02/21/2017 06:25 PM
Construction is scheduled to begin in March on the second phase of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The second phase includes construction of a third venue, the Steinmetz Hall, an acoustic theater where the Philharmonic and the Orlando Ballet will perform.
The 1,700-seat hall will be the second largest venue after the Walt Disney Theater and add The Green Room, a large rehearsal room and performance space with full kitchen and more lobby space, according to the Dr. Phillips Center.
New construction bids for the second phase are higher than the original estimates completed in March 2016, according to the city.
The Dr. Phillips Center still has to raise at least an additional $14.7 million to raise the project funds to $227.5 million.
The original projected cost of phase two was $185 million.
Orlando City officials have recommended the center raise an additional $10 million to cover contingency that the $227.5 million would not cover after construction costs.
The city has recommended two funding sources for the contingency costs: $5 million from the community venues bond proceeds, only to be used on community venue projects and $5 million from city reserve funding.
On Monday, the City Council will vote on the project costs and to approve the $10 million contingency funding.
Construction of the new theater, beginning March 6, is expected to take 36 months.
02/21/2017 06:13 PM
A homeowner in Apopka said on Tuesday that law enforcement believes his surveillance cameras captured attempted-carjacking suspects.
Jeremy Michael lives near Wekiva Pines Boulevard and said that at about 2:40 p.m. Monday, he saw several patrol vehicles driving past his house.
Curious as to what happened, Michael said he walked up the street and was told by law enforcement that two males approached a woman at gunpoint as she pulled into her driveway. The two suspects attempted to get away in the vehicle, but instead ran away on foot.
Michael's surveillance video also shows a detective asking for his video because someone was "robbed at gunpoint." He said investigators think the two males seen walking past his house are the suspects.
Apopka police said one suspect is in custody for the attempted carjacking, but won't release any more details.
02/21/2017 06:11 PM
It takes no more than two minutes for Cpl. Ralphael Austin to spot a distracted driver at this busy intersection of Malabar Road.
"She was punching either letters or numbers on her phone while she was still driving," Cpl. Ralphael Austin from Palm Bay police department told News 6 reporter James Sparvero.
His department is cracking down on distracted driving by having officers on an anti-texting detail starting Tuesday through 6 p.m. Thursday.
About two dozen people were pulled over Tuesday. Police said they were paying as much attention to their phones as the road.
"I wasn't texting anybody," one woman told police.
She claims she wasn't texting, but luck for her she's getting off with only a warning.
For officers this time, it's an educational moment, hoping they won't need to pull her over ever again.
"Is is this a big problem in Palm Bay, texting and driving?" Sparvero asked Austin.
"I think it's a problem everywhere," he replied.Because texting while driving is a secondary offense in Florida, officers had to find another reason to pull this woman over before asking her what she was doing on her phone. Police said she was swerving too. "It's almost at an epidemic proportion as far as the amount of drivers that are doing it, Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens said. Police Chief Mark Renkens argues that texting while driving is as dangerous as anything that's considered a primary offense and he wants the law to reflect that danger.
"Florida's Speaker of the House says that he knows many law-enforcement leaders who think the laws in the books are great right now. Are you saying you're not one of them?" Sparvero asked."I would like to see it from our perspective a primary offense. The bottom line is you're distracted and anything that distracts you is unsafe and we're going to propose that it becomes a primary offense," Renkens said.
News 6 anchor Matt Austin shared a story about when he was hit by someone who was texting and driving last fall.[Share your story with News 6 on our Driving Change page. For more information, click here.]
Austin traveled to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers in early February and spoke with Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, who told him he needed more evidence that distracted driving laws work.
"Anecdotal evidence does not get you to a great conclusion every single time," Corcoran said. "What gets you to a great conclusion is making decisions based on the facts and the evidence."
"Show me the data that these types of laws truly work in states, and I have a very open mind to it," Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) said. "But the data that I've seen, and the states that I've reviewed on testing and driving, show the data is at best suspect."
"I believe texting and driving is just as dangerous as and in some cases more dangerous than a DUI. Why would a DUI be such an egregious offense and texting and driving only be a second-degree offense at a $30 fine? That doesn't make any sense to me" Palm Bay police Chief Mark Renkens told News 6 in November.
The American Journal of Public Health did a study on texting and driving in 2010. The study was one of the first academic studies on the subject.
The study, which took place between 2002 and 2007, found that texting while driving caused the deaths of more than 16,000 Americans.
The study also noted that the U.S. Department of Transportation said 5,870 deaths in 2008 were the result of distracted driving.
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02/21/2017 06:02 PM
Orange County commissioners on Tuesday talked about plans to possibly replace the county's aging animal shelter.
The shelter on Conroy Road was built in the 1980s, but does not have air conditioning. A study has shown adding A/C to the building is not feasible.
The commission decided that design crews will look at building a brand new Orange County animal shelter. The commission will look at the option of building on its existing site, but also two other locations.
Also, costs have to be determined before a decision is made.
The current shelter was built as a rabies and vaccine center and was not intended to house as many animals as it does.
02/21/2017 06:01 PM
Markeith Loyd, who is accused of gunning down his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, will be in court Wednesday morning for an araignment.
The appearance will be Loyd's fifth court appearance since he was arrested on Jan. 17, nine days after Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton was fatally shot on Jan. 9 and more than a month after Sade Dixon was killed outside her Pine Hills home on Dec. 13.
The arraignment was scheduled after the State Attorney's Office announced last week that a grand jury had indicted Loyd on first-degree murder charges.
During Wednesday's arraignment, which is scheduled for 10 a.m., a judge will formally present Loyd with his charges. It's unknown if a plea will be entered during the appearance or if his next court date will be set.
In relation to Sade Dixon's death, Loyd is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, killing of an unborn child by injury to the mother, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of attempted felony murder with a firearm and possession of a firearm by convicted felon, according to the State Attorney's Office.
Loyd is also facing charges of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with Clayton's death.
No charges have been filed against Loyd in connection with Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis, who was fatally struck while on his motorcycle assisting in the search for Loyd after Clayton's death.
A judge ruled on Jan. 26 that Loyd was competent to waive his right to counsel because has declined the services of a public defender, but a decision has not been made on whether he will represent himself.
Loyd's past court appearances have been laced with profanity and outbursts. An unedited video from Loyd's first appearance on Jan. 19 is embedded to the left.
Check back with ClickOrlando.com at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a livestream of the arraignment.
02/21/2017 06:00 PM
One suspect was shot and killed and another was wounded Tuesday morning in a home invasion in Orange County, deputies said.
The armed home invasion was reported at 10:47 a.m. at 6109 Perrine Drive near Meadowbrook Middle School in Orlando.
Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Jane Watrel said two men broke into the home and put a gun to a 50-year-old woman's head.
Deputies said the woman's 24-year-old son came to her aid and shot the men. One of the men, later identified as Rasheen Hall Briggs, 24, collapsed and died in the front yard.
The other man showed up at Winter Park Memorial Hospital about 20 minutes later, Watrel said. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical but stable condition.
The woman and her son were shaken but not injured, deputies said. A family member told News 6 that the son is 24 years old.
"Our homicide team is here. We are conducting a criminal investigation," Watrel said, adding that the shooting was in self-defense.
She said Briggs and the other man who was shot both had weapons on them.
Johnny Davis, the older brother of the man who deputies say shot the intruders, said his family did not know the men who broke into the home. He said the gun his brother used in the shooting is registered.
He speculated that Tuesday morning's incident was a robbery gone wrong.
"People want $10 and something to smoke, pop a little molly, get some alcohol, you know, that's child's play" Davis said.
Neighbor Victoria Escontrias agreed that the family keeps to themselves. She was shocked to hear news of a shooting in a usually quiet neighborhood, but added that she believes her children would have defended her in the same way.
"I don't want to say you get what you deserve, but you just don't run up on nobody's house," Escontrias said.
A different neighbor, who didn't want to be named, said the area has been plagued by crime recently. She said her car has been stolen and her house has been broken into multiple times.
"We call the police several times and they don't say anything. They just say it's a little fry. They don't care what goes on here because it's Pine Hills. They don't care," she said.
Check back to ClickOrlando.com and watch News 6 at noon for updates on this developing story.
02/21/2017 05:59 PM
Orange County deputies are investigating a robbery and a shooting Tuesday evening at an Orlando home on Delcrest Drive, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said a 911 call dispatch received at 4:32 p.m. indicated that one person had been shot during a robbery at the 2764 Delcrest Drive home.
Orange County Fire Rescue rushed the shooting victim to a hospital, Orange County Sheriff's Office public information officer Jane Watrel said.
Detectives said they were not been able to get any more information about the robbery because they were unable to talk to the victim.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the robbery was not a random act, Watrel said.
The victim's condition is unknown.
No other details were available.
Check back to ClickOrlando.com and watch News 6 for more on this developing story.
02/21/2017 05:38 PM
A woman was beaten with a baseball bat and "slam dunked" to the ground during a road rage incident Monday afternoon in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
The victim told deputies she was driving her black Ford Ranger on Landing Boulevard when the driver of a white Chevrolet Malibu ran a stop sign and then cut in front of her. She displayed her middle finger at the driver, who then stopped at a yield sign, stuck his head out the window and began yelling at her, deputies said.
The driver, Marcus Green, got out of his Malibu with a bat in his hand and stuck his head in the victim's driver's side window, according to a charging affidavit.
[PHOTOS: Road rage incident in Palm Coast]
The victim said she pushed Green with her elbow to get him away from her vehicle. Green used a closed fist to hit the woman in the face, then walked back to his car to leave the area, deputies said.
The woman said she didn't want Green to get away, so she hit the back of his Malibu with her truck.
Green got out of his car, approached the victim again and started to hit her with the end of the baseball bat, according to the affidavit. He pulled the victim out of her truck and threw her to the ground as witnesses tried to stop the attack, deputies said.
Green told deputies that he hit the victim with his fist and "slam dunked" her to the ground. He denied using a baseball bat even though one was in plain view in his vehicle, the affidavit said. His girlfriend and two children were in the car during the incident.
Deputies said Green and his girlfriend tried to claim that the victim started the incident, but evidence proved otherwise.
The victim had cuts and bruises on her face and side and her shirt was ripped. Green said he had back pain and was taken to a hospital.
Green told deputies that the victim should be arrested because he said she tried to hit him with a car and he was just defending himself. The deputy told Green that the victim's injuries indicated more than just self-defense.
"Yeah, I kicked her (expletive)," Green replied, according to deputies.
Green is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
02/21/2017 05:04 PM
Tuesday was a big day for a local food bank, which received sizable donations sent to help feed hundreds of thousands of people in need.
Smithfield Foods and Winn-Dixie re-stocked the shelves at Second Harvest Food Bank with nearly 60,000 pounds of donations, including 30,000 pounds of protein, which equates to 120,000 servings for people in Central Florida.
"It can be hot dogs, it can be sausage, it could be meatballs," said Greg Higgerson, vice president of development for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
He said donations like that help feed the half-million Central Floridians who seek food assistance.
Boxes of packaged meatballs were taken off the truck, unpacked by volunteers and sent to about 550 local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Central Florida.
Smithfield is taking the deliveries cross-country to help replenish one grocery item that's donated the least.
"When we can get a truckload of high-quality protein, that's one of the items that low-income families really have a hard time affording on their own, so when they can get it from an emergency food pantry, it really makes a big difference," Higgerson said.
He said protein donations are essential to any food bank organization. Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Foods' senior director of hunger relief, said his company is glad to help.
"We're able to salute the food bank, such as the one here in Orlando, for what they do every day in trying to help people in their time of need," Pittman said.
Tuesday's delivery was just the first donation of protein. Smithfield Foods plans to send another 30,000 pounds to Daytona Beach at 10 a.m. Thursday.
02/21/2017 05:03 PM
A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at Tymber Skan, a condemned condo complex in Orange County.
The fire was reported before 8 a.m. near Barkwater Drive and Tymberwood Lane.
No one was injured in the blaze, which burned at least eight units in a vacant building, Orange County fire officials said.
Many of the condos don't have water or electricity, but people won't leave. Orange County Fire Rescue doesn't know if the building burned in the blaze was vacant or not.
Most of the derelict complex is abandoned, but Orange County estimates between 50 and 75 people still live there. Many of them told News 6 they own their condos and refuse to leave their home and investment.
"We're doing the best we can," resident Cynthia Claytor said. "We don't want to move We don't have a place to go. We own our buildings."
She added that her home is lawfully occupied and has utilities. She said suspicious fires keep popping up as homeowners are being told to give up their condos.
"They're trying to get rid of the people here because they want the land," Claytor said.
There have been 22 fires reported at the complex in the last two years, and crime is rampant in the area, authorities said.
Investigators have made no arrests for the fires and have not identified any suspects.
[PHOTOS: Large fire at Tymber Skan condos]
Orange County said it has spent more than $1.5 million over the past three years to relocate residents who are willing to leave, to dispatch code enforcement and to demolish neglected buildings and continue providing emergency services to the remaining residents. Twenty-six condos have been demolished since 2013 and 27 more are slated to be demolished.
"Really, it's not taxpayer resources," Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin said. "You have actual citizens that live there, that still own condos there. You have renters there, so it is our obligation as county government to make sure that we provide safety for the residents that are still there."
Utilities to two of the three sections of the complex were cut off after bills weren't paid. The remaining residents continue to pay taxes and to pay for utility and emergency services.
"We've certainly had concerns over public safety and we're on the best track we can be on in terms of having funds allocated to continue the process of taking title to the properties that we can and demolishing them, and creating an opportunity for us to revitalize it," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said. "But if you live there legally and that's your home, you have a right to stay there, so we just can't do that."
Most of the complex is filled with trash, high weeds, boarded-up buildings, piles of dirt and charred debris.
Jacobs and Siplin said they'd like to see a developer revitalize the property.
"We're moving as quickly as we can to try and create an environment that's safe for the folks who live there and create an environment where we can develop something to house people who live in the community that is decent, affordable and safe housing," Jacobs said.
The state fire marshal will investigate the cause of Tuesday's fire.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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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 March 1 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.