April 16, 2014

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Readers Want To Know What Is The Halo Around The Sun Today -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COOKING ON THE RIDGE – Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wacky Wednesday – Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands In China -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Florida Small Craft Brewers Under Attack From State Law Makers -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Polk Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Haines City Woman Allegedly Steals 250K From Lake Wales Employer -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lake Wales Retail Theft Arrests Since April 4 – Other Charges Explain Why LEO Go After Them -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Operation “Sticky Hands” Suspect Exposed By PCSO -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Female Body Found Near Car Of Missing Winter Haven Woman -

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Polk Woman In Critical Condition After Accident Where Alcohol May Be A Factor -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pedestrian Struck By Multiple Cars Dies In Lakeland -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Missing & Possibly Endangered Adult – Have You Seen Lynda Sorrell From Winter Haven -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Car Flipped Over On Timberlane – Driver Flees Scene Prompting PCSO K9 Pursuit -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Winter Haven Police Searching For Bank Robbery Suspect -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bus Transporting Grove Workers Flipped Over On Hwy27 -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sheriff Seeking Public’s Help In Catching Armed Robbery Suspect – He Is Considered Armed & Dangerous -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texting Driver: Video -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mother Arrested In Lake Wales After Allegedly Having 5 Year Old Help Her Steal -

Monday, April 7, 2014

What Happened To Mary Rhodes – Bones Identified as 35 Year Old Woman -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Man Shot By Winter Haven Home Owner Identified As Mitchell Large -

Monday, April 7, 2014

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    Readers Want To Know What Is The Halo Around The Sun Today

      Lake Wales, Florida – We have had a bunch of readers contact us here at Daily Ridge wanting to know what is the ring around the sun today. Well it’s similar to the affect we saw on June 4, 2012 which we wrote about then. It’s called a 22 degree halo. According to NASA, the ring appears when high thin clouds cover much of the sky. Those clouds contain milllions of tiny ice crystals, each of which acts like a miniature lens. Full Story

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    COOKING ON THE RIDGE – Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

    Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 40 min Prep: 4 hr 40 min YIELD: 1 pie   ingredients 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate cookies 1 cup peanut butter, in all 1/4 pound cream cheese 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts 2 3/4 cups heavy cream, in all 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine the cookie crust with 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Combine the mixture thoroughly and press into a 9-inch springform pan. Bake the…

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    Wacky Wednesday – Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands In China

    Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands In China   The Huffington Post  | by  Hilary Hanson     A baby born with four arms and four legs had his extra limbs surgically removed on Friday. The boy, born April 2 in China’s Guangdong Province, is in stable condition after the surgery, the Global Times reports. Yu Jiakang, chief surgeon at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, told the Yangcheng Evening News that the baby was born joined at the torso to a headless parasitic twin. According to the Evening News, the mother underwent five examinations at various local clinics and…

  • Florida Craft Brewers May Have To Sell To Distributors To Sell Beer In Their Own Establishments.

    Florida Small Craft Brewers Under Attack From State Law Makers

    (Reuters) – Beer fans line up every winter at Intuition Ale Works in north Florida for the annual tapping of Underdark, a world-class dark brew aged for a year in bourbon barrels that sells out quickly even at $15 a bottle. Ben Davis, who owns the four-year-old local craft brewery in Jacksonville, counts on Underdark’s two-day spike in revenue to grow his small business. But a bill pending in the Florida Senate that would cut into Underdark’s profit has craft beer-makers crying foul. The law would force craft brewers to sell their bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor….

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    Polk Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student

    Lakeland, Florida – According to reports on April 14, the Lakeland Police Department received information from the victim’s mother that her son was allegedly engaged in sexual activity with his English teacher who is employed at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, 4141 Medulla Road, Lakeland, Florida. The English teacher who has been accused has been identified as Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29 years of age. It was discovered that the victim, 17 years of age and Fichter had been texting each other with Fichter using two different alias’ and later meeting in the early morning hours for sex in the parking…

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POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – APRIL 16, 2014

Apr 16, 2014

Every weekday around mid-day we will have the Polk Mugshot of The Day. The mugshot will be someone arrested in Polk County in the past couple of weeks. The mugshot along with the charges will be posted. Please remember these individuals are innocent until proven guilty.      GARRISON, MARY  MORGAN Race: W    Sex: F    DOB: 12/18/1968 Height: 508     Weight: 110 Charges: DISORDERLY INTOX-DISORDER INTOX PUBLIC PLACE CAUSE The views, opinions, positions or strategies expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, positions or strategies of…

Florida Craft Brewers May Have To Sell To Distributors To Sell Beer In Their Own Establishments.

Florida Small Craft Brewers Under Attack From State Law Makers

Apr 15, 2014

(Reuters) – Beer fans line up every winter at Intuition Ale Works in north Florida for the annual tapping of Underdark, a world-class dark brew aged for a year in bourbon barrels that sells out quickly even at $15 a bottle. Ben Davis, who owns the four-year-old local craft brewery in Jacksonville, counts on Underdark’s two-day spike in revenue to grow his small business. But a bill pending in the Florida Senate that would cut into Underdark’s profit has craft beer-makers crying foul. The law would force craft brewers to sell their bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor….

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Polk Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student

Apr 15, 2014

Lakeland, Florida – According to reports on April 14, the Lakeland Police Department received information from the victim’s mother that her son was allegedly engaged in sexual activity with his English teacher who is employed at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, 4141 Medulla Road, Lakeland, Florida. The English teacher who has been accused has been identified as Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29 years of age. It was discovered that the victim, 17 years of age and Fichter had been texting each other with Fichter using two different alias’ and later meeting in the early morning hours for sex in the parking…

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Readers Want To Know What Is The Halo Around The Sun Today

  Lake Wales, Florida – We have had a bunch of readers contact us here at Daily Ridge wanting to know what is the ring around the sun today. Well it’s similar to the affect we saw on June 4, 2012 which we wrote about then. It’s called a 22 degree halo. According to NASA, the ring appears when high thin clouds cover much of the sky. Those clouds contain milllions of tiny ice crystals, each of which acts like a miniature lens. Full Story

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Haines City Woman Allegedly Steals 250K From Lake Wales Employer

Lake Wales, Florida – On November 19, 2013, Lake Wales Police Detective Ivelisse Rodriguez, was contacted by Pam Thompson, the owner of Central Florida Manufactured Home Sales, a Lake Wales business specializing in manufactured homes re-sales, concerning the theft of money by a former employee. During the course of Detective Rodriguez’s investigation, it was discovered that Melissa Platt Ginther allegedly falsified documents, from 2010 to 2013, in an attempt to hide money that she was suspected of illegally obtaining for her personal use. During the investigation it was determined the amount allegedly stolen exceeded $250,000.00. Ginther was taken into custody…

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Lake Wales Retail Theft Arrests Since April 4 – Other Charges Explain Why LEO Go After Them

Lake Wales, Florida – A large sting operation was recently conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in which 41 suspects were arrested. We thought we would share some the arrests this past week conducted by the Lake Wales Police Department here in Lake Wales. During some retail theft cases, suspects are not taken to Polk County Jail and their mugshot taken. In those cases suspects are arrested by affidavit and given a court date. So not all arrests have mugshots. Additionally mugshots are not normally available for 48 hours. April 4, 2014 2000 SR 60 E (Wal-Mart) – Poss…

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Sheriff’s Office Arrests 41 During Operation “Sticky Hands”

PCSO Organized Retail Crime Detectives Make 41 Arrests During Two Day Operation From Wednesday, April 9th through Thursday, April 10th, 2014, detectives assigned to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Unit arrested 37 suspects for various retail theft charges after conducting surveillance at a number of Polk County retail stores during “Operation Sticky Hands.” Detectives worked closely with multiple loss prevention staff at the following retailers in Polk County during the two day operation: Marshalls & T.J.Maxx, Target, Bealls & Bealls Outlets, Walmart, Publix, Home Depot, Belk, and Walgreens. 4 others were arrested on other (non-theft) charges….