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  • Company wants to build massive marijuana operation in Lake Wales

    Company wants to build massive marijuana operation in Lake Wales

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:48:47 GMT
    A company called GrowHealthy just bought an old mattress factory in Lake Wales that has been vacant for years -- with high hopes. It wants to grow marijuana in it.
    A company called GrowHealthy just bought an old mattress factory in Lake Wales that has been vacant for years -- with high hopes. It wants to grow marijuana in it.
  • Decomposed body found under Lakeland home

    Decomposed body found under Lakeland home

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:02:13 GMT
    According to police, the decomposed body was found "partially under the house" not far from the intersection of U.S. 92 and Galloway Road.
    According to police, the decomposed body was found "partially under the house" not far from the intersection of U.S. 92 and Galloway Road.
  • Life in prison for officer's killer

    Life in prison for officer's killer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:45:07 GMT
    The man who murdered a Lakeland police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison, but won't face the death penalty. Kyle Williams appeared to have no reaction when the sentence was announced.
    The man who murdered a Lakeland police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison, but won't face the death penalty. Kyle Williams appeared to have no reaction when the sentence was announced.
  • Sentencing phase begins in Williams murder trial

    Sentencing phase begins in Williams murder trial

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:48:08 GMT
    The sentencing phase for the man convicted of killing a Lakeland police officer has begun. The jury will decide whether to recommend the death sentence of life in prison for Kyle Williams, but once again, they aren't hearing from Williams himself.
    The sentencing phase for the man convicted of killing a Lakeland police officer has begun. The jury will decide whether to recommend the death sentence of life in prison for Kyle Williams, but once again, they aren't hearing from Williams himself.
  • Florida Polytechnic University welcomes inaugural class

    Florida Polytechnic University welcomes inaugural class

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:29:41 GMT
    What started as an idea in 2012 has become reality as hundreds of students begin their first day of classes at Florida Polytechnic University Monday.
    What started as an idea in 2012 has become reality as hundreds of students begin their first day of classes at Florida Polytechnic University Monday.
  • Polk County man wanted for attempted murder

    Polk County man wanted for attempted murder

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:28:54 GMT
    Polk County detectives are looking for a man they say is dangerous and may be armed. Brandon Matthews, 29, is wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder.
    Polk County detectives are looking for a man they say is dangerous and may be armed. Brandon Matthews, 29, is wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder.
  • City of Lakeland boards up nuisance properties

    City of Lakeland boards up nuisance properties

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-23 12:04:35 GMT
    The house at 919 N. Iowa Avenue in Lakeland used to be a place of drugs, guns and downright filth. Now, it's boarded up.
    The house at 919 N. Iowa Avenue in Lakeland used to be a place of drugs, guns and downright filth. Now, it's boarded up.
  • State's newest university gears up for first day of classes

    State's newest university gears up for first day of classes

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:30:36 GMT
    After a weekend of relaxing, it is going to be down to business -- actually science, technology, engineering and math -- at Florida Polytechnic, our state's newest university. Classes start Monday.
    After a weekend of relaxing, it is going to be down to business -- actually science, technology, engineering and math -- at Florida Polytechnic, our state's newest university. Classes start Monday.
  • In depth: John Morgan & Grady Judd on medical marijuana amendment

    In depth: John Morgan & Grady Judd on medical marijuana amendment

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:07 GMT
    When Florida voters go to the polls in November, one issue could overshadow every race from governor to school board: Constitutional Amendment 2. That's the one titled "use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.
    When Florida voters go to the polls in November, one issue could overshadow every race from governor to school board: Constitutional Amendment 2. That's the one titled "use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.
  • Jury finds Williams guilty in officer's murder

    Jury finds Williams guilty in officer's murder

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:24:37 GMT
    A jury has found Kyle Williams guilty of first-degree murder, FOX 13's Ken Suarez reports. He was on trial for shooting Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin three years ago.
    A jury has found Kyle Williams guilty of first-degree murder, FOX 13's Ken Suarez reports. He was on trial for shooting Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin three years ago.
  • Church youth volunteer jailed over child porn

    Church youth volunteer jailed over child porn

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:12:59 GMT
    A Plant City church youth volunteer is behind bars after Polk County deputies say he admitted to having a "dark side" and viewing child porn on the church's computer. More charges could still come as the investigation continues.
    A Plant City church youth volunteer is behind bars after Polk County deputies say he admitted to having a "dark side" and viewing child porn on the church's computer. More charges could still come as the investigation continues.
  • Jury sequestered in Williams murder trial

    Jury sequestered in Williams murder trial

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:18:16 GMT

    Jurors in the Kyle Williams murder trial had a long day on Wednesday. They deliberated for eight hours, then were sequestered for the night. They will take up deliberations again on Thursday morning.

    Jurors in the Kyle Williams murder trial had a long day on Wednesday. They deliberated for eight hours, then were sequestered for the night. They will take up deliberations again on Thursday morning.


  • More eyewitness testimony in Williams' murder trial

    More eyewitness testimony in Williams' murder trial

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:58:22 GMT
    A young man who testified in the Kyle Williams murder trial on Monday may have given the most damaging testimony so far. Anfernee Bruce, one of the people who was at the scene when Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot, was being patted down when the gun fired.
    A young man who testified in the Kyle Williams murder trial on Monday may have given the most damaging testimony so far. Anfernee Bruce, one of the people who was at the scene when Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot, was being patted down when the gun fired.
  • Hospital operator CHS: hackers stole 4.5 million patients' info

    Hospital operator CHS: hackers stole 4.5 million patients' info

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:35:44 GMT
    U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said on Monday personal data, including patient names and addresses, of about 4.5 million people were stolen by hackers from its computer network. CHS operates 26 hospitals in Florida; the company said the breach could affect anyone who received services in the past five years. INSIDE: Map of affected hospitals in Florida. 
    U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said on Monday personal data, including patient names and addresses, of about 4.5 million people were stolen by hackers from its computer network. CHS operates 26 hospitals in Florida; the company said the breach could affect anyone who received services in the past five years. INSIDE: Map of affected hospitals in Florida. 
  • Bags of cash stolen from business

    Bags of cash stolen from business

    Sunday, August 17 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-08-17 12:37:16 GMT
    Winter Haven Police are searching for a man who stole two bags of cash from the "Rapid Cash" business.
    Winter Haven Police are searching for a man who stole two bags of cash from the "Rapid Cash" business.
  • Gov. Rick Scott opens Florida's newest university

    Gov. Rick Scott opens Florida's newest university

    Saturday, August 16 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-16 21:17:22 GMT
    Governor Rick Scott was in Lakeland Saturday to help launch Florida's newest university, Florida Polytechnic University.
    Governor Rick Scott was in Lakeland Saturday to help launch Florida's newest university, Florida Polytechnic University.
  • Lakeland couple arrested on child abuse charges

    Lakeland couple arrested on child abuse charges

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:43:09 GMT
    Two people in Polk County are under arrest, charged with child abuse.Sean Pearson, 33, and Jessica Rowland, 21, are each charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse.
    Two people in Polk County are under arrest, charged with child abuse.Sean Pearson, 33, and Jessica Rowland, 21, are each charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse.
  • More testimony in officer murder trial

    More testimony in officer murder trial

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:50:49 GMT
    The prosecution has been presenting its case for a week. It is expected to call two of the young men who were at the murder scene to the stand on Friday.
    The prosecution has been presenting its case for a week. It is expected to call two of the young men who were at the murder scene to the stand on Friday.
  • Family searching for fallen soldier's stolen flag

    Family searching for fallen soldier's stolen flag

    Thursday, August 14 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-08-14 08:45:54 GMT
    A family is trying to recover an irreplaceable American flag that was stolen off their front porch about a month ago.
    A family is trying to recover an irreplaceable American flag that was stolen off their front porch about a month ago.
  • Second witness testifies in Williams murder trial

    Second witness testifies in Williams murder trial

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:21:34 GMT
    Another young man who was there when a Lakeland Police officer was shot to death took the stand today. Kyle Williams is on trial for killing Officer Arnulfo Crispin during a pat down in a park three years ago.
    Another young man who was there when a Lakeland Police officer was shot to death took the stand today. Kyle Williams is on trial for killing Officer Arnulfo Crispin during a pat down in a park three years ago.
  • SUV crashes into restaurant, injures woman on 95th birthday

    SUV crashes into restaurant, injures woman on 95th birthday

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:36 AM EDT2014-08-13 09:36:38 GMT
    A man and his wife were celebrating her 95th birthday, when suddenly an SUV slammed into the restaurant during their dinner and sent them to the hospital instead.
    A man and his wife were celebrating her 95th birthday, when suddenly an SUV slammed into the restaurant during their dinner and sent them to the hospital instead.
  • Focus shifts to murder weapon in Kyle Williams trial

    Focus shifts to murder weapon in Kyle Williams trial

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-08-13 01:21:00 GMT
    Riveting testimony focused on the murder weapon Tuesday morning in the Kyle Williams trial.
    Riveting testimony focused on the murder weapon Tuesday morning in the Kyle Williams trial.
  • Investigators narrow search for cars in fatal Polk crashes

    Investigators narrow search for cars in fatal Polk crashes

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:05:20 GMT
    Polk County detectives are releasing some new information about cars they are looking for in two deadly crashes over the weekend. One is a 2010-2013 Chevy Camaro; the other is a 2007-2009 Nissan Altima. Both would have front-end damage. 
    Polk County detectives are releasing some new information about cars they are looking for in two deadly crashes over the weekend. One is a 2010-2013 Chevy Camaro; the other is a 2007-2009 Nissan Altima. Both would have front-end damage. 
  • Davenport man stabbed at house party

    Davenport man stabbed at house party

    Sunday, August 10 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-08-10 18:43:02 GMT
    A Davenport man is recovering from his injuries after he was stabbed at a party in Haines City.
    A Davenport man is recovering from his injuries after he was stabbed at a party in Haines City.
  • Winter Haven Police searching for two armed robbery suspects

    Winter Haven Police searching for two armed robbery suspects

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:38:51 GMT
    A 21-year-old Winter Haven man is behind bars and police are looking for two other men after an armed robbery occurred in broad daylight on Friday. Police arrested Deontae Neal on a number of charges. Police are still looking for two other suspects, Jamario Harvey and Carlos Leondre.
    A 21-year-old Winter Haven man is behind bars and police are looking for two other men after an armed robbery occurred in broad daylight on Friday. Police arrested Deontae Neal on a number of charges. Police are still looking for two other suspects, Jamario Harvey and Carlos Leondre.
  • Polk deputies search for driver in deadly hit and run

    Polk deputies search for driver in deadly hit and run

    Saturday, August 9 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-09 12:11:54 GMT
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is hoping the public can help them solve a deadly hit and run case.
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is hoping the public can help them solve a deadly hit and run case.
  • Opening statements outline trial in officer's murder

    Opening statements outline trial in officer's murder

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:02:16 GMT
    A long awaited murder trial just began in Polk County. Attorneys made their opening statements in the first degree murder trial of Kyle Williams on Friday.He is is accused of killing Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin when he was on a routine call checking out five young men in a park three years ago.
    A long awaited murder trial just began in Polk County. Attorneys made their opening statements in the first degree murder trial of Kyle Williams on Friday.He is is accused of killing Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin when he was on a routine call checking out five young men in a park three years ago.
  • Police: Teen gunman killed in Lakeland shootout

    Police: Teen gunman killed in Lakeland shootout

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:05:18 GMT
    An alleged gang member is dead after an altercation that ended with a shootout in Lakeland last night. Now police are trying to figure out what led up to the violent exchange.
    An alleged gang member is dead after an altercation that ended with a shootout in Lakeland last night. Now police are trying to figure out what led up to the violent exchange.
  • Husband targeted wife in murder-for-hire plot, FDLE says

    Husband targeted wife in murder-for-hire plot, FDLE says

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-06 21:48:18 GMT
    A Polk County man is under arrest for plotting to kill his wife. Investigators say Vincent Abraham Madhavath, 43, is in custody in the Polk County Jail.
    A Polk County man is under arrest for plotting to kill his wife. Investigators say Vincent Abraham Madhavath, 43, is in custody in the Polk County Jail.
  • Help for the homeless in Lakeland

    Help for the homeless in Lakeland

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-06 20:40:26 GMT
    Just blocks away from Lakeland's charming downtown is another world -- one where lives have not turned out according to plan. It is an area that is home to the homeless. It's a growing number are families who soon may have a safe place to stay.
    Just blocks away from Lakeland's charming downtown is another world -- one where lives have not turned out according to plan. It is an area that is home to the homeless. It's a growing number are families who soon may have a safe place to stay.
  • Law enforcement agencies align to target sex predators

    Law enforcement agencies align to target sex predators

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-05 21:34:58 GMT
    Several law enforcement agencies from the federal, state and county level had the same message for child predators Tuesday: “We’re going to get you.”
    Several law enforcement agencies from the federal, state and county level had the same message for child predators Tuesday: “We’re going to get you.”
  • Sidewalk construction to start along road where teens died

    Sidewalk construction to start along road where teens died

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-08-05 20:46:03 GMT
    Polk County is set to begin construction of sidewalks along a stretch of roadway where two teenage pedestrians have been hit and killed in the past five years. Construction begins Friday on the first of three sections of sidewalk along Old Dixie Highway near Tenoroc High School.
    Polk County is set to begin construction of sidewalks along a stretch of roadway where two teenage pedestrians have been hit and killed in the past five years. Construction begins Friday on the first of three sections of sidewalk along Old Dixie Highway near Tenoroc High School.
  • Police find Winter Haven woman missing for weeks

    Police find Winter Haven woman missing for weeks

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-08-05 11:53:13 GMT
    According to WHPD, Alicia Marie Stankwick left her Sunshine Way home back on July 18. She called her mother a little over a week ago, but said she could not say where she was because it would be "bad on her."
    According to WHPD, Alicia Marie Stankwick left her Sunshine Way home back on July 18. She called her mother a little over a week ago, but said she could not say where she was because it would be "bad on her."
  • Mother files lawsuit in cyberbullying suicide case

    Mother files lawsuit in cyberbullying suicide case

    Monday, August 4 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-05 03:05:20 GMT
    Money can't replace what Tricia Norman lost when her 12-year-old daughter Rebecca Sedwick took her own life. But Norman insists the school board didn't react quickly or effectively enough to an obvious pattern of escalating abuse and cyberbullying directed at her daughter, and says that's why Rebecca took her own life.
    Money can't replace what Tricia Norman lost when her 12-year-old daughter Rebecca Sedwick took her own life. But Norman insists the school board didn't react quickly or effectively enough to an obvious pattern of escalating abuse and cyberbullying directed at her daughter, and says that's why Rebecca committed suicide.
  • Trial begins in murder of Lakeland police officer

    Trial begins in murder of Lakeland police officer

    Monday, August 4 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-04 21:48:14 GMT
    The family of Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin has been waiting for three years for what just began. Jury selection in the murder trial of Kyle Williams started on Monday.Williams is charged with shooting Crispin in the head while Crispin was responding to a call.
    The family of Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin has been waiting for three years for what just began. Jury selection in the murder trial of Kyle Williams started on Monday.Williams is charged with shooting Crispin in the head while Crispin was responding to a call.
  • Mom of bullied girl files lawsuit

    Mom of bullied girl files lawsuit

    Monday, August 4 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-08-04 17:06:38 GMT
    The family of a Polk County girl who took her own life after being bullied is filing a lawsuit. Rebecca Sedwick's mother has hired law firm Morgan and Morgan to take on the Polk County School Board.
    The family of a Polk County girl who took her own life after being bullied is filing a lawsuit. Rebecca Sedwick's mother has hired law firm Morgan and Morgan to take on the Polk County School Board.
  • Jury selection begins in Officer Crispin murder trial

    Jury selection begins in Officer Crispin murder trial

    Monday, August 4 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-04 13:44:13 GMT
    Jury selection begins Monday in the high-profile murder case involving Lakeland police officer, Arnulfo Crispin.
    Jury selection begins Monday in the high-profile murder case involving Lakeland police officer, Arnulfo Crispin.
  • Florida Polytechnic, Mosaic ink deal to prepare STEM students

    Florida Polytechnic, Mosaic ink deal to prepare STEM students

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:06:20 GMT
    Florida's newest university is teaming up with a powerhouse company. On Friday, Florida Polytechnic and Mosaic, a leader in the phosphate industry, signed an agreement to work together to get students ready for real world jobs.
    Florida's newest university is teaming up with a powerhouse company. On Friday, Florida Polytechnic and Mosaic, a leader in the phosphate industry, signed an agreement to work together to get students ready for real world jobs.
  • School: gym coach's arrest a 'betrayal'

    School: gym coach's arrest a 'betrayal'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:27:16 GMT
    Justin Henry was hired at Elite World Gymnastics as a rec coach and eventually became a cheer coach. He was on the job for about a year when fellow coaches say the 21-year-old ruined the trust he had gained in his time there.
    Justin Henry was hired at Elite World Gymnastics as a rec coach and eventually became a cheer coach. He was on the job for about a year when fellow coaches say the 21-year-old ruined the trust he had gained in his time there.
  • Police: Lakeland phone thief duped by selfie app

    Police: Lakeland phone thief duped by selfie app

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:51:17 GMT

    Police in Lakeland say a woman stole someone's smartphone, but first she had to take a selfie.

    Police in Lakeland say a woman stole someone's smartphone, but first she had to take a selfie.

  • LPD: 'Confident' we found hit-and-run vehicle

    LPD: 'Confident' we found hit-and-run vehicle

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:38:18 GMT
    Police say they are examining a damaged vehicle in connection with yesterday's hit-and-run death of a road construction worker in Lakeland. Two people are also being questioned.
    Police say they are examining a damaged vehicle in connection with yesterday's hit-and-run death of a road construction worker in Lakeland. Two people are also being questioned.
  • Worker killed in Lakeland hit-and-run

    Worker killed in Lakeland hit-and-run

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:20:26 GMT
    A road crew worker was hit and killed along South Florida Avenue this morning. Police say a southbound truck hit several traffic barrels, then hit 44-year-old Shelby Shull.
    A road crew worker was hit and killed along South Florida Avenue this morning. Police say a southbound truck hit several traffic barrels, then hit 44-year-old Shelby Shull.
  • Warrior Walk honors heroes today in Lakeland

    Warrior Walk honors heroes today in Lakeland

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-19 12:10:59 GMT
    The 5th Annual Warrior Walk is now underway this morning in Lakeland.
    The 5th Annual Warrior Walk is now underway this morning in Lakeland.
  • 5th Annual Warrior Walk will honor fallen military members

    5th Annual Warrior Walk will honor fallen military members

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-18 14:25:51 GMT
    Many are expected to take part in Lakeland’s 5th Annual Warrior Walk this weekend to honor military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country.
    Many are expected to take part in Lakeland’s 5th Annual Warrior Walk this weekend to honor military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country.
  • Police searching for mom, 2 kids

    Police searching for mom, 2 kids

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:34:19 GMT
    Police in Lakeland are searching for two adults and two children, and they fear the kids may be in harm's way.
    Police in Lakeland are searching for two adults and two children, and they fear the kids may be in harm's way.
  • Winter Haven PD search for attempted murder suspect

    Winter Haven PD search for attempted murder suspect

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-07-15 13:54:18 GMT
    He’s wanted on three counts of attempted first degree murder, and police say they need the public’s help in tracking him down.
    He’s wanted on three counts of attempted first degree murder, and police say they need the public’s help in tracking him down.
  • Polk County woman named "Teacher of the Year"

    Polk County woman named "Teacher of the Year"

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:11:26 GMT
    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary, received the honor Thursday night during a ceremony in Orlando. 

    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary, received the honor Thursday night during a ceremony in Orlando. 

  • Historic Chalet Suzanne closing in Lake Wales

    Historic Chalet Suzanne closing in Lake Wales

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-07-08 18:24:00 GMT

    A quirky and historic restaurant and inn that once catered to the rich and famous is shutting down.

    A quirky and historic restaurant and inn that once catered to the rich and famous is shutting down.

  • Last two suspects busted in Polk carjacking case

    Last two suspects busted in Polk carjacking case

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-08 17:27:49 GMT
    Polk County deputies say they have arrested the last two suspects wanted in a violent double carjacking case from last month.
    Polk County deputies say they have arrested the last two suspects wanted in a violent double carjacking case from last month.
  • Auburndale woman killed in fireworks accident

    Auburndale woman killed in fireworks accident

    Sunday, July 6 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-07-06 21:40:55 GMT
    Kathryn Flint was hosting a party for her family and friends. As night fell, officers said she went into her bedroom to grab mortar-style fireworks. They exploded in the room.
    Kathryn Flint was hosting a party for her family and friends. As night fell, officers said she went into her bedroom to grab mortar-style fireworks. They exploded in the room.
  • Kissimmee man thrown from SUV

    Kissimmee man thrown from SUV

    Sunday, July 6 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-06 19:14:02 GMT
    A 36-year-old man was killed when he was ejected from an SUV in Polk County .
    A 36-year-old man was killed when he was ejected from an SUV in Polk County .
  • Baby boy drowns in Lakeland pool

    Baby boy drowns in Lakeland pool

    Saturday, July 5 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-07-05 19:30:05 GMT
    Lakeland Police say an 11-month-old boy drowned in a pool at a home in the 4700 block of Puritan Lane Friday. According to police, the child, left unattended, went outside through an open door and fell into the swimming pool.
    Lakeland Police say an 11-month-old boy drowned in a pool at a home in the 4700 block of Puritan Lane Friday. According to police, the child, left unattended, went outside through an open door and fell into the swimming pool.
  • Attempted murder suspect arrested after park robbery

    Attempted murder suspect arrested after park robbery

    Thursday, July 3 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-03 16:51:53 GMT
    Police say they’ve arrested a man for robbery and attempted murder after he took a woman's purse and strangled her unconscious at a Winter Haven park.
    Police say they’ve arrested a man for robbery and attempted murder after he took a woman's purse and strangled her unconscious at a Winter Haven park.
  • National "Dump the Pump" Day

    National "Dump the Pump" Day

    Thursday, June 19 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-06-19 15:00:06 GMT
    Free bus rides offered during the American Public Transportation Association's National Dump the Pump Day. 
    Free bus rides offered during the American Public Transportation Association's National Dump the Pump Day. 
  • Polk man convicted in quadruple murder wants new trial

    Polk man convicted in quadruple murder wants new trial

    Monday, May 12 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-05-12 21:14:08 GMT

    A man found guilty of killing four people execution-style in Polk County more than decade ago is fighting for a new trial. Nelson Serrano was sentenced to death for shooting and killing four people at a manufacturing plant in Bartow.

    A man found guilty of killing four people execution-style in Polk County more than decade ago is fighting for a new trial. Nelson Serrano was sentenced to death for shooting and killing four people at a manufacturing plant in Bartow.


  • Lake Wales police searching for sexual battery suspect

    Lake Wales police searching for sexual battery suspect

    Thursday, May 8 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-05-08 09:18:05 GMT

    Investigators were still searching for him Thursday morning. They say he battered a 68-year-old female in the 200 block of Emerald Avenue.

    Investigators were still searching for him Thursday morning. They say he battered a 68-year-old female in the 200 block of Emerald Avenue.

  • Lakeland's police force short-staffed following sex scandal

    Lakeland's police force short-staffed following sex scandal

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 4:23 AM EDT2014-05-06 08:23:19 GMT
    The fallout from last year's scandal has left the LPD short on officers, and that has residents worried about their safety.
    The fallout from last year's scandal has left the LPD short on officers, and that has residents worried about their safety.
  • Scott murder case wrapping up in Polk County

    Scott murder case wrapping up in Polk County

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:09:36 GMT
    Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning in the Barbara Scott murder case.
    Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning in the Barbara Scott murder case.
  • Girls injured in deadly crash released from hospital

    Girls injured in deadly crash released from hospital

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-03-18 10:25:52 GMT
    Two young girls badly injured in a deadly crash in Polk County last week are out of the hospital this morning.
    Two young girls badly injured in a deadly crash in Polk County last week are out of the hospital this morning.
  • Photos: B-29 bomber buzzes Lakeland

    Photos: B-29 bomber buzzes Lakeland

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-03-11 20:40:24 GMT
    A silver B-29 bomber made several passes over Polk County before rolling to a stop at Lakeland-Linder Airport on Tuesday. This plane, nicknamed Fifi, is the last B-29 Superfortress still flying.
    A silver B-29 bomber made several passes over Polk County before rolling to a stop at Lakeland-Linder Airport on Tuesday. This plane, nicknamed Fifi, is the last B-29 Superfortress still flying.
  • Thousands run with the bulls in Dade City

    Thousands run with the bulls in Dade City

    Saturday, March 8 2014 9:29 PM EST2014-03-09 02:29:40 GMT
    They come from all over to face their fears.

    "It is a once in a lifetime thing. I will never be able to do it again. I'll be able to tell my children in the future 'hey I did a bull run,'" said Liz Berman.
    They come from all over to face their fears.

    "It is a once in a lifetime thing. I will never be able to do it again. I'll be able to tell my children in the future 'hey I did a bull run,'" said Liz Berman.
  • Polk sheriff pushes for anti-bullying legislation

    Polk sheriff pushes for anti-bullying legislation

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 5:01 AM EST2014-01-15 10:01:36 GMT
    Sheriff Grady Judd unveiled a public bus with anti-bullying slogans in honor of Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide recently after being bullied. But the sheriff isn't stopping there.
    Sheriff Grady Judd unveiled a public bus with anti-bullying slogans in honor of Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide recently after being bullied. But the sheriff isn't stopping there.
  • Truck fire closes I-4 lanes in Lakeland

    Truck fire closes I-4 lanes in Lakeland

    Tuesday, November 12 2013 5:02 AM EST2013-11-12 10:02:56 GMT
    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 are closed in Lakeland due to a truck fire. Photos from the scene show a Pepsi tractor-trailer on fire near the Memorial Blvd. exit.
    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 are closed in Lakeland due to a truck fire. Photos from the scene show a Pepsi tractor-trailer on fire near the Memorial Blvd. exit.
  • Officer in 'bra-shaking' incident disciplined, but keeps job

    Officer in 'bra-shaking' incident disciplined, but keeps job

    Thursday, September 26 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-09-27 03:00:11 GMT
    A Lakeland police officer who forced a woman to shake out her bra during a routine traffic stop will keep his job.
    A Lakeland police officer who forced a woman to shake out her bra during a routine traffic stop will keep his job.
  • Police searching for Lake Wales stabbing suspect, victim

    Police searching for Lake Wales stabbing suspect, victim

    Monday, September 23 2013 7:45 AM EDT2013-09-23 11:45:43 GMT
    Investigators in Polk County are searching for a man who violently stabbed another man. They're also looking for his victim.
    Investigators in Polk County are searching for a man who violently stabbed another man. They're also looking for his victim.
  • Boil water advisory for residents of Kathleen

    Boil water advisory for residents of Kathleen

    Wednesday, September 18 2013 7:52 AM EDT2013-09-18 11:52:09 GMT
    You'll want to boil your water first, if you live in the Kathleen area of Polk County. There's been a water main break and it's caused a pressure loss for some customers.
    You'll want to boil your water first, if you live in the Kathleen area of Polk County. There's been a water main break and it's caused a pressure loss for some customers.
  • Lakeland residents speak out about police scandals

    Lakeland residents speak out about police scandals

    Tuesday, July 23 2013 7:43 AM EDT2013-07-23 11:43:33 GMT
    People in Lakeland got their chance to speak out on the sex scandal surrounding the Lakeland Police Department.
    People in Lakeland got their chance to speak out on the sex scandal surrounding the Lakeland Police Department.
  • Polk County man convicted of toddler murder up for parole

    Polk County man convicted of toddler murder up for parole

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 4:53 AM EDT2013-04-17 08:53:51 GMT
    The man convicted of an infamous 1989 murder of a 2-year-old in a toilet bowl will have his first parole hearing.
    The man convicted of an infamous 1989 murder of a 2-year-old in a toilet bowl will have his first parole hearing.
  • Lakeland Electric: No late fees for burned up bills

    Lakeland Electric: No late fees for burned up bills

    Monday, April 1 2013 11:59 AM EDT2013-04-01 15:59:18 GMT
    The U.S. Postal Service is caught in a game of he-said, she-said with Lakeland Electric over some missing bills.
    The U.S. Postal Service is caught in a game of he-said, she-said with Lakeland Electric over some missing bills. The good news now is that customers won't have to worry about a late fee.
  • 2 LPD officers placed on administrative leave

    2 LPD officers placed on administrative leave

    Friday, February 7 2014 7:53 AM EST2014-02-07 12:53:39 GMT
    Two officers have been placed on administrative leave at the Lakeland Police Department.
    Two officers have been placed on administrative leave at the Lakeland Police Department.
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