Police unearth a tall tale of abduction


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:46 p.m.

His story was just as elaborate as that of the runaway bride's kidnapping tale.

But just like the jittery bride-to-be, a Michigan man's horrifying account of being snatched from his home, beaten, robbed and dumped off near a Live Oak McDonald's by his captors turned out to be a lie, the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office reported.

In fact, Robert Wayne Poling Jr., 31, was actually left by a friend in Live Oak after the two men got into a fight on their way through Florida last week.

Poling at first told Deputy Lee Willis he had been kidnapped from his northern home and taken to the Sunshine State. But, as the officer questioned the story, the man kept changing his story. Eventually he admitted he made it up.

Poling was charged with making a false report of a crime and taken to the Suwannee County jail.

- Party news:

The Gainesville Police Department's Party Patrol detail is on hiatus - at least on Thursday nights.

The patrol, which responds to complaints about loud parties in the city, has been running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

But there's been a slowdown recently on Thursdays, causing the department to shift some officers to the other two nights.

"In the recent weeks, Thursday nights have been very, very slow," said police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg.

It doesn't mean that patrol hasn't been busy, however. Kameg said the detail has been responding to about 100 calls Friday and Saturday.

"We want to make sure people don't get the thought that it's gone," Kameg added. "We're saving some money, which we're sure we will use in the fall."

- Strip and run:

A LaCrosse man tried a striptease of sorts with police to escape an arrest last week. He failed.

Gainesville Police Officer John Bostick stopped Donnell Tyrone Garrison, 24, at Gardenia Garden Apartments off NE 8th Avenue last week because he had been loitering on the property, police reported. Bostick also found what appeared to be rock cocaine in a cigarette box Garrison had.

But when Bostick tried to handcuff Garrison, he began to struggle with the officer.

Garrison "began twisting himself out of all his clothing down to his boxer shorts until he was entirely naked," Bostick said in a report.

Lt. Lonnie Scott said the man began running through the apartment complex but was caught a short time later.

Garrison was charged with resisting arrest without violence and trespassing on posted property.

- Good deed:

Some high school students will create a special mural this weekend at the Clay County Sheriff's Office Orange Park Operations Center. off Blanding Boulevard.

Students from Ridgeview High School will be donating their time to create the mural at the office, which will be used by the Child Protection Team. The team interviews children who could be victims of abuse or other crimes.

The mural, according to Sheriff's Office, will help make the office a comfortable area where children will not feel intimidated or frightened.

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