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WANTED: Dangerous felon in attempted fatal shooting

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Winter Haven Police Department is searching for a man they describe as a very dangerous and violent felon wanted in connection with the attempted fatal shooting of a person in a crowd at the Spring Lake Plaza on April 28.

Police say witnesses identified 27-year-old Dorale Desean Simmons as the man they saw point a gun at the victim's head and pull the trigger at the plaza just off Havendale Boulevard, near Hwy 17. Luckily, the gun misfired and the victim was able to get away. Sermons also ran away before officers arrived at the scene.

Foot fetish arrest, 10-year-old child a victim

Polk County, Florida -- Deputies have a man in custody they say victimized women under false pretenses to touch their feet for sexual gratification -- and they are looking for more victims to come forward.

Deputies say 23-year-old Reginald Cruz, of Dundee, approached a 10-year-old child as recently as January of this year and asked to touch her toes. 

He has been charged with lewd lascivious conduct on a person less than 18 years old, obtaining property by fraud, two counts battery and attempted battery.

Man used hidden camera to film girls undressing

Mulberry, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man for taping underage girls while they undressed. 

Deputies arrested Dewey Norris after 53 videos of nude girls were discovered by his friend. When the friend discovered video clips of young, nude girls, he immediately turned the DVD's over to police.

Reportedly, Norris placed a pen camera in a bathroom he had access to before each girl went in. The pen camera is a device that looks like an ink pen but has a camera inside of it.

B-25 airplane damaged during Sun-N-Fun event

Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland Police are asking for the public's help gathering information about how a B-25 airplane that was part of the Sun-N-Fun event last weekend got damaged.

Police say sometime between 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and 9 a.m. on Sunday April 14, the plane was damaged with a deep scratch -- approximately 18" long and about 6 feet off the ground -- to the exterior portion of the plane on the left side in the area of the fuselage.

Lakeland man arrested for possession of child porn

Lakeland, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man for downloading 40 files of child porn onto his computer. 

Undercover Computer Crimes detectives say they received information about possible child porn being downloaded and distributed from a Lakeland residence.  

Man wanted for shooting girlfriend 3 times caught in Georgia

Polk County, Florida -- The hunt is over for the man wanted for allegedly shooting his girlfriend multiple times in the head on April 16.

U.S. Marshals arrested 44-year-old Randall Scott Miller in Carrollton, Georgia, where he is being held at the Jack T. Bell Detention Center in Carroll County about 50 miles west of downtown Atlanta where he will await extradition back to Polk County.

Polk Sheriff's deputies say Miller shot his 52-year-old girlfriend Micki Pickern three times around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the area of Lake Van Road and CCR 559 in Auburndale.

2 men charged with unlawful sex with foster girls

Winter Haven, Florida -- Two men have been arrested for allegedly picking up three girls in foster care and having sex with two of them.

Winter Haven Police say on April 11, Eventz Veillard and Stenley Aristil picked up the girls from a group home in Davenport -- that they are free to come and go from as long as they are back by curfew -- to "hang out".

The men then reportedly gave them alcohol and marijuana and engaged in sex with two of them. The third girl said she drank alcohol but did not have sex with either of the men.