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On May 7, 2014, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a black male 30-40 years of age, 6’, 180 lbs., wearing a yellow and blue striped shirt, blue jeans and brown ankle boots entered Eye Express located at 5528 Hwy 98 N and stole over $300.00 worth of glasses and sunglasses.

The suspect was seen leaving the area driving a white older model van southbound on Hwy 98 N.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-9395 Detective Cain



On June 2, 2014 at 7:22 p.m., the victim, Diane Scoville, 43 yrs of age, was sitting on her porch at 837 N. Texas Avenue. Scoville was talking on her cell phone when she heard several gun shots and then felt a thump on the back of her head. Scoville called the Lakeland Police Department thinking she was shot and it was discovered that two bullets hit her residence with one knocking off a small piece of concrete that hit her head. The bullets came from the direction of Texas Avenue and Emma Street. Scoville did not see any vehicles in the area at the time of the shooting. Scoville was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.


 

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.