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Early morning stabbing leaves one in critical condition

Early morning stabbing leaves one in critical condition

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred on US 98 North at the I-4 westbound entrance ramp early Tuesday morning.

Police arrived at the location at approximately 1 a.m. after receiving a report of a person lying on the side of the road. There they found 24-year-old Steven Jerrick Cruickshank suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Cruickshank was taken to LRMC with life threatening injuries and is in critical condition at this time.

Mulberry High’s Russum participates in Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Mulberry High’s Russum participates in Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Harley Russum, who will be a senior at Mulberry High in 2011-2012, was one of 1,500 students nationally chosen to visit Washington D.C. for a week last month.

Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PRECO) electric cooperatives from throughout the nation organize an annual Youth Tour for students in their service areas.

Harley was one of two students visiting as a guest of PRECO. She was joined in Washington by Matthew Davis, a student at Manatee County’s Lakewood Ranch High.

Youth Tour participants visited landmarks that included the White House, National Cathedral, Washington Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian Museum, the Capitol and many other historic sites. 

A/C theft suspects arrested

A/C theft suspects arrested

Bartow, FL -- Bartow police have charged two men with stealing air conditioners from outside of people's homes.

Police arrested Patrick Robert Burns, 30, and Sloan Allan Christiansen, 30, after neighbors reported seeing the two men removing a residential air conditioner at 1385 Laurel Glen Drive and putting the unit in the rear of a truck around 8 p.m. Monday.

During the course of the investigation, police determined that an additional air conditioning unit was stolen from the residence located at 1306 Laurel Glen Drive.

18 teens named Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. recipients

18 teens named Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. recipients

Polk County, FL -- On Monday, July 18, Sheriff Judd and the Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. (PSCI) Executive Board presented scholarships to 18 Polk County graduating seniors.

Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. (PSCI) was officially formed in December 2006, as a result of the tragic murder of D/S Matt Williams and K-9 Diogi after a routine traffic stop. 

The community’s outpouring of emotional and monetary support after that tragic event ultimately demonstrated how a charity like PSCI would be supported. To date, the charity has provided monetary support to PCSO members who are facing significant unexpected tragic events in their lives.

The primary goal of the charity, realized in January 2011, was to fund the Polk County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement memorial located at the Sheriffs Operation Center in Winter Haven. 

Another goal of PSCI is to annually fund scholarships for eligible high school seniors who meet the following requirements:

Police search for armed jewelry store robber

Police search for armed jewelry store robber

Lake Wales, FL -- Lake Wales detectives are asking the public to help them identify an Armed Robbery suspect. The robbery occurred on July 19 at the Spectrum Jewelry store located inside the Eagle Ridge Mall.

According to detectives, at around 8 p.m., the man entered the Spectrum Jewelry store displaying a note that indicated the intent to commit a robbery. He then displayed a firearm in the waist band of his pants.

The Spectrum employee was ordered to fill a bag with jewelry. After receiving the bag of jewelry, the man shot the employee’s face with pepper spray incapacitating the employee’s ability to see the man’s direction of travel as he fled the store with the jewelry.

Polk County man wins $500,000 in Scratch-Off game

Polk County man wins $500,000 in Scratch-Off game

Mulberry, FL -- The Florida Lottery announced that 68-year-old Donn Simon, of Mulberry, won a $500,000 prize in the $3,000,000 MONOPOLY™ Scratch-Off game.

Simon purchased his winning Scratch-Off ticket at the Publix on Shepard Road in Mulberry. He collected his winnings at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee today, July 20.

The $20 Scratch-Off game, $3,000,000 MONOPOLY™, launched on March 16, 2010, offering more than $378 million in prizes, including 10 top prizes of $3 million and more than 8.61 million prizes ranging from $20 to $500,000. There are five $3 million top prizes and six $500,000 prizes remaining. The overall odds of winning are one in 2.93.

How high is the cost of justice in Polk County?

How high is the cost of justice in Polk County?

Winter Haven, Florida - The top cop in Polk County says, "We will chase you to the ends of the earth if you abuse our children."

Sheriff Grady Judd's deputies have hunted down suspects in Maryland, Colorado and, on Monday, they tracked down a suspect in Australia.

But getting those suspects back to the Bay area to face charges isn't cheap.

Earlier this year, Phillip Greaves II, who was living in Colorado, was arrested and extradited to Polk County, accused of distributing obscene material. Detectives say Greaves sent an undercover Polk County Sheriff's deputy an autographed copy of a book he wrote, "The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure."