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Neighbors remember sisters killed in Bartow motor scooter accident

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) - In the close-knit Wellington View subdivision, neighbors came together to remember Kiara Vega, 9, and her sister, Charisma Vega, 12. "It's just got to be the most devastating thing in the world, to lose a child, then two of them," said neighbor Lisa Vincent.


Fifth earthquake strikes near Alabama-Florida state line

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Another weak earthquake has struck near the Alabama-Florida state line. News outlets report it's the fifth small quake in the area this month. There has been no damage or injuries.


'We lost two beautiful babies,' sheriff says in sisters' minibike death in Bartow

BARTOW, Fla. - Two children were killed Sunday when a minibike they were riding crashed into a pickup truck, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said Charisma Vega, 12, and her sister Kiara, 9, were crossing Connersville Road near Wellington Place in Bartow when the truck struck the pair


2 children killed riding minibike in Polk County

Two girls, sisters Kiara Vega and Charisma Vega, ages 9 and 12, were riding a minibike on Wellington Place in Bartow on Sunday afternoon and were hit and killed by a woman driving a pickup truck, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


Florida pizza worker bombarded by pizza slices from angry mother: Sheriff

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (CBS12) — A pizza worker in Florida found himself getting bombarded by pizza slices, hurled by an angry mother who wanted a refund. According to a report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to Olivia's Pizza on Friday where they found the owner of the store cove


Polk deputies arrest Lakeland man for DUI, under ICE hold

Lakeland,Fl (WFLA) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man for DUI and he is now been placed under ICE hold. Deputies say Andres Alvarez, 45, was attempting to leave the scene of a crash at Ariana Street and Wabash Avenue in Lakeland after deputies say he crashed a Ford F-150 pickup tr


Sisters, 9 and 12, killed in Polk Co. minibike crash

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Two girls, ages 9 and 12, were killed when the minibike they were riding crashed into a pickup truck in Polk County on Sunday, according to the sheriff's office.


UPATE: Fatal Crash Involving Two Children on Connersville Rd

PCSO Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving two children in Bartow. On March 24, 2019, around 4:15 p.m., 12-year-old Charisma Vega and her sister 9-year-old Kiara Vega, were riding a small motor scooter on Wellington Place in Bartow when they entered onto Connersville Road an


Fla. Man Threw 5-Year-Old Daughter to Her Death — But Defense Claims He Was Insane at the Time

Opening statements begin on Monday afternoon in the murder trial of a Florida dad who admitted to throwing his daughter off a bridge four years ago. A jury of nine men and seven women will hear testimony that John Jonchuck dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, to her death. Johnchuck has pleaded


Florida man electrocuted trying to remove bird from power line

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a man who kept pigeons was electrocuted when he used a metal pole to remove one of his birds from a power line. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Elian Garcia Rivera was in his backyard Saturday afternoon when he spotted one of his pig


Two dogs at veterinary ER after eating popular but poisonous Florida plant

BRANDON, Fla. — Two dogs who belong to a Brandon pet owner are fighting to survive after eating a popular but poisonous Florida plant. “She is Kenobi’s shadow and they are as thick as thieves already,” said dog owner Linette Drake of Brandon.


Tampa International Airport enforces its no-pet policy starting today

TAMPA, Fla. — Starting Monday, taking your pet along with you to pick up a family member or friend at Tampa International Airport will not be allowed. The airport’s no-pet policy has been in place for decades, but airport officials say it is often ignored.


Polk parents: R. Kelly caused first meeting with daughter in years to fall apart

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County parents of one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends recently attempted to see their daughter for the first time in years, but the meeting fell apart, allegedly because of the singer.


ON THE MARKET: Stunning custom-built gem in exclusive Lake Hollingsworth location

The Ledger will feature a unique property for sale at least once a week. Take a look at this week’s home, a custom-built two-story brick traditional home in the exclusive Lake Hollingsworth neighborhood of Jefferson Grove.


Your good news in Polk

Archbishop John Carroll Fourth Degree Assembly 2546 has sponsored a Safety Awards Banquet for more than 20 years to recognize members of the Lakeland and Polk County first responders who perform above and beyond the call of duty. This year's event was held Jan. 26 at Resurrection Catholic Church in


Chain of Lakes' Nelson named Assistant Principal of the Year

WINTER HAVEN — Chain of Lakes Elementary School Assistant Principal Suzie Nelson loves to cheer on her students, so much so that she throws a schoolwide parade for third, fourth and fifth-graders to wish them well on their state tests.


County supports transportation, not ‘SW Connector’

SEBRING — County commissioners lent support Tuesday to state efforts for new transportation corridors, but not Senate Bill 7098 or the “Southwest Connector.”. Commissioners voted to send a letter to support Florida Legislature efforts to continue investing in multi-modal transportation and infrastru