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7 children left motherless after 2 women struck, killed in Central Florida
Man in wheelchair struck, killed in Orange CountyPedestrian fatally struck by semitruck on Orange Blossom Trail, officials sayPedestrian who came 'out of nowhere' fatally struck in Daytona Beach, police say
'A tragic accident' two women hit and killed crossing street in Auburndale
AUBURNDALE, Fla, (WFLA) - - Police call it a tragic accident, and it's shaken a small Polk County community.
Winter Haven growing at “phenomenal” rate
While the City of Davenport has a higher percentage of growth last year, in terms of numerical increase Winter Haven is the fastest growing municipality in the county with a growth rate of 4.1 percent. Even if that rate slows to 3 percent, by 2030 Winter Haven will be a city of 60,000 residents. Las
Bartow Man Beaten And Shot: Convicted Felon On The Run | 970 WFLA
Police say during a birthday party an argument between 31 year old Christopher Downs and 26 year old William Cooper turned violent. According to the police report, Cooper left the party, but was confronted by Downs who fired several shots from a handgun, one round hitting Cooper in the back. Downs
Bartow police looking for gunman after fight at birthday party leads to shooting
Cooper then left the party and was approached by the same man, who police identified as Christopher Lyle Downs. Downs confronted Cooper and the men began fighting. Police say Downs pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting Cooper in the lower back.
Family of man killed by former Lakeland City Commissioner releases statement
Michael Dunn, the former Lakeland city commissioner wasindicted in the murder of Christobal Lopezafter he reportedly shot and killed Lopez at the Vets Army and Navy Surplus store for allegedly shoplifting from the store on October 3, 2018.
FBI searching for suspected Florida serial bank robber; considered armed and dangerous
Myron William Ernst is suspected of robbing banks in Florida and Alabama. The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous. Ernst is wanted for allegedly robbing the TD Bank located at 6108 US Highway 98 North, on October 12, 2018, in Lakeland, Florida.
Amanda Shires - Gram Parsons' Derry Down - Winter Haven, Florida - Soundblab - Soundblab
There are a handful of venerable listening rooms and dance halls in Texas that have been graced by the presence of undisputed songwriting legends.Places like Anderson Fair in Houston, The Cactus Cafe in Austin, and Gruene Hall in New Braunfels have had the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams
Sheriff Investigates Death Of Inmate At Polk County Jail
According to the sheriff's office, paramedics were called to the jail at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, when inmate Tyrone Shippee, 51, of Lake Afred became unresponsive.
Publix ranks second in best retail workplaces
FILE: Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)
Man dies after tire blowout on I-4 in Polk County
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a man was killed after one of his tires blew out and he ran into a light post on I-4 in Polk County Sunday.The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 31.Troopers said 47-year-old Jon MacDonough of Naples was
Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?
Fred Gmitter, a geneticist at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, right, visits a citrus grower in an orange grove affected by citrus greening disease in Fort Meade, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2018. "If we can go in and edit the gene, change the DNA sequence ever so slightly by o
Man dies in Florida crash caused by blown tire
Florida Highway Patrol says MacDonough was heading west when the tire blew, causing the RV to swerve, hit a light pole and overturn. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies investigating after woman found dead in Egypt Lake home
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Car crash on dark Auburndale road kills two pedestrians, police say
Around 8:15 p.m. Monday, Auburndale police officers responded to a report of the crash on Berkley Road near Marjorie Avenue. Officials said they found two adult women who were struck by a silver Toyota Camry, driven by a 17-year-old female driver from Winter Haven. Police said the teen driver was tr
Polk County Teacher 1st Out Lesbian Elected to School Board in Florida
POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- History was made on election night in Polk County. Sarah Fortney became the first out lesbian to win a school board race in the state of Florida, according to civil rights organization Equality Florida. Fortney, 57, a science teacher at Stambaugh Middle School in Auburndale, sai
Winter Haven woman accused of scamming people out of thousands with fake rental property ads
Nikeila Lashandra Wilson, 36, was arrested on Tuesday after police say they discovered that she took money from two unsuspecting victims who found rental homes listed on Craigslist.
Naples man dies after RV blows tire, crashes on I-4 in Polk County
The crash occurred around 4:56 p.m. near the exit of Kathleen Road, troopers said. Jon Macdonough, 47, died at the scene after the RV swerved off I-4, struck a light pole and overturned.
Community rallies around family after deliberate fire destroys home
The Williams want to re-build, but are not able to rely on insurance to help. They didn’t have any. Margaret said they tried to get it, but company after company told them the house was not in good enough shape to qualify.
Police: Bicyclist struck by car in Haines City
HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) - Haines City police say a bicyclist was hospitalized after being struck by a car on Sunday. The incident occurred in the 2000 block of E. Hinson Ave. at about 12:30 p.m. Police said a person on a bicycle pulled out in front of the car, which stopped. The bicyclist suffered