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Fire at East Ridge High School damages band equipment: ‘It’s very devastating’

A fire that broke out Thursday in the building that houses the band room at East Ridge High School will likely oust the school’s musicians from their rehearsal space and may have caused damage to marching band equipment— just as football season is in full swing, the school’s band director said.

Tropical Storm Humberto could form from storm following Hurricane Dorian path

Tropical Storm Humberto will be the next named storm, and it could form from a tropical wave that is approaching the Caribbean in the next five days.

She’s the only Bahamian working on the hurricane relief cruise. It just reunited her with her family

Angela Dean, the only Bahamian crew member on Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas, was reunited with her family in Freeport Saturday when the ship stopped there on a relief mission.

Eustis man killed in head-on Lake County crash, FHP says

A 76-year-old man was killed Friday in a head-on crash along State Road 44 after attempting to pass cars in a no-passing zone, the Florida highway Patrol said.

Head-on crash in Seminole kills 2, FHP says

Two people were killed and two others were injured Friday in a head-on crash involving four vehicles along US 17-92 in Seminole County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Orange deputies, SWAT search apartment, close complex while investigating fatal home invasion

As people were shooting at each other at an Orange County apartment early Friday, one person was killed and a woman who was sleeping in another unit was caught in the crossfire.

AdventHealth to send doctors, medical supplies to The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

AdventHealth is sending doctors and medical supplies to The Bahamas in the wake of the destruction left behind my Hurricane Dorian.

Defense attorneys challenge extremism expert in Everett Miller murder trial

Defense attorneys for Everett Glenn Miller challenged the testimony Friday of a state expert on anti-government extremism who planned to say Miller adopted “Moorish sovereign citizen” beliefs before killing two Kissimmee police officers in 2017.

Hurricane Dorian giving guide — how do you know who is legitimate?

Just two days after Hurricane Dorian finished its historic ravaging of the Bahamas, the online fundraising platform GoFundMe had 2,226 campaigns soliciting donations to bring relief efforts to the islands. That was on top of churches, charities and businesses raising funds for the cause — and amid reports that the disaster region was plagued by looters and government barriers to distributing aid. So how do donors know whom to trust? We ask the experts.

Shooter in fatal home invasion may have acted in self-defense, Lakeland cops say

Investigators of a home invasion in Lakeland believe an alleged suspect was shot and killed in self defense, the city’s police department said in a statement Friday.

New guardian of Rebecca Fierle ward who died flags missing funds, accounting issues

The guardian appointed to replace Rebecca Fierle in Steven Stryker’s case is asking a judge to hold off on letting her step aside, citing missing money and other discrepancies.

Photos: Hurricane Dorian spawns tornadoes as it barrels into Outer Banks

Hurricane Dorian got closer and closer to the East Coast finally making landfall in the Outer Banks as a Category 1 hurricane, but had already spawned destructive tornadoes.

Hurricane Dorian tornado caught on home’s Ring doorbell cam

A tornado spawned as Hurricane Dorian passed by North Carolina was caught on a homeowner's Ring doorbell cam.

On Royal Caribbean cruise, teams will deliver 10,000 meals to Bahamians hit by Hurricane Dorian

Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas will depart Port Canaveral Friday on a humanitarian journey to deliver supplies to Freeport, Bahamas and pick up evacuees after Hurricane Dorian.

First came Oviedo ER. Then, AdventHealth Oviedo ER. Now, a lawsuit

The lawsuit filed by Oviedo Medical Center alleges that by using the name “Oviedo ER” on its websites, billboards and presentations, AdventHealth has committed trademark infringement and unfair competition, violating the common law of the State of Florida.

Hurricane Dorian: NASA mini satellite reveals ‘what’s under the hood’

A tiny NASA satellite, no bigger than a cereal box, is giving scientists a big data reveal on the inside of Hurricane Dorian and what makes it tick.

Ocoee man killed in head-on collision in Clermont, cops say

A 62-year-old Ocoee man was killed in a head-on collision in Clermont, police said.

Hurricane Dorian aid effort to the Bahamas picks up momentum

Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate people gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, as an international disaster-relief effort took shape.

Concerned about too many new apartment complexes, Clermont enacts 6-month moratorium

Clermont residents say the South Lake County city is approving too many apartments. So City Council members decided to put in a 6-month moratorium on new apartment projects so they can tinker or even re-write the city's land development regulations for multi-family projects.

Two women sentenced to federal prison in $800K ripoff of elderly

Two Central Florida women were sentenced to federal prison this week for their part in an $800,000 ripoff of elderly people through credit-card fraud that exploited senior citizens, authorities said.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle expected to become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Fernand weakened into a tropical depression as it dumped heavy rain in Mexico, and poorly organized Tropical Storm Gabrielle continued swirling with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph in the east Atlantic.

Lake County donor lauded by OneBlood for reaching 175-gallon mark

Clermont resident Terry Ohr reached a 175 gallon milestone last week for platelet donation at OneBlood. In the aftermath of Hurrican Dorian, OneBlood is seeking donations to help victims in the Bahamas.

Bahama father tells story of losing his 5-year-old son in Hurricane Dorian storm surge: report

A Bahamas father recounts how he tragically lost his 5-year-old son in shark-filled, storm surge waters during Hurricane Dorian's arrival, according to the Nassau Guardian.

Hypodermic needle found next to Blue Bell Ice Cream at a Florida Winn-Dixie

Winn-Dixie is investigating after someone posted a photo of a hypodermic needle on a freezer shelf next several tubs of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Hurricane Dorian lashes Carolinas’ coast; death toll in Bahamas rises to 20

Hurricane Dorian, dropped once again to a Category 2 storm while lashing the Carolinas Thursday morning as hurricane conditions were likely today in the region.

Florida man arrested in Walmart shooting threat called himself white nationalist in Facebook post, cops say

New records include other posts allegedly made by Richard Dean Clayton, including rants about social media censorship and racist memes.

Florida lawmakers refused to pay to investigate more guardians

The Florida Legislature refused to spend $97,488 investigating guardians accused of exploiting their wards. But it did spend $250,000 to subsidize a professional golf tournament at an Ocala country club owned by a major Republican donor.

Man injured at Orange County strip mall after shooting. Suspect at large, deputies say

Portions of shopping plaza a mile from the Florida Mall were cordoned off Thursday night as Orange County Sheriff’s deputies investigate a shooting that left a man injured.

Hurricane center keeps eye on storms that could become Tropical Storm Humberto

The next tropical system that could become Tropical Storm Humberto could form from one of two new storms being tracked in the Atlantic that could target the Caribbean.

Polk high schoolers taken to hospital, arrested after taking ecstasy dissolved in juice, deputies say

Four Lakeland teens were taken to to a hospital Thursday after Polk County Sheriff’s deputies said they came in contact with ecstasy dissolved in water. Two of those teens were arrested on drug charges, the sheriff’s office said.