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Lakeland city manager knew interim police chief was being investigated

Lakeland, Florida -- The Lakeland Police Department has been under scrutiny following nearly seven months of scandal. Just in the past week, Police Chief Lisa Womack resigned and the state attorney released a scathing investigative summary about her resulting in the city manager putting her on administrative leave.

Now, Larry Giddens, the man appointed as the interim chief, is also in the hot seat.

Accused bully's mother gets probation for child abuse

Lakeland, Florida -- The mother of one of the girls who was accused of bullying 14-year-old Rebecca Sedwick pleaded guilty to counts of child abuse Monday.

SEE ALSO: Parents of alleged bully speaks

Bok Tower Gardens to receive $12 million makeover

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - Bok Tower Gardens, a central Florida landmark, is aiming for a $12 million renovation.

The cost will pay for the creation of new gardens and restoration of existing ones, all tethered by a new, hard-surface path, giving full access to the disabled and parents with strollers. Annual members have raised all but $4.3 million of the needed funds.

Lakeland Mayor reacts to latest LPD developments

Lakeland, Florida - An outspoken critic of Lakeland Mayor Police Chief Lisa Womack is reacting to the latest developments out of the department.

"We knew there was some things going on," said Mayor Howard Wiggs.

He is responding to two issues: the State Attorney's report that showed she tried to get her nephew a job even though he wasn't qualified, and a retired Lakeland Police Officer who said he was threatened by the new interim chief.

Man walks into Polk Co. schools, steals property

Polk County, Florida -- Polk County deputies are searching for a man who has been stealing personal property from teachers during school hours at various schools.

Authorities say Don Stephens has a lengthy criminal history for theft and is a suspect in at least three school thefts in Polk County Schools. Stephens has entered three schools and stolen wallets and purses from teachers who thought he was a custodian. 

Interim Lakeland police chief under investigation

Lakeland, Florida -- While Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has resigned from her position with the department, 10 News has learned her temporary replacement is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation.

Retired Lakeland Police Officer Jimmy Mock says he can't believe that the person chosen to replace her on an interim basis is Assistant Police Chief Larry Giddens.

"It's almost like they traded one bad apple for another," Mock says.

SCAM ALERT: Don't fall for "Ring and Runs"

Clearwater, Florida-- Cell phone users everywhere should be cautious of a new scam that could jack up their phone bills for simply answering the phone, or returning a missed call. 

The Better Business Bureau has received several reports of what they're calling "Ring and Runs", or "The One Ring Scam" from wireless customers nationwide.