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Polk County rapper Stephon Stephon shows what happens when criminals try to 'duck Grady'
LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Central Florida's outspoken sheriff is the central focus of a new song and music video. The message: Criminals should watch their backs. Polk County-based Lyricist Stephon Stephon is the creative force behind the hip-hop song and music video about Polk County Sheriff Grady
Tornado watch in effect in Polk County
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Polk County in effect until 4 p.m. Scattered storms are expected to develop and impact the area throughout the afternoon, according to Polk County Emergency Management. Today’s storms could produce wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, lightning,
Hoverboard battery explodes, starting house fire, officials say
TAMPA, Fla. — A house fire started Friday night when a hoverboard battery burst, Tampa Fire Rescue said. The fire happened in a home about 7:30 p.m. on Cozumel Isle Drive in New Tampa.
PCSO Deputies Are Looking For a Hit And Run Suspect Following An Altercation in Haines City
PCSO deputies are looking for a hit and run suspect following an altercation in Haines City. On Saturday, April 15, 2019, around 10:30 p.m. Polk County deputies responded to the area of Brin Road and Cattle Trail Road in Haines City in reference to a reported hit and run motor vehicle crash.
Winter Haven Home Erupts In Flames After Antenna Hits Power Lines
WINTER HAVEN, FL -- A large Citizens Band radio antenna was blown over by strong winds Friday and is believed to have touched off a fire that swept through a home in the 900 block of Avenue M SE in Winter Haven.
Florida middle school girls arrested after teacher discovered their plans to kill nine people, police say
Two female students at a Florida middle school were arrested this week after a teacher discovered their plans to kill at least nine people, police say. The teacher reportedly became suspicious when she noticed the two 14-year-old girls acting "hysterical" while looking for a folder at Avon Park Midd
Polk Co. man arrested for pushing down elderly gas station clerk during armed robbery
LAKELAND, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested an armed robber who pushed down an elderly gas station clerk on Monday. Lorenzo Johnson, 53, was seen on surveillance video entering the Circle K on N. Galloway Road, just before 2 a.m., according to deputies.
Florida deputy reassigned after video shows him punching teen in the head
A Florida deputy was reassigned Friday after cellphone video showed him punching a teenage boy in the head during an arrest. Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Tamarac shopping plaza about a large group of students who were fighting, according to an arrest report from Thursday. After
Second Polk jail inmate dies this week at Winter Haven Hospital
WINTER HAVEN — A Polk County Jail inmate has died, and his death is under investigation. According to Polk County Sheriff's Office, 59-year-old Gary Lee White of Mulberry, a jail inmate since April 13, 2018, was taken to Winter Haven Hospital around 4 p.m. Thursday due to elevated potassium levels i
Florida man charged with threatening to kill three Democratic lawmakers
A Florida man was charged Friday with threatening to kill three Democratic members of Congress, federal prosecutors said. John Kless, 49, called the Washington offices of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Tuesday and left a series o
Storms in South kill girl in North Florida, bring tornado threat
ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.
8-year-old Florida girl dies after tree falls through house during Friday's storms
LEON COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office reports that an 8-year-old girl has died after a tree fell through a house during Friday's storms. It reportedly happened just after 8 a.m. on Old Woodville Highway.
Two 14-Year-Old Florida Girls Face Criminal Charges After Plotting To Kill Classmates
Two 14-year-old girls in Central Florida were taken into custody Wednesday and face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after allegedly placing students they disliked on a "hit list."
'He's not a man, turn yourself in,' Polk Sheriff says after hit-and-run crash
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had a pointed message Thursday for the man accused of mowing down a person at a Haines City ranch. "Well, he's not a real man because a real man doesn't run over and leave someone for dead," Judd said. "So, you should be ashamed of yourself.
4 smashed Rolex case at Florida Mall jewelry store with sledgehammers — stole $340K in watches, deputies say
Four thieves who used sledgehammers to smash cases at a Florida Mall jewelry store Thursday night made off with 17 watches — worth more than $340,000, deputies said. Four suspects were later arrested on charges of first-degree grand theft and felony criminal mischief: Lorenzo Caldwell, 20; Torren Jo
Road painted with a misspelled word outside a Florida school
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A road crew in Florida should get an “F″ for spelling. A driver spotted the error on Thursday, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.
Severe Storm Risk Blowing Through Tampa Bay, All Of Florida
A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula today, with the greatest risk for the Tampa Bay region coming midday. The greatest risk to life and property from this event will come from straight-line winds, according to Jeff Huffman, meteorologist
Radio listener calls Sheriff Grady Judd's use of phrase 'insensitive'
POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A radio listener said comments made by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd this week were insensitive toward African Americans. The comments were made Wednesday morning in a radio broadcast on WPCV-FM, 97.5, in Lakeland.
Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Rare Category 5 Months After It Ravaged Florida Panhandle
(MIAMI) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.
Judge denies request for trial delay for man accused of killing 2 Kissimmee police officers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The man accused of shooting two Kissimmee police officers to death was back in court Thursday afternoon. Everett Miller is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard in August 2017.