Read It in the Morning Paper: Life Sentence, Vaccines

  • LIFE SENTENCE: “It is this court’s conclusion that Cheyanne Nicole Jesse should lose her liberty, not her life,” Circuit Judge Jalal Harb declared Friday, noting Jesse’s diminished mental capacity when she murdered her daughter and father in west Lakeland in 2015.
  • VACCINES: With Polk health workers now setting COVID-19 vaccination appointments for seniors who registered on Jan. 14, some who registered earlier fear they may have been passed over. A Health Department spokesman advises checking the county’s online portal; if a person’s status has changed from “in waitlist” to “pending,” they can expect a call soon.
  • HOMELESS: Federal grants totaling $2.3 million have been awarded to four non-profits for programs in Polk County: Talbot House Ministries, Agency for Community Treatment Services Inc., Homeless Coalition of Polk County and Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas Inc.