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Suspects arrested for local bank robbery

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects on Thursday for allegedly robbing a local bank. Randall Oja, 39, of Wisconsin, and Brian Frazier, a transient, were charged with robbery with a firearm and grand theft. The investigation began on Monday at approximately 12:24 p.m., when deputies responded to Bank of America at 3305 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee. A bank employee said a white male entered the bank, walked

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  • Parkway could be completed by Dec. 2016

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Shown above is the route for the Poinciana Parkway. Portions of the road could be open in July 2016. The project is currently 38 percent complete.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Construction on the Poinciana Parkway remains on schedule and could be completed by December 2016, according to the January 2015 update prepared recently by the Osceola County Expressway Authority. The original contract amount of $68.78 million, awarded to Jr. Davis/UIG Poinciana Parkway LLC, includes a $7 million contingency fund, but to date no contingency funds have been allocated. And according to a the presentation, expenditures

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  • Osceola County moves forward on wage theft ordinance

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer An ordinance outlawing and penalizing employers for wage theft has the support of a majority of Osceola County commissioners. It will be formally voted on in the coming weeks. County Commissioner Mike Harford presented the ordinance to commissioners at Monday’s meeting, and the board agreed to move forward with putting it on a future agenda for a formal vote. County Manager Don Fisher said the

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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Ben Leclerque regularly flies in and out of the Kissimmee Gateway Airport since he began flight school at SunState Aviation in 2014.  Leclerq, a businessman from Paris, was living in Thailand at the time and wanted to learn to fly. The municipal airport houses several flight schools and is expanding thanks to city investments.

Kissimmee airport to grow by 20 percent, prepped for new development

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is ready to grow by 20 percent now that a 7-acre parcel near the flightline has been prepped for development. The site, on the southwest side of the airport off Hoagland Boulevard, can accommodate between five and six 10,000 square-foot hangars, said Terry Lloyd, director of aviation at the municipal airport. The city built hook-ups for water, sewer and electricity on

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  • Osceola County moves forward on wage theft ordinance

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    County

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer An ordinance outlawing and penalizing employers for wage theft has the support of a majority of Osceola County commissioners. It will be formally voted on in the coming weeks. County Commissioner Mike Harford presented the ordinance to commissioners at Monday’s meeting, and the board agreed to move forward with putting it on a future agenda for a formal vote. County Manager Don Fisher said the

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  • Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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Editorial

Learning to be a citizen

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Lee Hamilton Center on Congress The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. The usual advice that politicians give

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  • Stop the immigration flood

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Cal Thomas Tribune Media Washington is such a phony city. Maybe that’s why it has such a good relationship with Hollywood. In the sequel to a “film” we have seen many times before, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may “shut down” Saturday because of a dispute between the Obama administration and the new Republican congressional majority over funding for the president’s immigration orders, which writes The Hill.com, would “provide

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  • Pullman a national monument, but already had charm

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Mary Schmich Tribune Media Of all the places you might take a visitor to Chicago, my favorite has always been Pullman. Drive far south on I-94, through scenery too bleak for a tourist brochure, into an impoverished part of Chicago, and just when you start to worry that you might wind up in Indiana, exit. A few blocks later, there it sits, a village from another place and time, like

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