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Lakeland fire victim's sister speaks exclusively to 8 On Your Side
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."
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.
Florida man says woman hosed him down for fishing in water she owns
VERO BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A fight over where a Florida man can fish is going viral after the man, Jose Ortiz of Melbourne, claimed that the pier's owner sprayed him with a hose because she also owns the water near the pier.
Workers mobilize to move Confederate monument in Lakeland
LAKELAND — The arrival of a portable lift marks the beginning of the end for the Confederate soldier keeping watch over Munn Park. The city of Lakeland has started to stage the equipment and supplies they will need to disassemble the 1910 statue Friday morning for transportation to Veterans Park. A
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.
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.
Shutdown blamed for downtown Mirrorton apartment development delay
LAKELAND — The federal government's 35-day shutdown earlier this year is having a rippling effect whose impact is now being felt on the shores of Lake Mirror. The Lakeland government has been forced to postpone its March closing on the $3.7 million sale of 14.5 acres in the northwest corner of the d
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
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
Smoking medical pot is no longer illegal in Florida. But how soon can patients buy it?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law this week repealing a ban on smoking medical marijuana, but it could be weeks or months before smokable cannabis products hit the shelves in dispensaries across the state.
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.
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
Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrats Plan to Register Voters Across the State to Beat Donald Trump
Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum showed this week that he wants to remain a force in Florida politics despite being edged by Republican Ron DeSantis in last year’s gubernatorial campaign.
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Lakeland begins removing Confederate statue from Munn Park
LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - The city of Lakeland has begun removing a Confederate statue from the grounds Munn Park, a move that's been the source of controversy and lawsuits. Construction crews erected fences around the Confederate Monument earlier this week. Scaffolding arrived on Wednesday and a cran
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
It gets deeper for world fertilizer expert — 300 more counts of child-porn possession
A Lakeland man is back in jail on child pornography charges after posting bond on child pornography possession earlier this month. Now, world fertlizer and phosphates expert Dr. Brian Birky is facing 300 counts of child pornography possession. At $3,000 per count, his bond is $900,000, 100 times the
The catch of a lifetime at Grasslands
Jake Lazenby, 15, of Lakeland caught this 10-pound, 26-inch bass as a lucky, incidental catch. Lazenby was fishing in Grasslands this week for bream and caught a bluegill on a dough ball. While reeling in the bluegill, the monster bass struck. His friend, Simon Bonini, 13, helped him bring it in. Th
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.