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Archive for August 2009

Osceola County– On August 20, Osceola County Investigative Bureau agents received information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office regarding possible drug activity at several homes in the Poinciana and Bellalago communities. Search warrants were executed at four residences: 29 South Flag Drive and 305 Cornwallis Court in Poinciana and 3597 Valley View Drive and 2820 Boat Cove Circle in the Bellalago subdivision. A total of 96 marijuana plants were recovered. Agents arrested Marisbel Sanchez and charged her with Cultivating Marijuana and Utility Theft. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.
Marisbel Sanchez (DOB 7/17/68) 3597 Valley View Drive, Kissimmee

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Osceola County –Today the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Crimeline and Rumba 100.3 will host Gas for Guns, a program that encourages citizens to bring in unwanted guns in exchange for a $50 gas card. The gas cards are purchased with proceeds from the forfeiture fund, money seized by the Sheriff’s Office as a result of being connected with a commission of a felony crime. Other law enforcement agencies in Central Florida are sponsoring similar programs today.

“The goal is to encourage citizens to turn in unwanted firearms to remove them from our community,” stated Sheriff Hansell.

Gas for Guns takes place at Vance Harmon Park located at 50 Country Club Road in Poinciana from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Last year, the Sheriff’s Office recovered 178 guns during the first event.

This program is completely anonymous with no questions asked. All firearms should be in a plastic bag, unloaded and safely secured. If you cannot unload the gun, leave it in your vehicle and a deputy will remove it from your car.

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Angel Santiago-Rodriguez and charged him with 2 counts of Grand Theft Auto and Possession of Cannabis Under 20 Grams. The investigation began when deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Community Response Team (CRT) received anonymous information about stolen vehicles located at 367 Colonade Court in Poinciana. CRT responded to the residence and spoke with the homeowner, Rodriguez, who indicated a person known as “Angel” asked him if he could store some vehicles at his house. Rodriguez told deputies the vehicles had been there for approximately 6 months but that he had not seen or heard from “Angel” in 3 weeks. Deputies located a stolen BMW and a Ford Expedition, both stolen from Orange County. Upon a search of the residence, deputies located a SKS assault rifle and approximately 50 gun cases in the trunk of one of the stolen vehicles.

After further questioning, Rodriguez told deputies he owned an auto body repair shop in Lake Hamilton, so deputies went to the business located at 960 Robert Drive. When deputies arrived they noticed office equipment and auto body machines but the business did not appear to be in operation. Deputies located 30-50 gun cases at the business.

Rodriguez was booked into the Osceola County Jail. Deputies are investigating how the gun cases were obtained and if they were involved in any thefts.

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested William Scott Clark and charged him with Make or Attempt to Make Destructive Device, Production of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with additional charges pending. The investigation began August 9 when deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Community Response Team conducted a traffic stop in Poinciana. The driver and occupant, Jett Thomas Cramer and Gayle Justice were in possession of a marijuana plant which they said came from their residence at 103 Nicholas Court. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence and located only one marijuana plant. Upon a further search, a hidden closet was located in the master bedroom behind a mirror and numerous weapons and ammunition were discovered. Among the weapons were 3 mortar launchers and several mortar shells, one of which had a live charge in it. Deputies also found 3 improvised explosive devices that were removed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Explosives Ordinance Unit. In addition, deputies took into evidence a fully automatic MAC 11 sub machine gun, timing fuses, a binary explosive compound and numerous other high powered semi-automatic weapons.

Cramer and Justice cooperated with detectives and the investigation led to a trailer in Cypress Cove where marijuana plants might be located. The trailer belonged to Elizabeth Haley, Clark’s girlfriend. After deputies searched the trailer they were located 3 grow lamps and potting soil. The area appeared as if the plants had recently been removed.

While deputies were at the residence, Haley and Clark arrived at the house. Walker was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail. Cramer and Justice were arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams. They were booked into the Osceola County Jail. Haley was arrested today and charged with Cultivating Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was contacted and removed the firearms from the residence. ATF is investigating if Clark has the proper documentation to possess the firearms.

William Scott Clark (DOB 12/22/65), 103 Nicholas Court, Poinciana

Elizabeth Haley (DOB 4/13/87), 103 Nicholas Court, Poinciana

Jett Cramer (DOB 11/2/88), 103 Nicholas Court, Poinciana

Gayle Justice (DOB 10/11/90), 103 Nicholas Court, Poinciana

Osceola County, Florida – At their weekly meeting on Monday, Osceola County Commissioners reached consensus to table the implementation of a Stormwater Assessment Fee at this time due to the current difficult economic climate in Osceola County. Commissioners will officially vote to postpone the resolution at their meeting on August 10, 2009 however, staff is recommending postponing implementation of the program.

“The County’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the establishment of a Stormwater program by 2011,” explained Chairman John Quiñones, “so we will revisit our stormwater program at some point in the future.”

“There are still a lot of questions from citizens regarding the stormwater program,” said Commissioner Fred Hawkins. “We are continuing the community meetings in order to meet with citizens and answer their questions.”

Osceola County Commissioners also adopted a resolution to increase the Fire Assessment fees for residential property by $4.37 per dwelling unit per year, commercial by $0.12 per square foot per year, industrial/warehouse by $0.05 per square foot per year, transient properties (short-term rentals) by $17.39 per unit per year, and vacant land and agricultural land by $33.80 per year. Vacant land and agricultural land is based on 0.5 acre minimum and ten acre maximum per parcel. Provisions for an additional exemption are available for agricultural land only where proof of common ownership for contiguous parcels is provided.

“If approved the total fee amount collected to fund Osceola County Fire Rescue will be $23.9 million dollars – the same amount collected last year,” stated Osceola County Fire Chief Richard Collins. “The fee, which was first established in 1989, will allow us to provide the same level of service that our citizens expect. It is a public safety issue.”

The final rates will be established at a public hearing on September 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM in the County Commission Chambers. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Community meetings are scheduled for the following dates to provide citizens a forum to learn more about the fee.

August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM Celebration Town Hall
851 Celebration Avenue
Celebration, FL 34747

August 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 10, 2009 at 7 PM Council on Aging Barney E. Veal Center
700 Generation Point
Kissimmee, Florida 34744

August 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM Igliesia Cristiana Renuevo de Kissimmee
(Renewal Christian Church of Kissimmee)
290 Competition Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34743

August 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 13, 2009 – 5:30 PM Home Builders Association
Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce
1425 E. Vine Street
Kissimmee, Florida 34744

August 14, 2009 – 7:00 PM Extension Services @ OHP, Room #162
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM Indian Point Community Meeting
Poinciana Blvd. Fire Station 42
2000 North Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746

August 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM Harmony Fire Station #54
3600 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd.
Harmony, FL 34771

Meeting dates may be viewed on the County’s website at http://www.osceola.org For more information regarding this press release, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Osceola County – On August 4, neighborhoods across Osceola County are encouraged to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide to celebrate the 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a crime and drug prevention event. The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to turn on an outside light from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to support the campaign. This year, Osceola County neighborhood watch programs in Holopaw and Remington will participate by providing activities for their residents. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit will make an appearance at various communities by flying over and “shining a light” at these neighborhood events.
The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“This is a night for citizens to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of law enforcement-community partnerships and citizen involvement to build safer neighborhoods.”


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