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Tricia Norman will speak out about charges being dropped

Lakeland, Florida -- The mother of a girl who committed suicide after being bullied will speak out after charges were dropped against one of the girls who is accused of bullying her daughter. 

11-year-old victim speaks out after being shot in his home

Lake Wales, Florida -- A young boy got a big scare after he was shot at a home in Lake Wales. 

11-year-old Lavoris Jones was standing in the kitchen when he says bullets started flying. He was hit in the arm and is recovering but he knows it could have been a lot worse.

He says early Sunday morning somebody fired six shots into the house. Lavoris's cousin was asleep and woke up when he heard the gunshots.

"I woke up and started crying because I'd seen blood on the floor."

11-year-old boy hit during drive-by shooting in Lake Wales

Lake Wales, Florida -- Police are investigating a drive by shooting that resulted in an 11-year-old boy being shot.

At 2:20 a.m. on November 24, officers responded to a home on West Seminole Avenue in regards to a person being shot through their apartment window.

Reportedly, an 11-year-old boy was struck in the arm by a bullet while he was in the kitchen with his older cousin. Several bullets were fired by an unknown person. 

The 11-year-old boy is in stable condition. 

All lanes back open on I-4 after crash

UPDATE: The accident scene has been cleared and all lanes are back open.


Lakeland, Florida -- A traffic accident on eastbound Interstate 4, east of Kraft Road, is causing delays. Only one lane of traffic is getting through right now.

Sheriff's office looking to fill 300 positions in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County, Florida -- There is a major shortage at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office and officials are looking to hire people who can handle the tough profession.  

To put into perspective how big the shortage is there are 8 openings in Polk County, 13 in Pinellas and 300 in Hillsborough.

It's not an easy job to get. Applicants have to go through a lot in order to serve and protect. A law enforcement position requires 60 semester hours of school or three years in the military. 

Winter Haven man arrested for road rage

Winter Haven, Florida -- A man has been arrested after threatening an escort vehicle with a gun. 

Christopher Cox was driving through a construction area on 320 Avenue on Thursday afternoon. An escort vehicle used to escort large trucks carrying oversized loads was attempting to block a lane of traffic in order to let the large truck through safely.

Police searching for man who attacked teenager

Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a man who stuck hit a 16-year-old in the head with a handgun.

Reportedly, William Hicks accused 16-year-old boy of trying to break into his home. The teen denied the accusations and turned to talk to a friend who was also in the area.

Hicks continued to confront the teen and eventually struck the teen on the head with a black handgun. The victim fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.