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Archive for April 2007

Osceola County, Florida – As part of the ongoing Neptune Road reconstruction project in St. Cloud, traffic lane switches will take place on May 7, 2007.

 

Citizens should expect a lane shift on Neptune Road between Kissimmee Park Road/Old Canoe Creek Road and 13th Street from the north side of Neptune Road to the new lanes on the south side.

 

For  more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County real estate broker, who lives in a high-priced neighborhood, is being linked to a drug deal that led to murder. Bradley Swanson was arrested at his home in a ChampionsGate subdivision Thursday, in connection with a man found murdered earlier this month in Poinciana. Detectives think Swanson knows more about the murder than he’s saying. Swanson told Eyewitness News “no comment” as he was walked into the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives said Swanson sold a large amount of marijuana that was found in the trunk of Michael Kapler’s car. Kapler was found shot to death inside his car on April 11 near Poinciana on Reaves Road. While detectives still don’t have any murder suspects, they think Swanson could lead them to the killer. “He’s come in, but he’s come in with an attorney and he was not providing sufficient information to the detectives,” said Twis Lizasuain with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Swanson’s neighbors didn’t want to go on camera, but said there are rowdy parties at his home almost every weekend. Other neighbors, like Annick Devolder, said Swanson fit into the neighborhood and was always polite. “They seemed to be very nice people, so I never would have thought that he would get involved in something like that,” Devolder said. But, detectives said, Swanson sold drugs and now is allegedly linked to a murder.
Swanson bonded out of the Osceola County jail overnight.

swanson_bradley-john.jpgOsceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Bradley Swanson (DOB 6/14/76) in connection with the homicide that occurred on Reaves Road on April 11, 2007.  Swanson is being charged with Sale & Delivery of Marijuana because detectives believe he played a role in the drug deal that led to the death of Michael Steele Kapler.  Detectives recovered a substantial amount of marijuana in the vehicle where the victim was found.  No suspects have been named in the incident, although detectives did arrest Kapler’s companion, Harold Kaheem Kimble on unrelated charges.

Background:
On April 11, 2007, at approximately 4:51 p.m. Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Reaves Road in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased male inside a vehicle on a dirt road off of Reaves Road. The victim appeared to have died of a gunshot wound.  Initially, it did not appear to be a random act of violence. Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the companion of the homicide victim.  Harold Kaheem Kimble (DOB 10/10/76) was arrested and charged with Violation of Probation (F.S.S. 948.06) for an earlier fleeing and eluding charge and Possession of Gun by a Registered Felon (F.S.S. 790.23-1a).  

Osceola County * As part of an undercover operation, on April 25 Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives from the Community Response Team arrested three suspects for inappropriate activity at Triangle Park, 2830 Neptune Road in St. Cloud.  Jack Chapman (DOB 9/22/33), Thomas Crowningshield (DOB 3/21/46) and Philip Schlegal (DOB 2/26/60) were arrested and charged with Unnatural & Lascvious Acts (F.S.S. 800.02) and Public Indecent Exposure (F.S.S. 800.03) after detectives caught the suspects performing lewd sex acts in the public restroom at the park.  Detectives began the investigation after receiving complaints from park users about the activity.

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Osceola County * On April 25 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence at 216 Strathmore Circle in the Remington Subdivision, Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the 69-year-old victim and his wife who indicated they had just pulled into their garage when they were approached by an unknown Hispanic male who was armed. The male victim overheard the suspect tell his wife to go inside the house, but he instead told her to run across the street to get help. When the suspect heard this, he struck the victim on the back of the head. The victim fought back and struck the suspect. The suspect grabbed the victim’s Rolex watch and fled on foot. As he was running away, the suspect tripped and fell. The victim was able to pull out his concealed weapon and attempted to shoot the suspect. Forensics technicians were unable find any evidence to indicate if the suspect was injured. Neither victim sustained serious injury. Aviation and K-9 Units were called in to assist with the search, but were unable to locate the suspect. The victims describe the suspect as a Hispanic male approximately 6’1” with a dark colored hoodie sweatshirt and jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477).

Today FCAT writing results came out. You can google the Florida department of education web site, once there simply follow the links. Individual school grades are not out yet. Writing results are for grades 4, 8, & 10.

For grade 4 the state average for school districts is 302. Osceola scored a 279. Out of 67 school districts 56 scored higher than Osceola, we tied one, and outscored 9. Placing Osceola in the bottom 16% statewide, and last out of Central FL school districts. The following counties scored worse: Franklin, Glades, Jackson, Jefferson, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okeechobee, and Washington. We tied with Holmes County.

For grade 8 the state average is 291. Osceola scored a 279. 70% of FL school Districts performed better than Osceola. The following Counties scored worse than Osceola on this: Baker, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Hendry, Highlands, Jackson, Holmes, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Union, and Taylor.

For Grade 10 the state average is 296. Osceola scored a 282. 79% of FL County School districts performed better than Osceola on this. The following counties scored worse than Osceola: Bradford, Columbia, Desoto, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Jefferson, Madison, Polk, Suwannee, and we tied St Lucie. 

These results are very frustrating. The current Board majority seems to be satisfied with poor performance every year, and pays no mind to the fact that we are below the state average academically year in and year out. When other results become available, I will forward them out. We can only hope their won’t be the typical PR spin from the School district on these results. Maybe one day we will have other Board members who find these results awful and embarrassing enough to take meaningful action to pursue stronger educational leadership for the school district. Until that day, expect more of the same. I am very frustrated by these results. By averaging out the data for the three grades given scores. 78% of school districts statewide scored better than Osceola on the 2007 FCAT writing.

Sincerely, Jay Wheeler/Osceola County School Board-District One

Make plans NOW to attend the Conservative Christian event of the year

2007 Annual Policy Awards Dinner
 

Saturday Night, May 19, 2007

 

Featuring:

U.S. Senator from Kansas                Former Arkansas Governor
Sam Brownback             Mike Huckabee 
  


Along with Confirmed Special Guests

 

Leonardo, 2006 Dove Award Winning Vocalist

 

Ken Connor, 2007 Webster Award Recipient
 

Mel Martinez, United States Senator

 

Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General

Ray Sansom, Speaker Designate, Florida House

 

Bishop Wenski, Diocese of Orlando

 

Randall James, Southern Baptist Convention

 

Brad Miller, Focus on the Family

Barbara West, Local Anchor, Channel 9 News

 

Stu and Nancy Epperson, Salem Communications

Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive Orlando 

5:00-6:50pm: Silent Auction

6:30pm: Doors Open

7:00-9:00pm: Dinner

 

Join us for a great evening of gourmet food, live music, entertainment, auctions,

special surprises and speeches from national pro-family leaders

To Purchase Tickets Call 407-251-5130 or Order Online HERE:
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