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News and Investigations

News & Investigations

News Releases and Public Information

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office News Room, where the Public Information Officers (PIO's) post all of the information that they release to the news media. PIO's act as liaisons between news media organizations and the Sheriff's Office. The PIO's routinely release timely and accurate information and Crime Stoppers bulletins, and respond to routine and "breaking news" media inquiries. News releases and Crime Stoppers information can be found on this page.

PCSO's full-time Public Information Officers are Brian Bruchey, Carrie Horstman, and Alicia Manautou. The Public Information Officers can be reached by sending an e-mail collectively at

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Vernorris Rambow
Jan 22, 2022

Polk County School bus dr...

Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 47-year-old Vernorris Rambow of Kissimmee, a Polk County Pub...

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Erica Larrow
Jan 20, 2022

Lakeland woman arrested f...

38-year-old Erica Larrow of Lakeland was arrested for 22 counts of transmission of child pornography...

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Dillard Hamilton mug shot
Jan 19, 2022

PCSO deputies rescued an ...

Man saved from creek suffering from hypothermia, later arrested on warrants

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Edward Flores mug shot from 2017
Jan 18, 2022

Mulberry man fatally shot...

Man killed in Mulberry; shooter on life-support from self-inflicted wound.

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Michelle English
Jan 13, 2022

Brandon woman arrested fo...

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide detectives arrested 45...

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Polk County News
Jan 13, 2022

Plane crash in Winter Hav...

At approximately 2:30 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, a 2-seater Seaplane (1946 Yellow Piper J3C-...

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