August 14, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager
Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856
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
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.