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Winter Haven comes out clean in new audit

WINTER HAVEN — The city’s auditing firm issued a good report card for its 2017-18 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP gave Winter Haven a “clean opinion” for the year, Julie Fowler, an accountant at the firm’s Sebring office, told the City Commission Monday evening. The municipal


Florida man takes on Florida speed trap, and wins

If there’s one thing that seems to bind together all Florida men, it’s their ingenuity. And today’s Florida man tale is no different. Because when Florida man takes on Florida speed traps, apparently, he wins.


50 Senior Apartments Displaced By Fire In Winter Haven

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- Residents from 50 apartments in a 62-and-older high-rise have had to find temporary living arrangements after a fire in the Episcopal Catholic Apartments set off the building's sprinkler system on Monday night.


Jane Castor elected Tampa's next mayor

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will be Tampa’s next mayor. Castor defeated businessman David Straz in Tuesday’s municipal election. As of 7:32 p.m. with 98 of 103 precincts reporting, Castor had 73.34% of votes.


Brawling Easter Bunny was a wanted fugitive, authorities say

ORLANDO, Fla. — The man filmed in a Florida brawl while dressed as the Easter Bunny was a wanted fugitive accused of burglarizing a car, according to law enforcement. Antoine McDonald, 20, claims he was wearing the Easter Bunny costume when he saw a fight between a man and woman and got into the mid


Man Tries To Remove HCPD Officer’s Weapon During Altercation

HAINES CITY, FL – A man was arrested late Sunday night after a foot chase and altercation with an officer where the suspect violently tugged for the officer’s gun. Ervin Eugene Belford, 44, is being charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving law enforcement of radio communication,


Alligator euthanized after breaking through Florida home fence

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot (3.3 meters) alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home. The Miami Herald reports firefighters, police and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tried to capture


Ron DeSantis breaks with House on advanced nurses

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been supportive of many health care proposals pushed by House Speaker José Oliva, said Tuesday he doesn’t back one of the Republican leader’s top priorities: allowing advanced nurses to practice independently from physicians.


National Day of Prayer May 2

WINTER HAVEN — On May 2 from noon to 12:45 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winter Haven will hold a National Day of Prayer service that's open to the public. Featuring local dignitaries, a color guard, music, prayer and fellowship, the event will be held in the church sanctuary. A free to-go ba


Florida Senate OKs armed teachers in classrooms

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate broke mostly along party lines Tuesday in allowing teachers to carry weapons and serve as classroom guardians, a security enhancement roundly opposed by many parents and teachers and most school districts.


Delaney Barnes & Solonge Green: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Delaney Barnes and Solonge Green, both 14, have been arrested in Avon Park, Florida for plotting to kidnap and murder nine of their classmates. The two were taken into custody on April 17 after a folder containing a “hit list” was accidentally discovered by their teacher. The notes inside the folder


Injuries, fire reported after crash on US Hwy 98 S in Bartow

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – The Bartow police and fire departments, as well as the Florida Highway Patrol, are on scene of a crash and fire with injuries on Monday. The crash occurred near 5101 US Highway 98 South.


Inmate headed to federal prison mistakenly freed in Brevard County

MELBOURNE, Fla. (WESH) — A man who was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for armed carjacking is back in custody after being accidentally released from prison, official said.


Bark in the Park! celebration set for May 3

WINTER HAVEN — Main Street Winter Haven is hosting its annual Bark in the Park! celebration in Winter Haven's Central Park from 6–9 p.m., Friday, May 3. The event will have vendors, wiener dog racing and other events, according to the organization. The event is free. For more information, call 863-2


Accidental Shooting in Lake Alfred

Around 11:30 p.m. on April 18, 2019, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Alfred Police Department responded to 826 Lake Cummings Blvd in the city of Lake Alfred. The call for service was listed as an accidental shooting. Deputies and LAPD officers located an adult male being treated by his adult b


82-year-old motorcyclist, hit and run victim, dies from injuries

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (FOX 13) - Florida Highway Patrol reports that victim of a hit and run case in Hardee County has died. 82-year-old Jim Berry of Winter Haven died from his injuries Monday morning.


Central Florida’s boom shows true picture of U.S. real estate trends

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2018 local population estimates, temporary snapshots ahead of the formal census in 2020, and the cities posting the fastest growth rates came as no surprise: oil towns in Texas, cities and suburbs in tech-forward Utah, and Boise, Idaho, where an influx


Schoolgirls 'plotted to burn and bury nine people in "Project 11/9" massacre'

Two 14-year-old girls plotted to murder nine people and burn and bury their bodies, police say. Delaney Barnes and Solonge Green have been arrested after a teacher at their school allegedly found an eight-page murder plot titled "Project 11/9".


Polk banking veteran opens county's newest bank, Prime Meridian

LAKELAND – Michael Micallef Jr. has come home, and he hopes former friends and customers will join him. Micallef is the Polk County market president for the county’s newest bank, Tallahassee-based Prime Meridian Bank, which opened on April 16 at 3340 S. Florida Ave.


School safety bill making progress in Florida Senate

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A divided Florida Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill on Tuesday that includes a controversial provision aimed at adding armed teachers to the line of defense.