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Winter Haven family of 7 displaced after fire tears through home

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) - The Red Cross is assisting a family of seven after a fire tore through their home on Wednesday night. Firefighters from Winter Haven and Polk County responded to the fire at 10:30 p.m. at a home located at at 456 Ave. H SE in Winter Haven.


Florida driver's licenses could soon be stored on smart phones

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida could become one of the first states to allow electronic versions of driver’s licenses. The licenses would be stored on cellphones as proof of identification.


Fishing results: 59-inch haul wins Polk Kayak Bass Challenge

• Carlos Maldonado overcame a tough bite on Lake Kissimmee on Jan. 12 to bring in a four-bass haul totaling 59.25 inches and run away with the Polk County Kayak Bass Challenge. John Wilcox had a 47.50-inch total for second place. Robert Brooks had the big bass of the tournament at 18.25 inches, pull


Polk County Sheriff: ‘Deviant’ Mexican National Arrested For Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 12

It gets worse… Polk County Sheriff said Calderon blamed the child for the abuse and told investigators “hell I don’t know” when they asked him “how many times he committed a specific type of sexual battery.”


Kathleen Senior and Bartow Middle educators are heading back to school

LAKELAND — Dione Facey-Poitier, Amy Schertzer and Beth Nance have spent months working on a research project about the interests of students at Kathleen High School. But the three are not Kathleen students — Facey-Poitier is a school counselor, Schertzer teaches biology and Nance teaches marine and


Overturned semi shuts down part of US 17 in Polk

An overturned tractor trailer is causing traffic backups on U.S. 17 in Winter Haven. It happened just after the bridge at Cypress Gardens Boulevard, according to a news release from the Winter Haven Police Department.


DEP sues BS Ranch over ongoing odor issues

BARTOW — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against BS Ranch & Farm, claiming the company has failed to fix persistent odors after numerous warnings.


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


Diesel Spill Disrupts Traffic In Winter Haven

WINTER HAVEN, FL — A diesel spill from a truck shut down the northbound lanes of Highway 17 just over the bridge approaching Cypress Gardens Boulevard early Thursday morning, according to Winter Haven police. The crash happened around 5:30 a.m.


Video: Florida man chased down by horses while eluding arrest, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - After being approached by authorities on a roadway, a Florida man took off on foot and was chased down by horses before arrest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.


Inconsistent weather has made fishing a little tough for Polk County anglers.

Strike Zones: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on Lakes 2, 3, 5, F, Fish Hook, Horseshoe and Shop. Most of the bass were in the 12-16 inch range with two large bass over 23 inches. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits have been best. Speck fishing wa


Sheriff Grady Judd continues push for armed officers in schools

BARTOW, Fla. — As the one-year mark since the deadly Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School approaches, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd justified his stance on armed staff in schools at a Tuesday morning community forum in Bartow.


Circle B Bar Reserve shows old ways to young ones

LAKELAND — Skyla Pierce, 8, reached out and gently stroked the hide of Sweety, a North American alligator, at the Circle B Bar Reserve Thursday morning. “It was really rough and the mouth was taped so it wouldn't bite,” said the second-grader at Cleveland Court Elementary. “It's the first time I've


Americans still love OJ, they're just buying less

BARTOW – Despite taking a battering over its sugar content in the past several years, U.S. consumers by more than 80 percent still perceive orange juice as a healthy beverage.


Has the invasion begun? Mysterious blips appear over South Florida, US

MIAMI - Time to pack up, South Florida. The invasion has begun. Mysterious "blips" seen recently over South Florida and other parts of the country have confounded those trying to figure it out, while enthralling those who believe aliens are out there.


Lakeland man accused of grand theft auto

BARTOW — A Lakeland man who was just released from the Polk County Jail on December 7 has been booked on charges of grand theft auto. According to reports, on Tuesday, Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 48-year-old Jared Pauley after receiving information that a vehicle he is accused of


5 children, 2 adults left without a home after large fire

A family has been displaced after a two-alarm fire broke out in Winter Haven. Nine fire trucks and 30 firefighters responded around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to the fully-involved house fire near the intersection of Avenue H SE and 5th Street SE.


Lung Cancer Treatment, Smoking-Related COPD Killed Vietnam Vet, Atty Claims in Trial Against RJR

Bartow, FL—A conspiracy to hide the dangers of smoking hooked a Vietnam vet to cigarettes and led to an ultimately fatal combination of respiratory disease and lung cancer, an attorney for the man’s family said last week as trial began against R.J. Reynolds. Russell v. R.J. Reynolds, 2010-CA-005234.


Florida Man Who Killed Man After Touching His Truck Wins On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

MIMS, Florida – A Florida man who punched a man during an argument over whether or not the man touched his truck was released from custody after prevailing on Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law defense.


Sick and dead cattle in bay area may be linked to toxic feed

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - - More than a dozen cattle deaths in Polk County may be linked to toxic feed. The feed is now under a recall, and officials are working to determine if there is a connection.