Polk County Sees Spike In MurdersSheriff Judd says in 2020, Polk County had 26 murders, and this year so far, there are 28.
Guatemalen Man Illegally In The United States Arrested For Hit And Run That Killed A Five-Year-Old ChildOn Saturday, October 23, 2021 Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 32-year-old Ernesto Lopez Morales here illegally from Guatemala after a hit and run crash that a killed 5-year-old child. 
New Jersey Man Arrested In Polk County On A Warrant For Murder, Kidnapping, Carjacking, And Weapon ChargesOn Tuesday morning, October 19, 2021, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on a New Jersey warrant for murder, kidnapping, carjacking, and weapons charges.
Polk County Sheriff's Office Looking For Man In Connection With A MurderThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of an elderly Polk City woman, and looking for the man responsible for her death.
Three Teenagers Arrested After A Rash Of Car Burglaries In LakelandOn October 1, 2021, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three teenaged brothers: 14-year-old Adarius Valdez of Wauchula, 15-year-old Hasachi Thompson of Bartow and 18-year-old Malachi Thompson of Bartow for multiple car burglaries in unincorporated Lakeland where three firearms and multiple other items were stolen. Adarius and Malachi are prolific juvenile offenders, and at the time of the burglaries, they were on probation - Malachi for Vehicle Burglary and Adarius for Grand Theft. 
Polk County Sheriff Releases Names Of Three Victims In Davenport MurderSheriff Judd says Runyon is now being charged in the murder of 41-year-old Kevin Lanusse, 44-year-old Gregory Dolezal, and 46-year-old Dewlon “Dew” Donell.
Man Arrested For Posing As A Teenager To Obtain Nude Photos Of A 14-Year-Old GirlThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 47-year old man after an investigation showed that he had been posing as a 17-year old boy while soliciting nude photos of a local 14-year old girl 
16 Arrested During "Operation Guardians Of Innocence VII" Child Pornography InvestigationOn Friday, September 24, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office concluded a month-long undercover investigation to identify suspects who possess and share child pornography. The operation, called “Operation Guardians of Innocence VII,” was carried out by undercover detectives from PCSO’s Computer Crimes Unit and resulted in the arrests of 16 people.
Fifteen High School Students And One Teacher In Polk County Arrested After ProtestOne teacher and 15 students in Polk County are facing multiple charges after a protest broke out at Kathleen Senior High School Monday morning.
Detectives Are Investigating A HomicidePolk County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating the murder of 21-year-old Tyrell Bell of Kissimmee.
Polk County Sheriff Releases More Details About Lakeland Mass MurderOfficials say the man who killed the four family members claimed God told him there was a girl inside the house who was a sex trafficking victim and he needed to save her, but officials say none of that was going on inside the home.
Kissimmee Man Arrested For Second Degree MurderOn Thursday, September 9, 2021, PCSO detectives arrested 31-year-old Frankie Alvarado of Kissimmee for Second Degree Murder (F1) and other charges resulting from a stabbing that occurred at a residence in Poinciana Wednesday evening, September 8th.
Middle School Student Charged For Falsely Reporting A Gun At SchoolA 6th-grade student at Frostproof Middle-Senior High School in Frostproof has been criminally charged after falsely reporting that he saw another student with a gun, which caused the school to go into heightened-security status and prompted a thorough search of the grounds by numerous deputies. 
Fatal Crash Resulting In One Killed And One ArrestedDeputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal vehicle crash at around 6:00 p.m. Monday evening, September 6, 2021, at the intersection of SR 60 and Old Connersville Road in unincorporated Bartow.
Sheriff Judd: 'He's Evil In The Flesh. He Was A Rabid Animal'Investigators continued to sift through evidence in the garage of that home where the quadruple homicide happened and could be seen moving around the crime scene all afternoon.