December 2, 2015

Headlines Now:

Polk County Fire Rescue Paramedic John Mikula Awarded SWAT Medic of the Year by the Florida SWAT Association -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mark Your Calander – December 5th from 10 AM to 4 PM PCSO Annual Pet Fest -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Come Relax and Unwind with The Oasis Spa -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cooking on The Ridge: Old Fashioned Gingerbread -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Call The Professionals at Iceberg Air Conditioning -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Let Haines City Dental Give you Something to Smile About! -

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Polk County Fire Services Division Promotions Ceremony -

Friday, November 20, 2015


Friday, November 20, 2015

PCSO Detention Major Graduates from Prestigious Criminal Justice Executive Institute Program -

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday December 5th 10 AM to 4 PM PCSO Annual Pet Fest -

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mentally Ill Homeless Man Killed In Accident Was Former UNC Football Star -

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Suspect Crashes Vehicle Into 1000 Roses Housing Complex & Flees Scene -

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let Haines City Dental Give You Something to Smile About! -

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Medicare Open Enrollment – Now through December 7th – Call Robby Bryant, MBA Your Hometown Health Agent -

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don’t let your A/C maintenance go! You need to get your A/C system checked and cleaned by the professionals at Iceberg Air Conditioning. -

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Unidentified Man Struck & Killed In Haines City -

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DUI Suspect Crashes Vehicle Into Lake Wales Business Friday Night -

Monday, November 16, 2015

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Charge Georgia Man with Sextortion Against Polk County Girl -

Friday, November 13, 2015

Detectives Investigating Theft of Two Golf Carts From Residents in the Cypress Creek Village Community -

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celine Laverne Barron 1931-2015 Obituary -

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Two Children Killed In Tragic Auto Accident In Auburndale

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Auburndale, Florida – Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2013,  a grey 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by 24-year-old Leighton Shane Hopper of  West Lake Cannon Drive in Winter Haven was heading westbound on Havendale Blvd approaching the intersection with New Jersey Road, when it collided with a black 2006 Volkswagen Beetle being driven by 60-year-old Linda Hood Mercer of 607 Oak Street in Auburndale, which was heading southbound on New Jersey approaching the intersection of Havendale.

The two cars collided in the intersection. This intersection has traffic control devices. Preliminarily, according to witnesses, it appears Hopper had a red light but went through the intersection anyway.

Hopper’s truck rolled one complete rotation and landed right side up. Hopper was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to Winter Haven Hospital with minor injuries. He was the only occupant of his vehicle.

Mercer’s car crossed three lanes of traffic and came to a rest facing south on the south shoulder of Havendale. She was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to LRMC with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Mercer’s passengers and their conditions are:

14-year-old Audrey Mercer of  Oak Street in Auburndale, seated in the front passenger seat, was wearing a seatbelt and did not have any significant injuries. She did not go to a hospital;

The passenger seated behind the driver in the back seat 10 year old Morgan Milligan of Malibu Drive in Lake Wales, was killed. The passenger in the middle of the back seat 10-year-old Mikalia Rojas of  Oak Street in Auburndale, was also killed. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office both children were not wearing seatbelts.

8-year-old Maleah Rojas of Oak Street in Auburndale, seated in the back seat behind the front seat passenger, was not wearing a seatbelt. She was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital and is in very critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. The roadway was closed until approximately 11:30 p.m.

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