FIREFIGHTER CLEARED: The Polk Fire Rescue captain who assisted at a Lakeland fire while off duty will not be disciplined for his lack of protective gear, the deputy county manager said, calling the firefighter’s actions heroic and commendable.
BOOZE SALES: County Commissioner Bill Braswell is renewing his efforts to allow Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated Polk, lessening pressure on retailers from competitors in Lakeland.
HOMICIDE: LPD is investigating a Friday afternoon incident at 1208 Unitah Ave. in which a witness said said a man was shot and killed after head-butting a parked, occupied car.
JUDICIAL RACES: Polk voters in November will be asked to replace three judges who are retiring. Candidates file for office next week. Those who have announced intentions to run include: Lee Cohen, Melissa Gravitt and Keith Poole Merritt for the Group 10 circuit judgeship; Dana Yvonne Moore and Steve Pincket for another Circuit Judge seat; and Stacie Lee Kaylor for a county judgeship.