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Sheriff’s Ag/Marine Unit has rural Osceola County covered

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer From the edge of Kissimmee’s city limits, you can drive for about 25 minutes and end up in the middle of nowhere. Osceola County is big — the sixth largest in land mass in the state — and much of it is that kind of wide-open space, marshes and waterways. With those rural parts of the county, mostly south and east of St. Cloud, a

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  • Deadline past for primary voter registration

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Osceola County residents who are not registered have missed the deadline for the  Aug. 26 Primary Election. Voters can go to the Supervisor of Elections Office (2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.) and register for the General Election in November until Oct. 6. For more information, call the elections office at 407-742-6000.  

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  • 2 from Kissimmee killed in Boggy Creek Road crash

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Boggy Creek Road just north of the Osceola County line is now open but experiencing delays as Florida Highway Patrol investigates a crash that killed two Kissimmee women this morning. FHP has identified the victims as Maritza Vazquez and Yezenia Morales, both 38, of Kissimmee. Vaquez was driving a 1996 Infiniti westbound on New Hope Road, and while making a left turn onto southbound Boggy Creek turned into the path

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  • Kissimmee man arrested on 10 counts of child porn

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Kissimmee man who they determined had hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his home computer. Jodanis Muniz-Mercado, 26, was arrested and charged Thursday with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in June when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography. After further investigation, detectives located it at

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  • Juvenile arrested for allegedly sexually battering girl, 6.

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested and charged a 15-year-old Orlando resident with 50 counts of sexual battery after he was accused of abusing a 6-year-old girl. The suspect, Pablo Enrique Rivera, was booked into the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation began on Tuesday, when deputies spoke with a grandmother who told them her 6-year old granddaughter may have been sexually battered by Rivera, who was watching her

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  • High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • Heritage Club designed to elevate event experience at Silver Spurs Arena

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    News-Gazette Photos/Ken Jackson
Osceola Heritage Park representatives held the formal grand opening recently for the Heritage Club, above, a new 3,500 square-foot amenity that includes a full bar, a full house sound system, more than a dozen flat screen televisions and digital presentation capabilities. Below, the band The Loria Brothers takes the stage to provide the entertainment.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Silver Spurs Arena has proven its worth as one of the top-grossing venues of its size in the state over the past three years, so it’s not just a place to see a rodeo, a car show or state high school sports championships. Now, with the opening of The Heritage Club, it’s also a place to hold a business luncheon, an intimate family gathering

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