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JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted murder, facing mandatory life

Derek Maude glanced over his shoulder and looked his shooter in the eyes. “I saw his eyes lined up with the gun sight,” Maude said as he testified from his wheelchair. “I was sure a shot was coming soon … Next thing I know, my head is ringing. I looked down and told myself to […]

PLEA AGREEMENT: Mulberry man sentenced to 18 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Calvin Barnes pled guilty to 50 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography Tuesday and was sentenced to 18 years in prison, followed by 15 years of sex offender probation. Barnes, 46, was viewing, downloading, and distributing explicit photos and videos on Twitter. His activity was flagged by Twitter, and the company sent a cyber […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lake Wales man who shot McDonald’s ceiling sentenced to 20 years

Willie Watson III stepped into McDonald’s, raised a gun over his head, and fired a single shot into the ceiling. Watson, 45, walked past the registers and toward the drive-through window and yelled, “Give that —– up!” He paced back and forth before walking toward the exit, where he yelled at two elderly people and […]

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of aggravated battery after striking man with stolen semi

Noah Worthington was angry when he found out he’d been fired from his job as a truck driver. Another employee was sent to retrieve the truck from Worthington. But instead of gathering his belongings and handing over the keys, Worthington struck the employee and drove away in the stolen semi. A jury convicted Worthington on […]

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man who killed construction worker guilty of vehicular homicide

Nearly four years later, Martin Kelly still struggles to talk about the night Shelby Shull was killed by an intoxicated driver. Kelly was contracted to finish construction work on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, and Shull was there to make sure he stayed safe as the work was completed in the early hours of the […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Ex-Principal who stole over $100K sentenced to 4 years

Ginger Collins pled guilty to stealing more than $100,000 while she was an administrator at McKeel Academy and Kathleen Middle School. Collins has already paid approximately $90,000 in restitution. She was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison, followed by three years of probation. The remaining $16,000 was ordered to be paid while she […]

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JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of attempted lewd battery, transmitting harmful material to a minor

When Eric Norris found an ad on Craigslist about a sexual encounter with a minor, he promptly replied: “I am interested.”

For three days, Norris had non-stop graphic discussions about what he ... See more

When Eric Norris found an ad on Craigslist about a sexual encounter with a minor, he promptly replied: “I am interested.”

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State Attorney Brian Haas recently had the opportunity to judge a speech contest for students from across Polk County. Students' original speeches were centered on a specific topic, "Watersheds: Our ... See more

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Lakeland man convicted in brutal beating, burning death

In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant State Attorney Mark Levine told jurors four assailants, including Brian Johnson Jr., had one plan in mind when they summoned Robert Banks to their house. ... See more

BARTOW — Brian Johnson Jr., the third defendant to stand trial for the January 2016 beating death of a Lakeland man, was found guilty Thursday of

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This morning, our prosecutors and investigators participated in the Polk County Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Sporting Clays event. Over 150 shooters attended the fundraiser, raising nearly ... See more

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