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Man arrested in Polk County for felony sexual abuse of a child

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A man in Polk County was arrested Tuesday and charged with eight felonies related to sexual abuse of a child, deputies say. Carlos Calderon, 41, is facing charges for sexual battery, lewd molestation of a child under the age of 12, use of a child in a sexual performance, sexual p


Winter Haven looking for solutions for homeless students

WINTER HAVEN — Mayor Brad Dantzler leads from the heart as well as the head. “When it came to my attention there are about 700 school-age children in Winter Haven who are homeless, that broke my heart,” Dantzler told The Ledger. “When we (city officials) do things like a road study, we make a plan a


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


Fishing results: 59-inch haul wins Polk Kayak Bass Challenge

• Carlos Maldonado overcame a tough bite on Lake Kissimmee on Jan. 12 to bring in a four-bass haul totaling 59.25 inches and run away with the Polk County Kayak Bass Challenge. John Wilcox had a 47.50-inch total for second place. Robert Brooks had the big bass of the tournament at 18.25 inches, pull


Mexican national claims not to remember how many times he battered young girl: Polk sheriff

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — "Hell, I don't know," 41-year-old Carlos Calderon allegedly told the Polk County Sheriff's Office when asked how many times he sexually battered a child. Detectives were told about Calderon when a girl, aged 12 or younger, went to an adult and said he had explicit photos on his ce


Inconsistent weather has made fishing a little tough for Polk County anglers.

Strike Zones: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on Lakes 2, 3, 5, F, Fish Hook, Horseshoe and Shop. Most of the bass were in the 12-16 inch range with two large bass over 23 inches. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits have been best. Speck fishing wa


Amendment 4 prompts surge of new Polk voters

LAKELAND — Sabrina Young is 41 and has never cast a vote. Last week, she registered for the first time. Young was one of 44 newly eligible voters who signed up during a registration drive Jan. 8 aimed at local residents whose voting rights were restored with the passage in November of a constitution


Police: Teen Boy Kept as Sex Slave in Florida Trailer for a Year

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested seven adults and charged them with keeping a 16-year-old boy as a sex slave in a filthy trailer for a year. The victim was discovered during an investigation of another missing teen from Louisiana, according to Fox 61.


Local golf league results and upcoming events

Results from golf league play around Polk County through Jan. 14 with format, date, event and winners by flight or class in alphabetical order. Bartow Women's, Ts and Ss/Half Handicap, Jan. 7-13: Mettie Withers 34.5, Kathey Milligan 35.5.


Lakeland Man With Extensive Criminal History Taken Into Custody Again For Grand Theft Auto and Drug Charges

Lakeland man with extensive criminal history taken into custody again for grand theft auto and drug charges. On January 15, 2019, PCSO deputies received information that a possible stolen vehicle was located at 1226 Country Club Lane in Lakeland. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed that th


1 of 2 drug convictions for WH man overturned on appeal

LAKELAND — An appeals court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Winter Haven man for possession of a vehicle for trafficking cocaine, saying there was no clear evidence he used a vehicle to commit a crime.


Sick and dead cattle in bay area may be linked to toxic feed

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - - More than a dozen cattle deaths in Polk County may be linked to toxic feed. The feed is now under a recall, and officials are working to determine if there is a connection.


Mom buys dress for future granddaughter on her birthday, 7 years before she's born

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Marjorie Zarbaugh's mom always hoped to have a granddaughter one day and a shopping trip in 2011 seems more like an act of serendipity nearly 7 years later when Marjorie received a gift from her mom at their gender reveal party in 2018.


Frigid Florida: Get ready for the coldest air we've seen this season

ORLANDO, Fla. - Here is Mother Nature's reminder that it technically is winter, even if we do live in Florida. Central Florida will see the coldest air of the season over the next few days, as well as some wet weather.


February Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will be closed Feb. 22-25 for The Gala. The Art of Will Barnet: Selections from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition showcases 22 recently gifted and loaned works from this figurative artist who also experimented in abstraction during his caree


Auburndale man charged with raping child

A 41-year-old Auburndale man was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery of a child after Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives were told by an adult that a child disclosed she had been repeatedly sexually battered and violated from the ages of 7 to 12.


Odds, ends and curious facts from yesterday’s news

The Herald, a Winter Haven weekly newspaper, ceased publication some years ago. Published by George and Josephine Burr, the paper often chronicled events from Winter Haven's early history. Here are a few excerpts from May 27, 1955.


Local Children Frolic And Play In 70 Tons Of Snow During Winter Haven Winter Wonderland

Local Children Frolic And Play In 70 Tons Of Snow During Winter Haven Winter Wonderland. The children of Winter Haven may not have been able to enjoy a White Christmas, but at least they had a chance to frolic and play the Eskimo way in a Winter Wonderland.


Florida man drinks 20 bears, attempts to get children to touch him inappropriately

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Police say a Florida man would drink up to 20 beers before bringing children into his home and try to convince them to touch him inappropriately. The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur Leo Proulx, 51, after he allegedly made sexual advances towards two boys, ages 6


Annual event honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Polk State celebrated the life, dream, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at its 15thannual MLK Celebration luncheon Jan. 9 in Winter Haven. Guests enjoyed food and fellowship and heard from keynote speaker Keith J. Gibbs, director of safety and security for John Wesley Community Health and a