccoon there tested positive for rabies. The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County issued the notice Thursday for neighborhoods surrounding Moss and Ranchlands Parks. Officials said anyone who thinks that they were bitten or scratched by a raccoon, or if you know of anyone who was bitten or scratched by the raccoon that tested positive for rabies may contact Seminole County Animal Services at 407-665-5201 or the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County at 407-665-3266. If bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and promptly report the incident to Seminole County Animal Services. Visit the Department of Healths website or the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website for more information about rabies.
2 shot at Winter Springs apartment complex
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Two people, including a juvenile, were shot late Thursday at a Winter Springs apartment complex, according to police. Winter Springs police said the shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Video from the scene showed a gun in the middle of the parking lot of the complex. Several gunshots shattered car windows and struck apartment buildings, the video shows. #breaking: Juvenile and another man shot after gunfire erupts at an apartment complex in Winter Springs @news6wkmg #breaking pic.twitter.com/zrSJ9CL7lU — Justin Campbell (@JCampbellNews6) June 5, 2020Officers said one victim approached them with a gunshot wound to his hand when they arrived on the scene and the other was found with a gunshot wound to his arm after a traffic stop.
Missing man sought by Seminole County deputies
SEMINOLE COUNTY – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a 60-year-old man with dementia who went missing Saturday. Deputies are looking for Raymond Bartlett, who walked a way from an assisted living facility in Winter Springs at around 7:45 p.m., deputies said. Bartlett is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and was wearing a dark blue shirt with white shorts, deputies said. If you know of his whereabouts, please call 911.
First responder fights to stay in his Winter Springs home
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – A first responder working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic said he is now fighting to keep his home. Paramedic Julio Salgado said he has been working for the last 30 days with New York City firefighters in the epicenter of the U.S. cornavirus battle. "We arrived on the 28th, they registered us, put us on an ambulance and sent us right out with our luggage right out into the field to start working calls," Salgado said. Winter Springs paramedic Julio Salgado deployed to New York City to help emergency crews with the coronavirus pandemic. Winter Springs paramedic Julio Salgado deployed to New York City to help emergency crews with the coronavirus pandemic.
Winter Springs nail technician gets results by providing free services to chronically ill clients
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – A Central Florida man is giving back to the community with his nail kit. Davon Roseboro a native from Connecticut, is providing manicures and pedicures to people battling a chronic illness and for their caregivers, at no cost. “I just took it upon myself step outside of the box and say: Let me start giving back,” Roseboro said. Four years ago, when he decided to go on this journey, his first client was his wife, Marilyn, who has Leukemia. Davon said he isn't just providing nail services to chronically ill people.
Man accused of performing lewd act in front of teen in Winter Springs
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – The Winter Springs Police Department said a man was arrested after he was accused of performing a lewd act in front of a teenager. Evan Maness, 33, has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior in the presence of a juvenile victim and driving with a suspended license. Police said around 4 p.m. Monday officers received a call from the victim about the incident in the area of Trotwood Park. Investigators said the suspect asked the victim for directions and performed a lewd act in front of the teen as he got closer. Authorities said investigators were able to find Maness and arrest him in about thirty minutes after the victim called dispatchers.
Shot fired, cash register drawer stolen during Winter Springs gas station robbery
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – A shot was fired and a cash register drawer was stolen Tuesday morning during an armed robbery at a gas station in Winter Springs, police said. The robbery was reported around 1 a.m. at the Speedway on State Road 434 near State Road 417. Winter Springs police said two men wearing black bandannas over their faces walked into the store and stole the register drawer. Police said it’s believed the gunshot was fired inadvertently when one of the assailants jumped over a counter. The other was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.
University Orange City Downs Winter Springs 41-3
October 14, 2016 – 5-star tailback Lorenzo Lingard scored on a short touchdown run right before the half and on a long touchdown run right after the half, helping University Orange City dominate Winter Springs 41-3. Lingard, a junior, is being recruited by the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, and Florida State. University seems to regaining its stride with the playoffs less than a month away. The Titans head into a Week 9 matchup at Lake Mary with a 5 & 2 record. Winter Springs, 2 & 5 on the year, hosts undefeated Seminole next.