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The week before Jackie Ortiz was found dead in her Oviedo home, her 20-year-old son Joshua, the one that Seminole County deputies say murdered her, was jury foreman on a DUI case at the Seminole County Courthouse, according to the chief of operations for the State Attorney's Office there. His mother was found dead in the family's home Oct. 19. That's the same day Joshua Ortiz was reported missing, along with her white Mustang convertible.


Halloween fun already is under way here in Sanford, with still more to come on the holiday itself. The Nasson Community Center welcomes you into its “Haunted Halls of Nasson,” the Sanford Parks and Recreation Department will spook Main Street tonight with its annual parade and party, and Curtis Lake Church will hand out candy by the carful when it holds its popular “Trunk or Treat” festival tomorrow night.


The Sanford Parks and Recreation Department and York County Federal Credit Union will host the 28th Annual 5K Turkey Trot Road Race on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. The race will start at the Sanford Junior High School parking lot on Main Street at 9 a.m. and will meander along the Mousam Way Trail. There will be a one-mile dog jog and fun walk for those who don't like to run.


A 32-year old Deltona man was killed early Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a car, setting off three other crashes and closing all eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 near Sanford for several hours. Tyler Dreher of Deltona was traveling east at 2:10 a.m. on his 2014 Suzuki motorcycle at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle struck the back of a 1997 Toyota Camry.


Despite the addition of more flights from low-cost carriers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, its fares continue to top the nation.


Eastbound Interstate 4 was shut down early Wednesday morning near Sanford as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash. The crash occurred after 2 a.m. Wednesday, and the road was expected to be closed at least until 7 a.m., authorities said.


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A radio ad campaigning for North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan attempts to tie her Republican challenger to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The ad , which is clearly geared toward black voters, says, "[Thom] Tillis won't fight for us.


Max Negron said he tried to burp the baby around 4 p.m. but the infant abruptly kicked and fell on a game cont A 21-year-old Sanford father is facing child-abuse charges after his story about his 5-week-old daughter falling from his arms onto a Playstation game controller didn't match her serious head injury, officials said. He bonded out of Seminole County jail on Saturday.


A 63-year-old Florida Army veteran has completed his second long-distance bike ride to honor the valor and heroism of an American hero. Harry Conner says he can remember crying when he read an article outside of a convenience store about Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, who served with the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.


United States attorney Jasmine Rand said she should not have been allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago if this Government was guarding against the Ebola virus. Rand, a human and civil rights attorney, was the lead attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida, in 2012.


Arline Fortier, of the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, evaluates the Halloween drawings that local students created for the Sanford Parks and Recreation Department's annual contest. The artwork, by children in grades one through six, is currently on display at City Hall.


A man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of exposing himself to at least two women at the Seminole Towne Centre mall in Sanford, Florida. Christopher Durrell Glaze, 27, was arrested on charges of indecent exposure of sexual organs.


Teresa Apgar once envisioned her senior years as a time of globe-trotting travel and a busy social life. Instead, she's chauffeuring an 8-year-old to taekwondo, learning about attention-deficit disorder and supervising math homework.


Be A Pilot Career Fair and Open House Learn about Aerosim Flight Academy and discover what it takes to become a professional pilot. 11 am-3 pm Saturday; Aerosim Flight Academy, 2700 Flightline Ave., Sanford; free; 407-330-7020; acad emy.aerosim.com/sanford Bob Kealing at Bookmark It Reading of his Tupperware Unsealed novel.


This is the motocycle Edward Barone was driving in last year's crash in Orange City. Statements from a convenience-store worker, along with diligent detective work, resulted in charges against a couple in a crash near a busy Volusia County intersection last year that killed a 20-year-old Sanford man.


"Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases.

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