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Lakeland man wanted by police

Lakeland man wanted by police

Cortez currently has outstanding warrants for a felony traffic offense and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.

Evans is described as a 5'9", and weighs approximately 155 pounds.

Evans is also a suspect in an aggravated battery that occurred on June 6, 2011, at 1315 West 14th Street.

An altercation began over a card game.  Evans became agitated when he began losing at cards and shot one of the card players in the foot.

Blood test results from 2010 fatal car crash lead to arrest

Blood test results from 2010 fatal car crash lead to arrest

Lakeland, FL -- On Friday, June 3, a Lakeland man was arrested and charged with DUI Manslaughter when blood test results revealed he had drugs and alcohol in his system during a 2010 crash that killed a 24-year-old man.
 
Nicholas Adam Bartholomew, 26, of 2805 Kathryn Avenue, was involved in the car accident around 3 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2010.

According to Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartholomew was driving a gold 2003 Ford Explorer north on County Line Road, when for unknown reasons it crossed into the southbound lane and then back into the northbound lane, which caused the vehicle to roll onto its side.

The SUV then went off the road and hit a tree.  There were six people in the car at the time of the crash.

Five elementary students honored in state Creative Juices Challenge

Five elementary students honored in state Creative Juices Challenge

Five elementary students in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties used their artistic talent to celebrate Florida citrus and win prizes for themselves, their teacher and their school in the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) Creative Juices Challenge.

FDOC launched the challenge in conjunction with “The Adventures of Captain Citrus” school marketing program to educate students about the health benefits of Florida citrus.

Students were asked to submit a poster, painting, poem, story, song or video featuring oranges and orange juice.

“We were amazed at the creative ways that students expressed their ideas about Florida citrus,” Leigh Killeen, FDOC director of marketing said in a release. “It was impressive to see how much they learned about citrus and how they used this information to help others understand the beneficial role of oranges and orange juice.” 

Superintendent's scholars have high GPAs, SATs, ACTs

Superintendent's scholars have high GPAs, SATs, ACTs

One hundred ninety-two high school seniors were named 2011 Superintendent’s Scholars.

Superintendent’s Scholars have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 and a score of 1270 or above on the SAT (combined critical reading and math) or a 28 or better composite score on the ACT. 

Superintendent’s Scholars will receive an award certificate from Superintendent’s Scholars coordinator, the Polk Education Foundation.  The Superintendent’s Scholar program is in its 23rd year.

Superintendent’s Scholars are listed by school:

Lake Wales police search for two persons of interest

Lake Wales police search for two persons of interest

Lake Wales, FL -- Lake Wales detectives are trying to identify the two people pictured above and below.

At this time, both are people of interest in using a stolen credit card at a Lake Wales Home Depot.

If you have any information related to this incident or can provide additional information about the identity of the persons of interest, you are urged to contact Detective Rodriguez at (863) 678-4223 Ext. 271 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

Lakeland Police Chief Womack will hold monthly "Chief's Chat" with citizens

Lakeland Police Chief Womack will hold monthly "Chief's Chat" with citizens

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has announced she will conduct an open forum on the first Monday of each month to give citizens the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in the community.

The forum will be held from 6 - 7 p.m. The first meeting will be held on Monday, June 6.

Community members are invited to attend to get to know better the Chief and the Lakeland Police Department.

Chief Womack will use this forum to introduce herself to the community and share her visions for the Lakeland Police Department as they move forward into the future.

Three From Polk Are National Merit Scholars

Three From Polk Are National Merit Scholars

Three members from the class of 2011 from Polk County Public Schools were named 2011 National Merit Scholars in a May 25 announcement  by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They all attend the International Baccalaureate program at Bartow High. Recognition in any level of the National Merit program is among the most prestigious academic honors for a high school senior in the United States.

Polk’s National Merit Scholars are listed below with their residence, probable career field and college or university sponsoring their scholarship. Colleges and universities sponsoring National Merit Scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

  • Ethan P. Emery, Lake Wales resident, University of Central Florida, probable career field of engineering.
  • Cameron A. Johnson, Lake Wales resident, University of Central Florida, probable career field of mechanical engineering.
  • Mae A. Valenti, Lakeland resident, University of Florida, probable career field of education.

More than 1.5 million students entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.