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Updated: 07/23/2014 08:00:01AM

No one injured in fire at Finzer Roller

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A firefighter removes a filter from the grid during a fire at Finzer Roller Monday night.

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At approximately 3 p.m., the Lakeland Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Finzer Roller located at 733 Kraft Road. A fire began in a rubber by-product filtration mechanism located outside of the company’s manufacturing building.

The filtration mechanism is located directly outside and adjacent to the main building where manufacturing takes place and is connected to the manufacturing building through a duct system. Although the exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined by state investigators, the fire is known to have begun in the filtration mechanism, likely as a result of some friction created in the normal manufacturing process.

The fire did spread to the main manufacturing building as a result of the connection through the duct system but did remain contained to the ductwork.

Firefighters contained the structure fire and by 3:22 p.m. it was extinguished. Eleven employees were working at the commercial operation at the time of the fire. All employees were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported.

The incident did occur in unincorporated Lakeland in the Lakeland Fire Department’s Outside Protection Area and any further investigation will be handled by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Finzer Roller is a rubber roller and specialty coating manufacturer.

Career criminal dies in sleep in county jail

A 54-year-old man in the Polk County Jail died in his sleep over the weekend, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Greg Mitchell Hughes, of 3719 N. Galloway Road, Lakeland, was arrested on July 17 for burglary with assault or battery, robbery with a weapon, burglary of unoccupied structure unarmed, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, and trespassing, was being held without bond in the South County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19, Hughes’ and two cellmates’ armbands were scanned and the three went to sleep. At approximately 4:20 a.m., detention deputies attempted to wake Hughes for breakfast and found him unresponsive.

Detention deputies attempted CPR and administered an AED which advised no shock and to continue CPR, the sheriff’s office reports. Jail medical staff responded and assisted with life-saving measures until emergency medical services arrived and declared Hughes deceased.

Hughes had a history of congestive heart failure and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Hughes’ criminal arrest history includes seven prior prison convictions, the sheriff’s office reports.

This is an ongoing death investigation. It is standard Polk County Sheriff’s Office policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when an inmate dies.

Man who molested child at Sea World gets 30 years

A federal judge has resentenced a Florida man to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography and possession of child pornography for molesting and photographing a two-year-old girl during a trip to Sea World, The Associated Press reports.

The central Florida judge also sentenced 30-year-old Michael Grzybowicz on Thursday to lifetime supervision following his release. A jury found Grzybowicz guilty of the charges, as well as distribution of child pornography in January 2012.

Grzybowicz appealed the sentence in July 2012, and his distribution conviction was vacated. The sentences on the remaining counts were also vacated and sent back to district court for resentencing.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.


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