Orange County Jail looking for some good mysteries

Any Central Florida resident with books they no longer want or need is encouraged to donate them to the library at the Orange County Jail.

Any Central Florida resident with books they no longer want or need is encouraged to donate them to the library at the Orange County Jail.


ORLANDO — County jails are often trying to decide what they can do without in order to make confinement a truly unpleasant experience that inmates never want to repeat. Some jails have done away with weight lifting and exercise equipment, and the Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, even did away with free underwear and now requires inmates to buy a pair.
But at one local county jail, administrators are looking for donations – and it’s not of money for the inmates.
The Orange County Corrections Department is asking the public to reach out to their bookshelves and remove any books they don’t want, and donate them to the jail located at 3723 Vision Boulevard in Orlando.
Their hope is that by replenishing the jail’s library, inmates – including those struggling with reading disabilities – will find a way to do something productive during their incarceration. Continue reading

Cellphone camera helps nab indecent exposure suspect

Jiovanny Gonzalez is facing indecent exposure charges after a woman captured him on her cell phone camera masturbating in front of her.

Jiovanny Gonzalez is facing indecent exposure charges after a woman captured him on her cell phone camera masturbating in front of her.


KISSIMMEE – It started when a women contacted the Kissimmee Police Department to report a case of lewd behavior – as the woman was running on Lakeside Drive, she came into contact with a young man who exposed himself to her.
When a police officer arrived to take her report, the victim had a secret weapon: photos of the suspect on her cell phone.
That was on Aug. 30. On Thursday, Stacie Miller, who handles media and public relations for the Kissimmee Police Department, noted in an email that “Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 20-year-old Jiovanny Gonzalez.”
Gonzalez was arrested and charged with Exposure of Sexual Organs.
He is now in the Osceola County Jail.
Kissimmee Police had spent the past few weeks trying to get information about the identity of a man who has committed the lewd act in the area of Lakeside Drive and Wimbledon Street. Continue reading

Murder investigation under way in Lake Alfred

The Polk County Sheriff's Office released this photo from video surveillance cameras of the car believed to have been involved in a murder case in Lake Alfred.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released this photo from video surveillance cameras of the car believed to have been involved in a murder case in Lake Alfred.


LAKE ALFRED — The picturesque town of Lake Alfred, known for its antiques shops and quaint downtown shopping and dining, is now the scene of a gruesome murder investigation.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on the brutal murder of James “Terry” Yelvington to come forward and assist the investigation.
“We need the public’s help to solve this senseless homicide,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. The case is now close to a month old.
The Sheriff’s Office detectives reported that the murder happened at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. That’s when Yelvington, was shot to death in front of his home at 735 S. Todhunter Way Lake Alfred.
Detectives interviewed other residents of the neighborhood, and reported that witnesses said they heard gunfire, then saw a car speeding away from the scene. Continue reading

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