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On June 2nd, at 10:36 a.m., the driver of a 2012 Ford Focus, 4dr, was on Highlands Fairway Blvd attempting to turn left from the entrance of Highlands Fairway to travel east on Griffin Road. The driver of this vehicle has been identified as Vern W. Catton, 97 years of age, 3510 Innis Brook Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

A vehicle, 2003 Ford Escape, driving west bound on Griffin Road in the inside lane struck the vehicle driven by Catton on the driver’s side. The driver of the Ford Escape has been identified as Samantha Allemang, 18 years old, 240 Heatherpoint Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

Catton was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash. Allemang sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. A Traffic Homicide Investigator will follow-up on the investigation.

The roadway was closed for approx. 3 hours during the crash investigation. 


On May 23rd, the victim, 17 yrs old at the time of the incident and a student at Lakeland Senior High School (LHS) responded to the Lakeland Police Department to report a sexual battery. The victim stated that the suspect, Joseph Tillman, 18 yrs old and also a student of LHS was at her house assisting her with some studies when he sexually battered her on the carport. This location is within the jurisdiction of the Lakeland Police Department. The victim stated these actions were against her will and unwanted. This incident occurred on March 29th, 2014 and was not reported until May 23rd.

 

On May 29th, detectives received information on a second victim and she was interviewed. The victim, 17 yrs old and a student at LHS, stated that at the end of January or beginning of February, she was at a park located within the city limits of Lakeland and speaking to Tillman. The victim stated that she went to use the restroom and Tillman entered the restroom afterwards locking the door. The victim advised she was then sexually battered against her will.

 

On May 29th, at 10:00pm, Joseph Tillman was arrested at his residence, 1036 Butter Cup Drive, Lakeland, Fla. 


 

On May 11th at 8:05 p.m., at 712 E. Garden Street #2, the two victims listed in the affidavit were sitting in front of this location. They observed a blackish-gray 4 door vehicle drive up from the westbound direction on Garden Street and come to a stop in front of the residence. One shot was fired from the front passenger side of the vehicle towards them and no one was hit. One of the witnesses identified the shooter as Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years of age. The other witness could not identify the shooter.

 

Violent Crimes Detectives were called to investigate the shooting and they later arrested Kelly without incident at his residence. Kelly is a documented Florida Gang Member and has been involved in three related shooting incidents within the past two weeks whereas he was a witness, victim and suspect.


On April 27, at 6:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 842 North Brunnell Parkway in reference to a shooting. The victim, Mark Rhodes, 16, was walking southbound on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Brunnell Parkway when a vehicle drove by heading northbound and fired several shots at the victim. Rhodes could not identify anyone in the vehicle which is described as a small silver sedan.  A nearby witness observed a subject hanging out the rear passenger window with a gun pointing in his direction. Rhodes realized he had been shot once in the chest at which time he ran to a nearby family members house who transported him to the hospital. Rhodes condition is unknown at this time. It is unknown if this was a gang related shooting at this time. Anyone with additional information can call 863.834.6900.