Justyn Czarnecki

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Fun Spot America Is Getting A New Splash Pad

in Theme Parks News & Events

SOURCE: Chip and Co.

Fun Spot America announced that a new splash pad water-feature is coming to their Orlando location.  The new splash pad is designed by Aquatic Design & Engineering, headquartered in Orlando.  It will have over 30 interactive play features and will be included in their “all-day” armband pass.

The interactive splash pad is scheduled to open this summer, just in time for those soaring summer temps.  The 4,000 square foot installation features state of the art non-slip flooring and UV Ray technology to disinfect the water without chemicals.  To help conserve water, sensors will shut-off portions of the pad that aren’t being played with.


Kissimmee police find missing 16-year-old boy with autism

in Kissimmee News & Events


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – UPDATE: Gabriel Hall was found safe shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Original story below:

Kissimmee Police are looking for a 16-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing Sunday morning.

Gabriel Hall was last seen around 10:15 a.m. riding a foot-powered scooter in an area near the Kissimmee Bike Path, which is near 2000 North John Young Parkway.


Catholic priest accused of drugging, raping woman in Florida

in South Florida News & Events


MIAMI, Fla. – A Roman Catholic priest in Florida is facing charges that he drugged a female parishioner and raped her.

The Rev. Jean Claude Jean-Philippe was in a Miami-Dade County jail late Saturday charged with sexual battery on an incapacitated victim.

The Miami Herald reports that in October the 64-year-old priest invited the victim to his home at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead. The woman said she drank tea he gave her and passed out. She told investigators she woke up two hours later naked in Jean-Philippe’s bed, believing she was raped.


Father, son die in Seminole County house fire

in Seminole County News & Events


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was able to escape but two men died when a house in Seminole County caught fire Sunday morning.

Seminole County Fire Department officials said the flames were reported around 3:50 a.m. in the 100 block of Nicole Lane in unincorporated Longwood.

SCFD Lt. Paula Thompson said flames were coming from the roof of the home when crews arrived.

“It had heavy flames showing through the house,” Thompson said. 

By the time the fire was extinguished, much of the home’s roof and its front entrance had been destroyed.


Central Florida has no luck with St. Patrick’s Day forecast

in Central Florida News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – A little green on the radar will do some good across central Florida on St. Patrick’s Day. 

It’s not going to be a washout, but the first half of the day will be a little soggy.

Light to moderate rain showers will form from the west and move toward the east. This will be a lot more active over the northern zone, as well as the Osceola and Brevard counties. 

As the second half of the day rolls around, showers will be a little less active. Cloudy skies will linger along with the gusty north wind near 20 mph. 

You may want a light jacket to accompany your rain gear. 


Brevard deputy saves baby raccoon from wandering into traffic

in Brevard County News & Events


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A baby raccoon is safe, thanks to one Brevard County deputy’s kind act.

A concerned citizen recently flagged down Deputy Sarah Ouellette over concern that a raccoon cub near North Tropical Trail and Sawyer Avenue in Merritt Island would walk into the road and get hit by a vehicle.

Ouellette quickly located the black-and-white critter just before it was able to wander into the busy intersection. She wrapped it up in a cream-colored towel to protect it from harm while she searched to see if its family was nearby.


3 people shot in east Orange County, deputies say

in Orange County News & Events


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Three people were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning in east Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said a 42-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were shot at 1:41 a.m. at 498 S. Alafaya Trail.

The victims were taken to Florida Hospital East in private vehicles, then transported by ground and air to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for potentially life-threatening injuries, a news release said.


4 Rivers Smokehouse ranks No. 3 in South’s Best BBQ Joints by Southern Living

in Orlando News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – If you love barbecue, you’re in luck, as there is a gem among us here in Central Florida. 

4 Rivers Smokehouse is on Southern Living’s list of the South’s Best BBQ Joints for 2019.  

The local barbecue chain comes in at No. 3 on the list. 

Southern Living’s readers played a part in the vote with more than 65,000 people surveyed according to a news release.

The magazine said of 4 Rivers, “In the span of just a decade, 4 Rivers Smokehouse has grown from a single restaurant in Winter Park into a burgeoning barbecue empire. Slow-smoked brisket anchors a broad menu at the chain’s 14 locations, joined by wide-ranging selections such as Memphis-style pulled pork and California tri-tip.”


Space-themed FIRST Robotics Competition blasting off at CFE Arena

in Orlando News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s game on this weekend at the University of Central Florida as the CFE Arena hosts the national FIRST Robotics Competition.

Each year, the event adds new levels of complexity to challenge ninth- through 12th-grade students.

This year’s theme for the two-day event is Destination: Deep Space.

The students competing in the event have spent the last six weeks building a 120-pound robot for the competition, which is now in its 30th year.  

“It’s very huge. It started out in a small high school in New Hampshire, and we’ve now grown globally,” Wendy Austin, the Orlando regional director of the FIRST Robotics Competition, said.


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