Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
2 boys rescue young children from burning home
Authorities say two boys rescued two young children from a burning mobile home in central Florida. Ten-year-old Isiah Francis and 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes rushed in to a neighbor’s home around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Orange County after a fire broke out and rescued a 1-year-old and an 8-month-old. Isiah and Jeremiah say the smoke inside the home was so thick they could barely see. Fire officials say two other children, ages 2 and 5, who live in the home were injured. One was taken to the hospital via medical helicopter. They were both in critical but stable condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
Man charged in Florida killing arrested in Georgia
A man caught in Georgia after police say he killed his girlfriend in central Florida has been brought back to the Daytona Beach-area. Records show 31-year-old Jeffrey Crivelli was booked into the Volusia County jail Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree murder. Authorities say 33-year-old Brandy Johnson was found dead, bleeding from her head, in her DeLand apartment’s closet last week. Investigators say her 4-year-old son was home at the time of the killing.
Popular Orlando water park to close in 2016
One of Orlando’s longest-running attractions is set to close its doors next year. Universal Orlando Resort announced Wednesday that it is closing its Wet ‘n Wild water park on Dec. 31, 2016. According to a statement on Universal’s official blog, the move is being done in advance of the opening Universal’s new water theme park — Volcano Bay — which has already broken ground. It is set to open sometime in 2017. Wet ‘n Wild was one of the country’s first water parks when it opened in 1977. It was acquired by Universal in 1998.
Ex-police chief of speed trap town cleared of wrongdoing
The former police chief of a tiny north Florida town known as an infamous speed trap has been cleared of wrongdoing by a state commission after officers accused him of setting a ticket quota and acting unethically. The Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission made the ruling in the case of former Chief Mike Szabo, whose officers had also accused him of recording their conversations. After the infighting became public, the small police department was closed down on Oct. 1.
Authorities: Man tries to blow up foreclosed home
A South Florida man who didn’t want a bank to sell his foreclosed home tried to blow it up using a bowling ball as an explosive. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports 21-year-old Tyler Butler was arrested Monday on charges of arson and using an explosive device. A fire started around 10 p.m. Sunday in Loxahatchee. Butler was inside the home when the fire was reported. Deputies detained Butler after he left the burning home. As firefighters extinguished the flames, they noticed a bowling ball with a wick attached. The sheriff’s office bomb squad removed the ball.