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Date: Thu Feb 28, 2008 09:27:12
From: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an Open House at the new Poinciana substation today at 1:00 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend.

Sheriff Grady Judd and deputies assigned to the Poinciana area will be on-hand to greet residents and children from the nearby school – Lake Marion Creek Elementary School.

The new substation is located on Myakka Road, just off Lake Marion Creek Road in Poinciana. The number is 863-427-6002.

We hope to see you there!


(PressZoom) – Orlando , Florida � Special Agent in Charge Steven E. Ibison today announced the arrest of Jevgeni Sorokin, 23 years old, from Russia and currently listed as a permanent resident and not a United States citizen. Sorokin was arrested on February 22, 2008 , by Special Agents of the Orlando , Florida office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ), with the assistance of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Sorokin was taken into custody without incident at his residence on Tottenham Way , Kissimmee , Florida .

The federal arrest warrant was issued in the Southern District of Texas as a result of a multi-count indictment involving Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Interstate Transfer of Stolen Property and Possession of Stolen Property.

Sorokin was scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karla Spalding, Middle District of Florida, Orlando , Florida later today for his initial appearance.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for women interested in attending the March 25, 2008, SAFE course held at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building. Originally, the class was scheduled for March 13, 2008.
 Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The 2-hour class teaches that 90% of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10% is physical. The program has been taught to teens and women between the ages of 13 and 97 for over 20 years. The class is free and available to female residents who live in Osceola County.
 Applications are available at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee or online at If you have questions about the class, please call (407) 348-1105.

A retail plaza that started off as a $20 million project has grown by an additional $5 million to bring more businesses to the Pleasant Hill Road area.

The additional influx of money will bring a Walgreens drugstore and a SunTrust Bank, among others, to the Village Shops at Bellalago, which already has signed a Publix Super Markets grocery store as well as restaurants and retailers.

The retail center, which is under construction, will be built on both sides of the southern entrance of Bellalago, a 1,330-acre lakeside community on Pleasant Hill Road between Poinciana Boulevard and Reaves Road.

Read more here

Osceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have identified the victim in the Jersey Avenue murder-suicide as 44-year-old Brenda Joyce Hilliar. Hilliar was renting a room from the suspect, Raymond Lagrotta at 1709 Jersey Avenue. Detectives believe Hilliar was killed several weeks before Lagrotta committed suicide on February 11, 2008. The medical examiner ruled Hilliar’s cause of death as strangulation and used dental records to identify Hilliar.

 At approximately 1:38 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies received information regarding a suspicious incident at 1709 Jersey Avenue in St. Cloud. Deputies went to the residence and attempted to make contact with the two individuals at the home. One of the men ran out of the home and another man barricaded himself inside the residence. Many attempts were made to make contact with the man.
 SWAT made entry after 6 a.m. and located a male deceased in the residence. The identities of the individuals involved in this incident have not been released.
 The nature of the suspicious incident involved information that a person might be deceased inside the residence at 1709 Jersey Avenue in St. Cloud. This information has not been confirmed because detectives are currently waiting for a search warrant in order to make entry to the residence.
 As a precaution, some homes in the surrounding area of Jersey Avenue were temporarily evacuated. Deputies were unsure if the barricaded subject was dangerous or had weapons inside the residence.
 Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have confirmed two bodies were found in a residence at 1709 Jersey Avenue in St. Cloud. Investigators obtained a search warrant and made entry into the home this morning. The body of a man involved in the barricaded incident from early this morning was located. In addition, another body (which was covered and has not been identified) was found. The death did not appear to be recent. Detectives, Forensics Technicians and the Medical Examiner’s Office gathered evidence before the leaving scene shortly before 2 p.m.
 Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives confirmed the identity of the barricaded subject in the Jersey Avenue incident that occurred on February 8, 2008. Raymond Lagrotta (DOB 10/9/55) barricaded himself in the bathroom after Sheriff’s deputies came to his residence to conduct a well being check on an individual. SWAT team members made entry shortly after 6 a.m. and found him deceased from a self-inflicted knife wound. Based on the evidence and information obtained, detectives believe the incident is a murder/suicide. Lagrotta is believed to have killed an acquaintance several weeks ago. Vincent Hohn (DOB 12/28/76) who resides at 1705 Jersey Avenue was the individual who was with Lagrotta when deputies arrived at 1709 Jersey Avenue.

Osceola County * Meet Sheriff Bob Hansell at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
Annual Community Appreciation Day and Open House on Saturday, March 22, 2008, from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Osceola County Sheriff’s
Administration Complex, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.

Enjoy crime prevention and safety displays, and K-9 and S.W.A.T. demonstrations.
Child fingerprinting and ID kits, and VIN etching will be available. Recruiters
will offer information about law enforcement careers and positions at the Sheriff’s
Office. There will be activities for children and adults including door prizes,
face painting, a balloon artist, moon walk and live music. In addition, food and
drinks will be available.

For information, call (407) 348-1105.

Osceola County * February 20, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three
suspects involved in more than 30 burglaries in the Quail Ridge, Amberly Park, Quail
Park and Heritage Lakes subdivisions. In November 2007, deputies took numerous burglary
reports from residents whose incidents were similar. Burglaries were reported on
the following streets: Brewster Drive, Emerson Lane, Abiaka Drive, Paynes Prairie,
Moultrie Circle, Quail Pond, Quail Park Terrace.

In most cases, the suspects had forced their way into the home and stolen items
such as flat screen televisions and video game systems. Deputies began an investigation
and were able to identify three potential suspects. On February 18, deputies obtained
a search warrant for 2619 Walden Court. They confiscated evidence that implicates
the suspects in the burglaries. All four suspects have previous criminal histories
and were charged with multiple counts of burglary. One suspect, Joseph Diaz is
still at large.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s
Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.

Suspects Arrested:
Darrius Salgado, DOB 4/14/96, 2619 Walden Court, Kissimmee
Andrew Massey, DOB 12/11/83, 1717 Kenyon Court, Kissimmee
Ronny Batista, DOB 9/3/86, 1839 Shadow Oaks Road, Kissimmee

Active Warrant, Still At-Large:
Joseph Diaz, DOB 7/5/87, 904 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee

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