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Florida Man Shoved Woman Because He Wanted to Eat Egg Rolls in Her House, Claims She Slapped Him
A Florida man has been arrested and charged with battery after he allegedly pushed a woman who wouldn’t let him into her house to eat egg rolls. Police in Milton, Florida, have said in an offense report that the suspect, 44-year-old Keith Johnson, arrived at the victim’s house drunk, demanding to co
Car crashes into Taco Bell in Winter Haven
WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven Police responded March 16 to an accident at the Taco Bell located at 1799 Third St. SW. At the location, a car had driven through one of the restaurant’s walls. Luckily, there were no injuries to customers, workers or the vehicle’s occupants.
Florida Grandma Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths
A grandmother from Winter Haven, Florida, was so saddened to hear countless reports of hot car deaths, be they of children or dogs, that she set out to create a device that would prevent them. It’s called SOLO.
Undocumented immigrants could soon be able to get a Florida driver's license
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A controversial new law proposed this week in Tallahassee would expand who would be able to get a driver's license in Florida. Proposed by two Miami-area democrats, SB 1358 and HB 969 would allow all immigrants living in the state of Florida to get a driver's license, regardless
Florida teenagers arrested after breaking into car
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Four teenage boys were arrested last Saturday for breaking into a Fort Myers man's car. Around 12:55 a.m. March 16, Eric Roberts heard his car alarm going off on River Trent Drive and ran outside to see 15-year-old Ashton Zimmerman, 16-year-old Tristan Zimmerman, 18-year-old Savio
Home Remedy Winter Haven Celebrates Grand Opening
Caleb Rist, Marilyn Lacey, John Amaral, Tori Harrison and baby Caleb Jr. Home Remedy Winter Haven celebrated its grand opening earlier in March in Winter Haven. Marilyn Lacey, Owner/Educator shares what her business consists of.
Florida motorcyclist killed after popping a wheelie
A Florida motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night when he popped a wheelie on a public road and was struck by a car that apparently couldn’t see him because his headlight was pointed in the air.
Polk County Paramedic Resigns after Social Media Posts Discovered
LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Another employee of Polk County Fire Rescue has resigned after complaints about his social media posts. Monday, the county said Michael Ruby, a medic who was in a new-hire probation period, resigned after it was discovered he posted pictures having to do with his job.
Court hearing canceled for suspect in South Florida prostitution operation
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A court hearing that was scheduled Thursday morning for a woman arrested in a major human trafficking and prostitution operation across South Florida has been canceled.
North Florida Man becomes first person to purchase legal whole flower cannabis
SARASOTA (WWSB) - On Thursday, a North Florida man who has struggled with fibromyalgia for years became the state’s first patient to legally purchase whole-flower cannabis for smoking.
Reputation mismanagement: Bad news keeps happening at Polk County Fire Rescue
Looking for a quality used fire truck? Selling one? Visit our sponsor Command Fire Apparatus. The resignation yesterday (Monday) of a probationary paramedic over on-duty social media posts is the latest in a string of negative news stories to hit Florida’s Polk County Fire Rescue in a little more th
Bartow officials challenge city is Polk's crime 'hot spot'
BARTOW — City administrators and commissioners in Bartow are challenging a characterization this week that Bartow is a hot spot for criminal activity, arguing that a recent uptick in crime last year was an anomaly in an otherwise downward trend in crime.
Bartow couple fighting to restore grand, historic Wonderhouse home and open it to the public
BARTOW, Fla. — An effort to restore and open a Bartow historic home to the public is underway. The Wonderhouse is a full-time, private residence dating back to 1926 but its owners, Drew Davis and Krislin Kreis, are working to open it up for small, guided tours.
Rays sign Blake Snell to 5-year, $50 million contract
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - The Tampa Bay Rays and Blake Snell have agreed to a five-year contract that will keep the pitcher in the Tampa Bay area until 2023. The Rays announced the $50 million contract on Thursday. A spokesman says it could pay him an additional $2 million in incentives. The fiv
Deadline Near: Polk taxpayers urged to pay 2018 property taxes now
Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, advises taxpayers who have not paid their 2018 property taxes to consider mailing in their property tax payments. That's because March 31 is not only the end of the month, but it is the deadline for the timely payment of 2018 real estate and tangible per
Polk teen arrested for bringing gun to school
LAKE WALES — A 14-year-old with no prior juvenile criminal history in Polk County was arrested for bringing a gun to school at Bok Academy on Tuesday. The boy told deputies his mother allegedly asked him to "hide" the gun since she is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm.
The catch of a lifetime at Grasslands
Jake Lazenby, 15, of Lakeland caught this 10-pound, 26-inch bass as a lucky, incidental catch. Lazenby was fishing in Grasslands this week for bream and caught a bluegill on a dough ball. While reeling in the bluegill, the monster bass struck. His friend, Simon Bonini, 13, helped him bring it in. Th
14 Yr Old Charged With Bringing Pistol & Ammunition To Bok Academy
Lake Wales, Florida – A fourteen year old boy has been arrested and charged with two 3rd degree felonies for bring a pistol & ammunition to Bok Academy middle school in Lake Wales. The incident happened on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
It gets deeper for world fertilizer expert — 300 more counts of child-porn possession
A Lakeland man is back in jail on child pornography charges after posting bond on child pornography possession earlier this month. Now, world fertlizer and phosphates expert Dr. Brian Birky is facing 300 counts of child pornography possession. At $3,000 per count, his bond is $900,000, 100 times the
Workers mobilize to move Confederate monument in Lakeland
LAKELAND — The arrival of a portable lift marks the beginning of the end for the Confederate soldier keeping watch over Munn Park. The city of Lakeland has started to stage the equipment and supplies they will need to disassemble the 1910 statue Friday morning for transportation to Veterans Park. A