August 28, 2015

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Our Children’s Academy Receives Grant from The CVS Foundation -

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Hope for Charlotte Fundraiser – Saturday August 29, 2015 – At The Frostproof Depot from 11AM to 4PM -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Body Found On Hollingsworth Rd. Ruled Homicide -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Don’t forget YMCA offers Child Care, VPK Before and Afterschool Enrollment -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

426 Additional Charges of Child Pornography against Polk County Jail Imate and “Sextortion” Suspect Daniel Dunfree -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Accident Involving School Bus Vs. Motorcyclist -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lakeland Fire Department Battle Tire Center Fire -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

11 Month Old Baby Drowns In Family Pool -

Wednesday, August 26, 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. -

Monday, August 24, 2015

COOKING ON THE RIDGE: BLUEBERRY FOOLS -

Monday, August 24, 2015

Polk County Fire Rescue Makes Reptile Rescue From Fire -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When Planning on Giving False Identification to Law Enforcement, One Might Know the Criminal History of the Identity Being Used -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lake Wales Family YMCA – Child Care, VPK, Before and Afterschool -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sept. 11 Deadline to Contest 2015 Property Values -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lakeland Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges -

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

$10,000 Reward for Information Leading To Arrest of Person Responsible for the Shooting Death of James “Terry” Yelvington -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are Asking for the Publics Help in a Retail Theft Investigation -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tickets Are On Sale Now!!! Don’t Miss Out on The Pink Pajama Party!!! -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our Children’s Academy Student Orientation is Thursday August 20th -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Two People Killed In Hwy 98 Crash

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Lakeland, Florida – Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic deputies are currently investigating a traffic crash involving three vehicles with two fatalities. The crash occurred on Highway 98 North, in Lakeland between Rockridge Road and Socrum Loop Road. The roadway in this area is only two lanes.

At approximately 3:15 am, Sunday, December 22, 2013, a 2006, Black Toyota Scion, driven by 19-year-old Eric Rocco Russo, DOB 04/30/1994, Rolling Oak Drive, Lakeland, was traveling southbound on US 98 near Big Cypress Boulevard, Lakeland. Russo attempted to pass at least one vehicle also traveling southbound. As Russo was attempting to pass, he apparently saw a 2001, Gray Ford Mustang, driven by 17-year-old Jessica Lynn Carroll, DOB 11/22/1996, Creekwood Run, Lakeland, approaching northbound in the same lane. There were two passengers in the Mustang with Carroll; the right-front passenger was 40-year-old Rex John Brinker, DOB 09/08/1973, Deer Run Drive, Lakeland, and the left-rear passenger was 28-year-old Charles V. Parker, DOB 05/16/1985, Hunters Trail, Lakeland.

From the initial investigation, it appears Russo attempted to move back into the southbound lane, but struck the left rear of a 2000, Tan Cadillac Escalade, driven by 59-year-old Michael D. Haire, DOB 09/03/1954, Welsch Way, Lakeland.

Upon striking the Cadillac, Russo lost control of his vehicle and began to rotate clockwise into the northbound lane and into the path of Mustang driven by Carroll. The Mustang struck the Scion at an angle in the area of the driver’s door.

Both vehicles rotated after impact with the Scion coming to rest approximately twenty feet to the northwest of the impact location and the Mustang approximately thirty feet to the northeast of the impact location.

After being struck in the right rear, Haire lost control of the Cadillac and spun across both lanes, through a small drainage ditch, and came to rest approximately two hundred feet southeast of the crash location. The Cadillac had minor damage, neither Haire, nor his passenger, Marvella Haire were injured – both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Polk County Fire and Medic units responded to the scene. Russo and Parker both died at the scene. Carroll and Brinker were both transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Russo was wearing a seat belted at the time of the crash and all the airbags in his vehicle deployed.

It is not known at this time if Carroll was wearing a seat belt. Brinker was wearing his seatbelt, but Parker was not. All the airbags in the Mustang also deployed.

The investigation is on-going.

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