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Bartow police looking for gunman after fight at birthday party leads to shooting

Cooper then left the party and was approached by the same man, who police identified as Christopher Lyle Downs. Downs confronted Cooper and the men began fighting. Police say Downs pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting Cooper in the lower back.

WFLA.COM - 2018-11-14 11:43:10

Bartow Man Beaten And Shot: Convicted Felon On The Run | 970 WFLA

Police say during a birthday party an argument between 31 year old Christopher Downs and 26 year old William Cooper turned violent. According to the police report, Cooper left the party, but was confronted by Downs who fired several shots from a handgun, one round hitting Cooper in the back. Downs

IHEART.COM - 2018-11-14 09:52:00

Florida woman brings meth to doctor's office to have it tested, admits to using for a month

Barbara Ray, 73, of Polk County, told the staff at the doctor's office that she had been taking meth for about a month, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. She said she brought the drugs with her so that she and "her meth" could be tested to make sure all was well.

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-11-14 13:59:18

Serial bank robbery suspect William Ernst arrested in Lakeland

Myron William Ernst, the man accused of robbing the SunTrust in Clay County Wednesday, was arrested in Lakeland, Florida Thursday.

FIRST COAST NEWS - 2018-11-15 20:30:29

Help Winter Haven Police Identify Identity Theft Suspect

Back in September, our victim (who lives in Hillsborough County) reported that her identity had been stolen. She was alerted to a $4,181 Sprint purchase at 725 3rd St SW in Winter Haven. (You’re asking why it took so long, right? Well working with corporate offices and subpoenas takes a long time si

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-11-15 00:00:00

Two Polk County women featured on Kellogg's cereal boxes

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - - Two Polk County Women can add something pretty cool to their resume, being featured on a cereal box for the world to see. The Family Literacy Academy recommended the two women for a national literacy campaign co-sponsored by Dollar General and Kellogg's cereal. The compa

WFLA.COM - 2018-11-15 23:49:23

Lakeland Man Convicted Of Sexually Molesting & Raping 11 Yr Old Girl – Judge Hands Down 3 Life Sentences

After two hours of deliberation, jurors found Lewis guilty Wednesday of lewd molestation, sexual battery on a person less than 12, and attempted sexual battery on a person less than 12.

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-11-15 00:00:00

Woman, 73, 'took crystal meth for illness after mistaking it for prescription'

Ray, from Fort Meade in Florida, is accused of producing the meth from her handbag during a visit to Complete Care Family Medicine in Fort Meade on November 5, before asking for a ‘check (on) her well-being’.

METRO.CO.UK - 2018-11-15 17:21:07

Serial bank robber wanted in Alabama and Florida heists captured by FBI

Myron William Ernst, a 60-year-old South Carolina man, has been identified as the suspect in a holdup at Regions Bank in Montgomery last week and Regions Bank in Hoover last month. The FBI in Florida, also last week, announced a $5,000 reward to help solicit leads on his whereabouts after they say h

AL.COM - 2018-11-15 17:18:00

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

Fred Gmitter, a geneticist at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, right, visits a citrus grower in an orange grove affected by citrus greening disease in Fort Meade, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2018. “If we can go in and edit the gene, change the DNA sequence ever so slightly by o


'A tragic accident' two women hit and killed crossing street in Auburndale

AUBURNDALE, Fla, (WFLA) - - Police call it a tragic accident, and it's shaken a small Polk County community.


FBI searching for suspected Florida serial bank robber; considered armed and dangerous

Myron William Ernst is suspected of robbing banks in Florida and Alabama. The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous. Ernst is wanted for allegedly robbing the TD Bank located at 6108 US Highway 98 North, on October 12, 2018, in Lakeland, Florida.


Florida inmate dies while being treated for nausea at jail

FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate undergoing treatment for complaints of nausea and stomach cramps has died.The Lakeland Ledgerreportsthe Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Monday death of 51-year-old Tyrone Shippee. His cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology repor

CCENTERDISPATCH.COM - 2018-11-14 13:15:34

Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacks deputy in jail, Broward Sheriff's Office says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is facing new charges after he reportedly attacked a deputy in jail, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-11-14 15:23:00

Sheriff Investigates Death Of Inmate At Polk County Jail

According to the sheriff's office, paramedics were called to the jail at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, when inmate Tyrone Shippee, 51, of Lake Afred became unresponsive.


Family of man killed by former Lakeland City Commissioner releases statement

Michael Dunn, the former Lakeland city commissioner wasindicted in the murder of Christobal Lopezafter he reportedly shot and killed Lopez at the Vets Army and Navy Surplus store for allegedly shoplifting from the store on October 3, 2018.


Man dies after tire blowout on I-4 in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a man was killed after one of his tires blew out and he ran into a light post on I-4 in Polk County Sunday.The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 31.Troopers said 47-year-old Jon MacDonough of Naples was


Publix ranks second in best retail workplaces

FILE: Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)


Polk County Teacher 1st Out Lesbian Elected to School Board in Florida

POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- History was made on election night in Polk County. Sarah Fortney became the first out lesbian to win a school board race in the state of Florida, according to civil rights organization Equality Florida. Fortney, 57, a science teacher at Stambaugh Middle School in Auburndale, sai


Deputies investigating after woman found dead in Egypt Lake home

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