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Interviews released in Lakeland Chief's suspension

Lakeland, FL -- The State Attorney's Office 20-page report suggests Chief Lisa Womack abused her authority to gain favoritism for her husband's nephew, Rhett Hughes.

READ: Summary of SAO report on Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack (pdf)

Lakeland police chief placed on administrative leave

Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave less than a week after announcing her resignation.

City Manager Doug Thomas announced Thursday he has placed Chief Womack on administrative leave after reviewing the results of a State Attorney's Office investigation documenting Womack allegedly violated rules in the hiring practices used for a Public Safety Aide (PSA) position in order to benefit her nephew.

Local bone marrow recipient meets life-saving donor

Lakeland, Florida-- Imagine you're told you have three-to-six months to live, but thanks to the generosity of others, it's been over a year-and-a-half and counting.

John Ciempa, a 66-year-old resident of Lakeland, suffers from a rare bone marrow disorder, and was told he needed a bone marrow match to survive.

In may of 2012, a match was delivered, and now John graciously gets to meet the man who saved his life, 31-year-old Christopher Howard, a New York firefighter.

Bone marrow donation saves Lakeland man

Brooklyn, New York -- A Bay area man came face to face for the first time with a firefighter who saved his life from miles away.

66-year old John Ciempa from Lakeland was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and needed a bone marrow transplant.

His life was saved by a donation made by Christopher Howard, a New York City firefighter.

The two met for the first time earlier today at the FDNY Brooklyn headquarters.

Polk Sheriff: "Smile, kid, you're on candid camera!"

Lake Wales, Florida -- Dealing with thieves is all in a day's work at any law enforcement agency, so it's understandable that sometimes they may get the itch to poke fun at those that think they can get away with their crimes -- especially in this day and age of technology.

And that's just what the Polk County Sheriff's Office did in a Facebook post Wednesday morning.

Gov. Scott's budget includes $279M for Tampa Bay transportation improvements

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- In the proposal of his nearly $74.2 billion budget for 2014 released Wednesday, Gov. Scott included a record $8.8 billion towards transportation improvements throughout the state.

The budget makes the following investments:

Bartow Health Department gives to give free dental exams

Bartow, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health in Polk County will offer free comprehensive dental exams to kids on February 7. 

The dental exams will be for children to children age 3 through 8th grade in recognition of Give Kids a Smile Day. Exams will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Haines City Dental Clinic.