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

 

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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
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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
(expletive)!”

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).

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
(expletive)!”

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).

Mr. Terrel Eugene Newman, 66

FORT MEADE – Mr. Terrel Eugene Newman, 66, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Brookesville, FL. Mr. Newman was born January 7, 1953 in Bartow, FL and was a resident of Fort Meade for many years. He was an equipment operator for Swift & Co., a U.S. Army veteran, and of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Newman was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Newman.
He is survived by two sons, Ronald Newman and Jesse Newman; daughter, Sabrina Newman; mother, Jacquelyn Zalys; brothers, Earl Newman, Vaciel Newman, William (Bill) J.C. Newman, Jr.; sister, Dorinda Phillips; and several grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Hancock Funeral Home, 945 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.

Mr. Doyle Alfred Tillis, 90

FORT MYERS – Mr. Doyle Alfred Tillis, 90, a resident of Ft. Myers, FL since 1999, formerly of Fort Meade, FL and Mooresville, NC, passed away May 27, 2019 in Ft. Meade, FL after a long brave battle with AFIB. Doyle was born in Ft. Meade, FL on December 15, 1928 to Angus and Eva Tillis, now deceased. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Fannetta in 1994; son, Doyle Alfred Tillis, Jr.; 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Doyle was a people person, he loved everyone and enjoyed telling his old stories which fascinated everyone who listened. After both their spouses passed away, he met Betty, his wife. They were devoted to each other and had so much in common. They were both very inquisitive and traveled throughout almost every state in the U.S., thus making for some interesting adventures. Doyle and Betty hosted his Fort Meade class reunion for 20 years, always the first Saturday in October. He enjoyed every minute and looked forward to the next one every year. He was proud of his profession as a fast food construction supervisor. He loved to tell how many building he had built, and how fast he had built them. He will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten. Doyle is survived by three children, Marsha (Rick) Robertson, Karon (Jenny) Tillis, Beverly (Dennis) Caldwell; sister, Jean Durrance; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. At Doyle’s request, there will be no services. He wanted to be remembered as happy and vibrant. No sad songs for him.

This Week In High School Sports

Congratulations to the girls track team for qualifying for the state track meet this coming weekend at The University of North Florida. Our 4 X 100 team placed second at the regional meet losing by only 1/100 of a second.

Team members are:

Shamalrea Anderson

Tre’niya Baker

Maliyah Nicolas

Azaria Whitehurst-also qualified in the 100

Tuesday

  • Varsity softball hosts Wildwood in a Class 1A District 8 semifinal game @ 6pm
  • Varsity baseball hosts Hardee @ 7pm for Senior Night (Cornelius)

Thursday

  • Varsity baseball travels to Lake Wales @ 7pm

Friday

  • FHSAA State Track & Field meet @ UNF
  • Class 1A District 8 softball finals @ 7pm in Frostproof
  • Varsity baseball travels to Kathleen @ 7:30pm

Saturday

  • FHSAA State Track & Field meet @ UNF