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Lakeland woman charged in fatal hit-and-run

A Lakeland woman has been arrested for a fatal hit and run that happened Friday evening. 36-year-old Christina Westdrop was driving north on US Highway 98 when her Mitsubishi Galant collided with a Toyota Camry. The Camry, that was stopped at West Socrum Loop Road, made a left turn in front of Wes

WESH - 2018-03-17 17:04:00

Police: Three children watched their mother die in domestic violence incident

HAINES CITY, Fla. - Haines City police are searching for a 38-year-old man wanted in the shooting death of the mother of his three children. Maclovio Salas is the suspect in the fatal shooting of Ricio Mozqueda, 37. Police said Salas and Mozqueda's three children, ages 17, 14 and 6, were at the resi

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-17 18:27:02

Police search for man accused of killing Haines City mother

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) - Police in Haines City are searching for a homicide suspect who they say killed a mother of three. Officers were called to the area of North 18th Street early Saturday morning for reports of a gunshot victim. The victim, identified as 37-year-old Ricio Mozqueda, was found

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-17 16:52:20

LPD clerk, husband arrested for marijuana possession

LAKELAND - A Lakeland Police Department records clerk was arrested along with her newlywed husband Friday afternoon for marijuana possession. Alysen Johnson, 28, is on paid administrative leave from her job while an investigation continues, said LPD spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross. She is paid a yearly s

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-18 00:49:00

Haines City Police Investigating Domestic Homicide - Suspect Has Fled Scene

Haines City, Florida - The Haines City Police Department is currently investigating a domestic homicide. Police have a home taped off on 18th St. in Haines City. "We are investigating a homicide-domestic related. Suspect is identified and we obtained an arrest warrant for murder. He fled in a vehic

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-03-17 07:00:00

PCSO: Bartow man arrested for possessing mililtary-grade explosives explosives, military paraphernalia

BARTOW - Polk County deputies and federal agents found a cache of mililtary-grade explosives, firearm silencers, and military paraphernalia at the Bartow home of a former police officer who was also a former officer in the Wyoming National Guard. Joel Ryals, 41, faces 14 counts of possessions of exp

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-16 19:35:40

Officials Say Fire Drill During Shooting Walkout Was Mistake

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Officials at a Florida charter school have acknowledged that it was a mistake to hold a fire drill during a nationwide walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. Alan Black, director of schools for the Lakeland charter network, said in an email to the

NEWSTALKFLORIDA.COM - 2018-03-18 08:15:30

Early morning crash kills Lakeland truck driver

ALTURAS - A Lakeland man was killed early Friday morning when his Kenworth box truck rear-ended a Freightliner tractor-trailer on State Road 60 just north of Alturas. Xavier Pikerie, 32, died at the scene, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman. He was wearing a seat belt, but his ve

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-16 17:21:20

Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Lakeland High Student Arrested For Threatening To Kill Classmates

LAKELAND, FL - An 18-year-old Lakeland High School student has been arrested for threatening to kill several students after they bullied him. Lakeland Police have charged Jared Timothy Gleydura with a second-degree felony for recording a threat on a cell phone video and posting it on the social medi


Winn-Dixie parent files for chapter 11, to close 94 stores

The parent company of Winn-Dixie has filed for bankruptcy protection as it implements a restructuring plan and is closing 94 stores, it said Thursday.Southeastern Grocers files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionIt plans to close 94 stores amid company restructuringMany Orlando-, Tampa-area stores


Man charged with grand theft of Corvette from Bartow dealership

A West Virginia man has been arrested on a Polk County warrant of fraudulently obtaining a $63,200 Corvette from Kelley Buick GMC in Bartow in March 2017. Mercer County, West Virginia, deputies arrested 31-year-old Jake Ernest Boswell Jr., on March 13 for grand theft (F-3), obtaining a vehicle by f


Polk parents say principal is 'blatantly lying,' did threaten students for participating in walkout

LAKELAND, Fla. - Despite threats from administrators, students in Lakeland left school Wednesday to join the National Walk Out movement at 10 a.m. ABC Action News first announced this Wednesday because McKeel Academy also decided to have a fire drill at the exact same time. Now, our team has discove


Former Polk County Deputy Sheriff arrested for aggravated stalking of ex-boyfriend

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) - A former Polk County Deputy Sheriff was arrested on Wednesday for multiple charges after showing up to her ex-boyfriend's home and threatening to arrest his girlfriend back in December. According to the sheriff's office, Silvia Lara, 26, was hired a Deputy Sheriff in Nov.