April 16, 2014

Headlines Now:

Florida Small Craft Brewers Under Attack From State Law Makers -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Polk Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Haines City Woman Allegedly Steals 250K From Lake Wales Employer -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lake Wales Retail Theft Arrests Since April 4 – Other Charges Explain Why LEO Go After Them -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Operation “Sticky Hands” Suspect Exposed By PCSO -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Female Body Found Near Car Of Missing Winter Haven Woman -

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Polk Woman In Critical Condition After Accident Where Alcohol May Be A Factor -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pedestrian Struck By Multiple Cars Dies In Lakeland -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Missing & Possibly Endangered Adult – Have You Seen Lynda Sorrell From Winter Haven -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Car Flipped Over On Timberlane – Driver Flees Scene Prompting PCSO K9 Pursuit -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Winter Haven Police Searching For Bank Robbery Suspect -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bus Transporting Grove Workers Flipped Over On Hwy27 -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sheriff Seeking Public’s Help In Catching Armed Robbery Suspect – He Is Considered Armed & Dangerous -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texting Driver: Video -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mother Arrested In Lake Wales After Allegedly Having 5 Year Old Help Her Steal -

Monday, April 7, 2014

What Happened To Mary Rhodes – Bones Identified as 35 Year Old Woman -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Man Shot By Winter Haven Home Owner Identified As Mitchell Large -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney Dead At 93 -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Frostproof Bus Attendant Recovering After Being Run Over -

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Polk Couple Charged In Beating Death of 15 Month Old Child -

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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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