04/23/2017 11:56 PMHundreds of people were packed into an area near the trams as one broke down for a second time in just days. Now airport officials said it could keep happening. The airport is under a $3 billion construction project and an airport representative explained there will be some bumps in the road while the work is being done . If the tram does break down again, airport workers are learning to respond quicker. But the same tram broke down just last week and many travelers described the tram trouble from Sunday as a nightmare. "There were 500 people there waiting to get onto a bus to get to the other terminal. It was crazy!" said Terri Stovall, who was heading back home to Texas after a weekend trip to Orlando with her husband. The couple had just gotten through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint when they saw a crowd of people packed by the trams. "People were missing their flights. The crowd was getting angry. It was just nuts," Stovall said. An airport representative said the incident went smoother than what happened four days ago when the same tram broke down for three hours, affecting up to 7,000 passengers. Some people had to wait for shuttle buses or walk to their gate. Since then, airport officials met and made changes. On Sunday, they made sure to raise up the volume on the intercom so travelers could hear what was happening more clearly. They also opened the walkway faster. But Stovall said Sunday was chaotic and everyone seemed confused. "I was thinking, 'I don't want to be the next YouTube video of a trip gone bad,' you know? The one that goes viral these days," Stovall said.
When the tram broke down Wednesday, it was because of a dead battery on a door sensor. The airport representative it's still unclear why the tram broke down again Sunday.
04/23/2017 11:15 PM
Rain is making its way into Central Florida on Sunday, especially in the evening and night.
"There was a lot of rain over south Florida, with some areas receiving around 4 inches of rain, which was good news for the Everglades," News 6's Danny Treanor said.
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That area of rain and moisture is moving toward Central Florida, and combined with another area of rain to the west, a collision will occur Sunday evening and night. The collision will result in scattered showers around the area, with about 50 percent coverage.
Some areas could see a thunderstorm and some downpours.
"Generally speaking, rainfall amounts will not be over a quarter of an inch or lower," Treanor said. "This will help the drought situation, but not cure it."[WEATHER: Extended forecast | Radar | Warnings | Pinpoint Weather Zones ] [DOWNLOAD: Pinpoint, Hurricane apps | SHARE: Weather pictures]
Monday evening, dry air will return and start drying the area out again.
"Most of the upcoming week will be rain-void," Treanor said.
Cloudy and rainy skies will drop the overnight lows down to 68 degrees in Orlando, 66 degrees in Palm Bay and 64 degrees in Ocala.
Some morning rains are still possible, but sunshine will return by Monday afternoon, with high temperatures topping out at 86 degrees in Melbourne, 82 degrees in Orlando and 81 degrees in Daytona Beach.
Temperatures for the upcoming week could hit 92 degrees by Friday.
04/23/2017 11:12 PMPolice said there were two armed robberies around 9 p.m. Sunday in Leesburg. The first robbery happened at a Domino's Pizza in the Gateway Plaza and the second took place at a Dollar General store on Palmetto Street, police said. Police said they believe the robberies were committed by different individuals and were not connected in any way.
Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.
04/23/2017 10:08 PMThe Orlando Solar Bears lost 5-1 to the Florida Everblades in Game 5 of the South Division semifinals Sunday.
The Solar Bears, who hold a 3-2 lead in the series, will play the Everblades again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Germain Arena.
04/23/2017 09:40 PM
A brush fire in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge that grew to more than 4,700 acres over the weekend has been 77 percent contained, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
The blaze, which is off Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Candice Stevenson said.
Fish and Wildlife fire officials spoke Friday about a containment plan for the blaze, which had only spread to about 500 acres.
Road closures for the fire have included Blackpoint Wildlife Drive and State Road 406 between state roads 402 and 3, Stevenson said.
Fire and forestry officials have been concerned about dry conditions making Brevard County prone to wildfires.
Neighboring counties last week had several new brush fires, but Brevard had none.
Friday's fire came as Brevard rose five points on the Keetch-Byram drought index, meaning the threat of wildfires remains high and is increasing. The index, scored on a scale from zero to 800, estimates ground dryness and fluctuates based on the amount of rain each day, or lack thereof. The county's average increased 570 because of the lack of rain, Florida Forest Service officials said.
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday night and Monday, which could bring rain, but also lightning strikes that would exacerbate the dryness problem if the bolts hit areas where it doesn't precipitate.
Smoke from fires in Orange County could result in traffic shutdowns on thoroughfares between Brevard and Orange, officials advised.
Smoke from the Merritt Island fire was drifting toward Mims and Scottsmoor, which could cause traffic problems there, Stevenson said.
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, the fire was 4,738 acres and 42 percent contained, fire officials said.#BlackpointFire at Merritt Island NWR is now 4738 acres & 42%contained #USFWS firefighters are working to contain the fire #FLfire pic.twitter.com/hZdaJ3sG2C-- USFWS Fire SE (@USFWSFireSE) April 22, 2017
Fire officials said the fire was 56 percent contained at 4,738 acres Sunday morning.#BlackpointFire at Merritt Island NWR is 4,738 acres and 56% contained this morning https://t.co/ZWUviQbzNd #FLfire #USFWS pic.twitter.com/PztAjZFZOR-- USFWS Fire SE (@USFWSFireSE) April 23, 2017 As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 4,738 acres and 77 percent contained, fire officials said. #BlackpointFire is now 77% contained and 4,738 acres #USFWS firefighters will be patrolling and mopping up tonight and tomorrow #FLfire-- USFWS Fire SE (@USFWSFireSE) April 23, 2017
04/23/2017 08:15 PM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Argentina for a trade mission organized by the state's embattled economic development agency.
Scott was scheduled to leave Sunday evening and travel to Buenos Aires, the capital of the South American nation. He will return to Florida on Thursday.
This is Scott's 13th trip abroad since he became governor in 2011. Former Gov. Jeb Bush took 16 trade missions during his eight years in office.
Scott has defended the trips as a way to open doors for Florida-based companies seeking business abroad. The trip is being organized by Enterprise Florida, which Republicans in the Florida House want to dismantle.
He traveled previously to the South American countries of Brazil and Chile, as well as Japan, Israel, England, France, Spain, Canada and Panama.
04/23/2017 08:10 PM
Cyle Larin scored two goals to help Orlando City coach Jason Kreis beat his former team New York City FC, 2-1 on Sunday to move atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Larin has nine goals in seven games against NYCFC (3-3-1). Orlando City (5-1-0) has won three straight and has a two-point lead over Columbus and the New York Red Bulls in the conference. NYCFC had its 11-game (9-0-2) regular season home unbeaten streak snapped.
Larin scored on a cross from Scott Sutter in the 31st minute, and added a header goal in the 51st minute for his sixth goal of the season.
David Villa scored from outside the penalty area with a shot that bent around goalkeeper Joe Bendik to the far post and into the back of the net in the 74th minute for NYCFC.
Kreis returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time since being dismissed in 2015 as NYCFC's inaugural coach.
04/23/2017 07:39 PM
It has been a deadly weekend on the roads in Central Florida, and troopers said it's drawing major concern.
There have been six crashes reported in Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties since Friday night.
FHP is investigating five of the crashes, including one involving driver who hit a pedestrian Saturday night on Florida Rock Road in Orange County. According to reports from the scene, the victim was pinned underneath the vehicle.
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On Saturday afternoon, troopers responded to Hartzog and Avalon Roads after a driver traveled into a grassy shoulder, hit a tree and was ejected. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
In Ormond Beach, police shut down South Yonge Street and Division Avenue for hours after a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. Police said one person died and another was sent to the hospital with serious injuries.
In Seminole County, troopers responded to Beardall Avenue near Hughey Street Saturday morning after a driver veered off the road and collided with trees. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers determined the vehicle was stolen out of Sanford.
Early Saturday morning, a teenager was killed while riding his skateboard in Orange County. Troopers said Ryan Fischer, 35, was driving his motorcycle along Avalon Park Boulevard when he crashed into the victim.
Troopers said Fischer ran and hid in a nearby backyard until troopers arrested him. They're waiting on toxicology reports to see if alcohol played a factor in the crash.
FHP responded to a fatal crash Friday night in west Orange County on Apopka Vineland Road at AD Mims. Troopers said a 77-year-old man died and three people were sent to the hospital after two cars crashed and one flipped.
FHP released the following statement in light of all the fatal crashes from over the weekend:
"Anytime we see a spike in fatal crashes like we have seen the last several days in draws major concern. Every crash was completely different from the other, and that right there tells us we just need to continue to make driving our number one priority when behind the wheel. If you're unsure about a left or right turn because of oncoming traffic, wait. If you're walking around at night, wear bright clothes and please stay out of the roadway. FHP takes this spike in fatal crashes very serious because each crash results in multiple families that are affected. We ask Central Florida to help us reduce crashes as a whole by packing your patience in the car every time you start your engine and always air on the side of caution."
According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there have been 57 traffic fatalities in Orange County so far this year.
However, the number of actual crashes in Orange County so far in 2017 appears to be down. The state is reporting almost 9,000 crashes from the beginning of the year through April 22, compared to 10,303 crashes from January through April 2016.
04/23/2017 07:37 PMA Sanford man is in jail without bail , accused of trying to kill his adult stepson after they got into a fight on their front porch. Police said they responded to the domestic incident at East 25th Street and South Summerlin Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Police said they found the gun Thomas Lathrop, 71, used at his home, but some of the man's family is sticking by him, claiming he's not a violent person. "It's very heartbreaking," said Aldrena Lathrop , Lathrop's niece. Aldrena told News 6 that her uncle was a never violent person and raised his stepson, Frank Fort, out of the goodness of his heart. She blamed the stepson for starting the fight, saying he's often disrespectful. "I can never imagine my uncle hurting anyone" she said. "I'm quite sure he provoked it. You have a 71-year-old man that's devoted his life to someone else's kids and this is how you reward it in the end? It's not right. It's not fair." Police said the gun used was registered to Thomas Lathrop. Lathrop's wife said the two were arguing about where to sit on the front porch when Lathrop suddenly fired two shots. Police said Fort is now fighting for his life at an area hospital.
Lathrop is charged with premeditated murder. He made his first court appearance in Seminole County at 9 a.m. Sunday and was denied bail . His next court appearance is scheduled for June 13.
04/23/2017 03:41 PM
The News 6 family just gained a new member.
News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos gave birth to a healthy girl Saturday night.
Alessia Grace was born at 10:55 p.m. She weighed 6.65 pounds and was 19.75 inches long.
Both mom and the baby, as well as dad, are doing well.
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.
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:
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.
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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!
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.