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Janet Jackson, Nelly performing at Kia Center this weekend

Janet Jackson is headlining a concert at the Kia Center in Orlando this weekend, and she will be joined by special guest Nelly.

The event will be held at the Kia Center (400 W Church Street) this Saturday, July 20. Tickets are still available in multiple sections throughout the venue.

A singer, actress, and dancer, Jackson became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums, Control and Rhythm Nation 1814.

In 1991, Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the world.

Throughout her lengthy career, Jackson has sold over 100 million records and holds the record for the most consecutive top-10 entries on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. She is also the only artist in the history of the chart to have seven commercial singles from one album peak within the top five positions.

Jackson’s accolades include five Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, an Academy Award nomination, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and eight Guinness World Records entries. She has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During this Saturday’s concert, rapper and singer Nelly will also take the stage.

Nelly has released eight studio albums, which earned him three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards. He also has multiple hit singles, including “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland), “Over and Over” (featuring Tim McGraw), and “Just a Dream,” to name a few.

For more information on the upcoming concert, or to purchase tickets, visit the Kia Center’s Janet Jackson: Together Again event webpage.

2 killed, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash on Osceola County road

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A multi-vehicle crash on an Osceola County roadway left two people dead and five others injured on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred on State Road 60, near the Lake Kissimmee South boat ramp, at around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.

FHP stated one of the vehicles involved, a Chevrolet Silverado, was traveling westbound on State Road 60 prior to the accident. Two other vehicles – a Honda CR-V and Lexus ES – were heading eastbound on the same roadway, with the Honda traveling in front of the Lexus.

An FHP sergeant noted in a report that the driver of the Chevrolet lost control of the vehicle “for (an) unknown reason.” The Chevrolet then proceeded to cross the center line, colliding head-on with the Honda.

After the initial impact, the Honda rotated before striking the Chevrolet again.

The driver of the Lexus was unable to avoid a collision, and the vehicle crashed into the Honda before striking a guardrail located along the outside shoulder of the roadway, according to the report.

One of the Honda’s passengers, a 65-year-old Wisconsin woman, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The vehicle’s driver, a 68-year-old Wisconsin man, was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

A second passenger in the Honda, an 84-year-old Largo woman, was seriously injured in the accident.

Two of the Chevrolet’s occupants -a 45-year-old man (driver) and 36-year-old woman (passenger), both from Fort Lauderdale – sustained minor injuries. A second passenger, a 77-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman, was listed in serious condition.

The driver and sole occupant of the Lexus, a 19-year-old Port St. Lucie woman, sustained injuries that were deemed “minor.”

The names of the individuals involved in the crash were not released by the Florida Highway Patrol.

OCSO identifies 19-year-old armed suspect shot, killed by deputy at Orlando 7-Eleven

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 19-year-old suspect who was shot and killed by a deputy last week after bringing a gun into a 7-Eleven convenience store in Orlando.

In a media release on Wednesday, July 17, OCSO identified the deceased suspect as 19-year-old Tristan James Robert Mayberry.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Friday, July 12, one of its units was conducting surveillance on a house where gang members, who were suspected of multiple crimes, were located. During that surveillance, shortly before noon, a man – later identified as Mayberry – was observed exiting the house while holding a gun.

Mayberry then proceeded to walk into the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 4011 W Oak Ridge Road. Once inside the store, deputies attempted to make contact with him, but he allegedly refused to stop and began reaching toward a gun in his waistband.

In a press conference held later that afternoon, Orange County Sheriff John Mina stated that Mayberry was instructed by deputies to stop multiple times. When Mayberry failed to comply with those instructions, he was shot by one of the deputies.

After being struck by a gunshot, Mayberry fell to the ground, and a struggle ensued for his gun. During that struggle, Mayberry was shot a second time, according to Sheriff Mina.

A photo of the gun that was recovered at an Orlando 7-Eleven following a deputy-involved shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead on July 12, 2024. (Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office)
A photo of the gun that was recovered at an Orlando 7-Eleven following a deputy-involved shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead on July 12, 2024. (Photo: Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

The deputies performed first aid on Mayberry, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His firearm – a Glock with an extended magazine – was recovered inside the convenience store.

No deputies were harmed during the incident.

In an update on Wednesday, July 17, OCSO stated that “body-worn camera video from this event will be released within 30 days of the incident,” which is per the agency’s policy.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the deputy-involved shooting, and their findings will be turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for review. Once that process has been completed, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will conduct its own internal investigation.

“The deputy that fired their weapon is on temporary, paid administrative leave pending the initial FDLE review,” stated OCSO.

No further details were provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Carlos Raul Galindez

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Carlos Raul Galindez was born on May 17, 1995 in Camden, NJ to Avelina Rosa and Raul Galindez. He passed away at the age of 29 on June 24, 2024 in Saint Cloud, FL. He was raised moving between New Jersey and Puerto Rico.

In 2016, Carlos moved to Reno, NV where he started his life with Jamie Dominguez. They then married on September 15, 2023. January 29, 2024, they welcomed their only daughter, Aliana; she was the light of his whole world. Carlos loved everything Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney. He was an incredible father, husband, brother, son, grandson, and nephew and was loved beyond words.

Carlos is survived by his wife, Jamie; their daughter, Aliana; his mother, Avelina; father, Raul; brothers Kenny, Jonathan, Fabeon, Raul Jr, Nunu, Caleb;
and sisters, Ashley, Ny’azia and Nevaeh.

1 dead after shooting at Orlando apartment complex

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting at an Orlando apartment complex that left one man dead on Tuesday night.

According to OCSO, deputies responded to the Park at Milano Apartment Homes located in the 600 block of Towne Square Way at around 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in reference to a shooting incident.

When deputies arrived at the apartment complex, they located a man who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim has been identified by law enforcement as 30-year-old Berci Joseph.

In a media release on Wednesday morning, OCSO stated that homicide detectives are actively investigating the shooting.

No further details were provided by the sheriff’s office regarding the incident or any potential suspect(s).

If anyone has any information that could help detectives with the ongoing investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office asks that you call the Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477).

This past weekend, a 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after one person was wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex in Kissimmee.

David Wood

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David Carson Wood, a resident of Orlando, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2024, at the age of 68.

David was born in Dunedin, Florida on August 25,1955 to Helen and Carson Wood. He attended Dunedin High School and served his country in the Marine Corps with the Second Force Reconnaissance Company at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

David was a devoted husband, son, brother, and uncle. He was a master welder for 21 years before shifting careers to become a horticulturist with SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica for an additional 18 years. He loved working with nature and truly had a green thumb. David had a love of theme parks, traveling with his wife, was a true lover of cruising recently visiting Greece, Rome, France, and Turkey. He was a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house.

David was a true giver often thinking of others over himself. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah Wood of Orlando, Florida; his brothers Charles Wood of Dunedin, Florida and Michael Wood of Virginia; his nephews Adam Wood and wife (Heather) of Largo, Florida; Jordan Wood of Layfette, Georgia; and Michael Wood II of Virginia; Great nephew Jeremy Wood of Largo, Florida; Great Nieces Sophia and Cassandra Wood of Largo, Florida; Cousin Beth Roberts of Clearwater, Florida and, brother and sister-in-law Tim and Suzi Garrett of San Antonio, Texas He is proceeded in death by his parents Carson and Helen Wood and his brother Philip Brian Wood.

An Honor Service is scheduled for July 19, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida. Please arrive no later than 10:30 a.m.

Kenneth Michael Vincenti

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Ken Vincenti, 79, of Apopka, FL passed away on June 16, 2024. Ken was born on May 3, 1945 to the late Fred and Mildred Vincenti in Queens, New York.

Ken is preceded in death by his son Kevin, his brother Bob and his wife Gerry.

He is survived by his daughter Tracey Hough, son-in law Ron Hough; grandchildren Adamm Hough, Dylan Hough and Morganne Freelin and a great grandson Owen Freelin.

Ken was a proud father, grandfather, veteran, and friend. He was kind , funny and will be missed by many.

‘Erratic’ man wielding metal pipe shot by deputies at Orlando gas station

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A man armed with a metal pipe was shot by several Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Tuesday after he charged at them following an attempted carjacking at an Orlando gas station.

On Tuesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff John Mina stated during a press conference that deputies responded to the Chevron gas station located at 901 W Michigan Street in reference to a traffic crash and physical disturbance that had occurred shortly before noon.

The male suspect was allegedly “behaving erratically” after his vehicle crashed into another vehicle. According to Sheriff Mina, the suspect punched a victim in the face after the crash and then attempted to carjack a truck at the gas station.

The truck proceeded to crash into a gas pump while the driver was trying to get away from the suspect.

When deputies arrived on scene, Sheriff Mina stated that the suspect was holding a metal pipe. The suspect then allegedly approached the deputies and refused to comply with their instructions.

The sheriff stated that the suspect then ran at the deputies, and one of the deputies used a Taser, which seemed to be ineffective. The suspect then allegedly turned around and ran at the deputies while still holding the metal pipe in an “attacking posture.”  

Two of the deputies responded by shooting the suspect. After deputies and paramedics provided first aid, the suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he is in surgery as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sheriff Mina stated that the suspect appeared to be in his 30s, but he has not yet been identified. The sheriff added that no deputies were hurt during the incident, and the victim who was allegedly punched by the suspect sustained minor injuries.

According to Sheriff Mina, there is body camera footage of the incident, and the suspect appeared to be acting erratically prior to the deputy-involved shooting. He also stated that investigators are in the process of working out the details of the crash that preceded the shooting incident, though the sheriff confirmed that it appears two or three vehicles were involved.

During the press conference, Sheriff Mina stated that there appeared to be “something going on with [the suspect],” and the sheriff was unsure if the suspect was “in crisis” or “on drugs.”

“It looked to be, from what I saw, that [the suspect] was in some type of crisis or on drugs,” added Sheriff Mina. “But, you know, you come at a deputy with a metal rod and they’re going to protect themselves.”

The suspect is facing the following charges: attempted carjacking, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and battery.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the deputy-involved shooting, and their findings will be turned over to the State Attorney’s Office for review. Once that process has been completed, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will conduct its own internal investigation.

The deputies who fired their weapons at the suspect are on temporary, paid administrative leave pending the initial FDLE review, according to OCSO.

Last week, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy fatally shot an armed man who entered a 7-Eleven convenience store in Orlando.

24-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting at Kissimmee apartment complex

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident at a Kissimmee apartment complex that left one person injured.

On Saturday, July 13, at around 5:30 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Simpson Ridge Apartments, which is located at 2300 Simpson Ridge Circle in Kissimmee, in reference to shots being fired.

When deputies arrived, they were informed that a physical altercation between two individuals had ended with a shooting.

Deputies located a victim who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

No further details were provided regarding the victim’s identity or their current condition.

While at the apartment complex, deputies made contact with a man, Fausto Junior Toribio, who was identified as a suspect in the case. He was placed under arrest and transported to Osceola County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

Toribio is facing the following charges: attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession or use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a controlled substance.

If anyone has information related to this case or any other similar incidents, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office asks that you call 407-348-2222.

Universal Orlando seeks superfans for YouTube series

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Universal Orlando Resort is currently looking for theme park enthusiasts who would like to take part in its new YouTube series The Fanny Pack.

The new series will feature Universal Orlando “superfans” as they share various vacation tips in a vlogger-style format.

Ideally, Universal Orlando Resort is seeking fans who enjoy spending their free time at the theme park and have strong opinions on the best place to start a day at the park.

Fans interested in participating in the upcoming YouTube series have until Monday, July 29, 2024, to submit a video audition via email to discoveruniversal@mullencasting.com. Be sure to use the following subject line: “AUDITION – [YOUR NAME].”

According to Universal Orlando Resort, the video audition must include a vlogger-style tour of your favorite spot in your neighborhood or general vicinity. This could be your house/apartment, a local park, a coffee shop, a book shop, etc.

This footage will not be used by Universal as “corporate-facing content,” so fans are encouraged to relax while being their genuine selves.

In addition, fans must answer the following questions on camera as part of the audition process:

  • What is a favorite memory of yours from Universal Orlando Resort?
  • What is the personal history of your love for a Universal Intellectual Property?
  • When you enter Universal Islands of Adventure, which direction do you go (left or right) and why?  
  • What is one thing that helps you instantly know that you’ve met a fellow Universal superfan?
  • What is your favorite hack or planning tip for visiting Universal Orlando Resort?
  • Do you have any friends who you would love to vlog about Universal Orlando Resort with?

Any fans with prior vlogging experience should include links when submitting their audition video to Universal Orlando Resort.

For more information, visit Discover Universal’s Casting Call: Universal Orlando Resort Seeks Superfans webpage.