The actions of three Lakeland police officers who shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Taylor in a crowded restaurant parking lot on the morning of Dec. 26, 2018, were justified, according to an opinion released today by the State Attorney’s Office. More
Crime / Justice
A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit filed against the Polk Sheriff’s Office by the mother of Katelyn Roman, who was 12 years old in 2013 when she was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking in a case that involved a classmate committing suicide. But the court noted the Sheriff’s Office’s “repeatedly and publicly” naming her “had a devastating effect” on the girl, whose criminal charge was eventually dismissed.
Monday was a busy day for local law enforcement, with Lakeland police and Polk deputies reporting a homicide, an attempted murder and a pedestrian traffic fatality. More
William Long, 47, a Lakeland police officer since 2001, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of making a false report of child abuse, abandon, or neglect, a third-degree felony. The case involved a child custody dispute he was involved with, 10 News reports. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Anastasia Crumb-Guy, 36, died and Tysheana Marshall, 33, was being treated for wounds after they entered a home on Jewel Avenue Thursday afternoon, started a fight with the man and woman there and were shot by the woman, according to the Lakeland Police Department. It hasn’t been determined yet whether charges will be filed.
HOMICIDE: A woman was taken into custody after two other women were shot, one fatally, near Jewel Avenue and West 2nd Street in Lakeland, police report. Details remain sketchy. ABC Action News
DRUGS: Two George Jenkins High School students were arrested on charges that they brought Ecstasy and Xanax to school, mixed pills in a bottle and gave it to other students to drink. News Channel 8
The State Attorney’s Office has dropped all criminal charges in the cases of Courtney Taylor Irby and Joseph Irby, which gained national prominence after Courtney Irby was arrested while turning in guns she said she took from her estranged husband for self-protection. The Irbys have agreed to participate in a pretrial intervention program. New evidence suggested Courtney Irby illegally placed tracking devices in her husband’s vehicle and that cellphone tracking data contradicted several of her statements, prosecutors said. Divorce and injunction legal proceedings are pending.
ALSO: Will this case stop other abuse victims from coming forward? News Channel 8 reports.
A jury took just over an hour late Friday to recommend that Judge Jalal Harb sentence Cheyanne Jessie of Lakeland to death in the killing of her 6-year-old daughter and a life sentence in the killing of her father | ALSO: Ledger coverage
The Lakeland Police Department announced this afternoon that officers on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old teen on a felony second-degree arson charge in connection with one of the fires reported recently in the Dixieland and Lake Morton neighborhoods. More
Prosecutors will not pursue felony charges against a Lakeland woman who was accused of entering her estranged husband’s home and taking two firearms before being arrested while trying to turn them over to Lakeland police.
Instead, Courtney Taylor Irby, 32, will be charged with misdemeanor trespass, State Attorney Brian Haas announced at a news conference today. She had originally been arrested by Lakeland police June 15 on two allegations of grand theft of a firearm and one allegation of armed burglary. More