Entries by john chambliss

Superhero-loving prosecutor fights for justice

  Monica Smith was 16 credit hours short of receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology when she dropped out, took the LSAT and enrolled in Florida Coastal School of Law. Smith had learned much during training for family custody disputes and ways to evaluate sex offenders, but she faced tedious therapy classes to earn a […]

Polk Sheriff’s detective honored for work in hit-and-run crash

  Polk County Sheriff’s Detective Ronald Brackley was recently honored by State Attorney Brian Haas for his work investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a driver and seriously injured a fellow deputy. The crash led to the conviction of Charles Lewis, who left a Halloween party after a night of drinking alcohol. That night, Sheriff’s […]

Lakeland man convicted of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl

    State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of a 49-year-old Lakeland man for sexually assaulting a child. Gary Lee Baker Jr. faces life in prison after he was convicted on charges of lewd molestation on a child under 12-years-old and sexual battery on a child under 12-years-old. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney is expected […]