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Osceola County clerk alleges big-bank mortgage fraud

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez alleges that major banks have committed fraud locally by filing forged mortgage documents, but so far nothing has been proven by law enforcement officials. An investigation by the Clerk’s Office  has passed from a forensic investigator to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office is now in the hands of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Ramirez said 17 boxes of

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  • State confirms measles case in Kissimmee

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida Department of Health on Thursday confirmed a case of measles in Kissimmee. It came from a visitor who attended a conference at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, off Osceola Parkway, March 16-17. The person was hospitalized in Miami a few days later and flew out of the state on Wednesday after recovering, according to press release from the state. The highly contagious

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  • Luciano recognized by Osceola Visionaries as ‘unsung hero’

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette Superintendent Melba Luciano was recently recognized by Osceola Visionaries as an “unsung hero” at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Banquet. According to a press release, she was presented with a plaque for the school district improving on state assessments in all seven areas, including reading, mathematics, and science in 2014. “Goals and associated strategies are targeted to maximize student success

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Kissimmee

State confirms measles case in Kissimmee

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida Department of Health on Thursday confirmed a case of measles in Kissimmee. It came from a visitor who attended a conference at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, off Osceola Parkway, March 16-17. The person was hospitalized in Miami a few days later and flew out of the state on Wednesday after recovering, according to press release from the state. The highly contagious

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  • City of Kissimmee safer from storms, according to insurance industry report

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If you lived in the Kissimmee area in 2004 and sat in the dark for any period of time after Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne  you’ll have a hard time fathoming this. An insurance industry report released results of a study conducted to find the safest Florida cities from severe weather threats, and Kissimmee ranked as the safest city in Florida. HomeownersInsurance.com compiled severe weather

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  • Hostage suspect now charged with attempted murder

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

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First United Methodist Child Care Center staff run with toddlers after Kissimmee police evacuate the school because of incident in the adjacent traffic circle Friday.

    Update, 4:10 p.m. By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee Police officers successfully defused a false imprisonment and hostage situation Friday in the Central Avenue/Neptune Road/Martin Luther King Boulevard traffic circle, taking a black male into custody. The man, identified as Marc Henry, 34, of Orlando, was driving a GreenCab Orlando mini-van taxi with a black female passenger police officials say he knew. Police pulled him from the vehicle just after

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St Cloud

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The Extreme Sports Park in St. Cloud might close if the Legislature doesn’t change a law that requires minors to get signed permission slips from their guardians before using the facility.

St. Cloud seeks funding for water projects, change in skate park law

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Two major water projects, easing rules at public skateboarding and bike parks and reforming the police-fire pension are St. Cloud’s top priorities this legislative session. City official recently spent three days in Tallahassee pushing the St. Cloud agenda and meeting with lawmakers. Water St. Cloud is seeking $3.1 million to help build a deep water injection well for reclaimed water. Instead of recycling the water

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  • St. Cloud mayor presents 4 proclamations

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders presents a proclamation to Osceola Council on Aging’s (left to right) Meals on Wheels Nutrition Director Wilda Belisle, Chief Financial Officer Connie Benca, and Chief Executive Officer Beverly Hougland declaring the month of March as March for Meals Month in St. Cloud. Borders encourages all citizens to volunteer their time and talents to helping senior citizens within the community. Hougland invites the public to a fund-raiser March for Meals 5K Run/Walk and Kids Run March 21 starting at 7 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Celebration.

    St. Cloud mayor presents 4 proclamations St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders presented four proclamations March 12 during a regular council meeting at City Hall. • Earth Hour: Borders proclaimed March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., as Earth Hour in the city of St. Cloud. “I call upon our residents, businesses, and organizations to turn off non-essential lighting for this one hour to join the global statement of concern

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  • Woman shot at St. Cloud church in domestic abuse case

    Posted on March 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

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    A man shot a female victim in the head at a St. Cloud church on Sunday in a domestic abuse case, authorities said. According to St. Cloud police reports, officers responded to the Prince of Peace Church, 2017 Hickory Tree Road at about 10:43 a.m. The suspect, Ramon Rosado, 76, had shot the 74-year-old victim one in the back of the head and twice in the back, police reports stated.

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Poinciana

Ladies Club of Poinciana to host spring carnival April 2-5

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Ladies Club of Poinciana will present its annual Spring Carnival April 2-5 at Vance Harmon Park (Country Club Road and Cypress Parkway). Admission is free. All funds raised at the carnival and the recently held fashion show goes toward the Ladies Club of Poinciana scholarship fund. Last year, the Ladies Club of Poinciana awarded four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who live in Poinciana.

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  • Ninth annual Poinciana Community Expo held today

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Ninth Annual Poinciana Business and Community Expo will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held at Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Road. The Poinciana Business and Community Expo is presented by the Poinciana Area Council, which operates under the umbrella of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by Poinciana Medical Center, Toho Water Authority, CenterState Bank, the

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  • Acclaim Academy will remain open through school year

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    By Charlie Reed 
 Staff Writer The School District of Osceola County will take over operations of Acclaim Academy Military Charter School, allowing it to stay open through the end of the school year. The news came Thursday night as School District officials were meeting with parents of students from the charter school, which serves grades 7-12 in the Poinciana area. Acclaim Academy announced last week that it had only

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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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  • Exercise for life lunch and learn

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Exercise and fitness may seem like something that’s only for the younger generations.  Yet, staying fit and having an exercise routine is an important component of aging well. According to Web MD, being active and exercising after 60 not only advances your physical health, but also improves memory and helps prevent dementia in some people. Staying fit doesn’t have to be expensive. You can join a walking group, enjoy the

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  • Learn more about HGTV home

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Michael Carlson, the architect of the 2009 HGTV Green Home in Post St. Lucie, will present a lecture Wednesday, March 18. at 4:15 p.m. in the atrium at Stetson University, Celebration. The lecture, sponsored by the Celebration Foundation New Urbanism Committee is free and open to the public. Carlson will present a behind the scenes look at the design process and sustainable green features of the home. The home was

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Schools

House bill aims to reduce state-mandated education testing, limit effect on teacher evaluations

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved legislation that would lower the number and importance of tests administered at public schools. The bill (HB 7069) would eliminate an 11th-grade language arts test, ban final exams in classes that include end-of-course testing mandated by the state or local school districts and make a college-readiness exam optional for some students. It would also reduce how

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  • Celebration High School educator wins School District teacher of the year

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, was named teacher of the year.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer More than 700 people gathered at Osceola Heritage Park Thursday night for the annual teacher of the year awards to see a Celebration High School educator win top honors. In the end, Celebration swept the contest. Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, won teacher of the year. And Jennifer Neumann, an exceptional student education paraprofessional from Celebration K-8 School,

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  • District moving forward with Acclaim charter school takeover

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Osceola County School District is still in the process of negotiating contracts for various services at Acclaim Academy Military Charter School, which it will take over March 31. Everything from the phone bill to maintenance contracts must be taken into consideration. “We find more and more things we need to do,” Superintendent Melba Luciano said at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. “As we go down

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Crime News

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First United Methodist Child Care Center staff run with toddlers after Kissimmee police evacuate the school because of incident in the adjacent traffic circle Friday.

Hostage suspect now charged with attempted murder

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

Update, 4:10 p.m. By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee Police officers successfully defused a false imprisonment and hostage situation Friday in the Central Avenue/Neptune Road/Martin Luther King Boulevard traffic circle, taking a black male into custody. The man, identified as Marc Henry, 34, of Orlando, was driving a GreenCab Orlando mini-van taxi with a black female passenger police officials say he knew. Police pulled him from the vehicle just after

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  • Vehicle that crashed into Valencia pond killing 4 was murder-suicide, police say

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Two bouquet of roses were placed on Wednesday and two teddy bears were placed on Christmas day, Thursday at the edge of a retention pond at Valencia College in Kissimmee

    By Brian McBride Editor Kissimmee police have determined that a vehicle that crashed into a pond on the Valencia College campus in December, killing four people inside, was a murder/suicide case. Kissimmee police investigators determined that the driver, Ulysses G. Montero, of Miami, purposely drove the black, four-door Chevy sedan into the retention pond that killed himself,  Julie M. Lopez-Elias, 24, Julissa M. Montero, 4, and 5-day old Dlias D.

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  • Three men arrested for pointing a gun at an officer

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Kissimmee police arrested three teenagers for pointing a pellet gun at an officer on Friday. Police arrested and charged Ruben Lopez-Beerbower, 19, with aggravated assault on law enforcement officer. Kelvin Lopez-Beerbower, 18, and Daniel Velazquez, 17, were charged with criminal conspiracy aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. On Friday at 3:30 a.m., a Kissimmee patrol officer was sitting in his marked vehicle in the parking lot of 1532 W.

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