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Tuesday | 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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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

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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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

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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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

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

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Deputies arrest two suspected carjackers

Deputies have arrested two men they say stole a car at gunpoint and led them on a two-county chase.

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Related Topix: Plant City, FL, Hillsborough County, FL

Thu Aug 07, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Officers bend rules to boost sex sting arrest totals

Detectives are crossing the line & sweeping up law-abiding men in sex stings. Sometimes, cops violate the law in an effort to boost arrest numbers.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Pasco County, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Meth trafficking group arrested in Polk

Meth trafficking group arrested in Polk Polk deputies found a drug organization that was selling methamphetamine.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Winter Haven, FL

Wed Aug 06, 2014

Highlands Today

Commissioners start out next budget

Sheriff Susan Benton said people watching Tuesday on television took offense to what commissioners said about the sheriff's office.

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WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Man arrested in plot to have wife killed for $15,000Man arrested in...

Man arrested in plot to have wife killed for $15,000 FDLE arrests man for trying to have wife killed.

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Related Topix: Fort Meade, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Polk Sheriff warns of phone, computer scamPolk Sheriff warns of...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is warning people of phone scammers calling unsuspecting victims who claim to work for a computer diagnostic company.

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Tue Aug 05, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Judd: Men cleared of charges 'sexual predators'

Grady Judd didn't realize - or didn't care - that some men whose faces appeared on a mugshot "big board" had already been cleared of committing crimes.

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Related Topix: Pinellas County, FL, Manatee County, FL

Tampa Bay Newspapers

'Operation Cyber Vigilance' nets 132 arrests

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the results of 'Operation Cyber Vigilance,' which resulted in 132 arrests and 282 charges.

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Related Topix: Pinellas County, FL, Winter Haven, FL

Mon Aug 04, 2014

News 4 Jax

Bullying suit filed after girl's suicide

The mother of a Polk County 12-year-old girl who says her daughter committed suicide after being bullied, filed a lawsuit Monday against those she believes were responsible for her daughter's death.

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Related Topix: Suicide, Lakeland, FL

Click Orlando

Sedwick's mom files bullying suit

SENDING SUPPLIES AND THOUSANDS OF TROOPS HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED TO THE AREA. ONLY ON 6, IN JUST HOURS, THE MOTHER OF A GIRL WHO WAS BULLIED SO BADLY SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE WILL SPEAK OUT.

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Related Topix: Suicide

ABC Action News

5 things you need to know for Monday

Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, August 4, 2014.

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Related Topix: Florida, Tampa, FL, Lakeland, FL

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