03/25/2017 12:57 PM
The NAACP Florida State Conference says it supports State Attorney Aramis Ayala's decision not to seek the death penalty, and is calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to hand over the Markeith Loyd case back to her.
"We want him to know we do not support his decision," NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze said.
Obi Nweze and the NAACP Florida State Conference held a news conference Saturday to announce their support of Ayala. This comes more than a week after she announced she is not pursuing any death penalty cases, including the case of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd.
It is a decision that was applauded by members on the national board of the civil rights organization.
"The death penalty, killing people, is not the way that we end crime in this state," Leon W. Russell, the chairman of the NAACP national board of directors said.
The organization agrees with Ayala's reasoning, saying the death penalty does not stop crime and is expensive. They would rather see that money spent on community resources.
"Criminal justice spending is outstripping education spending throughout the nation, so why don't we focus on those things that are actually building our community?" Ngozi Ndulue, the NAACP national senior director of criminal justice said.
Ayala received backlash from lawmakers and law enforcement after her announcement.
Governor Rick Scott pulled her off the Loyd case, saying he didn't believe she would fight for justice to the fullest extent of the law, and he assigned a new prosecutor.
"For State Attorney Ayala to say she's not going to pursue the death penalty is an outrage, and every citizen should be outraged at her actions," Scott said to News 6 last week.
Scott's decision is now prompting the state chapter of the NAACP to rally against him in Tallahassee next week. Obi Nweze says they will use every means possible to fight for justice and to abolish the death penalty.
"We want the governor to withdraw what he's doing. We want him to give that case back to the state attorney, and we want him to know to stay off the state attorney's turf and let them do their job," Obi Nweze said.
03/25/2017 12:09 PM
A two-day crime sweep operation by Volusia County deputies led to over two dozen arrests, deputies said.
Operation Rolling Thunder, operated by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and involving nearly every law enforcement agency in the county, began Wednesday and lasted through Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Teams of officers and detectives filled designated areas of the county, looking out for and following up on criminal activity. Once suspicious activity was observed, officers worked together to catch the offenders.
Throughout the two-day operation, more than two dozen people were arrested on various charges. Officers conducted 769 traffic stops and issued 446 traffic citations, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said Clarence Collmar, 41, was driving around Daytona Beach Wednesday evening when he drove past a license plate reader that scanned the tag of the vehicle he was driving and alerted law enforcement that it had been stolen the previous day. A deputy got behind the vehicle to confirm that it was the stolen vehicle before a Sheriff's Office helicopter flying above the car tracked its movement, deputies said.
Collmar eventually got stuck in traffic at the intersection of Mason Avenue and Nova Road, which is when officers decided to move in to arrest him, deputies said.
Officers said they found a marijuana pipe in Collmar's car. He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and faces charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said.
Another man who was arrested during the Sheriff's Office operation was caught driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone Wednesday evening, deputies said. When Dakevian Smith, 22, was pulled over, officers found a loaded handgun in the glove compartment, the Sheriff's Office said. Smith was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm.
An 18-year-old man was also arrested during the operation. Deputies said Austin Fitzsimmons fled from a traffic stop. Fitzsimmons was eventually pulled over with three baggies of methamphetamine, a scale and a BB gun that looked similar to a handgun, deputies said. Fitzsimmons was charged with possession of meth with intent to sell, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said.
The Sheriff's Office said that a vehicle stolen from a car lot was also recovered during the operation.
Deputies said there are plans to conduct future operations.
03/25/2017 11:12 AM
Ormond Beach police and Florida East Coast Rail Road police are investigating a fatal crash involving a train in Ormond Beach that happened Saturday morning, police said.
The crash occurred on a set of rail road tracks at Lincoln Avenue, when a southbound Florida East Coast train struck a vehicle that was crossing the tracks, Ormond Beach police said.
The driver of the vehicle died at the scene, police said. Details about the driver were not yet available.
Police said traffic was closed in the area from 4:45 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.
No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.
03/25/2017 09:58 AM
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are at the scene of a vehicle rollover in Flagler County.
Flagler County deputies said that a vehicle flipped on I-95 north near mile marker 279.
At least one person was injured in the rollover, troopers said.
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I-95 northbound, north of Old Dixie Highway, is shut down, deputies said.
No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.
03/25/2017 09:46 AM
House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six year dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They knew the measures would go nowhere with the Democrat still in the White House.
With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, self-inflicted collapse that leaves the effort dead for now.
The drive represented the GOP's first genuine opportunity to repeal Obama's statute. That's because President Donald Trump is serving alongside a Congress controlled by the GOP.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan shelved the bill to avert a certain defeat. He faced defections from centrist Republicans who thought the bill went too far and conservatives who considered it too weak, plus solid Democratic opposition.
Ryan said he believes Obama's law will continue "for the foreseeable future."
President Trump said he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails.
Trump told reporters Friday that he would be "open to it" if Democrats wanted to work on a bipartisan measure. He predicted the current law would soon collapse.
The president said he has a great relationship with the Republican Party and isn't going to speak badly about GOP lawmakers. Still, he said he was a little surprised by the bill's rejection from the conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus.
Trump also said he "never said repeal and replace it within 64 days," though he repeatedly promised during the campaign to do it on Day One of his term.
Democrats, loyal defenders of former President Barack Obama's law, were literally jumping for joy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., removed her shoes and took a victory leap while meeting activists outside the Capitol.
03/25/2017 09:00 AM
New Smyrna Beach police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Friday on State Road 44 near the intersection with I-95.
Officers said the crash happened as the driver of a sedan made a left turn from the westbound lane of S.R. 44 to access the I-95 southbound onramp, hitting a motorcyclist who was traveling eastbound on S.R. 44.
The motorcyclist, Stanley Stern Jr., 34, of New Smyrna Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Criminal charges against the driver of the sedan are pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
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Police said the eastbound lanes of S.R. 44, west of the I-95 overpass, were closed Friday night.
Traffic heading east on S.R. 44 was being detoured and were to use North Airport Road through Venetian Bay to Pioneer Trail, police said.
Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.
03/25/2017 08:35 AM
Central Florida has a nice Saturday ahead of it.
The coast will stay a little cooler and only reach the low to mid 70s. It will be warmer inland -- into the low 80s.
Orlando will reach a high of 82 degrees with a slight chance of rain.
"Most of the rain will stay on the coast and will be quick-moving pop-up showers, so nothing to ruin any beach plans you may have," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.
Saturday will begin partly cloudy, and have periods of mostly sunny skies, and periods of heavier cloud cover.
Seminole County is under a high fire risk, so residents should refrain from burning anything. There is no considerable rain in the forecast for at least the next week, meaning the high fire risk will continue.
"If you are headed to the beach, the high will be 75 degrees at Daytona, with the water temperature hovering around 66 degrees," Evans said.
The winds will be picking up from the east southeast at 10-15 mph, causing a high rip current risk.
Saturday night will reach a low of 62 degrees under a partly cloudy sky.
Sunday is more of the same. Central Florida will reach a high of 83 degrees, with another slight chance of some coastal showers.
03/25/2017 12:45 AM
One driver shot another driver Thursday afternoon on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs during a road rage incident, police said.
The shooting was reported at 12:56 p.m. The victim was in one of the westbound lanes when a person driving a black sedan shot him in the left bicep, officials said.
Both the victim's vehicle and the accused shooter's vehicle were at a red light when the shooting happened, police said.
The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital.
The accused shooter has not been found. Police said the man was driving a dark-colored 4-door sedan with tinted windows.
Officials released the 911 call Friday in the incident.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Altamonte Springs Police Department at 407-339-2441 or call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
Check back with News 6 for more on this developing story.
03/25/2017 12:25 AM
A teenager who was shot and a man who was carjacked both were planning to meet up with a female from a social media app when their assailants struck, according to the South Daytona Police Department.
The first incident was reported around midnight Thursday. A 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were in a 2016 Ford F150 on their way to meet a female the teen had been talking to, according to a news release.
The pair was stopped at a red light on South Ridgewood Avenue when a man got into the truck, pointed a small gun with a laser pointer at the driver and told the victims to get out, police said. The teen was shot in the stomach as he was trying to wrestle the gun away from the man.
The man ran out of the truck and the driver took the victim to Halifax Medical Center.
The bullet went through the teen's stomach, liver and large intestines. He required surgery and is still recovering.
The second incident was reported at 12:30 a.m. Friday. The victim said he met a female he had been talking to on the MeetMe app at a gas station on South Ridgewood Avenue and Big Tree Road.
The victim was in his car talking to the female, who uses the name Shammai Taylor on the app, when they decided to move to James Street Park. As the two were in the back seat, four men knocked on car window to ask for a lighter, the news release said.
One of the men pointed a small gun with a laser pointer at the driver and said, "Give me your car or I will shoot you and do not look at anyone," according to police.
The men took the victim's white four-door 2001 Nissan. The female left willingly with the four men, the release said.
The victim's car has not been found and no suspects have been identified.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the South Daytona Police Department at 386-322-3041 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.
03/25/2017 12:16 AM
Authorities are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot Friday evening in the parking lot of a Publix, Orlando police said.
The shooting happened inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Publix in the 3800 block of South Semoran Boulevard at 7 p.m.
Police said the suspected shooter got out of the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
The 19-year-old victim then fled in his vehicle and went to the IHOP restaurant at 795 S. Semoran Blvd., where the police were called, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital. Police said he is in stable condition with two gunshot wounds.
Preliminary indications are the incident may be drug-related, police said. There were two active crime scenes Friday night, and detectives were en route to conduct a follow-up investigation.
The suspect, who police said is still at large, is described as a dark-skinned man in his early 20s with dreadlock-style hair and a stocky build.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Line.
Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.
Car Seat Fitting
The Lake Mary Police Department provides car seat fittings on the first Friday of the month from 9AM to 11AM an the Lake Mary Police Department. Please contact Officer Bianca Gillet at 407-585-1305 or email@example.com if you have questions.
Child Restraint Seat Education Course
The education course on Child Restraint Seats is also offered on the first Friday of the month from 1PM to 3PM at the Lake Mary Police Department. These classes are by appointment only and you must receive a conformation call. Please contact Sgt. Tony Seda at 407-585-1316 to schedule an appointment.
The Lake Mary Police Department is located at 165 East Crystal Lake Avenue, Lake Mary, FL.
There are changes to Florida State Statues regarding Child Restraints. Learn about these changes at the education course.
There have been recent reports of crimes in our community. Homeowners should watch out for suspicious or unusual behavior and be vigilant in reporting any unusual activity to the police.
Recently a car was stolen from the driveway of a homeowner during the night. Always make sure your car doors are locked when your car is parked and that you have removed valuables. You should use a car alarm. You may also consider having an ignition kill switch installed that only you will know where it is located. This will hopefully cause enough of a burden to the thief to stop your car from being stolen.
A homeowners has reported that in the early morning hours someone was knocking on a door yelling “I'm hurt let me in”. When the homeowner stated that they were calling the police, the person ran off. This was an attempt to gain entry to the home and the owner would have been in grave danger if they had opened the door. You should never open your door to someone that you don't know and always keep all of your doors and windows locked and secured.
Home bulgaries have also been reported. You should consider installing motion activated lights on the exterior of your home. Lights are the best deterrent to crime.
More information and tips can be found at:
Welcome to our Website for Hills of Lake Mary HOA.
The purpose of this site is to let visitors know who we are and to be an informative resource for both our neighborhood and our local community and provide the homeowners of our community with easy access to our association. The Board of Directors welcomes you and invites you to make comments or suggestions that will help us serve you better.
The Association is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Association Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Lake Mary Events Center on Country Club Road.
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Help us keep our community clean. Clean up after your pets by "Scooping Your Poop". When people don't clean up after their pets, it's unhealthy and inconsiderate.
Put out your trash/recycling no earlier than 5:00 PM the night before the pickup. Trash and Recycling pickup is Thursday, Yard Waste pickup is Friday. Please remove your containers from the curbside promptly after pickup.
The next Board Meeting Will be held on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 6:30 p.m.at the Lake Mary Community Building, 140 East Wilbur Avenue (cross street Country Club Road), Lake Mary.
At the Farmer's Market you Can Purchase Fresh Produce, large and small, Plants, Pasta, Spices, Assorted Nuts,Juice Plus, Handmade Jewlery, Crafts, Nature’s Select Pet Food, and More!
Held every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at Central Park (Lake Mary City Hall) Corner of Lake Mary Blvd. & 4th Street
WineART Wednesday and Food Truck Crave will be held at Lake Mary Central Park adjacent to City Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 5PM to 9PM. Take a stroll through the sidewalks and the new beer & wine garden lined with displays from local artists. Enjoy a glass of wine and good food while listening to live music.