Tampa Attorney Facing Drug Trafficking Charges After Cocaine Sting Arrest

A local attorney was arrested last week by Polk County deputies after they say was involved in a cocaine-distribution operation. Deputies with the county’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force say they arranged a deal to purchase up to 4 […]... [Read More]

Former FDOT Employee and Spouse Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

A Lakeland husband-and-wife duo were indicted by a federal grand jury last week as they are alleged to have used her position at the Florida Department of Transportation to illegally funnel tax money into his own pockets. Tracy Dean Tronco […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Intoxicated Wrong-Way Driver Accused in Death of St. Pete Man

A Polk City man is in jail today after authorities allege that he drove the wrong way on I-4 and initiated a fatal crash while under the influence of alcohol. Twenty-four-year-old Travis Wade Coats is charged with DUI homicide and […]... [Read More]

Wise Wins Acquittal in Lakeland Murder Case

A Polk County jury acquitted a Lakeland man defended by J. Jervis Wise last month on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in relation to the shooting death of an auto mechanic and alleged drug dealer in 2008. Kaheem […]... [Read More]

Confession in 1987 Murder Cited in Motion to Set Aside Sentence of Man Convicted of the Slaying

Leo Schofield was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 1989. Almost three decades later another man has come forward claiming responsibility for the murder and has filed a motion with the relevant court asking […]... [Read More]

Polk County Woman Pleads Guilty to Work Comp Fraud

Federal prosecutors report that Jessy Paliyath Peter of Lakeland pleaded guilty this month to theft of government funds and making a false statement to obtain federal employee’s compensation. At the root of the case is a fraudulent workers’ compensation application. […]... [Read More]

Hillsborough Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Lottery Winner Murder Case

Dorice “DeeDee” Moore was convicted earlier this week for murdering Abraham Shakespeare in 2009. After the jury returned its verdict, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Emmett Battles sentenced Moore to life in prison for first-degree murder. The state was not seeking the […]... [Read More]

Lottery Winner Murder Trial Begins in Tampa

The trial of Dorice DeeDee Moore, accused of killing a Lakeland lottery winner in 2009, began this week in a Hillsborough Circuit courtroom. Moore is accused of fatally shooting Abraham Shakespeare, who won a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2006. […]... [Read More]

Polk County Man Charged with DUI After Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrian

Christopher A. Koenig, a 29-year-old Lakeland man, was arrested earlier this week in Polk County after allegedly hitting a teenaged pedestrian with his car and fleeing the scene, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Koenig faces one count leaving […]... [Read More]

Polk County Murder Trial of Lakeland Mother Begins

The murder trial of Tivasha Logan of Lakeland began this week in Polk County Circuit Court. Logan is accused of starving her infant daughter to death in November 2009. Prosecutors allege that Logan did not give her baby, 5-month-old Chauntasia […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Woman Charged with First-Degree Murder

Neha Patel of Lakeland was charged in Polk County this week with first-degree murder related to the death of her 1-year-old son, Ishan. Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigators say that Patel slapped the one-year old on Thursday and then purposefully […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Man Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Polk County

Kristian C. Brooks-Marlar of Lakeland has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Matthew Ross McCraney, also of Lakeland. Polk County sheriff’s detectives allege that Brooks-Marlar and McCraney got into a fight early last Sunday morning. The two […]... [Read More]