Most fireworks are illegal in Florida

Most fireworks are illegal in Florida

  Florida — There will be dozens of firework shows across Florida next month, and many residents will choose to light up the sky with their own fireworks display. Officials want to remind residents that many types of fireworks are illegal in the State of Florida. According to state statutes, Florida law prohibits any fireworks […]

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

  Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla, and Taylor counties, opened June 1 and […]

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

FWC: Bear hunting postponed for 2016

Florida — Today, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. Although the framework for bear hunting in Florida remains in place, there will be a zero hunt objective set for 2016, and the Commission could consider future bear hunting in 2017. Nick Wiley, FWC […]

National Action Network takes aim at your right to keep and bear arms

National Action Network takes aim at your right to keep and bear arms

  Florida — Is Florida under attack?  Many Floridians say yes, as many organizations refer to Florida as the wild west. This includes many LGBTQ organizations. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ rights organization in the country, on Friday, stated that the organization is supporting stricter gun laws and want all “assault” rifles ban. Namely, […]

CSX to close several railroad crossings

CSX to close several railroad crossings

CSX Transportation has scheduled repairs this week for railroad crossings that intersect several Polk County roads. Work at some crossings has already started. Motorists can expect closures along the following roadways: Old Dixie Hwy. Fish Hatchery Road Reynolds Road Payne Street N. Canal Avenue Fairway Avenue Eastside Drive Canal Road All closures are between County […]

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

An Orlando man is facing a plethora of charges after he was linked to the theft of two construction trailers in Osteen and additional crimes in Orange County. The Sheriff’s Offices in Volusia and Orange counties teamed up and apprehended 31-year-old Russell Folmer, who is being held at the Orange County Jail. Both trailers, a stolen […]

FHP: Meth lab found inside truck

FHP: Meth lab found inside truck

Volusia County – At  approximately 11:44 a.m., on April 12, 2016, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper  saw a 1996 Mazda Protégé with illegal window tint traveling southbound on U.S. 17. The trooper then conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 17, near State Road 40. The driver was later identified as Jesse Wayne Spencer, 32 , […]

Attempted abduction in Davenport

Attempted abduction in Davenport

At approximately 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016, an 11-year-old girl got off her bus at her bus stop, located at Thousand Oaks Blvd and Ronald Reagan Parkway in Davenport, and began walking eastbound on the sidewalk along Ronald Reagan Parkway towards her neighborhood. A short time later, a car traveling westbound pulled up alongside […]

Security guard killed at work by drunk driver

Security guard killed at work by drunk driver

[Last updated on January 22, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.] Orlando, Florida — A security guard, who was in charge of protecting the students at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, remains in serious condition after a drunk driver slammed into him while he was patrolling the campus. The incident occurred on Tuesday, January 19. According to Florida Highway […]

Red tide report as of January 14, 2016

Red tide report as of January 14, 2016

Based on water samples collected over the past week, blooms of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persist along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. Background to very low concentrations of Karenia brevis were also detected in three samples collected inshore of Bay and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida. Fish […]

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch Season 3 ended on a very positive note, and Season 4 is off to an even better start, with peak fishing time right around the corner. TrophyCatch is the citizen-science program that allows the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collect data on largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds. In return, corporate […]

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating a triple homicide that occurred at 2314 East Magnolia Drive, Lot 2, Lakeland.  A fourth victim was transported to an area hospital. At approximately 6:45 a.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call advising there […]

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has concluded Season 3 (Oct. 1, 2014 to Sep. 30, 2015) of the TrophyCatch citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document, and release large-mouth bass greater than 8 pounds. On Dec. 5, at approximately 1 p.m. at the Bartow Ford Winter Wonderland event in north […]

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters December 4, with the last day of harvest being December 3. All Gulf federal waters will close December 3, with the last day of harvest being December 2. State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties were open from April […]

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Florida — Floridians living in standardized public housing may be soon be ban from smoking, as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro has introduced a smoke-free policy in HUD-affiliated public housing authorities nationwide. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF), the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has been working to educate […]

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Orlando, Florida — Two Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights scare actors have quit and more are expected to follow, after they were attacked by guests. According to a police report filed with the Orlando Police Department, William Nunnally, 28 was arrested on October 21, after he punched an actor, and Karla Rondan-Diaz, 32, was arrested […]

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Florida — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they will have to make some adjustments before the next bear hunt. This past weekend, Florida had its first bear hunt in 21 years, and it had to be shut down early because FWC underestimated the success of the hunt. According to officials, 3,778 bear-hunt […]