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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.

Cheryl Williams mugshot
Oct 5, 2022

Cheryl Williams charged w...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has charged Cheryl Lynn Williams, DOB 5/30/76, with 13 felonies in ...

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Crossing Guard Crossing the Street
Oct 5, 2022

PCSO still looking for s...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is looking for qualified men and women in Polk County to fill some ...

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Deputy Lane end of watch
Oct 4, 2022

Polk County Deputy Sherif...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of 21-year-old Deputy Sheriff Blane Lane, who ...

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3 murder suspects who were arrested
Oct 3, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

All 3 suspects arrested about 24-hours after murder near Haines City

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Andres Pineda
Sep 26, 2022

Five Mulberry teens arres...

Five Mulberry teens arrested during a manslaughter investigation

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Haunted Jail Tour flier 2022
Sep 21, 2022

2022 Haunted Jail Tour sc...

Back by popular demand is the Polk County Sheriff's Office's annual Haunted Jail Tour, located at 45...

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