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  1. Polk County enhances background checks for firefightersRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 7 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    But when the county discovered Cody Wesling's affiliation with a local gang following a federal indictment charging him in the killing of a rival gang leader, his employment was immediately terminated. "It was a total shock," said Deputy County Manager Joe Halman, who oversees public safety for Polk County.

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  2. Polk County votes to extend hours for Sunday beer and wine salesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Polk County commissioners on Tuesday voted to extend the hours of Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated parts of the county. The proposal passed 3-2.

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  3. Boozy brunch? Polk Co. could vote to extend hours for Sunday alcohol salesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Polk County commissioners on Tuesday are expected to vote on whether to extend the hours of Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated parts of the county. Braswell's proposal would extend the hours of Sunday sales to between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. instead of the current noon-midnight restrictions.

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  4. A video released by deputies shows a man grabbing a mortar-style...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    In a tweet that included some startling video, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said drinking and holding a mortar tube is a bad idea. Deputies say a 35-year-old man grabbed a mortar-style firework and watched as it ignited from his left hand Wednesday night in Lake Wales.

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  5. 12-year-old girl fends off burglar with knife in Lake Wales; suspect at largeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Police are looking for a man they say broke into a home on Monday and tried to steal a television. A 12-year-old girl told police she woke up around 9:30 a.m. and saw a man standing behind her dresser trying to unplug the television.

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  6. Lake Wales police looking for burglary suspectRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 4, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Police are looking for a man they say broke into a woman's home on Monday and tried to steal her television. The victim told police she woke up around 9:30 a.m. and saw a man standing behind her dresser trying to unplug the television.

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  7. Judd: 'I own that' regarding error listing illegal immigrant as American citizenRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 19, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Sheriff Grady Judd owned an error by a former deputy that listed an illegal immigrant, currently accused of brutally assaulting a Lake Wales police officer, as an American citizen during a 2017 arrest for assaulting another deputy and choking his K-9. "We did arrest him a year ago, we thought we reported him to ICE, but as our public information office's normal procedure, they followed up to make sure the briefing that they gave me was exactly accurate," Judd said Thursday afternoon, referring to a Wednesday press conference.

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  8. Clerical error might have allowed suspect accused of assault to illegaly stay in USRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 19, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    A man living in the country illegally, accused of brutally attacking a Lake Wales officer on Monday might have remained in the country following a 2017 arrest partially because the wrong box was checked on his jail processing forms, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Marcelino Jimenez-Cruz was processed as an American citizen instead of an illegal immigrant, which may be a factor as to why he wasn't deported, department spokesperson Carrie Horstman said Wednesday night.

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  9. Wrong checked box may have allowed undocumented immigrant accused of assault to stay in U.S.Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    An illegal immigrant accused of brutally attacking a Lake Wales officer on Monday may have remained in the country following a 2017 arrest partially because the wrong box was checked on his jail processing forms, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Marcelino Jimenez-Cruz was processed as an American citizen instead of an illegal immigrant, which may be a factor as to why he wasn't deported, department spokesperson Carrie Horstman said Thursday night. 2 comments

  10. Judge says he's surprised man accused of attacking officer wasn't deported last yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    The judge who sentenced a man last year for resisting arrest and is now accused of beating a Lake Wales police officer says he is surprised the suspect was not deported. The judge who sentenced a man last year for resisting arrest and is now accused of beating a Lake Wales police officer says he is surprised the suspect was not deported.

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  11. Evacuees return home; Polk County wildfire 50 percent containedRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    It could be a sign of things to come: a 350-acre wildfire is still burning in Polk County. The fire is near the Nalcrest retirement community off of State Road 60 past Lake Wales.

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  12. Man accused of pushing woman out of car going 75 mph in Polk CountyRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man accused of pushing a woman out of a moving car going about 75 mph. The sheriff's office has a warrant for Redmond Brown II's arrest.

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  13. Lake Wales PD hoping to find additional witnesses to fatal hit-and-runRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 21, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    The Lake Wales Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding possible witnesses to a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on Feb. 8. According to police, the pedestrian was hit and killed around 1:39 a.m. on 885 Hwy 60 near the Eastbound exit ramp to Southbound Hwy 27 in Lake Wales. Detectives are hoping to find and speak to the drivers and passengers of two additional witness vehicles, including what they believe to be a silver or gray 2006-2011 Chevrolet Impala and a white semi tractor-trailer with no markings.

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  14. Here's why wildfire season could more wild than usual in Tampa BayRead the original story

    Feb 13, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Don't look now, but it's nearly brush-fire season in the Bay Area and those who know say it could be a bad one. After Hurricane Irma and a couple of deep freezers this year, there is a tremendous amount of debris that is either fallen over, or laying on the ground drying out.

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  15. Polk County deputies warn of a circulating phone scam where victims are asked to buy gift cards.Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    The scams start with someone speaking with victims by phone. The scammer tells the victim they're eligible for a refund from a notable computer and tech company such as Microsoft.

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  16. Florida correctional officer arrested for DUI Read Story Samantha MitchellRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Kneisha Smith, who works as a corrections officer at the Desoto County Correctional Institute, was pulled over after driving erratically around 2:10 a.m. She was arrested on Central Ave. West near Westend Blvd. in Lake Wales. Smith failed several sobriety tests and she had a BAC of .155 when she took a breathalyzer test.

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  17. Explosive device goes off, starts fire at Eagle Ridge Mall; othera Read Story Samantha MitchellRead the original story

    Jan 21, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    The fire broke out at the Eagle Ridge Mall located in Lake Wales and the fire department discovered smoke coming from a corridor next to the mall entrance of JCPenny. The mall has been evacuated and the department has launched a criminal investigation along with Lake Wales Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hillsborough County Bomb Squad.

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  18. 'Trick' or Treat: Woman propositions...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Lake Wales Police detective Travis Worley was stopped at a red light in his unmarked police car near Central Ave. and First St., when 47-year-old Rebecca McLoon motioned for Worley to roll down his passenger side window. When Worley declined and told her to get out of the car, McLoon asked if he was cop and laughed when he replied with confirmation that he was an officer.

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  19. Suspects arrested after Bartow park...Read the original story

    Jan 18, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    BARTOW, Fla. The Bartow Police Department has identified the suspects involved in Monday's armed robbery and shooting of an elderly man at Mosaic Park.

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  20. Undercover investigation finds severe animal cruelty at Lake Wales egg farm Read Story Eric GlasserRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2018 | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

    Before you crack another egg for breakfast, an animal rights group has a warning. The Animal Recovery Mission says it is blowing the whistle on the nation's largest egg producer - Cal-Maine.

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