School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

"I am going to lose my job. I smoke weed and I have it in my purse right now."

School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Sleepy Hill Middle School cafeteria manager for drug possession on Tuesday. PCSO deputies responded to Sleepy Hill Middle School in Lakeland to investigate an anonymous tip in reference to Polk County School Board employee, Carolyn Jackson, 41, of Lakeland, who is employed as the cafeteria manager, […]

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

  The Florida Highway Patrol said that education is the key when ensuring that the general public understands Florida traffic laws, and that they are doing everything possible to spread the word about traffic safety. On a daily basis, troopers say that there is one statement that they always hear: “I thought I was allowed to go […]

Open carry HB 163 passes first round in Florida

Open carry HB 163 passes first round in Florida

Florida — On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, in an 8-4 vote, approved HB 163 in its first round and paved the way for open carry in the State of Florida. The Bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, says this will make Florida safer, and many agree. Gaetz says that the states that […]

Another price hike for Walt Disney World, changes for pass holders

Another price hike for Walt Disney World, changes for pass holders

Florida — Once again, Walt Disney World has raised its prices, making it more difficult for the average family to visit the theme park. For many, the “Happiest Place on Earth,” has become the most expensive place. According to Disney, a new color-coded annual pass system will replace the old annual passes at all Florida-based theme […]

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties and adjacent to Franklin County in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. In the past week, K. brevis was detected in background to high concentrations in 11 […]

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

  Official Press Release – Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida. Starting Thursday, Oct. […]

8-foot King cobra on the loose

8-foot King cobra on the loose

Orlando, Florida — Currently, 10 people are searching a property East of Lake Apopka/North of 50/South of 441, where a king cobra went missing. The cobra is approximately 8 feet long. It was reported missing by its owner, Mike Kennedy, who has a permit to be in possession of exotic the snake. According to officials, a series […]

Lowry Park Zoo offering free admission for kids in September

Lowry Park Zoo offering free admission for kids in September

Lowry Park Zoo Official Press Release — Do you like free? How about free admission for kids* at the top-attended zoo in the Southeast every Saturday in September? In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is introducing family-friendly Saturday celebrations known as Que PasZoo which will showcase Latin culture — and kids […]

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Florida — Insurance rates for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids full pay insurance plan are going to almost double on October 1, 2015. In response, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or “Obamacare,” is extending its Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow families impacted by the rate increase to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov. […]

Dumb criminals: Felon taunts deputies on Facebook and gets arrested

Dumb criminals: Felon taunts deputies on Facebook and gets arrested

Lakeland, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who taunted Sheriff Grady Judd and his deputies on Facebook. On August 20, Northwest District Patrol deputies arrested 21-year-old Logan Hale, who had a Polk County warrant for his arrest for Armed Burglary, Grand Theft of a Firearm, Giving False Info to Pawn […]

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Palm Bay, Florida — A police dispatcher was arrested on Monday and charged with eight (8) counts of Capital Sexual Battery and five (5) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. According to reports, Amanda Chandler, 40, was having a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old boy. Palm Bay police said Chandler is married and has two […]

Sheriff: Mother murdered father, 6-year-old daughter

Sheriff: Mother murdered father, 6-year-old daughter

Lakeland, Florida — A 25-year-old Central Florida woman is behind bars following the murder of her 6-year-old daughter and 50-year-old father. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a detailed report of the incident on Monday morning. On August 1, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 5221 Drane Field Road, Lakeland, in reference to a […]

FHP: Shots fired at Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on I-75; suspect dead

FHP: Shots fired at Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on I-75; suspect dead

  Video clip courtesy of Damon A. Easley [Last updated on July 26, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.] Micanopy, Florida — UPDATE  — The man who fired at a FHP trooper Saturday morning, was located and shot dead after an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. The suspect apparently ran after the gunfire was exchanged. His […]

AMBER ALERT for missing toddler who was possibly kidnapped

AMBER ALERT for missing toddler who was possibly kidnapped

Jacksonville, Florida — An Amber Alert was issued for a 21-month-old boy Friday morning after he was allegedly kidnapped during a car theft. Officials said that 21-month-old Lonzie Barton was last seen outside the Ravenwood apartment complex on South Old Kings Road, Jacksonville, at approximately 2 a.m. Investigators said that Lonzie’s mother, Lonna Lauramore, 25, was waiting to […]

Family was using taxpayer money and committing credit card fraud while smoking dope

Family was using taxpayer money and committing credit card fraud while smoking dope

Davenport, Florida — An ongoing credit card counterfeiting investigation led to three arrests after Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant at 626 Sunset View Drive, Davenport. According to police reports, in January 2015, a victim in Texas contacted PCSO in reference to his debit card being used in Davenport to withdraw funds. […]

Aspen Foods recall includes 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken

Aspen Foods recall includes 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken

Ocala, Florida —Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product was distributed Nationwide, however, there are no reported […]

Girl wanted to buy “weed” via Twitter

Girl wanted to buy “weed” via Twitter

Palm Beach County, Florida — Think law enforcement officials do not monitor social media? Think again. A woman from Jupiter, Florida, who calls herself “Goddess,” recently tweeted, “Somebody bring me weed.  I’ll pay for it.” The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office then tweeted, “Where should we meet you?” The PBSO said that “Goddess” did not […]

Local Sea Cadet graduates recruit training with honors

Local Sea Cadet graduates recruit training with honors

Ocala, Florida — Seaman Apprentice Christopher Kimball, 14, a Marion County resident and member of the Manatee Division of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, recently graduated from recruit training. The two week exercise was held at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Cadets participated in physical training, drills, inspections, and course work. “The recruits got […]

Governor Rick Scott takes immediate action to secure Florida Guardsmen

Governor Rick Scott takes immediate action to secure Florida Guardsmen

Tallahassee, Florida – In light of the cowardly attack that was perpetrated against U.S. military personnel, which was carried out by a Muslim terrorist on U.S. soil, Governor Rick Scott has taken action. Governor Scott today released an executive order instructing the Florida Adjunct General to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen who work in […]