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Officers lasso 5-foot gator in Winter Haven neighborhood

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.-A 5-foot alligator was spotted in a Winter Haven neighborhood Sunday, police said.

WFTV - 2018-05-21 12:12:24

Florida Man Believed Dead Must Pay $2 Million In Child Support

In a bizarre case that was featured on ABC's "20/20," Richard J. Hoagland abandoned his wife and two children, and moved to Zephyrhills where he lived under the name Terry Symansky for more than two decades.

PATCH - 2018-05-21 14:57:44

2 local stores among next round of Sears, Kmart closures

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) - Stores in Clearwater and Brandon are among the next round of Sears and Kmart locations closing this year, a new report says.

WFLA.COM - 2018-05-20 16:29:07

Video captures large rats scaling wall of Manny's Original Chophouse in Lake Wales

In the video you can see a large rat scaling the side of a wall, in the dining area of Manny’s Original Chophouse. It then crawls across a license plate that is hanging on the wall, as people screamed in the background.

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-05-21 20:26:10

Help wanted sign outside a shitty ice cream stand in Kissimmee, FL. Surely if he could pay them less than minimum wage he would.

Help wanted sign outside a shitty ice cream stand in Kissimmee, FL. Surely if he could pay them less than minimum wage he would.

IMGUR - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

Haines City Police Trying To Identify Fraud Suspects

On 05/19/2018, the Haines City Police Department was notified of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the parking lot of the aquatic center at Lake Eva Park. The victim locked her vehicle at approximately 9:30am and entered the facility. The victim’s vehicle was entered by breaking out a window and

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

North Shore to host Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive from June 1-8

North Shore Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, benefitting Feeding South Florida.The drive kicks off Friday, June 1 and runs through Friday, J

MIAMITIMESONLINE.COM - 2018-05-21 13:45:00

More Sears stores are closing in Florida

Attention, Sears shoppers: More stores are going dark, so you may want to use up those gift cards.According to a newBusiness Insiderreport, five Florida locations will be shut down. One is in South Florida, the store at Broward Mall in Plantation.The four others are throughout the state: at Universi

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-05-21 12:46:00

Neighbors, park rangers prepare for potential Alafia river flooding

"You know when you buy that property that it could be an issue," said Paul Miller, a Lithia Springs Park Ranger, about houses near the river.

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-05-20 23:52:52

Plant City Family YMCA hosts luau | Plant City Observer | Plant City Observer

The Y brought back its luau that evening and, though rain forced the party to move indoors from the pool deck to the basketball court, guests got to eat, drink and bid on dozens of items in the silent and live auctions.

PLANTCITYOBSERVER.COM - 2018-05-20 22:05:53

Is it you? South Florida lottery ticket worth nearly $230,000

The only ticket to match all five numbers in Saturday night’sFantasy 5drawing was purchased in South Florida and is worth nearly $230,000.According to the Florida Lottery, the jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at the gas station and convenience store located at 901 N. University Drive inPembroke


Was top official for Florida prosecutor driving like a cop?

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man working for a state prosecutor abruptly resigned amid questions about whether he was flashing his lights and driving his car as if he were a police officer.The Ledger of Lakeland reported Sunday that Sam Cardinale resigned from his job as executive director for of

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

Following Texas HS shooting, Polk Co. to have armed officer at each school

LAKELAND, Fla. - At least one armed law enforcement officer will be stationed at each Polk County school for the remaining three and a half days of the school year, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.The move comes "out of an abundance of caution" following a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe,


Winter Haven Man Faces 2 Counts of Attempted Degree Murder Charge After Allegedly Stabbing Two People

Winter Haven, Florida – According to the PCSO a Winter Haven man faces 2 counts of Attempted Murder In The 2nd Degree after allegedly stabbing two people where he once lived. According to published reports Justin Clark Handshoe, 8/16/1985, allegedly took an orange box cutter to attack a couple at a


Plant City Police Identify Man Killed In Wrong-Way Crash

Police say Gerald Edouard, 21, of Winter Haven, died when he hit a tractor-trailer truck head on while driving his 2002 Volkswagen Passat the wrong way on North Alexander Street.


Look: Tigers Triple-A team to honor former great Jim Leyland with bobblehead

Mar 20, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers former manager Jim Leyland walks to his seat during the game of the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

YARDBARKER - 2018-05-19 22:30:30

Alafia River expected to rise above 13 feet, prompting flood warning

More rain -- some heavy at times -- is expected Sunday, witheven more showers and storm chances every daythis upcoming week, according to 10Weather's meteorologists.

10NEWS - 2018-05-20 14:21:22

Flood watch extended for Broward as rain refuses to let up in South Florida

"I know everyone is tired of dealing with the rain, but its going to stick around a little longer," said Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

MIAMI HERALD - 2018-05-20 08:19:00

Lakeland Housing Authority says senior residents are to blame for recurring bed bug infestation

The Housing Authority of Lakeland says it has cleaned, sprayed, and even used a bug-sniffing dog to locate the pests to take care of the problem.


1 dead after semi-truck slams into vehicle at intersection in Lakeland

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