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US 441 in Osceola County shut down due to smoke from brush fire


US 441 in Osceola County close down because of smoke from brush hearth



JIM: NOW AT 6:00, TRACKING LATE-DAY STOS.RM HAVE A COULD AFFECT WHAT IS LEFT OF YOUR HOLIDAY PLA.NS MICHELLE: JUSTICE FOR TYRE SAMPSON. PROTESTORS WANT THE RIDE HE DIED ON DISMANTLED WHAT THEY YSA SHOULD REPLACE IT. >> WHETHER YOU ARE WRITING YOUR BIKE ARE GOING FOR A WALK, FLORIDA IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS STATES IN THE NATION FOR PEDESTRIANS TO — PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE DEATHS. ANNOUNCER: WESH 2 NEWS STARTS NOW WITH BREAKING NEWS. MICHELLE: THE BREAKING NEWS WE ARE FOLLOWING TONIGHT IS OUT OF SANFORD. RIGHT NOW CREWS ARSEE ARCHING FOR A POSSIBLE MISSING PERSON IN LAKE MONROE. A CALLER SAYS SOMEONE JUMPED INTO THE WATER AND DID NOT CEOM BACK UP. RESCUE CREWS ARE WORKING TO CONFIRM THE DETAS.IL WE HAVE A CREW ON THE SCENE AND ARE WORKING TO GET MORE INFORMATION. STAY WITH US. JIM: FROM THE BEACHES TO THE THEME PARKS, CENTRAL FLORIDA IS PACKED WITH PEOPLE ENJOYING THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND. BUT TONIGHT, THE THREAOFT STORMS COULD FOIL ANY OUTDOOR PLANS YOU MIGHT STILL HAVE. TONIGHT AND TOMORROW ARE WEATHER IMPACT DAYS BECAUSE SOME OF THIS COULD BE SEVERE. MICHELLE: CHIEF METEOROLOGIST TONY MAINOLFI IS BUSY TRACKING THE STORM THREAT AND IS HEREO T TIME IT ALL OUT. TONY: IT IS A SMALL WINDOW TONIGHT AND IT IS WEST OF I-4. WE THINK IT WILL BE OCALA DOWN TO THE VILLAS.GE BUSHNELL IS STARTING TO GET SOME STORMS. AS THE BREEZES COLLIDE IN ABOUT ONE HOUR, WE WILL START TO GET SOME STRONG OR POTENTIALLY SEVERE WLIL — SEVERE HAIL PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS. BUT MOST OF US WILL BE IN GOOD SHAPE. THIS IS THE ZONE OF CONCERN BUT I WILL TAKE IT EVEN FURTHER WEST. THIS EVENING, THE BEST CHANCE OF STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS AS TO THE WEST. BY 10:00, THINGS WILL SHUT DOWN. THE OTHER STORY IS THAT HURRICANE AGATHAAS H MADE LANDFALL AND NOW WE WILL WATCH TO SEE IF IT IMPACTS US FOR THE UPCOMING WEEKEND. I WILL BREAK THINGS DOWN, COMING UP. MICHELLE: FOR THE LATEST FORECAST FROM OUR TEAM OF FIRST WARNING METEOROLOGISTS, DOWNLOAD TH E WESH 2 APP. TURN ON ALERTS FOR BREAKING UPDATES ON SEVERE WEATHER IN YOUR AREA. THERE ARE EVEN MORE CALLS TONIGHT FOR THE FREE FALL RIDE AT ICON PARK TO BE TORN DOWN. 14-YEAR-OLD TYRE SAMPSON DIED WHEN HE FELL FROM THE DROP TOWER MARCH 24. JIM: WESH 2’GRS EG FOX REPORTS, THIS AFTERNOON, PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO CALL FOR THE RIDE TO BE TAKEN DOWN AND A MEMORIAL PUT IN ITS PLACE. GREG: TINA WILSON IS A MARINE VETERAN WHO WOULD NORMALLY BE AT A MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORING THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR COUNTRY’S FREEDOM. INSTEAD, THE FOUNDER OF THE JUNETEENTH PROJECT COALITION SPENT PART OF THE AFTERNOON CALLING ATTENTION TO ICON PARK VISITORS THAT SHE WANTS THE FREE FALL RIDE TORN DOWN. >> WE NEED TO SEE SIGNS THATOT N ONLY WILL WE PERMANENTLY CLOSE IT DOWN, BUT WE ALSO GRIEVE WITH THE FAMILY, WE GRIEVE WITH THE COMMUNITY. WE KNOW IT’S 430 FEET HIGH DAN IT’S VERY TRAUMATIC FOR US THAT ARE EVEN WORKING IN THIS AREA TO SEE IT STILL STAND. GREG: TYRE SAMPSON FELL FROM THE RIDE TO HIS DEATH IN MARCH. WHAT ONCE WAS A LARGE MEMORIAL ON THE FRONT SIDEWALK FACING I-DRIVE HAS RECENTLY BEEN REDUCED AND MOVED PARTLY BEHIND A FENCE. >> THEY WENT SO FAR AS TO HIDE THE MEMORIAL THAT WE DIDRI B OUT THAT THEY ALLOWED US TO DO. THEY HATED THAT. THAT BOTHERS ME — THEY HATED. — HID IT. THAT BOTHERS ME. GREG: THE WILSONS WANT A PERMANENT MEMORIAL TO THE TEEN. THE PARENTS OF TYRE SAMPSON ARE SUING ORLANDO SLINGSHOT, ICON PARK AND THE MANUFACTURERS OF THE FREE FALL RIDE. CO URT DOCUMENTS INDICATE THEY’RE SEEKING INFORMATION ON ECTXALY WHAT STEPS EMPLOYEES DID AND DID NOT DO AS TYRE WAS CLIMBING ABOARD THE RIDE. A STATE RIDE ENGINEERING FIRM ISSUED A REPORT APRIL 18 SINAYG ITS INSPECTION REVEALED THE SAFETY SENSOR ON THE SHOULDER HARNESS, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO DISABLE THE RIDE IF NOT FULLY CLOSED, WAS MANUALLY ADJUSTED TO ALLOW A SEVEN INCH GAP BETWEEN THE HARNESS AND SEAT BOTTOM, TO ACCOMMODATE TYRE’S SI.ZE THE MANUFACTURER’S OPERATION MANUAL ALSO RECOMMENDS A MAXIMUM WEIGHT OF 287 POUNDS PER RID.ER TYRE’S FAMILY SAYS HE WEIGHED 380 POUNDS. AND CELL PHONE VIDEO SHOWS RIDE OPERATORS AFTER HE FELL QUESTIONING EACH OTHER ABOUT WH ETHER TYRE WAS SECURED BEFORE THE RIDE WENT UP. >> DID YOU CHECK HIM? >> YH.EA THE LIGHT WAS ON. >> WE CHECKED HIM. GREG: DEMONSTRATORS WILL BE WATCHING AS THIS INVESTIGATION UNFOLDS, BUT ULTIMATELY WANT THIS RIDE TO BE DISMANTL.ED IN ORLANDO, GREG FOX, WE 2SH NEWS. JIM: WESH 2 RECEIVED A STATEMENT FROM ORLANDO SLINGSHOT. “IN CONSULTATION WITH TYRE SAMPSON’S FAMILY AND ICON PARK, ORLANDO SLINGSHOT RECENTLY CLEANED THE MEMORIAL AREA AND CONSOLIDATED MEMORIAL ITEMS. MEMORIAL ITE TMSHAT WERE REMOVED HAVE BEEN SAVED FOR DELIVERY TO THE FAMILY’S REPRESENTATIVES.” MICHELLE: ORLANDO POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER ANNN IOCENT BYSTANDER WAS GRAZED BY A BULLET DOTOWNWN. THIS HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 6:00 LAST NIGHT NEAR EAST WASHINGTON STREET AND SOUTH ROSALIND AVENUE. OFFICERS SAY A WOMAN SHOT AT ANOTHER WOMAN. THE TARGET WAS NOT HURT BUT ON WOMAN WHO WAS IN THE AREA WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SHOOTING WAS INJURED WHEN SHE WAS GRAZED BY A BULLET. SHE IS EXPECTED TO BE OK. POLICE DID NOT RELEASE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT A POSSIBLE SUSPECT OR IF ANY CHARGES WERE FILED. JIM: A VOLUSIA COUNTY WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF STEALING OVER $160,000 FROM HER EMOYPLER BY GIVING HERSELF UNAUTHORIZED RAISES. 32-YEAR-OLD JAMIE MANN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AND CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT IN EXCESOFS $100,000. INVESTIGATORS SAY MANN WAS THE OFFICE MANAGER FOR ATLAS TOWING SALVAGE AND MARINE SERVICES IN ORMOND BEACH, MAKING $15 AN HOUR AND OTHER BENEFITS. POLICE SAY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER OF 2019 AND APRIL THIS YEAR, MANN ALTERED PAYROLL RECORDS, GIVING HERSELF RAISES OVER TIME SO THAT SHE WAS MAKING $30 AN HOUR WHEN THE ALLEGED THEFT WAS DISCOVERED. MICHELLE: A TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WIDE RECEIVER IS CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. 25-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS JONSEWASN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY JUST AFTER 5:00 THIS MOG.RNIN TAMPA POLICE OFFICERS SAY HE WAS DRIVING AT AN EXCESSIVE SPEED, STRADDLING LANE MARKERS AND WEAVING. JONSEN REFUSED A BREATHALYRZE TEST. HE HAS BONDED OUT OF JAIL. JIM: THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL FUNDRAISERS FOR THE FAMILY OF DAYTONA BEACH POLICE OFFERIC JASON RAYNOR, BUT BEFORE YOU GRAB YOUR WALLET, WATCH OUT. NOT ALL OF THEM ARE LEGIT. PORT ORANGE POLICE WARN SOMEONE IS GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO SOLICIT FUNDS IN THE NAME OF OFFICER RAYNOR. HIS FAMILY HAS CONFIRMED THEY DO NOT KNOW THIS PERSONND A THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED. RAYNOR DIED IN THE HOSPITAL MORE THAN A MONTH AFTER BEING SHOT LASTUN JE. IF SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR HOME ASKING FOR DONATIONS IN HIS NAME, DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY. MICHELLE: OSCEOLA COTYUN OFFICIALS HAVE BROKEN GROUND ON A NEW FIRE STATION NEAR THE AUSTIN-TINDALL SPORTS COMPLEX. IT’LL BE THE COUNTY’S FIRST ADDITIONAL STATION SINCE THE EARLY 90‘S. WHILE THE COUNTY’S POPULATION HAS NEARLY QUADRUPLED INHE T LAST 3 DECADES, THE NUMBER OF FIRE STATIONS HAS STAYED THE SAME, 15. SOME HAVE BEEN RENOVATED, UPGRADED, OR MOVED, BUT THERE HASN’T BEEN MORE THAN 15 SINCE TH.EN OFFICIALS WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION SAY THE LACK HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON PUBLIC SAFETY. >> RIGHT NOW THEY’RE LOOKING AT STATION 51 OFF NARCOOSSEE ROAD OR STATION 62 IN BVL AS THEIR FRONT LINE THAT SHOWS UP TO THERE AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO ASK ORANGE COUNTY HELP TO MECO TO THAT AREA, SO YOU CAN GET UPWARDS OF 20 MINUTE RESPONSE TIMES AND IN AN EMERGENCY, THAT’S KIND OF AN UNACCEPTABLE NUMBER. MICHELLE: THE NEW STATION WILL BRING THE TOTAL TO 16. THEN ANOTHER STATION IN THE WORKS ON CALYPSO CAY NEAR 192 WILL MAKE 17. >> IGNITION. LIFT OFF OF THE SOCKET NINE. — OF THE FALCON NINE. M:JI IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE HISTORY WAS MADE ON CENTRAL FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, TWO ASTRONAUTS BLASTED OFF FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION INSIDE A PRIVATELY OWNED SPACECRAFT. A SPACEX FALCON 9 ROETCK LAUNCHED FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER ON BOARD THE SPACEX CREW DRAGON CAPSULE WERE NASA ASTRONAUTS BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY. IT ALSO MARKED THE RETURN OF HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT FROM THE U.S. NEARLY A DECADE AFTER THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM WAS RETIRED. TODAY PEOPLE ARE REMEMBERING AND HONORING THE PEOPLE WHO DIED FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTIES. MICHELLE: EVENTS WERE HELD ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA TODAY TO COMMEMORATE MEMORIAL DAY. LOCAL LEADERS, VETERANS, AND FAMILIES CAME TOGETHER. >> MEMORLIA DAY IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I HAVE LOST FELWLO VETERANS AND THIS IS A TIME TO REMEMBER. MICHELLE: ORANGE COUNTY HELAD CEREMONY INSIDE THE COURTHOUSE. IN THE AUDIENCE WERE SOME WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN COMBAT. ♪ THE CITY OF ST. CLOUD HOST AED REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY AT MT. PEACE CEMETERY TODAY LAYING DOWN WREATHS AND HEARING FROM LOCAL LEADERS AT THE RESTING PLACE OF MANY VETERS.AN IN SEMINOLE COUNTY DOZENS GATHERED AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK IN SANFORD. THEY SAID A PRAYER FOR FALLEN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND HONORED GOLD STAR FAMILIES. THERE ARE TRADITIONAL WAYS OUR VETERANS ARE HONORED ON MEMORIAL DAY. THE CEREMONIES AND THE RESPECTFUL SOUND OF TAPS. BUT WE FOUND AN ORLANDO MAN OWH HAS A DIFFERENT APPROACH. JIM: IT HAS BEEN SAID THE TRADITION STARTED ALL THE WAY BACK WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE. AND AS WESH 2 NEWS’ MICHEELL MEREDITH REPORTS, IT STARTS WITH A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PENNY. MICHELLE: IT’S MEMORIAL DAY, DAN JEDD PRICE SLOWLY, DELIBERATELY, MOVES FROM THE HEADSTONE OONF VETERAN TO THE NEXT AND GENTLY LAYS A PENNY ON TOP. >> AND I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE SUCH A SIMPLE THING TO DO. MICHELLE: A SIMPLE GESTURE, WITH A POWERFUL MESSAGE. IT LETS FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW THEIR LOVED ONES HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN. >> IT JUST MEANS SOMEONE VISITED THEM. IT MEANS WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND COMES UP TO SEE A TOMBSTONE AND THEY SEE A PENNY, THEY DON’T GET THERE BY ACCIDENT. MICHELLE: JE’D’S JOURNEY STARTED WITH HIS OWN GRANDFATHER’S GRAVE IN ILLINOIS. BASIL DEAN PRICE SERVED IN WLDOR WAR II. THE GRAVE WAS A MESS. JEDD CLEANED IT UP, WHICH PLANTED A SEED. NOW JEDD SAYS IN THE YEAR HE’S BEEN DOING THIS, HE HAS PLACED 1000 PENNIES ON THE HEADSTONES OF VETERANS IN SEVEN STATES. HE’S PLACED A PENNY ON THE HEADSTONE OF VETERANS FOR EVERY WAR THE U.S. HAS FOUGHT IN. AND EACH TELLS A STORY. SOMETIMES THE VETERAN’S LOVED ONE IS THERE TO TELL IT FOR THEM. >> AND I SAW A WIDOW HONORGIN HER HUSBAND BY BNGEI THERE AND I WENT UP THERE AND I PLACED A PENNY AND SHE THANKED ME FOR IT. SHE WENT TO HER VAN AND A LITTLE WHILE LATER, SHE CAME BACK AND WAS ALL SMILES. AND HAD A HANDFUL OF PENNIES AND SAID, “THIS IS EVERY LAST PENNY IN MY VAN. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING. ISTH IS IMPORTANT.” MICHEL:LE IMPORTANT TO TAKE A PENNY, AND TO TURN IT INTO SOMETHING PRICELESS. IN ORANGE COUNTY, MICHELLE MEREDITH, WESH 2 NEW JIM: PENNIES ARE HARD FIND. SO THE COMPANY JEDD WORKFOS AUTOPAYPLUS, HELD A CONTEST — IT GAVE $500 TO THE EMPLOYEE WHO BROUGHT IN THE MOST PENNIES. THE COMPANY COLLECTED OVER $40,000 WORTH OF PENNIES. IT IS THE LAST DAY TO TAKE IN PERFORMANCES AT THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL. MICHELLE: THE IMMERSIVE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS AT LOCH HAVEN PARK. IT FEATURED 850 TICKETED THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES AND A FREE OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL. BUT THE FUN IS NOT OVER JUST YET. YOU CAN WATCH PERFORMANCES ONLINE DURING DIGI FRINGE, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE FROM JUNE 3 THROUGH 17. JIM: CENTRAL FLORIDA’S AMAZING WEATHER IS PERFECT FOR A LONG WALK OR BIKE RIDE ALMOST ALL YEAR LONG. MICHELLE: BUT IF YOU DO SO, YOU COULD BE RISKING YOUR LIFE. >> I FELT LIKE A SITTING DK.UC I HAD AT LEAST A COUPLE INSTANCES EVERY COMMUTE. CLOSE CALLS. MICHEL:LE WHY SOME BIKERS AND PEDESTRIANS ACROSS CENTRAL FLID

US 441 in Osceola County close down because of smoke from brush hearth

Smoke from a wildfire close to US 441 has compelled officers to near the street to drivers on Memorial Day night time. All lanes of the street are closed in each instructions so far as South Canoe Creek Road to State Road 60. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the smoke is lingering via the Florida Turnpike, close to mile marker 200, in Osceola County.Troopers warn that they’ll shut the Turnpike because of visibility problems, although it’s open for now.

Smoke from a wildfire close to US 441 has compelled officers to near the street to drivers on Memorial Day night time.

All lanes of the street are closed in each instructions so far as South Canoe Creek Road to State Road 60.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the smoke is lingering via the Florida Turnpike, close to mile marker 200, in Osceola County.

Troopers warn that they’ll shut the Turnpike because of visibility problems, although it’s open for now.

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