DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett ever dream he'd make national headlines of his own 3 1/2 years after a jury in Seminole County acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

But that's exactly what happened when Sanford's mayor was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and carjacked.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- What else can be said about the midterm elections that hasn't already been uttered?

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A lightning strike may have also sparked a small fire in the attic of a home near the Maitland city limits.

The fire was just after 5 p.m., but was contained The homeowners were not home when the fire broke out and nobody was hurt.


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SANFORD, Fla. -- My wife, Sera King-Frederick, is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, who was raised in Aguada, both communiities on the western side of the island.

She and other family members here in Sanford, Lake Mary and Orlando, have had very little contact with literally dozens of loved ones on the island, many of them forced to feek shelter, their homes reduced to rubble.

ORLANDO, Fla. --  City of Orlando residents seeking to apply for Hurricane Irma disaster relief should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling FEMA’s toll free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362).