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Convicted Killer in Last

OSCEOLA COUNTY- The convicted killer who authorities say burned his St. Cloud home down last year when they went to arrest him for sexual assault and battery is back behind bars- charged again with

Narcoossee Man Tells

Narcoossee- On the Sunday dedicated to Mother's, Bobby Overcash picked up a two-pound sledgehammer, and in his own words according to court records, slammed it repeatedly into the head of his

Narcoossee Man Charged

***UPDATE: The male victim has been identified as Shawn K. McKee, 41, of St. Cloud, FL. SAINT CLOUD- Deputies responding to a disturbance call in the rural Narcoossee area arrested a resident on

Three Men Arrested,

SAINT CLOUD- Three men apprehended by Osceola County deputies in a vehicle linked to numerous burglaries across Central Florida, including St. Cloud, have been charged with the burglary of the Sunoco

Hit-and-Run Crash Kills

SAINT CLOUD- Authorities are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old man just outside St. Cloud Wednesday night. *Subscribe for FREE to receive the Morning Report

Police Dept. Honors

SAINT CLOUD- Last week the St. Cloud Police Department handed out awards to officers and staff during its annual ceremony at the St. Cloud Community Center. Among awards for marksmanship,

School Bus Driver

SAINT CLOUD- An Osceola County school bus driver was arrested March 17 on 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. *Subscribe for FREE to receive the Morning Report & Breaking News

St. Cloud Man Identified

SAINT CLOUD- With the help of his distinctive tattoos, Kissimmee Police identified a St. Cloud man Tuesday as the homicide victim in a shooting Sunday.  Chase Toops, 20, was found in a home at 2000

Sheriff’s Office

SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, located at 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, is offering a self-defense awareness program for women February 15 at 6

Police Release Photo of

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department provided a photo of  two vandals who spray-painted obscene words and symbols on windows, trashcans and sidewalks at St .

Sheriff's Office Offers

SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, is offering a self-defense awareness program for women January 24 at 6 p.m. The two-hour

Man Drives Truck Into

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A family argument turned violent when a man drove his pickup truck into a house, striking a relative. Osceola County deputies arrested Kerry Catte,

Law Enforcement Looking

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- As 2016 comes to an end with the new year on the horizon, local law enforcement has a message to drivers: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The

St. Cloud Man Arrested

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud Police arrested a local business man Thursday for the premeditated murder of his business partner and for tampering with evidence. Christopher

Local School Official

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- An Osceola County school official was arrested this week in a Polk County online undercover prostitution sting that netted 114 suspects. *Click here to

Sheriff's Office Offers

SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office, 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, is offering a self-defense awareness program for women December 14 at 6 p.m. The two-hour

Safety Tips For the

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins in earnest, so do the misgivings of thieves, burglars and pickpockets. The Osceola County Sheriff's

Body Found Inside

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For the second time this year, a body has been found inside a burning vehicle in or near St. Cloud.  Osceola County Firefighters responded to a call about a

Charges Dropped Against

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD-  Charges of violence seem to trail Samuel Fertic, and yet, somehow, since his release from a Texas prison in 2011, the convicted killer has managed to shirk

Second K9 Awarded Body

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Some of the most vigilant law enforcement officers serve on all fours. They are proud members of canine units entrenched with two-legged, badged handlers.

Sheriff's Office Offers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is offering a self-defense awareness program for women November 17 at 6 p.m. *Click here to sign up for the FREE

Florida Death Penalty

by Merrell Palmer, editor TALLAHASSEE- In a ruling handed down yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court declared the state's death penalty sentencing system is unconstitutional. As a consequence,

Spurned Deputy Arrested

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Police arrested an Osceola County deputy Wednesday after a woman claimed he entered her St. Cloud home uninvited, pinned her against a wall, choked her and

Man Arrested for

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Police arrested a man Tuesday night for impersonating a law enforcement officer and stalking two women along the lakefront. Officers responded to a call

Arrest Warrants Issued

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department obtained two arrest warrants in the homicide investigation of Rene Tirado, Jr, whose body was found burning last month in one

Police Identify Burned

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department on Wednesday released the identity of the deceased victim found inside a burning car Sunday night in a wooded area close to

Police Release Photo of

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department released a photo Tuesday of the two cars found burning on Nolte Road near Michigan Avenue Sunday night.  Police discovered a

Police Find Dead Body in

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Police officers responding Sunday night to a call about two burning cars at Michigan Avenue and Nolte Road discovered a body inside one of the

Suspect Struck by Patrol

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred earlier this week in which a suspect was run over by a patrol car after being

Guest Columnist~ Don't

by Donna Olmstead, contributing writer I got one of Those Phone Calls yesterday. You know. The ones that stop your heart and make you wonder if you should move to a country without an extradition

Ax-wielding Felon

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- On Tuesday, June 5 deputies arrested a 31-year-old registered felon, wielding an ax in St. Cloud after he poured gasoline on a residence to flush out his

Osceola Passes Pot

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a unanimous decision Monday night, Osceola County commissioners approved an ordinance allowing law enforcement officers to fine instead of arrest

Identification of

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a news conference this morning, local, state and federal officials spoke about yesterday's mass shooting -the worst in U.S. History- at a nightclub in

Orlando Club Site of

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A weekend night on the town turned into a bloody nightmare for patrons of Orlando's downtown gay nightclub, Pulse, when a gunman opened fire inside, killing

Arrest Report: Convict

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Ever since his release from a Texas prison in 2011, after being convicted in the beating death of his ex-wife, trouble has followed Samuel Keith Fertic.

Felon in Standoff Long

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The felon who kept a fleet of law enforcement at bay during an hourslong standoff before the flames of his burning trailer forced him into surrender has an

Felon Ends Fiery

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A St. Cloud man whose standoff with police this morning resulted in a modified lockdown of Hickory Tree Elementary School has been taken into

Women's Self Defense

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Sheriff's Office wants to empower women, especially in self-defense.  To that end, the department is hosting a 2-hour, free course called

Lawyers To Argue Death

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Lawyers for a St. Cloud man awaiting trial for killing his two-month-old son intend to persuade the Florida Supreme Court next month that the death penalty

St. Cloud Man Charged

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A St. Cloud man has been charged in the shooting death of his brother early this morning. Suspect Benjamin Angus Middendorf Benjamin Angus Middendorf,

Band Booster Club

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The treasurer for the St. Cloud High School band's Parent Booster Club has been arrested on Grand Theft charges .  Lora Lynn Gordon, 43, was responsible for

Policing with Passion

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When the position of Chief of Police for St. Cloud came available in 2010, Pete Gauntlett brought out the big guns: his extensive career, which spanned over

St. Cloud Woman Arrested

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A St. Cloud woman was arrested April 16 and charged with one count of Animal Cruelty and three counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. Melissa Maria Payne,

Suspect in Custody for

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A suspect has been arrested for the armed robbery that took place last week at the Circle K located at 2481 N. Narcoossee Road.  Detectives arrested Justin

St. Cloud Felon Arrested

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A St. Cloud man was arrested April 7 on 20 charges of child pornography and Violation of Probation. Matthew Hayes, 34, who lives at 3800 5th Street, was

St. Cloud Man Out on

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Old habits apparently die hard.  A St. Cloud registered felon out on bond after an arrest for burglary last week was arrested again yesterday, March 30, for

St. Cloud Man Arrested

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a developing case that opened last month, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives arrested a St. Cloud resident today on charges of child pornography.

Police On Patrol For DUI

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to crack down on drunk drivers, the St. Cloud Police Department will be joining with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and the Kissimmee

St. Cloud Man and

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A St. Cloud man and a Kissimmee woman were arrested on charges of burglary and petit theft in connection with a string of car burglaries dating back to

This Badge That Serves:

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Mark Harper is a cop’s cop. His blood runs blue, as it does through two brothers, a brother-in-law and all the way back to his father. This shell casing

Police Hand Out Annual

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department honored police officers, department staff and community members at an annual achievements and efforts award ceremony February

Caper at the Koffee Kup,

by: Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating an overnight burglary at the Koffee Kup located at 1407 13th St., St. Cloud.  Surveillance cameras

Credit Card Skimmer

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a joint operation with The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the St. Cloud Police Department found a skimmer device at one of 16

Trial of Woman Charged

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The murder trial of St. Cloud resident Amy Day, scheduled to begin February 22, has been postponed until April 25.  A pre-trial hearing  is set for April

Behind the Badge: Coffee

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For St. Cloud Police Sergeant Denise Roberts, the streets around town are not just her jurisdiction, they are her home. Roberts, a sworn officer since 2001,

Party's Over, Nuisance

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The laser lights and loud music at St. Cloud's notorious "Sausage Castle" may be unplugged.  Osceola County commissioners announced this week that the

St. Cloud Woman Faces

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The murder trial of St. Cloud resident Amy Day is scheduled to begin February 22. Day, 44, is accused of beating to death her 79-year-old mother, Ora
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