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Fertilizer truck spills load, closes Highway 98 in Polk County
LAKELAND (FOX 13) - A truck filled with fertilizer spilled its load onto Highway 98 in Polk County, closing the roadway until the mess can be cleaned up. The view from SkyFOX shows the dump truck on its side with a gray substance spread across several lanes of the highway.
Polk deputies looking for man who shoved foot-long sandwich down his pants
LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is searching for a sandwich thief who they say shoved a foot-long sub down his pants. The crime happened back on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Marathon Gas Station on Pipkin Road in Lakeland. Deputies are still searching for the man seen in surveilla
IKEA warehouse in Lakeland will employ 200
LAKELAND – Polk County’s Swedish population may see an uptick with the upcoming opening that country’s DIY furniture giant IKEA’s new fulfillment center in Lakeland. And maybe throw in a few new German residents.
Department of Health investigating after hundreds of employees become sick after holiday luncheon
LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - - The Department of Health is investigating after hundreds of employees got sick after a holiday luncheon. According to a company spokesperson, 800 Watson Clinic employees were treated to a catered lunch at the main clinic location on Lakeland Hills Boulevard last week.
Polk Sheriff's Office IDs Lakeland man believed to be driver killed in fiery crash
Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials have released the name of the person they think perished in a fiery crash early Dec. 6 in Mulberry. According to Brian Bruchey, PCSO public information officer, the deceased is 29-year-old Christopher Antwan Castro of 1116 Mount Airy Ave., Lakeland.
Disney worker admits to video voyeurism in Animal Kingdom employee bathroom, sheriff's report says
A Disney worker confessed to video voyeurism after he was caught using a cell phone in an employee-only bathroom at Animal Kingdom, according to a sheriff’s office report. Charges of video voyeurism against Eric King, 21, of Polk City, have been filed with the state attorney’s office for its conside
Hillsborough fire lieutenant accused of creating cannabis oil at fire station
PLANT CITY (FOX 13) - A Hillsborough County fire lieutenant is accused of trying to make cannabis oil inside a fire station. On Monday, deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Tavoris Allen. Officials said a witness found a “botanical extractor device” at the coun
Lakeland celebrates remarkable volunteer with special needs who helps local bus riders
LAKELAND, Fla. — Kevin Hawthorne doesn’t need a schedule at Lakeland’s Citrus Connection bus terminal. The 36-year-old volunteer with special needs has memorized all routes, times, even drivers.
Sunday Real Estate: 4 Great Florida Winter Mansions
MIAMI, FL — Sunday Real Estate features four great Florida mansions to take your mind off winter. First, we visit a Coral Gables mansion set on four lush acres of tropical paradise. Next we head to a manor estate in the Tampa area built for a major league player with an appetite for the good life.
Hillsborough Co. fire lieutenant accused of making cannabis oil at fire station
PLANT CITY, Fla. -- A Hillsborough County Fire Rescue lieutenant was arrested for allegedly operating a device used to make cannabis oil at a fire station. Tavoris Allen, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Frankie Brin Financial 74’s wins FHC State Championship
Frankie Brin Financial (FBF) 74s traveled to Auburndale Softball Sports Complex, Auburndale FL. to participate in the FHCASA State Championship Tournament. The team went 3-1 while playing in the 74+ Division. The 3-team bracket was made up of FBF, Chadwell Supply, and Lakeland 74s.
'There is a gator eating a man!' 911 calls reveal panic when alligator attacks 85-year-old man
LAKELAND, Fla. - Deputies in Florida have released frightening new accounts from the moment an 85-year-old man was attacked by an alligator. Polk County deputies released 911 calls from both the man’s wife and a witness who saw it happen.
Lakeland Parade Celebrates A Storybook Christmas
We all have our favorite Christmas stories. For some, it’s “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” For others, it’s “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” And for many, it’s the original Christmas story of the Nativity.
Private Gated Estate In Lakeland Will Set You Back $2 million
LAKELAND, FL —This private, gated estate in Lakeland sits on 3.5 beautifully landscaped acres. Priced at $2 million, the stunning property features an ornate library with built-in shelves and its own guest house.
Lakeland: Check Out 5 Nearby Homes For Sale
LAKELAND, FL — Looking for a new house, and want to get a better understanding of what's available near you? Perhaps you could use some assistance finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Not to fear! To keep you in the game, we've got an up-to-date batch of new listings nearby.
Florida Growers Battle To Keep Citrus Industry Thriving
Florida’s citrus industry still contributes an estimated $8 billion a year to the state economy. That’s despite its longtime battle against greening - a bacterial disease that sours the fruit and is fatal to the trees.
Lakeland Dreadnaughts win state title for 7th time
The Lakeland Dreadnaughts won their seventh state championship on Friday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. They completed a perfect season, finishing with 15 wins. They defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, who won the state title in 2006.
Lakeland Students to greet Blue Angels During Winter Visit to SUN ‘n FUN
Lakeland, FL: Advance members of the United States Navy Blue Angels will roar into Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, December 11th at 3:00pm ET to meet with SUN ‘n FUN officials and begin preparations for their performances during the 2019 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. Upon their highly anti
Editorial: Support for Polk County's growing quest for 'fulfillment'
In recent days some high-profile projects featuring distribution centers or warehouses have popped up around Polk County. For instance, The Ledger reported that a pair of Texas firms have purchased the 183-acre Golf Club at BridgeWater, which shuttered in 2011, in order to build a 1 million-square-f
Lakeland Weather: Strong Thunderstorms Possible Sunday
LAKELAND, FL — The National Weather Service is calling for a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms to move across Florida on Sunday ahead of a strong cold front. The showers could affect much of the state.