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State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire promoted to Lieutenant

State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire was promoted on March 17, 2011 from Detective to Lieutenant. He has been with the state for 6 years, is stationed at the Lake Wales Field Office, and is First Line Supervisor to Detectives. Lieutenant McIntire can be contacted at stacy.mcintire@myfloridacfo.com

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Twenty Third Annual Polk County Peace Officers Memorial Service

The twenty third annual Polk County Peace Officers Memorial Service was held in
Lakeland this morning at 10:00 AM. The service was held at Vetrans Memorial Park.
The following is a few scenes from the service. Complete story to follow



Terror Suspect Arrested in Times Square Case


The naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan arrested last night for his alleged role in the
attempted car bombing in Times Square last Saturday was a terrorist whose goal was
to murder Americans “in one of the busiest places in this country,” Attorney General
Eric Holder said today in Washington.

The arrest of Faisal Shahzad just over 53 hours after an explosives-filled SUV was
discovered abandoned in the middle of New York City’s famous tourist area could not have
happened without the cooperative efforts of federal and state law enforcement
working around the clock


Polk Deputy Arrested Over Data Access

Polk County sheriff's deputy Joe Murphy is charged with obtaining vehicle tag information from a computer without authority.


By Shoshana Walter

Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 2:11 a.m.

LAKELAND | Detectives say key members of a massive drug trafficking operation used a Polk County sheriff's deputy to look up vehicle tag information for a car they suspected belonged to an undercover detective.


Deputy Joe Murphy, 41, was arrested Friday on a charge of accessing a computer without authority, a third-degree felony.

The 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, who most recently was assigned to patrol the Winter Haven area, has joined the ranks of more than 20 suspects who were arrested last month in connection to one of the county's most complex drug operations.

He has been suspended with pay pending his firing, the agency said.

The group operated out of East Polk and imported narcotics from Morelia, Mexico, sheriff's officials have said. Last month, a yearlong investigation into the group resulted in the arrests of 21 suspects, along with the confiscation of more than 150 pounds of cocaine and nearly pure methamphetamine, 15 vehicles and $533,450 in cash.

Among those arrested were Erick Chavez, an alleged ring leader, and his girlfriend, Morgan Wilson, an alleged "runner."

According to arrest reports, detectives say Wilson was also responsible for conducting "counter-surveillance," or monitoring law enforcement activity. Wilson called and text messaged Murphy for information about a vehicle on Dec. 22, when she noticed seeing a particular car more than once, the report said.

Detectives were monitoring Wilson's phone conversations at the time and recorded several conversations between her and Chavez. During those conversations, Wilson referred to Murphy as "mom's friend at the college."

Lakeland Police Department holds open house.

Lakeland Police Department holds open house


Lakeland Police Department held their open house on Saturday. The weather was perfect for the event and by all appearances the crowds agreed.  Many citizens jammed the lobby to tour the Communication Center and Crime Scene Area.  Outside officer’s displayed S.W.A.T. team tools, weapons, and transport unit. Officer Franz was displaying the departments dive gear and boat. 

Pictured left is the S.I.D.N.E (Simulate Impaired drivin experience cart)

Officer Gomez, who was off duty healing from an injury, was also there. He showed the S.I.D.N.E. (simulated impaired drivin experience) this is a new computerized go cart that LPD and PCSO purchased with a grant from Geico insurance. Gomez is in charge of the cart and takes it to schools and events in the surrounding area and teaches the experience of driving while impaired.  The carts computer delays the driver’s reaction time, similar to that of an impaired driver.  Gomes says that he has complete control of the cart and can slow or stop as needed.
     LPD and the PCSO encourage other local agency and organization to contact them and set up a date for the experience at your event or school. Officer Gomez can be reach via email at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 863-834-2554.  

Officer Finney showed off the DUI Dodge Charger with in car Breathalyzer



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