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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.

Ronald Lockett Jr
Dec 29, 2022

Convicted felon charged w...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives charged 39-year-old Ronald Lockett, Jr. of Lakeland for Firs...

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Eric Nelson
Dec 24, 2022

Death investigation of co...

The Officer-Involved Deadly Incident (OIDI) task force for the 10th Judicial Circuit is investigatin...

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Polk County News
Dec 14, 2022

17-year-old Pennsylvania ...

On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17-year-old Henry Madera, J...

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Polk County News
Dec 13, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

5 locals arrested in about a week for possessing child pornography

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Lance Dunn
Dec 11, 2022

Former Polk County firefi...

On Friday, December 9, 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Polk County Firef...

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Samuel Doolin
Dec 9, 2022

Illegally altered firearm...

Firearms made to be fully automatic seized, gets man arrested

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