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16 Year Old Polk Co. Boy Charged in Beating Death

Lake Wales, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The boy thought he was going to play the woods, but Polk County detectives say that Giovanni Diaz was lured to his death in a brutal beating Monday afternoon. Diaz, 15, had gone into the wooded area off Caloosa Boulevard with Dillen Murray, 16. Once there, Murray beat D

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-20 09:23:31

Sheriff's Office: Polk teacher left 4-year-old boy at home alone

WINTER HAVEN - A fourth-grade teacher has been arrested on charges of child neglect after a young boy in her custody was found wandering outside her home in Davenport, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reported. Marsha Dolce, 26, is a teacher at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana, the PCSO said in a news

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-19 17:08:08

Sheriff: Lake Wales teen beats friend to death with a baseball bat

LAKE WALES, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in Lake Wales after he reportedly beat his best friend to death with a baseball bat, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. During a press conference Monday evening, Sheriff Judd said that the boy was able to convince his friend, 15-year-o

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-20 00:41:41

Lake Wales man wins $1 million with scratch-off-ticket

LAKE WALES - Dale Steenberg, 64, of Lake Wales, claimed a $1 million prize in the new Florida 100X The Cash scratch-off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $770,000. Steenberg bought his winning ticket while shoppi

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-20 00:52:43

Haines City homicide suspect arrested in Texas after killing woman in front of his kids

HAINES CITY, Fla. - The homicide suspect accused of killing the mother of his three children in front of them has been arrested in Texas. 38-year-old Maclovio Salas was the suspect in the fatal shooting of Ricio Mozqueda, 37. He was found in his vehicle outside a residence in McGregor, TX. Waco Poli

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-19 16:04:05

Driver arrested after deadly crash in Lake Wales

LAKE WALES, Fla. -- One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Lake Wales. The accident occurred just before 1:00 p.m. in the 2100 block of State Road 60 East. According to the Lake Wales Police Department, 51-year-old Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda wa

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-19 06:33:52

Deputies: Woman leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida elementary school teacher left a 4-year-old child alone while she went to buy marijuana. A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says 26-year old Marsha Dolce was arrested Saturday and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession. Deputies

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-03-20 08:39:34

Single-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

Authorities said it appears the driver lost control as he traveled West on State Road 60. The vehicle appeared to have rolled at least once before coming to rest upside down. Ledger staff LAKE WALES - Lake Wales Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on State Road 60 on Sunday at about

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-19 02:06:40

Polk City man killed in 2-vehicle crash

POLK CITY - Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a fatal crash involving two vehicles Saturday at 5:21 a.m. on Commonwealth Ave. (SR 33) at Van Fleet Road, near Polk City. Jeffrey Felts, 60, of Polk City, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, Trenton Knight, 20, of Polk C

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-19 03:27:21

One dead, two injured in Lake Wales crash

One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Lake Wales. The incident occurred just before 1 pm in the 2100 block of State Road 60 East. According to a Lake Wales Police Department report 51-year-old Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda was traveling west when

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-19 00:51:33

Tigers' Zimmermann to start Opening Day? Never a doubt

Lakeland, Fla. - Jordan Zimmermann knew there was a chance he might be the Tigers' Opening Day starter. At least, he was told there was a chance. Still, given that Michael Fulmer started the home opener last season and given his own struggles the last two years, it seemed like a longshot. "(Fulmer)

DETROIT NEWS - 2018-03-19 14:18:11

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


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


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.


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


Lakeland Police searching for two men in armed robbery of Advance America store

Lakeland Police are searching for the suspect and a person of interest in the armed robbery of an Advance America store. Lakeland Police Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detectives ar


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