At approximately 8:35 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, 55-year-old Harold Wayne Kirk, 108 Seventh St. West, Wahneta, was walking on Rifle Range Road when he struck by Denise Overkleeft, 30, of Winter Haven as he walked into the path of her 2013 Hyundai Elantra, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office traffic deputy report.
Overkleeft braked and swerved to avoid striking Kirk but was unsuccessful. She immediately pulled over to the side of the road. Shortly after, Raymond Curtis, 64, of Bartow, driving a 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer, swerved to avoid striking Kirk, but was not able to avoid striking the Hyundai, police reported.
The collision caused injury to 11-year-old Celes Elkins of Winter Haven, who had gotten out of the Hyundai. She was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital with a broken leg. Overkleeft’s other passenger, 4-year-old Sawyer Williams, was not injured.
Neither of the drivers were injured. Seat belts were worn by all parties. No impairment or excessive speed is suspected to be a factor. There are no charges pending. The roadway was cleared just before 1 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22.
Man charged with pushing pregnant girlfriend
Kenneth Ryan Sutton-Hendrix, 19, of 867 Kathy Road, Bartow, was charged with false imprisonment and battery on Nov. 12. During an argument with his pregnant girlfriend, he would not allow her to leave and kept pushing her back into the chair she was trying to get up from, the Bartow Police Department reported.
While talking with an eyewitness, a police officer was told Irvanna Olmstead and Sutton-Hendrix were boyfriend and girlfriend and she is pregnant with their child. They had a verbal argument and Olmstead was sitting in a chair with Sutton-Hendrix standing in front of it. Every time Olmstead tried to get up Sutton-Hendrix pushed her back into the chair, police reported.
Through more questioning, an eyewitness told police Olmstead said, “Get away from me. You’re hurting me and let go.” It was then the eyewitness said he contacted the police department.
In an interview with a second witness, police were told the same story. The second witness said he did not see the argument, but had heard Olmstead say the same thing the first eyewitness reported.
Sutton-Hendrix said in an interview that he and Olmstead were romantically involved and she is pregnant with their child. He said he was standing in front of the chair and when he was asked if she was free to leave, Sutton-Hendrix told police, “No because I was standing in front of her and I did not want her to leave.”
Police determined there was probable cause and arrested Sutton-Hendrix. He was booked him into the Polk County Jail.
Woman charged with threatening death through Facebook
Michelle Nicole Clifford, 25, 513 Maryland Ave., Plant City, was charged with violation of probation when she sent a message to Devon Burch via Facebook and threatened to kill him, the Bartow Police Department reported.
On Nov. 8, Burch contacted police, telling them there was a temporary injunction for protection he took out against Clifford on Oct. 21. It was renewed in court on Nov. 1, police reported. On that date, Burch said he got a message from Clifford from her Facebook page that when the court situation was over, “I’m gone kill your a** b**** … ”
Police tried to reach Clifford by phone unsuccessfully, the police report said.
Man charged with burglary
Cornelius Antwan Myrick, 30, 500 N. Waldon Ave., Bartow, was charged with burglary after spending hours looking for his cousin inside a residence and going into the residence without permission and being told to go away, according to a Bartow Police Department report.
Holly Prettyman called police at 3:19 a.m. on Nov. 8 after she told Myrick several times to leave as he kept coming back from the time she left work that previous day until the morning hours.
She told police after Myrick was calling for her boyfriend, the electricity was turned off. She said she opened the front door and confronted Myrick and asked if he had turned off her electricity. He said he did not.
After she turned her power back on, Myrick entered through the front door without her permission and called for her boyfriend. Prettyman told police she asked Myrick several times to leave. She then forced him out the front door and told him she was going to call the police.
She went to the rear of her apartment to call police and while there, Myrick walked from the front to the rear where she was calling 911.
While on the phone, dispatch said that Prettyman asked Myrick more than 10 times to leave. Dispatch then told her to shut the door and while she was doing this, Myrick forced his way through the rear door. He began again shout for her boyfriend, whom he awoke from his sleep. The boyfriend forced Myrick out of the residence.
When an officer arrived ,he saw Myrick being pushed out of the residence by the victim’s boyfriend and that’s when he was arrested. He was taken to the Bartow Police Department and was read his rights,which he waived. Myrick told police in a taped statement he was at the residence all day with the victim’s boyfriend, who is his cousin. He said his cousin was drunk and Myrick knew they were going to argue. He was trying to prevent them from arguing. Myrick said he also had smoked cocaine about an hour earlier.
Prettyman said she was not aware of an argument and the victim’s boyfriend did not want to cooperate in the investigation, police reported.
Sheriff warns of scam
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd warns people to be alert to door-to-door solicitation of home repairs.
“We see these types of scams most often during this time of year,” he said in a press release. “Remember, if you see something, say something. It only takes a quick phone call to verify that someone’s business is legitimate.”
The sheriff’s office says this is how the scam usually works: An adult male approaches your house and says he is in the area doing some other type of construction or home improvement work. He has some leftover material he’d be willing to use to complete any projects at your house, for a “significant discount.” Two common offers are sealing driveways, or roofing repairs, the sheriff’s office said. The suspect is typically driving a truck or large vehicle, but without any company decals or logos on it. The suspect is not wearing any clothing or items affiliated with a business, and will not have business cards.
The sheriff’s office said there are tips to remember when dealing with those who solicit home improvement business door-to-door:
* Request a written estimate on all home improvement offers and compare the prices. Con artists are notorious for charging a higher price for inferior materials and unnecessary repairs. Without a written estimate, victims get trapped into paying extremely high total costs when the job is “finished.”
• Do not be rushed into a special bargain, often called a “one-time” offer.
• Do not do any business with any contractor with an out-of-state vehicle license.
• Any legitimate Polk County business soliciting work will have a Business Tax Receipt from the Polk County Tax Collector, a soliciting permit from the Clerk of the Courts, and a Florida Contractor’s License. If they do not have all of these, do not do business with them.
• Be careful responding to any roadside sign offering work as this tactic is often used by Travelers.
• Call trusted family or friends to help you verify soliciting contractors.
• Do not pay for anything until all services are completed to your satisfaction.
• Do not give out credit card numbers over the phone.
Your best option is not to do business with any traveling soliciting contractor.
Report all suspicious offers or solicitations to the Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.
Woman charged with shoplifting at Walmart
Eliana Sanches Luviano, 27, 134 Madera Drive, Winter Haven, was charged with petit theft when she was caught trying to steal $61.14 of merchandise from Bartow’ Walmart on Nov. 6, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Nov. 6, a loss prevention officer saw Luviano come into the store with a white purse that appeared to be empty. She got a cart and he watched her wheel it around the store.
He told police he saw her put four sweat shirts and two sets of children’s socks into the purse, the report said. He then said she went to the health and beauty section and put three brown liners in the purse, the report said.
Luviano then went the cash register, took her purse from the shopping cart while waiting in line then walked out of the store without paying for the items inside the purse, police reported.
The loss prevention employee stopped Luviano outside the store and detained her. She was taken to the Bartow Police Department and read her Miranda rights, which she waived. She admitted to the theft and when asked why she did it, she told officers she was stupid.