Month: June 2018

Graffiti in Several Areas of Fort Meade

A PCSO deputy sheriff on patrol Saturday morning, June 23rd, saw graffiti spray painted on 2 businesses in downtown Fort Meade. One business is vacant and being renovated, the other is “Southern Posh.” Both are located on West Broadway Street. PCSO responded back and confirmed it was removed/painted over. Another Deputy saw graffiti on two stop signs on 3rd Street. Both signs were removed and replaced. PCSO is investigating each of these incidents. If anyone has any information about these crimes please contact Polk County Sheriff Office.

911 Call Released – Final Update on Triple Shooting In Fort Meade



On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a 9-1-1 call made on June 18, 2018, from the Ft. Meade residence where three men were shot, one fatally.
The call was made as an argument began on the front porch of the home. 30-year-old Calvin Johnson can be heard accusing 48-year-old Charles Peddycoart and a woman of taking his $1,500 pit bull dog, named Princess. The call concludes with the sounds of the gunshots which killed 22-year-old Teconsa Tyre McDonald, and critically injured Johnson and 18-year-old Edward Burgess.
Several witnesses to the altercation provided statements to detectives which were consistent with Peddycoart’s statements, and the 9-1-1 call. They described how the three men aggressively confronted Peddycoart and the woman, and that other people began coming onto the property.
Peddycoart claimed that he feared for the safety of himself and the woman, and he told the men to leave, and that he had a gun. He said that Johnson came toward him, and that is when he fired his gun at the men.
Part of this investigation included determining the whereabouts of the dog, which Peddycoart denied taking. A search of his home revealed nothing.
Peddycoart and the woman told detectives that the dog, which had no tags or collar, followed them to a store, despite them trying to shoo it away. Detectives learned that a 15-year-old boy found the dog outside of the store and took it to his house, thinking it was a stray. That child’s mother eventually contacted the Sheriff’s Office when she saw the news coverage, and the dog is currently being held by Animal Control, while Johnson is hospitalized.

Detectives showed photos of the dog to Johnson’s family, and they positively identified the dog as Princess.
PCSO detectives and representatives from the State Attorney’s Office are still investigating, but at this point in time, this appears to be a case of self defense.

Investigation into triple shooting continues

UPDATE to shooting investigation in Fort Meade:

According to witnesses, 30-year-old Calvin Johnson of Ft. Meade could be heard yelling at 40-year-old Charles Peddycoart and his girlfriend about Johnson’s missing dog. Johnson repeatedly accused the couple of stealing his pit bull.

According to the investigation, the couple had earlier walked to a nearby Dollar General store, and a pit bull began following them. Despite attempts by them to shoo the dog away, the dog continued to follow. When they left the store, the dog was no longer around. The couple returned to their house. Peddycoart’s girlfriend was approached by Johnson who asked if she had seen a couple walking with a dog, to which she replied “no.” As she entered the home, she realized Johnson might have been asking about them, so she went down the road to Johnson and told him about the dog following them. She told investigators that Johnson became irate with her, because she didn’t return his dog. She said she didn’t know who owned the dog, which had no tags or collar. Johnson sped away in his car, leaving the woman feeling uneasy about his behavior toward her.

A short time later, Johnson returned to the home, and knocked on the door. Peddycoart and his girlfriend stepped outside, and saw that 18-year-old Edward Burgess and 30-year-old Teconsa McDonald were also on the porch. Johnson began yelling immediately at the couple, whose backs were against the door, accusing the couple of stealing his dog, which they denied. Johnson made threats to the couple and witnesses reported that the three men were right up in the couple’s face on the porch, plus as many as five more people in the front yard.
Peddycoart warned the men to leave and that he had a gun. Johnson said, I don’t care about that gun! Following the warning, they continued to threaten the couple and shots were fired.
Neither Peddycoart or his girlfriend knew the three men and have had no previous interactions with them.

There are still witnesses to talk to and more information to be gathered, and the investigation is underway.

Update to triple shooting in Fort Meade

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Ft. Meade that occurred at about 6:42 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, which left one person dead, and two others injured. The shooter is being interviewed by detectives.
Deceased is 22-year-old Teconsa Tyree McDonald. The two Injured men have been identified as Calvin Johnson, 30, and Edwin Burgess, 18. All three men are believed to have resided at 121 3rd St SW.
The shooter has been identified as 48-year-old Charles Peddycoart, who resides at 413 3rd Street SW, Ft. Meade, where the shooting occurred.
The preliminary information, which could change as the investigation progresses, suggests that Mcdonald, Johnson, and Burgess were looking for their dog, and knocked on Peddycoart’s front door. After opening the door, an argument ensued, and Peddycoart shot all three men in the area of the front porch.
McDonald died on scene, and the injured men were transported to an area hospital for surgery, with gunshot wounds to the torso. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation, and as more information becomes available, we will update..

Fugitive from Broward County arrested in Fort Meade

On March 23, 2011, Bartley Joseph Jude Gorman, born 5/13/1991, was traveling in a Red Dodge Ram pick-up truck westbound on Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) near the 31 milepost in Broward County, when he struck the rear of a silver Toyota 4-Runner causing the driver to lose control and veer off the roadway into a canal. The driver and passenger of the Toyota survived the crash; however, the passenger, Yvon Pierre, was unable to swim and drowned. Gorman fled the scene and was found lying in the grass by a Broward County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The investigation concluded that Gorman had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 and a warrant was issued for DUI Manslaughter, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Vehicular Homicide and DUI Property Damage.

FHP Troopers have continued to actively search for Gorman who fled the South Florida area since 2011, and who was known to have used fraudulent driver licenses in an effort to mask his identity. On June 14, 2018, at 11:00 AM, following extensive surveillance throughout the Polk County area, FHP Troopers located and arrested Bartley Gorman at the Hammock Lake RV Park in Fort Meade.

Gorman, delivered to the Polk County Jail, was charged with DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, DUI Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death, and Possession of Fraudulent Identification. Also arrested by FHP Troopers was a female acquaintance named Catherine Ann Gallagher, born 10-30-1990, for harboring a fugitive.

Veterans Appreciation Festival November 10th 2018

American Ideals Foundation Inc is pleased to announce that the Veterans Appreciation Festival will be held at the American Legion property on November 10th 2018.

This years festival will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, childrens activities, Freedom car show, field of thanks, food vendors, martial arts demonstrations, guest speakers, and so much more!!

The American Ideals Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non profit organization that helps veterans and their families through events that are based around the arts in all forms.

Freedom Car Show

This years car show will feature many extraordinary classic and drag racing cars. There will even be a one of a kind rear engine funny car. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing freedomshow2018@

The Field of Thanks

You can now purchase a sign to honor the veteran in your life. These signs will be displayed at the festival and available for the family to take home after the festival.
All signs are $20. They will be 18×24 corrugated board signs.

Signs will be different colors based on veterans status.

Red – Active Duty
Blue – Living Veteran
Gold – Retired Veteran
Black – Deceased Veteran

Information that will be included is name, branch of service, dates of service, and unit affiliation for each veteran.

These shown here are mearly examples of what they will look like.

Please send inquiry or request information at

Monies raised at this event will go to help Veterans and their families throughout Polk County.

For more information please call 863-888-4046 or email