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Do you know this SUV? It may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash

LAKELAND, Fla. — Police have found an SUV officers say may have been the one that hit and killed a pedestrian Thursday in Plant City. According to police, a man's body was found around 7:30 p.m. about 1,000 feet west of Charlie Taylor Road.


Nurse arrested for stealing pain medication from Polk County jail

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - A nurse at a Polk County jail is facing charges after she allegedly stole pain medications from the facility, according to the sheriff's office. Authorities said 39-year-old Griseida Montanez of Brandon was caught speeding in Mulberry at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.


Florida Governor Takes Action To Avoid Another Election 'Circus'

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Saying "we cannot have another circus" Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered the suspension of Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and acknowledged the resignation of Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, formally terminating her duties. The ac


Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest

The sixth year of the Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest event is here! Tomorrow, January 18, 2019, from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm you can enjoy Lakeland’s pet-friendly beer festival featuring live music and entertainment, sampling from over 100 different brands of beer, along with a free souvenir pilsner sa


Colorado elementary teacher arrested for lewd behavior at Polk County park

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two men at Gator Creek Preserve on Thursday during an investigation regarding lewd behavior at county parks.


Two Men Go Bust For Lewd Activity In Lakeland Park

Lakeland, Fla.-(Newsradio WFLA)-Polk County deputies have arrested two men at Gator Creek Preserve during an investigation into lewd behavior in county parks. The investigation was the result of complaints from citizens about the nastiness.


Accused fraud scheme ringleader ran operation from prison

A state prisoner has been accused of being the ringleader of an eight-person fraud group that worked together to scam two companies from Lakeland and Clearwater a total of $104,798.65.


Old man winter plans Florida visit

Old Man Winter wants to make sure January remains the coldest month of his season, so he’s packed his bags, topped off his tank and is ready to make another jaunt across the country. This time, he’s added Florida and The Villages to his itinerary. After experiencing an above-average high of 77 on Sa


Florida coach Dan Mullen’s spring speaking tour

After leading Florida to a 10-3 record and a final No. 6 national ranking in his first season with the Gators in 2018, UF coach Dan Mullen probably can look forward to a warm and raucous reception on his spring speaking tour in year two.


Sheriff’s Sick Building: How To Hire A Savior

When I was just starting as a county reporter in Lakeland almost 25 years ago, my biggest recurring assignment was covering the aftershocks of a sick-building story. The Polk County Commission had built a $37 million, nine-story courthouse that also housed constitutional offices. It was badly built.


Lakeland man accused of grand theft auto

BARTOW — A Lakeland man who was just released from the Polk County Jail on December 7 has been booked on charges of grand theft auto. According to reports, on Tuesday, Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 48-year-old Jared Pauley after receiving information that a vehicle he is accused of


Polk County Sheriff: ‘Deviant’ Mexican National Arrested For Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 12

It gets worse… Polk County Sheriff said Calderon blamed the child for the abuse and told investigators “hell I don’t know” when they asked him “how many times he committed a specific type of sexual battery.”


Florida man used Fortnite to have sex with Brevard girl, deputies say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man had sex with an underage girl he met through the online video game Fortnite, according to authorities. The Florida Attorney General's Office on Thursday announced the arrest of Anthony Gene Thomas, 41, on charges including unlawful sex with a minor and child por


Locals celebrate new and improved RP Funding Center

LAKELAND — Local officials and members of the public came together Friday afternoon to celebrate a new look to one of Lakeland's signature facilities. In what was a joint partnership between Polk County and the city of Lakeland, the $14.2 million renovations to the RP Funding Center were unveiled Fr


Circle B Bar Reserve shows old ways to young ones

LAKELAND — Skyla Pierce, 8, reached out and gently stroked the hide of Sweety, a North American alligator, at the Circle B Bar Reserve Thursday morning. “It was really rough and the mouth was taped so it wouldn't bite,” said the second-grader at Cleveland Court Elementary. “It's the first time I've


LIVE: 2-alarm fire destroys commercial building in Dade City

DADE CITY, Fla. — Pasco County Fire Rescue is currently battling a two-alarm fire at a commercial building in Dade City. The call came in around 12:26 p.m. on Friday afternoon.


Pedestrian killed in Plant City hit-and-run, police searching for suspect

PLANT CITY, Fla. — A pedestrian has died after a hit-and-run in Plant City. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday near Charlie Taylor Rd and U.S. 92. Plant City Police received a call of a person lying on the side of the road that was possibly deceased. Officers arrived on scene and confirmed a Hisp


Florida Gets Celestial Treat In Total Lunar Eclipse On Sunday

FLORIDA — This Sunday evening, Floridians will get to see a free and rare show: A total lunar eclipse. Total lunar eclipse starts Sunday, 9:30 p.m. The full eclipse to begin around 10:30 p.m.


$1M worth of marijuana seized in Valrico

VALRICO, Fla. (WFLA) - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office seized more than $1 million dollars worth of marijuana from a home in Valrico on Wednesday, authorities said. A judge issued a search warrant to authorize law enforcement officers to search a home on Kyle Court. Inside the home, authori


Winter Haven teen arrested for impersonating officer, making traffic stop

LAKE PLACID, Fla. — An 18-year-old from Winter Haven was arrested Wednesday for impersonating an officer after he conducted a traffic stop in Lake Placid, authorities say. Harrison Alexander Howes pulled over a 20-year-old riding an ATV on a paved road and told him he had the authority to get him ar