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Man killed in single-car accident

OKEECHOBEE — After failing to negotiate a curve on Lofton Road on Tuesday, April 16, 55-year-old Neal Prescott’s vehicle rolled over three times before ejecting him through the driver’s side window, said County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, who was right behind Mr. Prescott and watched in horror as


'This drug house closed for business,' Okeechobee sheriff's office says after bust

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office “closed down” a drug house Tuesday morning, and marked the bust with a sign in the front yard. According to the sheriff’s office, the narcotics task force, the SRT team and agents from the FDLE and DEA served a narcotics search


Army Corps to further reduce water releases from Lake Okeechobee this weekend

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – This weekend, the water releases from Lake Okeechobee will continue to be reduced. Starting Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is going to start reducing the pulse releases of water it's releasing from the lake into the Caloosahatchee River down to an average of 800 cubic


South Florida "Cold Front" to Bring Bone-Chilling Temps in the High 70s

Elsewhere in the country, people haven't touched a bathing suit or exposed their toes to sunlight in months. But April in Florida is different. The fourth month of the year signals a few things: the official end of spring break, a mass exodus of snowbirds, and the return of the dreaded swamp ass.


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.


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


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:


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.


Naked toddler in IHOP parking lot leads to arrest of Florida couple passed out in van: cops

A couple found passed out in a van was arrested last week following the discovery of a naked toddler wandering around a Florida IHOP's parking lot, authorities said. IHOP employees arriving at the restaurant around 5:30 a.m. found the toddler and wrapped him in an apron, Panama City police said. The


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.


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


Anglers for Lake Okeechobee press to save ‘heartbeat of our towns’

Dozens of people representing Lake Okeechobee’s fishing industry came to the Capitol Wednesday, asking the House to go along with the Senate’s $50 million appropriation for the troubled lake’s Watershed Restoration project.


Okeechobee Rd. and 29 St. blocked off after man found dead in Hialeah

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are currently conducting a death investigating after a man was found dead in Hialeah. 7SkyForce HD flew over the scene, located near Okeechobee Road and 30th Street, just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday where Hialeah police could be seen blocking off traffic in the area.


T-bone wreck results in numerous injuries

LAKE PLACID — Three children and three adults were all seriously injured in an early Thursday morning crash involving three cars at the U.S. 27 and County Road 29 intersection. Multiple helicopters picked up the victims at the old Georgia Pacific plant and from AdventHealth Lake Placid campus.


Okeechobee County has only four foster homes

OKEECHOBEE — On any given day in Okeechobee County, over 130 children are in out-of-home care, and according to Tricia Curl, foster care recruitment and licensing supervisor for Camelot Community Care, Okeechobee County has only four foster homes in which to place them. These four homes have six ava


Is it you? Lottery ticket worth $6 million bought in South Florida

There have been some big lottery winners in South Florida recently, but someone who purchased a ticket here for Wednesday night’s Florida Lotto drawing hit the jackpot — literally.


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


Hepatitis A is not curable but preventable

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee has now joined the ranks along with several other Florida counties reporting cases of hepatitis A in 2019. Okeechobee has reported two cases this year. Saint Lucie also reported two. Martin has reported 16, and Palm Beach has reported six this year. A community is considered


2 teen girls planned to kidnap, kill several people, deputies say

AVON PARK, Fla. — A teacher found a list drawn up by two 14-year-old girls of several people they planned to kill, Highlands County deputies said. We are withholding the names of the girls because of their ages.


Thinking Florida Friendly on Earth Day

The goal of FFL (Florida Friendly Landscapes) is to “protect Florida’s unique natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating a wildlife habitat and preventing erosion.” This high-level goal is something to keep in mind in our own gardens and landscaping.