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The Poinciana Area Council sponsored a Crime Prevention Program on Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 pm at the Poinciana Community Center.
Approximatley 50 people showed up to hear both Osceola Sheriff, Bob Hansell and Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd address the audience.  They answered questions asked by those in attendance and brought along their respective Crime Prevention information tables.


We bet Avatar Holdings Inc. can’t wait to get home and show its report card to Mom. The Coral Gables-based homebuilder was one of only two companies to receive a “B+” grade or better in Big Builder magazine’s 2008 Public Builder Report Card. Avatar, developer of TerraLargo in North Lakeland and the Poinciana community in “Central Florida” (the city of Poinciana maybe?) scored better than 15 other publicly held builders and was commended for staying profitable in a down housing market, thanks in part to its “diversification into both commercial and industrial real estate.” Congrats Avatar, looks like someone is getting extra ice cream for dessert.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic Unit will be conducting traffic safety initiatives this Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 26, 2008, in partnership with two national programs from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

The “Click it or Ticket” campaign is a national two week campaign which began on May 19th and will continue until June 2nd  which focuses on the use of seatbelts and child restraint devices.  This enforcement initiative is designed to increase awareness of the benefit of seatbelt and child restraint usage. 

The “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest” program is designed to detect impaired drivers, and to identify drivers with safety violations. The program also focuses on heightening public awareness on the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving without a seat belt. Motorists should expect sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and undercover officers working to get drunk drivers off the road during the enforcement of this campaign.

According to the NHTSA, in 2006 more than 13,000 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclists with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Motorists are urged to always plan ahead. Designate a sober driver ahead of time, buckle seatbelts, and use protective gear for motorcycles. Never allow a friend to drive impaired.

 “If you drink and drive, you will be arrested,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “There is no reason to violate the law with community programs such as Tow and Go.’

 “Tow and Go” is offered to the community through AAA and Budweiser. Starting at midnight on May 23, 2008, and continuing until midnight on May 26, 2008, a free ride and the towing of your car can be as easy as dialing 1-800-AAA-HELP.

The Poinciana Area Council of the Chamber of
Commerce will host its annual CRIME PREVENTION
Night this coming Tues May 27 at the Community
Center, starting at 6:30 to 9 pm.

Both Osceola and Polk sheriffs will be there to update’
the citizens on the latest crime trends and prevention

You are cordially invited to attend and provide your constructive
concerns and recommendations.
Deputies from both sheriff offices will explain such
community programs as:
Citizens Assisted Patrol ( CAP)
Watch programs
Business/residential security inspections
and other topics.

The night’s topic is “Working Together for a
Safer Community. Both sheriff offices will explain how
they work together to keep Poinciana safe.
Trust that you can attend and participate actively.
Should be an informative and helpful event so that we all
together can help prevent crime in the Greater Poinciana

Osceola County (May 19, 2008)– On May 15, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three suspects and obtained a warrant for a fourth suspect involved in a burglary. The burglary occurred on April 9 on Van Loon Court in Poinciana. The four suspects broke into an unoccupied home and stole a firearm.

Detectives received information about one of the suspects, Reese Gibson (DOB 8/20/91) which led to the other three suspects: James Earl Robinson (DOB 11/6/90), Jardon Kerr (DOB 7/8/91) and Rohan Hoilett (DOB 11/6/90). The K-9 Unit and Gang Unit assisted detectives with locating and apprehending Gibson, Robinson and Kerr. They were arrested and charged with Unoccupied Burglary to a Structure, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Criminal Mischief. A juvenile pick up order was obtained for Hoilett.

The burned body that was found in the trunk of an abandoned and burned Lexus on Thursday has been positively identified through dental records as that of the owner of the car, Gregory Dane Clarke, DOB 4/18/74, of 208 East Bay Street in Davenport. Homicide detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

 gregory Clarke

Two Polk County Sheriff’s Office pilots managed to walk away from a helicopter crash with minor injuries this afternoon at the Lake Wales Airport.

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