Nine people have been arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for drug trafficking and various other charges, after a suspicious package was discovered at a shipping facility on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. From that discovery, an investigation was launched, with a collaboration among several PCSO specialized units: High-Intensity Drug-TraffickingContinue Reading

Enter an undiscovered world where LEGO® creatures come to life with an all-new 4D movie, LEGO® MYTHICA – JOURNEY TO MYTHICA, and an augmented reality (AR) experience opening May 27 at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s Fun Town Theater. Full of adventures and mysterious creatures all waiting to be discovered, LEGO MYTHICA is an incredible parallel universe to ours. A universe that, unbeknown to us, hasContinue Reading

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced the arrest of 37-year-old Thomas Lee Simmons of Winter Haven for Armed Sexual Battery (FL), Armed Robbery (FL), Grand Theft (F3), Dealing in Stolen Property (F2), False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer (M1). The victim called 911 from the Stay Plus Inn inContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Antonie Latimore (36, Winter Haven) to 10 years and 10 months years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine base. Latimore had pleaded guilty on March 6, 2020. According to court documents, the FBI received information that Latimore, spelled in someContinue Reading

crime scene

A Winter Haven man stabbed his mother at her home Wednesday morning, June 10, 2020, then shot at three Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies, forcing the deputies to return fire. 36-year-old Phillip Dibenedetto died at the scene, and his 62-year-old mother was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center inContinue Reading

Four of the biggest names in sports are hitting the greens in Florida this weekend in support of COVID-19 charities, and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort wanted a sneak peek at what’s happening on the links. To commemorate this mega matchup of Tiger Woods with Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson with Tom Brady, MasterContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Vice Unit conducted a special investigation known as “Operation Santa’s Naughty List” over six days where undercover detectives identified and helped victims of human trafficking who might be forced into prostitution.  Assisting PCSO in the operation which began on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, were officers fromContinue Reading

Woo Woo

The manhunt for murder suspect, 35 yr old Stanley Eric Mossburg AKA “Woo Woo,” according to Polk County Sheriff’s this morning. Sheriff Grady Judd made the announcement this morning. Mossburg was taken into custody around 5:10 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, by PCSO SWAT. He has been barricadedContinue Reading

Winter Haven Police in Florida are investigating two separate shootings that occurred Wednesday in the Florence Villa neighborhood, identifying the two men dead as Cody Hunt and Rorey Copeland. Public Safety Director Charlie Bird detailed that officers were on Palmetto Avenue 11:36 a.m. Wednesday investigating the shooting of Rorey Copeland,Continue Reading

While voters will take to the polls in Pinellas, Manatee and Polk counties to cast ballots for mayor and/or various referendums, the big race in the area is in St. Pete: Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St. Petersburg versus the former mayor Rick Baker taking back the office. The two candidates have raised $2.6 millionContinue Reading