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UCR: Arrests, clearance rate rise in Haines City in 2018

HAINES CITY — The number of arrests in Haines City increased by 34 percent in 2018 and the clearance rate for the Haines City Police Department increased by 14 percent from 2017, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report numbers released recently.


Florida man who left country after 2017 DUI crash that killed passenger has been arrested, authorities say

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested Friday night at the Miami airport for a DUI manslaughter charge from 2017, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.


Plant City man out on bond hits, drags Polk County deputy with stolen Jeep before being arrested

MULBERRY, Fla. — A Plant City man, who was out on bond for grand theft auto, was arrested Thursday after hitting and dragging a deputy with a stolen jeep, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


Health Department extends rabies alert area in Polk County

LAKELAND — State health officials in Polk County are extending the rabies alert area to include most of Lakeland and into Auburndale. The alert was extended in area and for a two-month period following the positive rabies test of a raccoon near the Jan Phyl Village south of Auburndale. The alert are


Will hemp become a Polk County cash crop?

LAKELAND — Florida Sen. Ben Albritton admits that not long ago he wanted nothing to do with hemp. “I was very skeptical at first because, yes, I heard the word 'hemp' and I thought 'marijuana,' and I was very skeptical,” said Albritton, a Republican from Wauchula. “What I've learned is they are two


Substitute Teacher Barred From Polk County Schools

LAKELAND, FL — Polk County school officials said they will bar a substitute teacher from all future county substitute teaching assignments based on the teacher's handling of an incident earlier this month at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in which an 11-year-old pupil refused to stand for the "Pledge


Third rabies case of 2019 confirmed in Polk County

Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control confirmed Friday the third positive rabies case in Polk County for the year. On Wednesday, PCSO received a call that a raccoon had been attacked by two dogs on Lakehurst Street in Lakeland. The raccoon was killed by the dogs' owner.


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Man shot and killed at auto repair shop in Lakeland; 1 wounded

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - Police said a 32-year-old man was shot and killed at an automotive repair business in Lakeland on Friday. The Lakeland Police Department said officers responded a shooting at Artillery Motor Sports, 3609 Century Boulevard. at about 11:35 p.m. Friday.


Florida inmates help rescue baby locked in car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Locking your keys in the car, we've all done it. But, for one Florida father, the urgency to get back in his SUV was all the more dire because his one-year-old daughter was locked inside.


Florida Italian restaurant employee infected with Hepatitis A

A worker at an Italian restaurant in a Miami hotel has tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to Florida's Department of Health. The employee worked at Primo's Italian Kitchen & Bar, located inside the DoubleTree Grand Hotel in Biscayne Bay, sometime between Jan. 26 to Feb. 7. and officials warn


These 5 Florida Companies Are Nation's Best To Work For: Fortune

WESTON, FL — Hilton is America's best company to work for in 2019, according to Fortune's annual list released on Thursday. The Virginia-based company jumped to the No. 1 spot in 2019 after placing No.33 on the list in 2018. Fortune writes that the company's ascent is thanks to several employee-focu


Florida runner attacked by 80-pound dog near half-marathon's end

Julie Stackhouse, 40, was in third place and a mile away from finishing the Donna Half-Marathon race in Atlantic Beach, Florida, when a bull-terrier mix aggressively attacked and latched on before she got away. Still dripping with blood and adrenaline,


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Gummies that sent kids to the hospital might not actually have had THC, FDLE suggests

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Gummy bears that were said to contain THC and sent several middle school students to the hospital in November might not have had THC in them, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab report claims.


Polk Gym Owner Accused Of Practicing Medicine Without License

AUBURNDALE, FL -- A 39-year-old Polk County gym owner has been charged with practicing medicine without a license and other offenses following a police sting operation in which undercover investigators were taught how to give themselves injections of a a hormone used for weight loss. Jesusadelaida "


Fire chief's association turns down Polk County request to investigate fatal fire

LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Polk County leaders are vowing to get answers about a fatal November fire. The Board of County Commissioners said it is committed to finding an independent agency to review exactly happened the night of Nov. 23, when 76-year-old Loretta Pickard died after being trapped insi


Fake weight loss nurse arrested a second time for practicing health care without a license

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a Winter Haven woman for practicing health care without a license for a second time. Deputies originally arrested 39-year-old Jesusadelaida "Jesse" Lopez on June 12, 2018. They charged her at that time with six counts of unlicensed pract


Florida Time: Did Saint Augustine or Plymouth Rock come first?

Welcome to Florida Time, a weekly column about Florida history. Today, we discuss the two Floridas and set the record straight on who came first: Saint Augustine or Plymouth Rock. Let’s do this once and for all, shall we?


FWC: Truth About Florida’s Deer Rut; Gun Season Ends, But There’s A Week Left To Hunt

There are a lot of theories and differing opinions on what causes the white-tailed deer rut. Hours of daylight decreasing, geographic latitude, genetics, climate, evolution and moon phase are many factors that hunters and deer enthusiasts have debated over the years. To get to the science behind it