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FHP investigating fiery fatal crash in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Troopers say one person is dead after a fiery crash in Madison County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 3:15 a.m. Thursday on US Highway 221 just north of NW Reaper Church Road.


Florida man hides drugs in his butt crack

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found drugs in his car. That wasn't the only place he has drugs, though. TOP STORY: Woman hospitalized after car hits Banana Republic at Coconut Point.


Three arrested in Madison County drug bust

MADISON CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- Three men have been arrested on drug charges following an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Office. MCSO says the Drug Task Force initiated an investigation after receiving several complaints from the public about illegal drug activity taking place at the Madi


14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine offloaded in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida's Port Everglades on Thursday morning.


Shooting in Madison; arrest in Jefferson

On Thursday, April 11, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) arrested Mario Verasso after Verasso engaged in shooting at another vehicle while traveling on Interstate 10 through Madison County.


2 Florida middle school girls accused of plotting to murder students on 'hit list'

Two middle school girls in Avon Park, Florida, allegedly plotted to kill other students they had placed on a "hit list." The two students were taken into custody at Avon Park Middle School at the end of the day Wednesday, the Highlands County School Board said. A teacher had informed law enforcement


Local business owner to be sentenced on April 24

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. After months of remaining in the Madison County Jail for two open cases, a local business owner pled guilty as charged before the Madison County Court on Wednesday, April 10. Sentencing for David Lawton is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 24, at 9


Severe weather to arrive on Friday in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Severe weather is coming to Central Florida on Friday. Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King says to expect big weather changes on Friday afternoon and evening, as Central Florida has been outlined for severe weather risk.


Cowboys crush Hornets, slide into top spot for district tournament

MAYO — Madison County etched its spot as the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament with an emphatic 11-0 win at Lafayette on Tuesday. The Cowboys recorded 10 hits — four straight hits came during a third inning where they also had nine consecutive hitters reach base — and received a comple


Florida Inmate Dies Shortly Before Expected Release

Authorities say an inmate at a Florida jail died shortly before his expected release. The Naples Daily News reports that 31-year-old Timothy Kusma was supposed to be released April 11 after pleading no contest to a drug possession charge. But the Collier County Sheriff's Office says he suffered a me


Great White Shark Weighing More Than 1,600 Pounds Spotted Off Florida Coast

Researchers say they have spotted Miss Costa, a 1,668-pound female great white shark, swimming in the Gulf Coast waters earlier this week. On Monday, the massive great white shark “pinged” near the Big Bend vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico at 10:34 a.m., OCEARCH, a global great white shark research or


Florida Grandma Uses Her Softball Skills To Bash Half-Naked Burglar's Head With Bat

A would-be burglar is in jail in Florida, with a gash on his head, after a 65-year-old slugger named Clarese Gainey whacked him on the dome with a baseball bat when he tried to break into her car early Sunday morning. WMC Action News 5 had the story:


Valdosta State Prison inmate dies

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta State Prison inmate died in the hospital Sunday, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. The prison's medical staff administered lifesaving measures to inmate Simon Warren after he attempted suicide April 6; however, he died April 14, the statement said.


Central Florida reacts to the release of Mueller's report

ORLANDO, Fla. - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that he transmitted redacted copies of special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to Congress.


Valdosta City, Lowndes County Schools closed Friday

As communities prepare for the reported severe weather Friday, April 18, schools across South Georgia are announcing closures. Here are the current school systems that have announced there will be no school April 18:


Workout Anytime eyeing South Georgia

VALDOSTA — Atlanta-based gym, Workout Anytime, is looking to expand to South Georgia, said Randy Trotter, senior vice president of development. Workout Anytime is a “high value/low price” gym that is open 24/7, Trotter said. The company was founded in 1999 and has more than 100 locations in more tha


Congressman Scott visits Lowndes County

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - House Representative Austin Scott stopped by Lowndes County, visiting the Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center (LARC). LARC officials shared that the group wants the congressman’s support to help them continue operating.


Wild Adventures Ranked 5th Most Affordable Park

VALDOSTA, Ga. – A new comparison study conducted by online travel site HomeToGo ranks Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga. as the fifth most affordable theme park in the country.


Air ambulance firm closes Valdosta wing

VALDOSTA — An air ambulance service at Valdosta Regional Airport is ending its helicopter life-flight operations, citing reimbursement problems, according to a company statement.


St. Johns Students Take Field Trips

VALDOSTA – Students learn in a variety of ways and Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) provides opportunities to enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of classroom lessons through place—based learning. Also known as field trips, these out of classroom activities give students a h