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Troopers locate vehicle involved in July 4 fatal hit-and-run crash, driver still at large, FHP says

The vehicle involved in the second of two deadly crashes on Orange Blossom Trail Thursday has been located by authorities, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Traffic: Crash involving Lynx bus blocks lanes in downtown Orlando

A crash involving a car and Lynx bus blocked lanes on Rosalind Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Woman who went for bike ride lands in coma, dies. Orange detectives want to know what happened

Investigators are trying to determine how a woman sustained a brain injury that has left her in a coma the past two weeks, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mom of London Harrell, UCF student killed in hit-and-run, hopes her generosity will live on in others

In the days following the hit-and-run crash that left University of Central Florida student London Harrell with catastrophic injuries, her family clung to hope that the 21-year-old would recover. But the day before a planned vigil to pray for her healing, Harrell died, leaving her parents and eight siblings little time to reflect or notify other loved ones before taking to the lawn outside the UCF library for the service.“It was a whirlwind week last week,” Harrell’s mother, Paula Cobb said. “We were praying for a miracle.”

Traffic jams at Wekiwa Springs to get $1M fix — but not till winter

A total of $1 million in improvements to deal with summer traffic jams outside Wekiwa Springs State Park won't be done until winter, when there aren't as many visitors.

Possible large sinkhole develops off Boggy Creek Road, Orange deputies say

A large hole in the ground has opened between two Orange County lakes, swallowing several construction vehicles in the process, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Man shot by Orlando cop while fleeing shopping plaza gets prison in plea deal

A man who was shot by an Orlando police officer in November while attempting to flee authorities in a stolen car was sentenced last month to five years in prison, court records show.

Orange County’s outdated fuel-tracking system led to errors. New automated system should improve accuracy, officials say.

After audits critical of its fire department’s record keeping, Orange County is prepared to bring the agency’s outdated fuel tracking into modern times. County Commissioners Tuesday signed off on $2 million to automate its fuel tanks, which covers both purchase and installation.

Winter Garden nonprofit looking for families to help migrant children fleeing violence

The global humanitarian nonprofit Bethany Christian Services has a message for anyone disturbed by the images of children locked in detention centers at the U.S. southern border: There is something you can do. It is now recruiting foster families in the Orlando area for unaccompanied minors -- kids who are fleeing violence or are victims of human trafficking.

Admissions to Florida’s public universities are getting more competitive. But schools still admit students lacking basic qualifications.

Even as admissions to Florida’s public universities has become increasingly competitive, most institutions are still accepting students who don’t meet the state’s basic admission requirements.

Man arrested in fatal shooting of woman at east Orange mobile home

Orange County deputies said the victim and suspect were acquaintances.

Take cover Florida as July is the deadliest month for lightning

Color and loud sounds flash in the sky in the month of July, but Florida lightning show is nothing to take too lightly. The July in Florida has the highest and most dangerous rates of lightning strike fatalities in the country, according to National Weather Service data.

Gabby Giffords asks supporters to ‘fight, fight, fight’ for gun research funding at Orlando rally

In a rallying cry to dozens of people who gathered Saturday at the Orlando Museum of Art in support of research funding to study gun violence, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords implored people to “fight, fight, fight” to end gun violence.

Family confirms death of UCF student London Harrell shortly after campus vigil for hit-and-run victim

London Harrell, a UCF student severely injured in a hit-and-run crash last weekend, died from her injuries, her mother wrote in a Facebook post.

Democrat Stephanie Murphy, Republican Michael Waltz discuss common ground at Orlando’s Tiger Bay Club

Stephanie Murphy is a Democrat. Michael Waltz is a Republican. So they don’t agree on much.But unlike partisan clashes that play out on Capital Hill and on network airwaves, the two Central Florida representatives say they’ve found a way to work together on several issues where they find common ground: election security, banning offshore oil drilling, the environment and other state issues.The two discussed a wide-range of issues Friday at the nonpartisan political club Tiger Bay — including their working relationship dating back two decades — held at Camping World Stadium’s Varsity Club.

When invasive air potato vine takes hold, Orlando releases beetle brigade

Orlando officials on Friday released a battalion of about 10 of tiny red beetles with the goal of putting a dent in the thriving air potato vine. The beetles will reproduce to expand their army but only eat the potato vine, so they’ll have no ill effects on the environment.

Fence runs through garage and over a pool in property-line dispute between Bags Inc. founder and Deutsche Bank

The unusual sight of a black metal fence passing through a garage and over a swimming pool symbolizes a bitter property-line dispute near Boone High School.The 4-year tiff between a company backed by Bags Inc. founder Craig Mateer and financial giant Deutsche Bank is at a stalemate, with the fate of a 15-foot by 99-foot sliver — which includes some of a detached garage and part of a pool — up in the air.The battle has made its way to City Hall, with Mateer’s RMS Investments proposing to split the lot he purchased from foreclosure and clearing the way for a home to be built. His request is to shave off the sliver to create a separate lot.

10 Orlando-area Democrats endorse Mayor Buddy Dyer for reelection

Ten Democratic state legislators have endorsed Mayor Buddy Dyer in his re-election campaign, according to a news release Thursday.The legislators were Senators Randolph Bracy, Linda Stewart and Victor Torres, along with Reps. Bruce Antone, Kamia Brown, John Cortes, Joy Goff-Marcil, Anna Eskamani, Amy Mercado and Carlos Guillermo Smith.In the November election, Dyer faces competition from City Commissioner Sam Ings, nonprofit consultant Aretha Simons and Shantele Bennett.

Seminole’s Warley Park — is this the new model for homeless housing?

On what was once labeled a “nuisance” property near Seminole High School in Sanford, a for-profit developer has started building what some consider to be a model for future homeless housing in Central Florida. Here's why it's different.

Former SunTrust employee from Orlando sentenced after stealing $171K to pay off loans

A 36-year-old bank employee from Orlando was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison after he stole more than $171,000 to put toward his mortgage and auto loans, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Groups involved in downtown fight, sending 1 person to hospital, Orlando cops say

A male was hospitalized overnight with a cut to his forearm and a wound to his chest, the apparent victim of a fight involving several people downtown, an Orlando Police Department spokesman said.

Bear kill on I-4 in Orlando is region’s fourth in less than two weeks

Bears die by the hundreds in collisions with vehicles every year in Florida, but not usually on Interstate 4, according to the state wildlife agency statistics. With one notable exception, crashes are annually the biggest killer of Florida bears who have no natural predators. That year was 2015 when crashes killed 248 bears -- and hunters killed 304. Wednesday’s bear was the third hit and killed on I-4 this year -- the second in two days.

Orlando not pursuing Tampa Bay Rays as team discusses splitting home games with Montreal

Last week the Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball to pursue splitting its 81 home games between the Gulf Coast and Montreal, an idea decried by St. Petersburg Mayor as a “bit silly.” While the club appears to be pursuing other locales for a ballpark as its quest for a new stadium in Tampa is in a stalemate, putting a ballpark east on I-4 in Orlando doesn’t seem to be in play.Orlando, a city that’s had baseball aspirations, hasn’t been approached by the club nor had discussions about pursuing the team, a city spokeswoman confirmed.

'Possibly electrical’ blaze significantly damages Mills 50 restaurant in Orlando, fire department says

A fire damaged a Korean restaurant near the corner of East Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue early Wednesday morning, according to a report from WFTV.

Central Florida immigration groups prepare as ICE deportation raids delayed

Despite President Donald Trump announcing a two-week delay in mass-deportation raids that had been expected to start last Sunday, Central Florida advocates are readying immigrants by offering legal aid and training them on what to do if federal agents show up at their door.

Orlo Vista man distraught after discovering burned body of missing dog, 16

Rick Parmenter eyed his two dogs, Stink and Oreo, from the second floor of his Orlo Vista home Saturday morning. It was their daily routine— Stink and Oreo were let out to do their business as Parmenter kept an eye on them from a window above.

Will Queenie find love? Two new black-necked swans released into Lake Eola, where the solitary female awaited

The latest chapter in the Lake Eola love story featured rose petals and the release of the two new black-neck swans, who splashed into the lake and immediately joined Queenie on the water.The three swans swam away together toward the gazebo on the northeast side of the lake, away from media and commissioner Patty Sheehan, who helped place the two new boys into the water.

Wounded Iraq war vet looks forward to specially adapted home. He won’t have to hop around on one leg anymore.

Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates custom homes specially designed for severely-injured veterans, is providing a handicapped-accessible home to the family of retired Army Sgt. Patrick Wickens. He lost his right leg during a rocket attack in Iraq in 2005.

‘Woah slow down, baby:’ Orlando officer pulls over 10-month-old daughter: video

Orlando Police is hard on speeders. Doesn't matter how old or cute you may be, as one OPD father proved in a Facebook video showing him pulling over his 10-month-old daughter.

Virgin Trains’ express service to South Florida: ‘A great connection for us,’ Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says

Virgin Trains, a privately-owned passenger rail company formerly known as Brightline, is planning to extend train service north from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport.