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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.

Polk County News
Apr 8, 2024

Polk County has second co...

The second case of rabies in Polk County this year has been confirmed, in the area of Maniac Lane in...

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Operation Pop Top
Apr 2, 2024

Operation Pop Top: Two sa...

Two store clerks arrested for selling alcohol to an 18 year old

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Kwanazza Lawrence
Mar 28, 2024

Paraeducator arrested by ...

Educator from Oscar J Pope Elementary arrested on three misdemeanors

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Angel Burgos
Mar 27, 2024

Haines City man charged w...

21 year old Angel Burgos arrested for the torture and killing of two dogs.

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Samuel Rivera
Mar 26, 2024

Polk County Sheriff's Off...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, March 25...

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Ieshia Saunders
Mar 15, 2024

Contract worker with Depa...

Ieshia Ebonik Saunders charged with domestic battery

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