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Lothar Schafer gets 4 months jail, probation, in plea deal

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Kissimmee father who bought a gun for his teenage son, who then went on a shooting spree in 2013, will serve four months in jail and another 20 months on probation that began Thursday. Lothar Schafer, the father of Konrad Schafer, and his attorney Don Waggoner offered that sentence as a plea deal, which was accepted Thursday by the state and Ninth Court Court

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Lothar Schafer gets 4 months jail, probation, in plea deal

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Kissimmee father who bought a gun for his teenage son, who then went on a shooting spree in 2013, will serve four months in jail and another 20 months on probation that began Thursday. Lothar Schafer, the father of Konrad Schafer, and his attorney Don Waggoner offered that sentence as a plea deal, which was accepted Thursday by the state and Ninth Court Court

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Eagles clip Kowboys for title

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

Poinciana puts it away in 4th period By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Poinciana Eagles came out firing and never let up during their Orange Belt Conference boys basketball showdown Monday against Osceola at the Mike Brizendine gym. The Eagles (20-4) took a 17-point lead in the second quarter, lost it all when OHS (19-4) tied the score in the third period, then regrouped to dominate the final 11 minutes

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  • Sports briefs for January 29, 2015

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Correction Gateway High wrestler Lucas Rodriguez was incorrectly identified in a photo in Saturday’s edition of the News-Gazette. Southland wins big Southland Christian outscored rival Heritage Christian, 90-65, Friday in a Florida Christian Conference boys basketball showdown at the Flames gym. The victory earned the Flames a season split against the Eagles. Dominick Maldonado led the Flames with 36 points and 11 rebounds. He also hit five 3-point shots. Jordan

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  • Rogelio Araiza claimed third conference crown

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Now that his final high school cross country season is over, Rogelio Ariaza will be remembered as one of the most decorated runners in Osceola County history. So, perhaps it is not that surprising that the Liberty senior is the Osceola Gazette’s Cross Country Runner of the Year for a third consecutive time. “Overall it was a great season,” Ariaza said.  “We accomplished

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St. Cloud pups in Puppy Bowl. Rescue pups star in annual Animal Planet Super Bowl alternative

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor When the 11th annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl takes to the airwaves on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, don’t be surprised if some of those puppy barks have a bit of a Florida drawl. More than a dozen of the puppies taking part in the playful event, that serves as a warm-up or even a diversion to

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  • On Disney’s Boardwalk — A taste of Italy at Trattoria al Forno

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is something distinctive about a first-rate Walt Disney World restaurant. Through the years, Disney has pretty much made a habit of creating restaurants in its world that are uniquely special — from Victoria and Albert’s and Citrico, to California Grill and Be our Guest, dining at Disney, particularly away from the theme parks, is pretty much a guaranteed home run

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  • Ortronicon returns this weekend to the Orlando Science Center

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of Central Florida’s favorite science events, Otronicon, returns to the Orlando Science Center starting tomorrow and continuing through Jan. 19. This is the 10th consecutive year the center has been joined by multiple industry partners to host the interactive technology event and the role technology plays in how we live, learn, work and play. This year’s partners include

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The 39 Steps has final weekend, also Shakespeare’s Merry Wives coming to Central Florida

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor This is the final weekend for the Osceola Arts production of The 39 Steps. Directed by Jennifer Henderson, and based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, the high-energy adventure, is played mostly for laughs with a cast of four playing the many various  roles. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic

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  • Royal horses are back Feb. 7 at Osceola Heritage Park

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of the biggest horse shows in the country returns to Osceola Heritage Park, Feb. 7. Gala of the Royal Horses, featuring some of the most celebrated breeds of horses in history, will be at the Kissimmee venue for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Created, produced and led by riding master Rene Gasser, will present a show only previously seen at the famous riding

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  • John Wick delivers on action, thrills, coming to Blu-ray/DVD Feb. 3

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor I have never been a big fan of any film where Keanu Reeves has to act. He really has to be one of the luckiest guys in the business thanks to big franchise roles like The Matrix Trilogy and the Speed films where acting of any sort is not a requirement. Reeves is back in his usual minimal acting form in John

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