The way we were: caught in the act

Somedays, a job in Orlando law enforcement means cracking a murder by poison at the San Juan Hotel (detailed in the June issue), and somedays the job involves a harrowing courthouse shooting (from the July issue). Other days, the job may be slightly more… unusual. That didn’t curb the dedication and creativity shown by Orlando Police Sergeants Robert Chewning and […]

The way we were: Orange County Case 5611

“This is where guys get their butts kicked. I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it,” mumbled a man pacing outside of a courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse. Draped in a camouflaged jacket and visibly sweating, he had badgered the County Clerk staff for months with habitual visits. He would request to see his disorderly conduct arrest […]

Orlando’s historic districts: a history of protecting history

1980 started off as kind of a bleak year. Mortgage rates hovered around 16 percent, the country was hobbling in an economic malaise, and disco had officially been declared dead. Growth in downtown Orlando, like many southern towns, was focused on adding modern conveniences, with little regard to protecting significant historic architectural charms. Formerly glorious circa 1890 buildings were summarily […]

The way we were: Murder at the San Juan

“Three Orlando men, an ex-constable, an ex-convict, and a physician-chiropractor, were in the county jail last night after being held by a coroner’s jury for the first degree poison liquor murder of Dolores Myerly, 19-year-old transient ‘butterfly’…” This February 20, 1938 lead in the Sunday Sentinel Star newspaper, had all the trappings of an old television murder mystery. In the […]

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