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StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Our community’s Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 6 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.

Drop-off locations on October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm are:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All medications were safely disposed of via incineration.

For folks unable to attend on October 26th, unwanted medications may also be brought to the Lakeland Police Department’s and placed in the drop box located in the lobby. Medications may also be safely disposed of at home in the following manner: Dissolve medications in water, and mix with coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, pour into a zip lock bag and put in your trash. Do not dump any medications into the toilet or your trash, to avoid harming our lakes and ground water.

For more information on the local Pill Drop event or locations, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.


On October 17, 2013 at 10:40 a.m., Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, received several messages over a coach’s walkie-talkie in which someone was impersonating school officials. The messages ordered certain individuals to the office. One message in particular stated, “The explosives are in place and I’m feeling crazy”.
 
The school was evacuated and Lakeland Police Officers along with school officials conducted a search of the school for any suspicious packages. The school was closed until approximately 12:38 p.m. at which time students were allowed back inside. The School Resource Officer and school administrators received information from several students on who a possible suspect was. Lakeland Highlands Middle School student, Timothy Brian Keyes, 14 years old, was interviewed and admitted to making the threats using a walkie-talkie.  He was able to get on the same channels that are used by the schools coaches. The walkie-talkie was also located in Keyes backpack.

Timothy Keyes was taken into custody and charged with Making a Bomb Threat, Felony 2 degree. He was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.


On June 18, 2013, Lakeland Police Department received information that Officer David Edds allegedly provided testimony at trial in a DUI case that was untruthful. Chief Lisa Womack immediately opened an internal Administrative Investigation into this matter.

The Administrative Investigation was completed on October 16, 2013 with a recommended action of termination. Officer Edds resigned in lieu of termination.

Sustained charges on Officer David Edds (OPS #13-018):

• Job Knowledge, Competency, and Performance
• Neglect of Duty
• Untruthfulness
• Unlawful Conduct
• Improper Conduct
• Conduct Unbecoming

The Administrative Investigation of Sergeant Ray Lloyd is still under review.


On July 16, 2013, State Attorney Jerry Hill sent a letter to Chief Lisa Womack in reference to testimony by Officer David Edds and Sergeant Ray Lloyd in which he referenced Lieutenant Hans Lehman interfering in an investigation his office was conducting. Chief Lisa Womack initiated an internal Administrative Investigation into Lieutenant Hans Lehman and the allegations.

The Administrative Investigation has been completed and Lieutenant Hans Lehman has been cleared. The investigation found that Lieutenant Lehman did not discuss the case under criminal investigation (defendant named Barber) by the State Attorney’s office. Instead he discussed another case (defendant named Talman, this case was closed on October 30, 2012) and subsequently notified the State Attorney’s Office of the second case. The investigation included review of the State Attorney’s Office investigative report, follow up information obtained from SAO Investigator, interviews with LPD personnel and computer forensics.

Findings (OPS #13-023):

Count 1 - Interference in Investigations – Unfounded
Count 2 - Interference in Investigations - Exonerated
Count 3 – Interference in Investigations – Not Sustained


On October 16, 2013, Victim Advocate Jackie Suggs resigned after being notified of recommendation for termination.

Sustained findings (OPS #13-029):
• Neglect of Duty
• Member’s Duty to Report Misconduct


Other Updates:

The Administrative Investigation in the case of former Officer Julio Pagan has been closed. The Administrative Investigation into the actions of Communications Center personnel is complete pending the receipt of documentation from the State Attorney’s Office. It is anticipated that this file will be forwarded to the supervisory chain of command Monday for disciplinary action.


 

$3,000.00 REWARD

Crime stoppers has authorized a reward of $3,000.00 for information leading to the identity and arrest of individuals involved in the murder of Ricky Wright, excluding Steven Foster, who has turned himself in.