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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
Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies as stores prepare to close for good
Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys "R" Us 70 years ago, died Monday, a week after the company announced it will be forced to shut down its U.S. operations. Lazarus, 94, no longer had any ownership position in the chain. He started the company as a 25-year old in 1948, anticipating that the post-war b
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
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
Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies shoot, kill man with history of mental troubles
A 20-year-old Winter Haven man who had been brought into custody under the Baker Act seven times during the past two years was shot and killed late Tuesday night by two Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies during a standoff. John Chambliss @ledgercity WINTER HAVEN - A 20-year-old Winter Haven man
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
Man charged with DUI manslaughter in crash that killed pedestrian
LAKELAND, Fla. - A Lakeland man has been charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with a crash earlier this year that killed a pedestrian, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Rodney Schmitz, 36, was driving his 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV on Knight Station Road at 10:22 p.
Lakeland man arrested for DUI manslaughter in pedestrian's death
BARTOW - A 36-year-old Lakeland man was arrested Wednesday for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide stemming from a Jan. 5 crash that killed a pedestrian. Toxicology reports revealed that Rodney Schmitz, of Rushing Road, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.181 when his westbound 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
'A tragic ending': Polk County deputies shoot, kill 'troubled' 20-year-old man
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the events of last night "a tragic ending to a sad set of circumstances." Judd's county deputies were forced to shoot and kill a man who pointed a shotgun at them. In the months leading up to late Tuesday, March 20, Chance Christopher Haege
PCSO: Lakeland man tries to steal from same Publix twice
LAKELAND - A 45-year-old Lakeland man has been arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on charges of grand theft and petty theft. According to Sheriff's Office reports, Juan Varela-Roman Sr. has tried twice to steal merchandise from the Publix supermarket at 6767 U.S. 98 N., Lakeland. According
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
Sheriff: Polk teen's brutal murder motivated by jealousy
LAKE WALES, Fla. (WFLA) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the brutal murder of a teenage boy was premeditated and motivated by jealousy. Deputies say 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz was beaten to death with a baseball bat on Monday afternoon. One of Diaz's friends, 16-year-old Dillen Murray, has been