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By Zach Jones On Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Repticon presents Firexpo in September

That annual extravaganza of reptiles, amphibians, and all manner of exotic animals, the Florida International Reptile Expo, or FIRExpo presented by Repticon, returns next month! It will run again in the same location More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Florida: Toddler Cedric Phipps found dead in kiddie pool

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are still instigating the death of an 18-month-old boy who was found unresponsive in a kiddie pool at the family’s home on Tuesday afternoon. The boy’s mother, Ashley More...

By Brandon Jones On Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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Jennifer Fichter gets 22 years in prison for sex with students

A former teacher who engaged in sexual relationships with three of her students, even aborting a baby from one, has now been jailed for 22 years. Jennifer Fichter, 30, who taught English at a school in Lakeland, More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Lakeland resident, Will Doyle, to compete on ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’ on CMT

There’s no easy day at the “Broken Skull” ranch. Steve Austin returns with his trademark tough love for a second season of STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE, premiering Sundays at 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Roy Stephens, Ruby Stephens charged with murdering ‘starving’ baby

The parents of a 22-day-old baby found starved to death in Florida have been charged with first-degree murder, police said. The couple is accused of neglecting the suffering infant. Ruby Stephens, 23, and Roy Stephens, More...

By The Dispatch On Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Amazon welcomes new Florida employees with ‘orange carpet’ treatment

Amazon announced on Thursday, Aug. 21 that it rolled out the orange carpet yesterday to welcome new employees who are to begin working at the Lakeland, Fla. fulfillment center.   Amazon has already hired more than More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Kyle Williams guilty of murdering police officer Arnulfo Crispin, responds with a smirk

A Polk County jury found Kyle Williams guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Lakeland police officer Arnulfo Crispin. The jury deliberated for over a day before reaching a decision.   Williams, More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Rebecca Sedwick family sue Polk Schools, Cemex and bullies Katelyn Roman and Guadalupe Shaw

The bullying case of Rebecca Sedwick made headlines and now the family of the Florida girl who committed suicide is seeking financial compenstion from the School Board of Polk County, Cemex Construction Materials More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
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Triple homicide suspect Davey Smith found, killed in Tennessee as victims identified

A man wanted in connection with a triple murder in  Florida has died after being taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Tennessee, officials said. David Eugene Smith, 27, was taken to a hospital with a self-inflicted More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Manhunt underway for David Eugene Smith, suspect in Florida triple homicide

Florida police are searching for a man believed to be the murderer behind a shocking triple homicide in Lakeland, Florida. David Eugene Smith, 27, reportedly has a history of mental illness, is paranoid, delusional, More...

By Brandon Jones On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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Cassidy Goodson to be set free in 2014 after serving manslaughter sentence for killing her baby

Eighteen months…that was her sentence. Cassidy Goodson, the Florida teen who murdered her newborn baby and hid the corpse in a shoebox, should be scheduled for release in 2014 after plea bargaining to a manslaughter More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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Adele Bing, Florida woman, shoots and kills daughter, Ruby Bing, in mistaken identity case

A Florida woman now faces second-degree murder as she reportedly shot and killed her daughter, thinking it was someone else. Winter Haven police say that Ruby Bing, age 26, went to her mother’s home Monday More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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Florida child, Taj Ayesh, age 2, shot and killed in accidental shooting

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Lakeland, Florida child who died from a gunshot wound. Officials say the child, Taj H. Ayesh, was taken to Lakeland Regional More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Repticon and exotic animals bring in thousands of fans

Lakeland was the setting of the latest Repticon featuring tons of reptiles and exotic pets. A blue iguana, brightly colored bearded dragons and thousands of snakes were center stage for a packed house of fans eager More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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Florida Sheriff Grady Judd speaks on Rebecca Sedwick suicide from social media bullying

Detectives in Polk County made a tragic discovery this week when a missing girl was found dead in Lakeland, from an apparent suicide. Her mother says she was a victim of relentless bullying and Sheriff Grady More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, June 21st, 2013
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Florida daredevil Nik Wallenda prepares for Grand Canyon walk, praises God, says wire is his ‘prayer closet’

Nik Wallenda, the Florida-based daredevil, acrobat and heir to the famed Flying Wallendas circus family,confessed to be afraid of only one thing – God. “I would say the only thing I fear is God,” More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Lakeland Florida doctor Aaron Roush arrested for dealing prescription drugs

Lakeland Florida doctor Aaroon Roush was met by the Polk County Sheriff’s office on Thursday, then led away in handcuffs, charged with dealing prescription drugs. “This guy is a bad guy, this guy is More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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Florida woman, Leticia Silva, arrested for conspiring to have children murder grandparents when knife found under child’s pillow

A mother is in jail accused of plotting to get her daughters to murder their grandparents. Leticia Silva Leticia Silva, 31, of Lakeland, Florida, is said to have mailed a switchblade pocket knife to the girls, aged More...

By Brandon Jones On Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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Wilfredo Malave identified as driver and father of 3 children killed in Florida car crash

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the father and his three children killed when their car struck a pole and plowed into several trees Friday night in Lake County, officials said. Wilfredo Malave The driver More...

By Brandon Jones On Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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Florida man and 3 children killed in crash when car lost control and struck several trees

A 41-year-old  father and his three children were killed Friday when their car struck a pole and several trees in Lake County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. UPDATE: The vicitms have been identified as the More...


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