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Deputies arrest suspect in 2 Orange County bank robberies

Orange County investigators arrested a man Saturday who they said is responsible for robbing two Fairwinds Credit Unions last month. Deputies said William Bass, 40, was captured about 3:30 a.m. Saturday near Odyssey Lake Way in Orlando. A search warrant was put out for his arrest shortly after two Fairwinds ...

Investigation underway after baby found dead at Liki Tiki Village Resort

Orange County deputies are investigating the death of a 9-month-old child. Deputies found the child unresponsive at the Liki Tiki Village Resort on U.S. 192 in Winter Garden around 9 a.m. Saturday. Investigators said the infant died from cardiac arrest. The child's family is vacationing in central Florida from Louisiana.

FHP: Passenger fled scene of fatal crash in Orlando

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a one-car crash near the House of Hope in Orlando that killed a man Saturday. State troopers said a passenger was in the car, but ran from the vehicle after the crash. According to reports, the driver was speeding down west 37th Street near ...

Man shot twice in Orlando gas station; shooter at large

A customer was shot several times inside an Orange County gas station Friday. Investigators swarmed a Kangaroo Express gas station in the 800 block of Chickasaw Trail and an apartment complex across the street. A sheriff's office helicopter was also flying over the scene. “I was kind of shocked that ...

FAA approves OIA expansion plan

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an Orlando International Airport request to construct a new intermodal center and people mover, as well as future airport expansion. U.S. Rep. John Mica announced the approval Friday. The central Florida congressman says the approval will allow the airport to generate over $396 million. ...

Thousands lose power in Lake Nona after worker hits underground power line

More than 4,000 people in Lake Nona are without power after a worker hit an underground power line near Narcoosee Road in Lake Nona. Crews working to restore the power, and officials said the worker was not harmed. Officials said 4,608 people are without power and several intersections are affected ...

Orange Co. comptroller warns residents of paying too much for house deed

The Orange County comptroller is warning residents about letters that are showing up in property owners’ mailboxes encouraging people to order a copy of the deed to their property. Channel 9 found out residents who order one may end up paying for something they don’t need. The official-looking letters usually ...

State releases performance grades for elementary, middle schools

Florida schools on Friday found out how well they're performing after the state released grades for elementary and middle schools. Channel 9 learned far more schools earned As as well as Fs. Only 13 percent of Orange County schools earned a D or an F. Two of the four failing ...

EPass users warned of new email scam

A new scam is targeting local drivers who use tolls. Officials told Channel 9 about the warning Friday after customers and some of their own employees started getting the questionable email. The Central Florida Expressway Authority said workers get about a dozen calls a day about the scam email because ...

Search continues for man who sexually battered woman in Winter Park apartment

Orange County sheriff's investigators are searching for a man they said sexually battered a woman at an apartment in the Winter Park area about 11 a.m. Friday morning. Investigators said the attack happened at the Affinity at Winter Park apartment complex on State Road 436 just north of Aloma Avenue. ...

Another FAMU hazing suspect takes plea deal, avoids jail time

Another suspect in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion took a plea deal at the Orange County Courthouse on Friday morning. Champion died after being beaten by several fellow band members aboard a bus in Orlando during what was described as a hazing ritual. So far ...

Officials: Tourist loses fingertips on ride at Disney

Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The incident happened Thursday morning. Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told WFTV the man lost the tips ...

Portion of roof collapses after Orange Co. home catches fire

Orange County Fire Rescue is at the scene of a house fire on Oaken Cove Court in Orlando. Officials said the occupants weren’t home when the fire broke out. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the home and part of the roof collapsed, according to Fire Rescue. ...

Orange County residents demand action after receiving dirty, wet mail

Residents in an east Orange County neighborhood said they’ve had their mail stolen, opened and even urinated on, and they said their mail carrier is responsible. Residents said they’ve gone to the U.S. post office in Waterford Lakes to complain, but so far the mailman is still in the job. ...

Part of Cadillac dealership collapses in Orange County

No one was hurt when the front portion of a Cadillac dealership in Orange County collapsed Thursday evening. Officials don’t know how it happened, but said everyone was able to get out safely. Some cars were damaged in the collapse, but it's not clear how many. The Massey Cadillac south ...

Foster mom bonds out of jail after child left in car at Publix

A foster care parent bonded out of the Orange County Jail Friday morning after police said she left a young child in a car at a Publix grocery store on Thursday. Apopka police said Monique Williams, 53, left the 15-month-old boy unattended in her vehicle for approximately 20 minutes in ...

Newly formed Central Florida Expressway chooses chairman

On Thursday, the newly formed board of the Central Florida Expressway Authority met for the first time and chose a chairman. Walter Ketcham, who asked prosecutors to investigate possible corruption within the agency, is out as chairman for now. Ketcham called for an investigation, which led to charges against two ...

Conflict of interest questions arise over Osceola County Expressway Authority attorney

Eyewitness News has learned that the attorney for the Osceola County Expressway Authority is also a paid lobbyist for a developer who stands to benefit from a controversial toll road proposal.   For several months Eyewitness News has reported on the Expressway Authority's efforts to extend the Osceola Parkway through ...

Former Expressway Authority member in court just ahead of corruption trial

Former Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member Scott Batterson was in court Thursday, just two and a half weeks before he goes to trial on corruption charges.   Batterson would not talk with Channel 9's Kathi Belich after the hearing, but in court he told the judge he did not ...

66-year-old beaten, robbed at Lynx Central Station in Orlando

Channel 9 got a look at how Lynx is working to keep passengers safe after a man was beaten and robbed at Lynx's Central Station over the weekend. A police report obtained by WFTV's Mario Boone claims a nearby security camera wasn't working when 66-year-old Fitzroy Nugent was robbed at ...

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