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On November 20th at 7:15pm, the Lakeland Police Department responded to Sikes and Ariana Street in reference to a bicyclist hit by a car. The driver, Henry L. Goodman, 67, of Mulberry was northbound on Sikes Blvd when a bicyclist crossed the road into his patch. The bicyclist, identified as, Byron P. Haas, 39 yrs old, was hit and landed in the roadway on Sikes just north of Ariana Street. Haas was pronounced deceased at the scene by Polk EMS.


Goodman and witnesses stated the light was green and that Haas rode his bicycle into traffic when he did not have the right away, and also outside of the pedestrian pathway. No charges have been filed and Traffic Homicide Investigator will follow up.


On August 16, 2015, at 1:40pm, the Lakeland Police Department responded to a traffic crash at Harden Blvd and Beaker Blvd. James R. Birkhold, the driver of the 2014 Lexus ES 350 was eastbound on Beaker Blvd. Birkhold traveled into the intersection of Harden Blvd to make a left turn and was hit by a vehicle.


That vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was driven by Kyle T Cooper, 24 years old. Cooper was traveling south on Harden Blvd in the left hand lane and hit Birkhold in the left side. Cooper was redirected off the roadway and into a ditch as a result of the collision. Cooper had his seat belt on and he is from Mulberry, Fla.


James Birkhold, 66 years old, was later pronounced deceased at the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Centerl. He was wearing a seat belt. Next-of-kin has been notified. Don Lindleg, 66 years old was a passenger in the vehicle. Lindleg is from Blythewood, South Carolina.


Morgan Thomas, 20 years old was a passenger in Coopers vehicle and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Health Center. Thomas is from Mulberry.


The traffic investigation will be turned over to a Traffic Homicide Investigator for follow-up and at this time, no charges have been filed.


Deceased: James R. Birkhold, 66 years old, Lakeland, Fla.




Traffic Crash Fatality from April 3rd

The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the traffic crash fatality form April 3rd on Galloway Road. No charges have been filed yet on who had the firearm in the vehicle. Detectives have identified that the driver of the stolen 2005 Buick Rendezvous and they had an arrest warrant issued for Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 yrs of age.  Antonio Jones, Jr, is in guarded condition at this time.

Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 years of age. Identified as the driver. Documented Gang member


1) Vehicular Homicide F-1

2) Burglary of a Conveyance F-3

3) Grand Theft Auto F-3

4) Fleeing to Elude F-3


 His criminal history is;

  • ·       Felony Petit Theft, 2 or more convictions.
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Trespassing
  • ·       Burglary of a dwelling
  • ·       Larceny – Felony
  • ·       Resisting Arrest w/o Violence
  • ·       Giving false name to a law enforcement officer
  • ·       Violation of probation
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Fraud
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Grand Theft

The following occupants have also been identified as being in the vehicle. No charges have been filed against the occupants at this time.


1.     Raymond Morris, 16 yrs of age, Documented Gang Member.

2.     Kevon Rashard O’Neal, 18 yrs of age. Documented Gang member

3.     Kevonte Diemaine Isaac, 19 yrs of age.  Documented Gang member

4.     Earl Bostick, 14 yrs of age.  No gang affiliation.

5.     Deon Freeman, 17 yrs of age. Documented Gang member

On April 3rd at 7:39 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 200 North Galloway Road in reference to a traffic crash. One of the vehicles involved in the crash, 2005 Buick Rendezvous, had been reported stolen to the Lakeland Police Department earlier that morning at 9:05 a.m. The owner of the stolen vehicle had entered his residence leaving the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the ignition. He was in his residence briefly and when he comes back out, his vehicle was stolen.

Prior to the accident, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) was conducting traffic enforcement when they attempted to stop the speeding stolen Buick Rendezvous as it traveled south bound on Galloway Road near the intersection of Sutton Road. The vehicle fled from a PCSO Deputy and he discontinued his efforts to stop the vehicle to include turning off his emergency lights and turning away. The deputy never got close enough to get a tag number or identify the driver. For additional details on PCSO involvement, please contact their Public Information Officer, Carrie E. Horstman.

At the scene of the crash, LPD officers observed the stolen Buick Rendezvous facing north on its right side on the east shoulder of the roadway. The other vehicle, 2004 Toyota 4 Runner, was facing south on the east shoulder of the roadway with the driver deceased in the drivers set. The driver of the Toyota 4 Runner was not wearing a seat belt.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the stolen Buick Rendezvous was traveling north on Galloway Road North. It appears that the stolen Buick crossed the center double yellow line and hit the Toyota 4 Runner head on.

The stolen Buick Rendezvous rotated and came to a final rest facing north on its side on the east shoulder of the roadway. The Toyota 4 Runner rotated and came to a final rest facing south on the east shoulder of the roadway. No tire marks were observed to indicate breaking from either vehicle.

The stolen Buick Rendezvous was occupied by six males, all of which were transported to Lakeland Regional Health for various injuries except for one juvenile who was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. Detectives are still trying to verify names, address and date of birth of all the occupants.  It appears at this time that there were 3 juveniles and 3 adults in the vehicle, one of which had a loaded handgun in his pocket.  Five of the occupants were stable with serious injuries and unconscious.

The driver of the stolen Buick Rendezvous has not been identified as of yet. Traffic homicide investigators and detectives will follow-up with the State Attorney’s Office as the investigation continues and at this time, no charges have been filed.

The deceased driver of the Toyota 4 Runner has been identified as Matthew John Smith, 31 years of age of Lakeland. Next-of-kin has been notified.