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UPDATE: Missing Winter Haven teen found


Winter Haven, Florida -- UPDATE: Winter Haven Police say 16-year-old Mckenzie Benton has been located and reunited with her mother.

Detectives said they followed leads throughout the day, which included her friends and strangers in the community. She was later found Monday afternoon in the Inwood area by detectives.

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Winter Haven Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 16-year-old girl who was last seen Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Lakeland Man Charged with Domestic Violence


31-year-old Rodney J. Brown, was arrested on Saturday, June 7, 2014, charged with Domestic Battery, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Polk teacher faces more sex charges


Lakeland, Florida -- It looked like a video replay in Polk County Court today.

Yet again, Jennifer Fichter was back in front of a judge, facing an additional 10 charges for allegedly having sex with a minor.

The allegations involve a third student from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy where Fichter was once a teacher, and where police say she used her position to prey on teenage boys.

"She has every sign and indication of a predator," said Sgt. Gary Gross with the Lakeland police department.

Winter Haven woman celebrates 108th birthday


Couple accused of animal cruelty, 18 horses seized


Lakeland, Florida -- A Lakeland couple have been arrested for severely neglecting more than a dozen horses on their property, the Polk County Sheriff's Office says.

28-year-old Jacob Caudy and 24-year-old Emily Cowper face numerous charges, including felony animal cruelty, and 45 counts of confining an animal without sufficient food and water.

Polk County School Crossing Guards Needed


The Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section is in need of school crossing guards to work in areas throughout the county during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Specific areas of need are: southwest Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Haines City, and the Lake Wales areas.

Questions raised after Publix sinkhole


Winter Haven, FL -- That massive sinkhole in the parking lot of a Publix shopping plaza opposite Legoland may not have finished growing yet. Engineers remain on the scene, monitoring the situation.

You might think before any major company or developer starts building on a particular piece of property they would thoroughly check it out for the potential of a sinkhole. But while it turns out Florida law mandates some testing, it may not be enough.