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Updated: 10/19/2013 08:00:01AM

Man charged with resisting arrest

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Robert White, 28, was charged with resisting arrest without violence on Oct. 3 after dragging two police officers and stiffening his arms so he could not be handcuffed, the Bartow Police Department reported.

At 9:30 a.m., officers Carl Smith and Britt Davis approached White after hearing about someone who fled from officers. White, they reported, was talking in gibberish and not making any sense. Officers noticed a bag containing green substance on the ground. Davis told him to take his hands out of his pockets and he wanted to pat him down to search for weapons.

White refused to comply and he was not pulling his hands from his pocket, police reported. White also continued yelling and not making any sense.

That’s when the officers decided to arrest him and White tensed his arms not allowing Davis to place him under arrest. White seemed to have more strength than a normal person and he was walking between vehicles, dragging both Davis and Smith and refusing to place his hands behind his back, police reported.

After a few minutes of struggling the officers were able to handcuff White. White admitted to officers he has been using “hard drugs,” but he couldn’t advise what kind, police reported. The bag contained cannabis and the total unpackaged weight was 4 grams, police reported.

Man charged with giving fake name

A man on felony probation was charged with lying to an officer about who he was by using the name of a person the officer knew, so he was charged Oct. 4 with giving a false name and loitering and prowling, a Bartow Police report shows.

Kenneth Ryan Sutton-Hendrix, 19, and Christopher Rolandeo Moore, 22, were seen coming from the south side of 895 S. Oak Ave. running from a patrol car, police reported.

As Officer Sudhoff approached the pair, he asked why they came from the darkened area and Sutton-Hendrix said they were on the road and did not come from the side of the house.

Sudhoff then asked Moore for his name and then asked Sutton-Hendrix for his. The latter said his name was Bruce Marlott. Because Sudhoff knew who Bruce Marlott is, he told Sutton-Hendrix this and Sutton-Hendrix said he made a mistake because he had just visited with Marlotte and he was still thinking about him, he reported.

Sudhoff then placed Sutton-Hendrix under arrest and put him in the back of the patrol car. While he was walking Sutton-Hendrix he said he was hiding from law enforcement in the dark area of the residence because he is is on felony probation and it was after curfew.

This situation concerned Sudhoff further and he looked into the area where the two men came from and he found a sandwich bag that had several small bags inside that had methamphetamine in it, he reported. The bag was weighed at 1 gram and fingerprints were processed on it, police reported.

Police: Man charged after slapping girlfriend

Kodi Maurice Xavier, 26, was charged with domestic violence on Oct. 4 for allegedly slapping his girlfriend in the face when she tried to escape from him at a Circle K in Alturas.

Xavier and Kameshia Smith have been living together for seven years and have a child in common. Smith is also six months pregnant, police reported. They share a residence in Poinciana.

Smith told police the two argued and and Xavier appeared with be drunk during this time. He committed battery on her, police reported and then asked her to take him to his mother’s house on Tee Circle in Bartow. On the way, she stopped at a Circle K on Alturas Road and she tried to flee from him, police reported.

Xavier then took the keys from Smith and drove to his mother’s house. When they arrived, he got out of the vehicle with her purse and emptied onto the road, police reported.

She retrieved the items, got back into the car and when she tried to leave he slapped her on the side of the face, police reported. Smith was treated by the Bartow Fire Department and Polk County Fire and Rescue. She was then taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center.

Bartow Police contacted the sheriff’s office to tell them about the the incident in Poinciana and on Alturas Road, the defendant was arrested, the report notes.

Deputies on paid leave since shooting, killing suspect

Three Polk County sheriff’s deputies have been put on paid administrative leave while the sheriff’s office does an internal investigation over a man who was shot to death Friday, Oct. 11, the sheriff’s office reports.

One of the three deputies has worked at the PSCO for seven years, and spent two years as a Bartow Police Officer. That is Deputy Matthew Cromartie, 28. The other two deputies are Tommy Dixon, 43, a 23-year veteran of the PCSO, and Arron Motta, 37, a PCSO deputy for four years who is also a former employee of the Florida Department of Corrections.

At 2:20 p.m. Oct. 11, the sheriff’s office got a call from Paul Manganello of 5882 Hollyhock Drive, Lakeland, in reference to his wife, Jocelyn, who told him her brother, 21-year-old Sheldon C. Norman, whose last known address is 4828 Celia Circle W., Lakeland, was going to kill himself, according to reports.

Jocelyn was concerned about her brother and said she was leaving work to go to Lakeland to find him. She asked her husband to contact the sheriff’s office.

Southwest District deputies responded to Manganello’s home and started a missing and endangered person call to located Norman.

At some time thereafter, Jocelyn found her brother in Lakeland and asked him to get into her car, a gray Hyundai, police reported. After he got into her car, she contacted the sheriff’s office and told them that he had guns on him.

A “Be On Look Out” for the vehicle was issued, with description and tag number, was broadcasted. Deputies were also made aware that the suspect had active warrants, and he had weapons on him, reports say.

Around 5:15 p.m., Northwest District deputies spotted the car driving eastbound on Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland, approaching Ingraham Avenue. Three patrol units conducted a traffic stop on the car — one unit in front of the car, and two units behind it. Jocelyn, who was driving, immediately stopped, put the car into park, and fled on foot.

The deputies got out of their patrol vehicles and approached the car, immediately noticing that the suspect, Norman, was brandishing a firearm, the sheriff’s office reports. Norman refused to lower the gun, they reported. The deputies opened fire. Norman has been declared deceased on-scene.

The internal investigations the sheriff’s office started are a criminal death investigation; a PCSO Administrative Investigation; and an investigation by the State Attorney’s Office.

The sheriff’s office reports that Norman’s criminal background includes 13 arrests since 2005 in Polk County.


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