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277 suspected nabbed in PSCO trafficking, prostitution sting

LAKELAND - The Polk County Sheriff's Office nabbed 277 in a weeklong undercover sting focusing on human trafficking and online prostitution, which the agency is calling "Operation No Tricks, No Treats." Of those, 51 were arrested on charges of advertising as prostitutes online, 209 under suspicion

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-17 05:01:00

BARTOW - A Winter Haven man is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the October 2016 shooting death of Jean Makenson Desroche in Lakeland.

A Polk County grand jury indicted Kenyon Quartus Covington, 29, in August on a charge of murder. He was brought to Bartow on Tuesday for an arraignment hearing, at which time he was formally informed of the charges against him. Covington, of 1845 Inman Drive N.W., is being held in the Polk County

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 01:31:24

Delgado, Giddens talk up progress in Lakeland

LAKELAND - Lakeland can hold the line on the property tax rate through 2020, City Manager Tony Delgado said Tuesday while recounting his first two years as the city's chief executive. Delgado's comments present a more optimistic view of the city's financial situation than the one given in 2015, whe

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-17 16:34:38

People camp out overnight for third day of Irma assistance in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - People in Polk County were camped out in a line early Monday morning waiting to apply for assistance following Hurricane Irma. Monday is the third day of the Food for Florida program in Polk County. The Department of Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Agricultur


Lakeland city manager, attorney receive high marks and raises

LAKELAND - City Manager Tony Delgado and City Attorney Tim McCausland received high marks and raises based on commissioners' assessment of their work in the past year. Commissioners approved 4 percent raises for both in a unanimous vote, consistent with the maximum amount awarded to other city empl

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-17 02:09:41

Lakeland City Commissioners approve 2 land deals

LAKELAND - Two land deals sailed through Monday's commission meeting, both connected to large projects, one philanthropic, one for-profit. A unanimous City Commission agreed to gift about $94,000 in property and rights-of-way to the group building Bonnet Springs Park, a proposed 180-acre site spanni

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-17 02:14:55

Shorter lines Sunday for Lakeland food assistance program

People who endured long lines to get Department of Children and Families assistance on Saturday, probably couldn't believe reports that those lines were virtually non-existent on Sunday.Shorter lines for food assistance SundayMany people waited for hours on SaturdayThe food assistance center is open


Lakeland commission sets date for forum on Munn Park statue

LAKELAND - The Lakeland City Commission will host a public forum on the statue of the Confederate soldier in Munn Park at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the RP Funding Center. Statues commemorating the Confederate cause and warriors like the one in Munn Park have been under fire nationally, and several southern


Rolling roadblocks speed up Irma cleanup in Lakeland

Rolling roadblocks were a sign of progress in Lakeland Monday. Lakeland police were blocking the southbound lanes of Cleveland Heights Boulevard to help debris removal contractors speed up their work. The crews were expected to finish their work along the southbound lanes Monday.Still lots of debris

BAY NEWS 9 - 2017-10-16 23:06:00

Ledger hosting online forum about Lakeland strong mayor debate

The Ledger is hosting an online forum Wednesday to inform residents about a charter amendment that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Ledger Media Group Editorial Page Editor Bill Thompson will be moderating the debate between Grant Miller, representing the People's Mayor (or Strong Mayor) position, wh

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-16 17:23:43

Peacemakers use art to connect Lakeland residents, homeless

LAKELAND -- A newly-formed group called "The Peacemakers" held a painting party in Munn Park on Saturday. The group is made of local artists wishing to share their gifts.Painting party in Lakeland to raise homeless awarenessPurpose was to get homeless, residents to share storiesSponsored by a group


Prostitution sting caught doctors, instructors and 'one of our own'

WINTER HAVEN - Two Tampa physicians were among the 277 people caught up in a weeklong undercover prostitution sting orchestrated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Nelson Norberto Aldana, 40, of Tampa, and Douglas Klotch, 71, of Palmetto, were singled out by Polk Sheriff Grady Judd during a Tuesda

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 01:50:24

PEP homecoming parade set for Wednesday night

WINTER HAVEN - Three Winter Haven area schools will come together Wednesday night to put on a joint homecoming celebration. The 2017 Public Education Partnership Parade and Festival involves All Saints Academy, Lake Region High School and Winter Haven High School. The festival begins at 6 p.m. with

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 01:23:33

'Operation No Tricks, No Treats' prostitution sting in Polk County ends with 277 arrests

Authorities in Polk County arrested 277 people on prostitution and human-trafficking charges during a weeklong undercover sting. "Operation No Tricks, No Treats" included agents from police departments in Lakeland, Haines City, Lake Wales and Winter Haven, in conjunction with the State Attorney's Of

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-10-17 23:50:00

No Boss Mayor vs. Strong Mayor: Voters will decide Nov. 7

Lakeland voters have the choice to fundamentally change how political power is wielded and their local interests represented on the Nov. 7 ballot. Christopher Guinn @cguinnnews LAKELAND - Lakeland voters have the choice to fundamentally change how political power is wielded and their local interest

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 02:15:25

Food for Florida helps an estimated 12,000 Manatee County families after Irma

On the last of the three-day event, crowds were significantly smaller, but a steady flow of people continued to file into the DeSoto Square mall on Tuesday to receive food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. It wasn't the rush seen in other cities like Miami and Lakeland where tens of thousan

BRADENTON HERALD - 2017-10-17 21:00:00

November Happenings at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

Through Dec. 10 The culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia's most respected artists, this exhibition features 11 large-scale, colorful and densely populated paintings that invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of

PATCH - 2017-10-17 17:54:30

Democratic Club to meet next week

WINTER HAVEN - The Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday. This month's meeting will be held in room 1 at Chain of Lakes Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Dr. Katherine Sutherland will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be available. All Democrats are welc

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 01:25:14

Orcutt, Mixon district diving champs

WINTER HAVEN - Amanda Orcutt and Trey Mixon both took first place Tuesday for All Saints in the Class 1A, District 6 diving meet held at Rowdy Gaines Pool. Orcutt, a sophomore for the Saints, thought she was going to have to overcome a failed dive, as judges discussed her worst dive of the day. How

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 04:38:59

Bartow Chamber recognizes positive influences in the community

BARTOW - A transportation engineering firm, a trophy maker and a Bartow couple who opened their hearts and their kitchen to out-of-state electrical workers after Hurricane Irma were among those honored Tuesday night at Bartow's annual Champions Cup awards ceremony. The event, sponsored by the Greate

THE LEDGER - 2017-10-18 04:04:17