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Written by Chris Falkowski   
Friday, 05 March 2010 17:25

Hit and Run

On Feb. 14, 2010 at approximately 8:14 a.m. the St. Cloud Police Department received a call of a hit and run that occurred at 13th Street and Commerce Center Drive. Officers responded and found a bus stop terminal had sustained severe damage from being struck by a vehicle. At the scene, evidence was recovered indicating a blue Chevrolet Trailer Blazer may have been involved. Approximately $18,000.00 damage was done to the bus stop terminal.


The vehicle that struck the terminal may have sustained a significant amount of damage to the right front and side. It is believed the crash took place between 5:45 p.m. on 02/13/10 and 8:14 a.m. on 02/14/10. The owner of the terminal, 20/20 Media, is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who caused the crash.


If you have any information that may assist in this investigation you are asked to contact Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPS or contact the St. Cloud Police Department at

.  For further information regarding this case please contact Sgt. Dhalyn Lakey, Traffic Division, at . Please make reference to report number 10-0635.


Father and Grandmother Arrested for Assisting Inmate Escape

Early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2010, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives arrested Brian Rigby and charged him with Escape in connection with Michael Rigby, his son's escape on February 19, 2010, from the Osceola County Jail. He is being held on no bond.


At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2010, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives arrested Regenia Ralph and charged her with Escape in connection with Michael Rigby, her grandson's escape on February 19, 2010, from the Osceola County Jail. She is being taken to the Osceola County Jail to be held on no bond.


During the investigation, Sheriff's detectives discovered after escaping from the jail, Rigby ran to his grandmother's residence located at 2253 Stonehedge Loop, just miles from the corrections facility. When detectives first questioned Ralph, she denied knowing her grandson had escaped and also when she saw him last. It was later learned Ralph gave Rigby money, a change of clothes and food before contacting her son, Brian Rigby who provided Michael Rigby with money and a vehicle.


Based on information detectives obtained, they do not believe he is in Florida. They also have reason to believe he may be with a girlfriend from out-of-state. Michael Rigby might be driving a red, four-door Mitsubishi Mirage with black rims and tinted windows with possible Tennessee tag #4H15251.


Rigby is described as a black male, approximately 5’11”, 170 lbs.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.


The Official Best Of Florida 2010 features Harmony Golf Preserve

“Official Best Of” is proud to be featuring Florida’s top attractions on The Official Best Of Florida 2010. The Official Best of Florida will be on WFOR-CBS 4, Miami at 11:30 AM on Sunday February 28th, 2010 as well as on the popular OfficialBestOf.com travel website. 


Awarded as The Official Best this year are:

Harmony Golf Preserve – Best Scenic Golf Course – Harmony

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory – Best Factory Tour – Daytona Beach

Henderson Park Inn – Best Romantic Getaway – Destin

The Shops at Mary Brickell Village – Best Upscale Shopping Destination – Miami

The Bentley Hotel and Beach Club – Best Boutique Hotel – Miami Beach

International Swimming Hall of Fame – Best Sports Museum – Ft. Lauderdale

McKee Botanical Garden – Best Nature Attraction – Vero Beach

Volusia County/Ocean Center – Best Meeting and Convention Center – Daytona Beach

The Hilton Bentley Penthouse – Best Penthouse – Miami Beach 


The Official Best Of was started in 2004 and each state production showcases outstanding "best" attractions in a variety of categories located throughout each state. One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn't accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is entirely by merit, and lesser known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones.  Visit www.OfficialBestOf.com for more information.


“Adopt-A-Precinct” program offered through Elections office

Community groups and charity organizations can “Adopt-A-Precinct” program and have the opportunity to make money for their group.  Implemented by the Supervisor of Elections Office, the program allows groups or businesses to “adopt” a polling location and use its members or employees to staff that location for an election.  All volunteer workers must be registered voters in Osceola County, with a minimum of nine volunteers.  The Elections Office will provide the mandatory training necessary for a group to Adopt-A-Precinct. 


For more information please call Amber Smith, Community Relations Coordinator at or by email at .


Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 17:26

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