Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Winter Haven — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an animal cruelty investigation at 4073 Mahogany Run, Winter Haven. According to a press release, two people heard what sounded like a dog “yelping” coming from a dumpster behind an apartment complex. One of the Good Samaritans jumped inside the […]

UBER driver shoots, kills jealous boyfriend of woman

"Leave people alone, they may have a gun and shoot you," said Judd. "This is clearly a case of stand your ground."

UBER driver shoots, kills jealous boyfriend of woman

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of 34-year-old Jason Boek, of Buchanan Drive in Winter Haven, who was shot and killed by an UBER driver. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, on Dundee Road in an unincorporated part of Polk County. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady […]

Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, closed

Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, closed

Tabitha Biehl, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator announced that Polk County’s Environmental Lands program has now closed all of Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve. A portion of the trail was closed last month for safety reasons due to an alligator nesting season. But due to a newly discovered nest along the trail, […]

CSX to close several railroad crossings

CSX to close several railroad crossings

CSX Transportation has scheduled repairs this week for railroad crossings that intersect several Polk County roads. Work at some crossings has already started. Motorists can expect closures along the following roadways: Old Dixie Hwy. Fish Hatchery Road Reynolds Road Payne Street N. Canal Avenue Fairway Avenue Eastside Drive Canal Road All closures are between County […]

Attempted abduction in Davenport

Attempted abduction in Davenport

At approximately 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016, an 11-year-old girl got off her bus at her bus stop, located at Thousand Oaks Blvd and Ronald Reagan Parkway in Davenport, and began walking eastbound on the sidewalk along Ronald Reagan Parkway towards her neighborhood. A short time later, a car traveling westbound pulled up alongside […]

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating a triple homicide that occurred at 2314 East Magnolia Drive, Lot 2, Lakeland.  A fourth victim was transported to an area hospital. At approximately 6:45 a.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call advising there […]

Man arrested for selling alcohol and cigarettes from home

Man arrested for selling alcohol and cigarettes from home

  Lakeland, Florida — On Thursday, September 25, 2014, undercover detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 61-year-old James Terrance “Terry” Pearson of 702 Texas Avenue in Lakeland. Pearson was charged with one count Sale of Single Cigarettes (M-1), one count Illegal Sale of Alcohol (M-2), one count Possession of Cocaine (F-3), one count […]

Baby ingested methadone pill

Baby ingested methadone pill

  Lakeland, Florida — On Friday, September 19, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 34-year-old Shawn Cross of 5417 Rebecca Lane in Lakeland, and charged him with one count of Possession of Controlled Substance and one count Child Neglect. According to the affidavit , Cross purchased four (4) methadone prescription pills […]

Wanted: Considered armed and extremely dangerous

Wanted: Considered armed and extremely dangerous

  Winter Haven, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Brandon Matthews of Winter Haven. Matthews has Polk County warrants for Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder. Detectives say Matthews already had a warrant for an armed robbery committed on August 14, 2014, on Edwin Avenue NE in […]

Teacher arrested for threatening public official

Teacher arrested for threatening public official

Lakeland, Florida — 49-year-old Kelly Ann Karynn, of 164 Shadow Lane, Lakeland, was arrested yesterday by Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives based upon a Polk County Warrant for corruption by threat against a public official. Karynn is a school teacher at Bartow Middle School, teaching seventh grade English. The charge—a direct information filing from the […]

Career criminal jailed for armed robbery dies in sleep

Career criminal jailed for armed robbery dies in sleep

Polk County — A preliminary investigation shows that 54-year-old Greg Mitchell Hughes, of Lakeland, Florida, who was arrested on July 17, 2014, on charges of Burglary w/Assault or Battery, Robbery w/Weapon, Burglary of Unoccupied Structure Unarmed, Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon, and Trespassing, died during his sleep. Hughes was being held on no bond since […]

Multiple men and three teens arrested during “Cyberchild III” sting

Multiple men and three teens arrested during “Cyberchild III” sting

Polk County, Florida — 16 people have been arrested in “Operation Cyber Child III,” an undercover operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) focusing on adults travelling to meet minors to engage in sexual activity and on those who possess child pornography. The operation concluded Monday night, June 30, 2014 and included two […]

Man throws baby across room

Man throws baby across room

Winter Haven, Florida — “This suspect admitted to smoking a blunt and a half of marijuana, staying up all night then becoming enraged enough to throw a baby across a room just because it was crying,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse.” In the pre-dawn […]

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 […]

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