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Suspect identified in Polk robbery

Winter Haven, Florida - Polk County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a 49-year-old man suspected of robbing a Winter Haven Dollar General Store last month.

Investigators say a tipster who saw some surveillance video said the suspect looked like Willie Earl Carter.

Carter's last known address was within walking distance of the Dollar General Store.

Detectives say they have issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200

Woman reported missing from Winter Haven

Winter Haven, Florida -- Police are looking for a young woman who is reported missing and possibly endangered.

Christna Voltaire, 22, was last seen Saturday at her residence on 200 Avenue K SE, police said.  

A friend told police Voltaire was gone when she returned to her apartment around 7 p.m. Saturday. She has not returned or called since.

She is described as a black female, 5'2" tall, 110-115 lbs., with blark hair and brown eyes. It's not know what clothing she is wearing.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to contact Det. Rod Esteve at (863) 291-5694 or call the Winter Haven Police Department Tip Line at (863) 291-5699 to remain anonymous.

Career Academy Enrollment Apps being accepted now

Career Academy Enrollment Apps being accepted now

Polk County, FL -- Open enrollment for Polk County high school career academies for 2011-2012 school year has begun.

Students can apply from Jan. 3 - April 30.

To find out how you can apply and all the requirements visit the Polk Academies website.

Police: Teen shot during fight in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Florida -- One teenager was shot and another injured when a fight broke out at an apartment complex. A third teen has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

Police responded to the 3500 block of Cleveland Heights Blvd. Sunday afternoon after receiving calls of a person shot.

Authorities arrested 15-year-old Terry Lamar Johnson and were questioning him Sunday night. He faces a number of felony charges, including carrying a concealed firearm, tampering with evidence and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Authorities say 15-year-old Kevonte Isaac was shot in the back of the left leg. 16-year-old Iquan Isaac also suffered a hand injury as he attempted to disarm Johnson.

It was not clear why the teens were fighting, but police say there was a disturbance in the same area on Saturday night, which may have triggered the fight.

Teen arrest in fatal shooting of Lakeland brothers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- A tip from a witness helped the Polk County Sheriff's Office track down a suspect in the shooting death of a Lakeland teenager.

Sheriff Grady Judd says the arrest came 12 hours after the shooting that killed 19-year-old Juan Castillo and critically injured his 11-year-old brother Jake Castillo. Judd says the pair was targeted because Juan Castillo was wearing rival gang colors.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Alejandro Baez-Garcia, who later confessed to the shooting.

Juan Castillo died at the scene. Police say his brother, Jake Castillo, was taken to a Tampa hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Officials say the shooting happened as a van drove past the victims' house. Five people were inside the van and more suspects are being sought.

3 Lakeland High students receive prestigious award

3 Lakeland High students receive prestigious award

Lakeland, FL -- Three Lakeland High students receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

According to Polk County Schools, Shakondra Brown, Jaylese Driver and Kevin Miller were three of 137 students honored from five Florida schools including Lakeland High. Other schools with students receiving the award were from Kissimmee, Miami, Panama City and Orlando.

Polk sheriff says teen targeted in deadly shooting

Polk sheriff says teen targeted in deadly shooting

Lakeland, Florida -- A 19-year-old is dead and an 11-year-old is in the hospital after a shooting in Lakeland.


It happened at 1707 West Parker St. in Lakeland. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Juan Castillo was killed and his brother, Jake, was critically injured when shots were fired outside their home.