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News and Investigations

News & Investigations

News Releases and Public Information

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office News Room, where the Public Information Officers (PIO's) post all of the information that they release to the news media. PIO's act as liaisons between news media organizations and the Sheriff's Office. The PIO's routinely release timely and accurate information and Crime Stoppers bulletins, and respond to routine and "breaking news" media inquiries. News releases and Crime Stoppers information can be found on this page.

PCSO's full-time Public Information Officers are Brian Bruchey, Carrie Horstman, and Alicia Manautou. The Public Information Officers can be reached by sending an e-mail collectively at

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Sharon Cochran
Dec 29, 2023

Polk County Sheriff's Off...

On Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Pope Lane of...

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Howard Bennett
Dec 25, 2023

Plant City man arrested f...

A 40-year-old Lakeland woman who was riding down West Pipkin Road in Lakeland on a motorized wheelch...

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Lisa Lacharite
Dec 22, 2023

Polk County Sheriff's Off...

Polk County Sheriff's Office investigates animal neglect hoarder case in Frostproof; 142 cats, 3 dog...

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Robert Cruceta Pimentel Jr
Dec 20, 2023

Polk County Sheriff's det...

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the shooting death of 33-year-old Harold O...

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Newman and McCain
Dec 18, 2023

Two Lakeland men arrested...

59-year-old Nelson Newman and 27-year-old Ronald McCain, both of Lakeland, were arrested and charged...

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Damian Trafton
Dec 18, 2023

Auburndale man arrested f...

An Auburndale man was arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit detectives on Friday, D...

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