Myrt Price, WFTV Eyewitness News

Myrt Price

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Orlando, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Myrt:

Central Florida law enforcement gets federal help for community policing

Several Central Florida law enforcement agencies have received federal funds to help with community policing. → Read More

Battle over confederate general statue for Lake County could head to court

The battle against bringing a confederate statue to Lake County is heating up. → Read More

Lake County leaders hope to be reimbursed by feds for money spent fighting coronavirus

The National Association of Counties is reaching out to the federal government for its share of funding. → Read More

Road projects could be put on hold in Lake County due to coronavirus pandemic, officials say

Many roads across Central Florida are seeing far less traffic because of the pandemic. → Read More

$20 COVID-19 tests coming to sites in Lake County

Lake County is ramping up its COVID-19 testing by adding three testing sites for people with or without symptoms, and at a cheaper cost. → Read More

COVID-19 testing sites on the rise in Volusia, Lake counties

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Volusia County is on the rise, but so are the numbers of locations where people can be tested. → Read More

Lake County furloughs all library employees as closures continue

Lake County has furloughed dozens of employees after closing all six of its libraries in the county last month due to the coronavirus. → Read More

Video shows dozens gathered in The Villages during coronavirus pandemic

A video sent by a viewer to Eyewitness News shows residents in The Villages hanging out, watching the sunset at Lake Sumter – despite Sumter County leaders urging people to stay home and maintain social distancing. → Read More

Florida man attacks victim at Wawa, later attempts to bite officer, police say

A Florida man is accused of attacking a person at a Wawa and later attempting to bite an officer, authorities said. Omilson Shirley, of Lake County, is facing several charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, WFTV reported. According to Leesburg police, the March 1 attack was brutal and bloody, and officials said they believed the suspect attacked for no reason.… → Read More

Florida woman arrested after filing nearly 120 false voter registration applications, officials say

A Florida woman was arrested after filing nearly 120 false voter registration forms, investigators said. → Read More

Ocala mom robbed, raped after dropping of child for volunteer work, police say

OCALA, Fla. — Police are working to track down a suspect who robbed and raped an Ocala mom. Police said the rape happened around 7 a.m. Feb. 13 at Northwest 10th Street after the woman dropped her child off, who was doing volunteer work at the Citgo gas station. While walking home, police said she was approached by a stranger. The victim said the suspect then, "put a knife on her neck" and told… → Read More

Video shows Wildwood police officer putting gun to suspect’s head

WILDWOOD, Fla. — A Wildwood police officer is under investigation after a video shows him putting his gun to a suspect’s head. The Wildwood Police Department launched an investigation after learning about several issues with the officer. The body camera video shows the end of a wild police chase that started in Wildwood and ended in Marion County. Along the way, the suspect’s car was smashed and… → Read More

Central Florida Boy Scouts, parents react to national BSA bankruptcy filing

APOPKA, Fla. — The Boy Scouts of America is filing for bankruptcy protection after a wave of hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits. People in Central Florida are talking about the bankruptcy filing and what it could mean for scouting programs. BSA officials released a statement they explained the organization filed bankruptcy to ensure they could equitably compensate victims while ensuring scouting… → Read More

Lake County commissioners deny request to expand domestic violence shelter

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The director of a Lake County domestic violence shelter said she fears for the women whom she’s forced to turn away after county commissioners denied her request to expand the shelter. “I’ve already turned down 776 (women) since this started,” said Kelly Smallridge, executive director for the Haven of Lake and Sumter counties. However, some neighbors in the area don’t want to… → Read More

Woman in her 80s found dead after suspected domestic dispute in Lake County, deputies say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Officials are investigating after they said they received a 911 call from a Leesburg home where a woman in her 80s was later found dead. Upon arrival to the residence inside a gated community on State Road 44, officials found the woman dead from multiple gunshot wounds. A male in the home was later flown to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment. Officials believe the… → Read More

'She is the only one that has went down on this’: Grandfather of teen accused of hiring someone to kill her parents speaks out

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The grandfather of a 17-year-old Lake County girl accused of trying to hire someone to kill her parents is speaking out. Investigators said Alyssa Hatcher stole money from her parents and paid one person $400 and another $900 to kill her parents, but that never happened. Tim Hatcher said he believes his granddaughter is where she should be, behind bars for what she did but… → Read More

‘Be very vigilant’: Three horses in Central Florida stolen, slaughtered, deputies say

Deputies in several counties in Central Florida are warning horse owners to be alert after multiple cases in which horses have been stolen and slaughtered in the past couple of weeks. Manatee, Marion and Sumter counties are all investigating cases where horses have been stolen from their properties. “There’s definitely a lot of concern and discussion about it and people are trying to take as… → Read More

2 arrested after security guard, others robbed at internet casino in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they’re looking for two of the four men who robbed several people at gunpoint in an internet casino and, in the process, handcuffed a security guard and took his gun Friday morning. Steve Manor and Zakee Garhi were both arrested for allegedly robbing several people inside Joy’s Internet Casino, according to deputies. During the robbery, a… → Read More

Vampire cult leader convicted of murdering Lake County couple apologizes to victims' families

The vampire cult leader who was convicted of murdering a couple in 1996 was back in court seeking to get his life sentence reduced. → Read More

Man accused of inappropriately touching, performing sex acts on children, deputies say

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a man is accused of inappropriately touching and performing sex acts on two children. → Read More