Crime / Justice
Avoid State Road 33 near University Boulevard (Florida Poly University area) and Combee Road. Those intersections are closed following a deputy-involved shooting. No deputies are injured, a suspect is in custody, and no other suspects are being sought, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office. More info is coming.
Judge Jay Yancey’s prison sentence for former mental health counselor Anthony Conti, 72, was part of a plea agreement. Conti had pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual misconduct and six counts of attempted sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist.
Sandy Toledo, who founded the Lakeland charity 48 years ago, said on Facebook (link) the thieves used her Social Security number to access the account and that she is working with Bank of America’s fraud department “but it does not look good.”
Thirty-eight animals were seized from property on Bella Vista Street near Galloway Road (map) as deputies arrested Gail Anne Nichols, 66, who said she’s a part-time veterinarian at clinics in Gulfport and Port Richey, and Paul Craig Smith, 74.