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By The Dispatch On Friday, September 13th, 2019
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MS-13 gang member, Oregon sex offender Jesus Contreras-Covarrubias arrested in Texas

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass arrested a convicted sex offender and a confirmed MS-13 gang member this week. “Agents are making significant criminal arrests along the border and we’ll seek prosecution More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, February 18th, 2019
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University Area CDC Presents Free Prodigy Showcases

The public is invited to experience the joy of youth in arts, as University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) presents Prodigy® Showcases throughout the months of February and March. Communities spreading More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
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Travis Stephens, guns vehicle to hurl estranged wife, Beverly Smith from the hood, now he’s in jail and she’s in the hospital

A Florida mother is in critical condition after being thrown for the hood of a van during a domestic fight over her 9-year-old son. Beverly Smith jumped on her estranged husband’s vehicle and the man, Travis More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, November 2nd, 2018
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Florida murder suicide: Beatriz Araujo killled by husband, Antero Araujo Quintana, who kills himself

A Halloween murder suicide has shocked residents in Lakeland, Florida. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Antero Araujo Quintana, 40, shot and killed his wife Beatriz Araujo, 42, and then shot More...

By Red Diogenes On Monday, January 22nd, 2018
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Florida Sheriff Grady Judd to church: ‘reality is there is human trafficking in Polk County’

Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd brought a serious message about human trafficking Sunday to the First United Methodist Church in Auburndale, calling for more active participation in the battle against More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, October 21st, 2016
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Hemp Fest proves why Floridians should Vote NO on Amendment Two

Let me be clear: I believe in the decriminalization of marijuana and NOT the legalization of marijuana. Moreover, I believe the government can do one of three things: Promote, Permit and Prohibit something. Lastly, More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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Judge Craig Villanti’s caution, great attitude should give voters confidence for retention

As voters head to the ballot booths, many have to consider the retention of many court officials and Judge Craig Villanti comes with a record of remarks and decision worthy of examination by every voter. Villanti More...

By Brandon Jones On Sunday, July 24th, 2016
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Florida man Ronaldo Rodriquez shoots Bradley Mills during confrontation over whistling at his Mills’ wifeh

A husband is recovering in a Florida hospital after being shot twice by a pair of men shouting and whistling at his wife, Haines City Police detailed. Bradley Mills and his wife were harassed by Ronaldo Fernandez More...

By Brandon Jones On Saturday, June 11th, 2016
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Florida man Richard Zachary Taylor identified as dead body found in alligator

Lakeland police on Friday identified the man whose body was found in an alligator ‘s mouth earlier this week. Lakeland Police Department Sergeant Gary Gross identified the man as Richard Zachary Taylor, age 72. More...

By Zach Jones On Saturday, May 28th, 2016
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Florida man, Jessie Kingsinger, loses arm to alligator while evading police

A Florida man running from the law ran into an alligator and the disastrous situation was worse, ultimately losing a hand. Jessie Kingsinger, 21, ran from police but ignored an alligator warning sign and swam across More...

By Sierra Jones On Thursday, January 7th, 2016
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Florida break-in result: intruder Chevez Faison dead as homeowner Reuben Bailey shot back

A 24-year-old Florida man was shot and killed after he unlawfully entered a Lakeland home, shot at residents who then fired back, killing the intruder, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Florida: Toddler Cedric Phipps found dead in kiddie pool

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are still instigating the death of an 18-month-old boy who was found unresponsive in a kiddie pool at the family’s home on Tuesday afternoon. The boy’s mother, Ashley More...

By Brandon Jones On Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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Jennifer Fichter gets 22 years in prison for sex with students

A former teacher who engaged in sexual relationships with three of her students, even aborting a baby from one, has now been jailed for 22 years. Jennifer Fichter, 30, who taught English at a school in Lakeland, More...

By The Dispatch On Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Freedom From Religion group takes aim at Sheriff Grady Judd for ‘preaching’ in uniform

The Freedom From Religion Foundation today sent a letter to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in protest of the sheriff delivering sermons in uniform at Lakeland, Florida’s First Baptist Church on the Mall. Judd, More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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Florida teacher Jennifer Fichter pleads guilty in sex with student case

Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher accused of having sex with three of her students, pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday morning. There is a total of 37 counts against her. Each count, according to Polk More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Patricia Moran, Deborah Royal murders: Fourth suspect arrested

Two women are dead, and four suspects are in custody, after a violent robbery in Florida. The events began yesterday, but police report that the fourth and final suspect is in custody for the murder of Patricia More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Clara McGriff, Florida bus monitor arrested after hitting student

A Florida bus monitor was arrested yesterday on charges of child abuse after she struck 8-year-old special needs student and then pinned him down. Polk County Sheriff’s Office detailed the incident between the More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Florida human trafficking bust leads to over 60 arrests, including former cop

photo Wset10 The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida cracked down on human trafficking and prostitution with a new sting, nicknamed Operation Human Trafficking, which yielded 61 arrests. “We have found More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Kyle Williams guilty of murdering police officer Arnulfo Crispin, responds with a smirk

A Polk County jury found Kyle Williams guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Lakeland police officer Arnulfo Crispin. The jury deliberated for over a day before reaching a decision.   Williams, More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Rebecca Sedwick family sue Polk Schools, Cemex and bullies Katelyn Roman and Guadalupe Shaw

The bullying case of Rebecca Sedwick made headlines and now the family of the Florida girl who committed suicide is seeking financial compenstion from the School Board of Polk County, Cemex Construction Materials More...


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