| Mar 9, 2014
| 2:21 PM
A tractor-trailer hit and killed a pedestrian in Lakeland this morning, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
According to a report from the law-enforcement agency, Thomas Edward Brown, 58, of Lakeland was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by William J....
| Mar 8, 2014
| 5:17 PM
The wing of a small plane flying a few feet off the ground clipped the strings of a parachute Saturday in Florida, flinging the skydiver into the air and slamming the plane nose-first into grass.
Both pilot and skydiver survived.
In fact, neither...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 10:35 AM
Here, at the large-animal hospital at Oregon State University, in stalls with wood shavings on the ground, are the alpacas that look at you with those innocent eyes.
They evoke even more sympathy from observers who know what they've gone through....
| Mar 3, 2014
| 8:43 PM
A 49-year-old St. Cloud woman was killed Monday when her speeding car became airborne, hit a tree and split in two, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Karen Reynolds Johnson was speeding when she crashed about 1:10 a.m. at Davenport Boulevard and Old...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 11:31 AM
A Polk County pedestrian was killed late Saturday after being hit by a car in Alturas.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Mark Piburn of Alturas was killed after being hit by a car driven by Kassie Schaefer, 24, of Winter Haven at about...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 3:13 PM
Three Central Florida men were arrested last week on charges of promoting obscenity at a Polk County nightclub authorities described as a violent public nuisance.
A joint investigation led to the arrests of Chris Rounsaville, owner of Bar Red in Winter...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:30 AM
The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified the patrol deputy killed by a suspected burglar's bullet early Monday as 34-year-old Scott Pine, a husband and father of three small children, while they continue to investigate the circumstances that led to...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:33 PM
Harrowing details are emerging Thursday afternoon in a single-car crash that killed the grandson of former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.
A second man died and a third had to wait several hours to be rescued from a car mostly submerged in...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
The mother of one of the girls charged in the Florida case of cyber bullying has been arrested on charges of abusing children, the Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Friday.
Vivian Vosburg, the mother of one of the girls, has been taken into custody...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Last month, Rebecca Sedwick scaled a tower at an abandoned cement plant near her Lakeland home, walked to the edge and stepped out.
She left a note.
"I'm jumping and I can't take it anymore."
Tragically fitting that her final words were...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:44 AM
The grandson of the Winter Haven grandmother arrested last month has been found and arrested.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has been searching for 31-year-old Kelvin Key-Herrington since a shooting on Sept. 21
Key-Herrington is accused of...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 7:48 AM
The mother of a girl accused of tormenting a Polk County 12-year-old in a high-profile cyber bullying-suicide case is now accused of beating up kids in a separate incident – an accusation Sheriff Grady Judd says demonstrates her poor parenting...