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Swan statue stolen by naked man has been found in Florida

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A large, black-and-white checkered statue of a swan that was stolen in Florida by a naked man was found on Friday. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the statue was found by a 32-year-old man who was fishing on a pond in Lakeland. The man returned home from fishing Thursday and told his family about the statue. When they saw the news of the stolen statue on TV Friday, they called authorities. Officials say the swan doesn’t appear to be…

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House bill could transfer millions from FHP to Pinellas, Polk sheriffs

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The Florida Highway Patrol came out against a proposed committee bill Wednesday that would hand over agency funding and jurisdiction in two counties. CRJ 17-01 from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee could give the Pinellas County and Polk County sheriff’s offices a combined $6 million to handle crashes on state roads within county borders. FHP Lt. Col. Mike Thomas said the move “would be a stark change to our business model” and that FHP hasn’t “had the chance to really evaluate any of the fiscal impacts…

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Child welfare investigator, mother arrested for cocaine, heroin in home

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A recently-fired employee of the Florida Department of Children and Families, who had worked as a child protection investigator since 2015, was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies on drug trafficking charges after a warrant was issued for her arrest, a spokesperson with the agency said Tuesday. According to the Lakeland Ledger, Laymeshia Hicks, 25, turned herself into the Polk County Sheriff’s Office late Monday afternoon. She and her boyfriend, Xzaiveous Scott, 31, are each facing charges of trafficking in…

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No good deed — honest cop writes own red light camera ticket, gets reprimand

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Everyone enters “the helping professions” with high ideals. Forty years later, some emerge as cynics who think it’s OK to “help” themselves if no one’s looking. Not Tim Glover. After decades in Polk County law enforcement, he has his ideals, and a well-earned front page shoutout from the Lakeland Ledger headlined “Officer writes red light ticket to himself.” Following 30 years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Glover took a retirement job at the Haines City Police Department, reviewing tapes…

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