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  • 01/21/2017 09:47 AM

    Parents keep kids home after numerous high school threats

    The fear began Wednesday when Amy Sadler got a call and email from Astronaut High School.

    "I'm a little nervous. Scared to send my kid to school," Sadler said.

    The notification was about a potential bomb threat at the school.

    Sadler's son stayed home Friday after hearing rumors of a shooting.

    "As soon as I heard about the mass shooting, I thought it's better safe than sorry. So, I just made the decision, even if it's just rumors, I would rather him be safe today than worry that he's in school," Sadler said.

    The latest rumor comes after two days of bomb threats made at the school. Students were evacuated Thursday after receiving word of the threat.

    "We believe that all of the people involved here that are making the threats are friendly or talk with each other," Titusville Police Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said.

    Three Astronaut High School students have been arrested as a result of the bomb threat. One 16-year-old student has been charged with criminal conspiracy, corruption by threat to public and threat to a place a destructive device. The other 16-year-old was charged with criminal conspiracy and corruption by threat to public. The third student was charged with disrupting a school facility and resisting arrest. More arrests could be made in the near future.

    Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters Hutchinson said while there's no sign of a threat, they're taking it seriously. In turn, it's taking up a lot of the department's resources.

    "It's frustrating for everyone involved when we're using that amount of manpower and resources when they could be going to something else," Hutchinson said. "However, we're committed to school safety."

    The students charged could also face restitution charges for the overtime used by investigators.

    The school alerted parents through their app, email and phone calls.

    Additional law enforcement was on the school's campus as a precautionary measure.

    But Sadler said she's still not sure if she'll send her son to school come Monday.

    "I'm still scared today. I am hoping that everybody is safe there today and next week. You know, what does next week gonna bring to the schools," Sadler said.

    Deputy Chief Hutchinson said they're getting a lot of help from students at the school. They're hoping they'll use the SpeakOut hotline. It works like Crimeline, allowing people to call in tips anonymously. However, it's geared toward students in school.

    A cash reward is being offered for information identifying people responsible for making or writing the bomb threats.


  • 01/21/2017 09:38 AM

    Palm Coast man being sought by Mass. police

    The Barnstable Police Department in Hyannis, Massachusetts, is looking for a fugitive who they say fled a routine vehicle stop this week.

    Barnstable police said they stopped a man driving a black 1999 Mercedes ML340 with a Massachusetts registration around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a minor traffic violation.

    The driver had no identification and provided the officer with with what turned out to be a false name, according to police.

    While the officer was trying to verify the man's actual identity, police said the man fled on foot towards Barnstable Road. Several officers with the BPD responded to the area and tried to locate the man, but were unsuccessful.

    Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters During a follow-up investigation, police identified the driver as David Willett, 30, of Palm Coast, who is a fugitive wanted by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department, police said. The warrant was issued Jan. 10.

    Officers said Willett has an extensive criminal history in Florida, including narcotics charges and property-related crime.

    The vehicle Willett was driving was registered to an address in Bourne, Massachusetts, and was reported stolen by a 48-year-old woman on Thursday, according to police.

    Along with the outstanding charges from Florida law enforcement, the Barnstable Police Department said they obtained an arrest warrant charging Willett with failure to stop at a stop sign, providing a false name to a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

    Police described Willett as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 155 pounds, with several tattoos.

    The Barnstable Police Department asked that anyone with information relating to Willett's whereabouts to call 508-775-0387.


  • 01/21/2017 08:42 AM

    Enjoy Saturday's beautiful weather, big changes possible Sunday

    "Take advantage of today because a strong cold front is making its way into central Florida, bringing strong storms with it," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.

    On Saturday, Orlando will reach a high of 83 degrees with a lot of sunshine and no chance of rain. There will be a slight breeze with winds coming from the south southwest at 5-15 mph.

    Saturday night will reach a low of 66 with patchy fog developing once again.

    "The big story is Sunday," Evans said. "We start off the day with a slight chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. We reach a high of 80 but have a 80 percent coverage of strong to severe storms."

    The time for the highest risk of severe weather will be late afternoon, and continue late Sunday night. This could bring heavy widespread rain, damaging winds, frequent lightening and a chance of isolated tornadoes.

    "Once we get through Sunday, we finally cool off into the high 60s and low 70s," Evans said.

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  • 01/20/2017 11:41 PM

    Lt. Debra Clayton's cruiser vandalized, OPD says

    Lt. Debra Clayton's patrol car was vandalized outside of the Orlando Police Department, the OPD tweeted Friday afternoon.

    "I'm deeply saddened that someone would vandalized Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle," Orlando police Chief John Mina said. "However, I'm comforted knowing the vast majority of this community loves and respects the Orlando Police Department, and the actions of one pathetic person do not reflect the feelings of this warmhearted community."

    The police department called the vandalism "unbelievably sad," but did not release any other details.

    Unbelievably sad someone would vandalize Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle. pic.twitter.com/2yairat1Rq

    -- Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 20, 2017

    Clayton, 42, was shot and killed Jan. 9 outside a Walmart while trying to make contact with Markeith Loyd, who was wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Loyd was arrested Tuesday night at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood of Orlando, bringing a massive nine-day manhunt to an end.

    Clayton's car had been parked outside of the OPD headquarters since she was killed as a way for community members to remember and honor her.

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    "It's just tradition so that people can come see her vehicle, and you know, it's a piece of her," Mina said.

    OPD @ChiefJohnMina talks about why we honor Master Sgt. Debra Clayton's patrol vehicle in front of OPD Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/2ca9uHjurJ

    -- Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 10, 2017

    Mina said it also gave a place for fellow officers to go and pay their respects, as well.

    Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.


  • 01/20/2017 11:38 PM

    Anti-Trump protesters walk through downtown Orlando on Inauguration Day

    An anti-Trump protest from Lake Eola to City Hall had dozens of people standing up for what they believe in.

    "We're upset, 46 percent of the country didn't vote for him, that is for a number of reasons," protester Adam Whitmer said.

    Strong words filled the signs of protesters as they walked through downtown Orlando. Some were unhappy watching Donald Trump's inauguration.

    "It made me sick to my stomach. Ever since the election, it's felt surreal," said Dylan, with Knights for Socialism at UCF. "It's the 21st century. It's time we adopt 21st century values."

    News 6 saw Orlando police officers on bicycles, making sure the walk stayed peaceful.

    "People are coming out from all walks of life. They're angry," added a protester.

    As News 6 walked alongside the crowd, a group of people was seen at a nearby restaurant standing up in support.

    "We're coming for the people who may represent him. We're coming for the potential legislators who might see his example and say, 'I want to do that for Florida,'" Whitmer said.

    "I know how much he hates protesters and I know how much he hates negative attention, and he's going to be getting it every second of the next four years or until he's impeached," Dylan said.

    While this protest went on, others at Lake Eola felt differently about the transfer of power.

    "I hope that he really delivers on all the promises that he has made to the American people. If he's able to do all of that, it's going to be a great time for America," Andres Tam said.

    The anti-Trump group said it will have more protests coming up and will be looking forward to the governor's race to see what can be done in Florida.


  • 01/20/2017 11:36 PM

    Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president

    Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday becoming the 45th president of the United States.

    In his inauguration speech, Trump repeated the dark vision and the list of the country's woes that he hit on during the campaign.

    Trump described closed factories as "tombstones" that dot the county and said the federal government spent billions defending "other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own."

    The Republican president said the U.S. "will confront hardships but we will get the job done."

    Trump said the oath of office he just took "is an oath of allegiance to all Americans" and that the country will share "one glorious destiny."

    News 6 anchor Matt Austin was live in Washington, D.C., covering the 58th presidential Inauguration.

    [RELATED: Full schedule of Trump's inauguration day | Trump's historic moment arrives]

    Follow News 6 on Facebook, Twitter and on ClickOrlando.com for full coverage of the inaugural events.

    Photos: Washington celebrates Trump inauguration

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    For more information on the history of inauguration day, click here.


  • 01/20/2017 10:45 PM

    Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

    A 19-story Atlas V rocket was set to roll to its pad Wednesday morning for the year's first launch from Cape Canaveral.

    A planned Thursday evening blastoff with a U.S. missile warning satellite onboard was scrubbed to Friday due to a violation of Eastern Range safety criteria, ULA officials said. The rocket launched Friday evening.

    Oficials said the third U.S. Air Force Space Based Infrared System GEO satellite was responding to commands as planned after the successful launch.

    "After a successful ULA launch, signal acquisition is the first critical event in SBIRS' mission to support the Air Force with early missile warning and defense," said David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared systems mission area. "With communications now established, our job begins to deliver SBIRS to its final orbit so we can complete deployments and operational testing in anticipation of the satellite's formal acceptance by the Air Force."

    1/20/17: Brevard EOC back to Level 3 activation (normal ops) following successful #AtlasV rocket launch from Cape Canaveral AFS. @ulalaunch

    -- Brevard EOC (@BrevardEOC) January 21, 2017 LIFTOFF! #AtlasV #SBIRS @usairforce @AFSpace @AF_SMC @45thSpaceWing @LockheedMartin

    -- ULA (@ulalaunch) January 21, 2017

    Video of the live stream of the launch is below.

    The satellite built by Lockheed Martin is the third in a series designed to detect and track ballistic missiles from a position 22,300 miles above the equator. A fourth satellite is expected to launch late this year to complete the constellation, reported News 6 partner Florida Today.

    "Adding this third geostationary satellite to the SBIRS constellation continues our proud legacy of providing best-of-class OPIR solutions that provide real time, 24/7 data to our military and allies," said Robert Mehltretter, vice president, Northrop Grumman Military and Civil Space. "We are looking forward to seeing our sensors capture the first light of real-time world events shortly, and seeing this data delivered to the warfighter will make us proud."

    The Atlas V, flying for the 69th time, is launching in its most frequently flown configuration, with no solid rocket motors added to the first stage booster.

    The mission is the first of at least seven ULA plans to launch from the Space Coast this year, along with four more from California. Overall, the 45th Space Wing has projected that the Eastern Range could host more than 30 launches this year by ULA, SpaceX and Orbital ATK rockets.


  • 01/20/2017 10:36 PM

    Police: Markeith Loyd used same gun to kill ex-girlfriend, Orlando officer

    Lt. Debra Clayton was lying on her back when Markeith Loyd fatally shot her "execution style" in the neck during their encounter at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9, according to a newly released warrant.

    Clayton was leaving the John Young Parkway grocery store around 7:15 a.m. when a woman approached her and told her that Loyd, who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, was behind her in line at the store.

    Loyd wore camouflage pants, black shoes and a black shirt with the word "Security" printed on it. Underneath it was the same type of bulletproof vest that the Orlando Police Department uses, officials said. The murder suspect was at the store buying a black hoodie and some grocery items.

    Clayton ran approximately 10 feet behind Loyd as he ran between two concrete pillars. Loyd looped around one of the pillars, drew his gun and pointed it at Clayton, the report said. Clayton pulled out her gun and turned to run toward the parking lot when Loyd fired three rounds at her, according to police.

    One of the bullets hit Clayton in her right hip, causing her to fall on the ground and hit her face on the pavement. The other two bullets struck vehicles that were parked nearby.

    Timeline: How the hunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfolded

    Still lying on the ground with no way to take cover, the officer rolled onto her back and aimed at Loyd, the report said.

    The suspect walked toward Clayton and fired several shots, police said. Clayton fired at him seven times. Loyd ran counterclockwise around Clayton, took aim toward her head and fired several more rounds, the warrant said.

    The exchange of gunfire lasted 6 seconds.

    Clayton was struck four times: one bullet in the hip, another going through her buttock and shattering her hipbone; one in the thigh and one going through her neck and lodging in her shoulder.

    The Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Clayton could have survived all the bullets except the one to her neck. Based on the projectile of that bullet, Loyd was standing over Clayton when he fired the fatal shot, police said.

    Three officers at the scene tried to administer CPR until paramedics arrived and took Clayton to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m.

    Clayton and Loyd both fired their weapons eight times during the exchange. Loyd used the same gun that he used to kill 24-year-old Dixon on Dec. 13 in Pine Hills, police said.

    After the final shots were fired, Loyd ran to a car parked nearby and "casually (left) the area," according to police.

    Loyd drove the dark green Mercury to Royal Oak Apartments and fired two shots when he saw a deputy approaching him in an unmarked car, police said. He then carjacked a man at gunpoint and drove the victim's 2013 Volkswagen Passat through a fence, police said.

    The Volkswagen was found unoccupied at Brookside Apartments with Loyd's clothes inside. A hole in the shirt indicated that he had been shot in the chest, but the bulletproof vest prevented him from being injured.

    The warrant, which was released Friday after Loyd's first court appearance on the charges related to Clayton's death, did not detail what happened during the nine-day manhunt for Loyd.

    [Scroll down to read the arrest warrant in its entirety]

    Loyd was arrested Tuesday night at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood. When he was questioned by police, Loyd repeatedly "grumbled incoherently" in response to questions about why he shot Clayton when she was already on her back, police said.

    He told police that Clayton drew her weapon first and she wouldn't have been killed if she had waited for backup.

    Loyd claimed self-defense in Dixon's death. Loyd said Dixon's brother, Ronald Stewart, attacked him during the encounter. Stewart is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

    Loyd is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest while committing an offense in connection with Clayton's death.

    He also faces charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child by death of the mother, attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with Dixon's death.

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    More News 6 team coverage:

    Timeline: How the hunt for Markeith Loyd unfolded

    Friends mourn loss of deputy killed searching for suspected cop killer

    What we know about fallen Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton

    Witness describes moments after OPD officer was fatally shot

    Shooter in pregnant woman's death has extensive criminal history

    Photos: Orlando officer slain, Orange County deputy dies, manhunt


  • 01/20/2017 07:25 PM

    Pleasant weather to be expected Friday night, Saturday

    In Orlando today we hit a high of 83. That is 12 degrees above normal.

    Now that the sun has set the temperatures are in the 70s and dropping quickly.

    Tonight the low drops into the mid 60s and patchy fog will make a return.

    Saturday will bring in more warmth and a high of 82. We do have a chance of showers Saturday, but they will come late in the day and be few and far between. Rain chances are only 20 percent,

    Sunday is a day of change.

    Most of the day is breezy and warm. The high Sunday will still make it back to 80.

    Then a cold front induced squall line will march through. The action will move over Orlando between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Rain chances are 70 percent.

    We are in the marginal zone for severe storms.

    There is also the possibility of an isolated tornado.


  • 01/20/2017 06:49 PM

    Sex predator who won lottery settles lawsuit

    A convicted sex predator who won a $3 million Florida Lottery jackpot has settled a lawsuit filed by his alleged victims. The plaintiffs' suit against Timothy Poole, 45, was scheduled to go trial this week in Orange County Circuit Court. However, like many other civil cases, the parties were able to reach an agreement days before jury selection was expected to begin. The terms of that settlement are confidential and have not been disclosed. In December 2014, Poole struck it rich playing a Super Millions scratch-off ticket purchased at a Mount Dora 7-Eleven store. Lottery officials said he chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2,219,807. A News 6 investigation revealed that Poole is a convicted sexual predator who is required to register his home address with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In 1996, Poole was accused of sexually molesting two boys, ages 5 and 9. He served three years in prison after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of attempted sexual battery. Poole insists he is innocent, despite entering a plea in the case. "It may be hard for some to believe, but sometimes people are wrongly accused," Poole told Local 6 in 2014. Following news of Poole's big lottery jackpot, his alleged victims, now adults, filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages. The plaintiffs claimed Poole, a family friend and babysitter, molested them multiple times in their home, his truck and at his house beginning in 1996. The alleged victims claim Poole's actions caused "significant physical, mental, emotional and sexual harm," according to their lawsuit. "There is no price tag for something like that," the plaintiff's attorney, Mark NeJame, said after filing the lawsuit. "One of the concerns our clients had was that this individual does not use the power of the money he's received to victimize others," attorney Jason Recksiedler told News 6 in 2014. The attorneys said they were prohibited from disclosing details about the settlement agreement with Poole. Poole was not at his Mount Dora home when a News 6 reporter stopped by Friday, according to an unidentified person who answered the door. Poole did not respond to an email and phone message seeking comment on the lawsuit settlement. Less than a month before the civil case was scheduled to go to trial, Poole's attorney filed paperwork with the court requesting to be withdrawn as the lottery winner's lawyer. "There has come an impasse in the handling of this case," Christopher H. Morrison wrote. "It is not possible for the client and attorney to continue to work cooperatively on the case." Shortly after winning the multi-million lottery prize, Poole moved into a 20-year-old, $85,000 mobile home located across the street from his previous house, records show. People close to Poole tell News 6 he used some of his winnings to expand his late mother's taxi cab business. The plaintiffs' attorneys suggested the alleged victims and their family did not immediately sue Poole since the convicted sex predator did not have many assets prior to his lottery jackpot. In 2010, Florida lawmakers eliminated the statute of limitations dictating when a juvenile victim of sexual abuse could file a civil lawsuit. There is now no time limit for legal action to be taken if the victim was age 16 or younger when the sex crime occurred. "But for that law being passed, my clients would have had no opportunity for recourse," Recksiedler said. Under state law, sex offenders and predators are allowed to play and win prizes from the Florida Lottery. After Poole's jackpot, some Florida legislators unsuccessfully attempted to pass a law that would have required any sex offenders' lottery winnings to be placed in an escrow account for a year, giving victims an opportunity to make a claim.

Child Car Seat Fittings and Education

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 bgillet@lakemaryfl.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.

316.613 Child restraint requirements.—


Community Crime Watch

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:

Central Florida Crime Prevention Association

National Crime Prevention Council

Crime Prevention Tips


Welcome to the HOLM Web Site

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.

The Mission of the HOA is dedicated to preserving and enhansing the quality of life in our neighborhood through outstanding leadership, services, and stewardship of our resources.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy touring our website.


Register on our site and Join our e-mail List!

Register for access to the Homeowner only area of our website. To Register for membership, click the link on the top left of this page. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will be notified by e-mail.

The Members only area of the website provides access to valuable information and documents for our Association.

Our new Website allows you to join our neighborhood email list. If you would like us to add you to the list, please Register as a Member on our website. Being on the email list allows us to communicate with you on neighborhood issues and alert you to security situations in the neighborhood such as break-ins, robberies and vandalism. We are able to send emails to residents within hours of receiving this information. Our email list can also help reunite many lost pets with their owners!


Keep Our Community Clean

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.


Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting Will be held on Wednesday January 4 2017 at 6:30 p.m.at the Lake Mary Community Building, 140 East Wilbur Avenue (cross street Country Club Road), Lake Mary.


Farmer's Market

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


Wine and Food

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.