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Updated: 02/26/2014 08:00:02AM

Nine arrested for lewd activity at Saddle Creek

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On Friday, Feb. 21, Polk County Sheriff’s undercover detectives conducted a vice initiative at Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland, focusing on complaints about indecent activity at the park. A total of nine men were arrested for soliciting lewd acts:

60-year-old Stephen Cyr, of 3305 Skyview Dr. #105 in Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act.

Cyr told detectives he is a roofer for Springer Peterson. He is a registered sexual predator from a case in Hillsborough County in 1997. He has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions, between 2009 and 2011, for DUI, and VOP, the sheriff’s office reports.

He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250 bond.

68-year-old Fred Keith of 226 Esther St., Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. He told detectives he is retired from Dupont. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act, the sheriff’s office reports. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250 bond.

51-year-old David Giddens of 1545 Eagle Lake Loop Rd., Eagle Lake, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Giddens told detectives he works at Autozone.

He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act, the sheriff’s office reports. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on a $250 bond.

55-year-old Peter Fortier of 802 Hill Colony Circle E., Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Fortier attempted to flee from law enforcement when they told him he was under arrest, the sheriff’s office reported. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $2,250 bond.

48-year-old Timothy Reed of 300 Collins St. W., Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Reed told detectives he is an operations manager at Bunch Care Solutions. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $500 bond, the sheriff’s office reports.

70-year-old Marcel Couture of 804 Osprey Ave., Davenport, allegedly grabbed an undercover detective and made lewd comments. He told detectives he is a driver for Disney World. He was arrested and charged with battery. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $500 bond.

76-year-old Robert Lash of 3435 Crestwood Dr., Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Lash told detectives he sells cars at Lash Auto Sales. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act and trespassing.

He has been in the Polk County Jail on two prior occasions, in 2007 and 2012, for exposure of sex organ in public and offering to commit lewdness.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $1,250 bond.

61-year-old Thomas Bigsby of 211 Moss Rd., Auburndale, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Bigsby told detectives he is a self-employed auto mechanic. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250 bond, the sheriff’s office reported.

49-year-old David Krusyna of 1705 Branch Lane, Auburndale, allegedly solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Krusyna told detectives he is a valet at 717 Enterprises. He was arrested and charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail on a $250 bond.

Student charged with taking knife to school

A high school student who was found to be smoking near the girls softball field at Bartow High School was subsequently charged with possession of a knife on school grounds on Jan. 23, according to the Bartow Police Department.

Assistant Principal Dan Durham told police at about 7:30 a.m., he saw this student with other students and she was smoking a cigarette near the ballfields. He said he took her to his office and upon searching her bookbag he found an eight-inch long Tomahawk knife. Durham then asked Jerry Conrad to continue the search and a second 6 ¼-inch knife was found in the bag, police reported.

The student said she put the knives her bag around Thanksgiving and she was holding onto them for her brother, saying she forgot the knives were in there.

The student was taken to the Bartow Police Department and was then turned over the Juvenile Detention Center. Police then contacted the student’s parents to let them know of her arrest, the report said.

Juvenile charged with beating corrections officer

A person at the Juvenile Detention Center was charged Jan. 28 with battery on a detention officer and was Baker Acted after saying he was going to kill himself, the Bartow Police Department reported.

The detention officer told police the juvenile suspect was being disrespectful and yelling and when he tried to calm him down, he continued yelling.

The officer tried to place the suspect into a holding cell and the suspect began to swing his fist at him, the police reported. The suspect did hit the officer in the stomach and head and the officer then put the suspect on the ground and handcuffed him. The suspect then scratched the officer several times on the arm and neck and he was then placed into shackles and eventually put into the holding cell.

Once inside the cell, the suspect said he was going to kill himself and began to bang his head on the wall, police reported. That’s when the officer called for the police.

Upon seeing the injuries as well as the suspect continue to bang his head into the wall, he was taken to the Peace River Center to be Baker Acted. While there the suspect said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had not taken his medication in three weeks.

Central Florida bicyclist killed in hit and run

Central Florida authorities searched Sunday for a hit-and-run driver who killed a Lakeland-area bicyclist.

Polk County investigators said Wayne Pope, 32, was biking home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday following his shift at a nearby recycling plant when he was struck and killed.

Pope was wearing a reflective vest and his bicycle had legally required reflective lights.

Investigators believe it was a white or silver Dodge truck that struck Pope. Sheriff Grady Judd is urged the driver to come forward.

“Turn yourself in before we track you down,” Judd said. “You need to explain why you hit someone who was following all the rules.”

Friends and family members described Pope as a hard-working father who lived for his 4-year-old daughter, Lydia.

They also urged the driver to come forward.

“I’m begging him to turn himself in,” said Pope’s sister, Mandy Messer of Lake Wales.

The family said knowing who hit Pope will provide some closure.

“We won’t be mad at him,” Messer said. “We’ll forgive him.”

Authorities said the vehicle that struck Pope likely sustained heavy damage. Witnesses heard the impact. Investigators say Pope was found in a ditch about 100 feet from where he was hit.


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