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  • 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.
  • Last phosphate mine in Polk County closes

    Last phosphate mine in Polk County closes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:47:30 GMT
    It is the end of an era in Polk County. The last phosphate mine there is closing.Wednesday, Mosaic held a farewell luncheon for the 170 people who are retiring or looking for a new job.
    It is the end of an era in Polk County. The last phosphate mine there is closing.Wednesday, Mosaic held a farewell luncheon for the 170 people who are retiring or looking for a new job.
  • Detroit Tigers sign 20-year spring training contract

    Detroit Tigers sign 20-year spring training contract

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:49:06 GMT
    City officials say the total economic impact of the major league and its farm teams staying here will be about $63 million a year.
    City officials say the total economic impact of the major league and its farm teams staying here will be about $63 million a year.
  • 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.
  • Proposed law would allow polygraph tests for those working with children

    Proposed law would allow polygraph tests for those working with children

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:53:52 GMT
    Private companies that deal directly with children should be allowed to give potential employees polygraph tests, U.S. Representative Dennis Ross, (R) Lakeland, said during a news conference Friday.
    Private companies that deal directly with children should be allowed to give potential employees polygraph tests, U.S. Representative Dennis Ross, (R) Lakeland, said during a news conference Friday.
  • 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.
  • Police: thieves tricked their way into resident's home

    Police: thieves tricked their way into resident's home

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:46:20 GMT

    Investigators say a woman carrying a child knocked on the man’s door, and appeared to be frightened. They say when he opened the door, two men pushed their way in, slammed him to the floor and starting ransacking his house.

    Investigators say a woman carrying a child knocked on the man’s door, and appeared to be frightened. They say when he opened the door, two men pushed their way in, slammed him to the floor and starting ransacking his house.


  • Warrior Walk in Lakeland set for Saturday

    Warrior Walk in Lakeland set for Saturday

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:39:35 GMT
    Almost 400 crosses were just erected on the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Each one represents a fallen hero, someone who has lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.The crosses will be the focal point of "Warrior Walk" this weekend.
    Almost 400 crosses were just erected on the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Each one represents a fallen hero, someone who has lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.The crosses will be the focal point of "Warrior Walk" this weekend.
  • Investigation reveals theme park workers arrested on sex charges

    Investigation reveals theme park workers arrested on sex charges

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:38:32 GMT
    Dozens of employees at some of Florida's biggest theme parks have been accused of committing sex crimes involving children, a national report released this week revealed.
    Dozens of employees at some of Florida's biggest theme parks have been accused of committing sex crimes involving children, a national report released this week revealed.
  • Three charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    Three charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:25:41 GMT
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in Polk County with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in Polk County with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
  • Polk judge investigated over relationship with bailiff

    Polk judge investigated over relationship with bailiff

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:38:35 GMT
    The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday filed notice of formal charges with the state Supreme Court against Judge Susan Flood, asking her to respond to allegations about her relationship with former bailiff James Maxcy.
    The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday filed notice of formal charges with the state Supreme Court against Judge Susan Flood, asking her to respond to allegations about her relationship with former bailiff James Maxcy.
  • 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.
  • Nuisance vultures driving Lake Alfred residents nuts

    Nuisance vultures driving Lake Alfred residents nuts

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:37:50 GMT
    You would think they would have gotten the message by now, but they haven't. Vultures in Lake Alfred have had loud noises blasted at them, lights shined in their eyes and have even been zapped with mild electric shocks -- but they're not going anywhere.
    You would think they would have gotten the message by now, but they haven't. Vultures in Lake Alfred have had loud noises blasted at them, lights shined in their eyes and have even been zapped with mild electric shocks -- but they're not going anywhere.
  • Redistricting ruling expected to make waves through the state

    Redistricting ruling expected to make waves through the state

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-07-12 00:00:35 GMT
    A judge in Tallahassee has concluded the Republican-controlled state legislature deliberately drew boundary lines for congressional districts to favor Republicans, and that ruling could spell big changes for politicians and voters in Tampa Bay -- potentially throwing a wrench into this year's election.
    A judge in Tallahassee has concluded the Republican-controlled state legislature deliberately drew boundary lines for congressional districts to favor Republicans, and that ruling could spell big changes for politicians and voters in Tampa Bay -- potentially throwing a wrench into this year's election.
  • 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. 

  • Polk Sheriff Grady Judd witnesses Davis execution

    Polk Sheriff Grady Judd witnesses Davis execution

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-11 03:34:08 GMT
    In 1994, current Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was a major, overseeing detectives, but not directly involved with the investigation into the horrific rape and murder of 11-year-old girl Kimberly Waters of Lakeland. This is the story of how he got the killer to confess, how the crime shaped the rest of his career, and the woman who can't thank him enough for his role in the case.


    In 1994, current Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was a major, overseeing detectives, but not directly involved with the investigation into the horrific rape and murder of 11-year-old girl Kimberly Waters of Lakeland. This is the story of how he got the killer to confess, how the crime shaped the rest of his career, and the woman who can't thank him enough for his role in the case.



  • Owners of Chalet Suzanne prepare for auction

    Owners of Chalet Suzanne prepare for auction

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:47:22 GMT
    After 83 years, Chalet Suzanne, which is just outside of Lake Wales, is being auctioned off. Its last day of operation will be August 4.
    After 83 years, Chalet Suzanne, which is just outside of Lake Wales, is being auctioned off. Its last day of operation will be August 4.
  • Could static have sparked fatal 4th of July blast?

    Could static have sparked fatal 4th of July blast?

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-07-09 02:57:39 GMT
    In an emotional 15-minute interview with syndicated radio host Bubba the Love Sponge, George Meredith lays out what he thinks sparked the fireworks accident that killed his wife Kathryn Flint on July 4th: static electricity from towels pulled out of a dryer.
    In an emotional 15-minute interview with syndicated radio host Bubba the Love Sponge, George Meredith lays out what he thinks sparked the fireworks accident that killed his wife Kathryn Flint on July 4th: static electricity from towels pulled out of a dryer.
  • Boy with cystic fibrosis gets to throw first pitch at Rays game

    Boy with cystic fibrosis gets to throw first pitch at Rays game

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-09 01:37:34 GMT
    It would be a dream come true for many kids -- getting to throw the first ball out at a Ray's game. Tuesday night, 7-year-old Caden Wilson of Lakeland gets to do just that, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    It would be a dream come true for many kids -- getting to throw the first ball out at a Ray's game. Tuesday night, 7-year-old Caden Wilson of Lakeland gets to do just that, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


  • Haines City police sergeant demoted to patrol officer

    Haines City police sergeant demoted to patrol officer

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-09 01:23:59 GMT
    A high ranking Haines City police officer is in trouble with his own department. According to reports obtained by FOX 13, Sgt. Heriberto Hernandez has been demoted to patrol officer.
    A high ranking Haines City police officer is in trouble with his own department. According to reports obtained by FOX 13, Sgt. Heriberto Hernandez has been demoted to patrol officer.
  • 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.
  • Teens rescue man who they say tried to wrestle a gator

    Teens rescue man who they say tried to wrestle a gator

    Thursday, July 3 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-07-03 20:59:45 GMT
    It’s one of those only-in-Florida stories, but with a twist. The headline “gator attacks man” may have been the other way around this time. Two teenagers from Mulberry say they rescued a man from an alligator -- after the man tried to wrestle it.
    It’s one of those only-in-Florida stories, but with a twist. The headline “gator attacks man” may have been the other way around this time. Two teenagers from Mulberry say they rescued a man from an alligator -- after the man tried to wrestle it.
  • 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.
  • Former Lakeland Police Chief wants state attorney investigated

    Former Lakeland Police Chief wants state attorney investigated

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-02 20:35:24 GMT
    They're not wearing gloves, but the battle is just as fierce as if they were. Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack and State Attorney Jerry Hill are going into the ring -- again.This time, it is over accusations she is making against him, accusing him of extortion and requesting an investigation.
    They're not wearing gloves, but the battle is just as fierce as if they were. Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack and State Attorney Jerry Hill are going into the ring -- again.This time, it is over accusations she is making against him, accusing him of extortion and requesting an investigation.
  • Haines City High teacher busted in child sex sting

    Haines City High teacher busted in child sex sting

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:46:23 GMT
    A Haines City High School Geometry teacher is one of 16 people recently busted in “Operation Cyber Child III”, an undercover sting that focused on adults traveling to meet minors for sex.
    A Haines City High School Geometry teacher is one of 16 people recently busted in “Operation Cyber Child III”, an undercover sting that focused on adults traveling to meet minors for sex.
  • Detectives investigate gang connections in Lakeland carjackings

    Detectives investigate gang connections in Lakeland carjackings

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:52:50 GMT
    Detectives are looking for three more suspects in two separate carjackings that happened in Lakeland over the weekend. Investigators have also determined the carjackings have a gang connection, and are trying to determine how strong they are.
    Detectives are looking for three more suspects in two separate carjackings that happened in Lakeland over the weekend. Investigators have also determined the carjackings have a gang connection, and are trying to determine how strong they are.
  • Two carjackings in Polk County

    Two carjackings in Polk County

    Sunday, June 29 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-06-30 02:54:00 GMT
    It was a confrontation Laitile Hogan didn't see coming. The 56-year-old Lakeland woman pulled her SUV over at Wabash Avenue after spilling a drink. It was around 6 in the morning."I see 1 standing outside the car, and 2 come and jump me," she said."They punched me."Hogan recalls at least 3 men attacked her, and she fought back but was eventually overpowered.
    It was a confrontation Laitile Hogan didn't see coming. The 56-year-old Lakeland woman pulled her SUV over at Wabash Avenue after spilling a drink. It was around 6 in the morning."I see 1 standing outside the car, and 2 come and jump me," she said."They punched me."Hogan recalls at least 3 men attacked her, and she fought back but was eventually overpowered.
  • Law enforcement investigating two Polk County carjackings

    Law enforcement investigating two Polk County carjackings

    Sunday, June 29 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-06-29 23:09:26 GMT
    A police chase ends in Lakeland with a suspect dead. But it doesn't end there. Investigators said they were responsible for two earlier carjackings.
    A police chase ends in Lakeland with a suspect dead. But it doesn't end there. Investigators said they were responsible for two earlier carjackings.
  • Missing girl found

    Missing girl found

    Saturday, June 28 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-06-29 02:45:39 GMT
    Missing 12-year-old girl found in Polk County.
    Missing 12-year-old girl found in Polk County.
  • Girl with rare condition gets brand new pool

    Girl with rare condition gets brand new pool

    Friday, June 27 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-06-27 15:03:35 GMT

    It may just look like a pool, but for one Polk County family, it's new hope for a better life.

    It may just look like a pool, but for one Polk County family, it's new hope for a better life.

  • Storms knock out power in Fort Meade

    Storms knock out power in Fort Meade

    Thursday, June 26 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-06-27 02:31:47 GMT
    The weather Thursday evening caused quite a mess in Fort Meade, in Polk County. Power lines and trees were knocked down throughout the town.
    The weather Thursday evening caused quite a mess in Fort Meade, in Polk County. Power lines and trees were knocked down throughout the town.
  • Police: Dejected trucker strangled, kidnapped woman

    Police: Dejected trucker strangled, kidnapped woman

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-06-25 02:13:19 GMT
    A Florida trucker is behind bars, accused of strangling and kidnapping a woman who refused to have sex with him. It all started a week ago, detectives say, when Eddie Sellers picked up a woman in Tennessee while en route to his trucking depot in Winter Haven.
    A Florida trucker is behind bars, accused of strangling and kidnapping a woman who refused to have sex with him. It all started a week ago, detectives say, when Eddie Sellers picked up a woman in Tennessee while en route to his trucking depot in Winter Haven.
  • Marijuana ring dabbled in human trafficking, sheriff says

    Marijuana ring dabbled in human trafficking, sheriff says

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-06-24 16:19:07 GMT
    Nine arrests, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and human trafficking: Sheriff Grady Judd says a major drug ring that made millions in Polk County has been busted.
    Nine arrests, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and human trafficking: Sheriff Grady Judd says a major drug ring that made millions in Polk County has been busted.
  • Chikungunya case confirmed in Polk County

    Chikungunya case confirmed in Polk County

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-06-24 14:09:47 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has confirmed its first case of Chikungunya, the illness that is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.
    The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has confirmed its first case of Chikungunya, the illness that is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.
  • Driver hits Davenport home, then flees

    Driver hits Davenport home, then flees

    Monday, June 23 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-06-23 13:57:04 GMT
    A family's security camera caught the truck smashing into their home Sunday morning. Everyone was OK, but it could have been a lot worse if not for the new car parked outside that too the brunt of the impact. Deputies are still looking for the culprit.
    A family's security camera caught the truck smashing into their home Sunday morning. Everyone was OK, but it could have been a lot worse if not for the new car parked outside that too the brunt of the impact. Deputies are still looking for the culprit.
  • Lakeland residents crack down on gang violence

    Lakeland residents crack down on gang violence

    Saturday, June 21 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-06-21 21:47:41 GMT
    Nearly 400 volunteers in Lakeland went door to door Saturday morning offering help to those living around the West Memorial Boulevard area. The area has been plagued with gang violence..many involving teenagers.
    Nearly 400 volunteers in Lakeland went door to door Saturday morning offering help to those living around the West Memorial Boulevard area. The area has been plagued with gang violence..many involving teenagers.
  • Young Lakeland boy found after alert issued

    Young Lakeland boy found after alert issued

    Friday, June 20 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-06-20 20:28:19 GMT
    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says they've now found a 7-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Lakeland. His father is still at large, wanted on attempted murder charges.
    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says they've now found a 7-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Lakeland. His father is still at large, wanted on attempted murder charges.
  • Pedestrian killed in deputy-involved crash

    Pedestrian killed in deputy-involved crash

    Friday, June 20 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-06-20 12:58:44 GMT
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a fatal crash that involved a marked Polk County deputy patrol car and a pedestrian.
    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a fatal crash that involved a marked Polk County deputy patrol car and a pedestrian.
  • Tractor driver killed in crash with semi

    Tractor driver killed in crash with semi

    Thursday, June 19 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-06-19 18:46:33 GMT
    Deputies in Polk County say the 54-year-old driver of a tractor was killed when a truck clipped him from behind south of Frostproof.
    Deputies in Polk County say the 54-year-old driver of a tractor was killed when a truck clipped him from behind south of Frostproof.
  • 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. 
  • Family leaves waitress, single mother $500 tip

    Family leaves waitress, single mother $500 tip

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-06-17 22:07:52 GMT

    On Father's Day, it's usually the dads who get presents. But a mom got an incredible one in Lakeland this year.

    On Father's Day, it's usually the dads who get presents. But a mom got an incredible one in Lakeland this year.

  • Dog wanders into Polk home, kills nursing cat

    Dog wanders into Polk home, kills nursing cat

    Friday, June 13 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-06-13 21:34:07 GMT
    It seems like something out of a horror movie: A pit bull walks through your front door and creates chaos, killing your pet cat, who just happens to be nursing five kittens. Michelle Welch says it happened to her and her fiancé earlier this week after their air conditioner broke.
    It seems like something out of a horror movie: A pit bull walks through your front door and creates chaos, killing your pet cat, who just happens to be nursing five kittens. Michelle Welch says it happened to her and her fiancé earlier this week after their air conditioner broke.
  • Polk woman named Crystal Metheny arrested for firing 'offensive missile'

    Polk woman named Crystal Metheny arrested for firing 'offensive missile'

    Thursday, June 12 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-06-12 18:22:55 GMT

    With a name like Crystal Metheny, you might think an arrest would be tied to something drug-related. But it's not, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

    With a name like Crystal Metheny, you might think an arrest would be tied to something drug-related. But it's not, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

  • Polk teacher now faces sex charges in Hillsborough

    Polk teacher now faces sex charges in Hillsborough

    Thursday, June 12 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-06-12 15:32:53 GMT
    Former Polk County teacher Jennifer Fichter now faces sex charges in Hillsborough County, too, after investigators say she drove there for at least three encounters with a student.
    Former Polk County teacher Jennifer Fichter now faces sex charges in Hillsborough County, too, after investigators say she drove there for at least three encounters with a student.
  • LPD officer shooting a possible case of mistaken identity

    LPD officer shooting a possible case of mistaken identity

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 4:40 AM EDT2014-06-11 08:40:52 GMT
    A shootout that sent a Lakeland Police officer to the hospital may have started as a case of mistaken identity, investigators said Tuesday.
    A shootout that sent a Lakeland Police officer to the hospital may have started as a case of mistaken identity, investigators said Tuesday.
  • Teacher who taped students' hands could lose her job

    Teacher who taped students' hands could lose her job

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-06-11 00:39:58 GMT
    The school district superintendent has moved to fire Kim Adams, a drama teacher at Rochelle School of the Arts, after the December 2013 incident.
    The school district superintendent has moved to fire Kim Adams, a drama teacher at Rochelle School of the Arts, after the December 2013 incident.
  • Officer shot, suspect in serious condition after shooting in Lakeland

    Officer shot, suspect in serious condition after shooting in Lakeland

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-06-10 23:37:48 GMT

    Officer Doug Mills was shot in the arm and injured Tuesday morning after a shootout with a suspect. Mills is expected to be OK and the police chief said he was in good spirits. The suspect, meanwhile, is in serious condition.

    Officer Doug Mills was shot in the arm and injured Tuesday morning after a shootout with a suspect. Mills is expected to be OK and the police chief said he was in good spirits. The suspect, meanwhile, is in serious condition.

  • Bald eagle rescue finally ends with flight to freedom

    Bald eagle rescue finally ends with flight to freedom

    Friday, June 6 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-06-06 17:01:35 GMT
    Thanks to some local rescuers, an American bald eagle is back where it should be, flying to freedom Friday morning after being released back into the wild.
    Thanks to some local rescuers, an American bald eagle is back where it should be, flying to freedom Friday morning after being released back into the wild.
  • Polk teacher charged for sex with third student

    Polk teacher charged for sex with third student

    Thursday, June 5 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-06-05 17:42:28 GMT
    The Polk County teacher recently accused of having sex with at least two students faces new charges Thursday after a third student said he'd also been with her- this time on top of the FAA building in Lakeland.
    The Polk County teacher recently accused of having sex with at least two students faces new charges Thursday after a third student said he'd also been with her- this time on top of the FAA building in Lakeland.
  • Horses, snakes, and more confiscated from Polk ranch

    Horses, snakes, and more confiscated from Polk ranch

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-06-04 13:05:29 GMT
    Eighteen horses were confiscated from a Polk City property, including one that was in such bad shape that it was unable to stand and died at the scene as a veterinarian was tending to it. Snakes, birds, and other animals were also taken by deputies.
    Eighteen horses were confiscated from a Polk City property, including one that was in such bad shape that it was unable to stand and died at the scene as a veterinarian was tending to it. Snakes, birds, and other animals were also taken by deputies.
  • Update: Winter Haven sinkhole now stabilized

    Update: Winter Haven sinkhole now stabilized

    Saturday, May 31 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-05-31 19:12:17 GMT
    The giant sinkhole in a parking lot is now stabilized, according to police. Winter Have Police say the hole has caved in a little, but is not growing. Crews finished putting up a fence Saturday afternoon.
    The giant sinkhole in a parking lot is now stabilized, according to police. Winter Have Police say the hole has caved in a little, but is not growing.Crews finished putting up a fence Saturday afternoon.
  • Amazon accepts job applications for local warehouses

    Amazon accepts job applications for local warehouses

    Friday, May 30 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-05-30 18:02:48 GMT
    Amazon is now accepting applications for its new warehouse in Lakeland.
    Amazon is now accepting applications for its new warehouse in Lakeland.
  • Sinkhole opens near Winter Haven Publix

    Sinkhole opens near Winter Haven Publix

    Thursday, May 29 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-05-30 01:28:47 GMT
    A large sinkhole opened up in Winter Haven Thursday morning along the outer edges of a shopping plaza parking lot not far from Legoland Florida.
    A large sinkhole opened up in Winter Haven Thursday morning along the outer edges of a shopping plaza parking lot not far from Legoland Florida.
  • Bay area soldier's reunion is YouTube hit for the ages

    Bay area soldier's reunion is YouTube hit for the ages

    Thursday, May 29 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-05-29 18:19:37 GMT

    With hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, Sgt. Clark Rahman's return is sweeping the Internet. The Lakeland native surprised his girlfriend at a Florida State fraternity party, and both say they will never forget the moment.

    With hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, Sgt. Clark Rahman's return is sweeping the Internet. The Lakeland native surprised his girlfriend at a Florida State fraternity party, and both say they will never forget the moment.

  • 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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