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Severe Storm Risk Blowing Through Tampa Bay, All Of Florida

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula today, with the greatest risk for the Tampa Bay region coming midday. The greatest risk to life and property from this event will come from straight-line winds, according to Jeff Huffman, meteorologist


Storms in South kill girl in North Florida, bring tornado threat

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.


Living the wild life: A visit to Arcadia’s exotic animal refuge

Gibbons howled, peacocks screeched, and other birds crowed as I arrived at Lions, Tigers & Bears, Inc., in Arcadia. A male peacock strutted up and looked me over. Apparently I met his criteria, as he then allowed me into the facility.


Florida middle school girls arrested after teacher discovered their plans to kill nine people, police say

Two female students at a Florida middle school were arrested this week after a teacher discovered their plans to kill at least nine people, police say. The teacher reportedly became suspicious when she noticed the two 14-year-old girls acting "hysterical" while looking for a folder at Avon Park Midd


8-year-old Florida girl dies after tree falls through house during Friday's storms

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office reports that an 8-year-old girl has died after a tree fell through a house during Friday's storms. It reportedly happened just after 8 a.m. on Old Woodville Highway.


Driver dies in S.R. 70 crash in East Manatee

MANATEE COUNTY -- One person was killed and two injured in a fiery crash early Friday near Myakka City involving a semi and two other vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.


Florida deputy reassigned after video shows him punching teen in the head

A Florida deputy was reassigned Friday after cellphone video showed him punching a teenage boy in the head during an arrest. Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Tamarac shopping plaza about a large group of students who were fighting, according to an arrest report from Thursday. After


Florida man charged with threatening to kill three Democratic lawmakers

A Florida man was charged Friday with threatening to kill three Democratic members of Congress, federal prosecutors said. John Kless, 49, called the Washington offices of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Tuesday and left a series o


Tornado Watches, Warnings Issues for Counties in Florida, Georgia Friday Morning

Friday morning's commute was complicated for those who had to worry about tornadoes slowing them down. In several Florida and Georgia counties, tornado watches or tornado warnings had been issued. Understanding the timing, and severity, of these National Weather Service announcements can be a matter


Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Rare Category 5 Months After It Ravaged Florida Panhandle

(MIAMI) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5 storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.


Strong cold front moving across Florida bringing strong winds, rain

Get ready for a windy, rainy day ahead of a strong cold front. Winds of 20 to 25 mph are expected today, with gusts hitting 30 to 35 mph. Conditions are forecast to be even worse offshore. The National Weather Service warned boating conditions will be very hazardous today, with gusts up to gale forc


Two 14-Year-Old Florida Girls Face Criminal Charges After Plotting To Kill Classmates

Two 14-year-old girls in Central Florida were taken into custody Wednesday and face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after allegedly placing students they disliked on a "hit list."


Fishing boat captain reels in 757-pound swordfish in the Florida Keys

FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Florida fishing boat captain has earned major bragging rights after snagging a 757-pound swordfish--a catch that could be the new state record!


LATEST: Severe weather threat in South Florida

WPTV will provide updates throughout the day Friday on the severe weather threat across South Florida. Storms will begin moving into the Treasure Coast within the next hour. Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 10 p.m. for Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.


72 animals removed from Port Charlotte home due to filthy conditions

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Authorities say an in-home animal rescue in Port Charlotte became out of control, with over 70 animals living in deplorable conditions inside. Deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Thursday at a home in the 100 block of Sunnyside Stre


Community bank, fresh off name change, looks for big opportunities in new areas

With a name like First State Bank of Arcadia, it’s easy to see how people might think the bank’s focus is on Arcadia, county seat of DeSoto County and a place known primarily to outsiders for its agriculture, downtown antiquing and the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo.


Punta Gorda man arrested for sharing 97 files of child pornography

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Punta Gorda man was arrested Thursday after deputies found 97 files of child pornography at his house. Special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Charlotte County deputies and members of the FDLE Fort Myers High-Tech Crimes Task Force went to 33-year-old Ale


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Florida man hides drugs in his butt crack

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found drugs in his car. That wasn't the only place he has drugs, though. TOP STORY: Woman hospitalized after car hits Banana Republic at Coconut Point.


Florida Inmate Dies Shortly Before Expected Release

Authorities say an inmate at a Florida jail died shortly before his expected release. The Naples Daily News reports that 31-year-old Timothy Kusma was supposed to be released April 11 after pleading no contest to a drug possession charge. But the Collier County Sheriff's Office says he suffered a me