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Florida execution for man who kidnapped, raped, murdered 11-year-old girl

Eddie Wayne Davis broke into his ex-girlfriend's house in 1994 and dragged her daughter out of bed.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Jul 10, 2014

ABC Action News

5 things you need to know for Thursday

Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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Related Topix: Florida, State Prisons, Starke, FL, Prison, Lakeland, FL

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Palm Beach Post

N.C. commissioner: Bellissimo - very cooperative' in developing $100M equestrian resort

Local government leaders in North Carolina where Mark Bellissimo and several partners are investing $100 million in a new equestrian event center and luxury resort have nothing but glowing comments for the Wellington equestrian mogul.

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Related Topix: Wellington, FL, Horse, Pets, Palm Beach, FL

Sun Jul 06, 2014

News 4 Jax

Central Fla. woman dies in fireworks accident

A 49-year-old woman has died and her 25-year-old son was also burned during a Fourth of July fireworks accident, according to Auburndale police.

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Related Topix: Auburndale, FL, Fire, Winter Haven, FL

Psychology Today

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Can Kill

Another heartbreaking story. In late 2013, a twelve-year-old girl jumped to her death at an abandoned cement plant in Polk County, Florida.

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Related Topix: Adolescents and Pre-Teens

Sat Jul 05, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Auburndale woman burned in fireworks accident

On July 4, Auburndale Police officers responded to initial reports of two people that were injured when fireworks exploded inside the home.

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Related Topix: Auburndale, FL, Burma, World News, Fire

Fri Jul 04, 2014

Marco Eagle

Police: Naples man uses Internet to solicit sex from boy, 13

A Naples man traveled from Tampa to Polk County to have a sex with what he thought was a teenage boy, according to a report from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven.

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Related Topix: Tampa, FL, Winter Haven, FL, University of South Florida

Tue Jul 01, 2014

NBC2 News

Police: Naples man uses Internet to solicit sex from boy, 13

A Naples man traveled from Tampa to Polk County to have a sex with what he thought was a teenage boy, according to a report from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven.

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Related Topix: Tampa, FL, Winter Haven, FL, Florida, University of South Florida

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Sheriff Judd remains secretive on sex sting questions

When it came to 10 Investigates' questions about the inner-workings of his latest sex sting, Sheriff Grady Judd balked, providing few answers.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Polk paramedic raises funds for water safety

Polk paramedic raises funds for water safety Blaise Dillman runs on a regular basis and he's now doing it for a cause.

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WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Teacher among 16 charged in undercover sex sting

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 16 people are facing charges following an undercover child sex sting, including a high school teacher.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

News 4 Jax

Sex sting nets Disney, Universal workers

Sixteen people, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando employees, were arrested in a sex sting operation in Central Florida.

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Related Topix: Davenport, FL, Universal Studios, Kissimmee, FL

Sun Jun 29, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Carjacking suspect killed after jumping from stolen vehicle

One carjacking suspect is dead, three were arrested and two more were being sought by investigators Sunday after a pair of related thefts involving guns, law-enforcement officials said.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Armed carjacking; Suspect dies from injuries

On June 29th at approx. 3:05 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed carjacking at Barnett Park, 121 South Lake Avenue.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Winter Haven, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

One dead after Polk County crash

One dead after Polk County crash No independent witnesses have been able to tell determine who had the right-of-way.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Examiner.com

9 arrested in sophisticated marijuana trafficking investigation

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation in May, 2014, into the marijuana drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by 40-year-old Nelson Hernandez of Lake Wales.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Lake Wales, FL, Florida

Capital Soup

Volunteer Florida, AmeriCorps Construct Mini-Libraries, Perform School Clean-Up in Central Florida

Today, Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps members created 15 mobile libraries and participated in a campus clean-up project.

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Related Topix: Florida, Bartow, FL, University of Florida

Thu Jun 26, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

10 News helps Polk family with 'dangerous' road

After a hit-and-run driver slammed a truck into a Davenport family's home, nearly killing two kids, 10 News took action.

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Related Topix: Davenport, FL, Family, Kids

Wed Jun 25, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Teacher, former secretary charged for prom party

A Pasco County teacher and former school secretary have been formally charged in an incident where they allegedly threw students a prom party.

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Related Topix: Pasco County, FL, New Port Richey, FL, Port Richey, FL

ABC Action News

Sheriff: Mom left kids alone to go clubbing

The Polk County mother of four arrested over the weekend for leaving her young kids all alone so she could go party is still sitting in jail Tuesday night.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

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