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On March 22, at 11:32 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a tip that the residence at 624 Hillside Drive was a grow house for cannabis. Officers arrived and made contact with the resident, Yoandris Alvarez Gutierrez. Upon making contact, officers could smell the odor of cannabis. Gutierrez gave consent for officers to search the residence.

Officers discovered that one room in the house had been converted into an active cannabis nursery utilizing environmental control, an irrigation system, electrical power transformers operating high intensity lighting, and twenty-one growing cannabis plants.  Some of the cannabis plants were 3’ tall. The entrance to the room was through a small 3’x2’ makeshift door in a closet which also had a heavy odor of cannabis emanating from it. The original doorway to this room had been dry walled over. Further investigation revealed that the electric service line into the residence had been tapped, bypassing the power meter.

 

Detectives from the Special Investigations Section responded to assist in the investigation. This location is within 500 feet of Carlton Palmore Elementary School. Gutierrez was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail.

 

Arrested:

Yoandris Alvarez Gutierrez, DOB 11/13/89, 624 Hillside Drive.

·       Cultivation of Cannabis within 1000 Feet of a School

·       Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

·       Maintaining a Structure to Cultivate a Controlled Substance

·       Tampering with Utility Fixtures.


On March 22, 2015 at 3:10 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Parkway Frontage Road South at the intersection of Old Road 37 in reference to a single vehicle crash.

The vehicle, 2014 Dodge Pick-up was traveling eastbound on Parkway Frontage Road South approaching the intersection of Old Road 37, which curves to the right. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve striking the guardrail and then hit a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by Polk County Fire Rescue/EMS.

There was no indication of braking and it appears the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Next-of-kin has been notified. The crash is still under investigation by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.

The Driver has been identified as: Inigo P. Hernandez, 25 years of age, 81 Laurel Lane, Frostproof, Florida. 


Nicholas Wheeler
15 years old
W/M, 5’5”, 145 lbs.
Black hair, Brown eyes
LKA: 2802 Cambridge Avenue



Nicholas Wheeler was last seen on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:01 a.m. at 2802 Cambridge Avenue.

He was last seen wearing a gray paisley shirt, gray jogging pants carrying a denim/acid wash back pack and a skateboard. Nicholas has scars across his right eyebrow, on his left elbow and on his left wrist.

He may be in the area of S Florida Avenue between WalMart and Dunkin Donuts. 

Anyone with information on the location of Nicholas Wheeler is asked to contact Investigative Aide Charlene Ali at 863-834-8974 during business hours, or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 after 5:00pm.


LPD Event #15-5436 - Investigative Aide Ali - Bulletin CS #15-13



Troy Shellenberg
26 years old
W/M, 5’11”, 165 lbs.
Brown/blonde hair, blue eyes
LKA: 321 Imperial Boulevard #C22


Mr. Shellenberg was last seen at 321 Imperial Boulevard #C22 on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 3:15 a.m. 

Mr. Shellenberg was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and gray/white DC shoes. He has a tattoo of “Fearless” on his right forearm, a bible scripture on the inside of his left arm and his left eyebrow is pierced. 

Mr. Shellenberg was upset when he left.

Anyone with information on the location of Troy Shellenberg is asked to contact Investigative Aide Charlene Ali at 863-834-8974 during business hours, or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 after 5:00pm.