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Archive for August 2008

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at Check and Go in Kissimmee. On August 19 at approximately 1:55 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Check and Go located at 1030 Buenaventura Boulevard in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with store employees who indicated a black male entered the store and demanded money from the cash register. He fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money.

The store employees describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’10”, 195 lbs. He was wearing black pants, a long sleeved black shirt and a black mask. He left the area in a red Florida F-150 with a partial tag of IU7 or IO7.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and, tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.

POINCIANA | A Poinciana resident has claimed her share of the $30 million Lotto jackpot from Saturday night’s drawing.

Rita M. Garraway took a one-time, lump-sum payment of $8.5 million, Florida Lottery officials reported.

She bought one of the two winning tickets, with the numbers 5-7-13-26-27-52. The other, which hasn’t been claimed yet, was purchased in Brevard County.

Garraway could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

She bought her ticket at the Winn Dixie supermarket at 900 Cypress Parkway, in Poinciana‘s Towne Center. The retailer received a bonus incentive of $22,500 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

Osceola County (August 20, 2008) –Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have added Discharging a Firearm in Public and Shooting into a Vehicle to the Attempted Murder charge for Claudio Ramon Torres, a registered felon and Joshua David Perfors. Detectives also executed a search warrant at the residence on Field Stone Lake where the suspects and vehicle were hiding the night of the incident. They found 6 pounds of marijuana, 1,800 grams of cocaine and 385 grams of ecstasy The street value of the drugs is $48,500 dollars. In addition, a search warrant executed at Torres’ residence on Florida Parkway revealed $39,000 in cash. Additional arrests and charges are pending.


On August 17 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies with the Community Response Team were working in the area of Dorothy Lane and Florida Parkway in the Buenaventura Lakes area. The two deputies were in an unmarked vehicle when a four-door car drove up and the occupants of the car began shooting at the deputies. Deputies returned fire and the suspects fled the area. The deputies were not injured during the incident. Several hours later at approximately 4 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives with the assistance of Orange County Sheriff’s deputies located Joshua David Perfors and Claudio Ramon Torres at a residence on Field Stone Lake Way in the Meadow Woods subdivision in Orange County. They were taken into custody and charged with Attempted Murder. The investigation is on-going.

Claudio Ramon Torres (DOB 4/15/81) 152 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee

Joshua David Perfors (DOB 7/15/80), 152 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee

Osceola County (August 20, 2008) – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives with the Tourist Policing Unit arrested one adult and three juveniles in connection with multiple car burglaries in west Osceola County. The investigation began August 8 when detectives conducted an operation along West 192. Detectives observed a Toyota Scion with four occupants enter the Radisson Hotel parking lot. One of the juveniles in the car broke into a Jeep Liberty and stole the GPS system. Detectives followed the car to another location at Old Town Suites and observed the suspects break into two more cars. Detectives placed all four into custody and, after further investigation, uncovered they were involved in multiple car burglaries in Lake County as well as Osceola. The driver, Andy Acevedo (DOB 4/28/86), a security guard at Windsor Hills subdivision, was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in addition to other felony charges. The following were charged in the incident:

Andy Acevedo (DOB 4/28/86), 1701 Mabbette Street, Kissimmee

Burglary Conveyance, Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Luis Carmona-Crespo (DOB 8/20/92), Kissimmee

Burglary Conveyance, Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools

Yasdiel Steven Torres (DOB 5/2/92), Kissimmee

Burglary Conveyance, Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools

Jonathan M. Lopez (DOB 10/18/90), Kissimmee

Burglary Conveyance, Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools

From 12:00 pm, through 5:00 pm, on Saturday, August 23, 2008, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section will be at the Ridge Harley-Davidson/Buel Ride To The Ridge/ Dog Days Of Summer event on Highway 27, 1 mile south of Hwy 60 in Lake Wales. Several dogs will be available for adoption. Each pet will be vaccinated, micro-chipped, altered, licensed and ready to go to their new home that day.

Dog Days of Summer festivities include an appearance by Spark the Polk County Fire Dog, a non-profit Bloodhound rescue group called Deputy Dogs, a pet photographer, a dog wash for short hair dogs, and a motor cycle wash. The Polk County Chapter of the American Red Cross will also be on hand with information on PET/CPR.

There will also be a “Best Biker Look” dog costume contest; the theme is Harley-Davidson. Everyone is invited to join, and participants can sign up the day of the event. Music, trivia games, face painting, food, ice cream, and retail vendors will also be part of the event.

For more information, please contact Ridge Harley-Davidson, 1501 Longleaf Blvd. Lake Wales Florida, at 863-734-0050.

Osceola County – On August 21 at 2:00 p.m. officials from eleven agencies in Central Florida will formalize an agreement to help victims of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Response Team have been working to put together a protocol that formalizes procedures to help agencies when working with victims of sexual assault. In June 2006, representatives from these agencies opened the Center for Recovery and Evaluation, known as the CARE Center, in Kissimmee. The CARE Center provided a convenient and confidential location for sexual assault victims to receive help. Previously, victims were sent to hospital emergency rooms and waited in a public area for hours before receiving assistance.

Who: Children’s Advocacy for Osceola County, Inc. Child Protection Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Help Now of Osceola County, Inc., Kissimmee Police Department, Office of the State Attorney-9th Judicial Circuit, Osceola Council on Aging, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Human Services, St. Cloud Police Department, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners- SANE

What: Protocol Signing

When: Thursday, August 21, 2008; 2:00 p.m.

Where: Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee

Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the next Basic Citizen’s Academy program expected to begin this fall. Citizens meet every Monday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The 9-week program explores the duties of various divisions within the Sheriff’s Office such as traffic enforcement, patrol, tourist crimes, sex and child abuse crimes, domestic violence, gangs, the SWAT team, communications and the drug unit. Citizens also participate in a mock jury trial.

Any Osceola County resident with an interest in law enforcement is encouraged to apply. All applicants are required to fill out an application and pass a background check. Call (407) 348-1105 for further information and to obtain an application. An application can also be downloaded at

Osceola County
Weather Alerts
Tropical Storm Watch until 10 p.m. Tuesday
Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Wednesday
Voluntary evacuation for people living in mobile homes and low-lying or flood-prone areas
Osceola public schools closed Tuesday
More Information
EOC Web Site
Government Offices: Ninth Judicial Circuit Courts closed Tuesday
Evacuation Routes


Polk County
Weather Alerts
Hurricane Watch until 1 a.m. Wednesday
Flood Watch until 8 p.m. Tuesday
Polk public schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Keiser University closed Tuesday and Wednesday
More Information
EOC Web Site
Government Offices: Offices of the Board of County Commissioners, Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Clerk of Courts, State Attorney and Tax Collector closed Tuesday.
Shelters:Special Needs Only
Winter Haven Transit: canceled Tuesday
Citrus Connection: canceled Tuesday
Evacuation Routes
Sandbags available at four Polk fire stations

The following shelters will be open at 7 p.m. Monday in Osceola County:

Special Needs Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee
General Pop. Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd., Kissimmee
Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee
Horizon Middle School, 2020 Ham Brown Road, Kissimmee

For those with pets, Osceola County Animal Control will come out to the shelter and pick up animals.

Osceola School’s Superintendent Dr. Grego just informed me that all Osceola Schools will be closed Tuesday 8/19/08 due to Tropical storm Fay. As of right now school’s will be open Wednesday 8/20/08, however that could change depending on the weather.

August 2008

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