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FSU QB Jameis Winston cleared of allegations in student conduct hearing

Florida State QB Jameis Winston was cleared of allegations in a student conduct hearing. His attorney David Cornwell tweeted,  "In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for ANY of the charged violations of the Code." Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that ...

Man accused of battery on elderly woman denied bond

At a place thought to be a safe haven for elderly people, a frightening breach in security has left residents and their families shaken. Orange County deputies said on three occasions, Brian Edwards, 29, came into the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility. Deputies said twice last week, he broke into the ...

Police search for suspect in fatal shooting at apartment complex near Curry Ford Road

Orlando police continue to search for a teenager they said shot and killed a man in an Orange County apartment complex off Curry Ford Road. Investigators identified Favian Rivera, 16, as the suspect in Thursday’s shooting death of Hector Jorge-Pabon. Police said they found Jorge-Pabon with a gunshot wound at ...

PGA: Florida golfer, 103, may be oldest to record hole-in-one

A 103-year-old Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole-in-one. The PGA of America announced on its website that Gus Andreone of Sarasota scored the ace Wednesday at Palm Aire Country Club. The group said it is likely that Andreone is the oldest golfer ...

9 Investigates: Report boasts economic impact for destination casinos in Florida

Last year, 9 Investigates first exposed the deep connections between top state leaders and major casino interests. Now, we are following the money again, all $7 million. And as investigative reporter Christopher Heath discovered, the real number may be twice as high. To say progress has been slow at the ...

Alleged getaway driver arrested in drive-by shooting; gunman still at large

Orange County deputies arrested a man they said was involved in a drive-by shooting that left one man critically injured and several homes riddled with bullet holes from a high-power assault rifle. They’re still looking for the shooter. Deputies were called to the area of 18th Street and South Nashville ...

Residents fed up with noisy nighttime construction in Thornton Park neighborhood

Residents in a downtown Orlando neighborhood are fed up with construction creating noise late at night and into the early morning hours. The manager of the Artisan 420 apartment project in the Thornton Park area admitted that he’s gotten a lot of complaints, but said the concrete pours have to ...

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said ...

9 Investigates: Concerns over DPAC top officials' resignations

There are concerns surrounding Orlando's new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts center after several top officials quit. Five vice presidents have left in the past 13 months, and two of them left in the last 10 days. 9 Investigates learned there is more than just drama on the ...

Appeals court rules in favor of judge accused of bias against OPD

In October, Judge Tim Shea was pulled from hearing any criminal case involving the Orlando Police Department. But this week, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach rejected an attempt to stop the judge from presiding 50 cases involving the Orlando Police Department. "The ruling basically says, in ...

Deputy, wife deliver holiday food baskets to family in need

 An Orange County deputy and his wife reached out to a needy Pine Hills family Friday. The deputy had become aware of the family's struggle while he was on duty a few days ago. Channel 9's Kathi Belich was there when the couple delivered holiday food baskets to the home. ...

WB 408 back open following crash at Rosalind Ave.

A crash that injured several people shut down all lanes for about an hour on State Road 408 westbound near downtown Orlando Friday. Officials said the crash, which involved a semi-tractor trailer, happened at the Rosalind Avenue exit just after 3 p.m. causing heavy delays and back-ups. According to the ...

New machine gun shooting attraction in Kissimmee triggers safety concerns

Central Florida may be known internationally for its family-friendly theme parks, but there a new attraction open for business involving machine guns. Machine Gun America in Kissimmee allows people as young as 13 years old to shoot high-powered weapons. The attraction, which opens Saturday, is triggering concerns about safety. The ...

Attorneys for man shot by Orange Co. deputy talk to WFTV

Attorneys representing a man shot by an Orange County deputy updated WFTV on his condition and the investigation. The deputy opened fire on Cedric Bartee at the Timber Sound apartments earlier this month. Bartee was unarmed. "He made no furtive or threatening movements toward the officer," Bartee's attorney Matthew Boomershine ...

2 tourists caught with fake credit cards, skimming device

Homeland Security investigators are working to track down more than a dozen victims after two tourists were caught at a hotel near Universal Studios with a stack of fake credit cards and a device to make them. Homeland Security said the two Colombian female tourists were found with more than ...

Orlando Union Rescue Mission serves last holiday meal before move

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission is serving their annual holiday meal Friday before moving out of their downtown location and into a new facility. "People are all out there, but you have to live for yourself. You have to live. You have to eat sometimes," resident Barry Johnson said. In ...

Ex-Orange County park employee remains jailed on child porn charges

An Orange County man faced a judge Friday morning on 100 counts of possessing child pornography. WFTV reporter Anthony DiLorenzo found out that Michael Dudley, 51, was an employee at Magnolia Park in Apopka. Orange County officials said they credit one of their workers for tipping off authorities. That employee ...

Composite sketches released of 3 men accused in sex assault, home invasion

Composite sketches were released of three home invaders accused of pistol-whipping a man and sexually assaulting a woman inside their south Apopka home. "Four black males with firearms came into his residence. They pistol-whipped him and while demanding his property, a female in the house was sexually battered," said Lt. ...

Group protests police brutality, shut down intersection near Millenia Mall

Dozens of protestors once again took to the streets of Orlando to take a stand against police brutality and brought traffic near one of the city’s busiest malls to a halt. The protestors lay in the streets and shut down the intersection at Conroy and Millenia roads Thursday evening, which ...

Congressional Cubans step up Obama criticism

Flanked by Cuban exiles and relatives of killed Cuban dissidents, Sen. Marco Rubio and two Republican House members stepped up criticism Thursday of President Barack Obama's move to re-establish ties with the Castro dictatorship. Rubio and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart — all Cuban-Americans — argued that economic sanctions ...

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