Speed is to blame for the death of three young people who died in a horrific car wreck on Highway 98 in Lakeland Saturday night, just before midnight. Lakeland Police said Brittany Lewis, 24, Christopher “CJ” Stewart, 22, and Kathrin “Katie” Pitock, 22, all of Lakeland, died in that crashContinue Reading

Tampa Police arrested a security guard Saturday after he fired his weapon at two people during a confrontation in a parking garage involving public urination. Everoy Farqharson, 31, a security guard employed by Iron Eagle Security, confronted the victims at approximately 2:49 a.m. about urinating in the parking garage andContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Education on Friday released school grades for more than 3,000 schools across the state with the bad news that the overall number of schools with “A” grades declined, according to the report. The Florida Standards Assessment introduced a more difficult grading system a few years ago and schools haven’tContinue Reading

A toddler struck while riding in a stroller at a Gibsonton mobile home park has died, according to Tampa General Hospital. A pick-up truck driver, Brandon Concepcion, 28, accidently drove over Zachary Ustaszewski, 2, on Sunday in Sandy’s Mobil Home Park, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Concepcion is alsoContinue Reading

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that the FBI’s recommendation not to file charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state is “not the end of the story,” predicting more scandals from the presumptive Democratic nominee. In a statement releasedContinue Reading

On Monday, the Temple Terrace Fourth of July parade included a float promoting marijuana use. For the second year in a row a float that included a 10 foot mechanical joint emitting smoke was allowed in the parade. Members of the prevention community are outraged that a float, complete withContinue Reading

On Wednesday, July 6, the Florida Muslim community will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers. [NOTE: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. Consult localContinue Reading

As the Sunshine State battles thick, algae blooms across miles and miles of Florida coastline, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s supporters speak out, looking for voters. Governor Rick Scott issued the executive order in four counties after samples taken from the St. LucieContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, one of the country’s largest sheriff’s departments, is critically short on deputies, creating a major stress for coverage against threats of terrorism, drunk driving, and general public safety. “We do have a shortage, but I can tell you right now we have no shortage of dedicationContinue Reading

At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 79th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet to be held June 25, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Bradenton, ten outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in theContinue Reading

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida observes June’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, a month where the Armed Forces and Americans throughout the country celebrate those in the LGBT community whose struggles, sacrifices and successes have and continue to shape the history of this nation and remind everyoneContinue Reading

Lakeland Police have identified the man found in the mouth of an alligator earlier this week in Lake Hunter. Richard Zachary Taylor, 72, was identified by his fingerprints, says police. The medical examiner is still conducting a toxicology report. The alligator was captured late Tuesday and authorities confirmed it had remainsContinue Reading

After a massive two-day manhunt which included helicopters, K-9s, and dozens of police, the 30-year-old Brandon Goggins finally was apprehended Friday morning. Goggins showed up on Jessica Weightman’s family farm right across from Safety Town, the area where deputies were focusing. He’d spent some of the night in the swamp across the road.Continue Reading