During an undercover investigation at Mosaic Peace River Park in Homeland on April 24, police charged Kevin Smith, 52, of 703 Forest Drive, Wauchula, with lewd activity and battery, a press release said.
During the operation, detectives saw Smith exposing himself. Smith then made contact with a male PCSO undercover detective, pinched him and touched him inappropriately and solicited the detective to commit a lewd act, the sheriff’s office reports.
Smith was placed under arrest, and detectives inventoried his vehicle. Inside his vehicle, detectives located a Parke County Deputy Sheriff’s badge (Smith said he purchased it at a flea market), knives, a billy club, and leather clothing and accessories.
Smith was booked into the Polk County Jail for one count offer to commit lewdness,and one count battery. He was released from jail after posting bond in the amount of $750.
He has no prior arrests in Polk County.
Woman charged with battery, cocaine possession
A woman who was charged with battery ended up also being arrested for possession of cocaine on April 15, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Shontia N. Williamson, 32, of 5497 Timberleaf Blvd., Apt. 1515, was booked into the Polk County Jail for possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and battery, the Bartow Police Department reported.
At 4:40 p.m., Williamson was at 1240 Summerlin St., hanging out on the porch. She was yelling and screaming. The victim said she asked Williamson to leave the property several times. However, Williamson continued yelling at the victim and telling her she was not going to leave.
The victim stepped off the porch and toward the defendant, asking her to leave again, police reported.
Williamson then “got in the victim’s face” and started to swing her arms at her, punching the victim in her face and arms, the police reported.
Williamson then grabbed victim around the neck and she threw Williamson off her and onto the ground, police reported. Williamson then got up and began swinging her arms again at the victim, hitting her in the back of the head.
The victim then ran from Williamson and called the police.
Police noticed marks on the victim’s right arm, but she told police she didn’t need medical attention.
Police found Williamson at 1st Street and Wabash Avenue, where she was arrested for battery. Upon searching her police found in her black purse a small glass pipe with residue. Inside the black purse also was a zebra bag with a pack of cigarettes with four glass pipes that had residue in them, the report noted. Inside the zipper of the purse was a wire mesh. The glass pipes were tested at the Bartow Police Department and came back positive for cocaine, police reported.
Man charged in road rage incident
On Tuesday, April 22 deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren “Chalmers” Orr IV of 211 Greenwoods Drive, Lakeland and charged him with a litany of crimes stemming from a road rage incident that had occurred two days earlier in Mulberry.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. on April 20, Orr was a passenger in a vehicle as it was leaving the Walmart gas station in Mulberry. The vehicle he was in was behind another vehicle that was waiting for traffic to clear before pulling out onto the road. The driver of Orr’s vehicle honked to alert the other car to move.
A passenger in the other car responded by asking, “Really?” and shrugging his shoulders.
Reacting to this, Orr immediately left the vehicle he was in and approached the other car in a threatening manner, police reported. The victim’s car left before Orr could reach it.
Orr’s vehicle caught up with the victim’s vehicle as it was stopped at the light at Shepherd Road and Imperial Parkway in Mulberry.
Orr again got out and approached the vehicle, cursing and wanting to engage in a physical fight with the vehicle’s occupants. He tried to open the passenger door but it was locked. He then punched the passenger window twice, police reported. When one of the victims rolled down the window slightly to tell Orr she was calling law enforcement, Orr grabbed the top of the window and pulled on it until it shattered. He then attempted to grab and punch the passenger. The driver pulled away from the scene and escaped further physical confrontation and damage.
The victims, who do not know Orr and have never had any previous contact with him, called PCSO. Deputies identified Orr as the suspect in this case and placed him under arrest for one count burglary of conveyance (illegally entering into the victim’s car); three counts simple assault and threat to do violence; three counts aggravated stalking; and one count of criminal mischief. He was additionally charged with one count battery domestic violence in an unrelated incident that occurred during the same time period.
Orr was recently arrested on March 31, for three counts threatening a public servant, one count trespassing, one count disorderly conduct, and one count resisting arrest. He was released from jail on April 1, under pre-trial release conditions, which he violated on April 22, police reported. In all, he has been in the Polk County Jail on seven prior occasions, the sheriff’s office reports.
Man charged with stealing $20 from acquaintance
A 52-year-old Bartow man was charged with stealing $20 from inside a car of a man he knows, the Bartow Police Department reported.
“Floyd C. Thomas, of 480½ Fifth Ave., Bartow, was charged on April 13 with occupied burglary of conveyance and petit theft and was booked into the Polk County Jail, Bartow Police reported.
At 11 a.m. the victim left a gas station and he saw Thomas at the passenger side of his car talking to his son.
The victim told police he saw Thomas’ right arm go into the window and one foot was lifted off the ground as he was leaning against the vehicle, police reported.
Thomas pulled his arm out of the car with a closed fist. The victim said he saw Thomas leave the parking lot and walk in a southeast direction. The victim then noticed there was a $20 bill missing from the front passenger side door. He tried to contact Thomas but he ran when he saw the victim’s car approaching, police reported.
Police located Thomas in the parking lot at the Golden Gate Plaza and asked him about the incident. Thomas denied taking any money.
Employee drunk at work
An employee of a local gas station was fired from work and arrested April 5 when he showed up for work drunk, the Bartow Police Department reports.
Louis F. Mundankurian, 46, of 1626 Taylor Drive, Bartow, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, trespassing and disorderly intoxication, police reported.
Police responded to the Citgo gas station at 1193 E. Main St., at 10:09 p.m., where people said Mundankurian appeared drunk and was not acting as he normally does, reports say.
When officers made contact with Mundankurian, his speech was slurred, he had glassy eyes and swayed, police reported. He smelled of alcohol and he was not able to focus on the conversation, police reported.
The owner was called to the gas station. When he arrived Mundankurian was verbally aggressive, according to reports. He was fired and was told he told he was no longer welcome on the property.
When asked for his ID, Mundankurian refused. He refused a second request, police reported.
Mundankurian was then taken into custody.
Man accused of punching girlfriend
George Preston Agner, 25, was charged with battery domestic violence on April 8 when he punched his girlfriend several times in the head while he was sleeping, the Bartow Police Department reported.
At 3:12 a.m. Agner allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head after she tried to wake him up. She started screaming for a witness who was outside the house and he came in and got Agner off her. She then left the house and Agner was arrested without incident, police reported.
One dies in traffic crash
Traffic deputies are looking into a two-vehicle traffic crash that occurred April 22 in Auburndale that has resulted in one fatality and several injuries.
Around 10:20 a.m. a blue 1999 Volkswagen four-door car traveling eastbound on K-Ville Avenue collided with a black 2011 Ford four-door car that was traveling southbound on Thornhill Road, in the intersection of the two roadways.
The driver of the Volkswagen, 48-year-old Daniel West of 2607 Smithtown Drive, Lakeland, was declared deceased on-scene. He was wearing a seat belt, police reported.
The front seat passenger in West’s car, 18-year-old Cameron Gore of 156 Terrell St. in Auburndale, was taken by ambulance to Winter Haven Hospital with minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt, police reported.
A rear seat passenger in West’s car, 17-year-old Robert Grandstaff of 4210 K-Ville Ave in Auburndale, was airlifted to LRMC with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt, police reported.
The other rear seat passenger in West’s car, 25-year-old Josh Hallmon of unknown address, was airlifted to LRMC with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt, police reported.
The driver of the Ford, 43-year-old Toni Lauters of 3738 Old Berkley Road, Auburndale, was airlifted to LRMC with serious injuries. She was wearing a seat belt, police reported. She was the only occupant of her car.
The intersection was reduced to limited use for approximately three hours. The investigation is ongoing.