Murder investigation under way in Lake Alfred

The Polk County Sheriff's Office released this photo from video surveillance cameras of the car believed to have been involved in a murder case in Lake Alfred.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released this photo from video surveillance cameras of the car believed to have been involved in a murder case in Lake Alfred.


LAKE ALFRED — The picturesque town of Lake Alfred, known for its antiques shops and quaint downtown shopping and dining, is now the scene of a gruesome murder investigation.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on the brutal murder of James “Terry” Yelvington to come forward and assist the investigation.
“We need the public’s help to solve this senseless homicide,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. The case is now close to a month old.
The Sheriff’s Office detectives reported that the murder happened at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. That’s when Yelvington, was shot to death in front of his home at 735 S. Todhunter Way Lake Alfred.
Detectives interviewed other residents of the neighborhood, and reported that witnesses said they heard gunfire, then saw a car speeding away from the scene. Continue reading

Rapper lands in a legal crapper

Rapper Kevin Gates has gotten in trouble with the law, accused of kicking a fan at a concert.

Rapper Kevin Gates has gotten in trouble with the law, accused of kicking a fan at a concert.


LAKELAND — The man who sang “Posed to be in Love” and “I Don’t Get Tired” is moving from concert stage to courtroom, now that the Lakeland Police Department has filed battery charges against him.
The charge: that video footage released on Aug. 30 shows rapper Kevin Gates kicking a women in the chest during a performance in Lakeland.
Lakeland Police completed their investigation of Gate, also known as Kevin Jerome Gilyard, 29, who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The woman filed charges on Tuesday.
The rapper was performing at Rumors Night Club on Aug. 28. Lakeland Police say Miranda Dixon, 18, was in the crowd and standing in front of the stage.
“During Gilyard’s performance, Dixon reached onto the stage and touched Gilyard’s pants leg, then withdrew her hand,” noted Sergeant Terri Smith, public information officer for the Lakeland Police Department, in a news release about the case. Continue reading

Situational Awareness: What really got exposed?

Jonathan Pagan was sought by Osceola County Sheriff's detectives on a charge of indecent exposure.

Jonathan Pagan was sought by Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives on a charge of indecent exposure.


POINCIANA — Exactly what happened in a parked car in Poinciana earlier this month?
Calling it a “suspicious incident,” the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has forwarded charges against a 25-year-old man to the State Attorney’s Office.
The charge: exposure of sexual organs.
The place: a parked car.
Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, noted in her report that two women came forward to say a man sitting in a parked car — later identified by authorities as Jonathan Pagan — had exposed himself to them.
Or did he?
“The investigation began on August 17 when deputies took a report regarding a suspicious incident,” Lizasuain wrote. “They spoke with two females who indicated they were riding their bikes in the area of Steward Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road when they saw an unknown male, later identified as Jonathan Pagan, sitting in a vehicle parked in the turning lane. When they rode by, the females saw Pagan partially undressed and inappropriately touching himself.” Continue reading

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