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Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


Accused Sebring SunTrust bank shooter pleads not guilty

SEBRING, Fla. — The 21-year-old gunman accused of fatally shooting five people at the now-closed SunTrust bank in Sebring has pleaded not guilty. Court records show Zephen Xaver entered a formal plea on Wednesday.


Highlands Co. Sheriff civilian support officer arrested for domestic battery, false imprisonment

AVON PARK, Fla. — A Highlands County Sheriff's Office civilian support officer was arrested Tuesday for domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and battery.


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Florida Man finds his way to Illinois and somehow two old toilets are involved

Wherever Florida Man goes, something wacky follows. According to the East St. Louis Police Department, Dave Toliver carried an old toilet to a Board of Education building in Illinois and threw it through the front glass of the building on Feb. 15.


Fire destroys trailer in Highway Park

LAKE PLACID — Things got heated in Highway Park about noon Tuesday when a fire tore through a single wide mobile home at 172 E.A. Smith Ave. Highway Park is a subdivision of Lake Placid.


Senator requesting Florida governor to deploy National Guard, state troopers to Jacksonville to combat violent crime wave

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — State Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) has officially requested the assistance of the Florida National Guard to combat crime in Jacksonville by way of a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


Man wanted in 2017 DUI manslaughter crash extradited from Ireland to Highlands County

SEBRING, Fla. (FOX 13) - A man wanted for DUI manslaughter in connection to a 2017 crash is back in Florida, booked into the Highlands County Jail. Deputies say Samuel Joseph Tucker had taken off to Ireland following the deadly crash. But authorities tracked him down and had him extradited to face t


Florida woman found dead in suspected murder-suicide, police say

A Florida woman and a man were found dead in a Boca Raton home on Monday in an incident police are investigating as a murder-suicide. Laura Randall, 53, and Gregory Schatz, 45, both of Boca Raton, were found dead at the home around 4 p.m., the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office confirmed to Fox News on Wed


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Hospital employee found dead in car at facility

SEBRING — A family member reported a local man missing on Monday, when he hadn’t been at work since last Friday, Feb. 15. When the sister of 55-year-old Robert E. Burns contacted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office to check on him, deputies didn’t find him at his home on Lime Tree Drive in Sun ‘n


Howes arrested for impersonating an officer again

LAKE PLACID — Another victim has come forward saying Harrison Alexander Howes, 18, of Lake Placid, impersonated a law enforcement officer or fireman when Howes pulled them over in a traffic stop.


A Florida mobile home park is under fire for apparently charging residents different rental application fees based on what country they're from

A mobile home park in Florida is facing scrutiny for charging different rental application fees based on what country the potential residents come from. A list of application fees for Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, obtained by Local10.com revealed that prices go up for applicants w


Sebring man charged with selling meth, pot

SEBRING — During a traffic stop, a Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly found 32 grams of marijuana and 30 grams of methamphetamine, along with other items necessary for street-level drug sales.


Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away

Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012, he has spent $569.50 on digital music via a proprietary digital music service sponsored by the Florida prison system. Demler listened to his music on a prison-sponsored music player he purchased for $99.95. Demler, who is serving a life sentence, s


Make-A-Wish Southern Florida dives into giving

Guests seas’d the day Feb. 21 for local Make-A-Wish Southern Florida children. The annual Cooking for Wishes luncheon was once again hosted at Michael's On East, but with an oceanic twist. The event theme was A Toast to the Sea, and it featured ever-flowing wine for toasting while attendees took tur


Cracker Trail ride traverses county today

SEBRING — Approximately 100 horses and their riders will be traveling through Highlands County today on the annual Cracker Trail ride that began in Bradenton four days ago and will end with a parade in Fort Pierce on Saturday.


Turn in household hazardous waste, old electronics Saturday

SEBRING — Do you have left over paint, household cleaners, batteries or electronics that you need to dispose of? Turn in household hazardous wastes and electronics this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Barkley Street.


Florida gets closer to repealing smokable medical pot ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida House and Senate are in position to pass medical marijuana bills that repeal a ban on smokable forms of the plant when the legislative session begins next month.


'Empire' actor charged with making false police report

CHICAGO (AP) - CHICAGO (AP) - "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.