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Bartow middle school teacher fired for inappropriate texts, touching student


Bartow, FL -- For the second time this month, a teacher in Polk County is being accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.

This time the alleged victim is a fifth grader at Compass Charter Middle School in Bartow, and the teacher is a 27-year-old man.

"I think it's pretty sad, really," said Matt Spina, who has a son in 6th grade.

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.

Fatal crash in Lake Wales closes portion of Hwy 60 E


Lake Wales, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a deadly crash on Hesperides Road (Hwy 60 E) between a semi truck and a car Thursday.

Preliminary evidence from the scene indicates just before 2:30 p.m., a semi truck heading east collided with a Mercedes that was heading west. The collision occurred in the eastbound lane.

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.