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Jan 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Polk County, Florida -- "Bully Free"...That's the message that Polk County is sending as it rolls out a "mobile" anti-bullying campaign.

Sheriff Grady Judd, along with Polk County Commissioners, Polk Transit and Digitech Graphics Group...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Jan 8, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Polk County, Florida-- Polk County Sheriff's Office is leaving their mark on a new tattoo policy in order to encourage more applicants to apply for deputy positions.

Sheriff Grady Judd said the previous policy did not allow tattoos to...
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Jan 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

BARTOW, Florida (AP) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is loosening its policy on tattoos.

Effective immediately, applicants who have visible tattoos will no longer be turned away - as long as they can cover them while on...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Dec 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Bartow, Florida -- An undercover operation called "Naughty Not Nice" netted 80 arrests for the Polk County Sheriff's Office in just four days over the weekend.

Among those arrested included 24 men and 33 women, 13 of whom were accused...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Dec 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Bartow, FL -- The trial is underway for a Lake Wales man accused of killing his grandmother.

Christopher "Chase" Whaley, 24, is accused of stabbing his grandmother to death, but her dying words may have saved the lives of...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales
Nov 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Polk County, Florida- Don't fall for it! Home improvement scam artists are at it again in the greater Tampa Bay area, and local authorities have tips on how you can detect them before being duped. 

The scams typically have one common...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Nov 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Polk County, Florida -- Child abuse in the Polk County Jail -- that's what South Poverty Law Center alleges in a lawsuit.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd says anyone who believes that claim needs a mental evaluation.

A trial is...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales
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
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.

The...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Sep 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

LAKELAND, Florida - A man searching for scrap metal along a rural Lakeland roadway said it was an ordinary day.

"That's what I do," said the man, who asked to only be identified as "John." "I go in the woods all the time, I run across...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Sep 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Polk County, Florida - They left behind a mess: offices trashed, windows broken, furniture overturned, even a small fire. 

And for the August rampage, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd says 61 teenage inmates of the Avon Park Youth Academy will...
Sebring-Avon Park-Wauchula, Winter Haven-Lake Wales
Sep 12, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Lakeland, Florida -- 10 News will take its questions to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in the push for answers about a girl whose family says was driven to suicide by bullying.

We continue to work to understand how complaints from...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Sep 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Polk County, Florida-- First there were allegations the Polk County Sheriff's office was spying on a Winter Haven justice association. Now, the 10 News investigators have learned an assistant state attorney in Polk suggested the Winter Haven...
Bartow, Winter Haven-Lake Wales, Lakeland
Sep 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Winter Haven, Florida -- He dared to criticize high-profile Sheriff Grady Judd and, as a result, a Winter Haven pastor had undercover officers spying on his meetings. 

While the Sheriff is defending the practice, others are calling it...
Winter Haven-Lake Wales