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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

Fantasy of Flight closing to public

Polk City, Florida -- The owner of Polk County's aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight has made the decision to close its doors to the public in April.

Kermit Weeks issued a letter to employees saying a "misperception" by the public of the attraction's purpose led to his decision to move forward with his vision of what he knows it can become.

Bartow toddler run over while riding tricycle

BARTOW, FL (AP) - A 2-year-old boy is dead after a pickup truck backed over him as he rode a tricycle in a central Florida mobile home park.

Bartow police say the incident happened around 6 p.m. Monday.

According to police 53-year-old Lorenzo Jimenez-Guillen was backing out of his driveway when he hit Alex Menendez.

Police are investigating.

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