Date: September 5, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Sheriff Issues Curfew Due to Hurricane Frances	

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., declares a State of Emergency exists in Polk County under the provisions of Florida Statute 870.043, because of clear and present danger of general public disorder in the Polk County disaster areas due to Hurricane Frances.

The Sheriff is declaring a dusk to dawn curfew in the following areas of Polk County: all areas where power outages exist and in all areas where extensive storm damage and flooding exists. Violation of the curfew is a M1 (first degree misdemeanor). The curfew will remain in place until further notice. The curfew is in effect to deter crimes of opportunity, such as looting, and to provide safety for citizens in damaged areas.

Due to significant power outages and severe flooding, residents are asked to stay indoors even during daylight hours. Do not try to negotiate floodwaters, as they can be fast-moving and deeper than they appear.


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