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Slideshow: Latest from Polk County
  • Odilon Vela-Mendez Jr.(right), 19, and a 16 year old were charged with murder. Kayla Jordan, 19, was charged with accessory to murder. All three suspects, who are from Mulberry, were arrested in Polk County.
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  • The long-awaited Bone Valley ATV park in Mulberry is now open. The park has been in the works for several years. (Photo: Saundra Weathers, staff)
  • The Polk County Sheriff's Office released dashcam video they say shows Edward Hudson intentionally dragging a deputy from his car during a traffic stop.
  • Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd shows a surveillance image from Thursday's robbery showing one of the suspects pointing an assault rifle at clerks.
  • Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said the suspects' robbery was 'well planned and well thought out.
  • Authorities set up a checkpoint at the entrance of the Chanler Ridge subdivision during the suspect search. (Photo: Roger Johnson, staff)
  • Staff members at Home Instead Senior Care wrap presents that have been donated to the company through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. The company wants to donate gifts to 300 Lakeland seniors and still needs more gifts to meet that goal.
  • Christopher Barton's Winter Haven business would combine a bar with video gaming. But not everyone in the Winter Haven neighborhood where he wants to set up shop is on board.
  • Some Lakeland neighborhoods have a problem with feral chickens, but the private company tasked with trapping them has quit.
  • The bus experienced mechanical problems and began to emit smoke. (Photo courtesy Florida Highway Patrol)
  • All 38 middle school-aged children and the driver exited the bus without injury. The bus was later completely consumed by the fire. (Photo courtesy Angela Cook)
  • The list of candidates for Lakeland police chief has been narrowed to interim chief Larry Giddens (left), DeKalb County (Ga.) assistant chief Brian Harris (center), and Topeka (Kans.) deputy chief Tony Kirk.
  • Andrew Sallee, 17, won a spot to march in a national band for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Ken Riley was a star quarterback at Florida A&M University before playing in the NFL. He recently retired as the dean of students at Winter Haven High School.
  • Former LPD officer Julio Pagan's arrest was one of several last year during a department-wide sex scandal involving employees and officers. Pagan is charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and one count of aggravated stalking.
  • Several dogs had heavy logging chains around their necks, which are put in place to strengthen the dogs' necks for fighting. (Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office)
  • State officials said Harleigh Dunn (left) has recovered completely and is not infectious. Dunn's mother Jennifer Dunn said the family took extra precautions.
  • Dozens of family, friends and even complete strangers came out to celebrate the life of Rebecca Sedwick. (Photo: Michael Brantley, staff)
  • Former Police Chief Gary Hester, left, congratulates Charlie Bird, right, on his appointment as the acting Police Chief of the Winter Haven Police Department. (Photo: City of Winter Haven)
  • Doctor Eric Hensen, an ear, nose and throat specialist with Lakeland Regional Medical Group, invented a new set of wireless earphones called Free Wavz. The earphones can cancel out noise, allow you to make a phone call, and even check your pulse, among many other features.
  • Police are investigating a man's death after his partially decomposed body was found Wednesday beneath a vacant house in Lakeland.
  • Florida Polytechnic University features a stunning piece of architecture for its Innovation, Science & Technology building.
  • Kim Hansell, the director of Winter Haven's utility services, was killed Tuesday evening in a head-on crash near Wahneta. Aug. 13, 2014
  • According to authorities, Hillsborough deputies responded to a location near Hwy 60 and State Road 39 in Plant City after a man and woman were carjacked early Friday while pumping gas. (Photo: Trevor Pettiford, staff)
  • A sidewalk is set to go in where two teens were killed near Old Dixie Highway. In 2009 14 year-old Colton Myers was killed and 17-year-old Enrique Hernandez was killed while walking to school just last year.
  • The statue at Lake Mirror was put in place to pay tribute to the spirit of volunteerism. The celebrated statue has fallen on hard times of late and is currently covered with a thick film of dirt.
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