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Bartow celebrates Valentine's Day with first Group Wedding

Bartow, Florida -- It was a Valentine's Day to remember in Polk County for 28 couples who tied the knot in the first Group Wedding event in Bartow Friday.

The soon-to-be husbands and wives, walked one after another, down the isle to the Old Courthouse Steps that's now the History Center.

Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield officiated the ceremony.

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City manager accused of 'turning blind eye' to LPD chief problems

Lakeland, Florida-- A new report from Polk State Attorney Jerry Hill accuses city Manager Doug Thomas of "turning a blind eye to improper actions concerning Police chief Lisa Womack," a report announced Friday.

10 News received a copy of the investigation which says, "City Manager Doug Thomas did have real time knowledge and was cautioned about numerous improper administrative decisions made by Chief of Police Lisa Womack during her tenure."

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.

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.

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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.

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.