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Lakeland Police Department Detective Paula Parker was honored for her work on the William McGee case. McGee attacked a runner on Lake Hollingsworth and attempted to rape her. He then fled the scene. McGee was found guilty of kidnapping and attempted sexual battery. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Haas honors LPD Detective Paula Parker

State Attorney Brian Haas started a new tradition at the State Attorney’s Office yesterday. At our annual awards ceremony, some special law enforcement officers were recognized who – in the past year – have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our community. “We are blessed in the tenth circuit to have […]

Winter Haven Police Department Detectives Garrett Boyd and Nicholas Gregory were honored for their work on the Perry Lee Chance case. Chance robbed and beat an elderly woman and fled the scene in her vehicle. The victim later died. He was found guilty of burglary with assault, robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to life.

Haas honors WHPD Detectives Garrett Boyd, Nicholas Gregory

State Attorney Brian Haas started a new tradition at the State Attorney’s Office yesterday. At our annual awards ceremony, some special law enforcement officers were recognized who – in the past year – have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our community. “We are blessed in the tenth circuit to have […]

Polk County Sheriff's Office Detective Matthew Newbold was honored for his work on the Carl McCauley case. McCauley sexually assaulted and brutally murdered a 41-year-old woman. It was a 30-year-old cold case Newbold solved. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and sexual battery and was immediately sentenced to life in prison.

Haas honors PCSO Detective Matthew Newbold

State Attorney Brian Haas started a new tradition at the State Attorney’s Office yesterday. At our annual awards ceremony, some special law enforcement officers were recognized who – in the past year – have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our community. “We are blessed in the tenth circuit to have […]

Man steals ATM with excavator, is guilty of grand theft

JURY VERDICT: Man steals ATM with excavator, is guilty of grand theft

Jesus Sanchez Sanchez stole a excavator and used it to rip an ATM out of a Winter Haven bank and place it in the bed of his truck, causing over $120,000 in damage. He and an accomplice then covered the mangled ATM with a tarp and drove on back roads in Winter Haven before being […]

Laster, 43, of Lakeland, gets fingerprinted Monday after being sentenced to life in prison for attempted second-degree murder.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lakeland man sentenced to life for attempted second-degree murder

Judge Wayne Durden told Tyrone Laster Monday that there wasn’t a single aspect of his case that wasn’t tragic. Laster, 43, shot his friend Chauncey Rollins in the back of the head over a money discrepancy in a drug deal. Rollins was $20 short after finalizing a deal, and Laster was angry about it. “You […]

James Brady, 62, of Lakeland.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man gets life for shooting wife with shotgun

James Brady, 62, was sentenced to life Thursday after a jury found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting his wife in the arm with a shotgun. After shooting her, Brady left his wife bleeding on their front porch, yelling that it was her fault he shot her. Jurors also found Brady guilty of […]

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