Suspect in 3 slayings arrested in Florida after standoff
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A suspect in three slayings in Florida and Tennessee was arrested in central Florida after a night-long standoff with SWAT team members.
City attorney arrested in undercover sex sting in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A longtime city attorney in Florida has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Tim McCausland in a hotel...
Man gets life sentence for killing father with hammer
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his father to death with a ball-peen hammer.
The Ledger reports that 27-year-old Vincent Moccia was...
Florida officer in custody battle charged with false report
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer in the middle of an ongoing child custody fight is facing a charge of making a false report to child welfare authorities.
Tow truck crashes into guardrail of Florida toll booth
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a flatbed tow truck crashed into a guardrail at a Florida toll booth.
The Ledger reports that the crash happened Wednesday morning in the SunPass lane...
Student charged, suspended following locker room attack
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida middle school student has been arrested and suspended after a video went viral of him attacking another student in a locker room.
Publix: Only officers should openly carry guns in its stores
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it.
Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry...
Florida teens taken to hospital after drinking ecstasy juice
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Four Florida teens have been taken to a hospital after authorities say they drank ecstasy juice.
Polk County sheriff's officials responded to a Lakeland high school on...
Teacher committed after describing mass shooting, bombing
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teacher was forcibly committed for a mental evaluation after he told his students how he would carry out a mass killing if he were an active...
Florida man gets 90 days in jail for fatal head-on crash
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who struck and killed a motorcyclist while trying to pass two cars on a rural road was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a year without driving.
Man gets 15 years for fatal crash with meth, pot in system
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for getting into a fatal crash with drugs in his system.
The Ledger reports that 40-year-old Oliver Simons Jr. was...
Man gets 10 years for wife’s death
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of his estranged wife.
The Ledger reports that 39-year-old Travis Stephens was sentenced Friday. He...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A state commission has ruled that a Florida university was wrong to fire union members who had complained about problems or participated in collective bargaining.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has recommended that a woman should be executed for murdering her 6-year-old daughter while imposing a life term for slaying her father.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A professional dart player from Florida is heading to the world championship in London.
Danny Baggish is fresh off his $10,000 win at the Dafabet North American...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man died after crashing his minivan into a parked Road Ranger pickup truck that had stopped to help a disabled car.
FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a man discovered floating in a Florida canal with some of his remains found inside an alligator.
Man gets 10 years for fatal beating
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating another man to death during a fight.
The Ledger reports that 26-year-old Shaquille Jadon Mothersill...
Florida woman charged after giving husband’s guns to police
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an 84-year-old Florida jail inmate who fell down a flight of stairs.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman who claimed her husband tried to run her down with a car is facing charges herself for taking guns from his apartment.
Deputy shoots woman during fight with daughter
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida deputy shot a woman who was fighting with her adult daughter.
The Ledger reports that 76-year-old Linda Wages was recovering Monday at a Polk...
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his father.
The Ledger reports that 35-year-old Ronald Rice Jr. was...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman with autism is competing for the title of Miss Florida.
WFLA reports Rachel Barcellona will be the first contestant with an autism diagnosis to compete in...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old Florida boy is dead after authorities say he walked onto a dark interstate highway and into the path of a car.
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POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man has died in a fiery crash between a street sweeper and a dump truck.
The Ledger reports that the crash happened Tuesday morning in...
Lakeland woman makes business of portraying princesses
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — LAKELAND — In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two charter buses carrying Florida children with learning disabilities crashed, sending 34 people to a hospital with minor injuries.
Yankees’ Tulowitzki plays first injury rehab game
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in his first injury rehabilitation appearance, facing the Detroit Tigers in an extended...
Small plane loses front landing gear upon arrival
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a small airplane was damaged while landing at a Florida air show.
A Lakeland police news release says the front landing gear of a twin-engine Beechcraft...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged with first-degree murder after authorities say she shot a 21-year-old in the back of the head as he drove through an orange grove
Big league teams appreciate the value of versatility
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two young sisters died when the minibike they were riding crashed into a pickup truck.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tells news outlets the truck...
Zimmermann to start opening day for Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is going to make his second consecutive opening-day start.
The Tigers announced the decision on Sunday. They begin the...
Florida city dismantles, relocates Confederate statue
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from a Florida park.
The statue had stood at the center of Lakeland's Munn Park for 109 years. City officials began...
Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery.
The Tigers said Tuesday that surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow...
Young girl killed by pickup in parking lot
AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old was struck and killed by a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Florida Walmart.
The Ledger reports that the girl was hit Friday morning...
Pearce breaks out of slump in hometown of Lakeland
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.
The Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the...
Fulmer won’t pitch in near future, to work on mechanics
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on lower-body mechanics.
Inmate gets 40 years in prison for strangling cellmate
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for strangling another inmate at a Florida county jail.
The Ledger reports that 48-year-old Javier Medina...
Man gets death penalty for fatal drug shooting
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to death for a drug-related shooting that left three people dead.
The Ledger reports that a Polk County judge sentenced 30-year-old...
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Catcher Cameron Rupp has been acquired by the Detroit Tigers from the San Francisco Giants for cash.
The 30-year-old, a veteran of five major league seasons, spent last...
Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason....
Tigers send top draft pick Mize to minor league camp
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed with Casey Mize's brief stint with the major leaguers.
"The kid was awesome. He had a ball here," Gardenhire said....
Fulmer feeling healthy, hopes to rebound from tough 2018
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — When Michael Fulmer arrived in the major leagues in 2016, his impact was impressive and immediate.
Now, the Detroit right-hander will settle for steady...
Cabrera looks healthy while hitting first homer of spring
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — This was a welcome sight for Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera, looking healthy again, hitting a towering home run.
Cabrera connected for his first homer of the spring in...