• Suspicious bag closes area around site of future Kissimmee Planned Parenthood Center


    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A Kissimmee medical center has reopened, following a suspicious package scare that shutdown the area for most of the day Thursday.

    A suspicious duffel bag prompted the closure of streets for hours.

    Several medical offices had to be evacuated as investigators worked to determine what was inside the bag.  

    Kissimmee police said the bag was found at the Oak Commons Medical Center. Businesses in the center were evacuated during the investigation, Kissimmee police said.

    Oaks Commons Medical Center is the place where Planned Parenthood just announced plans for a future site. A number of people spoke out against the center, but police won't say if they believe Planned Parenthood was a target.

    "I passed through here and I just saw a whole bunch of fire trucks and police and a whole bunch of people," said Gisela Fernandez who was in the area when police arrived.

    The Orange County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called in and a robot was used to investigate the bag.

    The area was blocked off for several hours.

    Kissimmee police determined a substance was found inside the bag but have not said what the substance is.   

    "(It was) intentionally placed there. Where it was placed was a bench next to a window and it was intentionally set there," said Stacie Miller with the Kissimmee Police Department.

    A city spokesperson said Planned Parenthood purchased the building, which was zoned for medical offices, in late 2013.

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