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Osceola deputy arrested for bribery

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando Regional Operations Center on Thursday arrested Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy Marc John Jordanides, 33, on one count of bribery of or by public servant. Investigators believe that Jordanides used the influence of his position to solicit nude photographs from a female, according to an FDLE press release.  In exchange, Jordanides agreed to help have her arrest charges dropped. Jordanides was booked into the

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  • Stepping across the state for child sexual abuse prevention

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan
Early on the morning of April 8, walkers and support vehicles departed from downtown Kissimmee and headed north along Orange Blossom Trail as part of the Walk In My Shoes campaign to prevent the sexual abuse of children. 
The first stage of the walk began in Key West, and the event will conclude in Tallahassee.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer At sunrise on April 8, Lauren Book and a little more than a dozen volunteers gathered in front of the Osceola Child Advocacy Center to walk for child sexual abuse awareness. It marked the 22nd day of “Walk in My Shoes,” a statewide event organized by Book to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse. Starting in Key West on March 16, Book and volunteers have

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  • Seats available for World War II veterans on Honor Flight

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Washington D.C. holds memorial services for veterans of past wars fairly often, especially after completion of the newly-minted World War II Memorial. But time is of the essence, as the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 640 World War II veterans die each day. So the Honor Flight Network is doing what it can to fulfill the dreams of veterans to see those memorials and travel

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  • Four charged in Poinciana homicide

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Four men have been charged and jailed in the murder case of a Poinciana victim. Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives Sunday charged Orlando DeJesus and David Osczepinski of Kissimmee were arrested and charged with murder, along with Bryan Reynolds of Orlando and Marcus Foster of Auburndale, for their involvement in the killing of Elijah Daise, 25, on Tuesday in Poinciana. In addition, Foster, 26 and DeJesus, 30, were charged with sale

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  • Osceola residents rally for statewide testing of ALD

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer After their son Gabriel passed away from Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) last summer, Dawn and Peter Grigsby, of St. Cloud, set out to prevent other families from losing their sons to the disorder. Now, with the help of state Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, they and three other Osceola County residents have brought the significance of ALD to Tallahassee. They are in the forefront of a

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  • A decade after Hurricane Charley, KUA conducts annual disaster drill

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

KUA staffers took part in the utility’s annual mock disaster drill Thursday, which included in-office exercises and live-action training scenarios in the field.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Get around local utility workers who’ve spent more than a decade working in Osceola County and bring up disaster or hurricane-related operations testing, and the conversation turns into a trading of war stories from the summer of 2004, which will soon be a decade ago. “Our season on the run,” Kissimmee Utility Authority Supervisor of Communications Jim Harnois said of that hurricane season that saw

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  • Community Hope Center adds homeless health clinic

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:44 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer After months of collaboration, Health Care Center for the Homeless and Community Hope Center opened the first Orange Blossom Family Health Kissimmee clinic on Thursday, just a day before Community Hope Center’s one year anniversary. The clinic, the first in Osceola County for Health Care Center for the Homeless, will be able to provide primary and preventative medical services, behavioral health, and substance abuse and

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