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a steakburger. so they used 100 percent beef. quick seared to seal in the flavor ... ... you'll only get from a steakburger. steak 'n shake, home of the original steakburger. [real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning company.] >> now at 5:00, the orange county deputy run down last week, speaks as the teen accused of running her down appears in court. her emotional message in minutes. >> also, breaking new details on a disturbing find inside a home. what we're learning about a mom accused of killing her own son. >> first, though, we're following breaking news in
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sky 6 is live over a big fire. look at this thing. this is happening near state road 415 and ashby cove lane. that's between deltona and new smyrna beach. look at all the smoke this thing is giving off. we're told no buildings are in danger right now. as we pan out, you can see this is all woods here. we're told no buildings are in the way of this. we don't know what caused this fire but these are some intense flames. we'll continue to follow this. we'll bring you updates as they come in. >> and we're staying on top of some more breaking news in altamonte springs. a man shot dead. his mom, arrested. this is news 6 at 5:00, getting results. i'm matt austin. >> i'm lisa bell. in just the last hour, we've learned the victim's mom will face charges of premeditated murder after her son's body was found at a home on post oak circle. that's off maitland avenue south of 436. news 6 reporter troy campbell has been getting answers about this all afternoon and joins us now live. you talked with police. what are they telling you right now?
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a lot of investigating all afternoon. the crime tape you see behind me, this has been here roughly five hours now. the home at the end of the street. police now charging a 59-year-old woman with the shooting death of her son, saying she killed her son while he was in the shower. they have been now been identified as 59-year-old virginia ortega. her son, 29-year-old blake howard, dying of multiple gunshot wounds. relatives must have said something that alerted the relative that the son might have been killed. police are saying the mother was holding a gun in her hands when they forced their way into the house after she refused to answer the door. investigators say they are aware of a violent history between the mother and son, but they won't give the details as to what that is. detectives also saying it's unclear when the man was killed. >> the son was shot multiple times while in the shower. one of the family relatives knew that there was some type of disturbance, called and asked that we respond to the residence
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>> again, at this time, the son, 29-year-old blake howard, his body is still inside the family's townhome behind me. police still waiting for a search warrant to go in and to continue their investigation and retrieve his body. his 59-year-old mother, virginia orr ortega, has been charged with his murder. >> thank you, troy. developing right now, big changes in our weather. here's a live look outside over downtown orlando. looks great from this view. but rain has started making its way into our area. the threat for serious storms is on the way. >> yes, it is. chief meteorologist tom sorrells is pinpointing when we could get the worst of this. how's it looking tonight? >> we've got a great night going on right now. you just saw the clear skies in orlando. if you're getting a pocket of rain like in marion county,
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but these are hit-and-miss, run and gun kind of showers. it comes through and rains a bit like in new smyrna beach and ponce, and then it moves on. in downtown orlando, all the rain seems to be calming down. between now and midnight, i think we're good. the next couple of hours, pockets of rain begin to diminish. the on-the-town forecast looks fine, really fine. dropping to 71 degrees by 10:00. rain chances are only 20 or 30% for the evening. it's tomorrow when everything goes haywire. i'll be right back in a few minutes and pinpoint the exact arrival of the time. it's going to be between 10 and 2:30 or 3:00 for most of you. i'll step you right through it later in this newscast. >> thank you, tom. >> don't forget, you can get breaking weather alerts and live radar anytime on our free news 6 pinpoint weather app. just search wkmg in your app store. >> more breaking news. this time on the zika virus. we've learned of a fifth case of the mosquito-borne illness in central florida.
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that brings the total number of zika cases statewide to 29. seminole is the 11th county to have a reported case. so far they're all travel related and none involve pregnant women. you can find a lot more on zika including travel notices, symptoms and treatment on our website. just head to, powered by news 6. >> a dramatic day in court. the teen accused of running down an orange county deputy appeared before a judge. >> this comes one day after the 15-year-old turned himself in. but he wasn't the only one who showed up. the deputy who ortiz is accused of hitting, sergeant marcy pierce was at the orange county courthouse as ortiz appeared today. amanda castro was also there and she joins us now.
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coming face to face with the judge and sergeant marcy pierce, four days after the orange county sheriff's office says he deliberately ran over the deputy in a stolen car. >> he could have killed me. >> ortiz is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. the sheriff's office says pierce was serving a warrant on burglary-related charges friday morning. that's when investigators tell news 6 ortiz ran her over, causing serious injuries to her head, back, hand and foot. he turned himself in to authorities monday. the teen's mother was also in court today. she refused to talk to us. >> no comment. >> do you have anything to say to sergeant pierce? >> pierce in tears as she left the courtroom, walking on crutches and surrounded by deputies. still in a lot of pain. she's thanking her family, friends, and the community she serves for all of their support. >> i strive really hard to take
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i do my best. >> that was amanda castro reporting. ortiz will stay behind bars for 30 days. he'll be back in court next month for a hearing in one of the burglary cases. we'll also get an update then on the charges he's facing for running over the officer and we could find out more if he'll be charged as an adult at that point as well. >> big new developments in the high-profile murder case against an isleworth millionaire. >> bob ward was convicted of killing his wife five years ago. now he's getting a new trial. news 6 reporter mark lehman shows us how a mistake by his attorneys is giving him another chance at freedom. >> the conviction reversal surrounds this order by circuit judge jennifer davis. she says ward's original attorneys made errors in judgment when prosecutors used evidence violating his right to remain silent. >> it's been more than four years since we saw isleworth millionaire bob ward. he was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him
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inside the couple's mansion, investigators say she was shot in the face at close range. since then, he's been appealing his conviction. the motion states ward's original attorneys should have objected when jurors were shown video and heard testimony about ward's demeanor after his arrest. in her order yesterday, judge davis states, "all post-arrest silence is protected with or without police interrogation. with ward's conviction vacated and reversed for a new trial, his attorney released a new statement to news 6 saying the judge's order maintains what we have said throughout the proceeding. >> now that the court has vacated ward's conviction, he's presumed innocent and could be released. his attorneys say the next step in their client's case is to move for a bond as he again prepares for a trial. >> thank you, mark. news 6 investigator louis bolden
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developments on this case as well. he will have more on the case with the many twists and turns, coming up on news 6 at 6:00. >> a plane goes down in a backyard in north florida. we've learned the plane was on its way to leesburg when it crashed. pictures from the scene showed the damage this caused here. this was in palatka, not far from jacksonville. one person was taken to a hospital. we checked and found the plane is registered to an owner in north carolina. we'll continue to follow this and bring you updates as we get them. >> now to a hit and run crash in orange county involving a semi truck. tonight troopers want to find that semi driver. we're told the truck hit teresa vasquez this morning, between kirkman and john young. she was a pedestrian at the time and hospitalized in serious condition right now. troopers tell us the driver stopped until emergency vehicles arrived but then took off before troopers could talk to him.
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semi with a white trailer. so far they have not given a description of the driver. >> this weekend is a big one for the orlando solar bears. it goes beyond just hockey. >> the team is looking to beat homelessness. you can help them get results through social media. this saturday is faith and family night at the amway. news 6 will bring you the game live. coverage begins at 7:30. during our broadcast, the solar bears will donate a dollar for every post on twitter, facebook or instagram using the #rethink homelessness. always a good show. the showdown over a notorious prison is heating up again. >> yeah, president obama wants to shut down guantanamo bay. >> he sure does. the president's plan is not sitting well with some on capitol hill. next at 5:00, the response to the president's plan to move nearly 100 prisoners elsewhere. >> take a look at radar. we're tracking big scattered showers. i say big, well, little pockets of rain right now. things have calmed
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during the day tomorrow, we'll rage again. i'll be back to pinpoint the arrival of the big storms tomorrow. >> and the countdown is on for lift-off at the cape. the worries spacex has about its
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>> good evening, i'm news 6 meteorologist candace campos. we're pinpointing your forecast down to street level, ahead of tomorrow's possible severe thunderstorms. we're going to start pinpointing from north to south. our first spot is huntington. good evening to you. our temperatures are cooling down into the mid-60's. better chance of rain. decent chance of rain heading into wednesday and finally drying out and cooling down come wednesday and especially heading
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>> this is about closing a chapter in our history. >> another big step in the seven-year battle over closing guantanamo bay. president obama outlined his plans today to keep the campaign promise to shut down the prison. >> he'll still have to go through congress to get this done.
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latest on this. >> matt and lisa, president obama's announcement today comes years after back and forth argue between his administration and republicans in congress. today was the deadline set by congress for the president to submit his plan. one of the biggest questions, what will happen to the prisoners being held there? right now, there are 91 prisoners at gitmo. the president's plan would countries. the remaining 56 will be moved to a facility here in the u.s. what about the cost to get all of this done? the white house says moving the prisoners would save $85 million each year. but it will take a one-time cost of $475 million to implement the plan. it's something the president says needs to be done now. >> for many years, it's been clear the detention facility at guantanamo bay does not advance our national security. it undermines it. >> in the meantime, some republican lawmakers are coming out against the president's proposal.
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marco rubio has been outspoken in the past about the administration's policy on cuba. today he took his argument to the campaign trail. >> we're not going to close guantanamo. in fact, we shouldn't be releasing the people that are there now. they are enemy combatants. >> the chairman of the armed services committee says while he feels the president's plan is a, quote, pr move, he's open to holding hearings about the future of gitmo. you can expect more coverage on this battle over guantanamo bay coming up at 6:30 on the cbs evening news with scott pelley. >> thank you, ginger. >> an update now to breaking news we've been following in volusia county. sky 6 is live over a big fire. this is happening near state road 415 and ashby cove lane between deltona and new smyrna beach. volusia county firefighters now tell us this is a controlled burn that jumped the lines. we're told no buildings are in danger right now.
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for you and bring you updates as they come in. >> well, we're just a day away from the next launch at the cape. that is, of course, if the weather holds up. >> spacex says it's ready to blast off its falcon 9 rocket tomorrow evening. the company says crews tested the rocket's main engine yesterday. the launch will send a european communications satellite into orbit. spacex will also try to land the first stage of that rocket on a barge in the atlantic ocean. but the company says it will likely not succeed because of the rocket's flight path. the launch window opens at 6:46 tomorrow evening. right now, there is a 60% chance for a lift-off. if it happens, we'll bring it to you live on our website at >> they're already saying this might not work. >> a lot depending on the weather. >> it's universal orlando's biggest party of the year. news 6 is giving you a chance to get in on the fun. >> giving away four tickets to universal's mardi gras.
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head to 6 and you'll find the contest on our facebook page. it runs from this saturday night until the middle of april. the contest ends friday night at midnight. so get your -- >> they always have great performers there, too. >> yeah, good shows there. the floats are always fun. it's a good time. >> i'm trying to remember who it was -- i can't remember. >> when, when you went? >> no. >> last year? >> were you partying too hard? >> no, somebody was in town. i've never been to mardi gras. >> trying to get him in trouble tonight? >> yeah. you might want to bundle up if you head out this weekend. >> it's going to be cold by the weekend. we're starting out with big rain right now, showing you what's going on between here and louisiana. this is the visible satellite shot. i love this picture. there we go. a little bit of cloud cover here at home. not much happening. we're hitting a dry slot here between areas of rain. you see the bright white clouds in here that came through and
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it dries out more the most part, from tampa into the gulf. most of the rest of the night is going to be dry. this is the big low cranking from dallas to houston. there's louisiana now, frontal zone pushing over, causing a ruckus across the panhandle into new orleans tonight. our rain has really, really slowed down. since we came on the air at 4:00. it's raining to the west of you there in redick and raining quite heavily or was on merritt island. now that's gone as well. farther to the south around melbourne and palm bay, a touch of light rain but not much happening anywhere else in between. as a matter of fact, the sky cleared in orlando and it's turning into a good evening. future radar not showing much in the way of any leftover action either. so how did we do today? the daytime high bounced to 81 degrees in orlando. the overnight low this morning was 60. averages on the day, normals this time of year will be 75 and 53. we crushed that. orlando right now is at 75. 75 in melbourne. and still 77 degrees right now
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79 in the villages. 77 in ocala and gainesville is still 79 and 75 in cocoa beach. look at the wind. a 10-mile-an-hour wind right now in orlando. 13-mile-an-hour wind in the villages. 15-mile-an-hour wind in daytona beach. satellite and radar together here showing you what's going on with the clearing of the rain here. the big push of the frontal boundary is going from louisiana into mississippi. it marches straight across the gulf of mexico and comes here by tomorrow morning. this is tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. not much happening. look at what happens between about 9 and 10:00. more and more of the rain begins to show up. here's the line of action from the villages down to the gulf by 10 a.m. as we roll to the noon hour, heavy, heavy rain. some of these storms could be severe. an isolated tornado could erupt from volusia county to lake, seminole and orange and by 2 p.m., it's from orlando south and east. by 4:00, it's like that, all over. checking out and the colder air
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let's talk lows tonight. temperatures are in the 60's across central florida. i'm going to call the overnight low in orlando 68. here's tomorrow. >> by noon tomorrow, we're back to 78. but the storms arrive at just about the same time. a high tomorrow about 80 with a 70% chance of rain. so much cooler on thursday and so much cooler on friday. saturday we're back to 65 and sunday, 70. tomorrow's the day, y'all. it's going to rock and roll. >> tough job tomorrow and it's pretty awesome of that. >> thank you, tom. if you need something to listen to as you head to work tomorrow, our radio partners at mix 105.1 will have a special guest. news 6 anchor julie broughton will be joining the morning crew from 6 to 9:00 tomorrow morning. it will be a fun three hours. so be sure to give julie a listen. i'm just seeing this for the first time. >> julie broughton unplugged. it should be interesting. >> patience could have been a
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>> next at 5:00, the bizarre reasons he gave officers for stealing from a local publix. >> and double trouble, doubled again. the unbelievable feat these twin sisters have now accomplished. >> i can't even wrap my head around that story. at 5:30, students are sinking their teeth into their hard
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>> you know, the average computer user and average cell phone user has no idea about this technology and that is what makes it so dangerous. >> viruses aren't just for computers anymore. hackers are tricking people into giving them what they want through their cell phones. we'll show you the best ways to protect your mobile device against a malware infection and to keep your files safe, coming up tonight at 11:00. that's what they're going after now. >> that was only a matter of time there. >> of course. >> we all felt this before while shopping. you see the long line and you don't want to wait.
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clermont police say one woman took her frustration a little too far. she took hundreds of dollars of groceries and walked out the door. she stole more than $500 worth of items from publix on citrus tower boulevard friday night. the manager told police he tracked the woman down outside the store and she said she just didn't want to wait in line. officers found prescription drugs on her. she faces several charges. >> can you imagine what it's like to have an identical twin, someone just like you in almost every way? >> some people, including our very own producer, know the feeling. but one set of twins has taken it a step further. so follow us if you can. kerry and kelly are identical twins. both became parents of their own set of identical twins. >> what? >> but wait, there's more. they then had a second set of twins. >> come on. >> both of them? >> yes. both twin sisters now raising two sets of twins. the hospital staff in utah where
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it's more likely for someone to get struck by lightning than for this to happen. >> i would almost rather get hit by lightning than have two sets of twins. >> i went to high school with two sets of twins and they each had twins, but just one set. >> so ryan our producer has twins? >> no, he's a twin. >> oh, thank god. i thought ryan was 12. >> you and your sister are both married to men named darryl. >> different guy, not one and the same. >> ginger gadsden is joining us for the news coming up at 5:30. >> internal affairs reports could put dozens of criminal cases in jeopardy. three deputies have stepped down from duty following the investigation. and a central florida boy notices a troubling trend in his neighborhood. up next, now he's getting results for the people who live on his street. what a smart kid.
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>> three sheriff's deputies off the job tonight after a scathing report. what an internal investigation revealed that could affect dozens of cases. >> plus how a young central florida boy is cleaning up and getting results for his neighborhood. you're going to love him. first, though, we're following


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