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Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an employee at an Osceola County group home for having sex with three underage girls staying at the home. Domingo Sanchez, 37, from Kissimmee, was charged with eight counts of sexual batter by custodian/victim 12 years old/under 18 years-old. He worked with his wife as a house parent at Key Haven, staying at the group home for days at a time feeding, driving, and supervising
By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff writer Even though they now hold a seat in the Florida Senate and in Osceola County circuit court, both Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Armando Ramirez owe their start to Elias “Rico” Piccard. An outspoken community activist in Central Florida for 17 years, Piccard died from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 27 at the age of 67. Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto
By Peter Covino Entertainment Editor You’ve probably already heard the news that Arabian Nights, one of Central Florida’s longest running dinner show attractions will permanently close its doors Jan. 1. The Kissimmee attraction opened on February 29, 1988. That adds up to more than 10,000 performances and 10 million guests. Back in the 1980s, the dinner show attraction was immensely popular for Florida visitors and residents alike. Kissimmee had
By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Osceola County Chairman Frank Attkisson, along with other local leaders, have begun the fight for millions in federal funds for SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter rail system, to keep the Osceola County extension on track. Despite reassurances from the federal Department of Transportation, a grant of $85 million for SunRail Phase Two South was not included in the department’s grant program for 2014. The phase, which
An Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was injured Monday after he was hit by a vehicle during a traffic stop. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Paul Spears, 47, was conducting traffic enforcement at U.S. Highway 192 and Poinciana Boulevard at about 1:10 p.m. He flagged over Krystal Diaz, 22, of Kissimmee, who was driving a 2012 Nissan vehicle, for a traffic infraction. Diaz stopped, but Natalie Romaniello, 36, who
A Poinciana man was arrested on attempted murder charges on Sunday after allegedly stabbing a homeowner multiple times with a knife. Shakur Smith, 19, also was charged with burglary with assault, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting without violence. At 10 p.m. on Sunday night, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a Jarnac Place home in Poinciana in response to a burglary. As they were
By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For 2013, Thanksgiving weekend brought in more shoppers than estimated by the National Retail Federation. A total of 248 million shoppers made purchases in stores or online from Thursday to Sunday. It passed the 247 million who shopped this same weekend last year. Of those 248 million shoppers, the average money spent over the weekend was $407. That was $16 dollars below last year’s average.