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On July 29th, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the parking lot Walgreens, 4445 Hwy 98 North. Deputies could smell a foul odor coming from a different vehicle in the parking lot unrelated to the traffic stop. Upon further inspection, they discovered the decedent in the driver’s seat of the vehicle in a state of decomposition. It appears as if he was there 3 to 4 days. Detectives from LPD responded to conduct a death investigation.

An autopsy was performed this morning, July 30th, and the Medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide from a gunshot wound. A handgun was found inside the vehicle along with a suicide note. The decedent has been identified as Archibald Bruce Struthers, 52 years of age out of Melbourne, Florida. Next-of-kin has been notified. 

On October 21, 2014, the victim, Gerald Brown Jr purchased 5 morphine pills from Travis Dykers. Brown ingested the pills and then drove to Ocala where he was found deceased on 10/22/14 at his residence. The death was initially investigated by the Ocala Police Department. After it was determined that Brown had purchased the pills in Lakeland, the case was turned over to LPD to be investigated.

On July 16th, the case was presented to a grand jury and an indictment was issued against Travis Dykers for 1st degree murder and delivery of morphine. On July 17th, Dykers was arrested at his residence located at 1230 Duncan Avenue.  

On July 14th, the Lakeland Police Department arrested Wayne Beckley and charged him with 21 counts of child pornography. The witness who shares a home with Beckley also shares a common computer and they have individual passwords for their accounts. On the night of July 12th, Beckley had been on the computer and walked off when the witness noticed what appeared to be child porn images displayed on the computer. On July 14th, the witness called the Lakeland Police Department. Consent to search the computer was obtained by the officer and the witnesses along with Beckley agreed to be interviewed by detectives.

Beckley admitted to being in possession of naked images of under aged children and that he often fantasizes about under age females as young as five years old. Beckley also had a photo album with 12 images of child pornography next to his bed. Several additional photographs containing sexual implied positions of female children were located throughout the residence for a total of approximately 100 images. Additionally, Beckley’s cellular phone contained at least one photograph of a sexual battery with a child under the age of 12. The victims are unknown at this time.

Based on the above investigation, Beckley was charged with 21 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  The investigation continues as detectives conduct a forensic examination of the computer and cellular phone.

Arrested: Wayne Jeffery Beckley, 58 yrs old

Promotion Ceremony

A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801.

Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time