A father and son were both charged with domestic violence Aug. 13 when the pair started arguing over a pack of cigarettes the man bought for his wife. That led to his son asking his girlfriend to retrieve his rifle, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Cirilo Reno Cati, 53, and Cirilo Cati, 29, were both booked into the Polk County Jail on the same charge, police report.
When the father returned to the house with a pack of cigarettes, the son didn’t want them given to his mother because she was ill. The two began arguing and the father hit his son in the nose, the Bartow Police report said.
He then said his father hit him on the left side of the face and began to scratch him. The son then allegedly punched his father in nose causing it to bleed, according to reports. The son then told police his father got out of his truck and walked to his tool box and got a steel pole. The son then asked his girlfriend to get his rifle.
Then the father hit his son on the right side of his ribcage, police reported.
When the girl showed up with the rifle, the father went back inside the truck and left.
The son suffered minor injuries to his face and to his torso. He did not require medical attention, police reported.
Tried different sample
A 39-year-old Mulberry man was arrested at the Polk County Courthouse on Aug. 14 when a court administrator taking his drug test saw him pour urine from a bottle he had hidden in his pants, the Bartow Police reported.
Alfred Lee Bettard, 39, of 5196 Belmonth Parkway, Mulberry, was escorted to the urine test bathroom on the fourth floor of the courthouse and when he was there and instructed what to do, the administrator saw him pour urine from a 0.95 ounce ground turmeric season container into the test cup, the report said.
The administrator then saw Bettard slip the bottle back in through his pants zipper.
The administrator then paged for a bailiff who asked Bettard for the container which he handed over.
Lots of drugs found in car
A 20-year-old Bartow man was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, possession of paraphernalia and possession of prescribed pills without a prescription on Aug. 17 when police found a myriad of items in his car, according to reports.
While on patrol on U.S. 17, Officer Jose Joglar saw a silver vehicle at the end of East Hooker Street at 3:17 a.m. Joglar made a U-turn at Bay Street and the vehicle left the Hooker Street North location quickly. It went east onto Easy Bay Street, then onto Hamilton Street. Because he appeared to be suspicious, Joglar stopped the GMC Terrain.
Identified by his license as Oscar Perez Martinez Jr., 20, of 3267 Alberta St., Bartow, Officer Anderson went to the passenger side of the car and saw Martinez holding two clear bags with green leafy substance inside. Anderson escorted Martinez out of the car and saw a backpack between his legs.
The green substance tested positive for marijuana which weighed 1.7 grams, police reported.
The bag between Martinez’ legs had a Crosman Phantom BB gun, a knife, a rolling machine, a metal pipe, two digital scales, several clear plastic bags in different sizes, 19 .22-caliber bullets, two crystal containers, a black ski mask, two white round pills with the imprint TV and 4096, two pill containers, brass knocked, two measuring cups, a transparent snorting device, two grinders and a rolling machine, police reported. The pills were in a bottle without a prescription label on it.
After being read his rights, Martinez said the items were his and the other person in the car did not have any knowledge of it. He said he had just bought the pot and the pills he had obtained from a friend who had suffered a back injury, police reported.
Mother, son fight
A 22-year-old man was charged with aggravated battery when he allegedly hit his mother with a baseball bat a number of times on Aug. 17, the Bartow Police Department reported.
When police responded to a home the two share, James Chevice Worth and his mother were arguing and she told police Worth became abusive and began kicking items in the bathroom and living room when she called 911.
Worth then got a baseball bat and went out the front door. Fearing for her safety, the woman locked the door. Worth then tried to get in through a window where a struggle ensued, the police reported.
During this time, Worth allegedly hit his mother a number times in the head with a fist and also hit her at least once with a baseball bat, according to reports. Worth then released his mother.
After this, the police arrived and told Worth he was going to jail.
One witness next door said he heard Worth say to his mother, “I’m gonna kill you.” He also said he saw the two struggle in the window and he saw Worth grab her head as he hit her a number of times. He said Worth also hit the woman multiple times with the baseball bat.
Worth was arrested and he was taken to the police where he was read his rights. He said in sworn taped statement he hit his mother with his hand and with the baseball bat.
The woman suffered a laceration above the left eye but did not have other visible injuries. She was taken to the Bartow Regional Medical Center.
21-year-old gets life for police officer killing
A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Lakeland police officer.
A Polk County judge sentenced 21-year-old Kyle Williams on Tuesday. A jury convicted him last week of first-degree murder. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty, but jurors recommended the life sentence.
Authorities say Officer Arnulfo Crispin was attempting to perform a pat-down search of Williams and four other young men in December 2011 when Williams shot the officer in the head.
Defense attorneys argued one of the four men with Williams was the actual killer.
– The Associated Press
Man gets 15 years for fatal robbery
A Polk County man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a fatal robbery.
As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors to avoid a possible life sentence, 21-year-old Denard McCray pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder. He had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.
Authorities say McCray was one of three men who attempted to rob Oberne Paul in January 2012. One of the men shot Paul in the upper torso, and the group fled the area.
The judge at McCray’s hearing Tuesday encouraged him to pursue and complete a general education development test during his incarceration.
— The Associated Press
Lakeland man arrested for possession of child porn
On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, 2049 Woodbriar Loop S. Lakeland, charging him with two counts of possession of child pornography.
Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and stated he is a volunteer with the youth group; some 30-40 juveniles younger than 18.
Church staff members located images on a shared computer and contacted Plant City Police, who began an investigation. A forensic examination of the church computer was begun and child porn images were found in a folder entitled “Jay.” Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted on Aug. 19. A search warrant was obtained for Bloodworth’s residence where other computer devices were seized.
During a post Miranda interview with Bloodworth, he admitted to being in possession of child pornography and admitted ownership of the files located during Plant City PD’s investigation, the sheriff’s office reports.
Bloodworth said he has been viewing child pornography for approximately a year and a half, and has viewed it every day for the past two weeks.
Bloodworth said he uses the social media apps to start group chats with “people interested” in trading child pornography. Bloodworth said he only looks for child pornography when he is “aroused” and views it for sexual gratification, the sheriff’s office reports. Bloodworth said he gets gratification from child pornography involving children as young as 13, but has seen child pornography in these groups as young as toddlers, police reported.
Forensic examination of Bloodworth’s computer devices are being conducted; appropriate charges will follow should any further evidence be located.
The investigation is ongoing.
Fugitive found in Winter Haven
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force captured a man who has been on the run to avoid arrest on multiple felony warrants, it reports.
Deputies found Azo Jackson, 29, behind a vacant house in Winter Haven. The Winter Haven Police Department issued a warrant for Jackson’s arrest for grand theft of a motor vehicle bringing his total number of outstanding felony warrants to seven.
Jackson was wanted in Sarasota County on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, witness tampering, false imprisonment and failure to register as a convicted felon.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has additional arrest warrants for Jackson on charges of armed burglary and violation of probation.
Jackson was featured on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page on Aug. 15 for “Fugitive Friday,” a weekly social media campaign to highlight wanted criminals.
Alleged drug dealer arrested
A 23-year-old Bartow man was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine as well as resisting arrest on Aug. 6, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Antoinio Deandrew Jefferson, 23, of 1015 Forrest Drive, Bartow, was booked into the Polk County Jail on possession, resisting arrest as well as utilizing a vehicle for trafficking narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 1:16 p.m., Jefferson was stopped at Maple Avenue and Bryant Street for a traffic violation. Officer Eric Sudhoff reported he smelled burning cannabis.
Jefferson and a passenger were asked to get out of their vehicle and Sudhoff began to search it.
As Sudhoff began his search, police say Jefferson was becoming irritated and approached Sudhoff aggressively. Sudhoff told him three times to stand back but he refused, the report said.
When Sudhoff tried to arrest him, Jefferson pulled away. Sudhoff wrestled him to the ground.
Sudhoff then went back to his search and he found several baggies of pot. He found 44 baggies of powdered cocaine that weighed 18.2 grams, 72 cocaine rocks that weight 4.9 grams and 58 baggies of post that weighed 74.1 grams.
The items were field tested for those drugs, police reported.
Jefferson said he did not know the drugs were in the vehicle, police reported. However, after being read his rights, Jefferson admitted the drugs were his and he makes about $3,000 per week selling them, according to reports.
Man runs from cops
Leonard Lashon Glover, 18, of 1060 Golfview Ave., Apt. 5, Bartow, was charged Aug. 6 with resisting arrest without violence when he allegedly tried to run from an officer, the Bartow Police Department reported.
While on patrol in the area around Azalea Gardens on Golfview Avenue, police tried to talk to a person in front of apartment building #10 as this is a high crime area. An officer had been shot there the night before, police reported.
The person, Glover, then began to run and the officer shouted for him to stop and identified himself as a police officer, the report said.
Glover continued going south towards Carver Place Village. He jumped a fence to Carver Village and police followed him, again identifying themselves as the police. Officers spotted him jump from a bush and again he was told they were police and this time threatened to tase him. That’s when Glover stopped and came out with his hands up.
Lovett accused of pushing girlfriend
Charles Elvin Lovett, 39, was charged with domestic battery for pushing his girlfriend during a verbal argument on Aug. 10, the Bartow Police Department reported.
Lovett and his girlfriend were arguing over her past sexual partners and during the argument he allegedly pushed her in the chest. His girlfriend called the police and advised she was not injured in the scuffle. She refused medical treatment, police reported.
During an interview with the victim, no injuries were detected, but Lovett was arrested.
Car damaged in the night
Kenya Davoun Brown, 33, of 1710 MLK Blvd., Bartow, was charged with criminal mischief on Aug. 12 when a woman at Azalea Gardens Apartments reported that he damaged her car during the night before.
Upon seeing the damage to her car, she went to the office watch the surveillance tape. She said she recognized who had damaged her car when she saw a man doing it at 4:12 a.m., police reported.
She contacted him on the phone and he admitted to her he damaged the vehicle because he was angry with her, according to reports.