Polk County

Polk County, Florida criminal law news and events

Davenport Fugitive Facing Murder, Attempted Murder Charges After Allegedly Killing Aunt and Stabbing Father

A Davenport man already on the run from the law was arrested last week after police say he killed one family member and severely injured another. According to authorities, Pedro Vega Jr. was hiding out at his aunt’s house to […]... [Read More]

Former FDOT Employee and Spouse Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

A Lakeland husband-and-wife duo were indicted by a federal grand jury last week as they are alleged to have used her position at the Florida Department of Transportation to illegally funnel tax money into his own pockets. Tracy Dean Tronco […]... [Read More]

Ex Mississippi LEO Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges in Poinciana Crash

A former law-enforcement officer from Mississippi is in the Polk County Jail today after allegedly striking five children while driving in a state of intoxication. Polk County sheriff’s deputies say John Luster Camfield was driving drunk when he hit five […]... [Read More]

New Hearing Granted to Prisoner After Another Confesses to 1987 Murder

After being sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder almost three decades ago, a man convicted of a Polk county murder has been given the chance to put new evidence before a court that he and his attorneys believe […]... [Read More]

Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in 1987 Rape and Murder of Lake Alfred Woman

Almost thirty years after the crime was committed, a 67-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of allegedly murdering a Lake Alfred woman. Carl Junior McCauley was sentenced to life in prison in a Polk […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Intoxicated Wrong-Way Driver Accused in Death of St. Pete Man

A Polk City man is in jail today after authorities allege that he drove the wrong way on I-4 and initiated a fatal crash while under the influence of alcohol. Twenty-four-year-old Travis Wade Coats is charged with DUI homicide and […]... [Read More]

Polk County Inmate Sentenced to Life in Jailer’s Slaying

A man convicted in 2015 for the death of a Polk County detention deputy was given a life sentence Wednesday. Terrence Jerome Barnett was sentenced to life in prison upon the recommendation of a Polk County jury. The jury voted […]... [Read More]

Wise Wins Acquittal in Lakeland Murder Case

A Polk County jury acquitted a Lakeland man defended by J. Jervis Wise last month on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in relation to the shooting death of an auto mechanic and alleged drug dealer in 2008. Kaheem […]... [Read More]

Confession in 1987 Murder Cited in Motion to Set Aside Sentence of Man Convicted of the Slaying

Leo Schofield was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 1989. Almost three decades later another man has come forward claiming responsibility for the murder and has filed a motion with the relevant court asking […]... [Read More]

Lake Wales Man Not Charged After Shooting Deemed Self-Defense

The body of Joseph M. Coney was discovered earlier this week facedown in a Lake Wales yard at about 4 a.m. Homicide detectives from the Polk County sheriff’s office and Lake Wales police opened a homicide investigation after determining that […]... [Read More]

Polk County Woman Pleads Guilty to Work Comp Fraud

Federal prosecutors report that Jessy Paliyath Peter of Lakeland pleaded guilty this month to theft of government funds and making a false statement to obtain federal employee’s compensation. At the root of the case is a fraudulent workers’ compensation application. […]... [Read More]

Hillsborough Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Lottery Winner Murder Case

Dorice “DeeDee” Moore was convicted earlier this week for murdering Abraham Shakespeare in 2009. After the jury returned its verdict, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Emmett Battles sentenced Moore to life in prison for first-degree murder. The state was not seeking the […]... [Read More]

Lottery Winner Murder Trial Begins in Tampa

The trial of Dorice DeeDee Moore, accused of killing a Lakeland lottery winner in 2009, began this week in a Hillsborough Circuit courtroom. Moore is accused of fatally shooting Abraham Shakespeare, who won a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2006. […]... [Read More]

Polk County Man Charged with DUI After Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrian

Christopher A. Koenig, a 29-year-old Lakeland man, was arrested earlier this week in Polk County after allegedly hitting a teenaged pedestrian with his car and fleeing the scene, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Koenig faces one count leaving […]... [Read More]

30 Arrested in Polk County Drug Bust

Investigators in Polk County arrested 30 people following a 10-month investigation into drug trafficking. The arrests were part of “Operation City Sweep,” a multi-agency effort that involved four search warrants and undercover purchases of drugs and weapons. Investigators included members […]... [Read More]