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Two suspects arrested for armed robbery

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

Two Kissimmee men were arrested on Friday after allegedly robbing a victim at a local convenience store. Yancarlo Santos-Hernandez, 26, of 1050 S. Hoagland Blvd., and Robert Bonilla, 26, of 4741 W. U.S. Highway 192, were charged with armed robbery and grand theft. According to Sheriff’s Office reports, at approximately 2:12 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 7-Eleven at 5880 W. U.S. Highway 192. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with

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  • Osceola County Commission approves highest school impact fees in the state

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission Monday approved higher education impact fees on new home construction, making them the highest in the state. As approved with the 3-1 vote — Commissioner Cheryl Grieb voted against the measure and Fred Hawkins was not present — the updated impact fee rates become effective for residential building permits issued on or after July 27. Buildings already under construction with permits

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  • Local law enforcement looking for guidance on body cameras

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The national debate about police tactics is percolating in the Florida Legislature. Osceola County’s law enforcement chiefs are closely watching two bills in Tallahassee that could set out rules for the use of police body cameras. The two bills circulating in the House and the Senate “may give some direction across the state on the rules surrounding the use of this tool. In addition there

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Kissimmee police seek domestic incident suspect

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

Kissimmee police officers are searching for a man they accuse of threatening to kill a female victim as part of a domestic incident. Police officers need the public’s help in locating 22-year-old Nicholas Arzoomanian. On Saturday at approximately 12:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of South Hoagland Avenue in reference to a domestic incident and learned that Arzoomanian allegedly battered the victim, prevented her from leaving the area, strangled

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  • City rolls out ‘Keep Kissimmee Clean’ campaign

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

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Above is an aerial view of the city of Kissimmee. The city on Wednesday launched the “Keep Kissimmee Clean” campaign. It focuses on an environmental awareness program the city is developing and will take to schools in the city in the fall.

    Charlie Reed Staff Writer You might start seeing city workers wearing green shirts on the job that say “Keep Kissimmee Clean – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Now an accepted uniform at City Hall, municipal employees will be walking billboards of sorts for the new anti-littering campaign Kissimmee launched Wednesday on Earth Day. Since 1970, people and organizations around the world have held events on Earth Day (April 22) aimed at protecting

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  • Utility lassos two trophies at rodeo

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and two trophies from the 15th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Tallahassee on April 18. Twenty teams, 54 apprentices and three senior teams from municipal utilities throughout Florida gathered to recognize the profession of line work and demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. The rodeo-style competition, held on the grounds of the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, consisted of five timed

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St Cloud

Slated to head to the University of Florida this summer after graduating from City of Life Christian Academy next month, Blackwell will be leaning on her résumé of service and hard work to reach out for titles like Miss Gainesville and Miss Florida Gator.

St. Cloud teen taking her talents to Gainesville

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer As far as volunteerism, community service and academics goes, St. Cloud’s Marie Blackwell is one of Florida’s most decorated high school seniors. Slated to head to the University of Florida this summer after graduating from City of Life Christian Academy next month, Blackwell will be leaning on her résumé of service and hard work to reach out for titles like Miss Gainesville and Miss Florida

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  • St. Cloud swim lessons, pool party, gardening opportunities during month of May

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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Mascots “Shark and Minnow” will be present during two St. Cloud events in May – Splash for Our Kids’ Safety (S.O.S.) May 16 and Iddy Biddy Pool Party May 20.

    The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department staff will provide a variety of recreational programs, events and activities year-round for the residents and neighbors of the city of St. Cloud. Coming up in May: • Swim Lessons: Session 6 registration will be May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and May 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Civic Center (3001 17th St.). Weekday swim lessons

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  • Elementary school teacher arrested for selling drugs

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer St. Cloud police arrested a Central Avenue Elementary School teacher Wednesday for allegedly selling narcotics. Cheryl Lynn Heineman, 45, was taken into custody at the school after students had been dismissed for the day, according to St. Cloud police. Police also arrested 20-year-old Jack Lindsey in the parking lot of the school Wednesday. Heineman was accused of selling pharmaceutical and psychedelic drugs to undercover officers

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Poinciana

Poinciana summertime activities available for kids

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Poinciana parents know that it’s time to start thinking about summertime activities for their children. One option close to home is the Association of Poinciana Villages’ Summer Camp, which will be held at the Poinciana Community Center. Registration is currently under way. This camp is for children ages 5 to 11 and will run from June 8 to Aug. 14.  The APV camp hours are Monday

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  • Poinciana seasonal activities scheduled

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Put a spring in your step and check out these seasonal activities. The Ladies Club of Poinciana, fresh off their successful spring carnival earlier this month, continues their fundraising endeavors by hosting a Chinese Auction on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Poinciana Community Center. A Chinese auction is a silent auction. This event does not have a live auctioneer. Items

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  • Jury selection begins in Loomes Wheeler trial

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jury selection began earlier this week in the trial of a Kissimmee man accused of sexually battering at least two victims when they were minors and then fleeing the country while out on bond. Loomes Wheeler, the former owner of Horse World stables near Poinciana, will have his case heard this week in front of Ninth Circuit Court Judge Leticia Marquez after a jury is

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Celebration

Celebration Foundation receives Walt Disney World Disney grant

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Walt Disney World Resort recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Disney Grant Program. Mickey and Minnie were also on stage to help celebrate the occasion and Disney singers serenaded the audience at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Grants were handed out in Disney’s unique style and each grant recipient received a special Mousecar award. The Celebration Foundation was honored to receive $10,000 from Walt Disney

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  • Celebration woman arrested for making death threats against governor

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    A Celebration woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making death threats against Gov. Rick Scott. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Ruba Khandaqji, 36, of 600 Market St., Apt. 330, Celebration, for two counts of corruption by threat against a public official and resisting arrest without violence. According the FDLE reports, Khandaqji called the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on March 30

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  • Learn more about the planned senior living community

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    There is considerable interest  in the independent-living, assisted-living and memory care facility planned for Celebration Boulevard. Celebration Foundation Thriving in Place has invited Richard Ackerman, chairman and senior managing Partner of Big Rock Partners, to make a presentation about the facility and to answer audience questions. “We are committed to building a senior housing community that is state of the art and that meets the needs of residents in all

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School district sets orientation, registration nights for students

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Students who will be in elementary and middle schools for the first time this fall are encouraged to take part in registration and orientation nights for their childrens’ new schools. All Osceola School District public elementary schools will host a “Kindergarten Roundup” May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for parents of children who will be at least 5 years old on or before Sept.

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  • Teachers protest lack of raises, time to teach

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Fourth grade Ventura Elementary school teacher Serena Utz, center, protests with other teachers at the Osceola County School District headquarters on Tuesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While the school day was filled with Florida State Assessment testing in the public schools in Osceola County and statewide Tuesday, teachers protested against the conditions they are being asked to work under by the school district. At the heart of the teachers’ and their union’s complaints are demands on their time during the school day that require work to be taken home most days,

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  • More standardized testing, more delays

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Another round of Florida Standards Assessment tests this week came with another round of computer glitches. Thousands of students across the state were delayed in taking the FSA Monday after being unable to log into the online examination portal. Schools throughout Osceola County experienced technical problems when trying to access the test, but were back on track by mid-morning, said Dana Schafer, School District spokeswoman.

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Kissimmee police seek domestic incident suspect

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

Kissimmee police officers are searching for a man they accuse of threatening to kill a female victim as part of a domestic incident. Police officers need the public’s help in locating 22-year-old Nicholas Arzoomanian. On Saturday at approximately 12:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of South Hoagland Avenue in reference to a domestic incident and learned that Arzoomanian allegedly battered the victim, prevented her from leaving the area, strangled

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  • Two suspects arrested for armed robbery

    Posted on April 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

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    Two Kissimmee men were arrested on Friday after allegedly robbing a victim at a local convenience store. Yancarlo Santos-Hernandez, 26, of 1050 S. Hoagland Blvd., and Robert Bonilla, 26, of 4741 W. U.S. Highway 192, were charged with armed robbery and grand theft. According to Sheriff’s Office reports, at approximately 2:12 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 7-Eleven at 5880 W. U.S. Highway 192. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with

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  • Kissimmee police save life of domestic violence victim

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer When Kissimmee police officers showed up to a Mill Run house Tuesday, they encountered one female victim running out the front door. She had just escaped the violent encounter still playing out inside between her stepfather and her mother, who had just gotten off the phone with 911. “My husband had a knife. He wants to kill me,” the frantic mother told dispatchers during a

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