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Sinkhole opens up in parking lot near Legoland


Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven police say a possible sinkhole has opened up on Cypress Gardens Blvd, in the parking lot of a Publix shopping center. This is right across the street from Legoland.

Police say the hole is about 70 feet wide and 15 feet deep. The parking lot continues to buckle in areas out from the hole. The property owners have contacted geologists to come out and evaluate the hole.

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Lakeland couple and their friend remembered fondly


Lakeland, Florida -- Sheriff Grady Judd from the Polk County Sheriff's Office says at 9 p.m. Monday night a 14-year-old girl came home to find her mother shot to death.

When deputies responded to the home at the corner of Old Highway 31 and Cherry Lane in Lakeland, they discovered the bodies of two more people but learned the girl's uncle, David Smith, was gone.

Sheriff Judd said deputies put out a bulletin to be on the lookout for 27-year-old Smith, who was considered a suspect in the murders.

UPDATE: Polk triple murder suspect David Smith in custody after Tennessee standoff dies


Knoxville, Tenn. (WTSP/WBIR) -- A man, accused of killing three people in Florida, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff in West Knox County.

DCF recommends Winter Haven daycare be shut down


Winter Haven, Florida - 10 News is digging deeper on allegations of abuse at a Winter Haven daycare. The complaints are so serious that Florida's Department of Children and Families wants to revoke the facility's license and shut the place down.

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DCF: Day care center threatened children


Winter Haven, Florida -- The Department of Children and Families is trying to revoke a Winter Haven day care center's license.

Among a number of complaints, workers at the Cypress Oaks School are accused of threatening children and forcing some to go without food as punishment.

Rattlesnake bites bulldog, puppies in Polk County


LAKE WALES, Florida (AP) - A woman says her American bulldog and two puppies were bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake near the steps of her rural central Florida home.

Lakeland task force to tackle gang crimes


Polk County, Florida -- A task force aimed at fighting gang crimes in Lakeland met tonight.

The city council Is heading up the effort.

The meeting focused on efforts to find 1,000 mentors that can serve as role models to troubled teens, and plans to create a partnership between law enforcement and the school board to help students who may be feeling pressured to join a gang.