Will rape/murder case bring a chill to the downtown Orlando lifestyle?

The arrest of Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.

The arrest of Stephen Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.


ORLANDO — There could be a chill running through the minds of some residents of downtown Orlando today.
It’s not that a single high-profile criminal case — the arrest by Orlando Police homicide detectives of Stephen Michael Duxbury on Friday in the murder or Sasha Samsudean — is likely to scare people away from downtown.
There have been other crimes in downtown Orlando, some briefly high-profile, others quickly forgotten. But that’s the case with major cities across not just Florida, but the nation. Orlando does not have the same reputation for crime and violence that other major cities, including Chicago, have been struggling with this year.
And ask anyone who lives in the region, or frequently visits Orlando, and most will say they feel safe downtown, including at night. The SunRail trains bring visitors to four stops in downtown, and crowds flock to the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl without incident. They see theatrical productions at Mad Cow Theatre, and dine at the restaurants along Orange Avenue and Wall Street Plaza, check out the region’s history at the Orange County Regional History Center, and bring the nightclubs like The Social to life at night. Continue reading

Facebook helps law enforcement nab a wanted suspect

Joshua Adams is now in the Polk County Jail, facing a long list of charges.

Joshua Adams is now in the Polk County Jail, facing a long list of charges.


LAKELAND — A posting on a popular social media site enabled law enforcement to catch a suspect wanted on theft charges, but when Polk County deputies confronted the man, he tried to run them over.
Joshua Adams, 26, of Mulberry was taken into custody on Thursday, and is now in the Polk County Jail, where he’s facing a long list of charges, including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
And it was a tip provided to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that helped find him — a tip from someone who saw Adams’ photo on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.
The tip came in around 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, letting deputies know that Adams — who was wanted for the theft of lawn equipment — was at Brewland’s Bar and Billards on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland.
“The tipster had seen Adams’ photo posted on the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page with details of his crimes,” noted Donna C. Wood, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, in her report on the case. Continue reading

Hustler magazine lands store clerk in jail

This convenience store clerk in Eagle Lake was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling Hustler magazine to a 17-year-old.

This convenience store clerk in Eagle Lake was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling Hustler magazine to a 17-year-old.


EAGLE LAKE – An employee at a Polk County convenience store was arrested on Thursday, after sheriff’s deputies said he sold a copy of Hustler magazine to an underage buyer.
Deputies arrested Ahmad Alnobani, 25, of Winter Haven on a charge of displaying obscene material harmful to minors and the sale of obscene material to a minor.
Also arrested was 53-year-old Anwar Alnobani of Eagle Lake for display obscene material harmful to minors. The charges, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, stemmed from “a complaint about pornographic magazines being openly displayed for sale in a convenience store within walking distance of two schools,” noted Scott H. Wilder, director of communications for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in his report.
Wilder also noted that those magazines being sold at the Chevron store at 558 N. 5th St., Eagle Lake, included titles like Barely Legal, Hustler, Playboy, Playgirl, and Bad Puppy. Continue reading

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