Fans can meet with talk show host as she celebrates her latest release New York Times best-selling author Elisabeth Hasselbeck will host two Florida book signings where she will meet fans and sign copies of her new book, “Point of View: A Fresh Look at Faith, Work and Freedom” – named one ofContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 14-year-old Dakota Hall of Lakeland Tuesday for one count written threat to kill or injure others. Hall, who was recently expelled from Lakeland Christian School (LCS), posted two threats via Snapchat indicating he would shoot and kill numerous students. According to the arrest affidavit,Continue Reading

A Lakeland school principal recently earned a state-wide “Principal of the Year” award, praised for his inclusion of technology into the daily learning processes. Lawton Chiles Middle Academy Principal Brian Andrews told Bay News 9 that he’s always reading technology-related news stories, searching for new ideas and devices that studentsContinue Reading

While voters will take to the polls in Pinellas, Manatee and Polk counties to cast ballots for mayor and/or various referendums, the big race in the area is in St. Pete: Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St. Petersburg versus the former mayor Rick Baker taking back the office. The two candidates have raised $2.6 millionContinue Reading

Investigators in Tennessee Monday found a 4-year-old girl who disappeared from her central Florida home on Saturday, and said the former family friend accused of kidnapping her is now in custody. Rebecca Lewis and her kidnapper, “West Wild Hogs,” were located in a vehicle near a Memphis hospital. A nurse recognized theContinue Reading

Three employees of a Lakeland Walmart store are now facing manslaughter charges after an investigation into a shoplifter’s death. Police identified those arrested as Nathan Allen Higgins, Crucelis Nunez, Randall Eugene Tomko and charged them with the  manslaughter death of Kenneth Edger Wisham. On Thursday, Lakeland Police arrested store support manager Higgins,Continue Reading

Polk County police have arrested the president of the Kathleen High School Athletic Booster Club for abusing purchasing power and stealing funds. Identified as Aaron Wilborn, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd detailed the case for the media and members of the community. Investigators say Wilborn stole more than $9,800 from the Kathleen High School AthleticContinue Reading

Police in Lakeland are looking for the murderer in the shooting death of Johnathan “Jay” Charles-Pierre, pronounced dead last night,  just before 11 p.m. Monday. Officers responded to the report of gun shots to find Charles-Pierre, 35, dead with gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The home, located at 940 CastleContinue Reading

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

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

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