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Updated: 08/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Detectives seeking attempted murder suspect

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Brandon Matthews

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Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating Brandon Matthews, 29, of Winter Haven, who has Polk County warrants for his arrest for armed robbery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and attempted murder.

Matthews already had a warrant for an armed robbery allegedly committed on Aug. 14 on Edwin Avenue NE in Winter Haven. Between 4:30-4:45 a.m. Aug. 23, at 1114.5 38th Street NW in Winter Haven, Matthews became involved in an altercation, during which he fired several rounds from a handgun at the residence, striking an adult female, according to reports.

She has critical injuries and is in stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Matthews is 5-foot-7, 164 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

Traffic homicide deputies conducting fatal crash investigation

At 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, Jose Luis Farias Orozco, 18, of 2229 Embry Ave., Haines City, was driving southbound on Providence Boulevard, approaching Heritage Green Drive, Davenport, in a gray 2006 4-door-Honda.

The roadway was wet due to heavy rain and storms in the area.

As Orozco approached Heritage Green Drive, he lost control of the vehicle and began to rotate clockwise 90 degrees.

The Honda continued to slide south on the wet road until it went off the right (west) side of the roadway. The Honda jumped the curb and struck a tree in the area of the driver side “A” pillar. After striking the tree, the Honda rotated 180 degrees clockwise and came to final rest facing west, with the rear of the vehicle just in the roadway.

No one witnessed the crash, but other drivers traveling in the area called emergency responders for assistance and attempted to render aid.

Patrol deputies responded and found the driver unresponsive. Deputies attempted life saving measures until Polk County Fire and Medic units arrived.

Orozco died at the scene, the sheriff’s office reports.

Initial investigation indicates that speed and/or weather were possibly factors in the crash. Impairment and distracted driving do not appear to be involved. Orozco was wearing his seat-belt and the left side curtain airbags in the vehicle deployed.

The southbound lanes of Providence Boulevard were closed for about four hours. The investigation is ongoing.

Haines City woman loses life in city crash

Police believe a Haines City woman lost her life after an unknown medical episode preceded a single-car accident on South Charleston Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Heather LeAnn McIntyre, 48, was the victim.

According to reports from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, McIntyre was operating a 2013 white Ford Focus at approximately 4:10 pm, on Sunday, and was traveling southbound on U.S. 17 (Charleston Avenue South) passing 7th Street SW.

Law enforcers said that for unknown reasons, the Focus left the west side of the roadway in the area of 710 Charleston Ave. and continued parallel along Charleston Avenue about 15 feet west of the roadway, driving between the power poles and residences along the roadway.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said that after crossing 8th Street SW, the Focus struck the front porch of a residence and was redirected southwest across Charleston Avenue coming to final rest on the east shoulder of the roadway, south of 8th Street SE, after striking a wire fence.

According to reports, the Focus traveled a total distance of approximately 700 feet from the point it left the roadway until it struck the fence.

Witnesses who came to the aid of the female victim advised she was unresponsive and locked inside her vehicle. A vehicle window was broken to gain entry in order to render aid to the victim, police indicated.

Upon extracting her, CPR was immediately started. A Polk County Sheriff’s Office Fort Meade unit also arrived and requested fire and medic units. Fort Meade Fire and Polk County Medics responded and transported McIntyre to Bartow Regional Medical Center where she was subsequently pronounced deceased. “Based on the driving pattern, minimal vehicle damage, and no observable injuries, it is believed the victim suffered some type of medical event while driving,” according to PCSO spokesperson Donna Wood.

Speed, impairment, and distraction do not appear to be factors, the sheriff’s office reports, and that the airbags in the Focus did not deploy. It is unknown if the victim was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

Charleston Avenue remained open during the investigation but was reduced to one lane southbound for approximately three hours, she added.

The investigation is ongoing.


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