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Deputies searching for 30 who fled dog fight in Polk

HAINES CITY, Florida (AP) - More than 30 people who attended a central Florida dog fight could face charges.

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies broke up the fight Saturday after getting an anonymous tip. One person was arrested and four dogs taken into custody by animal control. At least eight vehicles fled, but 15 others were abandoned at the grove, along with cellphones and money. Detectives are tracking down the cars' owners.

Sheriff Grady Judd says he'll aggressively pursue the cases but the investigations will take time.

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Polk firefighter awarded Medal of Heroism

Davenport, Florida -- A local hero was honored by Gov. Rick Scott Thursday at his fire station while surrounded by his fellow firefighters.

PHOTOS: Polk firefighter awarded Medal of Heroism

Firefighter Jordan Caldwell was awarded the Medal of Heroism for his service and courageous actions on the morning of June 14, 2013.

Caldwell, along with his partner, responded to a residential fire and discovered a wood framed house surrounded by heavy smoke.

Brewz Crewz in Lakeland benefits ElderPoint Ministries

Lakeland, Florida --  A local beer fest is doing a lot more than serving up some craft brews, it's helping the elderly get where they need to go.

The Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival in downtown Lakeland helps fund ElderPoint Ministries a transportation program that helps seniors who don't have transportation get where they need to go at no cost.

At least 10 homes damaged by storms

Haines City, FL - Straight line winds tore through a community, leaving several homes damaged.

Wednesday night's storm ripped through parts of the Davenport RV neighborhood, damaging at least 10 homes. Linda McDougald's home was hit the hardest.  The retiree wasn't concerned with the damage as much as the family cat.

"I ran inside and found Daisy. Daisy was fine and there was no water inside, so everything was good," said Linda.

Linda is keeping a positive attitude and staying optimistic as she weathers this storm.

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UPDATE: Winter Haven teens missing after planning to run away together

Winter Haven, Florida -- UPDATE: 15 yr old Angel Santiago Munoz  and 13 yr old Layla Soleil Fernandez were located safe in Winter Haven late last night.


The Winter Haven Police Department is looking for two teens who allegedly ran away together after making plans for more than a week. 

Severe weather leaves mark on Tampa Bay area

Tampa Bay, Florida-- Severe Thunderstorms swept the Tampa Bay area Wednesday afternoon, resulting in several severe thunderstorm warnings, and a tornado warning for three counties. 

Though the storm was relatively short-lived, it left its mark in multiple Bay area communities. 

Two pit bulls that attacked 6-year-old euthanized

Lakeland, Florida -- The two pit bulls that attacked a 6-year-old girl, and three other people, have been euthanized.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office tells 10 News the dogs' owner, Tonya Morse, surrendered them last week.

Deputies say the pit bulls were humanely euthanized.

The pair of dogs jumped a fence in Lakeland back in December and mauled the little girl as she played in her backyard.