09/26/2016 01:11 PM
Authorities are working to rescue a pygmy sperm whale that is beached at Port Canaveral, sheriff's officials said.
Brevard County sheriff's spokesman Dave Jacobs said the whale is on the north side of the inlet.
Sea World, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Commission and the Brevard Sheriff's Office have been working on freeing the animal since about 11 a.m. Monday.
No other details have been released.
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09/26/2016 12:42 PM
A man accused of hitting and killing a 10-year-old girl while she was riding her bike in Ocoee last year accepted a plea deal on Monday, officials said.
Court officials said LaStevie Howard pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash with death and leaving the scene with serious bodily injury.
Howard will be sentenced Oct. 13.
Pictures of a smiling Aubrey Clark are posted on her parents' Facebook page, "Aubrey's Angels." They show her as a 10-year-old girl. Her family wrote that she is "missed every second of every single day."
Ocoee police said Howard was driving an SUV in January 2015 on Clarke Road near Silver Star Road when his vehicle hit Aubrey and her classmate, who were riding their bikes home from school.
Aubrey was seriously hurt. The other child suffered minor injuries.
After she spent two weeks in the hospital fighting for her life, Aubrey's family decided to take her off life support.
Police released red-light camera video that they said showed Howard driving away about a half-mile after the crash, passing up a chance to return to the site of the wreck.
Howard's lawyer told News 6 that Howard did return to the crash site, claiming that the father of four knew it was a serious accident.
09/26/2016 12:36 PM
Two hundred twenty-four pounds lost.
Laura Harless lost that amount of weight in 22 months and has kept if off since 2011.
Harless began gaining weight at age 5 and she was bullied by peers and even teachers throughout her childhood.
"I was an active child, I loved bike riding, I loved jumped rope," she said.
But she still could not lose the weight. She tried various programs for six months at a time, but she still did not see results.
A vacation to Universal's Island of Adventure was one of the various reasons she was inspired to lose weight.
She was riding rides all day at the park with her best friend and eagerly waiting to ride Universal's Dragon Challenge ride.
"It didn't occur to me to check (the seats out front). At the time I didn't have any problems and as I said I didn't really feel it.
"And then my friend and I got onto the ride and I couldn't fit into a regular sized seats," she said.
"And the ones for heavier people were not available and they took us on the ride and I had to stand over to the other side, which was embarrassing enough. And then the next car came and they tried to put me into a heavier sized seat and they had to shove me into it," she said.
She said never blamed Universal for it and it wasn't their fault.
The theme park embarrassment, a family member's death, and a will to lose the weight were enough for her to change.
She made up her mind that she needed to get help and she wanted to change her life.
"I didn't want to go to a doctor before then because I was embarrassed I couldn't do it on my own," she said.
Harless consulted a doctor to start her on her weight loss journey.
"I didn't want surgery, I didn't want any kind of pills or anything else. I wanted to change my lifestyle because I knew that's what it would take to lose it and keep it off was to change everything that I was doing," she continued.
She followed the plan that her doctor set forth: eat small meals every two-and-a-half to three hours and 40 minutes of exercise a day.
Her starting weight was 376 pounds in June 2009 and by April 2011 she had lost 224 pounds.
She began just walking along with diet and exercise.
The first month she has lost 15 pounds from following the plan.
Harless would reward herself each time she would hit a weightless milestone.
One of those milestones was to return to Universal Orlando.
In August 2010, conquered the Dragon Challenge again.
"I didn't want to go to the park until I could ride every ride and I knew I couldn't and I didn't want to go through the embarrassment again," Harless said.
Harless became a Universal annual pass holder since the day she returned to the park.
"I try to go once or twice a year," Harless said.
When she reached her final weight loss goal in April 2011, she took herself on a trip.
"I went to Vegas," she said.
She has kept the weight off since April 2011 and has made modification along the way to fit her lifestyle.
Harless still maintains her weight loss by exercising and that is something that she loves.
"I still exercise 40 minutes a day," she said.
She also said when she exercises she feels better.
She has been able to motive others by helping them with their weight loss journey and chronicling her experience through her Facebook page.
She also made a video timeline to track her progress over the course of several months.
'Find motivation in everything'
Harless said she finds motivation in everything and that has helped her keep the weight off for over five years.
"I would buy clothes that were a few sizes too small and try them on every five pounds until, I could get into them," she said.
"One of my motivations was being able to into clothes and go in stores," she said.
She also got rid of clothes she could no longer fit into.
One thing that she was been able to do was achieve a big goal.
"When I was able to shop in stores, I was never able to shop in before," Harless said.
She also obtained her master's degree.
Harless took the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in each day.
"I made the decision to enjoy it along the way when you do that you are no depressed about the size you want to be. You enjoy what you have while you have it, knowing that you will not be that size for long and that keeps you going," she said.
Over the course of the 22 months and since then, Harless credits her great support system in helping her achieve her goals.
Her colleagues at work would check-in and ask her about her progress and would offer encouragement.
"I am surrounded by this huge support group," she said.
"Everybody was on board with it and they were cheering me on They really helped," she said.
Her mother also started her own weight loss journey and has lost over 100 pounds.
"I am so proud of her," Harless' mom said.
Harless said it was so helpful to have her mom along the journey with her.
As for the future, Harless gives anyone who wants to be their weight loss journey a few words of wisdom.
For others on a weight loss journey, Harless encourages them to put themselves first.
"You have to come first. Your goals matter. You matter," she said.
09/26/2016 12:30 PM
A man convicted after a controversial confrontation with Orlando police was sentenced Monday to two days in jail.
Noel Carter, who was found guilty last month of battering officers and resisting arrest in the June 2015 incident, won't have to spend any time in jail, however, because he was credited with time served.
Carter was also sentenced to four years of probation and 200 hours of community service, and the judge withheld adjudication, meaning he won't be considered a convicted felon if he completes his sentence.
Carter's sentencing came weeks after his lawyers demanded a new trial. They maintained Carter was the victim in the confrontation, a portion of which was captured on video.
The video shows two Orlando police officers kicking, shocking with a Taser and pepper-spraying Carter. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
During his trial, Carter took the stand in his own defense, saying that a misunderstanding led to the incident.
Carter said in court that he and his girlfriend went to a club and had several drinks before getting into an argument about one of her male friends. Carter admitted that he grabbed her elbow and she left the club crying.
Carter said he was trying to talk to her when police intervened and told him to leave, but things quickly escalated.
Carter said he ran away from the officers, who then began kicking him.
He said he thought he was going to die, so he tried to get away, but realized that was not the right decision.
The officers said kicking Carter was their last option.
"Why did you kick him as he sat on the ground?" the state asked. "Because I felt like he was still ready to fight. He had been sprayed. He had been hit with an expandable baton. He had been tased twice, and none of that had an effect on him," Orlando police Officer Charles Mays said.
09/26/2016 12:30 PM
The state of New York will now allow people to be buried with the cremated remains of their pets.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Monday.
Cemeteries wouldn't have to offer the option, and religious cemeteries would be specifically forbidden from doing so.
Cuomo, a Democrat, says many New Yorkers consider their pets to be members of the family, and say the previous regulation banning the burial of cremated pet remains with their human companions was "unnecessary."
The proposal is the latest in a series of measures honoring the bond between human and beast in New York.
State lawmakers passed a law last year allowing dogs on restaurant patios. They also are considering a ban on cat declawing.
09/26/2016 12:27 PM
Arnold Palmer, known as "the King" for his transformative legacy in golf, has died at the age of 87.
Palmer died Sunday evening at a Pittsburgh hospital while awaiting cardiac surgery, according to a statement from his company.
Arnold Palmer was born in 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and began playing golf at the early age of 3 at the Latrobe Country Club, where he was taught by his golfing pro father.PointAfter | Graphiq
Palmer went on to study at Wake Forest College, but made a decision in his last year of study to U.S. Coast Guard. He turned pro in November 1954.
Palmer was the winner of over 90 golf tournaments, including four Masters wins in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, a U.S. Open win in 1960 and two British Open wins in 1961 and 1962.
Palmer was the first athlete to cross over into marketing and promoting products and the first person to make $1 million playing the sport.
As an inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, Palmer has two PGA championships to be named after him, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Palmer Cup for college athletes.
Palmer's namesake is on the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, and the Winnie Palmer Hospital named after his daughter, Winnie.
"We are deeply saddened to hear reports that Arnold Palmer has passed away," Arnold Palmer Medical Center said in a statement. "Mr. Palmer lived an incredible life and accomplished so much on and off the golf course. He built a world-class medical center that has had a tremendous impact on the lives of children and families in this community for more than 27 years. As we wait for an official statement, our thoughts and prayers are with the Palmer family during this difficult time."PointAfter | Graphiq
Palmer was the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
"I would like to be remembered for bringing golf to a worldwide audience," he told CNN in 2012. "Players today have no boundaries."
He and his two great rivals in the "Big Three" -- Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus -- helped take the sport around the globe in the 1960s, capitalizing on the ever-growing reach of television. Golf grew into made-for-television events and with it came massive sponsorship and prize money.
"He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself," wrote Nicklaus in a statement.
"Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed. He was the king of our sport and always will be."
After learning to play golf at age 3, Palmer never stopped.
Winning in style too
It was not only Palmer's knack for golf that won him legions of adoring fans.
Long before the age of social media, Palmer was the first golfer to attract his own special following -- "Arnie's Army" -- diehard fans who surrounded every green to cheer him on, win or lose.
"When I was a boy learning to play golf in my hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, I never could have imagined that one day I'd have an 'Army' of fans or that people would call me 'The King' of the sport I love," Palmer previously wrote on his website.
He had charisma combined with good looks and style.
GQ Magazine named him one of the "50 most stylish men of the past 50 years" and Esquire had him in a list of the "75 best-dressed men of all time."
Golfers are rarely remembered for their fashion sense, usually the exact opposite. But Palmer insisted on a consistent style throughout his career.
"It was not something I really planned," he told CNN in 2012. "I liked a sharp crease in my slacks, my shoes polished to shine, while my shirts were conservative with a straight collar."
Palmer even had a drink named after him -- a mix of lemonade and iced tea that he used to take on the golf course with him in a thermos.
Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he was taught how to play the game by his father who worked at the local country club.
Palmer started his professional career in 1954 after winning the United States Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Two years later he signed with Mark McCormack, who founded what would become the global sports management behemoth International Management Group (IMG). The late McCormack promoted Palmer, who proved to be a very marketable star, showing that an athlete's commercial endorsements could outstrip prize-money earnings.
Palmer retired from competitive golf in 2006, but remained active in the sport.
"It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no modern day PGA Tour without Arnold Palmer," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. "There would be no PGA Tour Champions without Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel without Arnold Palmer. No one has had a greater impact on those who play our great sport or who are touched by it."
A PGA tour competition was renamed for Palmer, in 2007. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played every March in Orlando.
Tiger Woods tweeted: "It's hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King."
Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012.
Former President George W. Bush, who presented him the Presidential Medal in 2004, said in a statement: "He was a great American whose friendship - and swing thoughts - will be missed."
Palmer is survived by his second wife, Kit, his two daughters, six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
09/26/2016 11:58 AM
A New York firefighter on extended leave has been arrested after Daytona Beach police say he pointed a gun and flashed his badge at a driver on Saturday in a road rage incident.
Vincent Arcuri, 23, has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
Police said they were called to Pelican Bay Saturday afternoon by the victims, who said Arcuri pointed a handgun at them after they attempted to run each other off the road.
The victims said that Arcuri told them they were in trouble, claiming he had their tag number and flashing the firefighter badge, according to the report.
Police said the victims continued to drive on Beville Road when Arcuri cut them off and pulled out the handgun.
When police talked with Arcuri, he said that he pulled up next to the victims to tell them they shouldn't drive recklessly, according to the report.
Police said that Arcuri said he never told anyone he was a cop, only that he was a firefighter and that he was standing his ground when the victims approached him.
Arcuri was booked into the Volusia County jail.
09/26/2016 11:53 AM
Arnold Palmer, known as "The King" for his transformative legacy in golf, has died at the age of 87.
Palmer died Sunday evening at a Pittsburgh hospital while awaiting cardiac surgery, according to a statement from his company.
Palmer was not only a golf legend, but a pillar in the Central Florida community. He opened the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Woman and Babies in Central Florida.
He also co-founded the Golf Channel, which employs thousands of Central Floridians.
Famous golfers and Central Floridians alike took to social media to honor Palmer's legacy.Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold. pic.twitter.com/UlyfpIBOL2-- President Obama (@POTUS) September 26, 2016 Mr. Palmer's parking spot at Golf Channel this morning. #ArniesArmy pic.twitter.com/ZnNWJoOdcs-- Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 26, 2016 I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww-- Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016 Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend. It's hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King. A photo posted by Tiger Woods (@tigerwoods) on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:18pm PDT I'll miss you friend #ripTheKING pic.twitter.com/KIoz0CH59F-- Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) September 26, 2016 It's an honor to be a lockermate with you at ANGC. You inspired millions, changed the game, and will forever be missed. #arnie-- Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) September 26, 2016 Remembering the special times I spent with Mr Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered. pic.twitter.com/qJQBpDWTWv-- Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 26, 2016 The Legends of all Legends in the game of golf! RIP my friend, always loved u and always will! God Bless my Friend! #AP pic.twitter.com/HPZthEnDmo-- John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) September 26, 2016 RIP Arnold Palmer. One of the greatest golfers of all time, but also a generous man who gave so much to charitable causes in Orlando.-- Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) September 26, 2016 Arnie was what every great athlete should be. A great golfer, and a gentleman who treated everyone with dignity. That's why he was so loved.-- Vice President Biden (@VP) September 26, 2016 A man who made an enormous impact, in Central Florida and beyond. Rest peacefully, #ArnoldPalmer https://t.co/fQQXwIPupS-- Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 26, 2016 With Great Sadness, We Honor Our Beloved ~ Arnold Palmer (1929-2016) #ArnoldPalmer #ArniesArmy https://t.co/cr4S1Ihnv3 pic.twitter.com/gLmKGdw20H-- ArnoldPalmerHospital (@APHospital) September 26, 2016 We are saddened beyond words on the sudden passing of Arnold Palmer this evening. Thank you so much for all of the support and kind words. pic.twitter.com/75piTLepXL-- Bay Hill (@APBayHill) September 26, 2016 Making a positive change in the life of a child is one of the most significant things you can do. #ArniesArmy pic.twitter.com/dw5Rb6A3cE-- Arnie's Army (@ArniesArmyCF) March 2, 2016 Deepest condolences to the Palmer family and all who are grieving the loss of #ArnoldPalmer. #RIPArnold #TheKing pic.twitter.com/xMJrx7u0vM-- Mayor Teresa Jacobs (@Mayor_Jacobs) September 26, 2016 A champion, legend & a beloved member of the Central Florida community. The King will be dearly missed.
Our News 6 team also paid tribute to Mr. Arnold Palmer:So sorry to hear that Mr. Arnold Palmer has passed away at the age of 87. He will be missed by so many.-- David pingalore (@DavidPingalore) September 26, 2016 Mr. Palmer & me circa '91. Great golfer, better person. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/xphKlPOWdk-- Justin Warmoth (@JustinWarmoth) September 26, 2016 There are people on this planet that you wish would live forever. Arnold Palmer was one of those people â¤ï¸ #TheKing-- Jamie Seh (@jamieseh) September 26, 2016 Sad news tonight hearing Arnold Palmer has passed away at the age of 87. I'm so thankful I had a chance to meet... https://t.co/zKwefhSXEB-- Bridgett Ellison (@BridgettNews6) September 26, 2016
09/26/2016 11:08 AM
A judge on Friday denied a Pulse survivor's request to halt disbursement of the OneOrlando Fund after she filed a lawsuit seeking an audit of the $27 million assistance program.
Jillian Amador, a paralegal at the Maitland law firm that filed the suit, also sought the removal of the OneOrlando Fund administrator Kenneth R. Feinberg.
In the lawsuit, Amador said she was inside Pulse on June 12 when Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. Amador said she witnessed several of her friends being slain and injured, adding that she suffered injuries to her face, abdomen, legs, back and feet.
The fund is scheduled to be disbursed this week.
The injunction request was filed around 11 a.m. Friday and was denied about five hours later.
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09/26/2016 10:39 AM
Elon Musk will give an outline Tuesday of his ideas for how to establish a city on Mars within a decade.
News 6 partner Florida Today reports the SpaceX founder and CEO is expected to offer more detail about a system he's called the "Mars Colonial Transporter," including a massive new rocket and spaceship that could deliver 100 people to the Red Planet.
"My sense from the space enthusiast community is that the speech is very highly anticipated," said Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor at Stanford University and former "Mars czar" at NASA. "Supporters are looking for a private humans-to-Mars approach."
Detractors may point to a Falcon 9 rocket's launch pad explosion just a few weeks ago as evidence of a mismatch between Musk's rhetoric and reality.
Musk himself has teased the speech, which is titled "Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species" and will be streamed online, with a sense of humor.
"I think it's going to sound pretty crazy, so it should be at least entertaining," he said earlier this year at Kennedy Space Center, after SpaceX launched supplies to the International Space Station.
According to the conference program, Musk will discuss potential colonization systems on which the private sector and governments could collaborate in the coming years.
However crazy the ideas sound, they are central to why Musk has said he founded SpaceX back in 2002.
In Memory of Charlotte Taylor Pietrucci
May 28, 1943 - September 9, 2016
It is with a sad heart that we must inform our members of the passing of our President Mario Pietrucci's wife Charlotte on Friday September 9. Charlotte passed away after a brief battle with cancer (melanoma). Charlotte grew up in Chesapeake, Virgina and she and Marion relocated to Florida in the early 90's from Virgina. Charlotte was well known and loved by the Board members and many homeowners. She atttended many Association functions with Mario.
Born May 28,1943, she was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Irene Taylor, and grandparents, Louis and Lily Walters, all of Virginia Beach. She is survived by her husband, Mario Pietrucci, son Kerry Bolton (Kathy) of Tennessee, daughter Lynnette Bolton of Chesapeake, step-children Angela Bell (Bud), Anthony Pietrucci, and has 16 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Friday September 23 at 11:00 AM at Garden Funeral Home in Chesapeake, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in her honor to Halifax Health Hospice in Orange City, Florida or Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth, Virginia.
We are all going to miss Charolette, but we know that she will live on in all of us. We wish Mario and his family our condolenses and our thoughts in this time of morning.
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.
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy touring our website.
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 September 7 2016 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.