The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced he arrest of two men last week for trafficking in fentanyl and other charges following the drug overdose death of a Volusia County man. 23-year-old Brandon Jones and 32-year-old Joeffren Padilla III both from Winter Haven were arrested last Tuesday. The PCSO released theContinue Reading

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34-year-old Justin Roberson of Clearwater was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. Roberson had pleaded guilty on September 20, 2022. According to court documents, the Clearwater Police Department (CPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were involved inContinue Reading

A federal grand jury in Wichita returned an indictment charging a Kansas man with one count of sexual exploitation of a child/production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following a Homeland Security Investigations probe. Joel Cypert, 35, of Columbus, is accused of creating sexually explicitContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies shot an arsonist his privates after a high speed chase ended near Dinosaur World with a fire fight. Luke Neely, 30, is facing several charges after throwing molotov cocktails at a house, damaging the roof and then led police on a high speed chase. When deputiesContinue Reading

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector arrested two convicted sex offenders, in separate events, shortly after they illegally entered the United States, Nov. 14. Eagle Pass agents, conducting line watch operations, encountered seven subjects attempting to avoid detection on a local ranch. All apprehended subjects were transported toContinue Reading

A local man was sentenced in federal court Nov. 1, for his role in a sex trafficking conspiracy that involved four victims, including two teenagers following a Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), joint law enforcement partner investigation. Cory Lavell Smith, also known as “Fatz,” 28, was sentenced by U.S. District JudgeContinue Reading

A south Texas man admitted to smuggling noncitizens who were trapped in a travel trailer, following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Corpus Christi and the U.S. Border Patrol (BP). Gaston Perez, a 40-year-old Brownsville resident, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Texas, Nov. 1, to transporting unlawfullyContinue Reading

Sullivan County authorities in Tennessee identified the body found in South Holston Lake last Thursday as Brian L. Morrison of Kingsport. Morrison, 45, was found dead at the boat ramp near Observation Knob on South Holston Lake by a fisherman Thursday morning, who immediately contacted police. Wanda Marie Ward, 45, faces second-degreeContinue Reading

A 1974 murder cold case may finally be solved as officials claim to have identified the “Lady of the Dunes,” putting them one step closer to solving the state’s oldest murder case. Authorities in Massachusetts, federal and state authorities have worked to use investigative genealogy, which combines modern DNA analysisContinue Reading

North Redington Beach man, Alexander Leszczynski (24) was indicted with one count of murder-for-hire and one count of obstruction of justice. According to the indictment, in approximately August and September 2022, Leszczynski, while using a facility of interstate or foreign commerce, promised to pay an individual to kill two people,Continue Reading

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced the arrest of the Deputy Chief of Police Administration for Cartersville Police Department in Cartersville, Georgia last week. On Thursday, September 1, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., PCSO detectives arrested Jason DiPrima of Kingston, Georgia for Soliciting a Prostitute. DiPrima was in OrlandoContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Crimes Against Children (CAC) Unit arrested 29-year-old Robert Luth for multiple counts of possession of child pornography. On August 17, 2022, detectives began an investigation after Luth admitted to viewing child pornography in a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office pre-employment polygraph. Detectives obtained a search warrantContinue Reading

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office officials announced the arrest of 28-yewar-old Aston Simmons of Apollo Beach after a young child found a firearm and was shot accidentally. On September 1, 2022, at 8:10 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a 5-year-old child accidentally shot themselves. Simultaneously, SimmonsContinue Reading

In a follow-up to a report earlier this week, Hillsborough County deputies arrested 30-year-old Jermaine Bass for shooting two of his children, killing one. Bass is charged with Murder in the First Degree Premeditated Firearm Discharge Multiple Wounds Causing Death, Attempted Murder in the First Degree Premeditated Firearm Discharge, andContinue Reading

An argument that started Friday afternoon at the Club Vape kiosk at the Westfield Brandon mall led to one person getting shot outside the mall. Now, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the arrest of the suspect Saturday night. Quran Deandre Johnson, 19, was arrested while operating a stolenContinue Reading