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Every year before Halloween, our special victims unit detectives remind registered sexual predators and sexual offenders who have restrictions related to having contact with children and participating in holidays that involve children.

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As we make our transition to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we can be assured there is a new normal. The holidays ahead will be redefined in the wake of the Coronavirus. Wearing a face-mask, hand-sanitizing, social distancing and following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protec…

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The month of November is Aviation History Month, so I figured it would be interesting to not only take a look back at the history of the Aviation Unit at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, but also fill you in on what the unit does for our fine community.

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Geanie Folder formerly worked in a nursing home but has long had a love of vintage items, so she started a vintage market called The Beatnik Exchange in Lakeland as a side-hustle.

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For many months — perhaps a year or longer — the President of the United States has been warning me (and 178 million or so of my closest friends) to be alert for election fraud.

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WINTER HAVEN — Whether you are an expecting or new mom — or have one in your life you’d like to get a gift for — there’s a new retail shop in downtown Winter Haven that is worth visiting.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about how 10 percent of all the drivers on Florida roads are driving on a suspended license. This epidemic of suspended licenses is because Florida imposes heavy court fees we expect everyone to pay, regardless of their income. If you can’t pay your fees and…

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Few proposals coming from the nation’s capital have the potential to wreak as much havoc on the American economy as one to allow employers to defer withholding Social Security taxes from salaries of employees making up to $104,000 a year.

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Some people may not realize this, but law enforcement officers respond to a fair amount of medical calls — especially here in Polk County where we answer 9-1-1 and dispatch not just for law enforcement, but also for Polk County Fire Rescue.

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Most of us are embarrassed by the fiasco that is Florida’s unemployment system. During this crisis, people without an income to feed their family waited weeks and months to get their first unemployment check.

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Over the past several weeks, we have worked three different drug-related investigations with an alarming trend – each one had something to do with the illegal sale of marijuana via the social media application “Snapchat.”

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