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Vaccines for School-Aged Children Being Offered At No Cost


Vaccines for School-Aged Children Being Offered At No Cost

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County offers vaccines to school-aged children at no out of pocket cost to parents. Parents should bring a valid form of identification. This is a regular service provided by DOH-Polk at each of our four clinics (Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lakeland). This week, immunization services will be available in Lake Wales as well. Please see below for locations, dates and hours of immunization availability.

Auburndale Health Clinic
1805 Hobbs Road Auburndale, FL 33823
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

Bartow Specialty Care Clinic
1255 Brice Blvd Bartow, FL 33830
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

Haines City Health Clinic
1700 Baker Ave E Haines City, FL 33844
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

Lakeland Health Clinic
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd Lakeland, FL 33805
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

Lake Wales Immunization Outreach
835 W. Central Ave Lake Wales, FL 33853
Tuesday (8/6) Through Friday (8/9), 9 am to 3 pm

Fort Meade Fatal Accident

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, the PCSO Traffic Unit investigated a multi-vehicle crash in Fort Meade that resulted in one fatality. Preliminary information so far is as follows:

Around 4:00 p.m., a 2006 Mack semi truck with a tanker being driven by
41-year-old Sylvanah Dean (male) of Land O’ Lakes was heading southbound on US 17 in Fort Meade and attempting to turn left onto Vigiron Road, which is the entrance to a business (Appalachian Material Services). At the same time, a
2008 grey Ford F-350 truck with a utility trailer being driven by 30-year-old
Kevin Brown of Bartow was heading northbound on US 17. As the semi made the turn, the Ford F-350 swerved to avoid striking it. The Ford lost traction and began rotating across US 17, at which time it collided with a white 2013
Chevrolet pickup truck being driven southbound by 37-year-old Jason Houston of Sebring.

Houston was taken to LRHMC with non-life-threatening injuries, and he is in stable condition and expected to be released. One of the three passengers in
his Chevy truck, 19-year-old Jacob Martinez of Bowling Green, was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The two other passengers in his truck, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, were also taken to Bartow Regional, with minor injuries.

Dean, the driver of the semi, was not injured.

Brown, the driver of the Ford truck, drove himself to Bartow Regional to be
seen for minor injuries. His two adult passengers were transported to Bartow
Regional by family members, and they had minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. Neither distraction nor excessive speed appear
to be factors for any of the drivers.

Death Investigation – Fort Meade


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation on Mosaic
property just off Peeples Road, west of Fort Meade (nearest cross street – CR
At 7:43 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, the PCSO ECC received a call in
reference to a human body found in the water and near an alligator.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is assisting PCSO
on the scene.
The body of a deceased adult male was pulled from a canal, and an alligator
has been captured. Please contact the FWC for information about the alligator.
At this time, we have no information regarding the cause of death, the man’s
identity, or how long the man has been deceased. An autopsy will be conducted
to determine that.

Fort Meade man arrested for written threats to kill law enforcement and other charges



On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, PCSO detectives arrested 29-year-old Marvin McCalebb Jr. of Sycamore Street in Fort Meade and charged him with one count written threat to kill (F-2), one count use of two-way communication device to commit a felony (F-3), and one count each possession of marijuana and paraphernalia (M-1) after McCalebb posted threats on his Facebook page to kill a PCSO deputy sheriff and/or his family members.
According to the affidavit, the suspect’s public Facebook page contained photos of him wearing a homemade T-shirt that says “I kill cops” on it, along with the following messages:
“If you get me a .357, I’ll sneak up behind [victim’s name] and blow his head off from the back and he’ll never see me coming. F**** P****! He’s a target tho, and I’ll f*** up all My Targets! [Victim’s name] you’re already dead. You just don’t know it yet. But in Good Time, Pig! I’ll be at your house to deal with you and your family! Just wait, I’ll see you soon!”
and: “Well I can’t wear this shirt anymore because of My Design on it. Pigs will try to f*** with me over My Shirt and I’ll cut pork chops from them too. All I can say is F****** try me!”
The deputy sheriff mentioned in the post has a well-founded fear that the suspect would figure out where he lives, and where his family members live, and would carry out the credible threat. The deputy has only had minor dealings with McCalebb while patrolling, and recognized him but otherwise does not know why his name was mentioned in the post.
When deputies arrived to speak with McCalebb, he said he assumed they were there to talk about his shirt. After placing him under arrest, they located a pocketknife in his pocket with marijuana residue on it.
“This suspect has been arrested before for making threats against law enforcement – he received probation. One would think he would learn that it’s a felony to threaten to kill a cop. This is a dangerous job, and we appreciate the people in our community who support us, and who saw something, and said something.” – Grady Judd, Sheri

Enjoy a Fort Meade Family Fourth

Enjoy a Fort Meade Family Fourth

On Thursday, July 4, Fort Meade will celebrate Independence Day beginning early and ending late and everything in between will be filled with family fun, food, and fireworks.
The Fort Meade Community Events Committee has met regularly to plan and ensure residents have activities from morning to night.
Don’t prepare breakfast! Head to the City Mobile Home Park Activities Center at 8 a.m. for the Woman’s Club annual pancake breakfast, followed by their much-anticipated auction at 9 a.m.

Patterson Park will be the site from 9 – 11 a.m. for the City’s Children’s Fishing Tournament with prizes fit for the young avid angler – and it’s always fun for the kids and their parents.

Immediately following the morning’s schedule, opening ceremonies will begin on American Legion property at 1 p.m. followed at 1:15 p.m. with the Fishing Tournament Awards.

Vendors will be lined up on the north side of the field.

The afternoon will be chocked full of contests:

1:30 pm Little Mr. and Miss Fireworks Contest at 1:30 pm. (Late registration will take place between noon and 12:45 p.m.)

3 p.m. Patriotic Pups Contest for Owner/Pet Look-Alike, Biggest, Smallest, Most Patriotic, and a guess at how many doggie bones are in the jar.

4 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest for those 18 years old and above. Yeti Cooler for winner!

The Kids Corner Activities will be open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with entertainment on stage between 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Then it’s the quiet before the boom! Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Free parking is available for the public in the field north of the American Legion property and is not permitted on the Legion’s RV property. Golf carts will assist handicapped visitors.

For safety purposes, guests of the Legion’s RV park need to receive a pass from the Legion in order to enter road.

Fort Meade Vice Mayor arrested for Aggravated Stalking

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s
Office arrested the Vice Mayor of Fort Meade, 59-year-old Maurice Nelson
Campbell, and charged her with Aggravated Stalking (F3).

The arrest followed an investigation of a complaint from the victim, who told
detectives that the two women had known each other for years, and Campbell had
repeatedly harassed her, accusing the victim of having an intimate
relationship with Campbell’s husband.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim had contacted law enforcement
about the harassment in the past, but refrained from pursuing criminal charges
after Campbell would stop harassing.

The victim told detectives that on Friday, February 8, 2019, she received
calls at 4:46 P.M. and 7:13 P.M., from a phone number belonging to Campbell’s
husband, which she did not answer. A third call was made at 11:55 P.M., and
the victim answered, and she immediately recognized the voice on the phone as
being Ms. Campbell, so she disconnected. At 11:59 P.M., she received a call
from Ms. Parker’s phone number, and two more from Campbell’s phone at 12:49
A.M., which she didn’t answer.

The victim turned her phone off for the rest of the night, then awoke to find
three missed calls from Campbell’s phone, along with three voicemails from Ms.
Campbell (two from her phone, and a third from an unknown number), all from
the early morning hours of February 9, 2019.

The voicemail messages contained a variety of profanities used frequently, and
made a threat to cause the victim physical harm. During one of the messages,
the Vice Mayor stated, “And this is Maurice Campbell, and I approve that
(expletive) message, and you can believe that.” In another excerpt, Campbell
said, “I’ll beat your (expletive) (expletive) down, you trifling (expletive),
stinking (expletive) (expletive). You rotten (expletive), you rotten

The victim told detectives that she believed the threat was credible, and that
the frequent harassment has caused her undue stress and anxiety. She believes
that the Vice Mayor uses her position on the Fort Meade City Commission to
intimidate her.

“The victim has put up with this harassment for quite some time, and she
finally reached a breaking point. This is not proper behavior for anyone, let
alone an elected official. Leaving the voicemails, especially one that sounded
like the end of a campaign commercial, wasn’t good judgement either.” – Grady
Judd, Sheriff

Maurice Nelson Campbell was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail.
Her prior criminal history includes charges of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon (Jacksonville), Shoplifting (Orlando), and Petty Larceny-Failure
to Appear (Orange County).