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Archive for August 2007

Osceola County, Florida – The newly formed Commuter Rail Commission held its first meeting recently to begin planning for the implementation of the commuter rail system in Central Florida. The first order of business was to elect officers:

Chairman – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Vice Chairman – Orange County Richard Crotty
Secretary – Seminole County Commissioner Carlton Henley
Osceola County Vice Chairman Bill Lane
Volusia County Commission Chairman Frank Bruno Jr.

The Commission then adopted a resolution, similar to the resolutions adopted by each county, supporting the commuter rail in Osceola, Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties and the City of Orlando.

Next a Technical Advisory Committee was established consisting of representatives from each governmental entity in which commuter rail will travel through, including the City of Kissimmee.

“We can’t keep widening our roads and citizens may not see the immediate benefits,” said Osceola County Vice Chairman Bill Lane, “but 5, 10, 15 years from now we’ll all be glad we did it.”

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

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Osceola County – On August 30 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB) agents, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents arrested four suspects and recovered over $111,000 dollars in cash during a reverse drug operation that occurred in the parking lot at Walmart, 4444 W. Vine Street in Kissimmee.
Agents received information early yesterday that two members of a drug trafficking organization based in Lakeland were interested in purchasing several kilos of cocaine for $23,000 per kilo. Karilyn Arce (DOB 4/27/82) from Lake Hamilton, Alexis Acre-Negron (DOB 4/17/86) from Lake Hamilton, Archie Whitehead (DOB 7/18/73) from Lakeland and Freddy West (DOB 11/22/66) from Valrico met with agents at in the Walmart parking lot to exchange cash for drugs. All four were arrested without incident and charged with Trafficking Cocaine. The Kissimmee Police Department assisted with the arrest. All four suspects were booked into the Osceola County jail and the cash and vehicles were taken into evidence.

Osceola County * The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting four DUI saturation patrols September 1 as part of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest campaign. The patrols will be from 7:00 pm. to 3:00 a.m. in all areas of the county.
The Safety and DUI Sobriety Checkpoint originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. We will notify the public when a new date and time have been selected.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to act responsibly. If you intend to drink, make arrangements to get home safely. Use a designated driver, public transportation or a taxi.
The last DUI saturation held August 25 resulted in 2 arrests and 63 citations issued.

The 3rd Annual USO Operation Care Package Benefit Ride is scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 2007. The 95-mile ride through Osceola County begins at 8:00 a.m. at Osceola Heritage Park’s KVLS Pavilion and concludes at 10:30 a.m. with a lunch and silent auction. The cost to participate is $25 per person. All proceeds benefit U.S. Armed Forces deployed around the world. Founder of the benefit ride Viola Pearce, an Osceola County resident began the program in 2005 after seeing news reports about young men and women serving in the U.S. military who did not have care packages sent. She joined forces with the United Service Organization (USO) who sponsors Operation Care Package nationwide to bring the program to Osceola County. The entire $25 donation for the benefit ride and any proceeds raised from the silent auction goes to purchasing the care packages that will be sent to Osceola County residents serving in the military.

This year’s benefit ride is dedicated to LCPL Jason Burnett, the first Osceola County resident killed in the line of duty. Since the start of the Iraq War 3732 soldiers have died in the line of duty, 152 have been Florida residents. LCPL Burnett served in the Marines and was stationed in Iraq. He died May 11, 2006 as a result of injuries sustained during the War on Terrorism/Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jason’s parents, Ron and Shelly Burnett have actively participated with Operation Care Package since its inception and are members of the local riding club. They will be participating in this event.

For more information on the ride, call Viola Pearce at 407-566-5000 or go to http://www.USOBenefitRide.com.

albertson_anthony.jpgOsceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony Albertson (DOB 4/9/65) for unlawfully soliciting for a local charity. Several businesses along West 192 called the Sheriff’s Office to report Albertson and his 12-year-old son were asking businesses, citizens and visitors along the tourism corridor for donations to benefit MDA, Multiple Dystrophy Association. Detectives checked with local MDA organizations and verified Albertson does not have permission to collect funds on their behalf.
Florida law states it is unlawful for any person to misrepresent themselves or mislead people in order to obtain funds for a charitable organization. Albertson could not provide any written statements or receipts verifying the funds were sent to a charitable organization. He told deputies he sends in money anonymously and keeps no records.
Albertson was arrested in the 7800 block of West 192 and taken to the Osceola County jail.

Osceola County, Florida – In observance of Labor Day, Osceola County Administration offices and the Osceola County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.

The Bass Road Landfill will be closed Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3, 2007. Regular garbage collection will continue uninterrupted.

County offices, the Courthouse and the landfill will re-open on Tuesday, September 4th.

Contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-908-2331 for more information.

Osceola County * The Safety and DUI Sobriety Checkpoint originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. We will notify the public when a new date and time have been selected.


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