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Police investigate crash in which car went airborne three times

Mulberry, Florida -- Police are investigating a crash where a car went airborne three times and the driver died as a result. 

Around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, Jeremiah Simpson was driving his Volvo south on State Road 37. As Simpson crossed over SR 60, the car hit a bump, went airborne and then bottomed out, striking the bottom of the car on the roadway, leaving several gouge marks.

Road reopens after fatal crash in Bartow

Polk County, Florida -- Traffic deputies have released the details of a fatal crash in Bartow that shut down part of 80 Foot Road for nearly five hours Friday.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Amanda Hughes of Bartow was driving her burgundy Nissan Altima north along 80 Foot Road around 2:15 p.m. Witnesses said she was speeding when she swerved, over-corrected and began to fishtail. 

Winter Haven student heartbroken after seeing teacher die

Winter Haven, Florida -- A school is in mourning after a beloved teacher died in a car crash while giving a student a ride home.

Shirelle Baldwin was giving her student Taniea Baldwin a ride home from school around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. At the intersection of Highway 92 and Highway 17 their car was hit by 22-year-old Christopher Fugua after her ran a red light.

Though teacher and student share the same name they are not related.

3 arrested for grow house in Polk County

Poinciana, Florida -- Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's office seized over 100 lbs of marijuana from a home in Poinciana.

Detectives were alerted to unusual activity at a home on Partridge Way and executed a search warrant on November 14. During the search detectives found three rooms being used to grow marijuana which included:

Polk Co. teacher killed in tragic, Lake Alfred crash

Lake Alfred, Florida-- A Polk County teacher lost her life in a tragic car accident late Thursday afternoon.

Shirelle Baldwin, 44, was a teacher at New Beginnings High School in Winter Haven. She was driving with a student, 18-year-old Taniea Baldwin (no relation), when the accident happened. 

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Baldwin was given the green light to make a left onto US Highway 92 from Lake Alfred Road when she was struck by 22-year-old Christopher Fuqua. 

Free admission on Thursdays at Polk Museum

Lakeland, Florida -- Culture? Good. Free culture? Even better!

Beginning this Thursday and every Thursday for the the coming year, folks can enjoy free admission to the Polk Museum of Art.

The admission deal is being made possible thanks to a sponsorship agreement with the "Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation."

The charity is a family-based organization which makes sizable donations to various grouos and cases around the world.

Thursday is not the only day the deal is available.

New, tough tobacco ban for Polk schools

Lakeland, Florida - In Polk County schools, a new and much tougher anti-tobacco policy has gone into effect.

The ban extends well-past the school's walls and beyond school hours.

And while its target may be the students, the rules apply to grown-ups too.

The idea of using tobacco in school went up in smoke a long time ago, but Polk County's new rules go way being the halls and walls.

Even outside areas are now off-limits.