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Polk County high school students arrested after attempting to break into gun store

LAKELAND, Fla. — Two high school students in Lakeland were arrested Wednesday after attempting to break into a gun store two days earlier, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


Polk County Sheriff’s Agriculture Crimes Detectives are Seeking Public’s Help in The Theft of Two Horses

Polk County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes detectives are seeking the public’s help in the theft of two horses. Sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th, and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, unknown suspect(s) cut the padlock on the chained gate at the entrance to the fenced


Florida Man finds his way to Illinois and somehow two old toilets are involved

Wherever Florida Man goes, something wacky follows. According to the East St. Louis Police Department, Dave Toliver carried an old toilet to a Board of Education building in Illinois and threw it through the front glass of the building on Feb. 15.


Polk County family shaken after out of control car crashed into their home

HAINES CITY, Fla. — A Polk County family is shaken but relieved that no one inside their Haines City home was seriously injured when an out of control driver crashed into their home.


Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


2 Horses Stolen In Polk County

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding two stolen horses and a stolen horse trailer. "Sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19th, and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2019, unknown suspect(s) cut the padlock on the chained gate at the en


Polk County fire captain placed on administrative duty after woman dies in fire

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Polk County Fire captain has been placed on administrative duty after sharing on Snapchat images from the scene of a deadly fire in November. Lorretta Pickard, 76, was killed in the November house fire in Lakeland. Her family called for an investigation into firefighters' decision


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Senator requesting Florida governor to deploy National Guard, state troopers to Jacksonville to combat violent crime wave

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — State Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) has officially requested the assistance of the Florida National Guard to combat crime in Jacksonville by way of a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


Winter Haven woman arrested for unlicensed medical work — again

WINTER HAVEN – It was less than a month ago, on Jan. 18, when Jesusadelaida “Jesse” Lopez, 39, struck a plea agreement for felony charges originally filed against her in the summer of 2018.


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Two endangered Florida panthers found dead just days apart, wildlife officials say

Two Florida panthers were found dead days apart from each other, state wildlife officials said. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Tuesday that a 2-year-old male was found dead off of Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. It was struck and killed by a


A Florida mobile home park is under fire for apparently charging residents different rental application fees based on what country they're from

A mobile home park in Florida is facing scrutiny for charging different rental application fees based on what country the potential residents come from. A list of application fees for Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, obtained by Local10.com revealed that prices go up for applicants w


Two horses & trailer stolen from Winter Haven property

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk Sheriff's Agricultural Crimes detectives are seeking the public's help in the theft of two horses. Sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, an unknown suspect(s) cut the padlock on the chained gate at the entrance to the fenced pasture south of 2130 Crum


Road Rants: I-4 in Lakeland isn't a warm welcome

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Each week in 8 On Your Side's Road Rants, Traffic Reporter Meredyth Censullo answers your questions about construction or Florida's driving laws, or responds to commute complaints. In this week's edition: solving the social impact rough roads have on cities.


Bartow neighborhood 'snack man' arrested for battery, false imprisonment

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) - A Bartow man is out on bond, accused of trying to take a 15-year-old girl who came to his house to buy snacks. Jail records show 74-year-old George Carwise was arrested Monday for false imprisonment and battery.


Publix recalls cereal, salsa products

LAKELAND – Publix Super Markets Inc. recently announced the recall of children’s organic cereal product and salsa seasoning mix. Nature’s Path announced a recall of some packages of its EnviroKidz Corn Puffs Gorilla Munch cereal because they may contain undeclared gluten (wheat and barley) ingredien


Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away

Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012, he has spent $569.50 on digital music via a proprietary digital music service sponsored by the Florida prison system. Demler listened to his music on a prison-sponsored music player he purchased for $99.95. Demler, who is serving a life sentence, s


ON THE MARKET: Price reduced on George Jones and Tammy Wynette estate

The Ledger will feature a unique property for sale at least once a week. Take a look at this week’s property, the former estate owned by country music legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, located in South Lakeland.


UPDATE: Lake Ave and Tennessee Street Single Car Crash

As a follow-up to Wednesday’s crash with a 2014 Ford Focus driving into the house located on Lake Ave.:. It was determined that the driver, Dustin Donahoe failed to stop at the stop sign at Tennessee Street and drove through the t-shaped intersection into the home. Contrary to the initial call scree