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News and Investigations

News & Investigations

News Releases and Public Information

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office News Room, where the Public Information Officers (PIO's) post all of the information that they release to the news media. PIO's act as liaisons between news media organizations and the Sheriff's Office. The PIO's routinely release timely and accurate information and Crime Stoppers bulletins, and respond to routine and "breaking news" media inquiries. News releases and Crime Stoppers information can be found on this page.

PCSO's full-time Public Information Officers are Brian Bruchey, Carrie Horstman, and Alicia Manautou. The Public Information Officers can be reached by sending an e-mail collectively at

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Granger, Granger, and Chaney
May 3, 2023

Two state correctional of...

On May 2, 2023, PCSO deputies arrested 38-year-old Michael Granger and 29-year-old Leila Chaney, bot...

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Operation Pop Top
Apr 27, 2023

Selling alcohol to 16-yea...

Operation Pop Top: Illegal Alcohol Sales to Person Under 21

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28-year old Wesley Vazquez Andino and 26-year old Adriana Oyola Del Valle
Apr 25, 2023

Suspects wanted for murde...

Couple responsible for Bartow man's murder arrested

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Maximino Lopez-Gonzalez
Apr 25, 2023

Lakeland man under invest...

Violent man dies after attacking family and deputies, possibly from drug intoxication or excited del...

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Doroteo Martinez-Castro
Apr 25, 2023

PCSO investigating death ...

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the death of a Polk County Jail Inmate tha...

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2023 Awards ceremony
Apr 25, 2023

Sheriff Judd Recognizes O...

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Executive Staff members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office will ...

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