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Two Avon Park Middle School girls charged with murder plot
AVON PARK — Two Avon Park Middle School girls are facing charges that they planned to kill nine people. Delaney M. Barnes and Solonge N. Green, both 14, were arrested after a teacher at the school called law enforcement to report that they were acting "hysterical" in her class while looking for a fo
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
No bond for sex offender
LAKE PLACID — Jonathan Jaymes Rivard, 22, of 130 Ranier Drive, was booked into jail by Highlands County sheriff’s deputies Friday, April 12. He is being held in the Highlands County Jail without bail.
T-bone wreck results in numerous injuries
LAKE PLACID — Three children and three adults were all seriously injured in an early Thursday morning crash involving three cars at the U.S. 27 and County Road 29 intersection. Multiple helicopters picked up the victims at the old Georgia Pacific plant and from AdventHealth Lake Placid campus.
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.
Citizen scientists in Highlands County
This week many people across the country are celebrating ‘Citizen Science’ (www.citizenscience.org). What is citizen science? Are there local citizen science programs? Who do you contact if you want to become a citizen scientist?
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, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5 storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.
Florida man used hidden camera to record women in shower, deputies say
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A 46-year-old Titusville man was arrested Thursday on allegations of using a hidden camera to record women showering in his home. Jonathan Moist was arrested on a felony charge of video voyeurism of someone at least 19 years old.
Agreement signed for LP fire station
SEBRING — Highlands County Fire Rescue moved closer Tuesday morning to completing another two fire stations on opposite ends of the county. Two hearings to change the zoning and land use for a parcel by the Highlands Lakes Fire Department passed the Board of County Commission without debate or much
Dewberry's criminal case headed to plea hearing
SEBRING — Former Avon Park Middle School teacher Kevin Dewberry could be seeking a plea agreement on the criminal charges for lewd and lascivious behavior, which involved a 13-year-old female student.
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
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
Tornado Watches, Warnings Issues for Counties in Florida, Georgia Friday Morning
Friday morning's commute was complicated for those who had to worry about tornadoes slowing them down. In several Florida and Georgia counties, tornado watches or tornado warnings had been issued. Understanding the timing, and severity, of these National Weather Service announcements can be a matter
LATEST: Severe weather threat in South Florida
WPTV will provide updates throughout the day Friday on the severe weather threat across South Florida. Storms will begin moving into the Treasure Coast within the next hour. Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 10 p.m. for Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.
Strong storms are moving toward Southwest Florida
The NBC2 First Alert Storm Tracking Team is monitoring a line of strong storms moving toward Southwest Florida from the Gulf of Mexico. A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for Desoto County until 4 P.M.
Woman runs over her baby’s father
With her 9-month-old baby in the car, a woman allegedly ran over the child’s father after an argument outside a local restaurant. On Tuesday, April 16, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Cross was dispatched to the 2200 block of Northwest 22nd Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute in progr
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
Tornado Watch issued for most of Tampa Bay area
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of the Tampa Bay area, excluding Highlands County. Several areas are also under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. The National Weather Service issued the Tornado Watch for parts of Florida and Georgia around 10 a.m. Friday. The watch is set
Florida sheriff sets up ‘closed for business’ sign in front of drug house
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida sheriff set up a sign in front of a closed down drug house letting people know that if they came there to buy drugs, then they were out of luck.