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Osceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies are cautioning motorists about police impersonators after an incident that recently occurred in Kissimmee. On March 30 at approximately 3:17 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2775 Lloyd Lane in reference to an armed robbery.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who indicated he was traveling home near his residence when an unknown person driving a car with flashing blue and red lights came from behind him. The victim thought the vehicle was law enforcement and pulled over onto the side of the road. An unknown black male in his mid-30’s with short black, curly hair, wearing all black clothing and black leather gloves, approached the victim’s car. The suspect had on a police-style gun belt, a gun on his left hip and what appeared to a law enforcement badge on his right hip. The suspect told the victim to exit the vehicle and put his hands on the trunk of his car. He was searched and then placed on the ground next to his car. Another black male suspect, described as in his 20’s with medium-length black hair, wearing black pants and a blue baseball cap, exited the car. The second suspect began searching the victim’s car.

Both suspects fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money and personal items in their vehicle described as a white car that had a similar shape and size to a Ford Crown Victoria.

If anyone has information about this incident or a similar incident, please call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407)
348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit is investigating a Home Invasion/Robbery that occurred at approximately 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

Two suspects, armed with firearms, entered a residence on Timberline Road, Winter Haven, and ordered the victims to the ground at which time the suspects took items from the victim’s pants pockets.  The suspects left the residence and fled in an unknown type of vehicle.  They are described as:

1) A black male approximately 6’11” tall, and weighing approximately 150 pounds.  He is described as having a dark complexion.  He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and gray shorts.

2) A black male approximately 5’6” tall, with a thin build, and a medium complexion.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt with black jeans. If you have any information on this case, please contact PCSO Robbery Detective Gustavo Aguirre at 863.534.6379, or 863.533.0344.
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!

Friday, March 28, 2008 – 12:33 PM EDT
Lowe’s opens in Poinciana
Orlando Business Journal

Lowe’s debuted its newest Central Florida store this week in Poinciana.

The home improvement retailer on Tuesday opened its new 148,000-square-foot store and outdoor garden center at Poinciana Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road in Osceola County.

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Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking information about two men who are impersonating law enforcement officers in the Legacy Park subdivision.

On March 18, 2008, two unknown white males were going door-to-door in Legacy Park, which is located in the Highgate Park community in Northeast Polk County, displaying a gold 6-sided star with a black shroud on it and identifying themselves as “Polk County Police.” The men were asking residents if they were full-time residents or vacationers. They were also asking about security systems and which homes in the area were unoccupied. The men are driving a white Ford Taurus.

One of the suspects is described as a white male, about 6’ tall, 180 lbs., with brown hair cut military-style, wearing tan pants and a button-up shirt. The others suspect is described as a white male, about 5’7” tall, 200 lbs., with sandy blond hair cut military-style, wearing tan pants and a button-up shirt.

A message has been sent to residents in the area not to talk to these two men, but to contact law enforcement immediately if they encounter these imposters. Detectives believe the men are trying to determine which homes to target for burglaries.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Det. Larry Davis at 1-800-226-0344 or (863) 297-1100.
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!

ST. CLOUD | More than a dozen protestors, wearing rain gear and carrying umbrellas along with their picket signs, braved the chilly and rainy weather Thursday in an effort to get St. Cloud Hospital to drop its opposition to a hospital being constructed in Poinciana.

Led by Jeanette Coughenour, the manager of the Association of Poinciana Villages, the demonstrators spent four hours during the morning rush hour on two intersections near the hospital carrying signs that read “Stop The Appeal” and “Allow Poinciana Hospital.”

At the heart of the protest is St. Cloud Hospital’s challenge earlier this year of the decision by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to issue a certificate of need to Osceola Regional Medical Center to build a community hospital in Poinciana.

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Osceola County – On March 13, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies took a report in reference to a sexual battery. Deputies spoke with a 16-year-old female who indicated she and her mother had been receiving massages from Alexis Galindez at his residence, 104 Lindenwood Lane in Kissimmee.

The victim indicated on this occasion Galindez performed a lewd act on her while she was laying on the massage table. After she and her mother left she told her father and they reported the incident to law enforcement.

Based on the information provided by the victim, Galindez was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail. Galindez owns Relaxing Touch, LLC a business registered with the state.. The Osceola County Code Enforcement Department was notified that Galindez does not have an occupational license.

Polk County deputies are investigating the death of a person at 5622 Kalogridis Road in Haines City.

After being called for assistance by emergency responders, deputies discovered an apparent marijuana grow house operation and a deceased victim in the advance stages of decomposition.

This story will be updated as more details are provided.

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