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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Polk County Jail Inmate Dies During Sleep

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Polk County Sheriff’s officials say a career criminal died in his sleep in a jail cell. Officials say 54-year-old Greg Mitchell Hughes of Lakeland was unresponsive when deputies tried to wake […]

CBS Tampa–07/21/2014

A Florida couple was arrested after they were found having sex on a street, which the man explained was because they simply had nowhere else to go.  (Photo Credit: Geno Knight/CBS Tampa)

Florida Mom, Deputy Charged After Baby Left In Car Dies

A Polk County sheriff’s detention deputy and a Highlands County mother have been charged after the woman’s child was left in a hot car and died.

06/07/2013

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Polk County Mom Accused of Killing Baby Set for Court Sunday

The Lakeland mother accused of killing her 1-year-old son will be making her first court appearance.

CBS Tampa–02/19/2012

A forensic worker inspects the wreckage. (Photo credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pilot, passenger escape burning plane in Fla.

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A single engine plane has burst into flames after crashing along a highway in southwest Florida.

CBS Tampa–11/20/2011

A new Florida state law allows county jails to now housing juveniles and adult felons under the same roof, causing a stir amongst local Polk County leaders. (credit: MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

Juveniles, Convicted Felons Under Same Roof in Florida Jail

Juveniles and adult criminals are now being housed together at the Polk County Jail, a legislative move that has caused a stir among local ACLU and NAACP leaders arguing for appropriate detention rights for juveniles.

10/13/2011

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