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6 hrs ago | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

School crossing to be removed in Lakeland

Polk County, Florida -- The Cleveland Court Elementary crossing guard located at Cleveland Heights Blvd. and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland will be removed due to the inconsistent use of the crossing by elementary students.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Education Etc.

11 hrs ago | Miami New Times

Amazon Will Start Charging Florida Sales Tax on May 1

We're sure that after yesterday the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes.

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Related Topix: Florida, Florida Government, Ruskin, FL, Lakeland, FL

15 hrs ago | The Orlando Sentinel

Teacher accused of sex with student faces more charges

A Polk County teacher arrested in Lakeland on multiple charges of engaging in unlawful sexual acts with a student now faces three sex-related counts in Hillsborough County because of trysts the pair had near Plant City, authorities said Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Hillsborough County, FL, Plant City, FL

Tue Apr 15, 2014

WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Man gets life for setting wife on fire

A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Lakeland, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Cops: Teacher pregnant with student's baby has abortion

An English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy was arrested Monday after police learned she was having a sexual relationship with one of her students.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Hillsborough County, FL

Mon Apr 14, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Drag racer dies from crash-related injuries

A Tampa drag racer has died from injuries he suffered in a crash at the Lakeland Motor Speedway earlier this month.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

WDBO-AM Orlando

Sentencing scheduled for 1981 shooting rampage

A 64-year-old man is expected to learn whether he will receive life imprisonment or be sent back to Florida's death row for a 1981 shooting rampage that left three people dead, including a Polk County sheriff's deputy.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Fri Apr 11, 2014

WFLA-AM Tampa

PCSO arrests 41 in 'Operation Sticky Hands '

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said detectives arrested 37 suspects for various retail theft charges after conducting surveillance at various retail stores during "Operation Sticky Hands" on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Slate Magazine

The Sheriff Overstepped

Here's how a longtime colleague of Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla., talks about him in the local press : "I kid him: 'The most dangerous place in Polk County is to get between you and a TV camera,'" said Gary Hester, now a local police chief.

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Wed Apr 09, 2014

WFLA-AM Tampa

Polk Deputies Bust Meth Dealer

Polk County deputies have arrested a man for trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for drug trafficking and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Auburndale, FL

Tue Apr 08, 2014

ABC Action News

LPD failed to investigate missing person case

The Lakeland Police Department admits its detective should have investigated a report of a missing woman back in 2012, but the report fell through the cracks.

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WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Fort Hood shooting victim's body to return to Florida

The body of one of the three soldiers killed in the rampage at Fort Hood will be returning to the Tampa Bay area.

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Related Topix: US Military, US Army, Fort Hood, Tampa, FL, Lakeland, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Quran-burning pastor agrees to plea deal in Polk

Controversial pastor Terry Jones will not go to jail in Polk County for hauling nearly 3,000 copies of the Quran to a park in Mulberry on Sept.

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Related Topix: Mulberry, FL, Bartow, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Portrait of bullied girl emerges from case file

Investigative file of girl who authorities say committed suicide in 2013 because of bullying reveals a more complete portrait of her and her life.

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Related Topix: Suicide, Winter Haven, FL

Sunshine State News

John Lindsey Ends GOP Primary Bid Against John Wood

Over the weekend, conservative activist John Lindsey announced he was ending his Republican primary challenge to state Rep. John Wood, R-Winter Haven.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Dennis Ross, Rick Scott, US Governors

Mon Apr 07, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Investigators identify human bones found in Lakeland woods

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says DNA tests confirm the bones are that of 35-year-old Mary Elizabeth Rhodes of Lakeland.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Tue Apr 01, 2014

Hispanic Business

Fitch Rates Polk County, FL's Rev Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Stable

The bonds are being issued to refund a portion of the county's series 2005 public facilities revenue bonds.

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Business Wire

Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

Pamela H. Patsley, chairman and chief executive officer, and Alex... )--Car wash industry pioneer Leo Rousseau was inducted into the Car Wash Hall of Fame by the International Carwash AssociationA today at The Car Wash Show 2014 in Chicago.

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ABC Action News

5 things you need to know for Tuesday

Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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Related Topix: Florida, Lake Hamilton, FL, Haines City, FL, Polk City, FL, Tampa, FL

Mon Mar 31, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Peterson Road in Lakeland closed after teen hit by car

Polk County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a crash where a 17-year-old girl was hit by a car around 2 p.m. Monday at Peterson Road and Gus Stewart Road in Lakeland.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

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