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Archive for June 2008

Osceola County – On June 29 at approximately 5:46 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Pro Scape located at 4745 Laurel Avenue in Poinciana in reference to a burglary call. Upon arrival, deputies observed a vehicle with a female inside. Deputies spoke with the female who indicated her boyfriend was inside the gated area of the business meeting with an employee. Deputies went to talk to the boyfriend and employee but were unable to locate anyone. When they returned back to the vehicle, the female was gone. A check of the vehicle indicated it was stolen from a residence in Poinciana on June 5, 2008. Deputies contacted the manager of the business who indicated no one was allowed on their property. While deputies were canvassing the area, they located a suspect walking along Cypress Parkway. The suspect, Randolph Eugene Rhymes (DOB 3/9/60), was taken into custody. When questioned by detectives, he cooperated and based on the information he provided, Rhymes was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Business and Grand Theft Auto. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail.

Randolph Eugene Rhymes (DOB 3/9/60), Route 1, Box 478F, Davenport, Florida


At approximately 9:30 am, Friday, June 20, 2008, a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a witness who said a clerk had been shot at the nearby CITGO Convenience store, located at 404 Highway 17/92, Davenport, (the store is situated on the corner of E. Pine Street and Highway 17-92.)

The victim was taken to Heart of Florida Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives, along with officers from the Davenport Police Department, began a joint investigation and are asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect who was seen fleeing the scene in a north eastern direction.

Detectives say that the suspect, described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a light colored “hoodie” type shirt and a blue bandanna, and was last seen wearing knee length jean shorts, and black sneakers. The suspect can be seen on store surveillance video entering the store armed with a handgun.

Detectives are asking for the owner of a dark colored (possibly maroon) sedan, seen driving southbound on N. Suwannee Avenue shortly after the incident, and who may have seen the suspect, to please contact law enforcement. A photo of the vehicle accompanies this release.

A $15,000.00 reward is offered, upon conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 863-534.6200, or Detective Angela Macke of the Homicide Unit at 863.534.6379.


Osceola County – Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Charles Jacobs (DOB 12/24/71) for Capital Sex Battery Victim Under 12. Jacobs was picked up at a work construction site on Bonnet Creek Resort Drive. The investigation began on June 19 when deputies took a report of sexual battery. According to the 7-year-old female victim, Jacobs, who is not biologically related to the victim, inappropriately touched her on several occasions. Detectives spoke with Jacobs who did not admit to touching the victim. On June 20, detectives were able to obtain a felony warrant for Jacob’s arrest. Jacob’s also has other outstanding traffic and collection warrants. Jacobs was taken to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed and will be booked into the Osceola County jail with no bond. The investigation is on-going with the Department of Children and Families.

John Charles Jacobs (DOB 12/24/71), Gascony Court, Poinciana

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials On June 13 Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to All Star Music located at 1801 W. Buena Vista Drive in reference to an industrial accident. When deputies arrived they spoke with Disney employees who indicated one of their employees was seriously injured while operating a high lift machine The employee, John Swearingen (DOB 12/23/55) from Davenport, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries

On June 26, Swearingen died. Detectives have been working with OSHA and now are conducting a death investigation. Detectives indicate the death appears to be accidental.

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies with the Tourist Policing Unit and Community Response Team arrested 41 individuals for a variety of charges during a two day operation. On June 19 and 20, deputies conducted a prostitution operation in the 4000 block of West 192 using undercover deputies. A total of 36 men were arrested for Engaging/Soliciting Prostitution, 2 for Retail Theft, 1 for a Warrant, 1 for Driving While License is Suspended and 1 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Following are the names of those arrested:

Engaging/Soliciting Prostitution

Luis Patino-Blanco (DOB 1/20/57), Kissimmee

Jose Jimenez-Marquez (DOB 9/17/82), Orlando

Edgar Venegas-Ortiz (DOB 4/11/84), Kissimmee

Jose Santos Arteaga (DOB 7/26/62), Kissimmee

Victor Fernandez (DOB 5/28/81), Haines City

Lahbib Gahga (DOB 10/30/80), Kissimmee

Jerome Rodrick Bass (DOB 8/23/77), Kissimmee

Berthony Jocelyn (DOB 4/10/81), Kissimmee

Donielle Clayton (DOB 3/5/75), Orlando

Rogelio Oliverez-Hernandez (DOB 1/14/76), Kissimmee

Benito Salvador (DOB 2/12/77), Kissimmee

Bennie Feliciano (DOB 10/18/58), Orlando

Juan Rodriguez (DOB 6/24/79),

Nelson Santos Perez (DOB 12/13/84), Kissimmee

Israel Melendez (DOB 11/2/56), Kissimmee

Christian Yopasa-Guitierrez (DOB 11/23/87), Kissimmee

Justo Astacio (DOB 9/20/49), Kissimmee

Richard Jon Doyne (DOB 8/25/61), Kissimmee

Pedro Escudero-Robles (DOB 6/6/79), Kissimmee

Luis Angel Aponte (DOB 12/31/56), Orlando

Josue Moya-Valentin (DOB 4/5/76), Kissimmee

Jean Jonas Lucien (DOB 7/15/72), Orlando

Kamaljit Rooprai (DOB 7/18/82), Kissimmee

Joselito Martinez-Gonzalez (DOB 8/25/88), Poinciana

Moises Montes-Baez (DOB 7/21/88), Poinciana

Javier Rodriguez-Santiago (DOB 11/4/74), Kissimmee

Abdelaziz Atiba (DOB 4/4/70), Kissimmee

Joseph Michael McCann (DOB 11/4/50), Kissimmee

Kerri Molander (DOB 7/19/68), Kissimmee

Julio Velasquez-Perez (DOB 1/20/85), Kissimmee

Cesar Castellanos-Rascon (DOB 5/13/70), Southhaven, Mississippi

William Fuentes-Rodriguez (DOB 1/9/61), St. Cloud

Norman Overton-Layne(DOB 2/18/87), Richmond Hill, Georgia

David Edward Williams (DOB 4/19/63), Poinciana

Christopher Deats (DOB 7/14/74), Kissimmee

Victor Miranda-Valeriano (DOB 4/12/72), Winter Garden

Retail Theft

Daniel Zavala-Velazquez (DOB 12/8/68), Kissimmee

Alejandro Julio Cano (DOB 1/29/75), Kissimmee

Driving While License Suspended

Tony Jerome Edmonds, Jr. (DOB 5/25/79), Sutherlin, Virginia

Warrant (Violation of Probation-Armed Robbery)

Luis David Velez (DOB 3/6/83), Kissimmee

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Dericka Roach (DOB 12/31/89), Kissimmee

Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic deputies, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), will be reminding motorists about an important state traffic law during the week of June 23-27, 2008, as part of the “Move Over Florida!” enforcement operation.

The “Move Over Law” states that motorists traveling on interstate highways or other highways with two or more lanes, when approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle parked on a roadway with its emergency lights activated, are required to move over to an adjacent lane farthest from the emergency vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. When approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle with its emergency lights activated parked on a 2-lane roadway, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater, or travel at five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.

A good rule of thumb is, any time you are approaching a parked emergency vehicle, such as a fire truck, ambulance, police car, or even a tow truck, slow down and move over. This simple act will safeguard the lives of those people who have made it their profession to help others.

This enforcement campaign will run between June 23rd and June 27th and will focus on those motorists who fail to move over or slow down when emergency vehicles are stopped along Florida’s roadways. Violation of this law is a moving violation and is subject to fines and points on a driver’s license.

KISSIMMEE, FL – Osceola County Economic Development Department announced today that Channel Intelligence, Inc., code named Project Link, will be expanding their facility located in Celebration, Fla. Channel Intelligence will be creating 420 new jobs with an average annual wage of $55,400, which is 200% of the Osceola County average annual wage. Channel Intelligence will also be making a capital investment of $33 million as a result of the 125,000 square feet expansion.

Channel Intelligence, an innovative technology company, is the leading provider of commerce data interchange, facilitating web-initiated shopping experiences, supporting marketing programs for the world’s best known manufacturing and retailing companies. Using its patented technology platform, Channel Intelligence relates and organizes chaotic product data to create and syndicate accurate, relevant selling information. The result is a seamless and enhanced customer buying experience, increased sales, cost reduction, and measurable channel effectiveness for manufacturers and retailers such as Best Buy, Panasonic, Neiman Marcus, Kodak, Circuit City, JVC, Spiegel and hundreds more.

Channel Intelligence was founded in 1999 by CEO, Robert S. Wight and Executive Vice President, Alan Fulmer. Channel Intelligence is a partner company of Internet Capital Group (Nasdaq: ICGE) and is headquartered in Celebration, Fla., with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and London, England.

“We’re excited by the future of our company and the growth that lies ahead,” states Wight. “It has always been a priority for me and the company to share our growth with the local community and economy. We look forward to many more years here in Osceola County.”

Wight was a 2004 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Award, and has overseen the development of the products and services that has made Channel Intelligence a leading e-commerce technology provider.

“The creation of 420 high-wage jobs is exciting, especially during these challenging economic times,” said Commissioner Paul Owen. “Channel Intelligence is a leader in their field and a terrific example of why Osceola County is a great place to work and live.”

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