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[real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning company.] >> ginger: now at 5:00, new details in the search for a serial robber. what we know about the man who has been targeting orange county businesses. >> lisa: but first, the intense search for a driver accused of hitting an 8-year-old boy and taking off. we're told the child was riding his bike home from school when
this is news 6 at 5:00, getting results. i'm lisa bell. >> ginger: i'm ginger gadsden in for matt austin. titusville police want to track down the hit-and-run driver after this happened last night along alpine lane, north of state road 50. news 6 reporter amanda castro talked with the boy's family and she joins us live. we first want to know how the little boy is doing tonight? >> reporter: well, he's back home. he was released from the hospital this afternoon. his mom tells me he's got a bump to the head and a few scrapes to should be just fine. police are still looking for the person. they say they're following strong leads to find out who hit that little boy in this intersection and left the scene yesterday. deshawn hill's mother said he was riding his bicycle home from school thursday night when a white van hit him at an intersection. >> he was screaming and crying and his mother was screaming more than he was.
he heard the vehicle skid and drive off and a minute later he came back and checked on the boy and sped off again. >> what kind of person does that? it's sad. >> reporter: but the grandmother followed the van. a neighbor got the license plate and called 911. the 8-year-old was airlifted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. he's back home today, walking around the neighborhood with his mother. people who live here tell news 6 cars drive fast along the residential roads, saying it was only a matter of time before someone got hurt. >> they just fly by and they have no respect for the children at all. >> reporter: police haven't released any information about yet. they say they're following strong leads and charges are pending. back to you guys. >> ginger: that is so nice to know the little boy is going to be okay, though. amanda castro reporting live. thank you. new developments tonight in the robber. >> lisa: the orange county
sketch of the man suspected in a string of violent crimes. we're told the suspected serial robber has hit at least eight stores in just the past month. many of them are along colonial drive between cimarron and goldenrod. news 6 reporter justin warmoth has been getting answers about the search for this guy and joins us now live. you talked with the business owner who knows one of the victims. how is that victim doing? >> reporter: she's doing okay. despite what happened to her inside this 436 dollar store. she wasn't hurt. in fact, none of the victims of this guy right here have been hurt during these robberies. but detectives fear if he's not caught soon, that could change. today orange county deputies released this sketch of a man who they say is wanted in a rash of armed robberies across orange county. surveillance cameras at a few of the stores caught the suspect coming in already with his gun out, demanding cash and whatever else he can get his hands on.
now after 7:00, closing time, we locking the doors and just protecting ourselves every time we come out. >> reporter: he runs a barbershop next door to the 1, 2, 3, dollar store, one of the eight businesses hit in the last month. >> we have been worrying about it. i've been praying a lot. >> reporter: in the robbery there which happened a few weeks ago, the suspect is wearing a batman costume, something he's done a few times, prompting investigators to dub him the batman robber. sergeant craig hall with the orange county sheriff's office is heading the investigation. >> it's not something we see on a regular basis. so i'm hoping that somebody has seen that and knows -- has seen that individual wearing that on a different occasion. and that they might give us some help. >> reporter: once we showed you this video two weeks ago, sergeant hall says the suspect changed things up but continued to terrorize employees. most of the time he covered his face except for sunday, which allowed a dollar store clerk to
deputies put together this sketch. >> it's pretty clear for someone who had a gun put to their face. for somebody to be able to do that. that's a big help. >> reporter: most of the folks who have headed into the dollar store today has taken a peek at the crime line bulletin. if you recognize this guy in the bulletin, call the crime line at 1-800-423-tips. >> lisa: thank you. you can get another look at the suspect by heading to our website, clickorlando.com, powered by news 6. you'll find this story on our home page. >> ginger: an update now on the big drive construction on i-4. work on the multi-billion project stopped after a worker was killed on wednesday. sky 6 flu ew over the group of workers gathered along the construction zone today. they're reviewing safety procedures and taking part in an inspection. we're told the company is leaving it up to workers to decide when they are ready to return.
34-year-old marvin franklin who died two days ago when a dump truck backed up and hit him. they've been reviewing safety protocols since then. we, of course, will continue to keep you updated on all of the big drive happenings on our website. just head to clickorlando.com/the big drive, powered by news 6. >> lisa: breaking news on the huge data breach affecting the i.r.s. they say there could be more than twice as many victims as first thought. hackers accessed as many as 700,000 taxpayer accounts and they also tried to get into more than 500,000 others. we'll continue to follow this and bring you updates as we get them. well, a cool end to the workweek. here's a live look outside over downtown orlando. certainly looks perfect out there. but will this cool-down last throughout the weekend? >> ginger: i sure hope so. chief meteorologist tom sorrells is pinpointing it all for us. how is that weekend forecast looking?
everything, right? >> ginger: do they say that? >> tom: they kind of are. >> ginger: who is they? >> tom: them, those, them people. them. visible satellite tonight, no cloud cover to speak of. it looks like things are great in this department. nothing on radar. we're as dry as we can be and we're going to stay very dry throughout the entire weekend. it is 64 in orlando. 63 in melbourne and 63 in leesburg. on the town, chilly night tonight. you'll want to bundle up if you're heading out. the breeze makes it feel even colder. we'll be at 51 at 10 p.m. and 49 by 11:00. tonight, we're actually going to be colder than we were when you woke up this morning. i'll be back to break out the overnight lows and pinpoint the warm-up that eventually will come. see you in a few. >> ginger: all right, tom. thank you. >> 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. >> lisa: a woman killed along an orange county road.
while she was riding a moped. sky 6 flew over the scene along universal boulevard near i-4 shortly before noon. the driver of the jeep tried to cross multiple lanes and drove into the path of the 30-year-old woman. she later died at the hospital. the driver was not hurt. troopers are still investigating. and we're following breaking news on a deadly shooting near seattle. just minutes ago, we learned five people are dead after an hours-long standoff. s.w.a.t. units entered the home and shot the suspect when they found four other bodies. details are just coming in right now. we'll stay on top of this for you and bring you updates as they come in. >> ginger: now to this big mess that happened along i-drive. thousands of gallons of water sent shooting 30 feet into the air. this caused some traffic problems for quite a while this morning. this is a closer look at the scene. this is near the double tree hotel near seaworld. water flooded the road for an hour and a half.
i-drive to clean up the mess. the driver was cited with careless driving and driving with a suspended license. she was hospitalized with minor injuries. >> lisa: this weekend is a big one for the orlando solar bears. they're looking to beat homelessness. you can help them get results through social media. tomorrow is faith and family night at the amway center. news 6 will bring you the game live and 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, something we can all do. it's so easy. >> ginger: it really makes a huge difference. >> lisa: absolutely. >> ginger: it trended last year. let's see if we can do the same thing this year. >> lisa: that's the goal. the debate is over but the clashes between republicans is heating up. >> ginger: the g.o.p. frontrunner has a message for florida voters. why donald trump says he can
florida's primary. >> reporter: the artist rendering here will soon be a reality at orlando international airport. i'll tell you more about the welcome center and what it means to those who serve. >> ginger: 5:00, getting results for central florida. this is a live look at i-4 and osceola parkway. traffic is starting to build on this friday and it looks like on the right-hand side of the we'll find out what that's
>> reporter: happy friday, everyone. i'm news 6 meteorologist candace campos. it's a gorgeous afternoon. we're here in the heart of downtown orlando near lake eola, getting ready with all the preparations going on with the big downtown wine and food festival. it's going to be a great forecast throughout the next two days.
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>> ginger: a big day for military families who travel through central florida. >> lisa: yeah, orlando international airport is one step closer to opening a welcome center for troops and their loved ones. news 6 reporter mark lehman shows us how this 3100-square-foot space will be transformed. >> reporter: many say it's long overdue but military families have a space they can call home while they're away. with no real dirt to dig, laughter and cheers marked a ceremonial groundbreaking, bringing smiles to faces is the reality of a uso welcome center coming to florida's second busiest airport. >> the demand is there. we expect a large number of those traveling through here to come visit our welcome center. >> reporter: the 3100-square-foot facility is described as state-of-the-art and one of the largest in the country. there will be a spot for
exhausted troops can rest. >> soldiers are constantly deploying and traveling. it can be very stressful. >> reporter: as a frequently traveling soldier himself, he says something like that is a welcome sight >> it's comforting to know there's a place you can relax in between flights. >> reporter: it's a long time coming for the airport. the welcome center is soon going to be a reality, offering support and services to the country's bravest. >> this is the right thing to do and it supports the people that guarantee that we stay free. >> reporter: construction is beginning as early as next week and the welcome center is expected to open in june. >> lisa: thank you, mark. the uso says it's still looking
to make a distribution we put a link under this story at clickorlando.com. new details tonight on the deadly mass shooting, the second one in the u.s. in less than a week. >> ginger: four people died including the suspect and more than a dozen others were hurt. julie broughton joins us more with the possible motive. >> julie: it's been less than 24 hours since the tragedy unfolded in kansas. it happened about 40 miles north of wichita. here's a little bit closer look at that area around that scene. the gunman shot two people from his car on the way to a lawn mower plant. now we're learning more about why this man, cedric ford, may have done what he did. here's what police are saying right now. police say he was served with an order of protection in that factory, about 90 minutes before he opened fire. he then left work before heading back and carrying out this shooting.
14 inside the factory before an officer gunned ford down. the officer is now being called a hero because there were more than 200 people in the building when he opened fire. >> this man was not going to stop shooting. the only reason he stopped shooting is because that officer stopped the shooter. >> julie: police say ford was armed with an assault rifle and an automatic handgun. court records show ford has a record in broward county for grand theft, burglary and fleeing an officer. we'll continue to follow the story here on news 6 and on clickorlando.com, powered by news 6. >> lisa: thank you, julie. fireworks on the big stage in the race for the white house. republican candidates did not hold back in last night's debate. >> ginger: the arguing didn't stop when they left the stage but it started and continued in
florida senator marco rubio went after frontrunner donald trump throughout the night as did texas senator ted cruz. they're the top three contenders for the g.o.p. nomination right now. trump fired back all night long and continued to take shots at his rivals today. he tweeted this today. >> ginger: the attacks come with super tuesday just four days away when voters in more than a dozen states will head to the polls. we have you covered in the 2016 election including six things to know from last night's debate on our website at clickorlando.com. >> lisa: >> lisa: you still have a little time to enter to win four tickets to universal's mardi gras. if you want to win, it's easy to enter. head to facebook.com/news 6 and you'll find the contest on our facebook page.
from tomorrow until the middle of april. the contest ends tonight at midnight. >> ginger: it's going to be a good weekend to get out and do just about anything it sounds like. >> lisa: you'll want a pretty thick jacket. chief meteorologist tom sorrells, if you're heading out tonight. >> tom: i wore the big polar jacket. i hate cold weather. to me, 50 degrees is cold. i bundle up. >> lisa: i'm with you. >> tom: we've got great storm pins. we're starting out with john on the beach in indiatlantic. here's the question of the day, what do i love in indiatlantic? what's the pizza place? >> lisa: bizarro's pizza. >> tom: that's right. i love that place. we're going to end the -- >> ginger: you need a hammock in between those two trees.
spot, michael. and this one from barbara who does >> download storm pins right now in your app store. we'd like to see what you're seeing in central florida. radar tonight, we have nothing to check out on radar. we don't have any cloud cover. naturally we don't have much in the way of rain. overnight lows this morning, we dropped to 45 in ocala. you woke up to 41 in gainesville. 39 in palm coast was the coldest spot on the map. tomorrow morning, the 46 in tonight. other temperatures across the pensacola. 57 in jacksonville and into in atlanta and 63 in leesburg and 57 in palm coast and 60 out at the cape. now versus 24 hours ago, we are 1 degree warmer actually because we haven't dropped to 63 yet in orlando but we will. wind speeds are kicking in.
in orlando and 9 at the villages reporting station, 9 in daytona beach and 8 out at the cape. satellite and radar together, you know where we're going with this. we don't have any cloud cover. there's nothing to help us hang on to our heat we picked up today. the cooler air funnels in. the cloud cover along the coast will just about do it. i'm not looking for any cloud cover at all tomorrow. tomorrow and sunday are both beautiful days. we'll start a gradual warm-up but it's going to be so slow. 40 is the overnight low tonight in daytona beach. 39 does it in sanford. check out ocala, villages and leesburg and bushnell. all these places over here, you're going to be battling the frost first thing in the morning. temperature reading in titusville tonight is 46 degrees. overnight low tonight in orlando is 40. so in orlando, i don't think we get the frost. up north, you certainly do. here's tomorrow. we come blasting out of this tomorrow. 62 by noon. daytime high tomorrow, 67
and then as we work our way into sunday, the temperature daytime high will make it back into the 70's before all is said and done. 74 on sunday, monday, 77. tuesday, 79. 80 by wednesday. we have another cold front on tap for thursday of next week, ushering in the next chance for rain. >> ginger: awesome looking forecast. thanks, tom. a controversial state law requiring a waiting period before getting an abortion can now take effect. >> lisa: next at 5:00, why a court threw out a ruling that blocked the law and a touching moment in the mist of rubble. what a florida veteran says about the flag he saved in the aftermath of this week's tornado. >> ginger: and two manatees are rescued as babies are ready to
>> in this case a lot of what was done was over the phone. it was difficult to prove what the bank actually said. >> reporter: in the end we saved her home, but the thing is, the same thing could happen to you. how do you avoid it? watch my story, tonight at 11:00 on news 6. >> lisa: a big ruling affecting abortions statewide. >> ginger: a florida appeals court has ruled enforcing a law to require women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. a three-judge panel lifted an injunction blocking the waiting period. they ruled the circuit judge did not have enough evidence to support blocking the law. state lawmakers passed it last year. the american civil liberties union has been challenging this law. tonight we've learned when spacex could try for a third time to launch a rocket from the cape. >> lisa: the company says it might go for lift-off as soon as sunday evening. last night's attempt was scrubbed with less than two
spacex put the mission on hold, due to an issue loading liquid oxygen fuel. there's near perfect conditions between 6:45 and 8:20 sunday evening. we'll continue to bring you updates on news 6 and on clickorlando.com. now to a powerful moment of patriotism in the aftermath of a tornado that ripped through north florida. >> ginger: a veteran made sure to take care of a symbol of our freedom. an american flag was found trapped under a destroyed townhome. he got emotional when he realized it was there and made sure to save it. he served in the air force for 34 years. he says the flag keeps him strong and he hopes to see it do the same for other people in his community. that's such an amazing thing. >> lisa: when i first heard about that, i was not surprised at all that it was pensacola we were talking about. i worked there for four years.