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Skeletal remains found in shallow grave

On Monday, August 8, 2022, an inmate in the Polk County Detention Center led the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to skeletal remains in a shallow grave west of Hatfield, Arkansas. The remains were found in a heavily wooded area along the Mountain Fork River. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office,...
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Polk County mom fueled by son's death, sparks change

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Polk County community is celebrating a big win after county commissioners put the stamp of approval on building sidewalks in their neighborhood. The Sidewalk Advisory Committee in Lakeland agreed that NW 1st street needs sidewalks. The Sidewalk Advisory Committee has a $2 million budget...
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Former Polk County Firefighter arrested for possession of child pornography

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives arrested Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) Captain Brian Steger (40 years old) for 25 counts of possession of child pornography – enhanced* (F2) and one count of promotion of child pornography (F2) after a tip was received by PCSO detectives and they responded to Polk county Fire Station #26 in Lake Wales to investigate. Steger resigned his employment in lieu of termination.
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Two men rob multiple stores in central Florida

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — The Polk County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying two men after they robbed multiple stores at gunpoint in central Florida on Sunday. According to deputies, the men entered the Family Dollar in Poinciana just after the store opened at 7 a.m. Surveillance video from...
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Gov. DeSantis Endorses Polk School Board Candidate Rick Nolte

Over the last few weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed 29 Republican candidates in non-partisan school board races across Florida’s 67 counties. On Monday night, he added one more endorsement, and it was for a candidate in Polk County: Rick Nolte, who is challenging incumbent Polk School Board member Sarah Fortney.

Polk Begins 2022-23 School Year Today Amid Teacher Shortage

More than 110,000 students and 13,000 employees returned to more than 150 Polk County public schools Wednesday morning for the first day of the 2022-2023 school year. Taylor Anderson, her daughter Alana Anderson, 7, and Alana’s aunt Breanna Smith stopped in front of a “Happy First Day, Lions!” sign at Philip O’Brien Elementary School for a quick photo.
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Lakeland man charged with murder in July 2 shooting

The Lakeland Police Department has arrested a 24-year-old man on charges that he fatally shot his roommate July 2 at Big Oaks Apartments. LPD detectives arrested Thomas Anthony Rivera on Thursday and charged him with second-degree murder, the agency said in a news release. Rivera had been in custody since July 3 on charges of tampering with evidence and providing false information to law enforcement officers.