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Nov 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Bartow, Florida - UPDATE: The Jury found Richard Cruz guilty on all eight counts in the case of a break-in and brutal rape that occurred a Poinciana home last May. 

The jury's guilty-ruling came down despite Cruz's testimony Thursday...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Nov 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Bartow, Florida - Richard Cruz walked into court Wednesday morning, a place he knows well as a career criminal.

Cruz has been called, "violent," "ruthless" and "horrific."  

He has a rap sheet a mile long.  He's already done...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales
Oct 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Lakeland, Florida -- Right off the bat, he made it clear.

"I don't want to be the police chief. I don't want to contract to run the Lakeland Police Department. I don't want to take over, and I've heard all of those things. That is the...
Sep 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Lakeland, Florida - Is it a climate of trust, or a culture of corruption? Is it a mess that can be fixed, or a chaotic situation too far gone?

Heavy questions are looming when it comes to law enforcement in Lakeland.

Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Nov 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

MULBERRY, Florida - Nicole Meadows says she never thought something like this could happen. Her heart is broken, she admits, after her longtime husband, Doug, her high school sweetheart, stands accused of attempted first degree murder on a law...
Nov 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Crime is down, and business is booming in Tampa Bay.  Many local business leaders credit low crime stats for their success in profits.
Oct 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Winter Haven, Florida - After a busy three-week sweep all across the state of Florida, 43 sheriff's offices busted 11,875 wanted felons.

The investigation lasted from September 28th to October 22nd. The agencies involved included Polk,...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Sep 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Winter Haven, Florida - The messages that a Polk County teacher allegedly sent to one of his former students, a 16-year-old girl, are so graphic that even the Sheriff calls it "XXX-rated."

"Do you know I'm just to the point of being...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales
Aug 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

LARGO, Florida - One man is 67 years old and has spent a lifetime in law enforcement. He started when he was just 18. He worked his way up through the ranks and loved every minute of it, he says.

Former Pinellas Sheriff Everett...
Jun 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Winter Haven, Florida - They were dads and businessmen, men with money and nice cars.  One of them was a security guard at Disney.  Another was active military and wanted to "buy" a 14-year-old little girl, according to his arrest...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Aug 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Davenport, Florida - It wasn't the type of place that got a lot of attention.

First of all, it was only in existence for two weeks. You couldn't see through the windows.  If you were under the age of 18, you weren't even allowed...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales
Mar 7, 2011 at 2:49 PM
An embarrassing situation for a wealthy Michigan dentist as he's arrested for allegedly stealing a credit card to buy pizza.
Aug 26, 2010 at 5:41 PM
No one has seen missing Polk County teenager Marco Martinez in five months.  The sheriff is promising $10,000 to anyone who can lead detectives to Marco - dead or alive.
Aug 25, 2010 at 2:25 PM
With 16 states demanding that Craigslist remove its adult services section, one state is noticably not on the list: Florida.  Why is that? 10 News finds out.
Aug 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says he's shocked by what he saw during a four-day undercover operation carried out by his vice unit at an upscale home in the county.