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Sheriff’s detectives seek man who exposed himself in Poinciana

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual involved in allegedly exposing himself to a minor. This morning at approximately 7:46 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Monterey Road and Brighton Court in Poinciana, where deputies spoke with a 12-year old girl who said a male driving a green, older model sedan approached her. He attempted three times to get her attention, and

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  • Kissimmee detectives search for attempted sexual battery suspect

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

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    Kissimmee police detectives continue to look for an attempted sexual battery suspect in the area of the Reef Club Apartment Community in Kissimmee. The search started Monday afternoon, when officers were called in reference to an attempted sexual assault. At 3 p.m. Monday, the suspect tried to sexually batter a female victim at 1900 Island Circle in Reef Club Apartments. The victim was able to escape and fled the area.

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  • Kissimmee man arrested for stealing over 100 books of lottery tickets

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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    Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Kissimmee man for allegedly stealing over $80,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets. Mark Joseph Wright, 42, from Kissimmee, was charged with grand theft. Detectives began to investigate Wright on Aug. 19 when the former owner of a Chevron gas station on East Osceola Parkway contacted the Property Crimes East Unit about Florida Lottery calling him about possible stolen lottery tickets. Detectives worked with Florida

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Lillian Colman, 6, of St. Cloud cools off at Lakefront Park in St. Cloud. News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery

Blazing heat leads to new KUA record for use of electricity

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer You don’t need Kissimmee Utility Authority to tell you that it’s hot. Real hot. “Stupid hot” as one local TV meteorologist called it Thursday morning. Power meters all over the county are whizzing to keep indoor spaces cool. KUA knows it by looking at their meters. Osceola County’s primary utility said a new all-time system peak for demand record for electricity use on Tuesday. Then,

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  • Homeownership is still in reach after the recession

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    As I have mentioned many times before, a key aspect of the American dream is homeownership – and rightly so. Homeownership leads to a stable home environment for individuals and families, and brings value to the surrounding community. Unfortunately, the recession we experienced in the late 2000s led to precipitous job losses and record numbers of Americans losing their homes. The recession in America caused a major blow on Florida’s

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  • Color your world with Crayola. The Crayola Experience is coming to Florida Mall

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor An explosion of color is coming to Florida Mall next summer with the opening of Central Florida’s newest attraction — the Crayola Experience. Modeled after a similar Crayola attraction in Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on attractions offering creative fun for kids and their parents too. “Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said in press statement

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Osceola County lands economic ‘game changer’

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Frank Attkisson County Commission Osceola County will soon be the home of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center. UCF President John Hitt said it well last month, “it will be an economic game changer.”  Though the county has made the pursuit of diverse manufacturing jobs a priority, many companies have been hesitant to relocate to Osceola because of our lack of high-tech infrastructure. This facility will provide needed infrastructure for

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  • Letters to the editor for August 23, 2014

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Poinciana deserves better To the Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the APV Board voted to proceed with their community center expansion immediately and decide on their recreational pool plans at the next board meeting in September. This was done in spite of objections from the vice president of the board, many Poinciana community leaders and a partnership proposal offered by Osceola County that would have provided more community amenities.  An

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  • Stream dumping: Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Rick Baird Community Resources There are more than 1,900 miles of enclosed and open roadside storm water drainage ditch­es/swales and approximately 70 miles of storm water outfall discharge canals, and these are just the ones maintained by Osceola County. There also is Boggy Creek, Shingle Creek, Reedy Creek and their natural tributaries that carry rainwater to our beautiful lakes. When it rains every afternoon, it is very important for the

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