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Author of pedophilia guide booked into Fla. jail

BARTOW, Florida (AP) -- A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles has been taken to a jail in central Florida.

Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, Colo., was booked into the Polk County jail Tuesday morning. Officials say his first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The 47-year-old was arrested Monday in Colorado. He is charged with violating Florida's obscenity law, a third-degree felony.

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Three teenage "Grinches" on Santa's Naughty List

Three teenage "Grinches" on Santa's Naughty List

Lakeland, FL -- Three Teenage "Grinches" are charged with criminal mischief for damaging Christmas lights and decorations.

Over the weekend Dec 18-20th, there were several cases of criminal mischief to Christmas decorations and lights in the areas of Lancelot Dr. and Lake Miriam Drive in the South Lakeland area. Lancelot Drive is well known in Lakeland for a number of residents who have invested in spectacular Christmas light and decorative displays.

Frosty the Snowman was stolen, Christmas list strings were cut, and decorations were knocked over. There had also been several cases of vandalism and theft in the city limits of Lakeland in the area of Stratton Drive/Summit Chase development. The suspects were reported as three teenaged boys.

Deputies used a combination of neighborhood surveillance and unmarked vehicles in the area to catch the suspects.

Florida teen sentenced in homeless beating death

BARTOW, Florida (AP) -- A 19-year-old was sentenced to four years in a youthful offender facility for the beating death of a homeless man.

Christopher Decatur faced up to 15 years in prison for the death of 52-year-old Joseph Ruba during a fight outside a Lakeland restaurant earlier this year. Circuit Judge Beth Harlan also sentenced the teen Monday to two years of house arrest when he's released.

Decatur originally faced second-degree murder charges. Prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty last month to the lesser charges of manslaughter.

Two other teens accused in the attack still face second-degree murder charges.

 

Mom of U-Miami running back killed in car crash

Haines City, Florida - A car crash Monday killed Elgusta T. James, 47, mother of University of Florida sophomore running back Mike James, and injured her daughter and grandson, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

She was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, Jasmine Ansley, 25. Ansley's son, Jaden Pleasant, 5, was in the back seat. Neither Ms. James nor her grandchild was wearing a seat belt. Both were ejected from the car, deputies said.

The driver of the other car, Paul Lopez, 60, also of Haines City, was not injured. Deputies said he was wearing a seat belt.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. at Patterson Road and North 10th Street.

Deputies said the investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

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Historic Lakeland neighborhood concerned about church expansion

Lakeland, Florida --  It's an argument of church versus neighborhood in Lakeland, where residents in one community weren't too happy about a $20 million expansion deal of a church.

"They were going to have the building come to that light post, approximately 10 feet from the F Building there," said David Philibotte, a resident of the Lake Morton neighborhood.

Phillibotte is describing the First United Methodist Church's plan to expand across from his house.

"We were worried about our property values because something across the street from us that massive would deter the property values," he said.

The church has plans to expand its youth ministry to a 58,000 square foot structure that would include a two story building and that concerned residents in this historical community.

"That's one of the main reasons I bought in this area and moved here, is because I thought I would be protected in this historical district," Philibotte said.

Pedophile book author faces charges in Polk County

Winter Haven, Florida -- A Colorado man who self-published a book called "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct" now faces obscenity charges in Polk County.

On Monday morning, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd announced Phillip R. Greaves II was arrested in Pueblo, Colorado on charges out of Polk County. Greaves, 47, is charged with distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors, a third degree felony.

Judd says the book contains two graphic stories depicting an adult engaged in sex acts with children, and also trains adults regarding illegal sex acts between adults and children.

Winter Haven man arrested for attempted murder

Winter Haven man arrested for attempted murder

Winter Haven, FL -- Robert Dinesen, 63, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after stabbing a man several times.

The Police department received 9-1-1 call Sunday afternoon from 302 Avenue G, SE. When they responded to the home, they found the victim, 39-year-old Jerry Curry, leaving the home with several cuts to his face and a stab wound in his back.

Immediately following him was Dinesen, who had a large kitchen knife.

Officers demanded Dinesen drop the knife and he complied.

Dinesen and Curry know each other, because they had had a relationship with the same girl.

Curry was  transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.