Date: August 14, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Sheriff Crow Declares State of Emergency Issues Curfew for Portions of County

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., declares a State of Emergency exists in Polk County under the provisions of Florida Statute 870.043 because of clear and present danger of general public disorder in the Polk County disaster areas. The Sheriff is declaring a dusk to dawn curfew in the following areas of Polk County: all areas where power outages exist and in all areas where extensive storm damage exists. These areas are generally located, but not limited to, southeastern, eastern and central Polk County including in and around the cities of Fort Meade, Lake Wales, Dundee, Haines City, Frostproof, Lake Hamilton, Davenport, and the surrounding unincorporated areas. Violation of the curfew is a M1 (first degree misdemeanor).

In other Hurricane Charley storm-related news, the Polk County Sheriff's Office is continuing to support the Polk County Recovery Operation.  PCSO deputies and support personnel are working non-stop to respond to any possible storm-related emergencies. PCSO air patrols conducted today have shown significant damage to structures all along the path of the storm, which traveled from the southwest portion of the county (Fort Meade area) to the northeast portion of the county (Lake Wales and surrounding areas).

So far, the PCSO has confirmed 1 storm-related traffic death: at approximately 10 p.m. last night, Jerry David Padgett, Jr., DOB 5/9/43, of 2550 Walk-In-Water Road near Lake Wales, was driving eastbound on SR 60 (east of Lake Wales) in a 1992 Chevy truck. Storm damage had destroyed the road, creating a pit up to 25 feet wide and 200 feet in length. Padgett's truck slid into the pit and flipped over, where it was partially submerged in water. His truck came to rest approximately 36 feet down into the pit. He was declared dead at the scene.
Note to media: the PCSO media phone line (863-534-6397) has expanded to include information from the Polk County Recovery Operations Center (ROC). Press line 1 for PCSO news, and line 2 for ROC news. The phone number for the ROC Public Information is 519-8963, ext 105 or ext. 120.


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