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The Daily Briefing

OCSO News


Press Conference on the Heroin/Opioid Crisis in Orange County

Watch the video from Wednesday's press conference on the heroin and opioid crisis in Orange County. 

 


February 2018 Awards Ceremony

On February 20, the Orange County Sheriff's Office honored the following for their outstanding service to the community. We thank ICP Orlando Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

Frank Seton Award

January: DFC Ismael Nieves, MD Paul Anderson

February: Sgt Steven Thomas

John Cassady Award

January: Myra Allcock, Sheri Pierce, Carlos Chaluisant, Michelle Valutsky, Jackie Hamon, Anays Santos, Kirsty Smedley

February: Glenn Miller

Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Certificate

25 Years: Anthony DeBaise

30 Years: Carol Vincent

United States Attorney's Office Special Presentation

Sgt Lance Carlson, Cpl Richard Combs, Agent Alex Roman, Agent Marco Ruiz, Agent Adriana M Acevedo, DS John Allen, ATF Special Agent Jessica Stith, Special Agent Michael Lance Brasell

This award, presented by Sean Schecter, Assistant United States Attorney, honoring the team responsible for taking custody of a dangerous suspect involved in local drug crimes. The suspect was found to be in possession of firearms, drugs, and a large quantity of cash and is currently serving time in federal prison. The case was a great example of how multiple agencies working together can make a difference in reducing crime and the fear of crime.United States Attorney Special Award Recipients

Medal of Merit

Captain John Caraballo

DFC Ismael Nieves

February 2018 Medal of Merit Recipients Captain John Caraballo and DFC Ismael Nieves with Sheriff Demings

Along with these awards, we recognized many others for their dedication, service, and professionalism while serving the citizens of Orange County. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your service.

 


Press Conference on School Safety

On Thursday, February 15, the Orange County Sheriff's Office held a press conference with Orange County Public Schools and the Orlando Police Department to discuss school safety. At the press conference, speakers discussed the measures the school system and local law enforcement take to ensure safety in our area schools. 

Watch the press conference to hear about school safety in Orange County.

After the tragedy on February 14, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings released the following statement:

“Once again our nation has experienced a tragic school shooting and we mourn the loss of many individuals. I have spoken with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and offered my prayers and condolences to the families and his entire community. We must all continue our work to stop these senseless acts from occurring.”


Corporal Yehuda Green honored at First Responders Prayer Breakfast

On Thursday, February 8, the First Baptist Church of Orlando and the Trinity Broadcast Network hosted a First Responders Prayer Breakfast to recognize the men and women who respond when the call for assistance is made by anyone in our community. The Sheriff's Office was included in this group along with Police, Military, EMT-Medical, Chaplain, and Fire personnel.

The recognition breakfast also included a surprise announcement that several attendees had been nominated and were being recognized for their service to the community. Sheriff Jerry Demings and our agency representatives were extremely proud when Corporal Yehuda Green was called and recognized for his service. The recipients of this honor received a sculpture of St. Michael.

Corporal Yehuda Green honored at First Responders Prayer Breakfast


Wanted: Suspect in Murder

Wanted Suspect: Al-Jalil Shaki Byrd AKA 'Fooley'The Orange County Sheriff's Office is requesting your help in locating the whereabouts of suspect Al-Jalil Shaki Byrd, also known as "Fooley." The suspect is wanted in connection to the murder of Herbert Johnson at the Waffle House at 11749 East Colonial on January 15. 

If you know the location of this suspect, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS. If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward.


National School Guard Appreciation Day

5 Year-Old Alejandra thanks school crossing guard ArturoFebruary 2 is National School Guard Appreciation Day!
Orange County has 320 School Crossing Guards who protect 464 crossings throughout unincorporated Orange County. The OCSO School Crossing Guard program serves 125 schools including 92 Elementary, 27 Middle, 4 Charter, and 2 Private schools. We hire and traing School Crossing Guards every month and still have 18 vacancies! Learn more about our Crossing Guard positions!

Thank you to all of our School Crossing Guards! They work hard in all kinds of weather and deal with distracted drivers to keep your children safe!


Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship

On Wednesday, January 31, the Orange County Sheriff's Office hosted a Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship. It was an opportunity for leaders from the faith community to learn valuable tools to keep their places of worship and their congregations safe. The response to this timely educational event was overwhelming. Out goal is for every place of worship to have an emergency safety plan. More of these informational sessions will be held in the future.


Orange County Crime Reduction

Orange County was a safer place in 2017. The overall crime rate in 2017 was down 13% from 2016. While there were decreases in all categories, the largest was a 30% drop in the murder rate. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings attributes the success to smart enforcement and quality tips from citizen callers. The area of Pine Hills experienced a 24% overall reduction in crime and a 33% decrease in the murder rate.

If you see something, say something - it does make a difference!


Press Conference: Operation Night's Watch

The Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation held a press conference on Thursday, December 14 to announce a recent bust of two Central Florida drug trafficking rings. In addition to OCSO, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation was assisted by Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the FBI. After watching the operation for a year, law enforcement agencies arrested two dozen individuals and seized large quantities of heroin and cocaine. Charges include racketeering, sale and delivery of heroin and cocaine, money laundering, and conspiracy to kidnap.

Watch the video of the press conference below.


December 2017 Awards Ceremony

On December 12, the Orange County Sheriff's Office honored the following for their outstanding service to the community. We thank the Reverend Daniel Green of the Eastland Baptist Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

 

Frank Seton Award

November: DFC Gabriel Ortiz

December: DFC Lawyer Cliborne

John Cassady Award

November: Andrea Undieme

December: Sharon Dennis

Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Certificate

25 Years: Henry Hampton, Frank Hughes II

30 Years: Bill Pebsworth

35 Years: Jody Litchford

50 Years: Thomas Horas

Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Award

OCSO Explorer Sergio Martinez

Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal

D/S Frank Bonetti

Heroism Medal

DFC Gabriel Ortiz

Medal of Valor/Combat

DFC Richard Nye

DFC Gabriel Ortiz

D/S Kristopher Lott

D/S Matt Futch

D/S Steve Sherry

D/S David Mittiga

D/S Bob Kelly

Medal of Merit

DFC Lawyer Cliborne

Andrew Johnson

Louay Seif

Steven Rolon

Jose R Nieves-Perez

Christopher Carey

Purple Heart

Sgt. Randall Zeller

 

Along with these awards, we recognized many others for their dedication, service, and professionalism while serving the citizens of Orange County. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your service.

 


2017 Robot Rodeo

This week the Orange County Sheriff's Office hosted the Central Florida Robot Rodeo. The rodeo consisted of a robot competition, bomb tech rescue, hand-entry challenge, and an x-ray challenge. The course assesses the robot operating skills of the bomb technicians. Twelve teams from eight different agencies around the state entered the robot competition. Orange County Sheriff's Office team of DFC J. Diaz and DFC J. Salazar came in first place overall and the Orange County Sheriff's Office team of Cpl. K. Stewart and DFC M. Futch came in third overall. 

The bomb tech rescue entailed running 300 feet down to your partner that is in a bomb suit and pull him back 150 feet and then switch roles.  The Orange County team of N. Matsoukis and K. Stewart came in first overall and the Orange County team of M. Futch and C. Heavey came in second overall.  The Orange County Sheriff's Office team of Cpl K. Stewart and M. Futch also came in third overall in the x-ray challenge that included x-ray interpretation. 

These events help keep our deputies trained to ensure that they have the skills required when the community requires them. Congratulations to our deputies for their success in the competition.


Missing Endangered Adult

The Orange County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a missing person that may be in danger.

Alfred "Sugarfoot" Pearson

Age: 75

DOB: 02/22/1942

Sex: Male

Race: Black

Hair: Gray

Eyes: Brown

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 160 lbs.

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, at approximately 4:00pm, Alfred Pearson walked away from his residence located on Dewberry Avenue, near the intersection of Hermit Smith Road and Highway 441 in North Apopka. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.

There is concern for Alfred Pearson's well-being because he suffers from dementia, which may cause him to become lost, disoriented, and unable to find his way back home. He also has a heart condition and needs his medication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-836-HELP (4357).

Orange County Sheriff's Office Case Number: 17-106512


Carjacking Suspects in Custody

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has two suspects in custody in a November 28 carjacking. The incident occurred on Point Cypress Drive in Orlando. The suspects struck the rear bumper of the victim's vehicle and forced her out of her car. The suspects then fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.

After an extensive search, Orange County Sheriff's deputies located and arrested the suspects and recovered the victim's vehicle. The suspects where located in the area of John Young Parkway and Silver Star Road.
 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 6

UCF Career Fair

Wednesday, February 7

Pine Hills NID Meeting

Thursday, February 8

Pine Hills Safe Neighborhood

Tuesday, February 20

Awards Ceremony

If You See Something, Say Something

The Orange County Sheriffs Office wants you to "Make a Difference." Remain vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something, say something.

Call 1-855-FLA-SAFE (352-7233) or 9-1-1

View the Department of Homeland Security's safety video for more information on how to spot and report suspicious activity.