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New details released on body found in Polk County

New details released on body found in Polk County

Polk County, Florida -- Yesterday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced new details regarding a homicide that occurred on January 14, 2011: The victim of the murder, 36-year-old Curtis Patrick Chancey of Lakeland, was shot and stabbed multiple times by 35-year-old Mike Hinson of Mulberry, during an argument that occurred on the Bulger Nursery property near Mulberry. 

Chancey often visited the Nursery because of his friendship with Mike Bulger, Jr., the manager of the business. According to detectives, Hinson dumped Chancey's body in a water pit north of the Nursery.

Curtis Chancey was reported missing by his brother on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. He was last seen at Bulger's Nursery, 2771 Cozart Road, Mulberry, at approximately 5:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2011. Family members had advised PCSO detectives that Chancey routinely contacted his teenage son but had not had any contact with any family member since January 14th.

Winter Haven crime down

Winter Haven crime down

Winter Haven, Florida - Good news for Winter Haven residents, police say crime is down!

According the Uniform Crime Report (UCR), violent crime was down 15.57%  from 2009 - 2010. Property crimes were down by 2.59%t while the overall crime decreased by 4.25 %.  

"We are extremely optimistic about the crime reduction we are seeing as we move forward with Winter Haven's first Crime Suppression Model," said Chief Gary Hester. 

Punishment phase for Leon Davis, Jr. begins Thursday

Punishment phase for Leon Davis, Jr. begins Thursday

Bartow, FL -- The decision of whether Leon Davis, Jr.  lives or dies now rests with the same jury that convicted him. They'll meet again Thursday to begin the punishment phase.


It took jurors less than four hours to find  Davis guilty on three counts of first degree murder, and one count each of attempted murder, armed robbery, and arson.


The 34-year-old stood motionless as the verdicts were read. Family members of the victims strained to contain their elation and relief.


"He's gonna pay for what he did to them," said the victims' Aunt Alicia Littleton, "They didn't deserve to die that way. I'm just so thankful and happy and excited, because it's over."

Gang video creator pleads guilty

Gang video creator pleads guilty

BARTOW, FL-- (AP) Authorities say 24-year-old Santana Perez used an online rap video to recruit members for his Polk County gang.

A judge on Monday sent him to prison for a year, followed by two years of house arrest.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Perez in October as part 'Operation Rap It Up'. Officials say it marks the first time Polk County detectives have used a Florida law that allows people to be charged for promoting gang activity.

Perez reached a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to a number of charges, including using electronic communication to further gang activity and gang recruiting.

Gang member in Polk pleads guilty

Gang member in Polk pleads guilty

BARTOW, Florida (AP) -- Authorities say 24-year-old Santana Perez used an online rap video to recruit members for his Polk County gang.

Photo Gallery: Operation Rap It Up

A judge on Monday sent him to prison for a year, followed by two years of house arrest.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Perez in October as part 'Operation Rap It Up.' Officials say it marks the first time Polk County detectives have used a Florida law that allows people to be charged for promoting gang activity.

Massage therapist arrested for sexual battery

Massage therapist arrested for sexual battery

Winter Haven, FL -- Police have arrested a massage therapist from Image On The Edge.


Robert Conner, 41, of Auburndale was working for the tanning salon at the Spring Lake Square on Havendale Blvd. when he was arrested for his connection with a recent sexual battery incident.


The initial report indicates that Conner sexually battered a patron at the salon during a recent massage session. He was charged with sexual battery and booked in the Polk County Jail.

Help identify two TV robbers

Help identify two TV robbers

Winter Haven, Florida - Detectives needs you help identifying two men who broke into a Winter Haven business and stolen a flat screen television.

Winter Haven Police say on January 28 at approximately 2:12 a.m., the suspects threw a cement brick through the glass door at the First Care Clinic on First Street and attempted to get the television.  They were unable to retrieve the television the first time, left the property and came back with tools, taking the television valued at $1,800.

One suspect is a white male, 5'9" - 5'11", thin build wearing a white t-shirt, light-colored shorts, white socks, white high-top tennis shoes, black gloves and a light colored ski cap. He had a black t-shirt or cloth covering his face.