January 27, 2015

Headlines Now:

Ridge Classifieds Listing : Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income -

Friday, January 23, 2015

MANDI DUNAWAY SELECTED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH AT LAKE WALES MEDICAL CENTER -

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fun Friday – Central Florida Rum and Food Experience 2015 -

Friday, January 23, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JANUARY 23, 2015 -

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s Your Chance to Win 2 Free Tickets to Wine Walk & Shop -

Friday, January 23, 2015

PCSO & LWPD Currently Working Situation Near John’s Appliance On Hwy 27 S. -

Thursday, January 22, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JANUARY 22, 2015 -

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Witnesses Report Plane Struck Lakeland Warehouse Building & Burst Into Flames -

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hwy 27 Totally Blocked In Sebring After Rollover Accident and Onlooker Accident -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JANUARY 21, 2015 -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wacky Wednesday – Hotel Owner Finds Tree Stump That Looks Like E.T. -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ridgeclassifieds.com Listing: Recently Forclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lake Wales Wine Walk & Shop – Join us for a Roaring 1920′s Themed Event to Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary of Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UPDATE: Traffic Fatality On US Hwy 17 Blocking Lanes -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robbery Investigation at a Local Motel -

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HEALTH INSURANCE DEADLINE LOOMS -

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Preventing Injuries for the Throwing Athlete, Part II -

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Overturned Semi Blocking E. Johnson Ave. In Haines City -

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Public Hearing Tonight Renaming Washington Avenue To President Barack Obama Avenue -

Monday, January 19, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – JANUARY 19, 2015 -

Monday, January 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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