Entries by john chambliss

Lakeland man convicted of 2016 fatal stabbing

  Six jurors took three hours Thursday to convict a Lakeland man of fatally stabbing a man during a bonfire party outside his home. Ronald Wagoner, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter with a weapon and tampering with a witness. Circuit Judge William “Bill” Sites will sentence Wagoner at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. He […]

Lake Wales man convicted of attacking police officers

  During a May 1 encounter with Lake Wales Police, Maurice Heyward, 40, became violent with officers, even causing one of the officers to fall into and damage one of the department’s Ford Explorers.  Prior to the incident, Heyward sped through a stop sign on his bicycle at Tillman Avenue and Second Street. When Heyward […]

Methodical and Meticulous: Homicide prosecutor recognized statewide as he builds cases through attention to detail

Listening to Homicide Director Paul Wallace, it’s easy to forget he’s put away some of the most cruel and brutal killers during the last 30 years. He’s direct, kind-hearted, soft-spoken and has a knack for mentoring sharp attorneys in the most high-profile division at the State Attorney’s Office. Wallace, 62, is also one of the […]

Lakeland vet sentenced to jail for cruelty to her horses

A longtime Lakeland veterinarian convicted earlier this year of animal cruelty for mistreating her horses was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this week and can no longer treat animals. Circuit Court Judge Wayne Durden also sentenced Gail Nichols to 10 years of probation for four animal cruelty convictions, which centered around a lack […]