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VIDEO ' Store owner shoots man who's stealing beer in Lakeland, Fla.

The owner of a Lakeland, Fla. convenience store is charged with attempted murder after shooting a man who attempted to steal three 18-packs of Natural Ice Beer. (Video courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office.)

FIRST COAST NEWS - 2018-07-18 17:15:28

Police shoot man who pointed gun at them at hotel in Winter Haven, officers say

When police arrived and approached him, they say he reached into his pocket, grabbed the gun and pointed it at the five officers, who then fired at him.

10NEWS - 2018-07-18 12:33:33

Lakeland Man Dies In Single-Car Accident On Old Hopewell Road

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 0:50 p.m., Gabriel Wyatt, 21, of Lakeland was driving his 2007 Audi north on Old Hopewell Road approaching S.R. 60.

PATCH - 2018-07-19 13:40:49

Clerk arrested for shooting man who stole beer

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Rennie Defoe, Jr. of Plant City, entered the Shell gas station in Lakeland at approximately 11:40 Tuesday night, July 17.

WFLX.COM - 2018-07-18 18:12:09

Man dead, woman hurt after Osceola house fire

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.- A house fire in Osceola County Thursday morning left one man dead and his wife injured, according to fire rescue officials.

CLICK ORLANDO - 2018-07-19 12:08:19

Florida store owner accused of shooting Natural Ice thief, charged with attempted murder

Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, 43-year-old Rennie Defoe Jr. walked into the Shell gas station store at 125 Combee Road North in Lakeland, picked up three 18-packs of Nature Ice beer and walked out of the store without paying.

CLICK ORLANDO - 2018-07-18 18:25:20

Your Town 7.19.18 | Plant City Observer | Plant City Observer

Berry-rific donationThe Florida Strawberry Festival donated the proceeds from the 2018 Strawberry Ball to the United Food Bank of Plant City. The festival is a longtime supporter of the food bank, which provides assistance to the community in the form of food services and a variety of programs.The c

PLANTCITYOBSERVER.COM - 2018-07-19 11:00:00

Sex offender arrested for masturbating near children at Lakeland park

While the responding officer searched for the suspect, another officer checked a silver SUV in the parking lot. The officer found out it was registered to 59-year-old Danny Torres Valentin, who matched the description of the suspect.


Winter Haven Custom Victorian Sits On Lake Hartridge

WINTER HAVEN, FL -- This stunning four-bedroom, four-bath custom-built Victorian sits on Lake Hartridge.


Lakeland sexual predator arrested, accused of 'lurking in the shadows watching the children'

Police found a vehicle close by with a license plate registered to sexual predator Danny Frank Torres Valentin, who was already on probation for lewd and lascivious exhibition of a victim under 16 years old. His probation officer was contacted. And, the probation officer confirmed it was him -- base


Polk Sheriff Seeks Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Bicyclist

Barry Berland of Boca Raton was riding his recumbent bike in the bike lane on Ernie Caldwell Parkway near U.S. 17 at about 7:15 a.m. Friday, July 13, when he was struck from behind.


Winter Haven Carjacking Lands Man Back in Jail | 970 WFLA

Winter Haven, Fla.(970 WFLA) - Police say a man just out of jail on cocaine charges landed back behind bars just two days later, accused now of carjacking a former co-worker at knife point Thursday.


Florida Man, Suspect In 1984 NH Cold Case Arrested

WINDHAM, NH — A suspect in a 1984 New Hampshire cold case was recently arrested in Florida, according to New Hampshire State Police. Richard Brunt (pictured), 74, was arrested in Lakeland June 28. He was charged raping a man on multiple occasions in New Hampshire in 1999 and 2000. Brunt is a former


Turnbull and Hill shut out GCL Pirates, GCL Tigers West wins 4-0

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Spencer Turnbull and Andres Arrieta combined for a shutout as the GCL Tigers West beat the GCL Pirates 4-0 on Monday.Garrett Hill (2-2) went 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out six and walking two to pick up the win. Santiago Florez (2-2) went three in


Florida man's license suspended for crime he did not commit

“It is hard on you, I mean, when you discover all of the sudden you are a felon and you have never done anything wrong that is hard to swallow,” Neely tells us, “and it is just hard to deal with, it really is.”


Neighbors concerned after couple found dead in Kissimmee home

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Two people were found dead in a home just south of Kissimmee Saturday night, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.


Lakeland Shooting Leaves Man With Wounded Legs | 970 WFLA

Lakeland Police Officers responded to a call about a shooting at 2546 Chestnut Woods Drive at about 1:30 p.m. and found Rodrickles Boggan, 36, lying on the ground injured with two gunshot wounds to his legs, according to a news release from Lakeland Police.


Lakeland: Here's Your Primer On Amazon Prime Day

Starting at 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, and running for 36 hours, you can get a five-month jump on holiday shopping during Amazon Prime Day.


Stories from the Polk Co. Sheriff's Office: How a spider in the car ties into stealing fishing poles

Okay, that’s not really how it happened, but the Polk County Sheriff’s Office does have a great story posted to its Facebook page about how a spider in the car ties in with a suspect stealing fishing poles.


Winter Haven man wanted for stealing former coworker's car

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- After asking his former coworker for a jump, police say Tommy Harwell put a knife on her throat before driving off with her car.