March 2, 2015

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Lakeland Police Department is Looking for Christian Cancel – Missing Runaway call 863-834-6900 With Any Info on His Location. -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cooking on The Ridge: Triple-Threat Chocolate Cookies -

Monday, March 2, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – MARCH 2, 2015 -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Missing Teen in Haines City! Have you seen Shania Hawthorne? -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Haines City Police Department Hosts USPCA -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Highlands County Sheriff’s Detectives are Requesting Assistance From The Public to Locate Ellen Jane Bivens -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Polk County Sheriffs Office Computer Crimes Detectives Arrest 12 Men For Possession of Child Pornography and Other Charges -

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lakeland Police Department Needs Help Locating 2012 Homicide Suspect Tyrone Davis -

Monday, March 2, 2015

LPD Officers Shoot & Kill Sexual Predator Wanted For Allegedly Raping Woman -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – FEBRUARY 26, 2015 -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Receives Its Ninth Professional Accreditation -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Wales Medical Center Offers Help With Special Enrollment Period -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Wales Police Charge Man With DUI -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lakeland Police Needs To Identify This Strong Arm Robbery Suspect -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Can you ID this Grand Theft Suspect In Lakeland -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Schedule an Appointment at The Oasis Spa For a Facial and Love the Skin You’re In! -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lake Alfred Man Dies From Apparent Self-inflicted Gunshot -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 30-Minute-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge from Lake Wales Medical Center -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bone Valley’s Opening Weekend Was a Success -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – FEBRUARY 24, 2015 -

Tuesday, February 24, 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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