PCSO investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Frostproof

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting inYoel Arnaldo Mejia Santel unincorporated Frostproof that occurred on Freedom Drive around 9:00 pm on October 14, 2020. At 6:56 pm, deputies responded to the residence following a report of a family disturbance by the suspect’s sister. She told deputies that her brother, 28-year-old Yoel … Read more

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Frostproof woman arrested in GoFundMe scam

Polk County Sheriff’s Fraud detectives arrested 32-year-old Amanda Brown of Frostproof and charged her with five counts criminal use of personal ID (F2), one count grand theft (F3), one count misrepresentation of proceeds (F3), one count fraud (F3), for fraudulently misrepresenting three homicide victims’ families and collecting over $11,000 from GoFundMe on their behalf. “This … Read more

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Youth correctional employee arrested for DUI

On September 3, 2020, PCSO deputies arrested a contracted youth correctionalAlexis Wilson employee with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Alexis Jemille Wilson (45 years-old) for DUI (M1). Wilson was driving a gray Ford Fusion near the intersection of Highway 17-92 and Johnson Avenue East in Haines City when a Haines City Police Department officer observed … Read more

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Fort Meade man arrested for burglary and grand theft

On August 26, 2020, 35-year-old Winston Sanchez of Fort Meade was arrested forWinston Sanchez burglary (F3) and grand theft (F3) of a tandem bicycle. On August 22, 2020, the victim contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft. According to the affidavit, the victim told deputies that “the bicycle was used to assist … Read more

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Haines City woman arrested for DUI Manslaughter

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Traffic Homicide detectives arrested 51-year-old Sandra Mayberry of Haines City for DUI Manslaughter (F2). Mayberry was the driver of a singleSandra Mayberry vehicle crash that occurred on April 25, 2020, which killed her passenger, 57-year-old Michael Browning, also of Haines City. According to the affidavit, “A search warrant was obtained … Read more

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Lake Gibson MS teacher Arrested, Lewd Battery on a Juvenile

Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a teacher from Lakeland’s Lake Gibson Middle School on Thursday, June 25, 2020, after it was discovered that she had sexual relations with a juvenile. The teacher, 49-year-old Leslie Bushart of Lakeland, was booked into the Polk County Jail, charged with Lewd Battery (F-2). During her arrest, … Read more

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Over $768,050 stolen from Local Church

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, PCSO fraud detectives obtained an arrest warrant and took 62-year-old Sharon McClelland Bradley of Lakeland into custody for: Grand theft over $100,000 (F1) Fraud (F1) Criminal use of personal ID (F1) Fraudulent use of credit cards (F3) Forgery (F3) Uttering false instrument (F3) Money laundering (F3) “This woman systematically stole hundreds of … Read more

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