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***MISSING*** Winter Haven Women Missing Since March 15

WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police need help in locating a missing 40 year-old Winter Haven woman who hasn't been seen by friends or family since March 15. On March 19, 2018, Winter Haven Police were alerted to a missing woman who was last seen in the early morning hours of March 15. Amy Millen was

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

PCSO: Lakeland man tries to steal from same Publix twice

LAKELAND - A 45-year-old Lakeland man has been arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on charges of grand theft and petty theft. According to Sheriff's Office reports, Juan Varela-Roman Sr. has tried twice to steal merchandise from the Publix supermarket at 6767 U.S. 98 N., Lakeland. According

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-20 23:08:11

6-foot gator hangs out in middle of Lakeland road

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - A six-foot alligator started his Tuesday morning hanging out in the middle of a Lakeland road. Jeff Spears said he was on his way to work at 4:45 a.m. on Carter Road when he came across the gator in front of the Eaglebrooke subdivision. Spears called 911 and Polk sheriff's de

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-21 01:39:15

16 Year Old Polk Co. Boy Charged in Beating Death

Lake Wales, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The boy thought he was going to play the woods, but Polk County detectives say that Giovanni Diaz was lured to his death in a brutal beating Monday afternoon. Diaz, 15, had gone into the wooded area off Caloosa Boulevard with Dillen Murray, 16. Once there, Murray beat D


Sheriff: Teen who beat boy with baseball bat wondered 'what it feels like to kill somebody'

Deputies said they were called at about 2:45 p.m. Monday to a wooded area along Caloosa Boulevard near U.S. 27 and First Avenue North, where Giovanni Diaz was found dead. During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Dillen Murray, 16, was angry and jealous that Diaz had a relations

WFTV - 2018-03-21 16:44:54

Fast-casual Sergio's restaurant is opening with free Cuban food and cafecito

With eight locations, countless croquetas and shots of Cuban coffee and more than 43 years of history in South Florida, Sergio's is expanding. And that means you get free food and cafecito. Sergio's Family Restaurants recently struck a deal to develop 25 new fast-casual restaurants called Sergio's C

MIAMI.COM - 2018-03-21 19:06:51

Another driver found passed out in drive-thur at McDonalds in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE - A West Palm Beach man who passed out in his vehicle while in the drive-thru line at the McDonald's restaurant on Northeast Park Street (State Road 70) was charged with felony driving while license suspended (DWLS). Okeechobee Police Officer Brandon Griesmer was dispatched to the restaur

OKEECHOBEENEWS.NET - 2018-03-21 14:05:37

Sergio's Cuban Cafe & Grill to Expand Throughout South Florida

Whether it be sharing a trio of jamon croquetas and cafecito window-side, or cutting into crispy bistec empanizado after a long night out; Sergio's is a Miami tradition. Now, Sergio's CEO Carlos Gazitua is expanding its fast-casual concept, Sergio's Cuban Cafe & Grill, beyond the counter locations

MIAMI NEW TIMES - 2018-03-22 12:31:00

4 South Florida restaurants shut down due to rodent issues

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - State records show rodent droppings were found in baking soda at Honk Kong House in North Miami last week. A "stop sale" was issued on cases of water at Downtown Pizza on Cypress Creek Road due to possible contamination due to rodent droppings. Rodent issues were also found at


Former FSU lawyer convicted in child sex sting

A former deputy general counsel for Florida State University who was arrested last year in child sex sting was convicted Wednesday in federal court of attempted enticement of a minor. After deliberating about an hour, jurors returned a guilty verdict for Dayton Michael Cramer. Sentencing is set for

TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT - 2018-03-21 20:24:01

Sheriff's Office: Polk teacher left 4-year-old boy at home alone

WINTER HAVEN - A fourth-grade teacher has been arrested on charges of child neglect after a young boy in her custody was found wandering outside her home in Davenport, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reported. Marsha Dolce, 26, is a teacher at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana, the PCSO said in a news


Lake Wales man wins $1 million with scratch-off-ticket

LAKE WALES - Dale Steenberg, 64, of Lake Wales, claimed a $1 million prize in the new Florida 100X The Cash scratch-off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $770,000. Steenberg bought his winning ticket while shoppi


13-year-old arrested after threatening to 'shoot up' school, deputies say

PAHOKEE, Fla. - Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies arrested a 13-year-old boy Monday accused of threatening to "shoot up" a Pakohee school on Snapchat. The boy, who was not identified, told deputies that the threat against Glades Academy School was a joke and deputies found no weapons in his poss


Sheriff: Lake Wales teen beats friend to death with a baseball bat

LAKE WALES, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in Lake Wales after he reportedly beat his best friend to death with a baseball bat, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. During a press conference Monday evening, Sheriff Judd said that the boy was able to convince his friend, 15-year-o


Murder rattles a fading South Florida neighborhood

"The Other Side of Everything" by Lauren Doyle Owens; Touchstone (272 pages, $25) A South Florida neighborhood - and three seemingly unconnected residents - reel from the murder of an elderly woman in Fort Lauderdale author Lauren Doyle Owens's engrossing debut. "The Other Side of Everything" works

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-03-21 08:00:00

Sheriff: Polk teen's brutal murder motivated by jealousy

LAKE WALES, Fla. (WFLA) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the brutal murder of a teenage boy was premeditated and motivated by jealousy. Deputies say 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz was beaten to death with a baseball bat on Monday afternoon. One of Diaz's friends, 16-year-old Dillen Murray, has been

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-20 21:56:01

Driver arrested after deadly crash in Lake Wales

LAKE WALES, Fla. -- One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Lake Wales. The accident occurred just before 1:00 p.m. in the 2100 block of State Road 60 East. According to the Lake Wales Police Department, 51-year-old Donis Enrique Perez Villacinda wa


Florida teacher leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana, police say

Teacher Marsha Dolce, 26, was arrested after leaving a 4-year-old child alone to buy marijuana. (Fox 35 Orlando) A fourth grade teacher was not in class at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana on Monday, because she had been jailed on accusations of child neglect and marijuana possession, authorities sa


Single-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

Authorities said it appears the driver lost control as he traveled West on State Road 60. The vehicle appeared to have rolled at least once before coming to rest upside down. Ledger staff LAKE WALES - Lake Wales Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on State Road 60 on Sunday at about


Man accused of killing mother of 3 in Haines City arrested in Texas

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) - A man accused of killing the mother of his children in Haines City has been arrested in Texas. Police say 38-year-old Maclovio Salas committed the homicide early Saturday morning. He was taken into custody early Monday morning by McLennan County deputies in Texas. They say