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Vincente Oyola

Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Driving Under the Influence

Vincente Oyola, 34, was found guilty by a Polk County jury on November 3rd, 2021, of two counts of Driving Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury, two counts of Driving Under the Influence and one count of Driving on a Suspended License. In December of 2018, Oyola was driving on Interstate 4 in Polk […]

State Attorney Brian Haas

Enrollment Opens for Second Annual SAO Citizens Academy

  The State Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for the second annual Citizens Academy. The seven-week program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday starting November 2nd in the Bartow courthouse. The Academy gives residents in the 10th Circuit an opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice system. Citizens will hear […]

Breonna Wren

Lakeland Woman Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder of Six-Year-Old Child

In what is considered one of the worst cases of child abuse in Polk County in many years, a jury convicted Breonna Wren of first degree murder of her boyfriend’s six-year-old child.  Wren severely beat the child back in 2018 while the child was visiting her father. The child suffered more than 37 separate injuries, […]

Bryan James Riley

Man Indicted by Grand Jury for Four Counts of First-Degree Murder

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the indictment of Bryan James Riley by the Polk County Grand Jury on twenty-two charges, including four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated child abuse, two counts of burglary, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law […]

SOUELS-BEVERLY

Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Trafficking in Heroin

A Lake Alfred man was convicted by a Polk County Jury of three counts of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic heroin and several other drug-related charges. The street value of the heroin involved in this case exceeded tens of thousands of dollars. The defendant, Beverly Souels, worked with another man to traffic heroin throughout […]

Russell Lewis Botts

JURY VERDICT: Russell Lewis Botts Guilty of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

Polk County jury trials resumed this week after being paused for several weeks due to COVID.  In a trial on Wednesday, jurors convicted Russell Lewis Botts of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. In November of 2019, Botts and an accomplice tried to rob a man who was walking home from work near Griffin […]

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