April 2019

Buccaneers 2019 Draft Review

The 2019 NFL draft is over, and now comes all of the second guessing and backseat general managers. The Buccaneers had eight selections, focusing mainly on their weaknesses.

Linebacker Devin White was the team’s first-round selection. Following that, the Buccaneers selected three defensive backs, cornerbacks Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean, and safety, Mike Edwards. Defensive linemen Anthony Nelson and Terry Beckner rounded out the defensive players taken by Tampa.


• Deputies responded to:
o Felony Domestic Battery/Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Methamphetamine – 12303 Fuller Street/Spring Hill – Male (suspect) fled before deputies arrived – Located a short time later – Male had methamphetamine and 65.91 grams of marijuana in his possession - Arrest/Male.
o Criminal Mischief – Merritt Funeral Home/2 S. Lemon Avenue/Brooksville – Active investigation.
o Suspicious Incident – Boost Mobil/19518 Cortez Boulevard/Brooksville – Complaints and threats about the contract – Active investigation.

OPERATION P.E.D.S. (Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety)

LAKELAND, FL – On April 26th from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, FHP Troopers, Lakeland Police and FDOT Officials joined together to conduct Operation P.E.D.S. along the Memorial Boulevard corridor.

The pedestrian education and enforcement detail (P.E.D.S), has Troopers and Officers observing for pedestrian, bicycle and motorist violations that occur at or near intersections, in an effort to reduce pedestrian and cyclist-related traffic crashes.

Desantis signs vaping ban, police dog protection bills

April 29, 2019



 TALLAHASSEE --- Floridians will have to keep their e-cigarettes on the shelf while in most enclosed workplaces starting this summer, under one of 10 new laws signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The workplace ban on vapor-generating electronic devices (SB 7012), better known as “vaping,” implements part of a constitutional amendment that also asked voters to ban oil and gas drilling off Florida’s shorelines.

The amendment drew support from more than 68.9 percent of voters in November.


• Deputies responded to:
o Missing/Endangered Juvenile – Hazelwood Drive/Brooksville – Habitual Runaway – Active investigation.
o Death Investigation – 16076 Bradenton Street/Brooksville – Probable Suicide – Male/36 YOA.
o Vehicle Burglary and Loitering and Prowling – Western Way Plaza/Cortez Boulevard – Male got into a vehicle and was rummaging around until confronted by the owner – He was then looking into other vehicles – Arrest/Male.
o Vehicle Burglary – 5250 Tanner Road/Spring Hill – Firearm taken from unlocked vehicle sometime since February.

Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association Raises $50,000 to Aid Disabled Veterans

Retirees Ron Ford and Dennis Blum spoke enthusiastically last week about their 100-member strong Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association. Founded just three years ago by the two Army veterans and George Friel, a retired Army major general, the organization began with only eight members.

"We started Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association to help out Chapter 67 of the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV). They were in need of operating funds. They needed a new building and the chapter was about to fold," Blum commented.    

'Fact Checks' are Dividing Us

The idea of fact-checking statements and claims by political figures is great in theory. However, in practice, the fact checks are dividing us. The fact checks are similar to arguments made by lawyers that leave out contrary information to make their point. Rarely does a fact check explore the opposing argument. This means that partisans on either side are constantly being told by sources they trust that the other side is lying.