Entries by john chambliss

Lakeland man sentenced for starving, neglecting dogs

  A jury trial was set to begin Monday in the animal cruelty case against Genar Smith, who was accused of starving his dogs to the point of emaciation. Lakeland police officers found the starving dogs at Smith’s home after a neighbor saw a dog in a cage being eaten by two other dogs. When […]

Winter Haven man sentenced to 25 years for molesting 3 girls

  A Winter Haven man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually molesting three girls on numerous occasions in 2017. Following the plea, David Kelly Whitchard, 32, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery to 25 years in prison followed by a lifetime of sexual predator probation.  He pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd molestation. Assistant […]