Month: July 2015

PCSO Seeking Public Help In Mulberry Shooting


Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 39-year-old Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr.  Thompson is wanted in connection to a shooting investigation currently underway at MES-GCI Construction, located at 2360 Old Highway 60, Mulberry.

Thompson is described as being a white male, approximately 6’2”.  He has brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a cap, t-shirt and blue jeans.  His last known address 6242 Springwoods Lane, Lakeland.

He is believed to be driving a 2006 Ford 150 Super Crew Cab with Florida Tag 212-6PD

Thompson is believed to be armed with a handgun and considered dangerous.  Thompson is currently wanted for three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, and additional charges may be expected.

Thompson arrived at the business at approximately 2:22 pm today, Thursday, July 30, 2015, and began firing at employees of the business.

One victim was uninjured during the incident.  Two other victims were injured and transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center with what is described as non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about Thompson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the PCSO at 863.2968.6200.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!  iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install this free app, search for “TipSoft” or “TipSubmit” on the Apple App Store.

*** All information within this article is courtesy of PCSO ***

New Fishing Exhibit Opening at the History Center


Bartow, Fla. (July 27, 2015) – The Polk County History Center’s new fishing exhibit is all about the bass, ‘bout the bass – no treble (hooks).  The opening of Lores and Lures: Polk County’s Fishing History is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 13.

The new exhibit showcases the rich history of fishing in Polk and features artifacts on permanent loan by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. “Bill” Stuart, Jr. of Bartow. Over the years, Stuart has amassed an extensive collection of rare and unique fishing lures, antique rods, reels, tackle and early outboard motors.

Central Florida consistently ranks as one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world because of its abundant sunshine and pleasant climate. With more than 550 lakes, rivers and manmade reservoirs, Polk’s environment is rife with fishing lore. A Florida largemouth bass, caught in a Polk lake in 1986, currently holds the state record for weight at 17.27 pounds, as certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A replica of the world record for the largest bass is represented in the exhibit, caught by George W. Perry in Georgia’s Lake Montgomery in 1932, weighing in at 22 pounds, 4 ounces.

The History Center also is incorporating the newly expanded fishing exhibit into a permanent Polk tourism exhibit that will be featured at the opening ceremony.

About the Polk County History Center: The History Center is located at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All events and programming are free and open to the public.

**** All information within this article is courtesy of Polk County Board of County Commissioners****

Governor Rick Scott Orders Flags at Half Mast

Governor Elect Rick Scott poses for portraits at the Hilton Marina Hotel on Thursday, November 4, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Photo by Shealah Craighead
Governor Elect Rick Scott poses for portraits at the Hilton Marina Hotel on Thursday, November 4, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Photo by Shealah Craighead

Tallahassee Florida — Governor Rick Scott has released an executive order which states that flags are to be lowered to half mast in honor of the United States military members who lost their lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Flags are to remain at half mast until sundown on the day of the final military members interment.

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The executive order also moves all Florida national guard personnel to the nearest National Guard Armory until such time as conditions for security can be improved. This will also allow for National Guard members to be adequately armed for their personal protection.

Bettye Barnett Memorial Rose Garden

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Shown in the photo are Shirley in the center flanked by Barnett’s grand nephews, Addison Barnett (L) and John Connally Barnett (R). Not shown is Bob Shirley who created the stand for the plaque.

On Friday, July 10, the Fort Meade Garden Club placed a memorial plaque at the Bettye Barnett Memorial Rose Garden located at the intersection of W Broadway and S Charleston. Club President June Shirley directed the placement of the plaque at the informal event.

Bettye Barnett had been a founding member of the club and was elected its first president; then held the leadership office again continuously from 1995 until her death July 28, 2012.  Her talent in growing and arranging flowers was well known and admired throughout the state. She had been a life member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs since 1986 and was inducted into the FFGC Hall of Fame in 2011.
At the presentation of the garden on Dec. 12, 2012, Shirley had noted, “It is very fitting to remember Bettye in this special public way. As our leader, all our (the Garden Club) projects were to make Fort Meade a better place to live. She had a love for beauty and her town. So we proclaim this rose garden the Bettye Barnett Memorial Rose Garden.”
*** Information supplied for this article from Fort Meade Garden Club ***

Power Lines Down


Fort Meade Florida – Reports of power lines down at 6th St.SE and Pine Ave have been confirmed. Power lines are across roadway and traffic is being turned around to avoid the area. Utility company was on scene to begin repairs shortly after 2:00 a.m. There is no indication as to the extent of repairs that will be needed or how long the area will be closed to through traffic.