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Archive for April 2008

Osceola County *Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies located Israel Domenech last night in Kissimmee. He is at home with his family.

Background:
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help in locating a missing 35-year-old disabled man. Israel Domenech (DOB 3/22/73) was reported missing from his Eagle Isle Circle residence in Poinciana by his family today. His father woke up around 2:00 a.m. and checked on Israel who was not in his room. The sliding back door was open.

Israel is described as a Hispanic male with a mental capacity of a 5-year-old. He is approximately 5’5″ tall, 95-100 lbs. and has brown eyes and very short black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black sneakers and pants. He has a small scar above his left eye and limps when he walks.

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Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has openings for a new self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for May 5, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. 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.

“Taking responsibility and educating yourself is the first step in staying safe. Although you may not be able to prevent an attack from occurring, there are ways to protect yourself and lessen your chances of becoming a victim,” states Sheriff Hansell.

To sign up for the free class, call (407) 348-1105 or email aveg@osceola.org.

Osceola County * The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Osceola County Fire Rescue Department will participate in Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, April 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Annually, Ben & Jerry’s hosts Free Cone Day as a thank you to customers. Local franchise stores invite community officials to serve as servers for the day to raise money for their favorite local charity.

This year, Chief Deputy Dave Sklarek, Fire Chief Rich Collins and members of the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue will be at Ben & Jerry’s at The Loop located at 3234 North John Young Parkway in Kissimmee on April 29 from 6-8 p.m. to participate in the event.
Proceeds will benefit the Central Florida Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis.

Sheriff Bob Hansell is leading this year’s Cystic Fibrosis GREAT STRIDES fundraiser in Osceola County. The Walk will be held Saturday, May 17 at the St. Cloud Lakefront Park. Proceeds from the Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day will go towards this year’s GREAT STRIDES goal of $50,000.

Approximately 30,000 people nationwide have this fatal disease.
In addition, more than 10 million Americans are genetic carriers. With the support of the CF Foundation, there has been tremendous progress in cystic fibrosis research and care. The median age of survival has increased from early childhood in the 1950s to nearly 37 today. However, CF continues to be a critical health matter, as most individuals with cystic fibrosis must battle lung disease for their entire lives. At least one person dies each day from this disease.

For more information on how to make a contribution or participate, call the CF Foundation’s Orlando Chapter at 407-896-1113, or visit orlando.cff.org.

eputies Locate 27-Year-Old Woman

Osceola County * Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies have located Arlene Michelle David. Yesterday afternoon she was found safe in the Kissimmee area and is back with her family.

Background:
Arlene Michelle David (DOB 12/30/80) was reported missing by her family on April 16, 2008. Her family told deputies she is pregnant. Ms. David is taking medicine and does not have the medication with her. Ms. David is described as a white female approximately 5’02”, 150 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair.

Friends of the Greater Poinciana Area Hospital are continuing to give Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center heartburn.

More than 200 met Thursday night to get an update from their lawyer and object to how long and how slow the process of getting permits for a new hospital is. One of the most active, Annette Brown, has testified before the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee and gotten a word with Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Osceola County *On April 18 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a
13-year-old boy was approached by an unknown man in the area of Peabody
Road in Poinciana. The boy had missed his school bus and was walking
home when a Hispanic man approached him in a metallic or “chameleon”
purple/green colored older style minivan. The man asked the boy if he
wanted a ride. When the boy refused, the man insisted he get in the car.
The boy did not get in the car but hid in the bushes and then ran home.

The Hispanic man is described as dark skinned with short black
hair, wearing a navy blue hat and shirt and blue jeans.

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

  WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Justice Department
announced today that it has settled a Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the
Osceola County, Fla., School Board. The Justice Department simultaneously
filed a complaint and consent decree today settling the suit in the U.S.
District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando.

The Department’s lawsuit alleges that the district boundaries for
electing school board members violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Specifically, the Department alleges that the existing districts will
result in Hispanic citizens having less opportunity than other citizens to
participate in the electoral process and to elect candidates of their
choice to office. While Hispanic citizens comprise approximately 40 percent
of the population of Osceola County, the county has never elected a
Hispanic candidate to the five-member school board. Under the current
district boundaries, no district has a Hispanic eligible voter majority.

Complaints about discriminatory voting practices may be reported to the
Justice Department at 1-800-253-3931. More information about the Voting
Rights Act and other federal voting laws is available on the Department of
Justice website at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting.

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