April 26, 2015

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Lakeland Police Need Help to Identify These Two Suspects -

Friday, April 24, 2015

Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Set for May 7th -

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crime Stoppers Bulletin – Need To Identify Grand Theft Suspects -

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cops and Bobbers ® 2015 “Let’s Go Fishin’ With the Police” -

Friday, April 24, 2015

2 Armed Suspects Rob Polk Gas Station -

Friday, April 24, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – APRIL 24, 2015 -

Friday, April 24, 2015

In Celebration of National Law Enforcement Week Join The Lake Wales Police Department Celebrate the Lives of Injured and Fallen Officers -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Operation Green Light Collects $170,000 in Six Hours -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mitzie Ballintine, Licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Joins Lake Wales Family Practice -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UPDATE: Located Safe at Home in Cape Coral : The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is Seeking the Public’s Help in Locating a Missing and Endangered 8-year-old Boy This Afternoon, Who is Possibly With His Father -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Don’t Miss Out on This Last Weekend of The Story of Jesus -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Winter Haven Police Need Help Identifying This Woman -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – APRIL 23, 2015 -

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – APRIL 22, 2015 -

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lady Warriors finish 2nd at 2015 Sun Conference Championship Meet -

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guardianship Office of the Tenth Circuit, Inc. Receives $13,126.00 from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation -

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Find Your Oasis With One of These Calming Therapies from The Oasis Spa -

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – APRIL 21, 2015 -

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UPDATE: Barricaded Man At Business On N. 98 Polk County SWAT On Scene -

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lake Wales Police Looking for Winter Haven Resident Stedman Hawthorne -

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Crash on US 27 South near Highlands County Line

Crime Scene

Frostproof, Florida – At approximately 1:30 p.m. today (05/26/2013) the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a pedestrian had been struck on U.S. Highway 27 just south of Bell road near Frostproof. Upon arrival deputies discovered a man had been struck by a semi-truck and trailer that was southbound on Highway 27. The pedestrian has been identified as 51-year-old Dennis Joseph O’brien of  Scenic Highway, Apartment #2, Lake Wales. According to witnesses, Mr. O’brien had parked his Chevy pickup on the right west shoulder of the (south-bound) roadway, got out of his vehicle and walked into the roadway for unknown reasons and was struck by the semi-truck and trailer. The semi-truck driven by 40-year-old Alexy Rodriguez of Miami attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid striking Mr. O’brien. O’brien was taken to Florida Heartland Hospital in Sebring by Emergency Medical Services; he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Separate from the fatal traffic crash investigation, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from friends of Mr. O’brien reporting that he had posted suicidal-type remarks on his Facebook page. A deputy responded to check on O’brien’s well-being at his residence. The deputy found the door to the residence open. When there was no response at the door, he checked the interior for the victim and found a handwritten note and the open face book site on a desktop computer monitor with his posting –both indicating that he wanted to harm himself.

Deputies are conducting an ongoing joint fatal crash and death investigation. At this point in the investigation, it appears that Mr. O’brien intentionally walked into an oncoming semi-tractor trailer travelling on US 27. An autopsy will be completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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