Entries by john chambliss

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 […]

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 […]