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Detectives need the public’s help in identifying CVS armed robbery suspects

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed robbery suspects, who victimized a local drug store early Monday morning. At approximately 1:45 a.m., deputies responded to CVS Pharmacy at 3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the store employees who reported that two unknown males entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed

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  • Suspect charged with three counts of attempted murder

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    A Poinciana man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he stabbed three victims during a physical altercation. Arrested was Alez Arrendell, 18, of 740 Leornado Court. On Thursday at approximately 7:35 p.m. Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2533 N. Central Ave. in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who said that Alex Arrendell, an acquaintance, had confronted him at his home. They became involved in

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  • County Commission approves privatizing Osceola jail health care

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission has approved the hiring of a private firm to handle health care at the Osceola County Jail for the next five years. The county will pay Armor Correctional Health Services $21.8 million over the period, which should save about $677,000, government  officials said. The motion passed on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Mike Harford and Brandon Arrington voting against it. Harford

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Kissimmee city employee clinic making a difference

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Before Kissimmee opened a health and wellness clinic for city employees in 2013, Bill Spinola wasn’t taking good care of himself. His blood sugar wasn’t under control and his blood pressure was high. The 53-year-old lead computer specialist rarely felt good. Spinola, who has battled type II diabetes for more than 20 years, was under a physician’s care at the time. But he dreaded the

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  • Colt still coming, Osceola officials say

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite relative silence on the matter from the company and Osceola County officials, Colt is coming. That’s the message from local leaders. The firearm manufacturer previously agreed to move one of its business units to the former Osceola County Council on Aging building off U.S. Highway 192. Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, based in Hartford, Conn., said in 2011 that it would bring 63 jobs that

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  • Hawkins resigns as SC Chamber president

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. announced this week that he would be resigning as president of the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce. An announcement was made at last Saturday’s annual banquet, when the chairman’s gavel ceremonially passed from Keith Ronan to Marcy Theobald, that Hawkins would step down at the end of the year. Hawkins continues to recover from an acute

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Bringing attention to domestic violence awareness

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Armando Ramirez Clerk of Court October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this time, we encourage members of our local community to become familiar with how the local office of the Osceola Clerks of the Court can help you or someone you know. Unfortunately, one in four women and one in seven men in the United States suffer physical violence at the hands of their spouses, intimate partners or even

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  • Letters to the Editor for October 11, 2014

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    A county of slobs To the Editor: A few days ago I ventured to the Osceola County Courthouse. As I approached the elevator, a horde of people were being escorted by a deputy. My first thought was that there had been a dope bust the night before. I was wrong. They were jurors. Not one man wore a coat and tie and only one woman was wearing a dress. There

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  • NFL needs to consult black women to get abuse policy right

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Mary Sanchez Tribune Media If you think the NFL’s domestic violence problem has been talked to death, there’s one interested party that begs to differ. The leaders of several national black women’s organizations have written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for a meeting. In the national conversation about domestic violence that was kindled by the beatings of African-American women and children by NFL players, these African-American leaders

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