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Rodent droppings, live roaches close Winter Haven catering business
Temporary shutdown ordered after recent sanitation and safety inspection. An inspector from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently cited 11 violations of a Winter Haven catering business - including three rated high priority - and temporarily closed the facility. Acc
Dade City Hit-and-Run Kills Man Lying in Road
Dade City, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A Dade City man died in what police call a hit-and-run crash early Saturday. They say the victim might have already been lying in the road when he was struck. Dade City Police say witnesses told them that they had seen Michael Burdeshaw, 53, lying on the edge of Blanton
Sheriff Makes Arrest In Shooting Of Durant High Football Player
BRANDON, FL -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Riverview teen for the fatal shooting of Durant High School football player Grover Wills. The sheriff's office has charged Samuel Morrissey Jr., 20, of 9824 Ocasta St., Riverview, with second-degree murder with a firearm in the d
Lakeland, Winter haven rank high in air quality
LAKELAND - The American Lung Association's 2018 "State of the Air" report says Lakeland and Winter Haven rank among the healthiest cities in the nation for air quality. The two cities experienced no unhealthy air days based on measures of short-term particle pollution, the report said. The cities a
WATCH: Lakeland PD Officers’ Use of Force Raises Question of Body Cameras
LAKELAND, Florida — When two Lakeland Police officers violently engaged a suspect under a bridge last week, passersby happened to capture video of the encounter on their phones.
Lakeland Linder making another push for commercial flights
LAKELAND, Fla. - Commercial flights to Polk County have been on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport's wish list for years, and officials there think it may happen soon.Lakeland Linder airport wants to bring back commercial flights1st floor of airport has sat vacant since Direct Air left in 2012Airport
ON THE MARKET: Score an ace with this pool home on Lone Palm Golf Course
The Lakeland Ledger will feature a unique property for sale at least once a week. Take a look at this week's property located in Lakeland. Address: 450 Howard Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815. Description: This beautiful, custom, 1-owner home is situated on almost an acre lot right on the 12th fairway of
Police Say Hit-And-Run Victim Lay Dying While Cars Passed By
DADE CITY, FL -- The Dade City Police Department is investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in the 36000 block of Blanton Road at approximately 1:45 a.m. Saturday, April 21. The victim has been identified as Thomas Michael Burdeshaw, 53, of the 14000 block of Sundance Drive in Dade
Sheriff: Shooting of Florida high school student 'intentional'
OCALA, Fla. - The Friday morning shooting of a 17-year-old Forest High School student by a 19-year-old non-student was "intentional," authorities said.Deputies: Shooting leaves 1 injured at Ocala., Fla., high schoolAuthorities said 1 person in custodyStudents across US planned gun-violence walkouts
Riverview Man Charged with Murder
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - A Riverview man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a teen stemming from a drug deal that turned violent, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Samuel Morrissey Jr., 20, of Riverview, was charged with one count of second degree murder with a firea
Lakeland PD officers' use of force raises question of body cameras
Connecticut lawyer Norm Pattis: "More information is good, I think, and police departments that oppose this make me wonder what they're trying to hide." Gary White @garywhite13 LAKELAND - When two Lakeland Police officers violently engaged a suspect under a bridge last week, passersby happened to c
Polk Fire captain under investigation for helping extinguish fire while off-duty
LAKELAND, Fla. — Instead of a pat on the back, Polk County is launching an investigation into a fire captain for helping extinguish a fire while off duty.
Punishment Martinez vs. Adam "Hangman" Page Announced for ROH Bound by Honor in Lakeland, Florida
For 2017 and the early parts of 2018, Punishment Martinez and Adam Page saw their stars and stock rise faster and higher than they ever had before. Known as the “Creeper of Violence”, Martinez used his explosiveness and raw power to pick up the biggest victories of his career, including a victory ag
Lakeland woman to be sentenced for child's death
BARTOW - Adrianna Bradley, who was found guilty in February for the death of an 8-month-old boy left in her care, faces up to 45 years in prison when she returns to court today for sentencing. Jurors deliberated about two hours before convicting Bradley, 22, of aggravated child abuse and manslaughte
Inmate dies in the Polk County Jail
BARTOW - An investigation is underway into the death of a 52-year-old Bartow woman who was found dead early Thursday in her Polk County Jail cell. Laura Ann Varnes of Henson Lane had been taken into custody Sunday for failing to report to weekend work release. She had been placed on drug and suicide
Two fugitives on the run for 15 years caught in Polk County
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Two fugitives from Indiana on the run since 2003 were arrested in Polk County, along with two men who assisted them, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Letter: Lakeland police officers deserve more credit
An open letter to Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens: On the morning of April 5, while dropping my grandson off at Blake Academy, I witnessed a rather disturbing incident at the school entrance. There was a mom standing in the middle of the driveway loudly yelling and cursing at everyone in sight.
Polk deputies look for missing girl, 16
WINTER HAVEN - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is looking for help finding a missing 16-year-old girl. Melissa "Missy" Beal was last seen in Davenport on Wednesday and prior to that, out front of Harvey's in Winter Haven, 2700 Recker Highway, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday. Beal is 5-foot-9 and 19
MISSING: Zephyrhills boy, 13, last seen on Tuesday
Courtesy: Pasco County Sheriff's Office ZEPHRYHILLS (FOX 13) - Deputies are asking the public for help in finding a 13-year-old from Zephyrhills, who was last seen on Tuesday. Dominick Schultz was last seen in his room around 9 p.m. that day, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He is des
Probation Check Leads To Drug Bust In Winter Haven
WINTER HAVEN, FL -- A probation check by Winter Haven Police led to the discovery of drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia in the possession of a convicted felon.