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Suspect arrested for 10 counts of child pornography

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

A Kissimmee man was arrested on child pornography charges on Tuesday after an investigation was conducted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Chauncey Guy Sharrow, 46, of 1158 Stroupe Road, Kissimmee, and charged him with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in late August, when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography.

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  • Holidays are a concern for local low-cost day care center

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Mary DeBose is pictured with the students in her care at the Shining Stars Early Learning Center.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The economy has improved as a whole over the last few years. But Mary DeBose sees every day that people are still struggling. She sees it through the eyes of children and their parents at the early learning center she runs, Shining Stars Early Learning Center. Her day care-slash-preschool-slash-extension of her family, on Cypress Street off the west side of Orange Blossom Trail, has been

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  • Area foster children find ‘forever homes’ on National Adoption Day

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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Circuit Judge Keith A. Carsten, center, poses with Benjamin and Annie Hill, and their adopted children, Camden Doval, Arabella Doval, Aubrielle Doval and Jayden Cruz on National Adoption Day at the Osceola Courthouse 
on Friday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer With the adoption of 8-month old Camden on Friday, Annie and Benjamin Hill now officially have four children. Actually, they are the couple’s grandchildren. The kids are all under the age of 5, which blurs the lines when it comes to things like how they address the couple. Mom and dad? Grandma and grandpa? “They usually just call me ‘Ma’ – it’s kind of a

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Kissimmee

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Students from Maverick High School get their Thanksgiving lunch in Kissimmee on Nov. 21.

Mavericks school provides holiday meal for students, homeless

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Instead of counting their money to put on their annual Thanksgiving celebration for its students, officials at Mavericks High School in downtown Kissimmee were able to sit back this year and count their blessings. The school has held a feast on Nov. 20 for its 550 students, who need extra or non-alternative assistance in gaining a diploma, since the school opened on Main Street in

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  • Law enforcement: Buckle up this Thanksgiving holiday

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Lots of people are headed out on the roads over the coming day for the Thanksgiving holiday, so law enforcement is doing what it can to ensure those motorists get to where they’re going and back safely. AAA Travel projects 2.1 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more from home by car this Thanksgiving weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over last year thanks in

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  • Eat vegan at Chipotle with new Sofritas, plus dining out Thanksgiving Day

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor I had to drive some 700 miles to try my first Chipotle Sofritas burrito. Of course, they are available right here in Kissimmee and elsewhere in Central Florida, but the Chipotle folks had supplied me with a couple of “try me” coupons for their newest vegan offering and I just happened to be in Tennessee last week when hunger called. I guess the

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St Cloud

St. Cloud to host Thanksgiving event

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff is coordinating the 23rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration for Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m., at the St. Cloud Civic Center (3001 17th St.). City of St. Cloud officials are inviting the St. Cloud community to join families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Doors open up at 11:30 a.m., and turkey and the traditional side items will be

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  • Good news for St. Cloud homebuyers

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Tim Weisheyer Dream Builders Realty Homeownership is back on the table for some St. Cloud Buyers There is good news for homebuyers looking to find their dream home in St. Cloud. Based on data provided in the most recent U.S. Census, the United States Department of Agriculture was planning to eliminate St. Cloud from the eligibility area for the USDA home loan program. The impending change caused a considerable amount

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  • St. Cloud pair arrested in sexual battery case

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    A pair of St. Cloud residents were arrested Monday as Sheriff’s detectives say one sexually battered a minor female victim, while the other knew but did not report it. Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested and charged Larry Ronald Vliet, 47, with three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12, two counts of domestic capital sexual battery victim under 12, one count of sexual battery victim physically restrained

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Poinciana

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Former high school band director arrested, accused of sex with students

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested the former band director at Poinciana High School Tuesday after authorities said he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least two high school students. Steven Velez, who resigned his teaching post last week after being questioned by Osceola County School District officials about the accusations, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact with certain minors. Velez, 25,

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  • Detectives seek possible witness in Oct. 30 Poinciana homicide

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who may possibly have information about a Poinciana homicide that occurred Oct. 30. Deputies responded to 390 Colonade Court that day, and discovered a fire inside the home. After the fire was extinguished, the body of Yury Francisco Campos-Diaz, 27, was discovered inside. The cause of death remains under investigation. In the residence, detectives located more

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  • Chestnut school Fall Festival set for Saturday

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer JamSessionsSports Athletics will hold a basketball clinic on Saturday  from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Poinciana Community Park, 5109 Allegheny Road. This clinic is for youth ages 5 to 15. This clinic offers fundamental skills for all levels. The fee is $10, free for the first JBBA players. Bring your own basketball and water bottle. For more information call Coach J. McCoy at 321-895-0200. ooo Chestnut

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Celebration

Celebration invites autistic kids to special event

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Greatly known for its festivals, the town of Celebration closed its main street to host a private event for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) on Oct. 16. The event brought families with children suffering from autism together in a safe environment to enjoy fall festivities. “In majority of families, one parent stays home with the child with autism and the other parent

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  • Celebration Rotary raises estimated $39,000 for the less fortunate

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette An estimated $39,000 was raised at the Rotary Club of Celebration’s 16th Annual Pancake Run and Health Fair on Oct. 25. All proceeds were given to New Beginnings of Central Florida – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping less fortunate individuals and families in the Central Florida communities. “We’re starting to move into Osceola County now,” said Sandy Farnsworth, a volunteer at New Beginnings. “We’re

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  • Celebration High School earns top national ranking

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite coming back from the long Labor Day holiday weekend, it wasn’t hard for Celebration High School students and faculty to have some extra pep in their step. First, the Storm football team defeated Lake Placid, 18-12, to snap a 30-game on-field winless streak. Then on Sept. 2, school district officials learned that the high school had been named to the list of “Top USA

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Schools

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Students from Maverick High School get their Thanksgiving lunch in Kissimmee on Nov. 21.

Mavericks school provides holiday meal for students, homeless

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Instead of counting their money to put on their annual Thanksgiving celebration for its students, officials at Mavericks High School in downtown Kissimmee were able to sit back this year and count their blessings. The school has held a feast on Nov. 20 for its 550 students, who need extra or non-alternative assistance in gaining a diploma, since the school opened on Main Street in

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  • Bellalago students celebrate veterans at school assembly

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Charlie Reed
Bellalago Academy students celebrated veterans at a school assembly on Monday. See the story, page A-5.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The iconic photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima came to life at Bellalago Academy Monday during the school’s Veterans Day celebration. One by one, each of the six students let go of his hold on the flag, stepped to the front of the stage and briefly described the Marine he was portraying. The scene the students were depicting took place

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  • Neptune Middle chosen to be in nationwide Classroom Champions

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Neptune Middle School is one of 45 schools across the country that has been selected to participate in Classroom Champions— a program that connects top-performing athletes with students through a virtual, pen-pal relationship. The students at Neptune are being matched with Olympic Triple Jump Gold Medalist Christian Taylor for one school year. Classroom Champions’ mission is to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals,

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Crime News

Suspect arrested for 10 counts of child pornography

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

A Kissimmee man was arrested on child pornography charges on Tuesday after an investigation was conducted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Chauncey Guy Sharrow, 46, of 1158 Stroupe Road, Kissimmee, and charged him with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in late August, when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography.

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  • Detectives seek possible witness in Oct. 30 Poinciana homicide

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who may possibly have information about a Poinciana homicide that occurred Oct. 30. Deputies responded to 390 Colonade Court that day, and discovered a fire inside the home. After the fire was extinguished, the body of Yury Francisco Campos-Diaz, 27, was discovered inside. The cause of death remains under investigation. In the residence, detectives located more

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  • Loss prevention officer arrested after taking photo of girl in bathroom

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Antonio Aletriz-Torres

    A store loss prevention officer was arrested on Tuesday after authorities said he took a photo of a 13-year-old girl while she was using the business restroom. Kissimmee police arrested Antonio Aletriz-Torres, 28, and charged him with video voyeurism. According to police reports, Kissimmee police officers responded to Ross Dress for Less at 3819 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee on Monday in reference to a suspicious incident.  Officers spoke with

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