Happening Now: Deputies Block Off Auburndale Intersection After Vehicle Crash Involving Gunshot Wounded Occupant

Auburndale, Florida – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently Investigating a vehicle crash on Old Dixie Hwy and Taylor Rd. According to the public information spokesperson with the PCSO the occupant of the vehicle appears to be suffering from a gunshot wound. How or when the occupant was shot is not available at this time. The accident occurred at 10:57am and deputies were called to the scene minutes later.
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First Case Of Rabies Confirmed In Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, PCSO Animal Control responded to Poyner Road in Polk City, in reference to a fight between a dog and a raccoon. The owner of the Tibetan terrier mix separated the two animals and dispatched the raccoon; Animal Control responded, retrieved the raccoon carcass, and sent it to the state laboratory in Tampa to be tested for rabies. The positive rabies was confirmed two days later.
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Wauchula Weather Forecast For The Week Ahead

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Wauchula: Friday, June 18: Mostly cloudy then scattered showers and thunderstorms during the day; while scattered showers and thunderstorms then mostly cloudy overnight; Saturday, June 19: Partly sunny then scattered showers and thunderstorms during the day; while scattered showers and
Polk County, FLThe Ledger

PCSO will back up agencies sending employees to border

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is not among the law enforcement agencies planning to send employees to Texas and Arizona under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to provide assistance with border security. DeSantis announced Wednesday that he had asked agencies to voluntarily provide employees for the initiative. He said he was...
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CSX’s Problem-Plagued Repairs Continue to Delay Reopening of Ewell Road

Repairs to the CSX Ewell Road rail crossing between Old Hwy. 37 and South Florida Avenue have been postponed again. Specialized equipment needed to complete the work has broken down and CSX is reporting that work will not resume until Monday. If the remainder of repairs proceeds as planned, Ewell Road is expected to reopen late Tuesday afternoon or early Wednesday morning. Repairs were suspended for several days earlier this week so crews could respond to an emergency incident at their Lakeland rail yard.
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Alligator removed after chilling out under vending machine

POLK CITY, Fla — Sightings of alligators in the Sunshine State are nothing new. Where you may find them, however, may be evolving. The Polk County Sheriff Office was called to the rescue after people were "freaked out" by an alligator that found itself a not-so-hidden, hiding place underneath a vending machine at a Circle K in Polk City.
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Polk health director still urging vaccinations as county's rate lags behind state

Six months after the first needles entered the first arms in Polk County, fewer than half of the eligible population has received a vaccination against COVID-19. The latest information from the Florida Department of Health shows that 47% of residents age 12 and older have gotten at least one shot. That is lower than the statewide rate of 55%. The weekly report issued June 11 doesn’t indicate how many have received a full series of vaccinations.
Wauchula, FLThe Ledger

People & changes: FSC grad Clara Laurent lead adviser at Wauchula bank

Clara Laurent heads Wauchula State Financial Services. Clara Laurent was appointed principal financial adviser for Wauchula State Financial Services, which offers investment and insurance products and services through Infinex Investments. Laurent, a fifth-generation Hardee County resident, joined Wauchula State Bank in 2013 shortly after graduating from Florida Southern College with a bachelor's in business administration. Laurent served as a real estate valuation specialist for three years at Wauchula State Bank, then became a part of the WSFS team. She is a registered investment adviser representative and a registered representative of Infinex Investments and holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations, as well as the Florida Life, Health, & Annuity license. Assisting Laurent at WSFS is Joy Evers, who recently joined the team after more than 17 years with Wauchula State Bank. Evers began her career in banking in 1985 and has served in a variety of leadership and customer service roles. Like Laurent, Evers was born and raised in Hardee County.
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Man accused of luring 12-year-old girl from Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Police have charged a California man with using a computer to lure a 12-year-old girl from Polk County. Authorities charged Eduardo Martinez with several counts of transmitting harmful material to a child and luring a child. The girl's mother claims she found nude and sexually explicit...

6 Polk County cities to hold Juneteenth celebrations as it becomes national holiday

LAKELAND, Fla. - Washington officially declared Juneteenth a national holiday and Bay Area African American leaders say it’s been a long time coming. "It is significant because since 1866 there have been celebrations by people of African American descent. Now we are in 2021, and it is finally being recognized as a national day," Doris Moore Bailey, regional director of Juneteenth festivities for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina explained.