Sheriff touts the success of an undercover drug operation.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the 10-month undercover drug operation proves that drug dealing is not a non-violent offense.

BARTOW – Taking direct aim at Libertarians who say people in prison for non-violent drug offenses should be released, the Polk County Sheriff today blasted that theory and pointed to an anti-drug operation that resulted in 30 arrests in the Bartow area.
It was the result of a 10-month investigation, first launched in August 2011, when detectives got a tip that a 24-year-old, Jermaine Lamar Cunningham of 2210 E. Gibbons St. was selling crack cocaine from a house on Bay Street in Bartow.
Detectives would later identify that Alexander Gil Rios, 29, of 1785 Hamilton St., was working with Cunningham. What evolved from that was an investigation that combined the skills of the Polk County Sheriff’s detectives, Bartow Police Officers, and members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.
The result was that on June 28, law enforcement served four search warrants and arrested 30 suspects in Bartow area, in what became known as Operation City Sweep.
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On July 4, Downtown Orlando’s stars will be fireworks and the fountain.

Lake Eola Park and its fountain will be the highlight of a fireworks show on July 4. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – When the Independence Day holiday arrives, and the anticipated crowds — literally thousands, it’s estimated — descend on Lake Eola Park, the city of Orlando will be ready for them.
The 35th annual Fireworks at the Fountain holiday event starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and heads right into sunset with an evening of entertainment that will include live performances on two stages, a play area with bounce houses and face painting for kids, the Orlando Magic interactive RV with video games, and festive Fourth of July cuisine on hand.
Not surprisingly, the city is encouraging spectators to arrive early.
Just before the firework show begins around 9:20 p.m., there will be a special patriotic show centered around the Lake Eola Fountain. It’s going to be a water, light and sound show that will be followed by the 15-minute fireworks display. Continue reading

Orlando artist and craftsman is retired from teaching, but not from his craft.

Freeline Media editor Mike Freeman interviews Tebe Horne, the artist who runs Creative World. (Photo by Dave Raith.)

WINTER PARK – Tebe Horne knows some people are a bit surprised when they first notice the necklaces and jewelry that he designs.
After all, he uses some rather unique material.
“It’s a free-form copper,” he said. “We work in stainless steel, copper and glass. The joy of stainless steel is you don’t have to polish it.”
But he understands that some women will do a double take when they see what the jewlerty is made of.
“It takes a very artistic and creative woman to want to wear my jewelry,” Horne said. “They have to have a certain uniqueness about them.”
Horne is an artist who runs Creative World LCC in Orlando, and as often as he can, Horne gets out into the community to display hhis work – at art shows and exhibits or, as he did on Thursday, at charitable events like the one held at Wearable Art by Scott Laurent, the shop at 340 Park Ave. in Winter Park. That shop was hosting a fund-raising event for the non-profit organization Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach. Continue reading

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