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Orange County Sheriff's Office

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  • Blue Mass today honors public safety personnel

    Blue Mass today honors public safety personnel
    Orlando Catholic Bishop John Noonan will honor Central Florida's law enforcement, public safety and fire fighting personnel in a Blue Mass today, 12:10 p.m., at St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. The public is invited to pray for the...
  • Public shouldn't tolerate military-style police force

     Public shouldn't tolerate military-style police force
    The recent ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals that the Orange County Sheriff's Office violated the civil rights of Floridians with its paramilitary style raids of small businesses sends a much-needed message that cops are not above the law.  The...
  • Woman arrested after 25 mile police chase in Orange County

    Woman arrested after 25 mile police chase in Orange County
    A 31-year old woman was arrested Monday night after allegedly leading Orange County deputy sheriffs on a 20-minute chase with speeds up 100 mph on busy and rain-drenched roads. Shawna L. Schaefer covered about 25 miles, starting near Central Florida...
  • More police departments get body cams — will yours?

    More police departments get body cams — will yours?
    Four years ago, camera-clad cops were a rarity. The technology was expensive. And some chiefs didn't like the idea of prying eyes. Times, however, are changing. In a survey of 19 agencies throughout Central Florida, most said they are either already...
  • Sheriff must repair trust breached by barber raids: Editorial

    Sheriff must repair trust breached by barber raids: Editorial
    After controversy erupted four years ago over joint raids on barbershops led by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Jerry Demings conceded the operations "were not perfect" but insisted that much of the criticism was based on distortions. An...
  • Drug habit may have prompted electrocuted man's copper thefts, family says

    Drug habit may have prompted electrocuted man's copper thefts, family says
    For years, Cryston Swink feared getting a phone call from a police officer saying that her father had been killed. Since Swink was a child, her father, Terry Bowers, had battled cocaine addiction and would periodically disappear on "drug binges" so...
  • Deputies: 25 arrested in surprise probation sweep in Orange County

    Deputies: 25 arrested in surprise probation sweep in Orange County
    Orange County authorities arrested 25 juveniles and adults in a surprise probation sweep targeting violent prior offenders Wednesday, officials said. During the massive operation, a 22-year-old driver was arrested after she slammed into a Sheriff's...
  • Excessive force used in 2010 barbershop raid, appeal court says

    Excessive force used in 2010 barbershop raid, appeal court says
    Deputies violated the rights of barbers at Strictly Skillz barbershop during a 2010 raid in the guise of a license inspection, a federal appeal court said this week, in a strongly-worded rebuke of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "It was a scene right...
  • Body found on S.R. 408, FHP says

    Body found on S.R. 408, FHP says
    A man's body was found on the side of eastbound State Road 408 near West Colonial Drive this morning, officials said. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating. "Investigators are trying to determine cause of death and the purpose of the...
  • Man arrested on armed robbery charges tied to others

    Man arrested on armed robbery charges tied to others
    A 23-year-old man arrested last month after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven at gunpoint has been connected to four other similar robberies, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Philip Gabriel Cappello was arrested Aug. 10 after a robbery at...
  • Authorities searching for 2 men in robberies at Orange County convenience stores

    Authorities searching for 2 men in robberies at Orange County convenience stores
    A pair of armed bandits wearing bandannas across their faces robbed a Circle K store on North Orange Blossom Trail early Wednesday morning, officials said. It's possible that the same two men hit up two other convenience stores — within two hours...
  • American Front leader turns down plea deal

    American Front leader turns down plea deal
    KISSIMMEE – More than two years after the feds arrested the leader of a white-supremacy group in Central Florida's largest domestic-terrorism case, the trial for American Front leader Marcus Faella started Tuesday. Faella, 41, is charged with...