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On February 2, at 8:07 a.m. the Lakeland Police Department investigated a traffic fatality on SR 546 (W Memorial Blvd) at the intersection of Swindell Rd. There was very dense and heavy fog at the time of the crash and both drivers had significantly diminished visibility at the time of the crash. 

Vehicle 1, a 1995 Green Mercury was making a left turn from Swindell Rd onto east bound W Memorial Blvd. Vehicle 2, a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle was west bound on W Memorial Blvd in the outside lane. Vehicle 1 pulled into the path of vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 struck the front left side of vehicle 1 in the area of the front left tire. Vehicle 1 rotated counter clockwise and came to final rest. Vehicle 2 deflected off of vehicle 1 and the rider of vehicle 2, Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, was separated from the motorcycle and continued west bound where he came to rest (approx 113 feet). Faz was pronounced deceased at the scene by PCEMS. The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

Deceased: Armando Faz, 24 yrs old, 3719 Timberlake Rd East, Lakeland, Fla.

Driver of vehicle #1 – Cynthia D Patrick Kinsler, 43 yrs old, 1945 W. Highland Drive, Lakleand, Fla. Not injured in the accident.  

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