To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

Polk County — As Election Day draws near, “medical marijuana” has become a hot topic, and many have asked me about my position concerning constitutional Amendment 2. That’s simple: I am personally against the amendment because I know it is a ruse that will create defacto-legalization of marijuana in Florida. The amendment supporters are counting […]

Man gets hit in the face with “pot”

Man gets hit in the face with “pot”

Lakeland, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a domestic disturbance in north Lakeland, at approximately 6:20 p.m., on Saturday evening. The victim, 33-year-old Jackie Brown reported that he and his brother, Rodney J. Brown, 31, had been involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical. Jackie Brown told deputies his […]

98 arrested in four day human trafficking/prostitution sting

98 arrested in four day human trafficking/prostitution sting

Polk County, Florida — At the conclusion of a four-day-long human trafficking/prostitution investigation, targeting online e-commerce sites related to men and women who were advertising to commit prostitution and who were soliciting others for prostitution, 98 suspects were arrested. Their charges ranged from Offering to Commit Lewdness in which the suspects either posted online ads, […]

Triple murder suspect dies from gunshot

Triple murder suspect dies from gunshot

Lakeland, Florida — On May 27, 2014, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive man-hunt for a suspect that killed three people earlier in the week. At approximately 9:00 p.m., Monday, May 26, 2014, a 14-year-old girl arrived home from a weekend ROTC trip to find her mother, Danyala Smith 31, her moms partner, […]

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Lakeland, Florida — Around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Rhonda Branch, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Antonio Allen, both of 2103 Reynolds Road in Lakeland, when their neighbors called PCSO to report a three-year-old toddler was locked out of the residence for over an hour, and was […]

Boy Charged With Poisoning Teacher

Boy Charged With Poisoning Teacher

Polk County, Florida — On May 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14-year-old Zachary Malvasia of Lakeland, a student at Crystal Lake Middle School, and charged him with one count Poison Food/Water (F-1) for putting hand sanitizer in his teacher’s water. According to the affidavit, during the morning hours of May 20, 2014 the […]

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Mangled cars and one dead after fatal crash

Polk County, Florida — Today, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide deputies conducted a Fatal Crash investigation in the area of Bluff Road on Highway 37 in Mulberry. At approximately 5:38 p.m., on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the PCSO received a call in reference to a crash involving multiple vehicles. Deputies on the scene confirmed […]

WANTED And Extremely Dangerous

WANTED And Extremely Dangerous

Polk County, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 30-year-old Travis “Pinky” Barrientos, who has a warrant for his arrest for Attempted Second Degree Murder. His last known address is 112 Prospect Ave in Winter Haven. During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 19, 2014, Barrientos got […]

Polk County Annual Pet Fest 2013

Polk County Annual Pet Fest 2013

  Polk County, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control Section is once again hosting its annual Pet Fest from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the facility, located at 7115 De Castro Road, Winter Haven in Winter Haven just off the Polk Parkway near the Polk County landfill. […]