A crew from the Northland Church in Longwood is heading to Moore, Okla., where a tornado hit on Monday, killing 24 people and leaving immense damage behind.
Northland Church's Disaster Response team loaded up trailers with food, cooking oil and supplies to be delivered to the tornado victims near Oklahoma City.
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The decision to go came after hearing from a former staff member who now works for a church in Oklahoma.
"He gave us a call last night and said 'tornado just hit, less than a mile and a half away from our church can you come help?'" said Gretchen Kerr, Executive Director of Distributed Services at Northland.
The church is also taking their mobile kitchen trailer, which has built in refrigerators, ovens and a grill--all capable of serving 2,500 meals a day.
"So that as the food donations come in, we put it in and then our kitchen managers its their job to go what do I have and what can I make from it," Kerr said.
The church is also partnering with Harvest Time International in Sanford, which will be sending more supplies in the weeks to come.
Northland church members said they expect to be there nearly two weeks offering food and spiritual guidance.
"Our real mission and goal is to serve the folks immediately, and get things up and running and then help this church learn how to do this so they can take over and we can come home," Kerr said.
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Flagler County deputies issued a "stranger danger" alert after they say a man tried to lure a boy into his van by offering toys and candy.
Investigators said the 11-year-old boy was riding his bike on Red Mill Drive in Palm Coast, down the street from Rymfire Elementary School, on Sunday afternoon when he was offered a ride by a stranger driving a black full-sized van.
The boy said the man offered candy and toys if the boy would get into the van. The boy said he then screamed and rode his bike home to report the incident to his mother.
"We are investigating this report, but at this time we have had no other similar reports," said Sheriff James L. Manfre. "However, it is always timely for parents to remind their youngsters to never talk with strangers and report suspicious activities."
The culprit is described as a black man, with shoulder length dreadlocks and wearing a black jacket or long-sleeved shirt with a white undershirt.
Contact authorities if you have any information on the incident.
A 17-year-old girl who ran away from home claims an Orlando man locked her inside his broken down van and forced her to have sex with strange men.
Orange County sheriff's investigators say Rafael Rosario, 48, had the girl stand outside of J & J Sports Bar at night where he would find men who wanted to have sex with her. They would go around back to his van, where the men would pay him for sexual favors with the girl.
During the day, she told investigators she was locked inside the van and was only allowed out to shower at a friend's house or clean up inside the bar.
She was interviewed by Department of Children and Families in Polk County.
Authorities arrested Rosario on April 23 and charged him with human trafficking of a minor for sex. He also faces charges of possessing drugs with a firearm.
Due to the severity of the charges, he's being held in the Orange County jail without bail.
Authorities say they have found the boaters reported missing in Volusia County, along with the body of the missing commercial fisherman in Osceola County on Tuesday afternoon.
The commercial fisherman, identified as William Louis Platt, was found floating in Lake Marian by FWC officers and Osceola County deputies Tuesday afternoon.
Sometime prior to 11 p.m. Monday, Platt was setting trot lines to catch catfish when apparently the lines became entangled in the outboard motor of Platt’s 1983, 16-foot fishing skiff. It appears he somehow fell overboard while trying to untangle the nylon line, FWC said.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Meanwhile, authorities found the missing Volusia County boaters safe on Tuesday afternoon after a boater called in at around 12 p.m. to say he and some companions were stranded at an unknown location in the Intercoastal Waterway.
Local 6 news helicopter Sky 6 flew over the scene as the two Volusia County boaters waded through water to authorities because the water was too shallow for rescuers to approach them.
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In a new motion on Tuesday, George Zimmerman’s defense team argues that they believe Trayvon Martin was high on marijuana the night he was killed by George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman’s lawyers say they want to introduce toxicology results from Martin’s autopsy that show THC, a key component of marijuana, in his bloodstream.
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The new motion, written by defense lawyer Donald West, says the defense plans to argue that, “it is likely that Trayvon Martin was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death and that his thinking and judgment were impaired at least to some degree.”
The motion filed on Tuesday argues against a state request last week to prevent the defense from using Martin’s toxicology report at Zimmerman’s trial.
Although the state wants to keep Martin's past out of Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, the defense appears to be pushing to use Martin's alleged past drug use and to imply that Martin was "under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death and that his thinking and judgment were impaired."
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The motion states that Dr. Bruce Goldberger, the toxicologist for the prosecution, said at a deposition that Martin may have used marijuana within a couple of hours of his death or it could have been longer than that depending on whether Martin was a chronic user or occasional user.
"From other evidence in the case, it is known that Trayvon Martin brought marijuana with him from South Florida to use while he was in Sanford and that he used it at least one time after arriving in Sanford prior to his death," West writes in the motion. "Trayvon Martin was suspended from school for possessing a baggie containing marijuana residue and was known to smoke marijuana with his friends."
In a footnote to the line in the motion, the defense says, “This is why Trayvon Martin was in Sanford rather than in school in Miami where he lived.”
The defense also states the toxicology report is necessary in the trial because Zimmerman's non-emergency call to police, he describes Martin as appearing as though he was "on drugs."
In the motion, the defense also argues that the 7-Eleven surveillance video shows Martin “’sways’ at the counter at the counter as if he’s under the influence of some substance.”
West continues that the jury should be allowed to give the evidence of Martin's toxicology report, "whatever it believes it should" and that it is "relevant for the jury to consider when it evaluates Martin's actions that night."
The defense also filed another motion on Tuesday that said the state's audio experts is charging too much for his time for a deposition.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Martin's February 2012 death. He has claimed self-defense. The next hearing in Zimmerman's case is slated for May 28.
A funnel cloud was spotted over Merritt Island Tuesday afternoon, and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Melbourne say additional funnel formations are possible in Central Brevard.
Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the weather service says that storms producing strong winds and funnel clouds are possible in the areas of Port St. John and Titusville through about 4:30 p.m. The funnel cloud spotted earlier this afternoon was reported about 3:35 p.m.
“It was Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” NWS meteorologist Scott Kelly told Florida Today. “They observed it to the west over Merritt Island.”
Kelly said any funnel clouds that form are not expected to touch down. Boaters should be cautious, he said, should rotational winds create dangerous conditions on the intracoastal waterways.
Thunderstorms and showers are expected to continue through Tuesday night.
“We’ve had quite a bit of rain here in Brevard County today,” he said. “It looks like most of the heavy rain is over, but there may be some additional showers overnight coming in off the Atlantic.”
For the second day in a row, violent storms have ripped through America's heartland.
Much of Moore, Okla., which is just outside of Oklahoma City, is now a devastated pile of rubble.
The search and rescue mission continues this evening after a massive tornado touched down Monday afternoon. CNN affiliate KFOR reported that at one time, the tornado was estimated to be at least 2 miles wide, and the National Weather Service said the tornado is at least EF4 -- the second most severe classification of a tornado.
It is clear the days ahead are grave for the people of Oklahoma and the need for help will be immense.
There are several organizations already mobilizing on the ground in Moore, and you can help as well through these groups:
The Red Cross
The Red Cross of Oklahoma has activated its "safe and well" website for those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones. Red Cross officials and volunteers are also beginning to open shelters. There are a handful open now and this map provides location information. You can help their efforts by donating to the Red Cross online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999. In addition to shelter and emergency care, the Red Cross is also providing hot meals to those affected. They are operating fixed feeding sites at the Little Axe Resource Center Carney Oklahoma Senior Center and in Shawnee at the Shawnee Expo Center located at 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74804.
If you are outside of the U.S. and wish to contribute to the efforts of the Red Cross, please visit their international partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Samaritan's Purse deployed a group of staff members to travel from its North Carolina headquarters to head to Oklahoma with a Disaster Relief Unit. The unit is a tractor trailer stocked with emergency supplies and equipment.
Global health and disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares is also mobilizing a team to help in Oklahoma. Its emergency response team is headed to the region to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. The team is expected to arrive by morning.
Team Rubicon, a group of military veterans who respond to disaster, have issued the call to members and is heading to the region. By Tuesday morning, initial assessment teams will be on the ground, and they will then mobilize a full response to help the people affected by these storms.
Food and Shelter
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has also jumped into action. It's in multiple locations throughout cities in Oklahoma providing food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and storm survivors. You can contribute to the Salvation Army by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), online on their website, by texting "STORM" to 80888 to make an automatic $10 donation or by mail:
The Salvation Army PO Box 12600 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73157
Feeding America is responding by providing food, water and supplies to the residents of the devastated towns in Oklahoma. The group will continue to assess the need on the ground for more assistance as recovery efforts continue.
World Vision has a team headed into the disaster zone with emergency food kits, blankets, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and tarps. Once the team arrives, they will assess the needs and respond accordingly.
Feed the Children
Feed the Children has also mobilized and are sending supplies to families and children in need in Oklahoma. You can also help their efforts by making a monetary donation.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts by making cash donations. Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute
As the recovery efforts progress and more and more of the walking wounded are found the need for blood donations increases. Many of the injured will require blood to help in their recovery. The OBI team says they are particularly seeking O-negative and Rh-negative blood types. If you are local in Oklahoma you can donate here. Outside of the immediate area, please donate to your local blood bank which will help replenish the national supply. You can find your local center through the Red Cross.
Help injured or displaced pets
The Humane Society of Central Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Humane Society is working with the city of Moore to assess and shelter animals affected by the storms. Many pets are displaced in violent storms like these and the Humane Society is dedicated to make sure these animals get the necessary immediate care they need. They ask now for monetary donations to help their efforts but will update their page with volunteer and in-kind donations as they get a better grasp on the supplies, food and medical assistance needs.
Two members of a Marion County criminal street gang were arrested with the help of social media, according to deputies.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said they had been looking for felony fugitive and gang members Mario Daniel McDonald, 23 and Joseph Wayne Edwards, 27 since May 10. By using Facebook, they found a profile containing photographs of the men holding shotguns.
The images posted to Facebook reveal both suspects in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which is considered criminal activity.
They also had other gang-related photographs posted, deputies said.
"The still images attached to these Facebook accounts promote and further the interests of the criminal street gang," said Captain James Pogue of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, McDonald and Edwards are reportedly associated with a criminal street gang known as the "Crazy White Boys."
Both suspects were arrested and charged with criminal street gang activity and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Monday.
A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre attack last year in Miami says he doesn't want any more reconstructive surgery.
Ronald Poppo spent nearly a month in a hospital after the attack alongside a Miami highway. Since then, he's been living in a long-term care facility.
The attack left him blind and disfigured. Poppo's doctors said Tuesday he knows he's lost his nose and his left eye completely, but he's satisfied with the surgeries and skin grafts that have closed his wounds.
A video posted online by the hospital that has been caring for Poppo shows him sitting in a hospital bed, wearing a baseball cap and strumming a guitar, which he's learned to play and practices daily.
Facing the camera, Poppo, who was wearing a Miami Heat hat, thanks the public for their contributions and support.
"People in my predicament need to be helped out," he said. "I thank the outpouring from people in the community. I'll always be thankful for that."
Rudy Eugene attacked Poppo on May 26, 2012, along the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, police said. An officer shot and killed Eugene. In a report on the investigation, Poppo told police that Eugene accused him of taking his Bible.
Lab tests found only marijuana in Eugene's system.
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Vasco da Gama arrives in India, Christopher Columbus dies, Norman Rockwell makes his Saturday Evening Post cover debut, HIV is discovered, and "Cheers" airs its series finale, all on this day.
The equation for losing weight seems simple for many -- eat less and exercise more -- but for millions of Americans, it's still a struggle.
"My metabolism has slowed down as I've gotten older," said Robert Pilot. "It's harder to lose weight."
"I realize I'm getting a little heavier around what they call the muffin-top area," said Stephanie Farmer. "I realize I have to exercise and watch what I eat."
Sonia Angel, a Memorial Healthcare dietician, weighed in on two diets that advocate cutting calories two days a week.
"The Fast Diet," written by medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley, allows followers to eat whatever they want for five days a week, but only 500 calories for women and 600 for men on the other two days.
"For example, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables," said dietician Sonia Angel with Memorial Healthcare System.
"You're not allowed to eat 500 calories worth of chocolate bars. That's not going to work."
Angel said drastically cutting calories for two days can be harmful, especially for teenage girls, pregnant women, or diabetics.
"They can really pass out or faint or lose consciousness if their blood sugar gets low with that amount of calories," she said. "They may not be able to live on one day on that."
Angel said allowing followers to eat anything they want on the other five days may not promote the long-term change needed to maintain a health weight.
"You can do this diet for a few months and lose weight, but what are you going to do after that?" she said.
"The Two-Day Diet," by Dr. Michelle Harvie, involves back-to-back days of low-carbohydrate, high-protein eating followed by a Mediterranean diet the other five days a week.
"You're choosing whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, and lean protein," said Angel.
While there is no calorie counting, the diet is intended to cut normal caloric intake in half on those two days while encouraging exercise at the same time.
"It can help somebody kick start a weight-loss program and also it can motivate you to eat healthy the other days," said Angel.
Studies have shown intermittent dieting is more effective and easier to follow than continuous dieting.
Marion County fire officials said a home was completely destroyed after a lightning strike started a fire Saturday night.
Fire officials said at 9:39 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a structure fire at 16918 SE Northridge Court in The Villages.
Officials said the fire was caused by a lightning strike.
The homeowners called 911 and safely got out of the home with their cat, said firefighters.
Flames were visible through the roof when firefighters arrived first at the scene. Firefighters went into the home to try and attack the fire, but as the fire escalated, officials said they had to back out of the home and fight it from the outside.
Firefighters said they were able to control the fire about an hour later.
The home is considered a total loss; firefighters were able to protect homes on both sides of the fire, which suffered only superficial damage, firefighters said.
See tornado and aftermath photos from around Oklahoma Sunday.
Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies say a man has died of a gunshot wound in the Hiawassee Meadows subdivision.
At 9:45 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a call of aggravated battery reported in the 4700 block of Dandelion Drive.
Investigators said that Cleveland Reid was shot to death while walking alongside the side of the road. Another man he was with was also grazed by a bullet.
At one point, detectives searched inside a nearby sewer.
Homicide detectives said they are pursuing all leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline.
Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com as this story develops.
According to the Powerball website, the winning ticket from Saturday's $600-million drawing was sold in Florida.
The winning numbers drawn Saturday night for the largest multistate Powerball jackpot are: 22, 10, 13, 14, 52, and the Powerball number is 11.
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The prize started out at $475 million and increased to $550 million on Thursday before jumping to $600 million on Friday.
The 10 highest lottery jackpots previously have been
$656.0 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (3 tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland) Estimated $600 million, Powerball, (drawing scheduled for Saturday, May 18; jackpot could grow) $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (2 tickets from Arizona and Missouri) $390.0 million, Mega Millions, March 6, 2007 (2 tickets from Georgia and New Jersey) $380.0 million, Mega Millions, Jan. 4, 2011 (2 tickets from Idaho and Washington) $365.0 million, Powerball, Feb. 18, 2006 (1 ticket from Nebraska) $363.0 million, The Big Game, May 9, 2000 (2 tickets from Illinois and Michigan) $340.0 million, Powerball, Oct. 19, 2005 (1 ticket from Oregon) $338.3 million, Powerball, March 23, 2013 (1 ticket from New Jersey) $337.0 million, Powerball, Aug. 15, 2012 (1 ticket from Michigan)
Port Orange police are looking for two men they say robbed a Kohl's store Saturday.
Police said they received a call around 7:43 p.m. Saturday at 1682 Taylor Road about an armed robbery.
Witnesses told police two men entered the Kohl's and walked around the store while talking on cellphones.
One of the men approached the store manager and calmly told her that he was robbing the store and he demanded cash.
Police said the man pointed a small black in color semi-automatic style handgun at the store manager. The second man was standing a short distance away from the robbery.
The man with the gun gathered an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police, and then ordered the store manager to walk in front of him while he left the office and headed for the exit. Police said both men then left the store.
No vehicle was observed by any of the witnesses.
Paul McCartney kicked off the North American leg of his "Out There" tour in Orlando on Saturday.
The massive production, which requires 31 trucks worth of equipment, includes spectacular lasers and lighting, huge pyrotechnics, and state-of-the-art video displays, according to the website of the former Beatles star. Set lists include songs from McCartney's time with the Beatles, Wings and from his solo career.
McCartney performed the show to a sold-out crowd of 55,000 people in Brazil earlier this month, playing "Band on the Run", "Hey Jude", "Yesterday" and "Let It Be." The nearly three-hour show opened with "Eight Days A Week," which McCartney had previously only played live once with The Beatles in 1965.
He performs at Orlando's Amway Center on Saturday and Sunday night. The Orlando Sentinel reports it is McCartney's only performance in Florida.
At one point during the show, McCartney is raised 20 feet above the stage on a special riser as he performs "Blackbird" and "Here Today" acoustically, according to his website.
The tour will travel across six countries in the coming months.
Earlier this year, McCartney won a Grammy in the best traditional pop vocal album category for "Kisses on the Bottom," bringing his Grammy tally to 16.