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New Florida Strawberry Festival theme announced | Plant City Observer | Plant City Observer

This year’s theme goes all-in on baseball, with festival mascot Mr. Berry wearing a Florida Strawberry Festival-branded ball cap, holding a bat in one hand and a strawberry shortcake in the other.

PLANTCITYOBSERVER.COM - 2018-09-19 14:20:23

Still no sign of Markeith Loyd as massive manhunt stretches to Haines City

Based on those tips, investigators said have searched around 100 locations in Central Florida, including a pair of sightings inHaines City because he has family in the area, authorities said.

WFTV - 2018-09-19 16:06:24

Polk State to host Countywide College Career Fair in partnership with Polk County’s colleges and universities | Polk State College

Polk State College will host the first annual Countywide College Career Fair on Friday, Sept. 28, organized by a Polk Vision/Central Florida Development Council Talent Pipeline Team subcommittee in partnership with Polk County’s colleges and universities.

POLK.EDU - 2018-09-19 00:00:00

Four Men & One Woman Arrested For Lewd Behavior At Local Polk County Parks

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people for lewd behavior in Saddle Creek Park and Gator Creek Park.

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-09-19 00:00:00

New information leads to arrest in 2014 murder of Orlando woman

COCOA BEACH, Fla.- Almost four years after 27-year-old Jessica Erausquin was found slain in a Cocoa Beach residential street, police said they have arrested a suspect with the help of new information.

CLICK ORLANDO - 2018-09-18 21:40:09

Brooksville man attached squirt bottle to genitals to cheat drug test, deputies say

According to an arrest report, 36-year-old Charles Bickford IV showed up at a probation office in Hudson on Thursday for court-mandated color-code urinalysis testing. Inside, he met with the probation officer who has supervised him for the past seven months.

WFLA.COM - 2018-09-18 19:48:37

Positive thinking, plan worked at previous stops for Florida State's Willie Taggart

It has been a frustrating start to the season for this acclaimed trio, and others across the landscape. Here at home, the Seminoles have been largely ineffective three weeks into the season. First-year coach Willie Taggart is under tremendous pressure to correct FSU’s spiral.

TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT - 2018-09-19 11:00:00

Veterans Legacy Program: Cpl. Earl LaPan, South Florida artist and World War II Veteran - VAntage Point

Cpl. Earl LaPan, a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, created hundreds of works of art displayed across South Florida. He became an accomplished artist early in life, beginning his career in New Jersey before moving to Florida in 1933. His paintings filled hotels in Miami and other areas of

VA.GOV - 2018-09-19 13:16:30

Winter Haven officer arrested for breaking inmate's leg due in court

“They broke by femur bone in my leg, punching me, hitting me in my mouth. All type of stuff; stabbed me with a pen,” Augustin said.

WFLA.COM - 2018-09-18 09:35:26

Florida governor booed out of restaurant over red tide algae issues

Scott was making a campaign stop in Venice, Fla. when he was met with angry protesters outside of Mojo’s Real Cuban restaurant on Monday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribunereported. The governor, who is term-limited under Florida's constitution, is currently in a tight race against incumbent Sen.Bill Nelso

THE HILL - 2018-09-18 11:38:59

Shooting investigation underway at Tampa apartment complex

TAMPA, Fla. -- An injured person who was taken to a fire station early Tuesday prompted a shooting investigation at a nearby apartment complex.Someone brought the person around 2:30 a.m. to Tampa's Fire Station 18 on North 30th Street, according to a news release. Rescuers then took that person to a

10NEWS - 2018-09-18 10:07:24

Florida gopher tortoise covered in bright pink paint found in Valrico

"I have worked on the top of the shell to get the polish off," said Curico-Porter, noting a circle surrounding an old injury. She and the staff will use non-toxic methods to remove the paint.

10NEWS - 2018-09-18 14:27:04

Stolen Winnebago is found, man arrested after writing worthless check of $246,445

Two and a half months after deputies say Robert Schneider wrote a worthless check of $246,445 to purchase a 2014 Winnebago from the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner, the luxury motor home has been located and he was arrested.

TAMPA BAY TIMES

Florida’s economy is booming, but not for everybody. How will that affect the governor's race? | Florida Phoenix

On the campaign trail, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, and their GOP allies paint a rosy picture of the state’s job growth and economy.

FLORIDAPHOENIX.COM - 2018-09-18 11:00:33

11 drug traffickers arrested in 'Last of the Mojicas' bust, Orange County deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.-Eleven drug traffickers were arrested in Orange County, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

WFTV

Top 5 Romantic things to do for Couples in South Florida - South Florida Reporter

Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is a scenic peninsula which has been a haven for holidaymakers and romantic couples for some time. Whether it’s the allure of its many theme parks or the expansive Everglades, there are many activities for visitors to experience when they

SOUTHFLORIDAREPORTER.COM - 2018-09-19 01:25:23

Polk County schools continue to testing for lead in water

BARTOW, Fla. -- Officials in Polk County said they were hoping to have some definitive answers Monday on tests that were done for lead in water samples taken from a handful of schools in the district.While they did get some answers, a lot of questions still lingered.Monday was supposed to be the day

10NEWS

Florida inmate killed by cellmate, who wore his ear on necklace and saved his eyeballs in a cup

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- (WPTV/AP) -- An inmate at a Florida prison strangled his cellmate, gouged the body's eyes and then strung the dead inmate's ear around his neck last week,according to the Miami Herald.

CRIMEWATCHDAILY.COM

Report: Florida has too many charter schools operating without enough regulation

Watchdog group 'Integrity Florida' says that Florida has too many charter schools operating without enough regulation. Right now, Florida has 650 charter schools with about 350,000 students.

FOX35ORLANDO.COM - 2018-09-18 03:30:00

Top Seeds Dominate Titles at 2018 USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Doubles Championships - USTA Florida

“We’ve played together since the 10s or 12s. We’re like brothers,” Fung said of his partner Wilson. “And our opponents, we’ve played them in singles, we’ve played them in doubles, so we’re all familiar with each other.”

USTAFLORIDA.COM