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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd swore in his second-in-command Friday, along with 12 other deputies who received promotions.
Steve Lester, 48, promoted from detention chief, now serves as the sheriff’s chief of staff. He joined the department about 25 years ago as a deputy. Lester replaces Gary Hester, who left the Sheriff’s Office to become the Winter Haven Police Department chief.
“I always knew I had what it takes to rise to the top,” Lester said. “I’m extremely humbled.”
The promotions were made in a ceremony at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office headquarters before a crowd of more than 400, Judd said.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd recently announced several promotions within the Sheriff’s Office.
Hester has also been selected as the new Police Chief of the Winter Haven Police Department.
The following members will be promoted during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday in the training/Procap room of the Sheriff’s Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven:
Deputy Sheriffs Matthew Beebe, Larry Davis, Theresa Edmiston, and Ian Rylott will be promoted to the ranks of law enforcement sergeants.
Law Enforcement Sergeants Julio Lima and Mary Martin will be promoted to the ranks of law enforcement lieutenants.
Yay! Get well soon, guys!
The conditions of two deputies wounded Friday in a gun battle has improved significantly at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Sunday.
The condition of Deputy Paul Fairbanks III, who was originally listed in critical condition, has improved to serious, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputies were wounded during what began as a routine stop of Matthew Tutt, 21, early Friday. Tutt pulled a handgun and shot Fairbanks and Deputy Mike Braswell, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Tutt was killed in the shootout.
Fairbanks, 58, suffered wounds to his stomach, left elbow and wrist. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
A man was shot at a bus stop Sunday morning after two people in a car approached him and demanded money at gunpoint, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The shooting happened between 8 and 9 a.m.
According to a Sheriff’s Office report, a man was standing at a Lynx bus stop near the 9600 block of U.S. Highway 192, north of Davenport, when he was approached by two males in a silver Pontiac Grand Am.
The passenger in the Pontiac leaned out of the car and, pointing a gun handgun at the man at the bus stop, demanded money from him.
When the victim attempted to flee, the passenger in the Pontiac fired the gun, striking the victim in the lower back, according to the report.
The two suspects in the car then drove off.
Authorities in Des Moines are officially tweeting.
For instance, this week authorities are cautioning the public to allow extra travel time in icy winter conditions.
To find the page, log onto twitter.com and search for “polksheriffiowa.” The Twitter page is also accessible from a link on the from the department’s Web page.
K-9 Silvo has his ticket to freedom from a kennel.
Thursday night, the Mulberry City Commission voted 5-0 to allow the former Mulberry police dog to be donated to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Since May 28, he’s been held at Christina Animal Hospital while his fate was decided.
Silvo “is locked up in a jail, in a kennel,” Al Dorsett told commissioners Thursday night. Dorsett represents Community First Credit Union in Mulberry, which donated Silvo to the Mulberry police.
The dog’s purchase price was $8,500, Dorsett said. Trained police dogs usually cost between $10,000 and $15,000, but Silvo was trained for free by the PCSO.
“That dog goes stir crazy” when confined, Dorsett said.
Silvo’s career as a Mulberry police dog ended recently when his handler, Officer Ricky Booher, quit the MPD for a job as a deputy.
Silvo had been donated to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office last week after the city decided it could no longer afford a K-9 program.
But City Commissioner Jim Splaine, saying the city charter prohibits the city from making a donation of $10,000 or more without the approval of the City Commission, put the brakes on the gift last week.
PCSO returned Silvo to Mulberry.
City officials said the cost to board Silvo is $25 per day, meaning the cash-starved city must pay a bill of at least $200.
Community First Credit Union donated the money to purchase Silvo in 2007 and gave Mulberry the go-ahead for the dog to be donated to the PCSO weeks ago. Dorsett said Silvo needs to do the job he was trained for, not waste away in a kennel.
City Manager Blake Rane said Silvo will be given to the PCSO today or Monday at the latest.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was recovering from injuries in a hospital Tuesday after being dragged a few feet Monday evening by a car driven by a fleeing hit-and-run suspect.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the sergeant as Bob Barnes, who has been employed by the agency for 21 years and currently is assigned to the sheriff’s Southeast District.
Barnes suffered a dislocated shoulder, scrapes and bruises in the incident and was admitted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for testing and observation.
According to a Sheriff’s Office affidavit, Barnes was escorting a wide-load transport down Lake Hatchineha Road in the Lake Hamilton area when he and two other deputies involved in the escort heard a radio call about a hit-and-run incident in the area. Barnes advised the deputies in the two other patrol cars to direct the transport onto State Road 17 (formerly Alternate U.S. Highway 27) to clear the way for the suspect vehicle, which most likely was heading their way.
After clearing the roadway of the transport, one of the deputies saw the suspect vehicle with front-end damage stopped in westbound traffic on Lake Hatchineha Road.
According to the affidavit, Barnes moved his marked patrol car into the intersection at State Road 17 to block the suspect’s path, got out of his car and approached the suspect vehicle, ordering the female suspect at gunpoint to get out.
When he reached the suspect car, Barnes again ordered the driver out, but she continued to stare straight ahead and ignore his commands, according to the affidavit. Barnes told the woman to open her door and shut off her vehicle, but she continued to sit in the car with no response.
When Barnes reached into the car to remove the suspect, she hit the gas pedal and accelerated, according to the affidavit. While Barnes’ arms were still inside the car and with him unable to let go, the sergeant was dragged several feet and then thrown clear of the car, striking his head on one of the Sheriff’s Office patrol units that were blocking the intersection.
The female suspect continued west, crashed into Barnes’ patrol car on the driver’s side and then came to a halt after eventually crashing into some trees.
According to the affidavit, the female suspect, identified as Monica Angelene Casanova, 24, of 1962 Sawfish Drive, Kissimmee, had to be pulled from her car through the rear passenger window because of her car’s crumpled state and position in the wooded area.
Casanova was taken to Lake Wales Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
According to the affidavit, several witnesses told deputies that they saw the suspect driving erratically and rear-ending a Ford F-150 pickup truck on Lake Hatchineha Road near the Poinciana Parkway around 6 p.m. Monday. The driver of
the F-150 followed the suspect vehicle after his truck was hit, called 911 and then saw her cross the center line and nearly hit another truck head-on near H.L. Smith Road. According to the affidavit, a collision was avoided only because the other truck driver swerved to avoid the oncoming car.
Casanova has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the Sheriff’s Office, she also will be charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, reckless driving and violation of driver’s license restrictions for not wearing her glasses while driving.
According to the affidavit, Casanova told deputies she had consumed a bag of cocaine and four large vodka drinks before driving. Pending her blood-alcohol level results, Casanova also likely will be charged with driving under the influence, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
She was booked into the Polk County Jail without bond.
The Polk County (FL) Sheriff’s Office will hold an open house at its Dundee substation, 204 E. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Dec. 12th.
Sheriff’s Office equipment will be on display, a barbecue lunch is planned and information of crime prevention will be available.
The Sheriff’s Office took over law enforcement duties in Dundee on Oct. 1
Drug dog K9 Rezedu (residue, get it?!) is a cutie and here’s his/her story….
As money gets tighter, I wonder why more law enforcement
agencies don’t use shelter dogs,
such as Rezedu? I know they have to have a certain temperment, but they saved a ton on the cost of this dog and the training. Hats off to the officer who spend so much time training her!
When his chief told him there was no money for a new narcotics dog, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy John Maney went to the pound, adopted and trained a dog himself.
Maney, who has previously worked as a handler for five canines, turned down several dogs. He focused on ones that showed alertness, lack of fear and an eagerness to learn. He adopted an eleven-month-old black lab mix in March and named him Rezadu.
They trained in abandoned phosphate mine property and open fields for 12 weeks, detecting illegal narcotics.
Rezadu did so well that he was nationally certified in August.