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Florida Man Believed Dead Must Pay $2 Million In Child Support

In a bizarre case that was featured on ABC's "20/20," Richard J. Hoagland abandoned his wife and two children, and moved to Zephyrhills where he lived under the name Terry Symansky for more than two decades.

PATCH - 2018-05-21 14:57:44

Officers lasso 5-foot gator in Winter Haven neighborhood

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.-A 5-foot alligator was spotted in a Winter Haven neighborhood Sunday, police said.

WFTV - 2018-05-21 12:12:24

Video captures large rats scaling wall of Manny's Original Chophouse in Lake Wales

In the video you can see a large rat scaling the side of a wall, in the dining area of Manny’s Original Chophouse. It then crawls across a license plate that is hanging on the wall, as people screamed in the background.

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-05-21 20:26:10

2 local stores among next round of Sears, Kmart closures

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) - Stores in Clearwater and Brandon are among the next round of Sears and Kmart locations closing this year, a new report says.

WFLA.COM - 2018-05-20 16:29:07

Help wanted sign outside a shitty ice cream stand in Kissimmee, FL. Surely if he could pay them less than minimum wage he would.

Help wanted sign outside a shitty ice cream stand in Kissimmee, FL. Surely if he could pay them less than minimum wage he would.

IMGUR - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

More Sears stores are closing in Florida

Attention, Sears shoppers: More stores are going dark, so you may want to use up those gift cards.According to a newBusiness Insiderreport, five Florida locations will be shut down. One is in South Florida, the store at Broward Mall in Plantation.The four others are throughout the state: at Universi

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-05-21 12:46:00

North Shore to host Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive from June 1-8

North Shore Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, benefitting Feeding South Florida.The drive kicks off Friday, June 1 and runs through Friday, J

MIAMITIMESONLINE.COM - 2018-05-21 13:45:00

Make the most of Memorial Day Weekend 2018 at these South Florida events

This Memorial Day weekend marks the launch of No. 3 Social’s brand new Pig and Paella Sundays. For $25, guests can indulge in Chef Norman Van Aken’s paella paired with two pulled pork bao buns while DJ That Kid Chris and friends play some chill techno — plus $7 cocktails and $5 beer, wine and bites

MIAMI.COM - 2018-05-21 13:38:40

Alafia River expected to rise above 13 feet, prompting flood warning

More rain -- some heavy at times -- is expected Sunday, witheven more showers and storm chances every daythis upcoming week, according to 10Weather's meteorologists.

10NEWS - 2018-05-20 14:21:22

Haines City Police Trying To Identify Fraud Suspects

On 05/19/2018, the Haines City Police Department was notified of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the parking lot of the aquatic center at Lake Eva Park. The victim locked her vehicle at approximately 9:30am and entered the facility. The victim’s vehicle was entered by breaking out a window and

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

Heavy Rain Causes Severe Flooding Across South Florida

In Dania Beach, streets resembled rivers Sunday morning as parked cars sat in several inches of water. Video shows significant flooding in the area of SE 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue, specifically.

NBC MIAMI - 2018-05-20 14:02:30

Lakeland Housing Authority says senior residents are to blame for recurring bed bug infestation

The Housing Authority of Lakeland says it has cleaned, sprayed, and even used a bug-sniffing dog to locate the pests to take care of the problem.


Is it you? South Florida lottery ticket worth nearly $230,000

The only ticket to match all five numbers in Saturday night’sFantasy 5drawing was purchased in South Florida and is worth nearly $230,000.According to the Florida Lottery, the jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at the gas station and convenience store located at 901 N. University Drive inPembroke


It took seven arrests and a Taser to break up this South Florida high school brawl

"We still don’t know what they were fighting over, although social media is always prominent,” principal Vincent Alessi toldCBS4. “As an educator, the social media instigates and perpetuates a lot of the hard feelings.”


Flood watch extended for Broward as rain refuses to let up in South Florida

"I know everyone is tired of dealing with the rain, but its going to stick around a little longer," said Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-05-20 08:19:00

Following Texas HS shooting, Polk Co. to have armed officer at each school

LAKELAND, Fla. - At least one armed law enforcement officer will be stationed at each Polk County school for the remaining three and a half days of the school year, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.The move comes "out of an abundance of caution" following a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe,


Service dog, pregnant deaf woman punched on Orlando-bound flight, police say

According to an incident report from the Orlando Police Department, the woman, who is 20 weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, who also is deaf, were traveling with their service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel.


Poll: Residents don’t favor red light cameras

Although the Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that red light cameras were justified in the state, a majority of Osceola County residents disagreed, according to a poll.

AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM - 2018-05-20 06:00:00

One person dead after semi slams into car at Lakeland intersection

It happened along U.S. 98 North and Rockridge Road at around 2:45pm in Lakeland. The semi, which is owned by Saddle Creek Corp, was heading north on 98 when it hit a Nissan Altima in the intersection with Rockridge Road.


Street Scene: Safety fair a success, trouble at the 'T' intersection

This exemplary effort spearheaded by Sally Davis, Major, Leon County EMS and her team to get the word out to area citizens and our out of town visitors about how to be safe in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and as a pedestrian.

TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT - 2018-05-20 14:16:00