Latest News & Events in and around Auburndale
A few things to remember for our Halloween event tomorrow evening (10/22/20.) You must remain in your vehicle for the duration of the trail. We will begin lining cars up in the queue area off PK Ave at 5pm! Please note there is only one entrance to the trail (see map) Most importantly we ask that you bring your smiles, cooperation and patience!
PCSO is seeking qualified men and women who desire to work as substitute crossing guards in WINTER HAVEN.

The substitute should be available to work for one hour in the morning and for 30 minutes in the afternoon when scheduled to work a crossing.

Anyone interested in applying for a substitute school crossing guard should contact Supervisor Courtney Connell at (863) 534-7300 ext. 109.

School Crossing Guard services are provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office through funds provided by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. This vital program provides adult crossing guards at selected hazardous school crossings to ensure the safety of our elementary school children walking to and from school.

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The Auburndale Public Library has a new, exciting program to encourage everyone to get out and visit our local parks!

The Story Hunt Play Card is used to direct explorers to 6 Auburndale parks, where we have hidden QR Codes. The QR codes can be scanned to access a seasonal story picked by our librarians. Don't forget to record the Secret Word under the QR codes and fill out the Story Hunt Play Card. Once the card is completed, you can turn it in to the library for a small prize. Pick yours up today at the Auburndale Public Library and go explore!
Deputies arrested Raymond Hein this afternoon at 1:15 pm in the area of Hwy 98 North and Rockridge Road. Well done, deputies! In addition to his warrant, he's also being charged with possession of meth, as well as the two women who were driving around with him. The driver was additionally charged with accessory after the fact, knowing that he had a warrant. #ThatsAllFolks

Crazy weekend, right? Here’s another story that you may or may not have heard about from this weekend, but our suspect remains at large, and we would really like to put him into timeout at the Polk Pokey.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 37-year-old Raymond Hein. He’s our #WarrantOfTheDay.

Raymond kicked off the crazy weekend by doing something really, ah, crazy. Here’s what happened:

On Friday, a teacher from Lakeland was driving on Hwy 98 when suddenly, a red Nissan Altima cut her off and began driving erratically. The Nissan came to a stop right next to the teacher’s vehicle when traffic stopped at the light at Winter Lake Road.

The teacher said that she saw two people in the Nissan, a man and a woman. The man yelled at the teacher, “You failed my child (Samuel L. Jackson expletive)!” Then the man held up a handgun and yelled, “I’ll blow your (Samuel L. Jackson expletive) head off, Karen.”

The teacher, whose name is not Karen, drove to a gas station and called the cops. That’s where we come in…we’re the cops.

The victim gave deputies a partial tag number from the Nissan, and provided a great description of the man. Awesome work on her part (it isn’t always easy to get details when someone is threatening you with a gun).
Detectives worked their magic and came up with a tag that matched a red Nissan Altima. The owner of that Nissan matched the description given by the victim. And that exact Nissan was recorded driving on Hwy 98 near the crime scene. Plus, the victim picked the suspect out of a photo lineup. We had an ID on our suspect, Raymond Hein. Now we just need the suspect.

So if you know where Raymond is, please let us know. You can call Detective Bolin at 863-499-2400. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.
You will always remain anonymous when you send a tip through Crime Stoppers and you are eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

One more crazy thing about this case…the victim does not know Raymond or his family. She has never taught his kids, nor has she taught at the same school that they go to. It appears that he only targeted the victim because she had a Support Education specialty license plate, or maybe it was mistaken identity.