August 29, 2015

Headlines Now:

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives Arrest Lake Wales Man in Connection to St. Paul Drive Homicide -

Friday, August 28, 2015

Polk City Man Indicted On Murder Charges In July Stabbing -

Friday, August 28, 2015

Joint Task Force Takes Down Winter Haven Child Predator Suspect -

Friday, August 28, 2015

Come In And Get Recharged with One of These Specials at The Oasis Spa -

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fun Friday – Tram Nature Tours at Circle B Bar Reserve -

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our Children’s Academy Receives Grant from The CVS Foundation -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hope for Charlotte Fundraiser – Saturday August 29, 2015 – At The Frostproof Depot from 11AM to 4PM -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Body Found On Hollingsworth Rd. Ruled Homicide -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Don’t forget YMCA offers Child Care, VPK Before and Afterschool Enrollment -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

426 Additional Charges of Child Pornography against Polk County Jail Imate and “Sextortion” Suspect Daniel Dunfree -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Accident Involving School Bus Vs. Motorcyclist -

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lakeland Fire Department Battle Tire Center Fire -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

11 Month Old Baby Drowns In Family Pool -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don’t let your A/C maintenance go! You need to get your A/C system checked and cleaned by the professionals at Iceberg Air Conditioning. -

Monday, August 24, 2015

COOKING ON THE RIDGE: BLUEBERRY FOOLS -

Monday, August 24, 2015

Polk County Fire Rescue Makes Reptile Rescue From Fire -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When Planning on Giving False Identification to Law Enforcement, One Might Know the Criminal History of the Identity Being Used -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lake Wales Family YMCA – Child Care, VPK, Before and Afterschool -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sept. 11 Deadline to Contest 2015 Property Values -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lakeland Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges -

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Two Children Killed In Tragic Auto Accident In Auburndale

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Auburndale, Florida – Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2013,  a grey 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by 24-year-old Leighton Shane Hopper of  West Lake Cannon Drive in Winter Haven was heading westbound on Havendale Blvd approaching the intersection with New Jersey Road, when it collided with a black 2006 Volkswagen Beetle being driven by 60-year-old Linda Hood Mercer of 607 Oak Street in Auburndale, which was heading southbound on New Jersey approaching the intersection of Havendale.

The two cars collided in the intersection. This intersection has traffic control devices. Preliminarily, according to witnesses, it appears Hopper had a red light but went through the intersection anyway.

Hopper’s truck rolled one complete rotation and landed right side up. Hopper was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to Winter Haven Hospital with minor injuries. He was the only occupant of his vehicle.

Mercer’s car crossed three lanes of traffic and came to a rest facing south on the south shoulder of Havendale. She was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to LRMC with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Mercer’s passengers and their conditions are:

14-year-old Audrey Mercer of  Oak Street in Auburndale, seated in the front passenger seat, was wearing a seatbelt and did not have any significant injuries. She did not go to a hospital;

The passenger seated behind the driver in the back seat 10 year old Morgan Milligan of Malibu Drive in Lake Wales, was killed. The passenger in the middle of the back seat 10-year-old Mikalia Rojas of  Oak Street in Auburndale, was also killed. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office both children were not wearing seatbelts.

8-year-old Maleah Rojas of Oak Street in Auburndale, seated in the back seat behind the front seat passenger, was not wearing a seatbelt. She was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital and is in very critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. The roadway was closed until approximately 11:30 p.m.

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