| Apr 6, 2013
After a pair of brutal attacks — one allegedly by a defendant on home confinement, another by a man tracked by GPS — the electronic-monitoring programs used to keep tabs on defendants awaiting trial in Orange County are under heavy scrutiny....
| Mar 26, 2013
Orange County commissioners approved Tuesday an outside emergency review of its troubled home-confinement program, as two other internal investigations are nearing completion.
And as the number of people who remain in the program dwindled to 31...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 9:52 AM
The easy part of improving Central Florida's most dangerous roads for pedestrians involves concrete — and officials say that time and money should bring the needed sidewalks, median islands, streetlights and crosswalks.
The tougher part:...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 10:59 AM
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer.
Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 3:34 PM
The head of Orange County's corrections department and one of his chief deputies are out following two scathing internal reports released Thursday that found little oversight within the agency's embattled home-confinement program.
Orange County Mayor...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Five lower-level workers named in two blistering internal reviews of Orange County's home confinement program were sent certified letters Friday warning them they could be fired.
The notices trigger an internal discipline review that could result in...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:36 AM
Chase Smith, a political aide to Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs who died last week, will be laid to rest Tuesday.
Smith had been diagnosed with cancer only a short time before his death at age 41. He'd been an aide to Democrat Orlando Commissioner...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 4:19 PM
The suspect in the killing of a home-invasion witness — whose case sparked scandal in the Orange County Corrections Department — was recently transferred to the Seminole County jail.
Orange County spokesman Steve Triggs said "no incident...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 7:39 AM
Harsh words are flying at Orlando’s main road-building agency.
Two days after being accused of violating Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law, board member Marco Pena said in a three-page memo that he is being unfairly maligned for...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Seminole County is better than Orange County.
What do you think of that Teresa Jacobs?
Seminole County schools are top-notch, the property values are some of the highest in the region and the taxes are low. And with so much untouched land, it really...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 3:37 PM
State Attorney Jeff Ashton intends to investigate a complaint that three board members of Orlando's road-building agency may have broken the law by privately plotting to oust Executive Director Max Crumit from the job he held for nearly two years.
| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:24 PM
In the wake of last week's deadly and tragic school shooting in Newtown, parents and commentators in various parts of the country called for more schools to be protected by police or armed guards. Orange County, Fla., Mayor Teresa Jacobs, for example, ...