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FDLE: Osceola crime reports down 6.7 percent in 2014

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Following the trend from around the rest of the state, the number of crimes reported in Osceola County in seven major categories fell by 6.7 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013, as reported this week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell said law enforcement is at its best when community involvement matches the proactive, aggressive and intelligence-driven law

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  • Memorial Day ceremonies to honor those who served and never returned home

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For many Americans, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer – a three-day weekend for trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. But for those with ties to the U.S. military, the federal holiday is a more somber occasion, a time to remember fallen service members. “There’s a lot of confusion between Memorial Day and Veterans Day,” said retired Army Col. DeLloyd Vorhees, president

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  • Osceola County commissioners approve Deseret plan, expect future changes expect future changes

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County commissioners Monday unanimously agreed to transmit a sector plan for the proposed North Ranch, a development of Deseret Ranch property. By the year 2080, it could be home to 493,000 people and 83 million square feet of retail, office, industrial and institutional space on 133,000 acres. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will receive the plan and a peer review document produced by

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  • Area women weigh-in on placing a historic female on $20 bill

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette Women from around Osceola County are expressing their opinions on the prospect of placing a women finalists on the face of the U.S. $20 bill. Women on 20s, the non-profit organization responsible for the national movement to propose a woman for the face of the $20 bill, reported on its website that Florida ranked 6th among the top 10 states with the most visitors

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  • Heart of Florida United Way’s Chef Gala raises nearly $300,000 for residents in need

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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More than 20 top chefs from Central Florida’s finest dining establishments collaborated for the region’s premier food and wine-pairing event on Saturday, May 16, at Epcot World Showplace.

    Heart of Florida United Way’s 23rd annual Chef’s Gala raised nearly $300,000 to benefit local nonprofit programs that support education, income, health and basic needs for thousands of Central Floridians in need. More than 20 top chefs from Central Florida’s finest dining establishments collaborated for the region’s premier food and wine-pairing event on Saturday, May 16, at Epcot World Showplace. Ninety-five cents of every dollar raised from the event benefits

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  • Crimeline tip leads to Bank of America robbery suspects

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

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    Two suspects were arrested for robbing an Osceola County bank in April after authorities received a tip through Crimeline. Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Sarah Michelle Oliver, 43, of Orlando, and Mehdi Dax Haridas, 30, of Kissimmee, for their involvement in robbing the Bank of America, 2000 E. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. On Monday, detectives received a Crimeline tip identifying Oliver as a suspect. Detectives interviewed Oliver, who was

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  • Local lawmakers debate health care, vow to pass state budget in special session

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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Above, State Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, speaks during  the Florida Legislative Session lunch at Osceola Heritage Park on Tuesday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Local lawmakers said Wednesday they were confident that the divided Florida House and Senate would reach a compromise on healthcare this summer in order to pass a state budget. But they offered few specifics for how the stalemate might be resolved. It led to a failed legislative session, two lawsuits and a sharp divide over how to fix the problem. Florida now risks a state

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