Month: July 2016

Mass Officer Shooting in Baton Rouge Louisiana; 3 Killed; Shooter Identified *** Updated ***


Baton Rouge La – This morning, several officers have been injured in a mass shooting in Baton Rouge Louisiana and some are feared dead. After receiving a report of a person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle. Upon arrival of the officers, the gunman opened fire on the officers. Some of the other officers involved are listed in critical condition.

A source from the area with knowledge of the investigation whom will remain nameless states “It’s a damn war zone in Baton Rouge.. largely due to Obama… Obama is responsible for the deaths of these policemen”

The statements from the president as well as the Governor of Minnesota in recent days are being called into question as to the possible catalyst for the escalation of violence.

This is still an active situation. One suspect has been confirmed dead while 2 are still at large however, law enforcement is stating the situation is contained.

Fort Meade Daily News will bring more information as it becomes available. Check back for updates to this article as they become available.


Officers have identified the shooter as Gavin Long a 29 year old Missouri man. He was born on July 17, 1987. He was killed in a gunbattle with other officers responding to the shootings on Sunday July 17th 2016 that killed 3 Baton Rouge officers and wounded several others.


Dallas Gunman Identified as Micah Johnson, 25


The gunman involved in the police shooting in Dallas has been identified as 25 year old Micah X. Johnson, 25 a resident of Dallas. It has been reported that Johnson is either a current or former private first class with the U.S. Army Reserves. It has been unconfirmed that he was connected to the 284th Engineering Company, 961st Engineering Battalion based out of Seagoville, TX.

Micah Johnson (Facebook)

Johnson has no ties to terror groups or even a criminal history. “He wanted to kill officers. And he expressed killing white people, killing white officers, he expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said during a press conference.  Chief Brown also stated that the suspect claimed the police would find I.E.Ds.

Johnson was killed when Dallas police detonated a robot operated bomb around 2:30am on Friday morning. Police were hesitant to send other officers in  harms way because of the statements regarding IED placement. There are 3 others in custody surrounding this situation and Fort Meade Daily will bring more information as it becomes available.



Governor Scott: We Pray for Texas

Governor Rick-Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott released the below statement regarding the shooting of 12 law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas.

Governor Scott said, “This morning, Ann and I are heartbroken to hear of the horrendous tragedy that took place in Texas last night. The violence displayed against Dallas law enforcement was a senseless and cowardly act that has no place in our country. Law enforcement officers across the nation bravely put their lives on the line every day in order to protect our homes, our communities, and our families. We join of all of America in mourning these fallen heroes and praying for the recovery of those injured. Just as Texas stood with Florida following the Orlando terror attack last month, Florida will stand with Texas during this unfathomably difficult time.”

PCSO In Need of Substitute and Part-Time School Crossing Guards in Fort Meade

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Section is in need of part-time and substitute school crossing guards to work during the upcoming school year (2016-2017) in Fort Meade.
The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.
School crossing guards are frequently, but not limited to, retired residents who feel a sense of community commitment. Deputies often rely on school crossing guards to advise them of traffic problems in the communities surrounding school crossings. Crossing guards also have been able to provide important information regarding criminal events occurring in their assigned areas.
If you have any questions regarding the School Crossing Section, or if you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, contact the School Crossing Supervisors during normal business hours at 863-534-7330.

Board approves Stravino as new fire chief

BARTOW, Fla. (July 5, 2016) – The Board of County Commissioners on July 5, 2016, confirmed Anthony (Tony) P. Stravino to serve as Chief of Polk County Fire Rescue. He will start his employment on or before September 12, 2016.

“First of all thank you. I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been chosen and I hope to be a valuable part of the management team and I look forward to the challenge,” Stravino said to County Commissioners after his appointment. “I’m excited! I’m about to be a first time grandfather and a new job.

Stravino will earn $126,817 and special risk status in the Florida Retirement System (FRS). He will also receive a $5,000 stipend for moving expenses.

During Stravino’s 38-year career of public service, he has served as Fire Chief of Margate, Longwood and Deerfield Beach. Since 2013, he has served on the Broward County Sheriff’s executive staff in the Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.

Chief Stravino’s educational background includes an associate degree in Business Administration and an associate degree in Fire Service from Broward Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. In addition, he is a nationally accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and holds certifications as a paramedic, firefighter, live fire training instructor and a Fire Instructor III.

“Chief Stravino has the experience and proven leadership skills to be successful in this important and challenging position. I am confident he is the right person to lead almost 600 dedicated and committed members of Polk County Fire Rescue into the future,” County Manager Jim Freeman said.

Polk County Fire Rescue responds to more than 70,000 emergency calls annually as the only emergency medical transport service in the county and as the primary fire response agency to the unincorporated areas and the municipalities of Mulberry, Polk City, Eagle Lake and Lake Hamilton.


Gov. Scott Proposes Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Cleanup Initiative

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott has announced that he will propose additional funding in his 2017-2018 recommended budget to help clean up the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River.  This proposal will include new funding for a 50/50 matching grant program with local communities surrounding the water bodies affected by algae blooms resulting from the frequent discharges of Lake Okeechobee.  If approved by the Legislature, this voluntary program will provide funding to encourage residents to move from septic tanks to sewer systems in order to curb pollution that is currently entering into these water bodies.  This proposal will also support local communities to help build wastewater systems to meet the increased demand for wastewater services.

Governor Scott said, “Every day, millions of gallons of water continue to be discharged into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers after years of the federal government failing to repair the federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike.  While the state has continued to step up and invest in important restoration projects to help South Florida waterways, it is clear that more work has to be done.  It is up to all of us – the state, Florida’s local communities and the federal government – to work together on long term solutions to improve the quality of our water.  That is why I am going to commit state funding and match it with local contributions so we can work together on efforts to clean up our waters.  Septic tank runoff is a major contributor to the pollution in these water bodies and I look forward to working with the Legislature to fund efforts to curb it.”

Governor Scott is currently working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District on the specific details of this proposal which will be part of the Governor’s 2017 Budget Proposal and Legislative package.  More details, including specific state funding amount, will be released at a later date.

July Happenings at the History Center

Bartow, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free of charge:

  • July’s Family Program – Curators of Curiosity – All Month – The Right to Vote

o   To complement this month’s Lunch and Learn lecture, featuring Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards, stop in to the children’s discovery room and explore the history of voting in the United States. Discover which amendments to the U.S. Constitution address voting, imagine what voting will be like 20 years from now and cast your vote in our mock election.

  • July 11, noon – Citrus Label Tour Dedication – Davenport

o   Join the Davenport Historical Society and co-sponsor Wayne T. Fellows Trucking, Inc. for the dedication of the Matador citrus crate label outdoor exhibit at Merchants Square, 124 West Bay St. in Davenport. The Matador label is Davenport’s second label and is the fifth label to be dedicated.

The Citrus Label Tour, a partnership between the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, Visit Central Florida and the Polk County History Center, was launched on March 11 with the dedication and display of the Polk-O-Dot citrus crate label on the lawn at the Polk County History Center. As more citrus crate labels are selected and placed on display, a map will be created to facilitate a citrus heritage driving experience of discovery along the Citrus Label Tour. For more information or an application to participate, contact the Polk County History Center at (863) 534-4386.

  • July 16 , 11 a.m. – Architectural Tour

o   Join us for a family-friendly architectural tour of the History Center and learn more about neoclassical architecture, the construction of the building and the stories behind the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse. This month’s featured architectural elements are the courthouse columns. The architectural tour is on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.

  • July 19, 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and LearnPolk County Voting Trends

o   Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards will help get attendees in the mood for the upcoming election season. With a focus on Polk County, the lecture will explore not only voting trends, but also several pivotal elections, including those of Polk natives Spessard L. Holland and Lawton M. Chiles. Young learners are encouraged to attend and will be able to participate in a mock election using a voting machine similar to those found across the county on Election Day. Election workers will also be available to assist those wishing to register to vote or update their voter registration.

o   Recommended Book Club Reading: “Almost President: The Men Who Lost The Race But Changed The Nation,” by Scott Farris. As the presidential campaign escalates, “Almost President” profiles a dozen men who have run for the American presidency and lost—but who, even in defeat, have had a greater impact on American history than many of those who have served as president.

Farris explains how Barry Goldwater achieved the party realignment that had eluded FDR, how George McGovern paved the way for Barack Obama, and how Ross Perot changed the way all presidential candidates campaign. There is Al Smith, the first Catholic nominee for president; and Adlai Stevenson, the candidate of the “eggheads” who remains the beau ideal of a liberal statesman. The mini profiles also include evocative portraits of such men as John C. Fremont, the first Republican Party presidential candidate; and General Winfield Scott, whose loss helped guarantee the Union victory in the Civil War.

  • July 8, 10:30 a.m. – Historical Marker Committee Meeting

o   The Historical Marker Committee of the Polk County Historical Commission will meet at the Polk County History Center to review and approve a historical marker application.

About the Polk County History Center: The Polk County 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.