Happy New Year all! Beginning the 1st of the year, (Friday) Osceola County implemented their additional 5 cents per gallon tax, making the county tax a total of 11 cents per gallon! Credit Mr. Arrington with the idea of MORE TAXES! He, and fellow Democrat Mike Harford were completely in favor of the additional tax with the only Republican on the Commission voting against it. We give the majority of the credit to Arrington as he was the county chairman when discussions began on the item and he was also a big fan of SunRail for Osceola County, even though it would only serve a very small portion of the county's population. With the county's agreement to hop aboard SunRail came an added financial responsibility for the rail system. Latest guesstimates for Osceola's tab is roughly $2 Million which is supposed to take care of the operating costs for the county's share. Oh, neither under Arrington or any other Chairman, was a SunRail budget EVER created or planned for (how to pay their financial obligations) and, up to this minute, there remains no SunRail plan!
Despite the rumors being floated by an overzealous blogger, we're still among the living and ready to go! We'll begin with Osceola County's District 3, who's now STUCK with Commissioner Brandon Arrington who happens to be coming up for election and, so far, he's running for the seat he now holds. It seems he's attempting to buy votes by providing *special* events, which are paid for by ALL county taxpayers so we'd believe that just about everyone is free to attend any one of his shenanigans, OOPS, scratch that, functions. He apparently thinks the people in his district are foolish enough to not realize just what's happening, particularly in the Poinciana area, where he tries to impress folks with games and food in order to have them speak about just how wonderful he is when he actually is NOT as wonderful as he thinks he is. So many Poinciana residents have pointed out to us that they see Mr. Arrington only when he wants something. Whether it's their votes, or support for some program (like SunRail) he's there soliciting! SunRail is a fine example of Mr. Arrington's mislead political thinking. There have been numerous projects which he's voted to waste money on in support but SunRail is fast losing money and serving less! There's been a cut in hours of service and a whole lot of nothing during the weekends! Why?
St. Cloud, FL – This past weekend, the St. Cloud Police Department executed “Operation Senior Santa”.
In efforts to bring a little holiday cheer, police officers delivered gift baskets to local seniors within the community who are part of the St. Cloud Police Department’s “Senior Watch Program”.
“It’s very heartwarming to be able to give back to our greatest generation and to helped build bridges with the department and the community with SCPD’s Senior Watch Program”, said Chief of Police, Pete Gauntlett.
“Police Officers nationwide have had some negative press as of late and this is a way for us to show the public we are human, too,” “We want to share the holidays with our community and we want St. Cloud to be a better place. Our community policing initiatives is just one way SCPD helps give back to those who given so much”.
The Senior Watch Program was established in December of 2013. The program in partnership with the Osceola Council on Aging and Meals on Wheels; it’s designed to assisting the elderly of our community.
Osceola County (December 11, 2015) - Osceola County Sheriff's deputies arrested Alicia Warner, a defense attorney and charged her with 1 count of Child Neglect Without Great Bodily Harm.
The investigation began on December 10 at approximately 9:10 a.m. when deputies were contacted by a witness at the Osceola County Courthouse. The witness indicated she located an unattended 2-year old child wandering in the hallway on the 5th floor. The child who was crying and asking for his mom, was knocking on the door to the attorney break room, just outside courtroom 5F.
Deputies conducted a search of all the courtrooms and offices on the 5th floor in an effort to locate the child's mother.
At approximately 9:40 a.m., a deputy located the child's mother, Alicia Warner who was in the family intake area on the third floor.