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  1. Teens duped in recruitment scandal to stay in USRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2015 | ABC Action News

    The four foreign students caught up in the Lake Wales recruiting scandal will be allowed to stay in the United States, according to their host mother. Lora Donley tells ABC Action News that agents with Homeland Security hope to have the documents finalized this week that will allow the boys to stay in Lake Wales and finish up their education at Lake Wales High School.

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  2. Local sailor dies while hiking in HawaiiRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2015 | ABC Action News

    The Navy says the 21-year-old man who fell about 50 feet to his death off an Oahu hiking trail was a Pearl Harbor-based sailor from Florida. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reports the hiker was with a group when he fell shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday on the Pali Notches trail.

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  3. E-mails released in foreign recruiting scandalRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 17, 2015 | ABC Action News

    Newly released e-mails from former Coach Randy Lee, Principal Donna Dunson, and staff members, show a pattern of the coach's desire to recruit foreign students from the time he first started at Lake Wales High School two and a half years ago. Lee resigned last week in the wake of the scandal that was detailed at a board meeting on Monday night.

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  4. Lake Wales coach faces multiple investigationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 17, 2015 | ABC Action News

    Five agencies are investigating a former Polk County basketball coach who was forced to resign following allegations that he recruited students from foreign countries without the district's approval. Lee is accused of bringing five foreign students to Polk County to play basketball despite school leaders repeatedly warning him not to do so over the course of two years.

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  5. Man sentenced to life for killing grandmotherRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 13, 2015 | ABC Action News

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Gloria Helfrich was murdered by her grandson in her Lake Wales, Fla., home. Authorities say Smiddie shot Gloria Marie Helfrich in the back of the head with a crossbow and stabbed her more than 90 times in her home.

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  6. 'Meat Man' busted for reselling stolen steaksRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2015 | ABC Action News

    An undercover sting operation led to the arrest of four operators of small convenient stores in Lake Wales and Lakeland, along with a so-called "Meat Man," all dealing in stolen merchandise. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the "Meat Man" is Caesar Pugh, 53, a Lakeland resident who steals steaks and chops from local supermarkets, and then resells the meat on the street out of his cooler.

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  7. 2 officers injured responding to Polk shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | ABC Action News

    Two police officers have been injured tonight in Lake Wales while responding to a shooting, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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  8. Lake Wales officer accused of sex with minorRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | ABC Action News

    A Lake Wales police sergeant was arrested Tuesday and charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Aaron Woodford Barnes, 37, denied the allegations after he was arrested while on duty, according to the Lake Wales Police Department.

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  9. Police seeking two in Lake Wales purse theftRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | ABC Action News

    The purse was stolen Dec. 22 from behind an employee counter at a Dillard's where the victim worked, police said.

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  10. Shoplifter fakes heart attack in WalmartRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2014 | ABC Action News

    Two men stole a shopping cart full of expensive toys Tuesday from a Walmart using an unusual ploy: Faking a heart attack. Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, filled the shopping cart with about $369 worth of toys at the Lake Wales store, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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  11. Mother of boy abused by bus monitor speaks outRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 12, 2014 | ABC Action News

    The mother of a special needs boy who deputies said was beaten by a school bus monitor told ABC Action News on Friday that changes need to be made to stop future abuse. Michelle Kelley spoke exclusively to Action News after the arrest of Clara McGriff, the bus monitor accused of abusing Kelley's son.

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  12. Lake Wales may rename Washington Ave after ObamaRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | ABC Action News

    The City of Lake Wales will hold a public hearing next month on whether to change Washington Avenue to Barack Obama Avenue. David Smith, president of the Lake Wales chapter of the NAACP, said the group thought about paying respect to the president this spring.

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  13. Sheriff: Polk bus monitor hit special needs boyRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | ABC Action News

    A Polk County bus monitor was arrested Wednesday on charges that she struck and pinned down an 8-year-old special needs student. Clara McGriff, 52, of Lake Wales faces a charge of negligent child abuse, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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  14. Cops: Parents left unresponsive baby with sitterRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2014 | ABC Action News

    LAKE WALES, Fla - A Lake Wales couple remains behind bars after leaving their 1-year-old child with a babysitter despite knowing he was very sick and needed medical attention, police say. Anthony Ristau, 25, and Sabrina Rodriguez, 31, both of 3920 Morgan Horse Way, told police they left their son with a family friend back on October 24 so they could drive to Bartow about a job opportunity, an arrest affidavit states.

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  15. Two-year-old struck and killed in Lake WalesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2014 | ABC Action News

    A small Polk County community's shock has now turned to heartache. "This is a horrible thing.

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  16. Boy killed on U.S. 27 while trick or treatingRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 | ABC Action News

    A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a grove hauler bus Friday night while trick or treating in Lake Wales, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The boy was hit about 7:25 p.m. as a group of adults and children trick or treated in neighborhoods on U.S. 27 and First Avenue, deputies said.

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  17. Train tracks damage vehicles on Hwy 60 in PolkRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 26, 2014 | ABC Action News

    Eastbound lanes of Highway 60 are closed Friday morning between Bartow and Lake Wales after train tracks became dislodged and damaged several vehicles. Deputies were called to the area of Highway 60 East, just west of Lake Wales Road South around 3:00 a.m. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a large portion of railroad track running across Highway 60 in the east bound lanes has become dislodged from the main track, creating a significant road obstruction.

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