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Haines City firefighter arrested for battery domestic violence

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) - A Haines City firefighter was arrested Friday night after deputies say he battered his girlfriend. Polk County deputies arrested 32-year-old Murray Mitchell Harris Jr. for battery domestic violence and booked him into the Polk County Jail. The sheriff's office says Harris

WFLA.COM - 2018-12-15 15:22:00

Put a bow on it

HAINES CITY – Amid the turmoil that is the Florida citrus industry, one sector, gift fruit shipping, remains quietly prosperous. Although not so quietly these days, as Christmas is the biggest sales period for citrus gift fruit, a traditional item in children’s stockings and on the holiday dinner ta

THE LEDGER - 2018-12-15 20:10:00

Chilly start! Stormy weather expected later this week across Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - It's a chilly start to the week Monday as colder and drier air moved into Central Florida. It will be sunny a cool with an average high of 66 degrees across Central Florida, Certified meteorologist Brian Shields said.

WFTV - 2018-12-17 10:39:09

Cops: South Florida teacher professed love for 13-year-old student, didn't mind 'facing the devil'

DORAL, Fla. — A South Florida teacher is facing multiple charges after police say she professed her love for and tried to kiss a 13-year-old student. Andrea Jimenez, 47, surrendered to police Friday to face charges including lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and attempted lewd and lascivious co

WPTV - 2018-12-17 08:22:48

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

FOX13NEWS.COM - 2018-12-17 11:00:00

Trial begins in 2016 Haines City slaying

BARTOW — Prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that a web of cellphone records and text messages links Re'shaunte Anglin to the May 2016 murder of 32-year-old Shevon Shawn, who died of a single gunshot wound behind his ear.

THE LEDGER - 2018-12-13 02:29:00

Polk County Schools 2019 Graduation Schedule, Changes

LAKELAND, FL — Polk County Public Schools are planning some changes for 2019 graduations Meanwhile, the district has released its 2019 graduation schedule. The following applies to graduations that take place at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland:

PATCH - 2018-12-14 09:40:00

Hooters Calendar Girls share holiday joy with South Florida children

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Hooters Calendar Girls are spreading holiday cheer to South Florida children. The girls made stops at His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood over the weekend.

WSVN-TV - 2018-12-16 22:36:43

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.

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-12-15 10:00:00

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

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-12-16 15:00:58

Florida Veteran Dies in Nursing Home After Staff Allegedly Didn’t Bathe Him, Family Says

An 84-year-old Army veteran in Florida passed away after a gangrene infection developed around his private area, and his family members are alleging the nursing home didn’t do enough.

THE EPOCH TIMES - 2018-12-16 14:54:24

Florida veteran dies after genitals become gangrenous; family blames nursing home: report

An 84-year-old Army veteran in Jacksonville, Florida, died after he reportedly developed a gangrene infection in his genitals. Now his family members allege the nursing home where the veteran lived ignored his condition until it was too late.

FOX NEWS - 2018-12-15 21:29:17

Deputies looking for burglar dressed like a Deadpool-Ninja

LAKELAND, Fla. (CBS12) — Deputies in central Florida are looking for one snazzy burglar. The Polk County Sheriff's Office shared video of a guy they describe is dressed like Deadpool or a Ninja.

CBS12.COM - 2018-12-16 19:07:54

Only in Polk: The Hungarian Inn

LAKELAND — Lured by cheap land and the prospect of jobs, many immigrants based in the Northeast made their way to Polk County in the early 1920s. Land was plentiful and fairly inexpensive — as little as $1.75 an acre according to some historical accounts.

THE LEDGER - 2018-12-15 18:33:00

Letter: Polk Parkway is a curse

I am unfortunate to own property that abuts the Polk Parkway. The dirt and noise from the parkway, which was a cow pasture when I bought my house, is invasive and constantly increasing. Tree workers throw their debris in my yard. Weed control oversprays.

THE LEDGER - 2018-12-16 07:01:00

Florida teacher professed love for 13-year-old student, police say

DORAL, Fla. (CBS12) — Police in South Florida arrested a science teacher who they say "professed" her love for a 13-year-old boy. Doral Police on Friday arrested and charged 47-year-old Andrea Jimenez with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and using a computer for prohibited purpo

CBS12.COM - 2018-12-15 17:53:14

Florida Police Can Now Invoke 'Stand Your Ground' Law When Believed To Be Facing Use Of Deadly Force

In a landmark decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday police officers can invoke the "stand your ground" law in some cases where deadly force is used. The unanimous 7-0 ruling came during the case of Broward County sheriff's deputy Peter Peraza, who was charged with manslaughter for killi

BLAVITY.COM - 2018-12-15 18:37:13

Weather pushes back holiday events across Tampa Bay

A chance for showers, storms and even severe weather across Tampa Bay has a few Friday events postponed for a sunny day. The Snow Central event in Winter Haven was postponed until Friday, Dec. 21. The event will have food trucks, cookie decorating, bounce houses and real snow to play in. Also, don’t

10NEWS - 2018-12-14 10:38:00

Family identifies motorcyclist who left Florida woman to die on freeway during first date

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida waitress fatally struck by numerous cars while lying on a freeway says they have solved the mystery of how she got there. The family of 33-year-old Jennifer St. Clair says she was on a first date with Miles McChesney of New York last weekend when

WFLA.COM - 2018-12-15 22:58:00

Tampa FSU Alumni: Did You Know There's A Guthrie's Nearby?

We had a QYK event in Winter Haven today. We don't get out to Polk County often so I should have fired up the GPS. Instead as I tried to make my way back to I-4, I went the wrong way, but now I realize... it was fate.

995QYK.COM - 2018-12-15 01:06:00