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1 hr ago | Click Orlando

Largest pot plant proposed for Polk

LOCAL 6 HAS LEARNED A COMPANY CALLED GROW HEALTHY JUST PURCHASED AN OLD MATTRESS PLANT IN POLK COUNTY.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Lake Wales, FL

5 hrs ago | Sunshine State News

Close House Races on GOP Side; Rangel Falls

Two candidates in one of the hardest-fought legislative primaries of the year were separated by the thinnest of margins Tuesday night, while an incumbent was turned out of office elsewhere in one of the few surprises of the evening.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Florida, Venice, FL, US News

Tue Aug 26, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Biggest U.S. medical pot facility coming to Polk?

A small city in Polk County may soon be home to the nation's biggest medical marijuana facility in the nation and critics, including Sheriff Grady Judd, say there's little they can do to stop it.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Lake Wales, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Jury recommends life in prison for cop killer

When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the jury chose life for 21-year-old Kyle Williams.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Bartow, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Jury recommends life in prison for cop killer

When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the jury chose life for 21-year-old Kyle Williams.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Bartow, FL

Mon Aug 25, 2014

ABC Action News

LIVE: Sentencing phase for Kyle Williams

A Polk County jury listens to impact statements to determine sentence for Kyle Williams, guilty in the 2011 murder of a Lakeland police officer.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Lakeland, FL, Death Penalty

Sat Aug 23, 2014

Highlands Today

Highlands deputy salary lowest in six-county region

Jacob Sendziak, 24, is altruistic. Prior to accepting a job as a deputy sheriff, he worked in plumbing, a potentially lucrative trade.

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Related Topix: Highlands County, FL, Hamilton County, FL, Bonifay, FL, Holmes County, FL, Sebring, FL

ABC Action News

Polk County deputies looking for wanted man

Polk County Sheriff deputies are on the hunt for a wanted man who allegedly shot a woman early Saturday morning.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Fri Aug 22, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Virtual driving heading to local schools

Virtual driving heading to local schools New technology is headed to local driver's education classes in Hillsborough County.

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Related Topix: Hillsborough County, FL, Valrico, FL, Weather, Davenport, FL

Thu Aug 21, 2014

WFLA-AM Tampa

Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

A man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer returned to Polk County courtroom for closing arguments in his murder trial Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Lakeland, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Amazon welcomes employees in Lakeland; drones in India?

Arriving employees were greeted by an orange carpet to reflect the company's colors.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Tue Aug 19, 2014

Highlands Today

Six decades of practice -- and still going

After working as a private practice lawyer, Lanier was appointed small-claims court judge in the old Highlands County courthouse when it was still clattering with the sounds of manual typewriters and had no air-conditioning.

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Related Topix: Avon Park, FL, Highlands County, FL, University of Florida

Fri Aug 15, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Couple arrest stems from bizarre child abuse, deputies say

Two Polk County children, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, were subjected to painful and bizarre forms of abuse, leading to charges against their guardians, the Sheriff's Office said today.

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Related Topix: Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law, Lakeland, FL, Weird

Tue Aug 12, 2014

WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Woman seeks return of cherished American flag

Nearly two months after her American flag was stolen, a central Florida woman is still hoping for the return of the cherished banner that belonged to her deceased granddaughter.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Mon Aug 11, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

New law hopes to curb hit-and-runs

New law hopes to curb hit-and-runs Investigators say hit and runs are becoming an alarming crime trend, but hope a new law will stop it.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison, Auburndale, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Orlando ranks most popular destination in Florida

Three Central Florida cities landed in the top five, with the City Beautiful at the top, followed by Kissimmee at No.

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Related Topix: Kissimmee, FL

Sat Aug 09, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Single-vehicle crash in Winter Haven

Around 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a loud noise that sounded like a crash on CR 542 West near Jimmy Lee Rd in Winter Haven.

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ABC Action News

Man in early twenties killed in rollover

Polk County deputies are working to clear the scene of an early morning rollover that happened on CR-542 West near Jimmy Lee Road in Winter Haven.

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News Talk Florida

Police Arrest One, Searching For Two In Winter Haven Robbery

The Winter Haven Police have arrested one suspect in a Winter Haven robbery. They are still searching for two more suspects.

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Fri Aug 08, 2014

Business Journal

$33M stadium renovation, new hotel development opportunities up for grabs in Lakeland

Two major city-backed projects are on tap in Lakeland: A $33 million renovation to the Detroit Tigers' spring training facility, and a new downtown hotel with at least 125 rooms.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

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