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Polk County Man Who Fled to Atlanta after Crime Spree Convicted of First Degree Murder

On June 19, 2024, Taiwan Blandin was convicted of First Degree Murder, Attempted Sexual Battery, Robbery, Arson, Animal Cruelty and other charges for his October 1, 2019 crime rampage that left an 80 year old Frostproof woman dead in her home. Following the crime spree, a nationwide man hunt ensued, with Blandin finally being apprehended […]

State Attorney’s Office Youth Mock Trial Program

The State Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for their Annual Youth Mock Trial. The four-day program will take place June 17th through June 20th  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow. This program gives students going in to the 11th and 12th grade an opportunity to work with prosecutors from […]

State Attorney Brian Haas attended the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven 63rd Annual Pancake Festival. Thank you Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven for your continued commitment to improving our community and inviting us to this fun event.  

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Man Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder

Elbert Gillins, 60, was convicted and sentenced to Life in Prison for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder on October 3, 2019, in an alleyway near 210 E. Myrtle Street in Lakeland, a verbal argument between the defendant, Elbert Gillins, and two victims quickly escalated to violence. During the altercation, Gillins armed himself with a […]

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Sebring Man Convicted of Lewd Molestation

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