A 24-year-old Bartow woman was charged with firing a gun at another woman June 8 during an altercation, Bartow Police reported.
Natalia Michelle Brown, 1125 Bennett Court, was charged with discharging a firearm within a 1,000 feet of a person and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police report.
According to reports, Jessica Baker came to the Bennett Court address to confront Brown and James Williams, who is the father of Brown’s child. Brown and Baker were in a parked car in the driveway and during an altercation, Brown displayed a 9 mm handgun and allegedly fired one shot at her, the police reported.
Baker said she didn’t do anything to provoke Brown to shoot at her. She only asked Williams to give her her keys, police reported.
Baker then said she saw Moore with the handgun and she retreated toward her car, which was parked in the street. As he fled, she heard the gunshot and she fled the area and called police.
When contact was made with Moore, she said Baker punched her in the face, according to reports, and Moore said she defended herself by shooting toward Baker.
Upon investigating, officers found damage to the top of the rear passenger’s fender and the antenna base. It should be noted the path of the bullet was to the rear of the car toward the street where the Baker said she was standing when short was fired, according to reports.
Both Baker and Moore refused to give taped statements, police reported.
Couple living in filthy home arrested on multiple charges
After responding to a couple’s house because the woman was accusing her partner of domestic violence, both were arrested for child neglect, animal cruelty and marijuana possession.
Because the house was in deplorable conditions, the children, 1½ and 5 years old, were placed with a relative.
Dustin Deck, 28, and Katie Renner, 27, of 5653 Viburnum Court, Polk City were charged Tuesday on multiple charges and booked into the Polk County Jail, the sheriff’s office reports.
When deputies entered the home they discovered “deplorable conditions.” There were seven adult pit-bull dogs and 8 pit-bull puppies inside and outside the home, dog feces in the living areas (next to children’s toys), urine-stained carpet, dirty dishes, upon which was rotting food, flies, and cockroaches, stale food on a baby’s high chair, a baggie of marijuana and smoking pipe sitting out on a living room table, marijuana in the bedroom, dead flies and cockroaches in a child’s room, dirty laundry on the floors, cluttered conditions, damaged walls, and dirty carpets, walls, and bathrooms, the sheriff’s office reported. According to the affidavit, the odor was overwhelming with dog feces, urine and rotten food.
Deck and Renner had access to the children and were responsible for their nourishment, care, supervision, and wholesome environment, the sheriff’s office reported.
According to the arrest affidavit Renner told deputies the conditions were appropriate in her home and the children were happy. She told deputies if people don’t like her house then they don’t need to come over. She admitted to the marijuana being in the home and said smoking marijuana, saying she believed marijuana should be legal. The marijuana and bong was sitting on a low table in the living room, providing access to the children, the sheriff’s office reported.
Deputies also determined that the conditions of care for the animals showed neglect, the sheriff’s office reported. Two pit-bull dogs were locked in a cage with no overhead cover to protect them from the direct sunlight and intense heat (temperature at the time was 91 degrees with a heat index of 101 degrees). There was no access to fresh or clean water. There was dirty water in a plastic bucket lined with green algae. Eight pit-bull terrier puppies and one adult pit-bull were located in the garage. The garage was littered with feces and urine and no clean or fresh water was accessible. The dogs were removed from the property by animal control.
Deck is charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic violence battery, and assault on a law enforcement officer. Renner is charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, 15 counts of animal cruelty, battery on a law enforcement officer, and tampering with evidence.
Deck’s criminal history includes 12 arrests, two prison incarcerations, nine felonies, 12 misdemeanors, three failures to appear, and two “others,” the sheriff’s office reports. Renner’s criminal history includes five arrests, five felonies, and nine misdemeanors.
Convicted fatal hit-and-run driver dies in crash
A man waiting to be sentenced on charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run crash died in another crash last weekend.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 40-year-old Christopher John McCoy was driving west on Interstate 4 near Auburndale shortly after midnight Sunday, June 15, when he rear-ended an SUV. His car spun off the road and flipped into a ditch.
He was not wearing a seat belt.
FHP says the SUV came to a stop without losing control. Its driver and passenger were not injured.
McCoy pleaded no contest earlier this month to leaving the scene of a September 2013 crash where a pedestrian — 56-year-old Danny Ray Simons — was hit and killed. McCoy had been facing up to 30 years in prison at a July 10 sentencing, according to reports.
Woman charged with grand theft auto
A 25-year-old Valrico woman was charged with auto theft June 3 when police arrested her in the Golden Gate shopping plaza that afternoon.
Police went to the shopping center because they had a tip that a stolen 2008 Ford Mustang would be arriving there and would be driven by Stephanie Lynne Moore, of Valrico.
Officers talked to Moore when she arrived there and took her into custody and charged her with grand theft, police report. Upon doing a check on Moore, police discovered there was a warrant for her arrested for failure to appear on false information on a pawnbroker form and failure to appear on a grand theft charge.
Man charged with carrying concealed weapon
A 19-year-old Bartow man was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, fleeing officers, possession of port and removing the serial number from a gun he was carrying on Jan. 3, Bartow Police report.
Lyron Tyron Riley, of 1050 Golfview Ave., #1203, Bartow, was booked into the Polk County Jail on the charges, police reported.
While in patrol on L.B. Brown Avenue and Gay Street, Officer Michael Quinn saw a black vehicle run a stop sign. He turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the car. The car went west on Gay Street and ran the stop sign on Orange Avenue and Gay. It then went south on Orange Avenue to Pearl Street. Next, it went west on Pearl at a high rate of speed, police reported, running a stop sign at Pearl and Wilson Avenue. Quinn wrote in a report he then turned off the emergency lights as the vehicle continued west on Pearl Street.
Officer Whipple then saw the vehicle run a stop sign at Pearl and Broadway. He saw the vehicle run the stop sign at Pearl and Floral Avenue.
Whipple then saw the vehicle had stopped in the 300 block of Stanley Street where she made contact with Samantha Hawkins, who was a passenger in the vehicle.
Riley had fled north on foot. He was later found hiding in tall grass on the east side of a house on Tyler Street, according to reports. He was handcuffed and searched.
During the search, small plastic bags of a green leaf like substance was found in his right pants pocket. That field tested positive for marijuana, according to reports. Also found was a Jimenez .380 hand gun. It was loaded and there was one round in the chamber. Police also discovered the serial number had been removed.
Man charged with disorderly conduct threatens cop
A 27-year-old Bartow man was charged with disorderly conduct as he would not stop yelling and kicking a house door on June 4, according to reports. He was later charged with threatening a public servant when he threatened a police officer as he was being driven to be booked, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Upon arrive at 820 W. Vine St., Bartow, police found Thomas Harris Campbell, of that address, drunk and being aggressive toward Jami Johnson, it reported. She had locked the door of the house and Campbell tried to kick out the glass to the front door, according to police.
As officers tried to calm Campbell, he repeatedly stood in the road yelling profanities at the officers and the witnesses, they reported. Officers advised Campbell to stop yelling profanities, but he refused. One witness, Amanda Cason, told Campbell to go under the carport at 805 S. Sunset until he calmed down. He refused, the report said.
Campbell was advised if he continued to yell profanities, he would be arrested. Campbell then continued to yell profanities, at which time he was arrested, police reported.
While he was being taken to the Polk County Jail, Campbell yelled at the officer driving the patrol car, “You better hope I don’t see you on the street, your throat will be slit,” according to reports. He was then charged with threats to a public servant.
Man accused of using garden tool to threaten wife
Darren Lee Wilkerson, 44, was charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence as he allegedly chased his wife on June 5 with a pair garden lopping shears after breaking doors inside the house, the Bartow Police Department reports. He was also charged with violation of probation, police report.
Wilkerson and his wife were having an argument when Wilkerson kicked open the front door of the house, according to police. When he got in, he went to the northwest of the bedroom and kicked in the door, police reported. Both door frames were broken, according to police. Wilkerson then left the house but returned through the broken front door and the argument continued. His wife went outside and Wilkerson followed her. He had a pair of garden lopping shears and approached her while opening and closing the tool, police reported.
Wilkerson then chased her around the exterior of the house, threatening her verbally and telling her to get out of the “my house,” according to reports.
The wife ran across the street and called the police department. Wilkerson was found in the front yard of the house and was arrested.
The victim was not physically injured by the incident, police report.
Police then discovered he was on probation for trafficking in stolen property, for which he was charged with violation of probation.
Woman accused of stealing money, but charged with cocaine possession
Accused of stealing a few hundred dollars hidden in a person’s house that was later found, a 33-year-old Bartow woman was arrested for possession of cocaine and paraphernalia June 6 when police searched her for the money, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Police went to 1240 E. Summerlin St., where Shontia Nichole Williamson, of Bartow, was invited by Marcelo Hernandez Galindo.
Williamson asked if she could use the bathroom and Galindo later found her in the kitchen. Galindo believed Williamson took his hidden money from under a can of soup. He said there was a $100 bill in there and several $20 bills, police reported.
Galindo said he asked Williamson for the money and she ran toward the front door.
Galindo grabbed Williamson and was holding her on the front porch. Another resident, Elizabeth Cati, also grabbed Williamson.
When police arrived, Williamson was on the floor and Galindo said, “She’s got my money.”
Police ordered them to allow Williamson to get up. She removed a black jacket and threw it on a bench on the porch. She said she did not take any money and the officer asked if the jacket could be searched.
In the search, a purple Crown Royal bag was in the left pocket that had a Newport cigarette pack, a box of matches and inside the cigarette pack was a small glass bottled fashioned into a pipe, police reported. The bottle was burnt inside and there was a metal screen, police reported. Police also say the box of matches had four white polls.
The burned residue on the pipe field tested positive for cocaine. The money was not found in the jacket, police reported.
A check on the pills found they were not a controlled substance, but a prescription substance.
During this time, Cati said she found Galindo’s money behind a group of cans in the kitchen.