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***MISSING*** Winter Haven Women Missing Since March 15

WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police need help in locating a missing 40 year-old Winter Haven woman who hasn't been seen by friends or family since March 15. On March 19, 2018, Winter Haven Police were alerted to a missing woman who was last seen in the early morning hours of March 15. Amy Millen was

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

Sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot man armed with shotgun

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say Florida deputies fatally shot a suicidal man who pointed a gun at them. A Polk County Sheriff's Office statement says 20-year-old Chance Christopher Haegele died Tuesday night near his Winter Haven home. The release says deputies responded after friends and

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-03-21 20:36:19

Sheriff: Teen who beat boy with baseball bat wondered 'what it feels like to kill somebody'

Deputies said they were called at about 2:45 p.m. Monday to a wooded area along Caloosa Boulevard near U.S. 27 and First Avenue North, where Giovanni Diaz was found dead. During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Dillen Murray, 16, was angry and jealous that Diaz had a relations

WFTV - 2018-03-21 16:44:54

Polk County Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious death in Lake Wales

LAKE WALES, Fla. (WFLA) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit is investigating after a 16-year-old boy reportedly beat a 15-year-old boy to death with a baseball bat Monday afternoon. The death occurred on Caloosa Boulevard, cross street Lake Boulevard. According to Polk County Sheriff Gr


16 Year Old Polk Co. Boy Charged in Beating Death

Lake Wales, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The boy thought he was going to play the woods, but Polk County detectives say that Giovanni Diaz was lured to his death in a brutal beating Monday afternoon. Diaz, 15, had gone into the wooded area off Caloosa Boulevard with Dillen Murray, 16. Once there, Murray beat D


Troubled Winter Haven Man Commits 'Suicide By Cop'

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- A 20-year-old Winter Haven man who was shot and killed by Polk County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday, March 20, had a long history of mental health problems, said Sheriff Grady Judd. On Tuesday night, Chance Haegele posted a Snapchat message in which he threatened to kill himself. A

PATCH - 2018-03-21 15:04:13

6-foot gator hangs out in middle of Lakeland road

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - A six-foot alligator started his Tuesday morning hanging out in the middle of a Lakeland road. Jeff Spears said he was on his way to work at 4:45 a.m. on Carter Road when he came across the gator in front of the Eaglebrooke subdivision. Spears called 911 and Polk sheriff's de

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-21 01:39:15

Judd, Putnam announce 5 arrests in Polk credit-card skimming investigation

BARTOW - A three-month investigation, triggered after a Polk County Sheriff's deputy noticed two men tinkering with a fuel pump's keypad at a Sunoco station in Polk City, has led to five arrests involving a statewide credit-card skimming operation. In a press conference Wednesday, Sheriff Grady Judd

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-21 18:08:17

Sheriff: Lake Wales teen beats friend to death with a baseball bat

LAKE WALES, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in Lake Wales after he reportedly beat his best friend to death with a baseball bat, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. During a press conference Monday evening, Sheriff Judd said that the boy was able to convince his friend, 15-year-o


Lake Wales man wins $1 million with scratch-off-ticket

LAKE WALES - Dale Steenberg, 64, of Lake Wales, claimed a $1 million prize in the new Florida 100X The Cash scratch-off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $770,000. Steenberg bought his winning ticket while shoppi


Sheriff's Office: Polk teacher left 4-year-old boy at home alone

WINTER HAVEN - A fourth-grade teacher has been arrested on charges of child neglect after a young boy in her custody was found wandering outside her home in Davenport, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reported. Marsha Dolce, 26, is a teacher at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana, the PCSO said in a news


Haines City homicide suspect arrested in Texas after killing woman in front of his kids

HAINES CITY, Fla. - The homicide suspect accused of killing the mother of his three children in front of them has been arrested in Texas. 38-year-old Maclovio Salas was the suspect in the fatal shooting of Ricio Mozqueda, 37. He was found in his vehicle outside a residence in McGregor, TX. Waco Poli


Driver arrested after deadly crash in Lake Wales

LAKE WALES, Fla. -- One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Lake Wales. The accident occurred just before 1:00 p.m. in the 2100 block of State Road 60 East. According to the Lake Wales Police Department, 51-year-old Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda wa


Florida teacher leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana, police say

Teacher Marsha Dolce, 26, was arrested after leaving a 4-year-old child alone to buy marijuana. (Fox 35 Orlando) A fourth grade teacher was not in class at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana on Monday, because she had been jailed on accusations of child neglect and marijuana possession, authorities sa


4 South Florida restaurants shut down due to rodent issues

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - State records show rodent droppings were found in baking soda at Honk Kong House in North Miami last week. A "stop sale" was issued on cases of water at Downtown Pizza on Cypress Creek Road due to possible contamination due to rodent droppings. Rodent issues were also found at


Lake Wales Police Investigating Fatal Crash On S.R. 60 In Front Of Walmart Sunday Afternoon

Lake Wales, Florida - The Lake Wales Police Department is currently Investigating a fatal crash on S. R. 60 just East of Buckmoor Rd. The crash occurred approximately at 1:30pm. Lake Wales Police Lt. David Black advised one person has died in the crash. Traffic is being rerouted due to scene. The ne


Single-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

Authorities said it appears the driver lost control as he traveled West on State Road 60. The vehicle appeared to have rolled at least once before coming to rest upside down. Ledger staff LAKE WALES - Lake Wales Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on State Road 60 on Sunday at about


One dead, two injured in Lake Wales crash

One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Lake Wales. The incident occurred just before 1 pm in the 2100 block of State Road 60 East. According to a Lake Wales Police Department report 51-year-old Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda was traveling west when


Poinciana teacher charged with child neglect

DAVENPORT (FOX 13) - A Polk County teacher has been accused of child neglect after a four-year-old boy was found wandering a street alone, deputies say. The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested 26-year-old Marsha Dolce, who teaches fourth-grade in Laurel Elementary School in Poinciana. Deputies say


LPD clerk, husband arrested for marijuana possession

LAKELAND - A Lakeland Police Department records clerk was arrested along with her newlywed husband Friday afternoon for marijuana possession. Alysen Johnson, 28, is on paid administrative leave from her job while an investigation continues, said LPD spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross. She is paid a yearly s