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Updated: 12/14/2013 08:00:01AM

Naked man arrested for exposure, punching police officer

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Police charged a man they found walking naked who resisted arrest and punched a police officer on Dec. 1, it reports.

After Herndon Levor Meeks was arrested he told officers he was suicidal and a psychiatric evaluation was ordered for him, police reported. Meeks, of 632 Renay Court, Bartow, was charged with indecent exposure, battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest with violence and assault on a police officer, according to reports.

After 1 a.m. on Dec. 1, Officer Cherish Thorner saw Meeks allegedly walking naked at the intersection of East Bay Street and South 9th Avenue. Reports say she asked Meeks to stop while she drove by him in a patrol car. Police say Meeks continued walking away and then began to run away from the officer. She then called for assistance, police reported.

With the help, Meeks was stopped at the corner of South Virginia Avenue and East Bay Street. He was verbally aggressive toward the officers. Thorner tried to arrest Meeks when she grabbed Meeks’ left arm. And Officer John Zorn took control of Meeks’ right arm. Meeks allegedly then became resistant and he shoved Zorn back into the K9 Hasj, causing the dog to bite Zorn on the left elbow, police reported. Reports say Meeks then tried to punch Zorn with his left fist and Zorn hit Meeks on the right side of his face. Hasj then bit Meeks on the left side. This caused Meeks to fall and he placed into custody, police reported.

Hasj then released Meeks where he had a puncture wound, police reported. The Bartow Fire Department and Polk County EMS were summoned for medical treatment. Meeks was then taken to the Bartow Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released, police reported. He was then taken to the Polk County Jail where he said he was suicidal, police reported. He was booked into the county jail and police requested a psychological evaluation.

Man accused of beating girlfriend

Aundra Eugene Patterson, 45, of 435 S. Third Ave., was charged with battery Nov. 27 when he allegedly pushed his girlfriend onto the ground and drug her out of his apartment, the Bartow Police reported.

He and his girlfriend were reportedly arguing about Patterson’s ex-girlfriend and during the argument he pushed her in the chest which caused her to fall onto the ground, police reported. He then drug the victim out of the house telling her to get out, police reported.

When police questioned Patterson about this, he denied there was any physical altercation, reports say. However, he was arrested, police reported. Upon asking, the girlfriend didn’t receive any visible damage and she refused medical treatment.

Man arrested for buying gift cards with fake credit card

A 28-year-old man was charged with using a stolen credit card to buy $200 worth of gift cards when a computer revealed the card may be fraudulent, the Bartow Police Department reported.

James Edward Haynes Jr., of 1605 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Nov. 28 for fraudulent use of a credit card and attempted theft, the Bartow Police Department reports.

On Nov. 28, Haynes was at Walmart on East Van Fleet Drive when police say he tried to buy $250 worth of gift cards and paid for it with a Netspend credit card. The sale was declined. Haynes then went to a different register and tried the same thing for $200 worth of gift cards. The sale this time went through, but the checkout person noticed the last four numbers on the credit card did not match the receipt’s number, police reported. This indicated the card was fraudulent.

The checkout person told a loss prevention officer who held the victim and contacted the police. Police called Netspend which said the card Haynes used was never purchased and is not valid.

Haynes was read his rights and invoked his rights, making no statements about the card.

Man charged with hitting 14-year-old

A 50-year-old man was arrested Nov. 30 charged with battery for beating on a 14-year-old boy who was visiting at his house with his mother, Bartow Police reported.

George Timothy Mitchell, of 2405 State Road 60 E., Lot 22, Bartow, was booked into the Polk County Jail on the charges, police reported.

Since the morning Mitchell and his wife were drinking and by about 6 p.m. they were having a verbal argument and started throwing items around the house, police reported. Mitchell’s wife had company over the house and the 14-year-old and his mother were told by Mitchell to leave the house. Mitchell then himself left the house by kicking the door. He stood outside the house yelling at his wife.

The boy and his mother were inside the house trying to calm down Mitchell and he told them to leave again, police reported. He kicked the legs and hit the 14-year-old in the right shoulder with an open hand, police reported. When this happened the boy’s mother punched Mitchell in the face and as he was trying to get away they fell off the steps and onto the ground, reports say. The boy’s mother held down Mitchell until police were called and that’s when a neighbor came by and seeing the boy’s mother holding down Mitchell he tried to help holding him down, police reported.

Mitchell’s daughter said she saw him breaking items in the house and yelling at her mother. She went to the park’s manager and asked him to call the police. She told police she did not see her father hit the 14-year-old.

When police arrived, they saw that Mitchell had a bloody nose but he did not need medical treatment, it reported. He was arrested and taken to the county jail, police reported.

Woman giving urine sample arrested for possessing drug pipe

A woman providing a urine sample at the Polk County Courthouse on Dec. 3 had a pipe fall from her possession that had methamphetamine in it, Bartow Police reported.

Deborah J. Cox told officers that while Jennifer Lynn Hughes, 30, of 114 Palm Ave., Auburndale, was in the drug court section of the courthouse giving a urine sample she saw a small glass object fall from her onto the floor. The item broke apart Hughes picked up most of it and placed it inside her bra. Cox picked up the rest of the stuff and held onto until police officers arrived.

Officer Britt Davis then asked a female police officer Smith to pat down Hughes. Inside her bra was a small glass pipe commonly used to smoke narcotics, police reported. Davis also noticed a white residue inside the pipe.

Before arresting Hughes, Davis said he did a field test of the pipe and it tested positive for meth, police reported. After arresting her and reading Hughes her rights, she told Davis the residue in the pipe was meth, police reported.

Hughes was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Sisters argue over 4-day-old being left alone in residence

A 24-year-old woman was charged with battery when she grabbed her sister by the wrists after repeatedly yelling at her as the mother left her 4-day-old baby sleeping in a house without anyone there, according to reports.

Shannon Marie Hutchison, of 990 South 1st Ave., Bartow, walked next door to her mother’s house and Hutchison’s sister, Jessica Whistin, asked where the baby was, police reported. Police say she said she left the infant next door sleeping. Whistin said she left the house to get the infant because she was upset Hutchison left the infant alone at the house.

Reports say Whistin said Hutchison got upset and began yelling at her not to touch her baby. Whistin then said Hutchison “got into her mother’s face and yelled at her and her mother as they tried to calm her down, police reported.

Whistin said she told Hutchison she was going to call the police and Hutchison again started yelling at her and allegedly grabbed her wrists, according to reports.

Whistin told police she was not hurt by the grabbing but she was grabbed against her will, according to police.


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