Month: August 2016

Former PCSO Inmate Records Clerk arrested for misuse of confidential information


Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 22 year old Empris Evans of Haines City for one felony count (F3) of misuse of confidential information (FSS 838.21) late this afternoon. Prior to her arrest she resigned her position as an Inmate Records Clerk. Had she not resigned she would have been terminated. She was paid an hourly rate of $14.58 and was hired in July of 2014. Evans had no criminal record.

On Friday, August 26, 2016, detectives discovered she texted her boyfriend, 22-year-old Tarance Glanton of Haines City, warning him that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a proactive law enforcement initiative that night in the Northeast area of Polk County (including the Haines City area). Law enforcement initiatives typically involve multiple deputies conducting proactive patrol, warrant and probation checks, and surveillance in areas known for prior illegal drug transaction arrests. Evans admitted to detectives that she sent the text to Glanton so that he could avoid law enforcement.

Tarance Glanton has been arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on four occasions for a variety of charges including four felonies and six misdemeanors. The charges include: robbery, possession of cannabis with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis over 20 grams, possession of cannabis, and keeping a vehicle used to sell drugs.


BoCC Renews Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsorship

Bartow, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) — The Polk County Board of County Commissioners announces its renewal of the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The Haines City Multipurpose Senior Center, 751 Scenic Highway, Haines City and the Lakeland Multipurpose Senior Center, 1200 Southern Ave., Lakeland are the locations where the meals will be served as part of this program.

Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled eligible participants at the centers and will be provided regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status and sexual orientation.

Participants eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals must complete an application with documentation of eligibility information including number and names of all household members, Social Security Number of the head of household/primary wage earner or adult signing the application or an indication that a household member does not have one, total monthly household income or Food Stamps, SSI, or Medicaid identification number, and the signature of an adult care center participant.

Income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017:



1 $0 – $15,444 $0 – $1,287 $0 – $297
2 $0 – $20,826 $0 – $1,736 $0 – $401
3 $0 – $26,208 $0 – $2,184 $0 – $504
4 $0 – $31,590 $0 – $2,633 $0 – $608
5 $0 – $36,972 $0 – $3,081 $0 – $711
6 $0 – $42,354 $0 – $3,530 $0 – $815
7 $0 – $47,749 $0 – $3,980 $0 – $919
8 $0 – $53,157 $0 – $4,430 $0 – $1,023
For each additional family member add + $5,408 + $451 + $104



1 $15,445 – $21,978 $1,288 – $1,832 $298 – $423
2 $20,827 – $29,637 $1,737 – $2,470 $402 – $570
3 $26,208 – $37,296 $2,185 – $3,108 $505 – $718
4 $31,591 – $44,955 $2,634 – $3,747 $609 – $865
5 $36,973 – $52,614 $3,082 – $4,385 $712 – $1,012
6 $42,355 – $60,273 $3,531 – $5,023 $816 – $1,160
7 $47,750 – $67,951 $3,981 – $5,663 $920 – $1,307
8 $53,158 – $75,647 $4,431 – $6,304 $1,024 – $1,455
For each additional family member add + $7,696 + $642 + $148



Missing or Endangered Adult


Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing endangered adult.

81-year-old William Johnson of Kissimmee, was last seen at 10:00 am, this morning, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, leaving his Shell Creek Street residence in a 2013 black, four-door Hyundai Genesis; Florida tag 367VDH. (Shell Creek Street is within Polk County’s jurisdiction.)

Mr. Johnson has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and is diabetic.  Detectives are concerned for his well-being.

He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt with a blue stripe down the side of the shirt, gray slacks, and gray/blue tennis shoes.  Mr. Johnson is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pound.

Anyone with information in his whereabouts is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200.

Upcoming Parent Workshop


Fort Meade Florida – The world of high school athletics can be a very exciting time in both the lives of the student athletes and that of parents and communities. However, as exciting as it can be there is also a very daunting side of this. How do I as a parent make sure that I am doing the right things to make sure that my child is getting to the next level in the sport of their choice? What steps do I need to take? When do I need to start? These are all great questions and all very important ones to the success of the student athletes. It is very important that parents work with not only coaches, but also get proactive with guidance department and colleges. It is important that parents stay up to date with all of the new changes in the NCAA regulations and federal guidelines. Fort Meade Daily News has put together a parent workshop that will help to answer these questions in addition to many more. This workshop will help parents get a grasp on many things including testings such as SAT and ACT, Federal Student Aid, NCAA regulations for student athletes, social media etiquette,  and much more. Speakers in many of the workshop areas will be available as well and will be able to answer many questions that parents may have. Help will also be on hand to help parents start the processes that will help their child to succeed. The cost of the seminar will be $20. Exact date, time, and location will be announced soon. Since space will be limited, if you are interested in participating please send Fort Meade Daily News a message either on the Facebook page or at

Gov. Scott: Florida Continues to Dedicate Every Available Resource to Combat Zika

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health has confirmed that there are no new locally acquired Zika infections to report today. Additionally, the Governor has directed the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to provide Zika testing to pregnant women at all county health departments at no cost. To ensure that Zika tests are processed as quickly as possible, DOH will make available additional lab services to handle the expected increase in tests being administered.

Governor Scott said, “Today, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that there are no new cases of local Zika infection, meaning the state total for locally transmitted infections stands at 15. At this time, DOH continues to believe that active local transmissions are only occurring in the same one square mile area of Miami. While this is good news, and proof that our education and mosquito control efforts are working, we will not become complacent and will continue to aggressively fight against the Zika virus. For this reason, I have directed DOH to make Zika testing available to all pregnant women who would like to be tested at county health departments statewide at no cost. We know Zika is most harmful to pregnant women and their babies and we must work to protect them.

“As I have said before, Florida has a proven track record of success when it comes to managing similar mosquito-borne viruses. Since February, DOH has conducted Zika testing for more than 2,400 people statewide, and more than 340 people have been tested in the impacted area since July 7th. Our testing is increasing every day and more than 140 people have been tested in the impacted area in the past three days.

“In addition to testing, communities like Miami-Dade County are also ramping up mosquito abatement and mitigation efforts. In Miami-Dade County, they are working hard to increase spraying, including aerial spraying, in the impacted area. We will continue to do everything possible to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

On February 12th, Governor Scott directed the State Surgeon General to activate a Zika Virus Information Hotline for current Florida residents and visitors, as well as anyone planning on traveling to Florida in the near future. The number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is 1-855-622-6735.

To find the county health department nearest to you, click HERE.

The exact location of where DOH believes there are active transmissions of the Zika virus is within the boundaries of the following area: NW 5th Avenue to the west, US 1 to the east, NW/NE 38th Street to the north and NW/NE 20th Street to the south. This area is about one square mile and a map is below to detail the area.