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Updated: 05/10/2014 08:00:02AM

Out of jail and back into jail

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A man released from prison on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was booked back into jail the next day when he violated conditions of release and was accused of battery, Bartow Police reported.

On April 23, Sam Butler, 45, of 827 E. Boulevard Street, was released from jail. Under his release, he was supposed to comply with certain pre-trial conditions, one of which was to not commit any crimes, police reported.

At 10:45 p.m., police went to a home on Southeast Avenue where Valarie D. Davis said Butler had been to that house and was very drunk. She told police they had a disagreement in which he pushed her, police reported.

Butler was found drunk, down the street from the house, police reported. He could not maintain his balance. He was arrested for violating his release conditions and for battery and was booked back into the Polk County Jail.

Man charged with trespassing

A man was charged with trespassing when he refused to leave Bartow Regional Medical Center hospital and parking lot on April 27, police reported.

Robert E. Visconi, 57, of 814 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, was booked into the Polk County Jail on the charges, police report.

A trespass warning was issued to Visconi on Feb. 28, where he was a patient at the hospital and would not leave when he was released, according to reports. On April 27, police found Visconi lying in the road in the parking lot of the hospital. Police made contact with Visconi at the entrance of the emergency room. A witness, Jack Shadrick, who was on security duty, said Visconi was a patient and when he was released was asked several times to leave the premises and would not, according to police. Visconi said he had nowhere to go.

Fugitive sent back to Ohio

A 21-year-old man was extradited to Ohio on April 30 on a burglary warrant on after he was identified by Bartow Police, according to reports.

Chavis Hunter Martinez, of 718 MLK Street, Dundee, was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of being a fugitive from justice. He was to be extradited to Ohio.

On that date, Bartow Police were summoned to the Department of Corrections on East Main Street in reference to a warrant being found on Martinez. It was issued by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.

It specified that burglary is the charge and Martinez faces a punishment of more than one year if found guilty. Martinez said he is the man on the warrant and he was subsequently charged with the crime, police reported.

Man charged with punching girlfriend

A 36-year-old man was booked into the Polk County Jail on April 26 after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in head several times.

Matthew Lamont Byrd was charged with domestic battery after the argument between he and his girlfriend argument turned physical, police reported.

He and his girlfriend who live together were arguing. He pushed her away from him and then she pushed him back and tried to lock herself in the laundry room, police reported.

Byrd then allegedly hit his girlfriend several times in the head with a closed fist, police reported.

Woman charged with battery for slapping husband

A woman was booked into the Polk County Jail for slapping her husband in the face during an argument on April 29. The husband’s story to the police was confirmed by the woman’s mother who was present, police reported.

Maria Alicia, 57, was booked on domestic violence battery for the action, police reported.

Alicia’s husband confronted her when she came home after being away for two days. Alicia said they should take their argument outside and when they did, the fight continued and she allegedly slapped him on the right side of his face with an open hand, according to reports.

The husband went inside the house and called the police. Alicia left the house in her car, police reported.

Police said the husband did not suffer enough to need medical attention.

Later Alicia showed up at the Bartow Police Department, where she was arrested.

Woman charged wit h drug possession

A 37-year-old woman was booked into the Polk County Jail on April 24 for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, a Bartow Police report said.

Laura Lee Fletcher, of 1240 E. Summerlin Street, was walking north on U.S. 17 South and Officer Eric Sudhoff, who was on burglary patrol, stopped her.

She showed her ID and after doing a check on her, the officer asked if she’d ingested any cocaine. She said she did earlier. The officer then asked if he could search through her black backpack. She consented and she said there would be a crack pipe and a small roach inside a coin purse in there, police reported.

While looking in the locations the officer found a hollow glass tube with a “chore boy” in one end wrapped in a white paper towel, police reported.

The glass tube had residue on it which field tested positive for cocaine, police reported.

The officer also found a small marijuana cigarette inside a small plastic container. It field tested positive for marijuana, police reported.

The woman was then arrested.


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