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  • 02/22/2018 08:15 AM

    WATCH LIVE: Broward sheriff gives update on school shooting investigation

    Here's the latest on the fatal school shooting in Florida.

    3:45 p.m.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says a visit to a Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot has prompted him to change his stance on large capacity magazines.

    Rubio visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and a few days later met with its teachers. He said he was told that several people were able to escape because 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz stopped and reloaded the rifle he used during the Feb. 14 attack.

    The Florida Republican, who was challenged by survivors and family members during a contentious meeting broadcast on CNN on Wednesday, said this is "evidence in this case that it saved the lives of some people."

    Rubio has been sharply criticized since the shooting because he has received support from groups like the National Rifle Association during his political career.

    3 p.m.

    Survivors of the Florida school shooting have come under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who have threatened them as they seek tighter gun laws.

    One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the cameras.

    In the face of such attacks, the students have been undeterred, confronting the trolls head-on in national television interviews and on social media.

    David Hogg recorded a harrowing video of the shooting. He says he's amused by the trolls. And he regards their attacks as evidence that the teens' efforts are working and "changing the world."

    2 p.m.

    A top FBI official is acknowledging the agency has lost public trust after it botched a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting.

    David Bowdich is the FBI's acting deputy director. He says the bureau is "doing everything we can" to regain that trust. And he says it made a mistake by failing to investigate a tip that the suspect may be plotting mass violence.

    Bowdich says the FBI is still reviewing what went wrong, noting that processes were in place that were not followed.

    He says losing the public's faith and confidence is the greatest threat to the agency.

    The failure comes as the FBI is already under intense political pressure, primarily related to its investigation of Trump ties to Russia.

    1:15 p.m.

    Hundreds have gathered to remember a 37-year-old assistant football coach and security guard gunned down while helping students to safety during a mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine's Day.

    Aaron Feis was remembered Thursday as a loyal friend and a hero during an emotional funeral service that began with football players carrying the casket into the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, not far from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    Joe LaGuardia, who attended high school with Feis at Stoneman Douglas, described him as "one of the greatest people I have ever known." He recalled hearing about the Feb. 14 shooting while preparing to go to an Ash Wednesday service.

    He said, "I knew that Aaron would be running to save lives, I just knew it."

    Former student Brandon Corona called Feis a "counselor to those who had no father figure."

    12:40 p.m.

    President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises "are a very negative thing."

    Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. The youngest of Trump's five children, 11-year-old Barron, attends a private school in Potomac, Maryland.

    The president says he'd prefer what he called a "hardened school" over active-shooter drills. Trump has said making schools safer will be a top priority for the administration. He has floated the idea of arming teachers as a possible deterrent.

    Trump spoke as he opened a school-safety discussion with state and local officials at the White House in response to the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school last week.

    12:02 p.m.

    President Donald Trump says he's speaking with members of Congress about making schools safer following last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

    Trump is discussing the issue with state and local officials from around the country who are at the White House. Trump says he also called many members of Congress on Wednesday night and that "they're into background checks." Trump did not identify the lawmakers he spoke with.

    He says they will raise age limits in an apparent reference to the minimum-age for buying an assault-style weapon.

    Trump says the group will also discuss opening mental institutions.

    Thursday's session follows one on Wednesday in which the president heard emotional pleas from students and parents affected by the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school.


    The daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King says she stands in solidarity with the survivors of the Florida school shooting as they seek solutions to school violence.

    Speaking Thursday at The King Center in Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King said the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "gives us an opportunity to lay aside for a moment our differences and really look at how we can come together as humanity and move forward with these injustices and these evils that continue to beset us."

    King commended the surviving students and said she plans to join and support them during the March for Our Lives in Washington next month and in other planned efforts.

    King said that as the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, she hopes we can "look toward solutions as these young people are forcing us to have the conversations, bipartisan conversations."

    11:06 a.m.

    Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration will make school safety "our top national priority" after last week's attack on a high school in Parkland, Florida.

    Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Pence recounted President Donald Trump's calls for strengthening the federal background check system for purchasing firearms and for regulating bump-stocks like those used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

    Calling school shootings "evil in our time," Pence called on those in positions of authority "to find a way to come together with American solutions."

    It was a markedly different tone than that deployed on stage minutes earlier by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, who delivered an unbowed defense of gun ownership and lashed out at Democrats -- saying they are using the tragedy for "political gain."

    11 a.m.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is giving fellow Sen. Marco Rubio credit for being the only Republican to attend a televised town hall meeting after the school shooting in their state.

    He also criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott for not showing up at the Wednesday meeting.

    Nelson told a group of Democratic state senators on Thursday that Rubio "had the guts to be there when Governor Scott did not."

    Scott is likely to challenge Nelson as he seeks a fourth term in the Senate this November. Nelson questioned Scott's commitment to make meaningful change after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

    10:15 a.m.

    Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing supporters of gun control of exploiting the mass school shooting in Florida to promote an anti-gun agenda.

    NRA leader Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He says Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy are eager to blame the NRA and are calling "for even more government control."

    He says opponents of gun rights want to "sweep under the carpet" the failure of school safety, families "and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI" to prevent the shootings.

    LaPierre and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch are addressing conservatives at CPAC.

    Loesch says many in the media "love mass shootings," adding, "crying white mothers are ratings gold."

    9:47 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is offering a full-throated backing of the National Rifle Association.

    Trump says on Twitter Thursday: "What many people don't understand, or don't want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the (at)NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

    The president, a strong supporter of gun rights, is publicly weighing some gun control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Florida last week that left 17 dead.

    He has expressed interest in strengthening background checks, banning "bump stock" style devices and raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing more weapons than at present.

    9:08 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is meeting with state and local officials from around the country to discuss school safety.

    The White House says attendees at a session Thursday include Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, both Republicans. The Democratic Mayor of Parkland, Florida, Christine Hunschofsky, will also participate. She is the mayor of the town where 17 people were killed in a school shooting last week.

    Trump will also hear from local police, health and education officials. He is seeking to show action in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    On Wednesday, Trump heard from students and parents impacted by the Parkland shooting, as well as past mass shootings.

    8:23 a.m.

    President Donald Trump says he wants to see action on a series of gun control measures, saying "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

    Trump was speaking on Twitter Thursday. He says: "I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!"

    He did not immediately offer more details.

    Trump appeared to be endorsing a plan to raise the minimum age to buy assault-type weapons.

    He has previously expressed interest in efforts to strengthen the federal background check system. It was not clear if he would back closing loopholes that permit loose private sales on the internet and at gun shows.

    7:49 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is continuing to talk about the possibility of arming teachers, saying he means concealed weapons for "gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best."

    Trump spoke on Twitter Thursday morning. He tweeted: "I never said `give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake News (at)CNN & (at)NBC." Trump says that giving concealed weapons to highly trained teachers would allow them to, in his words, "immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions."

    Trump added: "Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this." He says: "ATTACKS WOULD END!"

    At a White House listening session on gun violence Wednesday, Trump raised the idea of arming some teachers with concealed weapons.

    7:35 a.m.

    For almost a half-hour after a school shooter dropped his assault-style rifle and escaped Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police officers thought they were seeing his actions live on the school's security system.

    They soon realized the images were tape delayed, which Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi told the Sun-Sentinel made a chaotic situation more confusing.

    The 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was captured an hour later in a neighborhood about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the school where 17 people died Feb. 14.

    The newspaper reports police transmissions show that police initially couldn't get to security cameras. Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference he didn't know about the security system delays but would look into it.

    12:30 a.m.

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre want the Legislature to enact stricter limits on guns. What that might entail remains debatable -- if any changes are forthcoming at all.

    The 100 Stoneman Douglas survivors who traveled 400 miles to Tallahassee were welcomed into the gun-friendly halls of power Wednesday, but the students' goal of a ban on assault-style rifles, such as the weapon used in the shooting had been taken off the table a day earlier.

    More limited measures are still possible.

    Republican legislative leaders may raise the age limit for rifle purchases. They may also increase funding for mental health programs and police officers assigned to schools and enact a waiting period for rifle purchases.

    12:11 a.m.

    President Donald Trump is pledging to be "very strong on background checks." And he suggests he'd support allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons to be ready for intruders.

    Trump listened intently Wednesday to the raw emotion as students and parents appealed to the president to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

    The president had invited the teen survivors of school violence and parents of murdered children in a show of his resolve against gun violence in the wake of last week's shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and in past years at schools in Connecticut and Colorado. The latest episode has prompted a renewed and growing call for stronger gun control.

    Trump later tweeted that he would "always remember" the meeting. "So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!"

  • 02/22/2018 03:25 PM

    'I wanna see the blood:' Girl makes school shooting threat, deputies say

    A 12-year-old girl is accused of making a hoax online threat about shooting up three Central Florida schools Wednesday evening, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

    The girl, a South Seminole Middle School student, used her cellphone to post a threat of shootings and explosives at Casselberry Elementary, South Seminole Middle School and Sterling Park Elementary, a news release said.

    According to an affidavit, the girl created an Instagram account with the username "bombsbombsbomns9" and made posts stating, "I wanna see the blood, and the dead bodies of everyone there." An image posted to the account featured an assault rifle surrounded by bullets, the report said.

    Casselberry Chief of Police Larry D. Krantz said the girl was arrested on a charge of threatening to discharge a destructive device. The student did not have any weapons or bomb-making materials, according to authorities.

    Krantz said the girl was upset about negative comments her classmates were making about the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, so she posted the social media threat to prove a point.

    The girl has no past disciplinary issues or history with law enforcement and she was remorseful about what she did, officials said.

    "In light of the recent tragic events, I am saddened a 12-year-old used social media to make threats against our students, which caused parents to worry for the safety of their children. We take these threats very seriously and will work with the Seminole County School Board and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to diligently investigate any threat or concern effecting the safety of our students and community," Krantz said. "Let me be clear, their actions have serious consequences and will result in their arrest."

    Deputies from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Casselberry Police Department searched all three schools and nothing suspicious was found.

    Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said law enforcement will continue to take threats seriously.

    "Our children's safety is our highest priority, and anyone looking to create a climate of fear or school disruption will be located and arrested," Lemma said.

    Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Walt Griffin agreed that any student who makes a hoax threat will face disciplinary action.

    "These types of threats are no laughing matter. Our district has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and any student making such claims will faces severe consequences such as possible expulsion," Griffin said.

    During a news conference Thursday afternoon, officials discussed school safety measures and the importance of parents monitoring what their children do online.

    Lemma said that while hoax threats have made headlines recently, there have only been two arrests in Seminole County this academic year related to incidents of that nature.

    The second arrest came after a boy at Jackson Heights Middle School yelled a shooting threat during his gym class, authorities said.

    Lemma and Griffin noted that every school in Seminole County has a resource officer on campus and that officials plan to add an additional officer at Lake Mary High School, Lake Howell High School, Hagerty High School and Winter Springs High School.

    "I fee like we're doing everything we need to do in terms of armed personnel being on campus," Griffin said.

    Neither official thought that arming teachers would be a necessary step to take in Seminole County.

  • 02/22/2018 04:38 PM

    UCF to manage Puerto Rico's historic Arecibo Observatory

    When it comes to planetary science, the University of Central Florida stepped into the big leagues Thursday with the announcement that the Orlando university will take over managing one of the world's largest telescopes: the Arcebio Observatory in Puerto Rico.

    The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded UCF a five-year agreement that on April 1 will hand over the reins to the 18-acre facility which has a more than 50-year history of scientific discoveries. Arecibo was managed for 30 years by Cornell University and later by Stanford University.

    "We're in the same sentence as Cornell," Ray Lugo, director of UCF's Florida Space Institute, said.

    The partnership translates to a bigger name for UCF in planetary science. Between the university's Florida Space Institute and the physics department there are about 15 faculty members. With the addition of Arcebio, that number will double.

    "I'm very excited for the planetary science group," Lugo said. "We go from a second-tier science program, (to where) we're clearly now in the upper tier."

    After the announcement, Lugo said all of UCF's physics faculty members reached out to their counterparts at Arecibo and two UCF professors are currently working in Puerto Rico.

    Radio astronomy is an area where UCF can expect to grow in its new role. Dr. Yan Fernandez is the university's only radio astronomer on staff. Lugo said once things get going every physics faculty member will gave their own proposals and science at the observatory.

    UCF Vice President of Research Liz Klonoff said Arecibo will also be crucial in expanding UCF's already well-known work on asteroids. Faculty members have served on science teams for many NASA missions, including the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, currently chasing Asteroid Bennu for a sample collection.

    "[Arecibo] is a necessary part to finding asteroids and where they are going," Klonoff said, referring to tracking objects that could one day impact Earth.

    It's a triple-threat partnership with UCF, Yang Enterprises, Inc. and Puerto Rico's Universidad Metropolitana creating the Arecibo Observatory Management Team.

    UCF will manage the overall science programs. Yang Enterprises, an Oviedo company led by UCF alum Tim Yang, will be responsible for maintenance and operations, which includes restoring the facility that was damaged during Hurricane Maria. Universidad Metropolitana will handle outreach to students and other events.

    Arecibo Director Francisco Córdova will continue on leading staff at the facility located in the karst hills of western Puerto Rico.

    "The Arecibo Observatory is a very special place," Córdova said. "It is currently the leading research facility in the areas of radar sciences, planetary sciences and space atmospheric science in the world. We are very excited about this new collaboration. I believe together we can do great things and continue to push the boundaries of science and STEM education across the globe."

    Klonoff said Arecibo will enable the university to play a vital role in helping the U.S. territory rebuild after Hurricane Maria.

    "From our prospective it is more than just the science," Klonoff said. "The science is really import, the science certainly helps augment UCF's role in planetary science, but there is more than that."

    After the storm, many university students and industry professionals left for Florida or elsewhere, creating a brain drain, Klonoff said.

    The significance of Arecibio is ingrained in Puerto Rican culture and history. UCF had to receive approval from the country's historical board before they were granted the agreement from the NSF. That's something Klonoff said university officials don't take lightly.

    "After Hurricane Maria, everyone was offering to take Puerto Rican students," Klonoff said of universities, including UCF. "We now have incentives for them to go home."

    UCF plans to retain at least 95 percent of the staff currently working at Arecibo.

    The disaster-aid funding approved by Congress last year included $16 million for the observatory to make repairs. The giant telescope was back up and running a few months after the September hurricane knocked out power to the entire island.

    "This is a win-win-win," Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. said. "It's good for UCF and Florida, it's good for Puerto Rico, and it will enable thousands of scientists who do research at Arecibo each year to continue their work."

    Arecibo is working, but not at it's full potential, Lugo said. Right now it's the repairs are temporary, similar to a blue tarp before a full roof repair.

    The $16 million will cover repairs to a large antenna that points at the telescope reflector and replacing a cable that's suspended above the huge dome. Lugo estimates the permanent fixes will take up to four years.

    Klonoff said the work UCF will do restoring and managing the facility known for discoveries, including detecting extragalactic radio pulses and tracking near-Earth objects, will give the university the ability to build a partnership that very few institution have the ability to do.

    "I don't know that UCF has had a partnership with a country before," Klonoff said.

  • 02/22/2018 03:45 PM

    Child rescued after Cocoa standoff; suspect arrested, police say

    A man who barricaded himself with a child inside a home surrendered to Cocoa police Thursday about 3:30 p.m. Police believe the child to be uninjured after the incident.

    Cocoa police and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office SWAT team converged on School Street for the domestic disturbance Thursday about noon Thursday after a woman holding a baby reported being held against her will, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

    The woman arrived at the Cocoa Police Department, telling officers that her boyfriend was still inside the School Street residence with her other child. She received minor injuries from her boyfriend, according to police reports.

    When uniformed police and SWAT officers arrived at the home, the man refused to leave or immediately release the child.

    Police did not immediately say if the man was armed during the standoff, which lasted over three hours.

    Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said that the man could be charged with domestic violence battery and false imprisonment. Detectives were interviewing the suspect Thursday afternoon.

    Also in the neighborhood, Cocoa police said they discovered a dead body in a nearby home. The cause of death was not immediately known. Police said the discovery is not related to the domestic violence call.

    Martinez said that while they were responding to that call, police noticed the man's door was open and were able to gain entry that way, Florida Today reported.

    "They basically told him to show his hands and he complied and we were able to get him into custody," Martinez said.

    This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and for updates.

  • 02/22/2018 04:28 PM

    Amber Alert issued for 8-year-old Florida girl

    A Florida Amber Alert had been issued for a missing 8-year-old Cape Coral girl.

    Juliet Odierna was last seen on Osasis Boulevard in Cape Coral, Florida. She was wearing a blue polo shirt, khaki shorts and black shoes. Odierna is 4 feet 3 inches tall and weights 80 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Officials believe Odierna may be in the company of Jennifer Odierna and Theodore Moschovas.

    Moschovas drives a 2016 black Hyundai Accent, that officials believe he is traveling with the child. His tag number is CBN9123 and he was last seen wearing a light blue shirt with white stripes, tan shorts and a white hat.

    If you have any information surrounding Odierna's whereabouts, please contact Florida Department of Law Enforcement at 239-574-3223.

  • 02/16/2018 09:28 AM

    Toy Story Land to debut at Walt Disney World June 30

    Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody, Jessie, Andy and Rex are coming to Central Florida as Toy Story Land is set to debut in June. The new attraction is based off the Pixar movie and a part of Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Guests can enjoy the Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster, and the Alien Swirling Saucers where you can spin with flying saucers and escape the grasp of "The Claw." This is in combination with the already popular carnival ride Toy Story Mania! that premiered in 2008.

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  • 02/22/2018 01:54 PM

    Preview: Officials reveal updated designs for temporary Pulse memorial

    Officials with the onePULSE Foundation revealed updated plans Thursday to begin working on a temporary memorial at Pulse nightclub next week.

    The interim memorial is designed to serve as an inviting space for the thousands of people who visit the area each year to pay their respects to the 49 people killed in the June 16, 2016 massacre until plans for a permanent one are finalized.

    "As we move to create a permanent memorial and museum to honor the 49 precious lives that were taken, we also know the importance of ensuring the families, survivors, first responders, and the community continue to have a place to reflect on what happened here," onePULSE Foundation executive director and nightclub owner Barbara Poma said. "The interim memorial will provide areas to leave messages, and will include seating, shade, lighting and trees - creating a meaningful and inviting space while planning is under way."

    The plans show a detailed mural that showcases the support shown by the Orlando community in the days after the shooting wrapping around the building.

    A new fence will also be put up around the property and the iconic Pulse sign, which is black and white with the letter "P" on it, will be enhanced, according to leaders with the foundation.

    Much of the work on the temporary memorial will be done off-site, including the preserving of memorial items and artifacts collected at the site.

    The collected items will be carefully preserved at the Orange County Regional History Center to be displayed at the permanent memorial and museum in the future, Pam Schwartz, chief curator of the History Center, said.

    "June 12, 2016, was an historic day in Orlando's history, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the lives taken, all those affected, and the outpouring of public support are not forgotten," Schwartz said. "We will use the utmost care and sensitivity in preserving the items that were so lovingly created and placed here - they will be integral as the onePULSE Foundation plans the museum."

    Families and survivors are invited to take home any items they left at the site ahead of the collection. Any remaining items will be collected Sunday.

    Work on the interim memorial is expected to begin Monday and be completed by the end of April, officials said. The work is not expected to have a major impact on the surrounding community.

    The designs for the temporary memorial were approved by the Orlando City Council in October. More information about the design plans and the memorial task force members involved in the planning efforts can be found here.

  • 02/22/2018 10:38 AM

    Sentencing set for man who ran over Orlando police officer

    The man who ran down and badly injured an Orlando police officer is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

    Edward Kelty, who was 17 at the time, struck Officer William Anderson with his car in 2015.

    Anderson was injured so badly he had to retire from the police force.

    At the sentencing, Anderson described the incident to the court and detailed his life-changing injuries.

    "The defendant has sentenced me and my family to a lifetime of pain and suffering," Anderson said.

    His wife also spoke at the sentencing.

    "We waited several long days and nights praying he would not die, praying I would not be a widow and my daughter would not lose her father," she said.

    Kelty pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter charges the day his trial was set to begin. He faces up to life in prison.

    Stay with for updates.

  • 02/22/2018 01:50 PM

    Stripper arms herself with BB gun after fight with rival dancer, police say

    An exotic dancer is accused of pointing a BB gun at her bosses after getting in a fight with another dancer on Wednesday, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

    Amber Colquitt, 28, told police she was dancing on stage at Pin-Ups gentlemen's club on International Speedway Boulevard and customers were throwing money at her, but another dancer who wasn't performing at the time was collecting the cash, the report said.

    The two dancers got involved in a verbal altercation so management stepped in and resolved it, saying that the other dancer wouldn't be punished because she only took $3, although Colquitt insisted it was $25, according to the affidavit.

    Colquitt said she was angry at that point so she got dressed and went to leave, but then saw the other dancer performing on stage so she took the money that performer was receiving, authorities said.

    The two dancers got into a physical altercation, which a security guard and a manager had to break up, according to the report.

    Colquitt told police that the security guard hit her as he was picking her up to take her out of the club so she yelled at him and the manager.

    "Yeah, I hit you. What are you gonna do about it?" the security guard said, according to the report.

    At that point, Colquitt went to her friend's vehicle and retrieved a BB gun that she had used during a photo shoot earlier that day, police said.

    She wrapped the BB gun in a jacket then went back over to where the two men were standing, according to the affidavit. She told police that she believed she could shoot the security guard in self-defense because he hit her.

    "You want to hit females. I got something for you. You still want to hit females?" Colquitt told the security guard, according to the report.

    At that point, the manager pulled out his gun and told Colquitt to drop her weapon and get down on the ground, authorities said.

    Colquitt was charged with aggravated assault without intent to kill.

  • 02/22/2018 01:45 PM

    Polk County gymnastics coach faces 40 additional child pornography charges

    A Polk County gymnastics coach is facing 40 additional child pornography charges after deputies say he admitted to downloading the images for years.

    Alexander Katchalov, 21, was arrested Jan. 30 for 22 counts of possession of child pornography. Deputies say after searching the facility, they discovered 22 videos, some featuring children as young as 3 years old. Deputies found 10 additional videos featuring children as young as 2 years old. Katchalov made his first appearance Thursday for the 40 additional counts of child pornography. ​ Katchalov was employed at Lakeland's Elite World Gymnastics training center. Deputies say even though Katchalov worked with children, it doesn't appear there are any local victims. "Thankfully, during our investigation, we have not determined there to be any local victims. However, if there are any local children who had regular contact with Katchalov and who have experienced any inappropriate contact from Katchalov, we want parents to call us if they believe their child is a victim. Katchalov was in possession of and regularly watched horrible, graphics, and sexually deviant child pornography and I am thankful for our detectives who did an outstanding job thoroughly searching his electronic devices and accounts." Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Alert Seminole!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) program provides an internet-based capability for federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local authorities to use in order to issue critical public alerts and warnings from a single portal to multiple communication pathways such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).


Seminole County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offers a "Reverse 9-1-1" system to inform citizens of hazards in their neighborhoods. This voice system works on land-line phones listed in the phone book. If you have an unlisted number, cellular phone or voice-over Internet phone. Alert Seminole is a FREE electronic notification system, which will notify your cell phone, pager or other text message enabled device when there is a Seminole County emergency. Go to Alert Seminole to register your electronic device and e-mail address for this valuable service.


For more information and to sign up, visit the Seminole County OEM website.

Damage at School Bus Stops

The Board of Directors has been contacted regarding the damage caused by the parking of vehicles at the school bus drop off and pick up area.

Please be mindful of parking at the bus stop to not encroach on neighboring lawns near the roadway which causes damage to sprinkler systems as well as respecting the private property of our homeowners.

We would not want request the only option available to move the bus stop from the interior of the community to the front entrance on Route 46A which will pose a safety risk to the children.

Thank you for your cooperation respecting our neighbors property.

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 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

Online Guide to Crime Prevention

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.

Assessment Due

If you haven't already paid, the Annual Assessment, is now past due. Late fees apply. Please contact the Association to arrange payment.

Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting Will be held on Wednesday March 7 2018 at 6:30 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.