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Archive for March 2009

Osceola County – Meet Sheriff Bob Hansell at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Annual Community Appreciation Day and Open House on Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Administration Complex, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.
Enjoy crime prevention and safety displays, and K-9 and S.W.A.T. demonstrations. Child fingerprinting and ID kits, and VIN etching will be available. There will be activities for children and adults including door prizes, face painting, a balloon artist, moon walk and live music. In addition, food and drinks will be available. For information, call (407) 348-1105.

Osceola County, Florida – Effective April 1, 2009, tolls at the Osceola Parkway Shingle Creek Plaza will increase by 25 cents per passenger vehicles, and another 25 cents for each additional axle. This increase applies to the toll plaza only; there will be no increase in tolls at the ramps.

The increase is required by the company holding the loan that funded the construction of the toll road in order to ensure sufficient revenues are collected to make payments on the loan, and perform routine road maintenance to provide a safe roadway for motorists.

In the agreement, tolls are required to be raised every five years, with the first increase in 1999. The original schedule was retained when the bonds were refinanced in December 2003, at which time the tolls were increased as scheduled. The increases are automatic and non- negotiable based on the agreement and is not a result of any action of the Board of County Commissioners.

According to the loan agreement, the next scheduled increase will be in April 2014. Prior to an increase in tolls, a study is conducted by an independent firm verifying that the increase is warranted, unless the toll study demonstrates that a toll increase would actually result in a lower collection of revenue.

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Osceola County, Florida – At today’s Osceola Board of County Commissioner’s meeting, External Auditor Dan O’Keefe of Moore, Stephens and Lovelace, P.A. praised County Commissioners for Osceola County’s strong financial position.

Reviewing Fiscal Year 2007-2008, O’Keefe explained that the results of the external audit prove that Osceola County has healthy reserve balances in spite of declining revenues. The audit states that even though revenues dropped, the County addressed the shortage through expenditure cuts rather than drawing down reserves or raising taxes. The audit also shows that the increase in revenues is a direct result of curtailing expenditures.

“It was a difficult year in 2008,” said O’Keefe. “For many counties and cities, 2009 is going to be more of a challenge than the previous year. Osceola County is poised to meet these financial challenges on the strength of General Fund revenues and cost reductions.”

“Even with less revenues collected by the County,” Osceola County Chairman John Quiñones explained, “there were efficiencies directly attributable to good management practices. This comes as good news for all businesses interested in coming to Osceola County. Osceola County is financially sound”

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Friday Mar. 20, 2009

No Campfires Are Allowed Under a Burn Ban Help Prevent Brush Fires – Please Use Caution!

Osceola County Commissioners voted Monday to continue to ban all types of open debris burning, including open fire pits, campfires and yard debris, for the next 45 days within the unincorporated limits of Osceola County. The ban takes effect Monday, March 16th, and will be subject to extensions in seven-day increments as long as necessary. It will be enforced by Osceola County Code Enforcement, law enforcement and Fire Rescue personnel.

Osceola County has experienced below-average precipitation this year, and as such continues to experience a rainfall deficit with a drought index above 500.

“This ban is in effect to protect our county from brush fires, ” said Fire Chief Rich Collins. “There’s a lot of fuel out there, and as our drought conditions continue, the risk of fire increases daily.”

The burn ban applies to citizens wishing to burn household yard debris. It does not apply to commercial burns, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Florida Division of Forestry. Also, the ban does not include barbeque grilling, though caution and sound judgement are always encouraged when cooking outdoors.

Any citizen wishing to obtain a burn permit may apply for one through the Florida Division of Forestry at 407-856-6512.

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Original source: By Lucas K. Murray

GREENWICH TWP. The son of the township man police say killed his estranged wife in Logan over the weekend before taking his own life also met his demise by his own hand almost eight years ago.

Walter Oswald Jr., 27, whose last address was listed as the first block of West Vine Street, was the target of several police investigations in 2001, including three murder charges in Florida and two armed robberies locally.

Oswald’s father, 56-year-old Walter Oswald, is believed to have killed his wife, 52-year-old Donna Harbula, sometime over the weekend. Harbula was not Oswald Jr.’s mother.

Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said autopsies conducted Wednesday on Harbula as well as Walter Oswald Sr. determined both sustained fatal gunshot wounds to the head.

Harbula’s death is listed as a homicide, Oswald’s a suicide.

The younger Oswald was wanted by authorities in Florida for allegedly killing a friend and his dog in Haines City on March 28, 2001 and for killing an elderly couple during a home invasion robbery in Poinciana on April 1 of that year.

Oswald then drove the Cadillac DeVille belonging to the murdered couple back to New Jersey, where Camden Police encountered him.

Oswald had an active warrant for his arrest for a violation of probation out of Camden County. He also allegedly committed two armed robberies at a Amoco station in Paulsboro and one in Woodstown days before his death.

According to police reports at the time and a Times article written after Oswald’s death, police in Camden spotted a Cadillac with Florida tags at Fifth and York streets and began pursuit the morning of April 2, 2001.

Ignoring traffic lights, Oswald led authorities through Camden and into Cherry Hill along Route 38, then south onto Route 41, east on Route 70 and then south on Interstate 295.

With Camden police and New Jersey state troopers continuing their pursuit, he finally drove onto Route 168 south to Clements Bridge Road past Deptford Mall. The Cadillac hit a Ford Escort stopped at a traffic light on Almonesson Road, spun across the intersection and came to rest on the lawn of a shopping center.

Officers made a move to circle the car, but before they could approach, Oswald took a loaded .44-caliber Magnum and shot himself in the head.

On Tuesday morning, the Gloucester County Special Weapons and Tactics Unit was dispatched to Oswald Jr.’s former West Vine Street residence, where his father, Oswald Sr., lived. Greenwich police had spent the night staking out the home.

After several attempts to make contact with the elder Oswald, the SWAT unit entered to find him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Weisenfeld said the time of death of Oswald Sr. and Harbula cannot be determined by an autopsy.

UCF esta convocando a la comunidad de habla espanol
para que participen nuevamente en una reunion de
vista publica. En esta reunion, ustedes tendran la
oportunidad de conocer al comite de la carta constituyente,
hacer cualquier pregunta sobre su formacion, asi como
cualquier tema que sera discutido.

Si quieres participar, puede acercarte

Fecha- jueves 19 de marzo
Hora- 6:30 pm
Lugar- Complejo Comunitario de Poinciana
395 Avenida Marigold
Poinciana 34758

Si tienes alguna pregunta, llamar a Martiza

Puedes utlizar el web site

All residents of the Greater Poinciana Area are invited
to participate in the upcoming charter committee
meeting. In this meeting, you will have an opportunity
to meet the 14 charter writing committee members,
to ask questions and how it was formed as well as
getting informed about different topics that are being

If you want to participate, please attend-

Date? THURSDAY March 19th
Hour? 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where? Poinciana Community Complex
395 Marigold Ave, Poinciana 34758

If you have any questions, pls contact Dr. Bryer
at 407- 823-0410

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Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County Government has been notified by CSX Railroad officials that they will be closing several railroad crossings for maintenance.

· Donegan Avenue crossing – Monday, March 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

· Carroll Street crossing – Tuesday, March 10th from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

· Garden Street crossing – Tuesday, March 10th from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

· North Pleasant Hill Road & Crestridge Drive crossings are pending

All road closures will have clearly marked detours. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near these areas. For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County Fire Rescue was awarded a grant recently to purchase essential new tools to battle high-rise fires. Officials from BB&T-J. Rolfe Davis Insurance and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company presented a check to County Commissioner Michael Harford and Osceola County Fire Chief Rich Collins in the amount of $14,900.

The grant funds will purchase high-rise packs that contain equipment used by firefighters when responding to fires in high-rise buildings. The packs include upgraded hose and nozzles, and appliance known as a gated wye that allows a single hose line to be split into two or more lines to help better combat flames, rope bag used to carry rescue rope, and wrenches.

“We service an area that contains several high-rise residential and commercial buildings, so these high-rise packs are critical to our rescue efforts,” said Chief Collins. “It will allow our firefighters to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.”

“Our number one priority is the safety of our firefighters,” said Commissioner Harford. “This new equipment will be of great assistance to our firefighters while fighting fires in high rises.”

The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to over 1,100 different departments totaling more than $21 million dollars.

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

March 2009

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