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Man Lying in Road Struck and Killed

New Port Richey, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A man lying in a roadway died after a minivan struck and killed him Friday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers had not identified the 29-year-old man killed on Bougenville Ave. near Raffia Dr., nor did they know why he lay in the roadway when the 2003

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-17 12:09:41

Lakeland woman charged in fatal hit-and-run

A Lakeland woman has been arrested for a fatal hit and run that happened Friday evening. 36-year-old Christina Westdrop was driving north on US Highway 98 when her Mitsubishi Galant collided with a Toyota Camry. The Camry, that was stopped at West Socrum Loop Road, made a left turn in front of Wes

WESH - 2018-03-17 17:04:00

LPD clerk, husband arrested for marijuana possession

LAKELAND - A Lakeland Police Department records clerk was arrested along with her newlywed husband Friday afternoon for marijuana possession. Alysen Johnson, 28, is on paid administrative leave from her job while an investigation continues, said LPD spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross. She is paid a yearly s

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-18 00:49:00

Pasco Sheriff Investigating Own Office After 2nd Arrest Of Deputy

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL - A former Pasco County Sheriff's deputy who was fired in February for inappropriate sexual conduct is now facing charges of tampering with evidence. During a press conference Friday, March 16, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the latest arrest of Joseph Mercado, 25, points

PATCH - 2018-03-16 15:32:18

Early morning crash kills Lakeland truck driver

ALTURAS - A Lakeland man was killed early Friday morning when his Kenworth box truck rear-ended a Freightliner tractor-trailer on State Road 60 just north of Alturas. Xavier Pikerie, 32, died at the scene, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman. He was wearing a seat belt, but his ve

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-16 17:21:20

10 Winn-Dixie Stores To Close in Tampa Bay Area

Southeastern Grocers Southeastern Grocers announced plans to close 94 stores, including 10 Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa Bay area. The Jacksonville-based company plans to file bankruptcy, which will allow it to continue operating 582 stores while it restructures its debt. "The agreement we announc

USF.EDU - 2018-03-16 15:30:46

Officials Say Fire Drill During Shooting Walkout Was Mistake

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Officials at a Florida charter school have acknowledged that it was a mistake to hold a fire drill during a nationwide walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. Alan Black, director of schools for the Lakeland charter network, said in an email to the

NEWSTALKFLORIDA.COM - 2018-03-18 08:15:30

Suspect Flees Fatality Crash In Lakeland Friday Night

Lakeland, Florida- The Polk County Sheriffs Office has confirm a person was killed in hit & run last night in Lakeland. According to reader reports 98 N. near Wilder Rd. became blocked off around 9pm. Emergency crews along with a very heavy police presence was on seen. The roadway was blocked off fo

DAILYRIDGE.COM - 2018-03-17 07:00:00

Winn-Dixie parent files for chapter 11, to close 94 stores

The parent company of Winn-Dixie has filed for bankruptcy protection as it implements a restructuring plan and is closing 94 stores, it said Thursday.Southeastern Grocers files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionIt plans to close 94 stores amid company restructuringMany Orlando-, Tampa-area stores


Gov. Scott signs budget; critics say it hurts schools

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into a law a new state budget despite criticism that it shortchanges the state's public schools. The nearly $89 billion budget was sent by state legislators to Scott earlier this week. Before he signed the bill, Scott vetoed $64 million that he said included projects t

BAY NEWS 9 - 2018-03-16 23:07:00

Lakeland High Student Arrested For Threatening To Kill Classmates

LAKELAND, FL - An 18-year-old Lakeland High School student has been arrested for threatening to kill several students after they bullied him. Lakeland Police have charged Jared Timothy Gleydura with a second-degree felony for recording a threat on a cell phone video and posting it on the social medi


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Lakeland Police searching for two men in armed robbery of Advance America store

Lakeland Police are searching for the suspect and a person of interest in the armed robbery of an Advance America store. Lakeland Police Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detectives ar


McKeel leader admits to mistake when school held fire drill at time of national walkout

LAKELAND - Leaders of McKeel Academy of Technology acknowledge they made mistakes in handling students' plans to take part in Wednesday's nationwide walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. Alan Black, director of schools for the Lakeland charter network, emailed The Led


Publix, Walmart seen gaining from Southeastern bankruptcy

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Supermarkets is likely to get a boost in traffic from the store closures announced as part of Southeastern Grocers' prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, observers said. "The tonnage has to go somewhere," said Antony Karabus, CEO at HRC Retail Advisory, Northbrook, Il

SUPERMARKET NEWS - 2018-03-16 21:54:03

One dead in Wimauma brush fire

WIMAUMA, Fla. - Hillsborough County Fire Marshal has confirmed one person has died in a brush fire Thursday night in Wimauma. Officials said that the fire threatened three homes in the area of U.S. 301 and Bonita Drive in Wimauma. Officials say that the fire is now under control. No additional infor


Former Polk County Deputy Sheriff arrested for aggravated stalking of ex-boyfriend

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) - A former Polk County Deputy Sheriff was arrested on Wednesday for multiple charges after showing up to her ex-boyfriend's home and threatening to arrest his girlfriend back in December. According to the sheriff's office, Silvia Lara, 26, was hired a Deputy Sheriff in Nov.


Lakeland school threatens students with detention for participating in National Walkout

While students across the nation walked out in honor of the victims killed at Stoneman Douglas High, hundreds of Polk County students were threatened with detention if they joined the movement. Students, teachers and others at Franklin High School in the Baltimore, Maryland area participated in the