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Fatal crash in Lake Wales closes portion of Hwy 60 E


Lake Wales, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's deputies have closed a portion of Hesperides Road (Hwy 60 E) due to a fatal crash involving a semi and a car Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say when they got to the scene of the crash, the car was fully engulfed in flames. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m.

Both east and westbound lanes of traffic have been closed from Highway 630 to County Line Road. All traffic will be diverted from the area as deputies investigate.

While a teacher, who police say had sex with student appears in court, another family comes forward about the 29 year old.


Polk County, Florida -- New details tonight in the case of a Polk County teacher police say had sex with a 17-year-old student, allegedly got pregnant, and had an abortion.

Sentencing scheduled for 1981 shooting rampage


BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A 64-year-old man is expected to learn whether he will receive life imprisonment or be sent back to Florida's death row for a 1981 shooting rampage that left three people dead, including a Polk County sheriff's deputy.

Funeral held for Bay area soldier killed at Fort Hood


LAKELAND, Florida (AP) - A soldier killed in shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month is being remembered at private services in central Florida.

Hunter claims panther attacked him


LAKE WALES, Florida -- Wildlife officials say a Lake Wales hunter claims he was attacked by a Florida panther while calling turkeys near Lake Kissimmee.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, if the hunter's claims are true, it would be the first recorded panther attack on a human since the 1800s.

Fort Hood shooting victim's body to return to Florida


TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The body of one of the three soldiers killed in the rampage at Fort Hood will be returning to the Tampa Bay area.

The remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson will arrive at the Tampa International Airport Friday evening. Ferguson attended high school in Polk County.

Polk County municipal elections results


Polk County, Florida -- Here are the results of tonight's municipal elections in Polk County.

Bartow

City Commission Seat 4 At Large

Patricia "Trish" Burdin-Pfeiffer 851

Gerald J. Cochran 159

Joe DeLegge 501

James L. Slaughter 100

Davenport

Commissioner Seat 1