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  • 10/17/2019 11:16 PM

    Victim struck by two cars in Apopka is identified

    Apopka police identified Delfino Vasquez, 59, as the pedestrian killed after being struck by two cars.

    The crash happened at the intersection of North Park Avenue and East Nightingale Street around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Police said Vasquez was in the center turn lane waiting to cross North Park Avenue when a car hit him and sent him into the path of another vehicle that struck him, police said.

    Vasquez's nephew, Geovanni Maldonado, said he was in disbelief when he heard his uncle died.

    "We were just sitting at the restaurant eating and stuff. He left and then 30 minutes later they called me and said your uncle is dead. I said he can't be dead, we just had dinner together," Maldonado said.

    Maldonado said he knew the intersection was dangerous but never imagined it would claim the life of his uncle, who was just running an errand.

    "The laundromat right is across the street, he went to put the clothes in there, then came back to the house. When he went to pick it up on his way back the tragedy happened," Maldonado said.

    Vasquez died at the crash scene. Vasquez' s son, Daniel Vasquez, said he wants to see safety changes made to the intersection before there is another deadly crash.

    "We definitely need a light, maybe a street light or something saying slow down, we need more precautions," Daniel Vasquez said.

    Apopka police issued a statement to News 6:

    "The City is currently working with Duke Energy to make street lighting improvements to Park Avenue. The design phase is funded in this fiscal year budget in order to realign the roads and place a traffic light at the intersection of Park Avenue and Sandpiper. It is anticipated that the light will be installed in the FY20/21 budget."

    This pedestrian crash was initially investigated as a possible hit-and-run but police later determined both vehicles that hit Vasquez stayed on the scene.


  • 10/17/2019 10:56 PM

    Small plane makes emergency landing on road near Melbourne

    A small plane made an emergency landing on Old NASA Road near Melbourne in Brevard County on Thursday around 9:50 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The FAA said the plane is a Cessna 172.

    The FAA is investigating why the emergency landing happened.


  • 10/17/2019 09:52 PM

    3 arrested in shooting of security guard at MegaBus station, deputies say

    Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at a MegaBus station that left a security guard injured, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies said Thursday night that James E. Hird Jr., Talia Greene-Stover and Johnny Lonzo Brummit were arrested on multiple charges.

    The shooting happened Oct. 3 at at the Orange Blossom Center.

    Deputies said a man and a woman who were on the MegaBus were arguing and when the bus stopped, a relative of woman began fighting with the man. A security guard who tried to break up the confrontation was shot, according to authorities.

    Witness Darryl Johnson said the guard continued trying to chase the suspects even after the shooting.

    "They ran away, and the security guard was still trying to chase them after they shot him. He still was just trying to chase them and grab ahold of them and stuff," Johnson said.

    The guard was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious but stable condition, according to deputies.

    The suspects are facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.


  • 10/17/2019 04:15 PM

    Residents warned after coyotes spotted in Ormond Beach

    Several residents have reported seeing coyotes in Ormond Beach lately, prompting city officials Thursday to remind the community about essential safety tips.

    Coyotes are known to dwell in every part of Florida. They can pose a danger to people and pets who are not aware of how to protect themselves.

    The Ormond Beach Police Department says citizens should not approach coyotes and they should keep an eye on their smaller pets.

    Anyone who has a problem with coyotes should contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Wildlife Alert at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

    Below are some tips provided by News 6 partner Florida Today on living with coyotes.

    Do not feed coyotes

    Residents are urged to never feed coyotes. The FWC said never put food outside to attract wildlife and to clean up pet food, fallen fruit and seed around bird feeders.

    Coyotes are opportunistic feeders and will be drawn to and eat all of these potential food sources, the FWC said.

    Do everything you can to secure garbage cans and compost areas. Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds to prevent coyotes and other animals from resting or raising their young in areas around your home.

    If you see a coyote what should you do

    Coyotes are not large animals and rarely pose a threat to people, especially adults. They can be curious but are also timid and generally run away if challenged, the FWC said.

    If a coyote approaches too closely, making loud noises and acting aggressively will typically cause a coyote to leave an area.

    How to 'haze' coyotes

    Hazing refers to disturbing an animal's sense of security to such an extent that it leaves a particular area, FWC said. The agency offered several suggestions to get coyotes to move from a particular area:

    Waving your arms in the air and yelling will usually get a coyote to retreat, unless there is a den with pups nearby. You may need to move toward the coyote and increase hazing if the animal does not immediately run away.

    Noisemakers are often effective deterrents to coyotes, including air horns, banging pots and pans and homemade noisemakers.

    Throwing small stones or sticks toward (but not at) a coyote will usually cause the animal to leave.

    Spraying water from a hose or using bear repellent can also be effective hazing methods. Do not attempt to hurt the coyote because injured animals are more likely to defend themselves.

    Vary your methods of hazing so that the coyote does not become desensitized.

    If a coyote approaches a child, an adult should first yell loudly to startle the coyote and then move toward the coyote. This gives the adult an opportunity to lift the child as quickly as possible and back away. Do not run from a coyote, as this may cause the animal to give chase.

    Teach children to recognize coyotes. If children are approached by a coyote, have them move slowly inside and yell loudly -- teach them not to run, approach or feed coyotes.


  • 10/17/2019 08:34 PM

    Driver flees from scene after looking at teen he killed, troopers say

    A driver got out of his vehicle and looked at the two teenage girls he struck, one fatally, before he got back in his Ford and fled the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Hannah Brown, 14, a 14-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy were walking east in the westbound land of County Road 346 in Micanopy Wednesday around 9 p.m. when a vehicle that had been traveling eastbound veered into the westbound lane and hit the two girls from behind, records show.

    Troopers said the driver got out of his vehicle briefly but then fled after he saw the two injured girls.

    Brown died at the scene and the other girl is in critical condition. The boy was not injured.

    Witnesses described the driver as being in his 30s, having dirty blonde hair and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

    His vehicle was a 1990s Ford truck or Bronco that is possibly gray. It would be missing part of the front grill and the entire left mirror as a result of the crash, troopers said.

    The man is believed to have fled west on County Road 346 toward U.S. 441 after the fatal crash, according to authorities.

    A friend of Brown's told WJXT that she was loving, caring person.

    "If someone needed it, she'd be there and you could always count on her," the friend said. "She will be missed. I was really close to her. I even accepted her as family. I'd be there for her. She would always be there for me."

    Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 386-754-6281 or 1-800-387-1290.


  • 10/17/2019 08:22 PM

    New Smyrna High teacher accused of having sexual contact with student

    A New Smyrna Beach High School teacher is behind bars after she was accused of having sexual contact with a student, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

    Megan Parris, 28, turned herself in Thursday after a judge signed a warrant for her arrest.

    Deputies said the investigation began in March when another student reported information about Parris and a 16-year-old boy to school authorities. Investigators believe Parris had sexual encounters with the victim off campus, according to the report.

    Parris has been on paid administrative leave outside of the classroom since the allegation surfaced, a news release said.

    Parris is facing a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.


  • 10/16/2019 12:47 PM

    Florida boy catches personal best bass in adorable viral video

    Show me whatcha workin' with!

    A video of a Florida boy catching his biggest bass yet has gone viral.

    Velt Cooper from Quincy, Florida, said his son, Kemari, caught his personal best bass off a "black trick worm" lure on Sunday.

    Kemari was so excited and squealed with joy when he reeled in the seven pounder!

    He places the bass back in the water, rubs its scales and tells the fish to grow bigger!

    This kid has a heart of gold!


  • 10/17/2019 07:42 PM

    Video: Sheriff Chitwood helps apprehend runaway driver

    Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood sprang into action Wednesday when he noticed a person in a black Mercedes driving recklessly and running a red light, records show.

    According to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Chitwood was on Williamson Boulevard near Madeline Avenue at around 8:30 a.m. when he saw the car traveling on the grassy area near the sidewalk to pass vehicles and running a red light.

    Chitwood activated his emergency lights and sirens, but the Mercedes continued to drive at about 80 mph, records show.

    The Mercedes continued speeding as Chitwood and other law enforcement officers followed, according to the affidavit. Deputies said at one point, the driver pulled into a Publix parking lot and drove in circles in an attempt to gain distance between himself and law enforcement officers who were following.

    Chitwood continued to follow as the Mercedes sped onto Clyde Morris Boulevard, records show.

    The driver lost control and crashed on Madison Avenue, according to the affidavit.

    Deputies said they arrested the driver, Brandon Shropshire, 20.

    Video from the arrest shows Shropshire cursing at Chitwood and the other law enforcement officers on the scene.

    "All y'all crooked," Shropshire said.

    He was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding, carrying a concealed firearm and driving without a valid driver's license.


  • 10/17/2019 12:04 PM

    Lake County warns of voter registration mailings being sent to dead people

    The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office is warning residents about out-of-state voter registration mailers that have been addressed to dead people.

    The office says the documents are being sent from Virginia and are encouraging people to register to vote. Election officials have learned AmericaFirstPolicies.org is behind the campaign.

    The county says the alarming issue that is the organization is addressing some of its mail to former residents who have been dead for years.

    Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays said the mailers are not coming from his office. He adds the office has received several phone calls from residents complaining about the letters.

    "It's being addressed to people that have never lived at that address. We've had many spouses that have received letters addressed to their deceased loved ones," Hays said.

    The organization announced in June it was hosting a large voter registration drive when President Donald Trump launched his reelection campaign in Orlando.

    Hays said while the nonprofit's intentions may be good, these letters are causing confusion for voters and mistrust in the elections process.

    "It's also undermining the confidence of the public in the integrity of our system. They're wondering, 'My gracious, if they've gotten this information incorrect, how many other things are incorrect in that particular office?'" Hays said.

    A spokesperson for America First Policies released a statement that reads: "As we have previously announced, America First Policies is currently conducting voter registration activities in Florida as well as other states. We do our best to send mailers only to unregistered, eligible voters. Unfortunately, information on non-registered voters can be incomplete or incorrect and, therefore, we apologize if this effort to get more Americans to register to vote has caused anyone emotional stress."

    Hays encourages residents to check their voter registration status at LakeVotes.com. People may also call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-343-9734.

    "We apologize for the inconvenience and for those whose emotional stress has been increased by this ill-advised mailing," Hays said.

    If you're unsure of your voter registration status, check with you local elections office:

    Orange County
    Seminole County
    Osceola County
    Lake County
    Volusia County
    Brevard County
    Sumter County
    Flagler County
    Marion County


  • 10/17/2019 06:32 PM

    Lawsuit: Volcano Bay slide left tourist temporarily paralyzed

    A New York man claims in lawsuit that his neck snapped while he was riding the Punga Racers water slide at Universal's Volcano Bay, causing a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

    The lawsuit, which was filed in Orange County earlier this month, says the man was on a family vacation with his wife and his three daughters in July when the accident occurred.

    Documents show the man decided to race his 15-year-old daughter, 13-year-old daughter and 7-year-old daughter on the Punga Racers, which has four lanes to accommodate multiple riders.

    Attorneys allege the man followed employees' instructions to lie with his stomach on a mat they provided, then slide down headfirst. The man went through multiple checks before getting to the top of the ride and was never stopped, documents show.

    The man rode the slide headfirst and when he got the end where the rider enters a small wading pool, his face and head hit a wall of water "that caused his head to snap back violently and unexpectedly," according to the lawsuit.

    The impact caused a compression injury to the man's spine that left him paralyzed, facedown in the water, attorneys said.

    The man's family noticed something was wrong, but struggled to flip him over so that he could breathe.

    An employee saw what was happening and came over to assist until first responders arrived.

    The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed him with an irregular heartbeat and a severe spinal cord compression along the C3 to C7 vertebrae that left him almost completely paralyzed.

    A laminectomy was performed on July 16. Surgeons removed part of his vertebrae and installed screws and rods to partially fuse a section of his spinal column, documents show. The man was in a quadriplegic state when he awoke from the procedure.

    The man stayed in the hospital receiving intensive and rehabilitative care until Aug. 8. By that point, he'd regained minimal sensitivity, strength and motion in his limbs.

    Since then, he has continued to undergo physical therapy but can only walk or stand for a limited time with the assistance of forearm crutches.

    Attorneys write that the man is unable to drive, do many household chores or participate in events where standing or walking is required.

    According to the lawsuit, Universal changed the weight limit for the ride to 150 pounds shortly after the accident. The man weighed 215 pounds when he was injured.

    The suit claims Universal was negligent by failing to maintain and inspect the ride, failing to supervise riders and failing to warn visitors about the potential dangers.

    The man is seeking a jury trial.

    Universal has not yet responded to News 6's request for comment.


Halloween Scene

HOLM wishes you a

Happy Halloween

 

The Lake Mary Histortical Museum is featuring the Autumn Harvest through October 31st featuring photographs, costumes and memborabilia of Harvest, Thanksgiving and Mulitcultural celebrations around the world. Admission is Free. The exhibit is open on Tuesday and Saturday from 10AM until 3PM, and Wednesday and Thursday from 11AM until 7PM or by appointment by calling 407-585-1481. There will be a dance performance on Saturday October 12th 10:30AM to 12:30PM. The Museum is located at 158 North Country Club Road near the City Hall.

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest in Central Park at the Farmers Market on Saturday October 26th. The Parade and contest starts at 10:30AM. $5.00 entry fee per pet.

The City of Lake Mary's Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Saturday October 26 between 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Central Park in Downtown Lake Mary. Enjoy safe Trick-or-Treating, Music & Games, Movie in the Park and more... Call 407-585-1416 for event information.

More children are hit by vehicles on October 31st than any other day of the year. Please drive carefully and keep the little ones safe. Thank you.

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.

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!

Homeowners living in the Hills of Lake Mary are eligible to register for access to the Homeowner only area of our website. To Register for membership, click the Register button on the top right of this page next to the Sign In button. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will be notified by e-mail that you have access. If you don't hear from us about your registration, please call us or use the Contact Us form.

The Members only area of the website provides access to valuable information and documents for our Association including our Covenants, Architectural Control Committee Application and Board Meeting Agenda and Meeting Minutes..

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!

Storm Drains need to be kept clean

It is the time of the year that there are leaves falling. We need to keep our storm drains clear and not let them fill with leaves. The obstruction creates a standing water issue when it can't flow freely into the stormdrains. Please clean up leaves from the curb in front of your house and especially from the area around stormdrains.

Also please be aware that according to Federal, State and Local regulations, no pollutants can be allowed to enter the stormdrain. If you or your landscaper force yard waste into the stormdrain, you are in violation.

If you see someone dumping into a stormdrain, please anomalously report it at this Seminole County website shown below or call Lake Mary Code Enforcement at (407) 585-1365.

Report Pollution and Other Environmental Issues
Thank You.

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

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

A October Board of Directors and Annual Budget Meeting Will be held on Wednesday November 6, 2018 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.