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Threatening message prompts lockdown at Umatilla High School  Fox 35 Orlando

UMATILLA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Parents of students at Umatilla High School on Tuesday received a recorded message from the school principal, warning them ...



Threatening 'shoot up' message found on Umatilla High bathroom wall, police say  Orlando Sentinel

A message threatening a “shoot up” at Umatilla High School was found scribbled on a bathroom wall earlier today, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.



Ryan Mills out as Umatillas football coach  Daily Commercial

Ryan Mills, who led Umatilla High School to only one win in three seasons, will not return for a fourth year as Bulldogs' football coach.Umatilla Principal Thomas ...



Umatilla High gets $31K grant for aviation, aerospace education  Daily Commercial

UMATILLA — Students at Umatilla High School will benefit from a $31000 investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to increase STEM (science, technology, ...



Umatilla High student arrested for bringing combat-style knife, brass knuckles to school  Orlando Sentinel

A Umatilla High School student was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds after he was caught with a combat-style knife and a ...



Umatilla High teacher says he was booted for political reasons  Ocala

Rookie Teacher of Year claims decision to not renew his contract was political. He's running for Lake County School Board. UMATILLA — Months after being ...



Tavares routs Umatilla, 37-0, Friday night  Daily Commercial

UMATILLA – For the Tavares High School football team, Friday was another step in the right direction.For Umatilla, it was a disappointment.Javaris McMillian ran ...



Students rally after Lake County teacher's contract not renewed  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Some students in one Lake County high school dressed in black Wednesday to show their support after they learned a teacher's contract was not being ...



Lake County Schools pick 10 new principals for 2018-19  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – New principals have been named at 10 Lake County schools, in preparation for the return of students on Aug. 13.Appointed recently by ...



A third of Lake County schools struggle with absences  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Absentee rates are troubling at a third of Lake County Schools, school administrators say.For the first half of the school year, the number of students ...



Umatilla High senior told she needs to take more classes after graduating  WKMG Orlando

Alexis Darrin, who went to Umatilla High School in Lake County, said her school told her yesterday her diploma basically means nothing.



Umatilla High School sees mass absences after shooting threat  WKMG Orlando

UMATILLA, Fla. - There were mass absences Monday at Umatilla High School after a shooting threat was discovered over the weekend, authorities said.



Umatilla Middle School band director honored for improving music program  Daily Commercial

UMATILLA — Lindsey Crouch, band director at Umatilla Middle School, is one of several music educators across the state to recently receive the 2018 Tom ...



Mount Dora tops Umatilla in Class 5A-5 tournament  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA — A victory doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing.And this time of the year — when a single loss could mean the end of the season — it's ...



Umatilla studies SR 19 gateway to Ocala National Forest  Ocala

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting on a 2-mile section of the highway at 6 p.m. Jan. 30. UMATILLA — Residents who boast ...



Lake County School Board District 5: Where the candidates stand  Orlando Sentinel

Former Umatilla mayor Peter Tarby is looking to unseat incumbent Stephanie Luke in the Lake County School Board District 5 race.



Umatilla Bulldogs  Orlando Sentinel

Last season: 0-10 (0-5 home). Home: Umatilla High School Stadium (1,400), opened 1964. Man of the House: Coach Ryan Mills (2nd year, 0-10). Household ...



Eustis offense steals the show against Umatilla  Daily Commercial

For the Eustis High School football team, Friday's Kickoff Classic against Umatilla was a showcase for a potentially explosive offense.Umatilla, however, might ...



Students return to Mount Dora High after arrest causes concerns  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA — A 20-year-old Mount Dora student arrested on Jan. 11 after he was overheard trying to get guns to shoot students that were bullying him, was ...



Lake County’s high school bands hit the right note in competition  Daily Commercial

Lake County's high school bands excelled earlier this month at the annual Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) held by the Florida ...



Elderly Umatilla man dead after head-on crash on SR 19, troopers say  Orlando Sentinel

One person is dead and another is in stable condition after a crash that occurred south of Umatilla on State Road 19 this evening Feb. 25, 2018, the Florida ...



Graduation ceremony announcements from around Lake County  Daily Commercial

Lake Technical College graduation announcement. EUSTIS — On Tuesday, June 13, approximately 800 Lake Technical College students will graduate from ...



After shooting threats, School Board to consider more security at schools  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Lake County School Board member Stephanie Luke suggested Monday that the district review its security measures in light of two threats of ...



Umatilla High students charged with possessing gun on campus  Daily Commercial

UMATILLA — Two Umatilla High School students were arrested Tuesday afternoon for having a gun on campus.



Upcoming events in Lake and Sumter counties  Daily Commercial

SUNDAYSWEENEY TODD: At 2 p.m. Sunday at Historic State Theater, 109 N. Bay St. in Eustis. Cost is $21 for adults and $11 for students with ID.



Lake County announces new principals at 3 schools  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Three Lake County schools have new principals for the upcoming school year.Gregg Dudley will lead Rimes Early Learning and Literacy Center in ...



Leesburg High baseball coach arrested with meth, said it belonged to a player, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

The head coach of Leesburg High School baseball was arrested Friday night — hours after his team defeated Umatilla High School — when officers saw him ...



Son of notorious former Lake County sheriff arrested on molestation charges  Orlando Sentinel

The son of infamous former Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall — whose 30-year reign ended after he was charged with kicking a black prisoner to death — was ...



Students show off projects at Lake County History Day contest  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Students from across Lake County are heading to the Florida History Day statewide competition this spring with hopes of making it to the national ...



Few challengers for Commission, School Board incumbents  Daily Commercial

Three seats on the Lake County School Board and two on the County Commission are up for election this year, with at least three incumbents drawing ...



Girls with knives planned to kill Central Florida classmates and drink their blood, police say  Orlando Sentinel

Two middle school girls in Central Florida brought knives to school in a foiled plot to kill classmates, cut them up and drink their blood before killing themselves, ...



Mount Dora volleyball improves season with win against Umatilla  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA – Mary Pinkowski learned more about her volleyball team Thursday as it battled from behind than she did when it was cruising along with a ...



Drunken driver hit 3 women with SUV in Lake County, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A drunken driver was arrested after hitting three women with his SUV on Old Highway 441 in Lake County, authorities said.



Umatilla, CCA fill football vacancies in time for preseason  Orlando Sentinel

Following resignations late in the summer, players at Umatilla and Cornerstone Charter began an acclimation process with new out-of-state coaches.



Lake school district dips to a C in latest school grades  Orlando Sentinel

For the third time in four years, the Lake County School district was graded a C in school grades for the 2015-16 school year released Friday. The district was.



Umatilla native Clarissa Bowers wins Miss World USA crown  Daily Commercial

ORLANDO — Clarissa Bowers came home to win Miss World USA.The Umatilla native won the crown in Orlando recently. With the title, she goes on to ...



Man accidentally shot in Umatilla, authorities say  Orlando Sentinel

An 18-year-old was accidentally shot in Umatilla on Friday afternoon, Lake County Sheriff's Office said.



One injured, one in custody in Marion County high school shooting  Orlando Sentinel

A 19-year-old went into a Marion County school and shot a 17-year-old, prompting lockdowns on a day students planned walkouts to mark the Columbine ...



3 Central Florida teens arrested as threats spread in wake of Parkland shooting  Orlando Sentinel

In the wake of the mass shooting days ago at a high school in South Florida, law enforcement agencies across Central Florida were at local schools Friday ...



Businessman opens new karate school in Mount Dora  Orlando Sentinel

MOUNT DORA — Ray Bryant, Jr., a fourth-degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate, has opened his second karate school after 20 years in his first ...



Umatilla signs tout hometown hero Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers  Orlando Sentinel

Jonathan Lucroy was lauded for the "positive impact he has made on and off the baseball field."



Lake Schools officials hopeful voters approve safety tax  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — School safety measures come with a hefty price tag, and the Lake County School Board is working hard to convince voters that those measures are ...



Leesburg Bikefest announces headliners for 2018 event  Daily Commercial

The lineup for April's Leesburg Bikefest includes an eclectic mix of musical genres and acts that is the trademark of the unique three-day motorcycle and music ...



Student detained after explosion in Timber Creek High School bathroom, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A 14-year-old student was detained after an explosion damaged a bathroom at Timber Creek High School Saturday morning, according to the Orange County ...



Possible sinkhole opens in Lake County, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A possible sink hole opened up along State Road 44 in Eustis.



Deputies investigating social media threat at Harmony High School  Orlando Sentinel

Extra Osceola County Sheriff's deputies will be at Harmony High School on Wednesday after a threat on social media, the district said.



Florida teacher accused of recording students changing clothes  Orlando Sentinel

Authorities in Florida have arrested a high school teacher who they say placed two camera phones in a changing room to secretly record female students ...



One dead in crash near Umatilla  Orlando Sentinel

A 56-year-old Bonita Springs man died in a one-car crash on State Road 19 near Umatilla.



Lake County SWAT team shoots, kills man holding hostages in Eustis home  Orlando Sentinel

EUSTIS — A tense three-hour hostage situation in a Eustis neighborhood ended in a hail of bullets early Thursday when five members of the Lake County ...



Osceola County teens threaten school shooting, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

Two Osceola County teens were arrested Tuesday after making threats against their high schools, sheriff's office spokesman Jacob Ruiz said.



Teen sentenced to 3 years in plea deal for manslaughter in nephew's death  Orlando Sentinel

Mandy Machado pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a firearm, destruction of evidence and lying to investigators.



One dead in fiery crash in Lake County, troopers say  Orlando Sentinel

A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in a fiery, three-vehicle crash near Clermont on Friday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.



Two Legionnaires' disease cases confirmed at 55+ community in Lake, officials say  Orlando Sentinel

Florida Department of Health in Lake County officials confirmed two cases of Legionnaires' disease at a 55-and-over community in Lady Lake they believe were ...



Teens testify about prank that led to fight, Winter Park High student Roger Trindade's death  Orlando Sentinel

The trial of two teenagers charged with manslaughter in the death of Winter Park High School student Roger Trindade will continue Tuesday. Jesse Sutherland ...



Central Florida students face school-threat charges after Parkland tragedy  Orlando Sentinel

In the week since a massacre at a South Florida high school claimed the lives of 17 people, more than a dozen children and teenagers have been arrested in ...



History of arguments, violence before murder of 4 children in standoff, DCF records show  Orlando Sentinel

The four children killed in Orlando during a daylong standoff last week sometimes witnessed their parents fighting, but the Department of Children and Families ...



Polk County Sheriff on arming teachers: "OK, Einstein, you got a better idea?"  Orlando Sentinel

The top law-enforcement official in Polk County said Monday that his department has started a program that will train and arm teachers in schools to fend off and ...



Orange sheriff candidate defends arrest record: I know 'what both sides of an arrest feel like'  Orlando Sentinel

Darryl Sheppard is an outlier in the race for Orange County sheriff. He's the only candidate on the three-man ballot who's never served as a sworn ...



Substitute teacher who ran for Volusia election supervisor molested 15-year-old student, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A Volusia County substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday, accused of molesting a 15-year-old student, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.



Orange County sheriff election: OPD chief faces ex-FHP trooper, venture capitalist  Orlando Sentinel

In the race for sheriff, voters in Orange County are presented with three options: Orlando's current police chief, a retired Florida Highway Patrol trooper with ...



Shooter in Florida 'stand your ground' case charged with manslaughter  Orlando Sentinel

Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose videotaped shooting in a store parking lot has ...



Shots fired into Volusia County Republican Party satellite office, police say  Orlando Sentinel

At least four shots were fired into the Volusia County Republican Party's office in South Daytona, police said Monday. No one was injured, according to South ...



Shooting rumor sends police to Leesburg High; third scare in a week  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Police descended on Leesburg High School Thursday morning after a parent reported a shooting threat at the school.In a post on Facebook, the ...



Teens convicted in manslaughter will be sentenced to juvenile facility, not adult prison  Orlando Sentinel

Two teenagers convicted of manslaughter in the death of Winter Park High School student Roger Trindade will be sentenced.



Couple who lived, breathed Eustis for decades died within weeks of one another  Orlando Sentinel

Johnny and Evelyn Smith died within weeks of one another recently, ending nearly 60 years of *service* to Eustis.



3 teens arrested after shooting in Apopka  Orlando Sentinel

A 16-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy were in one car and shot into another vehicle with a 17-year-old boy inside.



2 teenage brothers dead after car overturns near Zellwood  Orlando Sentinel

Two brothers are dead after a car carrying five teenagers overturned Feb. 22, 2018 for an unknown reason in northwest Orange County, the Florida Highway ...



Detectives call husband's story of how wife died in upscale Orlando neighborhood 'hogwash'  Orlando Sentinel

The husband accused of killing his wife in a swanky neighborhood south of downtown Orlando told detectives he found her dead in a half-full bathtub with the ...



After boy's hot-car death, 4-year-old Logan Starling's family seeks answers  Orlando Sentinel

Knowing Logan Starling has left his family with a question they can't answer about the boy after his death: Why did it take so long to realize he was not in school ...



Student with knife, replica gun arrested at Lake Nona High School, police say  Orlando Sentinel

A student with a knife and BB gun was arrested at Lake Nona High School Thursday morning, less than a day after 17 people were massacred at a South Florida ...



Florida prison system ordered to accommodate transgender inmate  Orlando Sentinel

Accusing them of ignorance and bigotry, a federal judge excoriated Florida corrections officials for refusing to accommodate a transgender inmate, despite the ...



Officers cleared in Lake Mary police shooting that killed man  Orlando Sentinel

The three Lake Mary police officers who shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them in the parking lot of a shopping center in May were cleared of any ...



Deputies release video of man who tried to grab girl, 14, near bus stop  Orlando Sentinel

Orange County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday released a video of a man they say tried to grab a 14-year-old girl.



1 killed, 2 injured in Leesburg crash, FHP says  Orlando Sentinel

A 60-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a car crash in Leesburg on Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.



Man fired after 3 days on the job tried to shoot his ex-boss in Sanford, authorities say  Orlando Sentinel

A Florida man was arrested for shooting at his boss two hours after he was fired — and just three days after he was hired, according to Sanford police.



Oviedo man dies in single-vehicle crash near Gotha  Orlando Sentinel

A 30-year-old Oviedo man died Wednesday after he slammed his SUV into a stop sign near Gotha, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.



'I told him not to put his hands on my child': Man accused of killing 5-year-old son starts trial  Orlando Sentinel

It was a week before Christmas 2013 when Jessica Phillips got a call asking if she could pick up her 5-year-old son from school because he was misbehaving.



Man dead after shootout on Alafaya Trail near UCF, authorities say  Orlando Sentinel

A man was killed Thursday afternoon after an apparent shootout between two vehicles on Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida, according to the ...



Orlando couple used Tampa auto business as front for money laundering, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

A three-year investigation into a money laundering and drug-distribution ring led to the arrests of an Orlando couple, who police said used an auto business as a ...



Teen's body recovered from pond near UCF, deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

Authorities recovered the body of an 18-year-old boy in a pond near the University of Central Florida, deputies said. The victim was identified as Adrian Edwin ...



Orlando man who police say wanted to commit mass shooting barred from having weapons under new law  Orlando Sentinel

Orlando police used Florida's new gun legislation, passed in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in South Florida, to seize a gun ...



Winter Park man killed in crash near Goldenrod, FHP says  Orlando Sentinel

A Winter Park man died Monday in a two-vehicle crash on Aloma Avenue and Deep Lake Road near Goldenrod, the Florida Highway Patrol said.



Orlando Rolon named Orlando's new police chief: 'I don't take this opportunity lightly'  Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Thursday that Orlando Rolon, a deputy chief, will be the new chief of the Orlando Police Department. He will be the first ...



Cops, lawyers say questions remain about how to use Florida's 'red flag' gun law  Orlando Sentinel

Law enforcement agencies and legal professionals are still scrambling to address the challenges of the so-called “red flag” law — developing consistent ...



Central Florida drug trafficking bust nets 10 arrests  Orlando Sentinel

A multi-agency drug bust led to the arrests of 10 people who authorities said were responsible for a large-scale trafficking operation out of Central Florida.



Central Florida police, fire departments embrace drones despite privacy concerns  Orlando Sentinel

Agencies including the Orlando Police Department, Orlando Fire Department police and fire departments and Orange County Fire Rescue have begun using ...



Crews continue to battle Lake County brush fire  Orlando Sentinel

A brush fire in Lake County has spread across 730 acres, but officials say no homes are in immediate danger.



Grief counselors at Leesburg High after student killed in Sumter crash  Orlando Sentinel

A Leesburg teenager was killed and three of her passengers were injured in a car accident in Sumter County Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway ...



School bus crash in Mount Dora injures 2, officials say  Orlando Sentinel

Authorities in Mount Dora are investigating a crash involving a school bus that injured two people Wednesday morning.



Man hid in Tavares pond, tried to drown police dog during arrest, authorities say  Orlando Sentinel

A man who had fled from police hid in a Tavares pond and tried to drown a police dog during a struggle with officers in the murky water Friday, according to an ...



Death of Orlando toddler considered 'torture case,' authorities say  Orlando Sentinel

The death of an Orlando toddler in July could be considered a “torture case” because his mother did not call for help after the boy suffered a fatal and painful ...



Viral video: Armed man intervenes in argument involving pregnant woman at Leesburg Wal-Mart  Orlando Sentinel

A teenager's driving lesson led to an armed confrontation in the parking lot of a Leesburg Wal-Mart— a video of which is going viral on social media.



Army veteran tried helping a stranded driver — a hitman who'd been hired to kill him, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

When a 60-year-old man was found dead along the side of a Deltona road in November, authorities believed he was a good Samaritan, randomly shot as he ...



Backpacks banned at Polk schools during last week of class, district says  Orlando Sentinel

Students at Polk County schools will be prohibited from bringing backpacks on campus during the last week of class, the district announced on Friday.



UCF football linebacker arrested on sexual battery charge  Orlando Sentinel

Demetreius Mayes, 18, is accused of raping an intoxicated person who police said he met at an off-campus party Saturday.



Cocoa Beach police make arrest in 4-year-old slaying of Orlando woman  Orlando Sentinel

Cocoa Beach police have made an arrest in the 2014 homicide of an Orlando woman.



Bookkeeper steals more than $250K from Longwood company, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

A bookkeeper at a payroll services company cashed more than $250000 in fraudulent checks in two years, according to an arrest affidavit.



Photos show Clermont home where child lived overrun with trash, filth  Orlando Sentinel

Photos of Mark Cameron's home show floors littered with trash and cabinets covered in grime. Cameron was arrested Saturday on child abuse and neglect ...



Shooting threat found in bathroom at University High School in...  WKMG Orlando

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Violent threats continue to plague Central Florida schools, with the latest incident reported at University High School in Orange City.



Orlando homicides this year have already outpaced 2017  Orlando Sentinel

Ten of the 25 homicide cases so far this year remain open for a closure rate of about 60 percent — which is below the 85 percent it's been at the end of the last ...



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