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Osceola County –On December 29 at approximately 8:50 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 821 Franconville Court in Poinciana in reference to an occupied burglary. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the homeowner who indicated an unknown male entered his garage and attempted to steal a dirt bike. A witness was able to provide specific information on the vehicle the suspect used to get away in. Based on the information provided by the witness, deputies located the suspect, identified as Deonte Bankston at his residence. He was charged with Occupied Burglary and Grand Theft and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Deonte Bankston (DOB 8/20/89), 1804 Superior Place, Poinciana


Osceola County, Florida – Due to Florida Legislators convening for a special session, the Osceola County Legislative Delegation has rescheduled a public meeting a second time for Friday, January 23, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Osceola County Commission Chambers, County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4100 on the 4th floor. Led by State Representative Steve Precourt, the Legislative Delegation is comprised of state senators and representatives who represent Osceola County residents in Tallahassee.

The Delegation will hear testimony from the public on matters of statewide concern, and will also consider all local bills that have been properly drafted and filed with the office of Representative Steve Precourt on or before January 16, 2009 before 5:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to be placed on the meeting agenda should contact Kelsey Wohlman in Representative Precourt’s office by phone at 407-814-6138. Anyone wishing to speak must provide seven (7) copies of all background materials, and information must be received at Representative Precourt’s office by January 16, 2009. The address is 310 S. Dillard Street, Suite 400, Winter Garden, Florida 34787.

Children Benefit from Shop With A Cop Program

Published On: Monday Dec. 15, 2008
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This holiday season, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies partnered with Walmart Super Centers and Sonic to put smiles on the faces of children. The event, known as Shop With A Cop provided children with $100 gift cards each and allowed them to shop with a deputy at Walmart stores with dinner provided by Sonic in Poinciana and St. Cloud.

Sheriff Bob Hansell and deputies will Shop With A Cop this Wednesday, December 17 at 3 p.m. at the Walmart located at SR535 in Kissimmee. The media is invited to attend.

“Shop With A Cop is a wonderful program that the Sheriff’s Office has supported for years. To see the smiles on the children’s faces makes all the difference,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.

You may drop an unwrapped Christmas Giftwreath
for a Poinciana child in need at

Poinciana Hardware Mon. – Sat.
Peoples First – Community Bank
860 Cypress Parkway – 407-933-3700
Quiznos in Solivita Shopping Center
Poinciana Community Center
395 Marigold Ave.
821 Cypress Parkway at the Publix Promenade

In Memory of Carleen Halen

carleen halenPatrol Santa
Bob Tremblay
Poinciana’s Stanta’s Helping Hands Project
More Info: Robert Tremblay, 407-729-3177

Orginally posted by: The Reporter

Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 12:01 a.m.

POINCIANA | The meteorologists may not be forecasting snow in Poinciana this month for those who love a white Christmas, but there is a confirmed forecast that on Dec. 21, Santa will not only arrive in the community, but will have a bag full of toys over his shoulder.

Santa’s visit comes courtesy of Bob Tremblay, a Poinciana resident and a co-administrator of the Inside web site. Along with friends Ivy Schuler and Jo-Ellen Langston, Tremblay is hoping to bring smiles to the faces of some needy children this holiday season, when so many local families are facing tough economic times.

Complete story can be read by clicking here.

27-year-old Otis Carden, the ringleader of an organized motorcycle theft and drug ring operating in Polk County since 2007, who was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, on one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and 2 counts

Possession of a Machine Gun, was sentenced today, November 26, 2008, in Federal Court by United States District Court Judge Richard A. Lazzara to Life in Prison. Today’s sentencing is related to Carden being found guilty on August 23, 2008, of Possession with Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of Methamphetamine.

Background information:

In the summer of 2007, the Polk County Sheriff’s Southwest District Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) team began gathering information regarding an organized motorcycle theft and drug ring. The investigation revealed that the organization’s leaders were Otis “Cowboy” Carden and Terry “Ox” Gilmore.

Over several months, a total of 30 arrests were made involving known associates of Carden and Gilmore. The charges ranged from Grand Theft, Burglary, Possession of Narcotics, Criminal Traffic Violations, to Felony and Misdemeanor Warrants.

Ultimately, the PROCAP team began to establish links between the crime trends and an organization of criminals, ultimately leading to the upper echelon of the organization, specifically Carden and Gilmore. Information gathered revealed that Carden and Gilmore were selling large amounts of methamphetamine and would take cash and stolen property in exchange for payment of the methamphetamine, to include stolen motorcycles, vehicles, and guns.

By late March 2007, numerous agencies had assisted the Sheriff’s Offices’ investigation, including agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration; the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the US Attorney’s Office; and State Attorney Jerry Hill’s Office (10th Judicial Circuit).

On January 1, 2008, the PROCAP team received information that Carden was storing stolen vehicles and guns in a shed at 115 Fields Rd, in Lakeland. The PROCAP team responded and the subsequent search produced numerous items of stolen property, several stolen vehicles, and 18 firearms. Of these 18 firearms, two were confirmed to be fully automatic machine guns and one was confirmed to be a stolen Fish and Wildlife Officer’s duty weapon. Carden was later arrested on a Polk County Warrant in Osceola January 23, 2008 by the US Marshal’s Fugitive task force. He had 11 grams of Meth and $9,000.00 in his possession.

On February 8, 2008, Terry “Ox” Gilmore, the self described “muscle” of the organization, was arrested by Southwest PROCAP deputies. Gilmore described a lifestyle of drugs and violence to include victims so intimidated, they would not contact law enforcement.

On February 25, 2008, PROCAP deputies responded to 4519 Windee Avenue, in Lakeland and recovered a fully operable anti-tank weapon. The weapon, a PIAT Mk I (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank Mk I) is a British made shoulder fired anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Several witnesses told deputies that Gilmore and Carden had fired the Anti-tank weapon into Lake Parker in late 2007.

All together 21 firearms (to include the PIAT and two fully automatic machine guns) and 14 stolen vehicles were recovered, and 2 chop shops were dismantled and linked to the Carden organization. A total of 30 subjects (including Carden and Gilmore) have been arrested since the summer of 2007 and have been identified as being part of the Carden organization.

Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol December 5 as part of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest campaign. The patrol will be from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. covering all areas of the county.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to act responsibly. If you intend to drink, make arrangements to get home safely. Use a designated driver, public transportation or a taxi.

The last saturation patrol scheduled for November 28 was canceled. The November 21 resulted in 38 citations and 4 arrests.

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