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Winter Haven police search for 2 childcare workers caught berating boy with autism

(Henderson, left, and Smith, right) WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) - Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two childcare workers accused of berating, taunting and throwing a backpack at an eight-year-old child with autism. On September 1, Winter Haven police were alerted to a Snapchat video poste

WFLA.COM - 2017-09-21 20:30:59

Women wanted for taunting child with autism on video at Winter Haven school

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Police in Winter Haven are looking for two childcare workers accused of berating, taunting, and throwing a backpack at an eight-year-old child with autism. Police say they were called after a Snapchat video surfaced showing the women, identified as 26-year-old Kaderrica Smith of

FOX13NEWS.COM - 2017-09-21 22:29:00

Winter Haven uses workshop to talk Irma aftermath

WINTER HAVEN - The City Commission met for Wednesday night's workshop to discuss Monday's agenda, but Hurricane Irma was still the main focus of the conversation. "All of our debris for the most part is off the roadway," said Troy Tinch, public works director. "It's ready to be picked up. We've been

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 03:37:34

Audi Lakeland to have grand opening

Audi Lakeland will hold a grand-opening event Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the dealership on 1215 Griffin Road in Lakeland. Polk County's first Audi dealership has been operating since a soft opening in July. The special event next week will include drings, hors d'oevres and an art showcase. Lake

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 18:05:38

Power restored? It's all in the definition

LAKELAND - Electric utilities say they have fully restored power after Hurricane Irma. Try telling that to Ed Rezek, a resident of the Grenelefe community in Haines City who was still without power Wednesday. "It's getting downright frustrating," Rezek said. "We called the Duke Energy line and we we

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:18:41

Picking up debris no small task

LAKELAND - Here are a couple of certainties about Hurricane Irma debris cleanup: It's going to be really expensive, and it will take at least a month to pick up all the limbs and fallen trees on the side of the road. As a debris hauler hired by Polk County made its way into Bartow on Wednesday, Ana

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:14:46

Polk School District cancels early release days to make up days missed due to Irma

BARTOW - The Polk County School District has a plan to make up school days lost to Hurricane Irma without impacting holidays. Polk students returned to class Tuesday after missing seven days overall. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Monday that the state is waiving two days from

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:17:31

Lakeland Commission to vote on 2017-18 budget

LAKELAND - Tonight, Lakeland commissioners will vet the city's proposed 2017-18 budget, tax rate, commission compensation and executive compensation, concluding what has been a tame season of annual planning. Debate on the commission up to this point indicates they will retain the current property-t

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:01:54

Lake Wales SunTrust closed for repairs until next week

LAKE WALES - The Lake Wales branch of SunTrust Banks Inc., its only Polk location to remain closed since Hurricane Irma, will reopen by next week. Power was restored to the branch office at 102 E. Central Ave. on Monday, but when workers arrived they found some damaged equipment that needed to be re

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:35:33

Posto 9 seeks bankruptcy protection

TAMPA - Less than a year after opening their restaurant in downtown Lakeland, the owners of Posto 9 have filed for bankruptcy. The filing affords Posto 9 Lakeland LLC and Posto 9 Properties LLC protection from creditors while the owners reorganize their business affairs. Marco Franca, an owner in th

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:10:44

Buchanan: Who truly imperils our free society?

"The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true." Hilaire Belloc's depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 05:01:00

Ledger event honors winners of reader voting contest

LAKELAND - You've heard of the Oscars, the Grammys and the Emmys. The awards doled out Thursday night could be called the Besties. In the second installment of an annual event, The Ledger revealed the winners in a reader contest to name the best local businesses in a variety of categories during a c

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 03:34:58

County manager takes questions about Hurricane Irma

BARTOW - County Manager Jim Freeman was in a bind the day before Hurricane Irma was expected to hit Polk County. At the last minute, 300 special-needs patients were coming to the shelter at Ridge Community High School in Davenport. There weren't enough cots for the last-minute surge of people, Freem

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 03:34:03

Local Puerto Ricans seek news on relatives

LAKELAND - Frances Garcia left Puerto Rico for Florida in the 1990s, but she says her heart remains linked to her native land. Garcia, a Lakeland resident, sobbed Thursday as she discussed the plight of those still living in Puerto Rico after the island took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. She de

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 03:26:06

Post-Irma sewer issues plague Polk

When Hurricane Irma knocked out the power to air-conditioners and lights, it also knocked out power to critical wastewater treatment facilities. Backup generators kicked in at treatment facilities, preventing problems at the plants. Still within the massive wastewater treatment system of mains, lift

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-22 03:25:10

Saltwater fishing: Snook are biting despite heavy runoff from Irma

1. At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, the water temp is 88 degrees and there's been a good redfish, black drum and trout bite since the pier reopened Monday. The redfish and black drum are hitting during the day on cut shrimp, and the trout are biting mostly at night. Also a few snook caught late each ni

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 22:52:18

Aaron Hernandez lawyer: Brain showed 'severe' case of CTE

BOSTON - Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In a news conference at his offices, attorney Jose Baez says testing showed that Hernandez had a severe case of the diseas

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 21:14:35

On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her personal plane at her own expense when she visits schools around the country, according to her office, as other Cabinet secretaries' flying habits at taxpayers' cost have drawn scrutiny. WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her personal p

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 19:19:07

Bozell & Graham: Here comes a Chappaquiddick movie

Consider it a minor miracle. Some brave souls in Hollywood have made a movie about then-Sen. Ted Kennedy's actions in the car accident that left Mary Jo Kopechne dead and abandoned on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island in the summer of 1969. It even stars well-known actors like Bruce Dern, Ed Hel

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:47:39

Girl, 4, shoots herself while reaching for candy

TAMPA - One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says. Instead, she found a gun. She accidently pulled the trigger and was shot in the chest. Shane Zoller, 22, is the father of three children: one living, another on the way and

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:45:09