Inside Poinciana Florida

Archive for January 2008

On Tuesday, February 5, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., an open house will be held at the Eagle Lake Sheriff’s Station at 75 North 7th Street in Eagle Lake. The media and public are invited to attend.

PCSO Crime Prevention Specialists and Special Operations will be on-hand to share handouts, information, and tours of the facility and equipment, such as the PCSO humvee, tank, and airboat. Free lunch and refreshments will be served for attending residents.

Sheriff Grady Judd: “We are proud to partner with the City of Eagle Lake, and our deputies are committed to providing the best law enforcement service possible. This is a great opportunity for the residents to meet their deputies, see our equipment, and discuss their priorities for law enforcement.”

For more information, contact Sgt. Rodney K. Chauncey at 863-401-2853.

Osceola County, Florida – As part of the ongoing Poinciana Boulevard reconstruction project, traffic will shifted onto the outside lanes between Pam Road to just south of Oren Brown Road on Monday, February 4, 2008. Southbound lanes will remain the same, however, the new outside northbound lanes will be open.

Message boards will be displayed on the north and south lanes three days prior to the shift. For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Osceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested
John Fitzgerald Henderson and charged him with Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon and Resisting with Violence. The incident occurred on
January 26 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Witnesses indicated Henderson and
the victim, Charles Dana Martin were involved in an altercation outside
the Food Spot, 881 Towne Center Drive in Poinciana. Witnesses told
deputies Henderson pulled out a knife and began stabbing Martin. Martin
was airlifted to ORMC in critical condition. Henderson fled on foot but
deputies were able to locate and apprehend him a short distance away.
Henderson attempted to resist deputies but was eventually placed into
custody. He was taken to the Osceola County jail and charged with
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting with Violence. The
investigation is on-going at this time.

John Fitzgerald Henderson (DOB 10/23/64), 798 Squirrel Court,
Kissimmee

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating a stabbing incident
that occurred this morning at Food Spot, 881 Towne Center Drive in Poinciana.

Deputies responded around 9:08 a.m. When they arrived they spoke with witnesses
who indicated two men were involved in an altercation in front of the business.
The suspect stabbed the victim before fleeing on foot.

Deputies located the suspect and currently have him in custody. The victim was airlifted to ORMC in critical condition.

Attempted murder and aggravated assault charges are pending.
We have not released the namesof the victim or suspect and no further information is available at this time.

Osceola County * On January 25 at approximately 6:26 a.m.,
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2944 Bonita Circle in
Kissimmee in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, deputies
spoke with the victims who indicated they were walking with a dog when
two unknown males approached them at gunpoint and demanded money. One
victim was struck in the face before the suspects fled on foot with both
victims’ personal belongings.
The victims were able to provide some information on the
description of the suspects and after further investigation, detectives
brought two students from St. Cloud High School into the Sheriff’s
Office for questioning. Both suspects cooperated with detectives and Joe
Henry Rodriguez and Santos Rivera were arrested and charged with Armed
Robbery, Battery and Aggravated Assault. They were taken to the Osceola
County Juvenile Detention Center.

Joe Henry Rodriguez (DOB 6/26/90),Kissimmee
Santos Rivera (DOB 11/1/90), Kissimmee

Polk County Sheriff’s Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed carjacking that occurred in Winter Haven on January 20, 2008.

Around 7:30 p.m. that evening, the female victim had stopped her 2005 white BMW x5 SUV along the side of the road on Country Club Road, just south of the Summerfield subdivision, to assist a stray dog. The victim was approached by two unknown white male suspects, one of whom was armed with a silver handgun, who forced her from her vehicle and then fled in it. The suspects drove southbound on Country Club Road towards Dundee Road. Patrol deputies responding to the area located the vehicle shortly thereafter, abandoned and half-submerged in Lake Smart, just off 11th Street and Ave T in Winter Haven.

One suspect is described as a white male, 5’9”, wearing a white or grey sweatshirt and dark-colored pants, with short brown hair, armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect is described as a white male, 5’7”, thin build, wearing a dark plaid flannel shirt, and blue or grey pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Det. Sam Bunch at 1-800-226-0344 or (863) 534-6379.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!

www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com

Osceola County * On January 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m.,
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle
traveling on Highway 192. The check revealed the owner of the vehicle,
Karen Sheila Welch had active warrants from Lake County for Uttering a
Forged Check, Organized Fraud and Grand Theft. Deputies made contact
with the driver, Paul Welch who immediately informed them he had a
suspended license. Another passenger, Brandon Welch had an active
warrant from Flagler County for Retail Theft and Resisting a Merchant in
Recovery of Property.
A search of the vehicle revealed computer equipment, a
laminating machine, blank identification cards, blank checks and photo
copies of Tennessee driver’s licenses. Further investigation by
deputies led to all three suspects cooperating and providing information
about a scheme to produce fraudulent checks and driver’s licenses.
Based on the information, all three suspects were arrested. Paul and
Karen Welch were taken to the Osceola County jail. Brandon Welch was
taken to the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center.

Paul Steven Welch (DOB 3/3/57), 815 W. May Street, Deland, FL
32724
Driving with a Suspended License
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Worthless Checks
Child Neglect
Violation of Probation (previous charge of Grand Theft)
Possession of Instruments for Counterfeiting
Forgery
Counterfeiting a Payment Instrument
Karen Sheila Welch (DOB 5/31/60), 815 W. May Street, Deland, FL
32724
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Worthless Checks
Child Neglect
Possession of Instruments for Counterfeiting
Forgery
Counterfeiting a Payment Instrument
Brandon Welch (DOB 3/27/90), 815 W. May Street, Deland, FL
32724
Possession of Instruments for Counterfeiting
Forgery
Counterfeiting a Payment Instrument

Osceola County * Late this afternoon, Osceola County Sheriff’s
detectives arrested Sarah Elizabeth Joel and charged her with three
counts of lewd & lascivious battery. Detectives began investigating the
incident early this morning when a teacher at Harmony High School told
deputies one of her students was suspected of having sexual relations
with his former teacher. The student indicated he was an 8th grade
student last year at Narcoosee School and Joel was his teacher. They
formed a relationship which developed into a sexual relationship late
last year. Joel is currently a teacher at Narcoosee School.

Detectives interviewed both the student and teacher and both
cooperated. Joel was charged with three counts of Lewd and Lascivious
Battery and booked into the Osceola County jail with no bond.

Central Florida – Osceola County Fire Rescue/EMS, along with Osceola County Parks Division, will host ribbon cuttings at two facilities in Osceola County on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The new Fire Station 55 and the Holopaw Community Center are now serving the citizens of Holopaw.

The Holopaw Community Center and Fire Station 55 are located at 8801 and 8807 (respectively) Reliant Road, St. Cloud, FL 34773.

“I am very pleased to announce that both of these brand new facilities are up and running, ready to serve the citizens of Holopaw,” said Vice-Chairman Bill Lane.

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

On Thursday, January 24, 2008, law enforcement arrest teams throughout central Florida served five search warrants and arrested (up to) 18 people related to a multi-million dollar retail theft ring and fencing operation involving health, beauty, and cosmetic (HBC) products and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. All the suspects were arrested today, some of which were already in jail. They are each being charged with one count of Felony Racketeering which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, and one count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, among other current and/or pending charges.

“Today, our task force brought to justice the retail theft rings uncovered in the state of Florida—and perhaps the nation,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “What started as a simple shop lifting investigation turned into the discovery of a far flung criminal conspiracy that counted on common street criminals to steal millions of dollars of merchandise to supply other criminals selling on the Internet and in flea markets. Because of our talented investigators and team work with multiple agencies, these thieves and criminal resellers will be going away to prison for a long, long time.”

“The brazen nature of this operation is startling and I applaud law enforcement, especially Sheriff Judd and his task force, for their determined efforts to bring this crime ring to an end,” said Attorney General Bill McCollum. “My Office of Statewide Prosecution will ensure that these racketeering charges are prosecuted with the full strength of the law.”

The arrests come at the end of a seven-month long investigation that began June 26 2007 when two thieves, Rita Maddox, currently incarcerated in the Hillsborough County Jail, and Elisha Cordle of Dover were arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies for stealing approximately $4,500.00 in merchandise (mainly Oil of Olay products) from the Shepherd Road Publix Supermarket in Lakeland, Florida.

The initial investigation into the retail theft revealed that the suspects were part of a larger organized criminal enterprise that operated in multiple jurisdictions. The PCSO contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and an investigative task force was formed.

“Operation Beauty Stop” uncovered the retail theft ring in which high-end HBC and OTC medicines were stolen from retailers throughout central Florida, including Publix, Winn Dixie, Sweet Bay, Albertson’s, Wal-Mart and Target. The investigation further uncovered that the theft and fencing operation had been operating for approximately five years and is linked to retail loss statewide.

The task force investigation revealed an organized criminal conspiracy where by suspects knowingly bought, and in many cases ordered, stolen property from a network of retail thieves for later resale on the Internet, at flea markets, and other locations. Theresa Parrish, the “Tampa Fence” and one of the central figures of the theft ring, often dictated the types of items—providing a “shopping list”—she wanted from the retail thieves known as “Boosters.” The items consisted of OTC medicines such as Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid, and Tylenol; and HBC items such as Crest White strips, Gillette and Fusion Razor Blades, Oil of Olay, Aveeno, and Revlon products. The Boosters, consisting of mainly two-person teams entered Publix and other retail stores mainly throughout Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando, Pasco, Lake, Orange, Manatee, St Johns, Charlotte and Sarasota counties stealing these types of products in large amounts. The items were concealed in bags that were designed to help aid in hiding the stolen items. The Boosters would exit the stores, passing cash registers and not purchasing any items. (Many of the thefts were captured on store video surveillance.)

The Boosters took the stolen items to Theresa Parrish (she was assisted by her husband, Ron Parrish) at her warehouse business in Tampa, located at 4809 Busch Boulevard, where they received cash in exchange for the stolen goods. Parrish had requested deliveries as often as every day or every two days and has paid Boosters as much as $3,000.00 per delivery. Parrish operates Lola’s Discount Health & Beauty, where she advertises and sells the stolen items on her E-Bay website, and booths at The Big Top Flea Market in Hillsborough County & the Webster Flea Market.

Additionally, Parrish was observed by law enforcement making deliveries of these stolen products to Vincent May, her ex husband, who operates a booth with signage stating “Medicine Man” at the International Market World a/k/a Auburndale Flea Market. May is a Florida registered violent sexual predator.

Parrish also was observed by law enforcement making deliveries to the “ring leader,” Steven Coburn (and his wife Kerry) in Seminole County, Florida. The Coburns consistently received stolen merchandise from Parish and are at the top of the theft ring. They operate a business called Saleawaysavings (695 Wilma Street, Suite 121, Longwood, FL) formerly known as Sun Coast Tool & Liquidation operated in the Lake Mary/Longwood, Seminole County, Florida area. They resold the stolen products via the Internet and to other sources.

Search warrants were executed today at Coburn’s residence, 591 Lake Coven Court, Lake Mary, Florida; Coburn’s warehouse, 695 Wilma Avenue, Longwood, Florida; Parrish’s residence, 1604 East Annie Street, Tampa, Florida, Parrish’s warehouse, 4809 Busch Boulevard, Tampa; and The Big Top Flea Market, 9250 E. Fowler Avenue, Thonotosassa.

Charges have been direct filed on the following persons:

Steven Lee Coburn, DOB 3/26/1961, 591 Lake Coven Court, Lake Mary, Florida
Kerry A. Coburn, DOB 11/14/1968, 591 Lake Coven Court, Lake Mary, Florida
Theresa Reynolds Parrish, DOB 10/06/1963, 1604 East Annie Street, Tampa, Florida
Ronald Paul Parrish, DOB 8/20/1966, 1604 East Annie Street, Tampa, Florida
Vincent Louis May, DOB 9/27/1961, 1311 U.S. Highway 92, Lot 24 Auburndale, Florida
Keith Andrew Thompson, DOB 6/23/1979, 9976 Art Acres Road, Dover, Florida
Timothy D. Griffin, DOB 7/11/1972, 4241 Glen Road, Lakeland, Florida
Rebecca L. Bradshaw, DOB 1/11/1978, 4241 Glen Road, Lakeland Florida
Kathleen K. Bradshaw, DOB 7/3/1957, currently incarcerated at Lowell Correction Institute, Ocala Florida
Rita Marie Maddox, DOB 9/13/1973, currently incarcerated at Hillsborough County Jail, Hillsborough Florida
Elisha William Cordle, DOB 1/10/1989, 2906 Jerry Smith Road, Dover, Florida
Teresa T. Bradshaw, DOB 12/4/1964, currently incarcerated at Sarasota County Jail, Sarasota Florida
Gary Lynn Bradshaw, DOB 8/13/1955, 4229 Glen Road, Lakeland, Florida
Angelina Junette Lane, DOB 5/1/1990, 333 South Forbes Road, Dover, Florida
Garry Lee Bradshaw, DOB 10/27/1982, 333 South Forbes Road, Dover, Florida
Jason William Gill, DOB 3/9/1979, currently incarcerated at Hillsborough County Jail, Hillsborough Florida
Bruce Leslie Bradshaw, 4/11/1957, 1902 North Barnes, Plant City, Florida
Sheila Ann Knowell, DOB 8/1/1959, currently incarcerated at Hernando Correctional Institute, Brooksville

All suspects charged are being prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution in Tampa.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!


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