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Lakeland man on trial for murder: 'It wasn't me'

Bartow, FL -- Timothy Carey took the stand in his own defense Wednesday and said he was at a party the night Tommy Eugene Smith was murdered.

Smith was a 37-year-old and a nursing supervisor at Lakeland Regional Medical Center when his body was found during the early evening hours of Oct. 11, 1996.
 
Smith's body was found in an orange grove off Edison and Old Berkley roads, near Auburndale. He'd been shot twice in the head and once in the neck. He had been last seen on Oct. 10, leaving his home around 8 p.m. in his Jeep.

Traffic stop reveals over $2M meth operation in Polk

Polk County, Florida -- Two Poinciana men have been federally indicted for possession of, and intent to distribute more than 500 Grams of Meth, Polk County Sheriff's officials announced Tuesday.

According to their report, 21-year-old Scott Eargood and 27-year-old Santos Zamora-Escobar were arrested after deputies discovered nearly 250 grams of meth and a little under $3,500 in cash during a traffic stop on Thursday, May 2.

Recent Bay area child deaths sadden advocates

New Port Richey, Florida -- Watching the news these past two weeks has brought Maureen Welch to tears.

"It's just so sad," Welch says of reports of a Tampa mother leaving her 7-month-old in a bathtub.

A Citrus mother accused of beating her 2-year-old daughter to death.

47 dogs found living in feces and urine; owners charged

Auburndale, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it found 47 dogs living in deplorable conditions inside an Auburndale home on Friday night. 

The pet owners, 49-year-old Randall Huggins and 55-year-old Bernice Walskey, have each been charged 40 counts of animal cruelty.

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47 dogs rescued from disgusting drug home

Auburndale, Florida -- A check of a home for possible drug activity Friday evening revealed even more -- a disgusting home housing 47 dogs in cages filled urine and feces.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 3900 block of Owens Road and talked with Randall Huggins about the tip of possible drug activity. While they waited for him to secure loose dogs on the property so they could conduct a search, Bernice Walskey arrived.

Man charged with possession of child porn

Polk County, Florida -- A man has been for possession of child porn and video chatting with underage girls. 

It started when Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible transmission of a child pornography video from a residence in Winter Haven. 

Then, on May 3, detectives executed a search warrant of 36-year-old Rayborn Williams' home in Winter Haven. 

DUI driver who allegedly killed 3 appears in court

Mulberry, Florida -- A Lakeland man charged with killing three people in a drunk driving accident last weekend was out of the hospital and in a jail cell.

Edward McCoy, 21, had a blood alcohol level (BAC) so high, it might leave most people struggling to walk, much less drive.

That led the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd to ask: if McCoy didn't have enough sense not to drink and drive, why did nobody else stop him?