July 5, 2015

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Mother of Navy Seal Aaron Carson Vaughn Killed In Action To Receive Honor & Remember Flag On 4th of July -

Friday, July 3, 2015

Update on Fatal Fire That Happened Tuesday Morning in Davenport -

Thursday, July 2, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JULY 2, 2015 -

Thursday, July 2, 2015

THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JULY 2, 1937 – AMELIA EARHART DISAPPEARS -

Thursday, July 2, 2015

John G Reger of St. Cloud Turned Himself in to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thunder On The Ridge Haines City’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Haines City Shooting Suspect In Custody After Alleged Attempted Murder -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do You Want to Get Away But Can’t Leave Town? -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JUNE 30, 2015 -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Polk County Fire Rescue on Scene of a Fatal Fire -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Listing Featured on RidgeClassifieds.com – 1989 Kawasaki Custom Built -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It’s that time of year again!!! You need to get your A/C system checked and cleaned by the professionals at Iceberg Air Conditioning. -

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

St. Cloud Man Wanted in Winter Haven For Attacking 20-Year-Old After Offering a Ride -

Monday, June 29, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JUNE 29, 2015 -

Monday, June 29, 2015

COOKING ON THE RIDGE : FOURTH OF JULY FLAG LASAGNA -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lake Wales Company Fishing For Business With Florida SBDC At USF -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Auburndale Police have Identified and Arrested Hit and Run Driver -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty – Dog Appeared To Be Eating Dirt -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun Friday – Opening July 1st in the Florida Mall – The Crayola Experience -

Friday, June 26, 2015

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – KNOW THE LAW – Q & A WITH OUELLETTE LAW FIRM -

Friday, June 26, 2015

3 People Killed In Polk Crash

GMC truckLakeland, Florida – Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic deputies are working a two-vehicle crash this morning in Lakeland that resulted in three fatalities. Preliminary information is as follows:

Around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2013, a red 2006 Chrysler Sebring was stopped at the stop sign on Shepherd Road facing eastbound, at the intersection with Coronet Road, in Lakeland.

A witness in another vehicle was stopped at the stop sign on Coronet Road facing southbound. As the witness began to move forward through the intersection, and the Sebring began to move forward as well, the witness was forced off the road by a beige 2000 GMC pickup truck which was heading at a high rate of speed going northbound on Coronet Road.

The pickup truck collided with the Sebring, propelling both vehicles approximately 150 feet north through the intersection, and causing both vehicles to flip over onto their roofs.

The at-fault driver of the GMC pickup truck, 21-year-old Edward Casey McCoy (DOB 1/17/92) of 4435 Old Government Road in Lakeland was transported to LRMC with several broken bones. Impairment appears to be a factor, and excessive speed may also be a factor. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The occupants of the Sebring are:

Driver – 56-year-old Dorothy Operhall of 3387 Heather Glynn Drive in Mulberry – she was declared deceased on scene.

Front seat passenger – 48-year-old Melina Helbig of 460 Mecklen Avenue in Rochester, PA – she was declared deceased on scene.

Two rear seat passengers – 51-year-old Leonard Simmons of 3387 Heather Glynn Drive in Mulberry (Dorothy’s common law husband/live-in boyfriend) – he was declared deceased on scene; and 50-year-old Robert Helbig, Jr., of 460 Mecklen Avenue in Rochester, PA (Melina’s husband) – he was transported to LRMC and is in critical condition.

All of the occupants of the Sebring were wearing their seatbelts. The occupants of the Sebring are related to each other – two of the people in the car are siblings (brother and sister) but at this time we are unclear which two. The Helbigs were here visiting from Pennsylvania. They were returning to the Operhall/Simmons home from the Hard Rock Café in Tampa when the crash occurred.

Charges against McCoy are pending final toxicology results and the medical condition of the surviving victim. Attached are photos from the scene.

The roadways were closed for approximately eight hours, and have been re-opened. The investigation is ongoing.

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