September 26, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager
Sheriff Issues Curfew for All of Polk County
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
The Sheriff is declaring a dusk to dawn curfew for the entire county.
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
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