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Updated: 11/02/2013 08:00:02AM

Man on probation charged with having loaded gun

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After running a check on two men, a Bartow Police Officer reported one of them was on probation and found a loaded gun in his pocket, according to reports.

On Oct. 16 at 9:08 p.m., Officer Randolph Tagliarini said he found Christopher Lejuan Young, 26, of 2250 Pump Road, Mulberry with Christopher Allen McNeal in the parking of a closed business in the area of East Avenue and Gay Street. After speaking with them, getting their names and running on check on them, Tagliarini reported he found Young was on probation. When he told Young of this, Young admitted he knew. Upon searching, Tagliarini found a .22 caliber semi-automatic gun right in his front pants pocket.

Man charged with choking, pepper spraying girlfriend

A woman did not want to press charges against her boyfriend who she told police had choked her until she passed out and stole her pepper spray, using it on her when she tried to use it on him to protect herself, the Bartow Police Department reports. However, police eventually found him and charged with with domestic violence and for trying resist arrest when he escaped through an apartment window, it reported.

On Oct. 17, Bartow Police responded and talked with Harmony Daresha Nelson, who told them arguments between her and Jonathan Devon Hazelton, who she was living with her, had gone on all day. She said when they escalated, Hazelton grabbed her from the arm and around her neck and choked her until she passed out.

When she woke up, she said she found herself looking up at Hazelton and she grabbed her pepper spray, which she told police Hazelton had taken from her. He then sprayed her in the face with it and she said she had shortness of breath from it, the police reported.

Hazleton then fled from the residence and Nelson ran away to her sister’s residence where she called 911. Bartow Fire Rescue and EMS responded to the scene and though they advised Nelson she should go see a doctor, she denied she needed it and because there were no injuries present, she was not taken to the hospital.

Police searched for Hazelton to no avail. Nelson said she did not want to give a taped statement nor a written statement in reference to a domestic battery, police reported. Police gave her a pamphlet and a signed receipt.

However, this was not the end of situation. Hazelton was found and when police tried to arrest him, he went through a window to escape, police reported. He was caught and he was charged with domestic violence, criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence, Bartow Police reported

Hazelton then ran again and the pursuit continued. Police finally did catch Hazelton at McCan Avenue. He was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Woman charged with trying to defraud urine test

Brandi Elizabeth Ridge, 28, was charged with trying to defraud a urine test on Oct. 22, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Jan Essary, who works at the Polk County Courthouse as a lab coordinator in the drug division, told police that while she was giving Ridge, a Polk City resident, a drug test because she is on probation, she said she noticed a black bottle top inside the defendant. When she confronted Ridge she was told she was not hiding anything.

Essary said she later discovered it to to be a two ounce plastic bottle and she stopped the test so Ridge could remove the bottle, police reported. The bottle was photographed as evidence and Ridge was arrested on the scene. Police said the action was a violation of her probation.


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