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  • Lakeland officer fired over sex scandal gets job back

    Lakeland officer fired over sex scandal gets job back

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:49:18 GMT
    David Woolverton, a sergeant caught in a sex scandal and fired from the Lakeland Police Department last year, is getting his job back.
    David Woolverton, a sergeant caught in a sex scandal and fired from the Lakeland Police Department last year, is getting his job back.
  • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:57:43 GMT
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    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
  • AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:45:52 GMT
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
  • ATVs, trailer missing from Winter Haven home

    ATVs, trailer missing from Winter Haven home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:13:05 GMT
    An ATV missing from a Winter Haven home.An ATV missing from a Winter Haven home.
    About 9 a.m. Sunday, a Winter Haven man discovered his 2006 12-foot black "Emerson" style trailer missing his yard on Roselawn St. SW. The trailer, decked out with 5 1/4 inch floor boards, had been taken overnight, the Winter Haven Police Department said. Two ATVs were on the trailer, the police department report said. One of the he ATVs was described as green/black 2005 Polaris MV7 with custom tracks in place of the tires. The second one is a tan/black 2002 Honda TRX250 2X4 with 25 inch...
    About 9 a.m. Sunday, a Winter Haven man discovered his 2006 12-foot black "Emerson" style trailer missing his yard on Roselawn St. SW. The trailer, decked out with 5 1/4 inch floor boards, had been taken overnight, the Winter Haven Police Department said. Two ATVs were on the trailer, the police department report said. One of the he ATVs was described as green/black 2005 Polaris MV7 with custom tracks in place of the tires. The second one is a tan/black 2002 Honda TRX250 2X4 with 25 inch...
  • Lakeland PD detective arrested on DUI charge

    Lakeland PD detective arrested on DUI charge

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:52:02 GMT
    Lane, 41, was hired by the Lakeland Police Dept. in October 1996. Lane, 41, was hired by the Lakeland Police Dept. in October 1996.
    A detective with the Lakeland Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest Friday night on a driving under the influence charge.Billy Lane, 41, was hired by LPD in October 1996.
    A detective with the Lakeland Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest Friday night on a driving under the influence charge.Billy Lane, 41, was hired by LPD in October 1996.
  • Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:53:51 GMT
    Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
  • Selfie cell phone thief arrested in Lakeland

    Selfie cell phone thief arrested in Lakeland

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:34:21 GMT
    Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.
    A Lakeland woman is trying to find her stolen phone and has a very strong lead, thanks to an app a friend recently downloaded for her.Cathy Carter was in the doctor's office July 17th and went back to her car to find her phone, a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, missing.
    A Lakeland woman is trying to find her stolen phone and has a very strong lead, thanks to an app a friend recently downloaded for her.Cathy Carter was in the doctor's office July 17th and went back to her car to find her phone, a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, missing.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:38:43 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
  • Despite selfie, alleged Lakeland phone thief still not found

    Despite selfie, alleged Lakeland phone thief still not found

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:19:03 GMT
    Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.Cell phone app takes selfie of woman who allegedly stole phone.
    Despite numerous leads, alleged sightings and the help of a stolen phone tracking app, Lakeland Police have not found the woman whose photo was taken as she held a stolen phone.
    Despite numerous leads, alleged sightings and the help of a stolen phone tracking app, Lakeland Police have not found the woman whose photo was taken as she held a stolen phone.
  • Lakeland residents not happy with answers about coyotes

    Lakeland residents not happy with answers about coyotes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:00:36 GMT
    About 75 people gathered at Lakeland City Hall Wednesday night and many of them weren’t happy with what they heard about coyotes that have been mutilating and killing cats in Lakeland’s Lake Hollingsworth neighborhood.
    About 75 people gathered at Lakeland City Hall Wednesday night and many of them weren’t happy with what they heard about coyotes that have been mutilating and killing cats in Lakeland’s Lake Hollingsworth neighborhood.
  • Coyote responsible for Lakeland cat deaths

    Coyote responsible for Lakeland cat deaths

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:16:30 GMT
    A researcher with the University of Florida says a coyote killed the cats. A researcher with the University of Florida says a coyote killed the cats.
    Two cats recently found dead in central Florida appear to have been killed by a coyote.A geneticist with the University of Florida says DNA testing was specific for canids, a family of carnivores including dogs, foxes and other species.
    Two cats recently found dead in central Florida appear to have been killed by a coyote.A geneticist with the University of Florida says DNA testing was specific for canids, a family of carnivores including dogs, foxes and other species.
  • FWC hosts coyote class after Lakeland cat killings

    FWC hosts coyote class after Lakeland cat killings

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:43:10 GMT
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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a community forum on coyotes Wednesday in response to the recent mutilations of several pet cats in Lakeland.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a community forum on coyotes Wednesday in response to the recent mutilations of several pet cats in Lakeland.
  • Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water

    Polk residents told to stop cutting their grass near the water

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:31:14 GMT
    Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.Mark Vandertie wants a safer path for his grandchildren to walk to the water at his new Island Lakes home in Winter Haven but the builder told him not to cut anymore because it's a wetlands violation.
    Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water.
    Some Winter Haven homeowners are waist high in weeds as they wait for answers on whether they can cut their backyards.About a month ago, the Island Lakes Homeowners Association and Southwest Florida Water Management District told some 40 homeowners to stop cutting the grass near the water.
  • Davenport native producing Hollywood web series in Polk County

    Davenport native producing Hollywood web series in Polk County

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:06:57 GMT
    Mark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producerMark E. Stephens is Welcome to our Mansion producer
    A Davenport native who's now living the Hollywood life is coming back home to turn the cameras on Polk County.They say home is where the heart is, so it's no surprise when producer Mark Stephens set off for his dream TV-series project, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Polk County
    A Davenport native who's now living the Hollywood life is coming back home to turn the cameras on Polk County.They say home is where the heart is, so it's no surprise when producer Mark Stephens set off for his dream TV-series project, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Polk County
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Lakeland Police seek help finding missing, endangered man

    Lakeland Police seek help finding missing, endangered man

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:20 GMT
    Kenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photoKenneth Taylor, 44, is considered missing & endangered. Lakeland PD photo
    The Lakeland Police Department is asking for help finding a man who is considered missing and endangered. Kenneth Taylor, 44, was last seen at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at Munn Park which is located at 201 E Main St.
    The Lakeland Police Department is asking for help finding a man who is considered missing and endangered. Kenneth Taylor, 44, was last seen at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at Munn Park which is located at 201 E Main St.
  • Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:41:56 GMT
    Carvel Facebook photoCarvel Facebook photo
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
  • Two Lakeland men arrested for shooting into occupied house

    Two Lakeland men arrested for shooting into occupied house

    Sunday, July 20 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-07-20 08:07:42 GMT
    Two Lakeland men were charged with shooting into a house, hitting a man in the feet, Lakeland police said. Mario Fernando Garrett Jr. 18, of 510 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation.Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21, of 1350 Lake Bonny Drive W., No. 24, Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Lakeland police said the two men asked...
    Two Lakeland men were charged with shooting into a house, hitting a man in the feet, Lakeland police said. Mario Fernando Garrett Jr. 18, of 510 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation.Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21, of 1350 Lake Bonny Drive W., No. 24, Lakeland, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Lakeland police said the two men asked...
  • Lakeland's Warrior Walk honors fallen members of the military

    Lakeland's Warrior Walk honors fallen members of the military

    Saturday, July 19 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-19 17:26:13 GMT
    Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning.Crosses lined the grounds of Lakeland's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning.
    Saturday morning’s 5th annual Warrior Walk drew over 1,000 Bay area residents to Lake Hollingsworth Park in Lakeland.The event was held to honor service men and women who lost their lives during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
    Saturday morning’s 5th annual Warrior Walk drew over 1,000 Bay area residents to Lake Hollingsworth Park in Lakeland.The event was held to honor service men and women who lost their lives during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Restaurant Buzz: Cigar City brews served at sea, BBQ team on TV, Shephard's expands

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:38:59 GMT
    Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photoCigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Ale and Invasion Pale Ale are being served on the Carnival ship from five Florida ports. Carnival Cruise Line photo
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
    Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants. Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach has just completed an 18-month-long expansion.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
  • Polygraph screening proposed for businesses that deal with kids

    Polygraph screening proposed for businesses that deal with kids

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-18 17:46:53 GMT
    Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers.Chanel Bellotto, owner of SkateWorld in Lakeland, said if the legislation passes, she would include the polygraph testing when hiring potential workers.
    Recently introduced legislation could provide another barrier for child predators getting jobs at places that deal with kids.
    Recently introduced legislation could provide another barrier for child predators getting jobs at places that deal with kids.
  • Endangered Lakeland woman and 2 kids found

    Endangered Lakeland woman and 2 kids found

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:13:29 GMT
    Lakeland police are looking for a woman who is reportedly missing and endangered, and traveling with her two children.
    Lakeland police are looking for a woman who is reportedly missing and endangered, and traveling with her two children.
  • Lakeland pays $25,000 for bra shaking search

    Lakeland pays $25,000 for bra shaking search

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:01:32 GMT
    The image from the dash cam video footage of the incident in Lakeland in 2013 The image from the dash cam video footage of the incident in Lakeland in 2013
    A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.
    A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.
  • Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:56 GMT
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
  • 3 charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    3 charged in illegal freshwater turtle harvests

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-16 09:01:48 GMT
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in central Florida with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
    State wildlife officials have charged three men in central Florida with illegally harvesting, selling and buying 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:10:41 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 30 to July 5, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 30 to July 5, 2014.
  • Lakeland School Resource Officers Spend Summer Tackling Gangs

    Lakeland School Resource Officers Spend Summer Tackling Gangs

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:30:58 GMT
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    Lakeland Police are trying a new tactic in their continued fight against gang violence in the city.Throughout the summer months, they’re using School Resource Officers to sit in their cars around Second and Jewel Street during the evening hours.
    Lakeland Police are trying a new tactic in their continued fight against gang violence in the city.Throughout the summer months, they’re using School Resource Officers to sit in their cars around Second and Jewel Street during the evening hours.
  • Central Florida Games II honors fallen Polk County canine team

    Central Florida Games II honors fallen Polk County canine team

    Sunday, July 13 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-13 21:44:03 GMT
    It takes muscles, brawn and an appreciation for real heroes to compete at the Central Florida Games II. The annual fitness challenge and charity event is being held this weekend at the Chain of Lakes complex in Winter Haven. It is hosted by the Chain of Lakes CrossFit. But the event is much more than a fitness festival. It will honor real heroes such as fallen Polk County Sheriff's Office Canine Team Deputy Matt Williams and his K-9 partner, DiOGi, by donating a portion of the proceeds..
    It takes muscles, brawn and an appreciation for real heroes to compete at the Central Florida Games II. The annual fitness challenge and charity event is being held this weekend at the Chain of Lakes complex in Winter Haven. It is hosted by the Chain of Lakes CrossFit. But the event is much more than a fitness festival. It will honor real heroes such as fallen Polk County Sheriff's Office Canine Team Deputy Matt Williams and his K-9 partner, DiOGi, by donating a portion of the proceeds..
  • Historic Lakeland home set for demolition causes controversy

    Historic Lakeland home set for demolition causes controversy

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:32:21 GMT
    Two Lakeland developers don't see eye-to-eye on the future of a home that has been in the city since at least the 1920's.Recently, former state representative Tom Mims purchased the home that sits at 1068 Lake Hollingsworth Drive. He has plans to demolish the Lakeland home.
    Two Lakeland developers don't see eye-to-eye on the future of a home that has been in the city since at least the 1920's.Recently, former state representative Tom Mims purchased the home that sits at 1068 Lake Hollingsworth Drive. He has plans to demolish the Lakeland home.
  • Polk County teacher wins Teacher of the Year

    Polk County teacher wins Teacher of the Year

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:47:41 GMT
    Picture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy'sPicture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy's
    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County has won the 2015 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award.
    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County has won the 2015 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award.
  • Florida executes Polk man for 1994 rape, murder of girl

    Florida executes Polk man for 1994 rape, murder of girl

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:01:35 GMT
    Eddie Wayne DavisEddie Wayne Davis
    Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl. It was the state's sixth execution this year.
    Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl. It was the state's sixth execution this year.
  • Child rapist, killer set to be executed in Fla.

    Child rapist, killer set to be executed in Fla.

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-07-10 09:08:14 GMT
    A man convicted of the 1994 rape and killing of an 11-year-old Florida girl is set to be executed Thursday with the victim's grandmother watching from the witness chamber on behalf of the child and her deceased mother.
    A man convicted of the 1994 rape and killing of an 11-year-old Florida girl is set to be executed Thursday with the victim's grandmother watching from the witness chamber on behalf of the child and her deceased mother.
  • Winter Haven homeowners angry over wetlands violations

    Winter Haven homeowners angry over wetlands violations

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-07-10 03:32:31 GMT
    Residents expressed concerns at a homowners association meeting over wetlands violationsResidents expressed concerns at a homowners association meeting over wetlands violations
    Accusations flew at an Island Lakes Homeowners Association meeting in Polk County Wednesday night. Some of the homeowners in the Winter Haven subdivision declare their builder, Adams Homes, fooled them into thinking it was okay to mow-down the wetland in their backyards.
    Accusations flew at an Island Lakes Homeowners Association meeting in Polk County Wednesday night. Some of the homeowners in the Winter Haven subdivision declare their builder, Adams Homes, fooled them into thinking it was okay to mow-down the wetland in their backyards.
  • Polk deputies arrest man they say stole phone and posted selfie on victim's Facebook

    Polk deputies arrest man they say stole phone and posted selfie on victim's Facebook

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:49:25 GMT
    Polk deputies say Jerome McCord posted this picture of himself on the Facrbook page of a woman whose phone he stolePolk deputies say Jerome McCord posted this picture of himself on the Facrbook page of a woman whose phone he stole
    Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they say stole a woman’s phone and then posted a picture of himself on her Facebook account.
    Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they say stole a woman’s phone and then posted a picture of himself on her Facebook account.
  • Haines City Police searching for 2 missing teens

    Haines City Police searching for 2 missing teens

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:10:39 GMT
    Keyannie Pineiro and Caleb Berry are shown in this photo released by Haines City Police.Keyannie Pineiro and Caleb Berry are shown in this photo released by Haines City Police.
    The Haines City Police Department is asking for help finding two missing runaways.
    The Haines City Police Department is asking for help finding two missing runaways.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Auburndale husband talks to 'haters' insisting wife killed by static electricity

    EXCLUSIVE: Auburndale husband talks to 'haters' insisting wife killed by static electricity

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-07-09 10:26:44 GMT
    Kathryn Flint died in an explosion at her home. Family photoKathryn Flint died in an explosion at her home. Family photo
    George Meredith says he's had enough. In fact, he's furious and ready to hire a lawyer. He tells 8 On Your Side he's fighting to protect his beloved wife's reputation.
    George Meredith says he's had enough. In fact, he's furious and ready to hire a lawyer. He tells 8 On Your Side he's fighting to protect his beloved wife's reputation.
  • Make A Wish helps Lakeland family's home struck by lightning

    Make A Wish helps Lakeland family's home struck by lightning

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-07-08 21:11:28 GMT
    Kelly and David Wilson with their kids, (L to R) Austin, Caden, Ryan Wilson. Kelly and David Wilson with their kids, (L to R) Austin, Caden, Ryan Wilson.
    A Lakeland family already faced with medical challenges was recently hit with another struggle they could hardly believe. Just five weeks before moving in to their Habitat for Humanity house, it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
    A Lakeland family already faced with medical challenges was recently hit with another struggle they could hardly believe. Just five weeks before moving in to their Habitat for Humanity house, it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fireworks explosion kills Polk woman, now family warning others

    EXCLUSIVE: Fireworks explosion kills Polk woman, now family warning others

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:00:25 GMT
    Kathryn Flint died in an explosion at her home. Family photoKathryn Flint died in an explosion at her home. Family photo
    The husband of an Auburndale woman who died when 200 mortars exploded in her house over the Fourth of July holiday is hoping others will listen to his warning, so they won't lose a loved one.
    The husband of an Auburndale woman who died when 200 mortars exploded in her house over the Fourth of July holiday is hoping others will listen to his warning, so they won't lose a loved one.
  • Lakeland woman missing phone, Facebook post may be clue

    Lakeland woman missing phone, Facebook post may be clue

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:46 AM EDT2014-07-08 08:46:39 GMT
    Polk deputies are looking for this man after this picture showed up on the Facebook account of woman whose phone was stolen.Polk deputies are looking for this man after this picture showed up on the Facebook account of woman whose phone was stolen.
    After a recent furniture delivery, Jean and Darrell Parker couldn't find her cell phone.They dashed off on vacation to Disney World, thinking the phone would turn up.It didn't, but after a friend alerted them to check her Facebook page, they found a picture of a man holding an assault rifle.
    After a recent furniture delivery, Jean and Darrell Parker couldn't find her cell phone.They dashed off on vacation to Disney World, thinking the phone would turn up.It didn't, but after a friend alerted them to check her Facebook page, they found a picture of a man holding an assault rifle.
  • Winter Haven homeowners face wetlands violations

    Winter Haven homeowners face wetlands violations

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:53:51 GMT
    Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years. Sean Leader is angry after receiving a notice he can no longer cut his backyard after doing so for several years.
    After years of mowing their backyards, some Winter Haven homeowners have been told they have to stop or else they'll face fines. The notice came from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, stating that mowing and other infractions like pavers and sheds, violate wetlands regulations.
    After years of mowing their backyards, some Winter Haven homeowners have been told they have to stop or else they'll face fines. The notice came from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, stating that mowing and other infractions like pavers and sheds, violate wetlands regulations.
  • Man claims wife was killed by laundry static in Polk home

    Man claims wife was killed by laundry static in Polk home

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:27:15 GMT
    Auburndale home where family says static electricity ignited fireworks and killed Kathryn Flint.Auburndale home where family says static electricity ignited fireworks and killed Kathryn Flint.
    Can static electricity from laundry ignite fireworks?An Auburndale man says it happened to him and took the life of his wife, Kathryn Flint, and their family dog over the Fourth of July weekend. George Meredith calls it a tragic, freak accident.Kathryn was thrilled to have a home full of children and their grandchildren on the holiday.
    Can static electricity from laundry ignite fireworks?An Auburndale man says it happened to him and took the life of his wife, Kathryn Flint, and their family dog over the Fourth of July weekend. George Meredith calls it a tragic, freak accident.Kathryn was thrilled to have a home full of children and their grandchildren on the holiday.
  • Highest & Lowest Salaries: Lakeland, Winter Haven

    Highest & Lowest Salaries: Lakeland, Winter Haven

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:29 GMT
    Downtown Lakeland. Wikimedia Commons photoDowntown Lakeland. Wikimedia Commons photo

    Ever wonder how your salary stacks up against others? We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.

    Ever wonder how your salary stacks up against others? We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.


  • Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:17 GMT
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
  • Davenport crash claims life of Kissimmee man

    Davenport crash claims life of Kissimmee man

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-07-07 03:58:57 GMT
    The crash is being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The crash is being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
    A 36-year-old Central Florida man was killed and five others injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash in Davenport.Lascelles Gabbidon II of Kissimmee was transported to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
    A 36-year-old Central Florida man was killed and five others injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash in Davenport.Lascelles Gabbidon II of Kissimmee was transported to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
  • Auburndale woman succumbs to injuries from fireworks accident

    Auburndale woman succumbs to injuries from fireworks accident

    Sunday, July 6 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-07-06 12:22:49 GMT
    Flint, 49, passed away on Saturday. Flint, 49, passed away on Saturday.
    A 49-year-old woman died after fireworks exploded inside her Polk County home.Kathryn Flint of 226 Eaker St. in Auburndale passed away Saturday.On Friday, Flint was planning to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks, authorities said.
    A 49-year-old woman died after fireworks exploded inside her Polk County home.Kathryn Flint of 226 Eaker St. in Auburndale passed away Saturday.On Friday, Flint was planning to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks, authorities said.
  • Baby drowns in backyard pool

    Baby drowns in backyard pool

    Saturday, July 5 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-06 01:13:01 GMT
    Galvin Lee Paul was three weeks from celebrating his first birthday when the unimaginable occurred. Friday night the 11-month-old baby boy left a house on Puritan Lane through an open door and fell into a swimming pool, the Lakeland Police Department said. A preliminary police investigation revealed there were at least four adults at the house at the time of the drowning. Galvin's parents, Brandon Paul, 18, and Samantha Holt, 17, were in different locations at the house when the incident ...
    Galvin Lee Paul was three weeks from celebrating his first birthday when the unimaginable occurred. Friday night the 11-month-old baby boy left a house on Puritan Lane through an open door and fell into a swimming pool, the Lakeland Police Department said. A preliminary police investigation revealed there were at least four adults at the house at the time of the drowning. Galvin's parents, Brandon Paul, 18, and Samantha Holt, 17, were in different locations at the house when the incident ...
  • Polk students caught with e-cigarettes face punishment

    Polk students caught with e-cigarettes face punishment

    Friday, July 4 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-04 20:18:14 GMT
    Polk County students caught with e-cigarettes will face punishment.
    The Polk County School Board is making their rule against tobacco-related products quite clear for the coming school year; students caught with e-cigarettes will face punishment.
  • Lake Wales widow wants cemetery flag rule changed

    Lake Wales widow wants cemetery flag rule changed

    Thursday, July 3 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-03 22:05:18 GMT
    Estell Kennedy, 85, holds a photo of her husband.Estell Kennedy, 85, holds a photo of her husband.
    Estell Kennedy, 85, refuses to play by the rules of the Lake Wales Cemetery. To her, they are “ridiculous.”She’s received numerous violations at her husband’s gravestone because she places a medium-size flag at the marker.Joseph Kennedy spent four years in the Marine Corps and it’s her way to honor that.“He served his country he loved his country,” Kennedy said.But, every time she puts the flag up, it’s replaced with an orange violation flag.“If I had the money I would move him. I would move ...
    Estell Kennedy, 85, refuses to play by the rules of the Lake Wales Cemetery. To her, they are “ridiculous.”She’s received numerous violations at her husband’s gravestone because she places a medium-size flag at the marker.Joseph Kennedy spent four years in the Marine Corps and it’s her way to honor that.“He served his country he loved his country,” Kennedy said.But, every time she puts the flag up, it’s replaced with an orange violation flag.“If I had the money I would move him. I would move ...
  • Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:25:14 GMT
    Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
  • State attorney: former Lakeland PD chief's claim of extortion 'nonsense'

    State attorney: former Lakeland PD chief's claim of extortion 'nonsense'

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:30:42 GMT
    "I think that for whatever reason she wants to blame everything that's occurred in her life maybe on someone else," said State Attorney Jerry Hill.
    "I think that for whatever reason she wants to blame everything that's occurred in her life maybe on someone else," said State Attorney Jerry Hill.
  • Lakeland Police working to combat gangs

    Lakeland Police working to combat gangs

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-02 21:20:43 GMT
    Police are trying to figure out if two carjackings over the weekend are gang-related.
    Police are trying to figure out if two carjackings over the weekend are gang-related.
  • Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-07-02 16:39:41 GMT
    American Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photoAmerican Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photo
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
  • Polk school teacher, theme park workers arrested in child sex sting

    Polk school teacher, theme park workers arrested in child sex sting

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:55:35 GMT
    Matthew Tillesen, 28, is charged with 50 counts of child porn. Polk Co Schools photoMatthew Tillesen, 28, is charged with 50 counts of child porn. Polk Co Schools photo
    A Haines City High School teacher is among 16 men arrested in an undercover operation in Polk County called "Operation Cyberchild III."
    A Haines City High School teacher is among 16 men arrested in an undercover operation in Polk County called "Operation Cyberchild III."
  • Former Lakeland PD chief accuses State Attorney of extorting resignation

    Former Lakeland PD chief accuses State Attorney of extorting resignation

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:02:51 GMT
    File: Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa WomackFile: Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack
    The gloves are off for former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, and she's swinging -- hard. Her target State Attorney Jerry Hill who she accuses of extorting her resignation.
    The gloves are off for former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, and she's swinging -- hard. Her target State Attorney Jerry Hill who she accuses of extorting her resignation.
  • Thousands lose health insurance after Orlando company folds

    Thousands lose health insurance after Orlando company folds

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:33:05 GMT
    Bill Cope spends a lot of time at the doctor. So you can imagine his shock - then pure panic - when his pharmacist said he no longer had insurance.
    Bill Cope spends a lot of time at the doctor. So you can imagine his shock - then pure panic - when his pharmacist said he no longer had insurance.
  • 16 dead rodents found at Tampa Bay restaurant

    16 dead rodents found at Tampa Bay restaurant

    Monday, June 30 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-06-30 16:27:59 GMT
    State inspectors temporarily closed five Tampa Bay eateries from June 9 through 20, 2014 after discovering rodents or roaches.
    State inspectors temporarily closed five Tampa Bay eateries from June 9 through 20, 2014 after discovering rodents or roaches.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 16 - 21

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 16 - 21

    Friday, June 27 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-06-27 22:26:36 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 16 to 21, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 16 to 21, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 9 - 13

    Friday, June 20 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-06-20 22:46:39 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 9 to 13, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 9 to 13, 2014.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 2 - 7

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 2 - 7

    Friday, June 13 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-06-13 22:10:09 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 2 to 7, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 2 to 7, 2014.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Saturday, June 7 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-06-07 14:05:35 GMT
     Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

  • Restaurant Buzz: Ruth's Chris Steak House coming, Green Iguana, GrillSmith closures

    Restaurant Buzz: Ruth's Chris Steak House coming, Green Iguana, GrillSmith closures

    Saturday, June 7 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-06-07 13:59:28 GMT
     Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be opening a location in St. Pete.  Facebook photo Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be opening a location in St. Pete. Facebook photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Lakeland mom questions behind-the-wheel selfies, ads in school drivers ed manuals

    Lakeland mom questions behind-the-wheel selfies, ads in school drivers ed manuals

    Friday, June 6 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-06-06 23:08:35 GMT
    A page from the “Florida Driver Handbook” issued by Lowest Price Traffic School out of Jacksonville.A page from the “Florida Driver Handbook” issued by Lowest Price Traffic School out of Jacksonville.
    Selfies behind the wheel. It's a far cry from what makes a responsible driver. A Lakeland mother doesn't understand why a Polk County school is handing out so-called "drivers manuals" that promote such lax behavior.
    Selfies behind the wheel. It's a far cry from what makes a responsible driver. A Lakeland mother doesn't understand why a Polk County school is handing out so-called "drivers manuals" that promote such lax behavior.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 26 - 31

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 26 - 31

    Friday, June 6 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-06-06 20:52:01 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 26 to 31, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 26 to 31, 2014.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 12 - 17

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 12 - 17

    Friday, May 23 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-05-23 18:11:28 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 12 to 17, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 12 to 17, 2014.
  • Lakeland student tests positive for TB

    Lakeland student tests positive for TB

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-05-21 08:17:06 GMT
    A student at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland has tested positive for tuberculosis.A student at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland has tested positive for tuberculosis.
    The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has confirmed that a student at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland has tested positive for tuberculosis.
    The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has confirmed that a student at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland has tested positive for tuberculosis.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 5 - 11

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 5 - 11

    Monday, May 19 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-05-19 15:04:11 GMT
    A lizard, rodent urine and droppings, live roaches, and ants in sugar were just a few of the problems that state inspectors found at Tampa Bay restaurants during the week of May 5-11, 2014.
    A lizard, rodent urine and droppings, live roaches, and ants in sugar were just a few of the problems that state inspectors found at Tampa Bay restaurants during the week of May 5-11, 2014.
  • Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-05-15 16:16:36 GMT
    Stetson University Veterans Law Institute photoStetson University Veterans Law Institute photo
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:00:50 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 21-27

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 21-27

    Friday, May 2 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-05-03 00:49:08 GMT
    State inspectors found problems with rodents, roaches and a spider during inspections from April 21 to 27, 2014. We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations.
    State inspectors found problems with rodents, roaches and a spider during inspections from April 21 to 27, 2014. We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations.
  • Brandon woman says romantic rival leaked her medical info

    Brandon woman says romantic rival leaked her medical info

    Thursday, May 1 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-05-02 02:44:59 GMT
    Brandon resident Courtney Oliver, 25, thought the bitter feud she was having with her boyfriend's soon-to-be ex-wife couldn't get any dirtier.
    Brandon resident Courtney Oliver, 25, thought the bitter feud she was having with her boyfriend's soon-to-be ex-wife couldn't get any dirtier.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 14-20

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 14-20

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-04-29 19:37:25 GMT
    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 14-20
    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 14-20
  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:54:17 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 24-28

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:06:49 GMT
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
    Multiple Tampa Bay restaurants had problems with rodents or roaches during the week of March 24-28, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations March 17-21

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:04:01 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 17 to 21, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 17 to 21, 2014.

  • Sulphur Springs murder suspect arrested in Polk County

    Sulphur Springs murder suspect arrested in Polk County

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-03-26 14:09:54 GMT
    Louis Johnson, 18, is charged with second degree murder. Jail booking photoLouis Johnson, 18, is charged with second degree murder. Jail booking photo
    A teen suspected of murdering a Sulphur Springs man is behind bars, after he was arrested in Polk County.
    A teen suspected of murdering a Sulphur Springs man is behind bars, after he was arrested in Polk County.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-03-25 17:41:12 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Fmr. Lakeland officer: why is acting police chief not on leave?

    Fmr. Lakeland officer: why is acting police chief not on leave?

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-03-18 22:57:57 GMT
    A retired Lakeland police officer wants to know why the acting police chief Larry Giddens was not stripped of his gun, badge and car when Giddens was named at the center of two internal affairs investigations.
    A retired Lakeland police officer wants to know why the acting police chief Larry Giddens was not stripped of his gun, badge and car when Giddens was named at the center of two internal affairs investigations.
  • Manatee, Polk restaurants recognized for perfect inspections

    Manatee, Polk restaurants recognized for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-03-18 22:23:25 GMT
    Two Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Two Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Polk Sheriff reacts to juvenile facility security changes after riot

    Polk Sheriff reacts to juvenile facility security changes after riot

    Friday, March 7 2014 5:38 PM EST2014-03-07 22:38:36 GMT
    File photo of Avon Park Youth AcademyFile photo of Avon Park Youth Academy
    Allowing staff at a juvenile justice facility where a riot broke out last year to carry things like pepper spray is among the changes that should be made at the Avon Park site, a Tampa Bay area sheriff says.The riot at Avon Park Youth Academy last summer involved dozens of teenagers and started with a fight over a basketball game and a wager over cups of noodle soup
    Allowing staff at a juvenile justice facility where a riot broke out last year to carry things like pepper spray is among the changes that should be made at the Avon Park site, a Tampa Bay area sheriff says.The riot at Avon Park Youth Academy last summer involved dozens of teenagers and started with a fight over a basketball game and a wager over cups of noodle soup
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