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Dogs blamed after 15 animals attacked in Polk County
LAKELAND, Fla (FOX 13) - Hobby farmers in Polk County were devastated to discover nearly a dozen of their sheep and goats had been slaughtered last week. The family now wants to find the dogs responsible.
Polk County Schools making cuts to bus service
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Polk County Schools will be cutting bus service for nearly 1,200 students who live within two miles of their school. Transportation officials said that includes more than 400 of those are elementary school students.
Severe, soaking storms to rattle Florida as holiday travel ramps up Thursday
An East Coast storm threatening to disrupt millions of holiday travelers will bring a heightened risk of severe weather to Florida on Thursday. Worse than slowing travel or ruining outdoor plans, the severe storms can inflict damage and cause flooding in some communities.
PCSO identifies woman killed in State Road 60 crash
LAKE WALES — The Polk County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman killed in a single-vehicle crash on State Road 60 Tuesday morning. Olga Cedeno, 82, of Lake Wales, ran off the roadway in her vehicle and struck a tree without braking about a mile east of County Road 630 at 11:20 a.m., according
Man arrested for DUI manslaughter after deadly crash in Polk County
LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - A Lakeland man is facing a DUI manslaughter charge after a deadly crash on I-4. Troopers say the crash happened near the Memorial Boulevard exit around 9:30 Sunday night.
Political events scheduled in Polk County this week
The Republican Women’s Club of Lakeland will hold its annual Christmas party luncheon Dec. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is located at 3839 Don Emerson Drive. The hotel is located adjacent to the Lakeland Linder Airport.
Florida's minimum wage is rising on Jan. 1
Floridians who get minimum wage will start 2019 with more in their paychecks. Effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Florida is $8.46, up from $8.25. In 2017, the rate was $8.10.
Gators gone wild! 2018 was their year
FLORIDA - It's well-known that if you live in Florida, you are most likely to encounter an alligator, or at least read a story involving one. 2018 has flown by, and throughout the year, gators have popped up in backyards, schools and even convenience stores across the state.
Florida father shoots older son to protect younger sibling, police say
Authorities in a Florida county say a father has been left "absolutely shattered" after he shot and killed his older son in an effort to save his younger son's life, with the sheriff's office saying the move was justified based on evidence.
Florida family faces deportation to Peru after 25-year asylum quest
A few string lights and a Santa figurine on the front lawn of Miguel Torres-Bruno and Martha Garcia's Davenport, Fla., home are the only traces of Christmas as the days tick off until their deportation to Peru Jan. 2 after a 25-year tumultuous journey trying to gain political asylum.
Polk County Inmate Dies In Custody
LAKELAND, FL — A 58-year-old inmate at South County Jail died Thursday after suffering what appeared to be a medical emergency. Thomas Scott Henry of Lakeland was taken to Lake Wales Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m., according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
2 teenagers dead after crash where vehicle ran into semi-truck in Mulberry
MULBERRY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two teenagers have died after a weekend crash in Mulberry. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, around 4 p.m. Sunday, Polk County Fire Rescue and the sheriff’s office responded to a vehicle versus a semi crash at Highway 37 and SR 640 in Mulberry.
Report: Disney pays $23 million for ranch land near Celebration
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - According to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World Co. paid $23 million on Thursday for 965 acres of Osceola County ranch land southeast of Celebration.
Off-duty nurse comes upon crash scene along I-4, stops to help
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - When an off-duty Pinellas County nurse driving westbound along I-4 Sunday night saw something in the middle of the highway, she immediately knew she needed to help.
Duke Energy finalizes route for Polk County Reliability Enhancement Project
Duke Energy moved forward with plans to enhance energy distribution efforts in its service area through finalization of a route for its Polk County Reliability Enhancement Project.
Police Chase Ends In Northeast Regional Park With Arrest
DAVENPORT, FL — A 34-year-old man, who was being chased by police in a stolen pickup truck, allegedly tried to ram his way through a fence at Northeast Regional Park. Christopher Cordell instead got stuck and was taken into custody by a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy.
2 more women say they were sexually assaulted by former Florida teacher
ORLANDO, Fla. - Three women caught in a web of denial involving their former high school music teacher, want Florida lawmakers to eliminate the current statute of limitations for sexual assault against minors.
17 Yr Old Polk County Teen Killed In Mulberry Crash Early Sunday Morning
Around 4:00 am on Sunday, Dec 16, 2018, Polk County Fire Rescue & PCSO responded to a vehicle versus semi crash at Hwy 37 and SR 640 in Mulberry. Upon their arrival, the driver of a black Honda Civic, 17 year old Kenneth Haney of Bradley, was deceased at the scene and his passenger, 18 year old Chad
School bus crashes into vehicle in Orange County
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A school bus accident occurred on Monday morning. The accident occurred on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and Vista Del Lago Boulevard. The bus is an Osceola County school bus.
Lakeland man arrested for DUI manslaughter following death of female driver, troopers say
LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Lakeland man faces a DUI manslaughter charge after a woman died in a car crash, troopers said. Late Sunday night, 40-year-old Stephen McCullough was speeding in his 2011 Chevrolet Traverse as he was heading eastbound on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patro