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Florida man arrested for molesting a child on a four wheeler

NAPLES, Fla. - An Immokalee man was arrested Wednesday on charges of molesting a child. The victim told deputies in an interview on Jan. 3 about the multiple instances when the suspect sexually assaulted her.


2nd man sentenced to 15 years for Mosaic Park attack

BARTOW — A 21-year-old Lake Wales man pleaded no contest Thursday to robbery with a firearm in a predawn shooting at Bartow’s Mosaic Park last year that left one man with gunshot wounds to his leg.


Florida motorcyclist killed after popping a wheelie

A Florida motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night when he popped a wheelie on a public road and was struck by a car that apparently couldn’t see him because his headlight was pointed in the air.


Homeless man sues sheriff, deputies over excessive force

SARASOTA — A homeless man body-slammed by a Sarasota County Sheriff's deputy as he was being booked into the county jail during a 2015 arrest has filed a lawsuit against two deputies and the sheriff seeking $200,000 in damages.


Florida teenagers arrested after breaking into car

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Four teenage boys were arrested last Saturday for breaking into a Fort Myers man's car. Around 12:55 a.m. March 16, Eric Roberts heard his car alarm going off on River Trent Drive and ran outside to see 15-year-old Ashton Zimmerman, 16-year-old Tristan Zimmerman, 18-year-old Savio


Lake Wales looks to address ADA compliance issue

LAKE WALES – A lawsuit regarding documents Lake Wales posts to its website could mean lots of extra work for city staff in the coming months. So says Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields, who noted recently that the city has been hit with, essentially, the same lawsuit citing the Americans with Disabi


Polk teen arrested for bringing gun to school

LAKE WALES — A 14-year-old with no prior juvenile criminal history in Polk County was arrested for bringing a gun to school at Bok Academy on Tuesday. The boy told deputies his mother allegedly asked him to "hide" the gun since she is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm.


Florida House approves certificate of need repeal; sets up Senate showdown

House lawmakers want to remove the regulations for expanding healthcare facilities. The Senate has historically opposed that.


Fire victim's sister speaks exclusively to Newschannel Eight

POLK COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) - Linda Weckle still can't believe her sister is gone. "In the evenings, when she would usually call me, it's like there's a hole there," said Weckle. "She doesn't call. The phone doesn't ring."


Invasion Of Tiny Poisonous Toads Alarms Florida Community

PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBSMiami) — A Florida community is up in arms and uneasy after their neighborhood is swamped by tiny poisonous toads that seem to have come out of nowhere.


Lake Wales' bidding practices challenged by former mayor

LAKE WALES – A former mayor is challenging the way the City of Lake Wales is bidding out some of its construction projects. Mike Carter said it appears that the city is violating its own ordinances by not putting projects that cost over $35,000 out to competitive bid. City officials, including attor


Video of the 2017 Nik Wallenda accident emerges

SARASOTA — A previously unknown video of the 2017 Circus Sarasota rehearsal that resulted in the collapse of Nik Wallenda’s dangerous eight-person pyramid has surfaced. The Herald-Tribune learned of its existence and obtained a copy from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, where it had remained si


Neo-Nazi Allegedly Kidnapped, Raped Black Woman At Gunpoint in Florida

A 37-year-old Florida man with known ties to a neo-Nazi organization allegedly kidnapped a black woman and raped her. Joshua Edwards, a member of the Aryan Nation, was arrested on Tuesday, in Escambia County, Florida, on charges of armed carjacking, kidnapping and sexual battery, according to the po


Sidewalks coming to areas near 3 schools in Lakeland

LAKELAND — A collaboration of government entities is pushing to install sidewalks in areas where students must share the roads with drivers while walking to and from school after a recent study ranked Florida as the deadliest state for pedestrians.


SunTrust files lawsuit against Fleetwing

BARTOW — SunTrust Bank has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Fleetwing Corp., claiming the Lakeland-based fuel distribution company failed to repay a $2 million loan it received in 2009.


Rays sign Blake Snell to 5-year, $50 million contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - The Tampa Bay Rays and Blake Snell have agreed to a five-year contract that will keep the pitcher in the Tampa Bay area until 2023. The Rays announced the $50 million contract on Thursday. A spokesman says it could pay him an additional $2 million in incentives. The fiv


Video of human pyramid act shows Wallenda performers fall

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Video released by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday shows the accident that injured five performers practicing a human pyramid act in 2017.


Deadline Near: Polk taxpayers urged to pay 2018 property taxes now

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, advises taxpayers who have not paid their 2018 property taxes to consider mailing in their property tax payments. That's because March 31 is not only the end of the month, but it is the deadline for the timely payment of 2018 real estate and tangible per


14 Yr Old Charged With Bringing Pistol & Ammunition To Bok Academy

Lake Wales, Florida – A fourteen year old boy has been arrested and charged with two 3rd degree felonies for bring a pistol & ammunition to Bok Academy middle school in Lake Wales. The incident happened on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


Car crashes into Taco Bell in Winter Haven

WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven Police responded March 16 to an accident at the Taco Bell located at 1799 Third St. SW. At the location, a car had driven through one of the restaurant’s walls. Luckily, there were no injuries to customers, workers or the vehicle’s occupants.