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Polk County rapper Stephon Stephon shows what happens when criminals try to 'duck Grady'

LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Central Florida's outspoken sheriff is the central focus of a new song and music video. The message: Criminals should watch their backs. Polk County-based Lyricist Stephon Stephon is the creative force behind the hip-hop song and music video about Polk County Sheriff Grady


Polk Co. man arrested for pushing down elderly gas station clerk during armed robbery

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested an armed robber who pushed down an elderly gas station clerk on Monday. Lorenzo Johnson, 53, was seen on surveillance video entering the Circle K on N. Galloway Road, just before 2 a.m., according to deputies.


Tornado watch in effect in Polk County

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Polk County in effect until 4 p.m. Scattered storms are expected to develop and impact the area throughout the afternoon, according to Polk County Emergency Management. Today’s storms could produce wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, lightning,


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.


Second Polk jail inmate dies this week at Winter Haven Hospital

WINTER HAVEN — A Polk County Jail inmate has died, and his death is under investigation. According to Polk County Sheriff's Office, 59-year-old Gary Lee White of Mulberry, a jail inmate since April 13, 2018, was taken to Winter Haven Hospital around 4 p.m. Thursday due to elevated potassium levels i


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.


Fishing Report: Panfish bite is really good for Polk County anglers

Strike Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 1 Around Lakeland at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on Lakes Fish Hook, Shop, 3, and 5. Most of the bass were in the 12-16 inch range with two large bass over 23 inches. Black and blue color stick baits are getting the best bite. The best lakes f


Radio listener calls Sheriff Grady Judd's use of phrase 'insensitive'

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A radio listener said comments made by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd this week were insensitive toward African Americans. The comments were made Wednesday morning in a radio broadcast on WPCV-FM, 97.5, in Lakeland.


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


'He's not a man, turn yourself in,' Polk Sheriff says after hit-and-run crash

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had a pointed message Thursday for the man accused of mowing down a person at a Haines City ranch. "Well, he's not a real man because a real man doesn't run over and leave someone for dead," Judd said. "So, you should be ashamed of yourself.


Lakeland man holds 77-year-old clerk at knifepoint, knocks her down, deputies say

LAKELAND, Fla. - A man was arrested after he held a 77-year-old woman at knifepoint during a robbery at a Lakeland Circle K, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. Lorenzo Johnson, 53, of Lakeland, was arrested Thursday on charges of armed burglary with battery and robbery with a deadly weapon, the


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


POWER OUTAGES: Severe weather leaves thousands without power

TAMPA, Fla. — A line of severe storms is sweeping across Tampa Bay Friday. Three-thousand people are without power in Citrus County as of 1 p.m. Friday, according to Duke Energy.


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."


Florida man pleads guilty to robbing 9 banks in 2 states

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man who was arrested in Lakeland pleaded guilty to nine bank robberies across Florida and Alabama. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Myron William Ernst, 61, of Orlando faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.


Half-Naked Florida Man Tries to Steal Ford Fiesta, Gets Bat to the Face From Feisty Grandma

A Florida man was charged with two counts of burglary and drug possession after being taken into custody on Sunday morning in Gainesville, Florida. The suspect was accused of breaking into a 65-year-old woman's Ford Fiesta, who promptly sneaked up on him and hit him in the head and face with a baseb


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


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


Bartow teenager pleads to violently raping 2-year-old girl

BARTOW — An 18-year-old Bartow man faces up to life imprisonment after pleading no contest Thursday to violently raping a two-year-old girl last year and hiding the bloody bed sheet from the attack in a nearby wooded area.