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Archive for May 2009

Originally posted by: Orlando Business Journal – Melanie Stawicki Azam Staff Writer Oviedo HMA Inc., a subsidiary of Health Management Associates Inc., may delay construction on its new $62.7 million, 60-bed Oviedo hospital for up to 18 months, thanks to an extension granted by Gov. Charlie Crist. At issue: It needs time to find less-expensive financing, as well as more time to buy land for the project and to determine exactly what health services the community needs. Naples-based HMA (NYSE: HMA) got final state approval for the new Oviedo hospital on Feb. 19, 2008. By law, companies must start construction within 18 months of getting state approval to build new health care facilities in Florida, so the Oviedo hospital would have lost its approval if it didn ’ t start building by Aug. 18. Once a project begins, continuous construction must be maintained, but there ’ s no time limit on finishing it. But House Bill 873, signed into law by Crist on May 20, extends the construction start deadline by 18 months for health care projects. Senate Bill 1986, which has not been signed yet, would restrict that extension to projects approved on or before April 1. The Senate version would affect up to 37 planned hospitals, nursing homes and hospices in Florida, including three in Central Florida: HMA ’ s Oviedo hospital, Nemours ’ new children ’ s hospital and HCA Inc. ’ s planned Poinciana hospital. The reason behind the extension: the difficulty organizations are having in getting financing for major projects, said Jeff Gregg, chief of the agency ’ s Bureau of Health Facility Regulation. “ Since January, the economy and limited access to capital has affected everybody, including us, ” said Brad Jones, senior vice president of HMA, which operates 56 hospitals in 15 states, including 19 in Florida, and had a $46 million profit, or 19 cents a share, for first-quarter 2009, down from a $133.3 million profit, or 55 cents a share, in the prior year ’ s period. “ We have access to funds, but it is expensive, so we ’ re looking for more cost-effective financing options. ”

Around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2009, PCSO received a call for assistance from the Bartow Police Department in reference to crowd control in the area of Wabash, off of Bay Street near US 17. BPD advised there was a street party in that area that was becoming unruly. A PCSO deputy sheriff arrived on-scene and advised over the radio that he was being shot at by someone in the crowd. Several more units from the Southwest and Northwest Districts began responding to the area to assist. Meanwhile, residents in the area also began calling law enforcement reporting shots fired by automatic weapon(s) in the area. The PCSO helicopter responded to the area to assist.

Shortly after the shooting was reported, BPD advised over the radio they had identified a possible shooting suspect driving a lime green Nissan car. Shortly thereafter, two PCSO deputies spotted a lime green 4-door car coming out of the area where the shooting was reported. As they got behind the vehicle and turned on their lights and sirens, the vehicle immediately fled, heading northbound on US 17.

The PCSO helicopter spotted the fleeing vehicle and followed it as it continued north on US 17. Once in the Eagle Lake area, the car continued at a face pace, completely out of sight of the PCSO deputies who originally spotted it. The vehicle went eastbound on Lucerne Park Rd towards US 27, slowing down to approximately 60 MPH, according to the helicopter flight crew. Once the vehicle turned northbound onto US 27 North, it accelerated to a much higher rate of speed.

Just before 4:00 a.m., the PCSO flight crew reported the fleeing vehicle turned right (east) onto Polk City Road. As the vehicle headed eastbound on Polk City Road, it crashed into a van that was heading westbound (this crash was not witnessed by the helicopter – it was discovered later). The suspect vehicle then crashed into another van that was parked in front of a residence – this crash was witnessed by the helicopter and was reported over the radio by the flight crew. The helicopter flight crew did not observe the first crash due to the amount of distance between him and the car, and due to the ground obstructions, such as trees, houses, etc.

A PCSO deputy sheriff who was responding to deploy stopsticks on US 27 instead turned onto Polk City Road to respond to the crash reported by the helicopter. The deputy located two vans that had been crashed into by the fleeing suspect.

The first van appears to have been heading westbound on Polk City Road, and appears to have been hit nearly head-on by the eastbound fleeing car, pushing it off the road. The fleeing car then continued eastbound, crashing into another van that was parked in front of 1116 Polk City Road. After that crash, the suspect was observed by the flight crew getting out of the car and fleeing into a residential area, where he broke into a shed and concealed himself within.

The deputy sheriff who had arrived on-scene awaited back-up assistance before attempting to locate the suspect, due to the fact that the suspect vehicle was believed to have been involved in a shooting and the suspect was possibly in possession of automatic weapon(s). Once back-up units arrived, including a K-9 team, the deputies and K-9 located the suspect hiding in the shed.

The suspect has not yet been positively identified and is being uncooperative with deputies. He has been taken to Heart of Florida Hospital with minor injuries due to the traffic crashes. He was driving a lime green BMW. He is an adult black male, and is not telling deputies where he is from. No weapons have been located thus far.

The victim in the first van that the suspect crashed into was killed on impact. He has been positively identified, and PCSO is in the process of notifying his next of kin. He is an adult Latin male from Haines City.

This crash is still under investigation. PCSO is conducting the fatal traffic crash investigation, and BPD is conducting an investigation into the reported shooting in Bartow. We have been told by BPD that they have located a lime green vehicle in Bartow that also fits the suspect vehicle description. Please contact BPD for information about that investigation.

As more details about the crash and identities of the victim and suspect become available, I will send that information out.

Originally posted by: Eloísa Ruano González | Sentinel Staff Writer
4:09 PM EDT, May 22, 2009
POINCIANA – Residents living in the 55+ community of Solivita have band together to oppose a possible incorporation. Members of the Save Our Solivita say they aren’t against Poinciana becoming a city. They just don’t want to be a part of it. Apart from paying taxes as a community development district, Solivita homeowners have to pay “hefty” association and club fees “that provide services that a normally would be provided by a city,” said Lita Epstein, SOS communications director. She said those fees won’t go away for Solivita residents if Poinciana incorporates.

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Osceola County -On May 19, agents with the Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB) and Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) served six search warrants in Poinciana which resulted in the arrest of 10 suspects and the discovery of 139 marijuana plants. The joint operation was conducted in conjunction with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began in April 2009 when Osceola deputies received information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office about a possible large-scale drug operation in houses in Poinciana located in Polk and Osceola Counties. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies served search warrants simultaneously at numerous houses in Polk.

The operation included search warrants at the following locations in Osceola County:

545 Hunter Court-2 suspects arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies for Polk County cases

854 Mendoza Drive-search warrant served

555 Pinehurst Cove-31 plants located, 2 suspects arrested:

Teresa Alfonso (DOB 11/4/50), Yoel Cruz (DOB 7/23/63)

3441 Hawkin Drive-32 plants located, no arrests charged pending

632 Baldwin Drive-56 plants located, 7 suspects arrested:

Lazaro Izquierao-Crespo (DOB 2/10/84), Tamajo Yordany (DOB 1/17/83), Yaimia Gomez (DOB 11/27/83), Niurka Cardinas (DOB 3/12 64),

Gabriel Valle (DOB 10/8/74),

Fransisco Valle (DOB 6/24/53), Dayanis Martinez (DOB 3/5/88)

800 San Pedro Court-20 plants located, 1 suspect arrested:

Jorman Lemus (DOB 3/5/87)

Agents took into evidence 139 plants, 2 vehicles, $11,000 cash and arrested 10 suspects. They were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Utility Theft and booked into the Osceola County Jail

Osceola County, Florida – Recently the Osceola County Growth Management Building and Document Management Offices achieved a milestone: a building permit allowing construction of an 11-story 300 room Embassy Suites Hotel with meeting center was submitted, reviewed, and issued completely paperless, except for the permit application. What also makes this project special was that staff was able to electronically stamp each electronic file with a watermark stating the permit number, and the statement the plans were examined by Osceola County Building Office for code compliance. These electronic files were released via e-mail to the contractor and architectural firm for their use and printing as needed.

The project contained well over 700 pages and would have weighed more than 100 lbs. Review time would have taken weeks to perform with paper plans. Since this was electronic, review time was approximately four days because we performed simultaneous reviews versus linear reviews. The stamping and inserting of revised Building-approved drawings would have taken more than a day under the previous method since it required three sets of paper plans. Document Management completed this task in a matter of hours. Having the electronic review process in place saved Osceola County and the applicant time and money.

“Osceola County was the first county in the State of Florida to break through the paper barrier with electronic plan submission, review and tracking in July 2007. As one of a handful of visionaries and early technology adopters nationally, they have been a leader in process innovation ever since,” said Ron Loback, CEO and President of Avolve Software Corporation, which provides ProjectDox ePlan solutions for government agencies. “Working closely with the architect and owner, Osceola County completed a major new project entirely online, a significant achievement and a major hallmark for the future of plan review and approval in the State as well as across the country. We enthusiastically applaud Osceola County and its citizens for their ground-breaking efforts”, he added.

“This innovative and efficient system streamlines the permitting process, is user-friendly, saves time and paper while providing access to the most current project information,” said County Commission Chairman John Quiñones. “It’s one more reason why Osceola County conservation programs make this county a great place to live.”

“This is another step toward making Osceola County a green community by creating less waste and making the permitting process quicker and easier,” said Commissioner Brandon Arrington.

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

Osceola County -The Osceola County Cystic Fibrosis Walk is this Saturday, May 16 at the St. Cloud Lakefront Park. The registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

This national fund-raising program, now in its 21th year, aims to raise $40 million in 2008 to support vital CF research, education and care programs. GREAT STRIDES is the CF Foundation’s largest national event. Nearly 90 percent of every dollar of revenue raised by the CF Foundation is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.

With the support of the CF Foundation, there has been tremendous progress in cystic fibrosis research and care. The median age of survival has increased from early childhood in the 1950s to nearly 37 today. However, CF continues to be a critical health matter, as most individuals with cystic fibrosis must battle lung disease for their entire lives. At least one person dies each day from this disease.

To get involved with GREAT STRIDES, call the CF Foundation’s Orlando Chapter at 407-896-1113, or visit and click on the GREAT STRIDES link.

Contact: Rick Porter, Orlando Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Phone: (407) 896-1113 E-mail:

Sexual Predator Notification (Poinciana)

Published On: Tuesday May. 12, 2009

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about Larry Joseph St. Peter (DOB 9/25/74), who is a registered sexual predator by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. St. Peter recently moved to 106 Bianca Court in Poinciana, Florida. St. Peter was convicted of the following:

• Sex Battery by Adult/Victim Under 12 F.S. 794.011(2), Lake County on February 26, 2008

• Child Molestation in Coweta County, Georgia on November 22, 2002

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of notifying all licensed day care centers and schools within a one-mile radius of St. Peter’s residence. The following is a description of Larry Joseph St. Peter: SEX: Male RACE: White DOB: 9/25/74 HEIGHT: 5’04” WEIGHT: 175 lbs HAIR: Brown EYES: Blue RESIDENCE: 106 Bianca Court, Poinciana, FL 34758

More information can be obtained by visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website at

World renowned “NYPD Pizza” has expanded with two new locations in Central Florida bringing the total to six in the region while creating jobs to stimulate the Central Florida economy. Both locations are endorsing their Grand Openings with rewarding specials for the community and offer dine in, take out, delivery and catering services while operating seven days a week. Poinciana residents now have their own convenient neighborhood pizzeria at Cypress Plaza. The Lake Cay, Orlando location is walking distance from the Orlando Convention Center and Shingle Creek in the Lake Cay Commons development.

CEO & President Paul Russo said, “The growth of NYPD Pizza in Orlando and the surrounding areas represents incredible success for our organization. Since the first location in 1996, it has been a dream and aspiration of ours to expand in the community that has always been so loyal and dedicated to us and our product. We could never have franchised our brand if it wasn’t for the Orlando community behind us.”

About NYPD Pizza

Established in Orlando is 1996, NYPD Pizza’s mission is to protect and serve authentic New York style pizza, commit to top quality products, provide a family neighborhood atmosphere and deliver the best customer service in the world pizza market from our squad members and franchise owners.”

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May 11, 2009
In Groundhog Day, a TV weatherman covers a story about Punxsutawney Phil, the famed weathervane rodent, and soon learns that he is seemingly forever doomed to repeat the same day.

Orange County’s dogged reluctance to embrace red-light cameras at dangerous intersections has shown that what makes for laugh-aloud comedy makes for head-scratching public-safety policy.

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May 2009

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