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Second suspect in home burglary arrested

Second suspect in home burglary arrested

Lake Wales, FL -- On Thursday, June 23, Polk County Sheriff's detectives arrested the second burglar involved in the Lake Wales home burglary that resulted in the fatal shooting of Kelvin Bagley.

According to the sheriff's office, 29-year-old Jason Maurice Ward, of Lake Wales, told detectives he acted as a "lookout" while Bagley searched for money and jewelry in the home. Ward told police he saw Keith Taylor, the homeowner's son-in-law, walking toward the home.

Ward said he fled on foot from the scene and heard several gunshots along with someone shouting. Ward went on to tell detectives he went into a densely wooded and swampy area and began to "shed" his clothes for his "boxers" in an effort to prevent a possible description of him.

PCSO seeks two armed robbers

PCSO seeks two armed robbers

Winter Haven, FL -- Polk County Sheriff’s Robbery detectives need the public's help locating 19-year-old Liness Trevon St. Vil, of 200 SE Avenue K Apt 331, in Winter Haven and 19-year-old Joshua T. Wright, of 3115 Woodhill Road, in Winter Haven.

St. Vil, described as a black male, 6’1”, and 180 lbs., has a warrant for his arrest for Armed Robbery, Assault, and Armed Burglary. 

Wright, described as a black male, 5'9", and 150 lbs., has a warrant for his arrest for Assault and Armed Burglary.

Police search for murder suspect

Police search for murder suspect

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Police are attempting to locate 21-year-old Antonio Foster. 

Antonio Demetrius Foster currently has an active warrant for Second Degree Murder in relation to the homicide of Ronald Rodman who was shot on May 15, 2008, at 1300 Robert King High Drive, at approximately 10:20 p.m.

Foster is 5'10" tall, and weighs approximately 190 lbs.  Foster also goes by the name "Tony".

Antonio Foster should be considered armed and dangerous. 

If you believe you know the whereabouts of  Antonio Foster, please contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

Four Polk students qualify for National Business Leader Competition

Four Polk students qualify for National Business Leader Competition

Four Polk students qualified to compete at the 2011 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national conference being held in Orlando from June 28 to July 1. They qualified for nationals by finishing in the top three places in competitive events at the 2011 state FBLA event, also held in Orlando.

FBLA is a business education program in middle and high schools for students to develop vocational and career competencies.

National qualifiers are listed by school with their competition category: Kelly McClure, Davenport’s Ridge Community High, job interview; Eric Konkol-Bennett, Bartow High, desktop application programming; Tiare Leon, Winter Haven High, database design and Emily Lubin, Bartow International Baccalaureate, business law.

Twenty-two students from 10 Polk schools won awards at the state event by finishing among the top five in competitive events. Students winning a state award are listed below with their competition category.

Polk County deputy saves choking baby

Polk County deputy saves choking baby

Lakeland, FL -- A Polk County Sheriff's deputy had a great day at the office Tuesday when he saved a 10-month-old baby from choking to death.

According to the sheriff's office, around 8:30 p.m. on June 21, 35-year-old Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Kirkpatrick responded to a call on Chestnut Woods Drive in Lakeland to assist Polk County Fire and EMS.

Kirkpatrick was the first to arrive at the home to find a baby boy in his mother's arms choking and unable to breathe. Kirkpatrick took the baby, saw his airway was completely blocked and began to perform the Heimlich to remove the obstruction.

Master Key award-winning teachers work with special needs, ESE students

Master Key award-winning teachers work with special needs, ESE students

Three Polk teachers were recipients of the school district’s 2010-2011 Master Key Awards for making significant contributions working with special needs and exceptional student education (ESE) students. They received a pewter tray and more than $100 in gift certificates from local businesses. The Master Key Awards are sponsored by Tampa Electric.

Master Key award winners:

Janet James, speech and language pathologist: Janet works throughout schools in the district with pre-kindergarten and elementary students.  She is knowledgeable about trends and issues in her field and uses all resources to achieve positive results for her students.  Janet is known for her compassion and enthusiasm as she considers the needs of her students and their families.

Marathon robber attempts to flee during arrest

Marathon robber attempts to flee during arrest

Lakeland, FL -- Colin Creel, the man Polk County Sheriff's detectives issued a warrant for today, June 21 for the Armed Robbery of the Marathon Food Mart in Lakeland Sunday, was arrested outside a Beef O Brady's restaurant in north Lakeland.

 

According to police, around 2 p.m., detectives received information Creel was at the restaurant and waited outside for him to leave. When Creel came out of the restaurant and saw police, he attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by a PCSO K-9 team.