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City public works department produces 3rd employee of month

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette The city of Kissimmee has honored yet another employee from the Streets Division of the Public Works and Engineering Department as Employee of the Month. Keith Neal, 36, has been named as the city’s February Employee of the Month. Neal is the lead foreman in the division, and serves as the third employee to win the distinguished award since July 2014 from the same

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  • Osceola won’t get SunRail until 2017

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    SunRail opened in Orange County last summer and will span 61 miles once the southern and northern legs are added to the line.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It’s official: SunRail isn’t opening in Osceola County next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Completion of SunRail Phase 2, which will bring the commuter train south into Osceola, has been pushed back to 2017, FDOT spokesman Steve Olson told reporters by email Thursday. The delay was first announced last year after FDOT and the Federal Transit Administration revised the completion date, Olson

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  • Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • Four arrested, charged with shooting into occupied Kissimmee home in ‘snitching’ case

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee police detectives arrested four individuals this week after they allegedly shot into an occupied dwelling looking for a person involved in another criminal case. Detectives arrested Kenneth Feliciano, 18, Bryan Cudjoe, 21, Stephanie Lopez, 18, and Jaylee Negron, 19 and charged them with criminal conspiracy, shooting a deadly missile into an occupied dwelling and tampering with a witness. On Monday night around 10 p.m.,

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  • Police ask public’s help in Walgreens robbery

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Walgreens robbery suspect

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in an attempted robbery of a convenience store Wednesday. Deputies responded to Walgreens at 5180 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee just after 8 p.m. and spoke with an employee who indicated an unknown male walked to the pharmacy and handed the employee a note demanding prescription drugs. The employee refused to give him

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  • Stormtroopers will wait until dark, Dark Sky Fest returns Saturday

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm


                        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Like many life-long Star Wars fans, Jerry Testa had more than his share of battles defending the Empire or fighting against it growing up as a kid. But it wasn’t until he went to Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and saw all those stormtroopers at the event that he actually thought about dressing

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  • Missing Kissimmee woman located

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm


    Kissimmee police have found a woman who was reported missing. Jenny L. Towles was located in Polk County and is being returned to Florida Hospital Kissimmee, said Stacie Miller, Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman. Towles was admitted to the hospital on Friday for medical issues.  Over the course of the treatment, Towles made comments to hospital staff that she may try to harm herself.  Staff made the decision to keep Towles

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