St. Cloud man faces attempted kidnapping charges.

Randall Martin of St. Cloud is being charged with attempted kidnapping.

ST. CLOUD — Parents have long warned their kids not to accept offers of a ride from strangers.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says a St. Cloud man got arrested on Thursday after he demonstrated just how dangerous a man with a truck — and, as it turns out, a screwdriver — can be.
On Aug. 30, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Randall Martin and charged him with two counts of attempted kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault, after they say he tried to force two teenage girls into his truck. Continue reading

Christina Crawford premieres her new documentary at Orlando’s Parliament House.

ORLANDO – Looking back on her life, Christina Crawford said she no longer wastes time hating those who hurt her along the way.
“Hate is a useless pursuit,” she told an audience at the Footlight Theatre. “What you have to do is go on.”
But she will admit to having little or no admiration for “Mommie Dearest,” the 1981 movie starring Faye Dunaway that was adapted from her autobiographical book of the same name, about her life as the adopted daughter of Hollywood screen legend Joan Crawford.
“I have no interest in that other film,” she said.
And for those who think the book exaggerated her childhood, Crawford was right to the point.
“If you’re still harboring that delusion,” she said, “get a life!” Continue reading

Three arrested as part of “Gone in 60 Seconds” crime ring.

Brittany Leann Branch, 22, of Land O’Lakes, got arrested this week in Bunnell in Flagler County, suspected of burglarizing several cars in the Lake Wales area.

BARTOW – Following weeks of investigations into an operation that got dubbed “Gone in 60 Seconds,” law enforcement agencies Central Florida have arrested three people for their involvement in a rash of car burglaries that also led to stolen identity problems, including in Polk County.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said it was part of an ongoing statewide trend, known to law enforcement agencies as “Felony Lane,” involving a group of suspects who target cars parked at places that women frequent.
Geffery Pierre, 31, of North Miami, and his accomplice, 22-year-old Brittany Leann Branch of Land O’Lakes, were both arrested this week in Bunnell in Flagler County. They’re suspected of burglarizing several cars in the Lake Wales area, then taking the stolen identification cards from the victims’ purses, and checks, and cashing them at local banks. Continue reading

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