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Unlicensed contractor scammed elderly homeowner out of $60K for ‘little to no work,’ cops say

A phony contractor — previously accused of posing as a chaplain for a similar scam in 2015 — conned an elderly man in Orange County out of more than $60,000 for repairs that were never completed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Apopka man killed after car crashes, set ablaze, FHP says

A driver was killed Monday afternoon after their car burst into flames following a crash, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Ex-UCF student gets jail, probation for sexual messages to undercover cop posing as 14-year-old girl

A UCF student accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to about a month in the Orange County Jail after pleading to a felony charge.

Leesburg police identify teen shot, killed outside Leesburg grocery store

Leesburg police identified the fatal victim in a shooting Monday afternoon as 18-year-old Kyser Luther. He was found dead inside a car that was parked in front of a local supermarket, the Leesburg Police Department said.

What we know: Man charged after Central Florida mother, bodies of four children found

Few details were released about the arrest of a Central Florida man after a search for a missing mother and her four children ended in tragedy on Monday.

Documents detail elaborate father-son scheme to cover up Winter Garden teen’s killing

Shortly before noon on May 31, Luis Rivera Sr. received a panicked call from his son Luis Rivera Jr. A drug deal inside the younger Rivera’s car had gone awry and he had shot the buyer, who was now dead in the passenger seat.

Suspected serial killer arrested, linked to cold-case murders of 3 women in Daytona Beach

Law enforcement have in custody a suspected serial killer they believe is responsible for killing four women from over a decade ago, according to a report by WFTV.

After ex-girlfriend tracked iPhone to Sanford man’s body, suspected killer arrested on murder charge

Anthony Todd Revels, 49, is accused of killing 29-year-old Maverick Johnson when he met Johnson for a drug transaction early Saturday.

Florida school janitor accused of hiding camera in girls’ locker room

A criminal complaint says two female students reported a suspected camera last month. Officials found a cell phone taped to the inside wall of an unassigned locker. Investigators say video on the phone shows girls changing.

Pulse assistance center has enough money to last through the year — but after that, the future is uncertain

The Orlando United Assistance Center — created after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting — runs out of its federal grant funds at the end of September but hopes to have enough money to keep it running through the end of the year. After that, though, its budget and its mission are uncertain.

Man fatally shot near Millenia neighborhood, Orange deputies say

Orange County deputies found an unidentified 19-year-old man shot around 2 p.m. on Mace Street.

Driver runs over, kills Deerfield Beach woman lying on ground

Broward Sheriff’s investigators say they don’t know why the woman, 48-year-old Melissa Rutherford of Deerfield Beach, was already on the ground before the driver struck her with his 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.

Orange County corrections officer charged with DUI after crash

An Orange County corrections officer was arrested by Ocoee police early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence, according to a jail spokeswoman.

Police investigating shooting in west Orlando

Orlando police officers are investigating a shooting Sunday afternoon that left a victim in critical condition, according a department spokesman.

Two women injured in stabbing near downtown Orlando; suspect in custody, cops say

Orlando police is investigating a stabbing that injured two women Friday afternoon near downtown.

Double bogey: After crashing a stolen car, man hijacked a golf cart, cops say

A Palm Beach County man's first mistake was being involved in an auto theft spree, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office. His second was hijacking a golf cart during a getaway that was being followed and recorded by a sheriff's office helicopter, authorities said.

New treatment center opens for sexual assault victims as rape reports increase

A new treatment center for victims of sexual assault has opened at a confidential Orange County location, providing medical care, privacy, compassion and a chance to get the forensic evidence needed by prosecutors. The new center is a vast improvement on its predecessor, officials say.

Video contradicts Lake County deputy’s account of shooting of unarmed woman. Now he’s indicted | Commentary

A dashboard camera video obtained by the Orlando Sentinel shows a Lake County deputy sheriff shooting an unarmed woman on Oct. 11, 2016. A state grand jury found nothing wrong with the shooting in 2016 but a federal grand jury in August indicted Palmer for violating the woman's civil rights, concluding he had lied when he said she was reaching for something.

Threatening comments reported at another Florida Walmart

In a Florida Walmart this week, a man reported warned that "someone was going to die and the world was going to end." People spread a rumor that a man had a gun, and they ran out of the store in a panic, but he wasn't armed.

Nursing home mogul Philip Esformes sentenced to 20 years for $1.3 billion Medicaid fraud

Former Illinois and Florida nursing home mogul Philip Esformes wept and pleaded for mercy as he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for what the U.S. Justice Department called the largest single health care bribery and kickback scheme in American history.

Cyber-crime hotline launches for Central Florida victims

Cyber-crime victims in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties now have a single hotline they can use for help both in reporting and recovering from an online hack, cyber theft or cyber-bullying or stalking. The Heart of Florida United Way is using a $1.4 million federal grant to build the support system, hoping to address a grossly under-reported and growing crime.

Judge releases University of Florida student accused of sexual assault because he is ‘high achieving’: report

A University of Florida resident assistant who has been accused of sexual assault on a female student has been released after a judge granted a motion from his defense that listed him as “high achieving,” Fox 35 reported.

Man arrested in UCF student’s hit-and-run death tampered with alcohol monitor, prosecutor says

The man accused in the hit-and-run crash that killed UCF student London Harrell recently tampered with his court-ordered alcohol monitor, according to prosecutors, who are seeking to have his bond revoked.

Lake County road rage incident escalates as SUV driver ‘intentionally rammed’ Lexus, cops say

A Kissimmee man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon this week, accused of ramming his SUV into a Lexus in a road-rage incident.

Boost Mobile phone store in Florida used as front for illegal drug sales, deputies say

Buyers would come in pretending to be there to buy phones, but instead would pay cash or barter other items for heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs, deputies said.

Central Florida mother speaks out after son’s assault by schoolmates caught on video

A Central Florida mother is speaking out after video shows her son being assaulted by fellow students in a school locker room in Polk County.

Two victims shot, Palm Bay police secure scene after hour long standoff with shooting suspect

The Palm Bay Police Department said early Thursday that a shooting is being investigated.

Florida murder suspect airlifted after flames engulf SUV, burn waterfront mansion

Hours after a woman was found dead in an Ocala home early Wednesday, her suspected killer turned up 400 miles away in the Florida Keys with serious burns after flames engulfed his SUV and burned a waterfront mansion, deputies said.

Florida health care executive faces sentencing in $1B Medicare fraud

A Florida health care executive is facing sentencing following his conviction on 20 criminal charges in what prosecutors described as a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme.

Florida juvenile facility locked down after riot

A staffer said 43 juveniles were throwing chairs and breaking windows. Deputies responded and ordered all three pods to be locked down.