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Winter Haven group wins POWERBALL prize twice

Tampa, Florida - Charlene Elliott, Barbara Woodard and Terri Culvahouse are longtime friends. And theirs is also a winning relationship.

Balloons and pink flamingos greeted the trio today as they turned in a winning POWERBALL ticket worth $200,000.

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"Oh, it's more than pretty exciting; it's wonderful, wonderful," says Elliott of the big win.

The three belong to an 18-member group of workers from the Brandywyne Health Center in Winter Haven. Each week members pitch-in five bucks to buy Florida POWERBALL tickets and last weekend their daydreams came true. "I said, 'Oh goodness,' I couldn't believe it," says Culvahouse of the moment she learned of the win.

Lakeland Police still looking for suspect in brutal murder

Lakeland Police still looking for suspect in brutal murder

Lakeland, Florida -- Volunteers, friends and Lakeland police officers are handing out fliers, hoping one of them may lead to Robin Windsor's killer.

The 53-year-old was found murdered at the Bonny Apartments, near South Road and New Jersey Road, over the weekend.

"She would feed anyone who needed food. She would do anything she could for them and I think she was a real example," said Margaret Parry, a spokesperson with Peace River Center in Bartow.

Friends describe Robin Windsor as a loving person who reached out to just about everyone. Parry knew the 53-year-old from interacting with her at the Peace River Mental Health Center.

Winter Haven man claims self-defense in fatal shooting

Winter Haven man claims self-defense in fatal shooting

Winter Haven, Florida -- A Winter Haven man was charged with 2nd degree murder today after he allegedly shot and killed another man and claimed it was in self-defense.

James Robert Wagner, 47, of Avenue F NW, told police he was at his girlfriend's house to do some maintenance when a man sitting inside a truck next to his became verbally confrontational.

Wagner told police he didn't remember what the other man was saying but when he started to get out of his truck, Wagner - unsure if the man was armed - got his own gun out of his truck and fired, hitting the man in the chest.

"Wagner then called 911 and told the operator that he had shot someone in self-defense," police said.

The victim was identified as Billy Ray Elkins, 40, of West Central Avenue in Winter Haven.

Third trial for Leon Davis, Jr. begins

BARTOW, Florida -- "There we go again. I hope this is the last time we have to go through it."

Those were the words of Julia Hernandez as she stood outside the Polk County Courthouse during a recess from court.

If her frustration and grief strike a familiar chord, there's a reason for it. She has spoken similar words on two previous occasions: the first two murder trials of Leon Davis, Jr.

She and other family members related to the victims hope this third trial will be their last.

"Nobody can go on with their lives," says Hernandez. "We're just hanging there, just waiting and waiting. Going through it over and over again. It's not doing nobody no good."

Davis sat in court today as lawyers once again delivered their opening statements to an all-new jury: all white, 10 women and six men. Davis is African-American.

PCSO seeks grave robbers

PCSO seeks grave robbers

Polk City, FL -- Polk County Sheriff's deputies need the public's help identifying the suspect(s) responsible for grave desecration in Polk City.

Sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 18, the suspect(s) disturbed four gravesites at the Old Platt Cemetery located on Barfield Road east of Smith Road in Polk City.

The suspect(s) also possibly removed remains from some of the graves.

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective David Bright at (863)577-1630, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

New Winter Haven memorial to honor fallen deputies

New Winter Haven memorial to honor fallen deputies

Winter Haven, FL -- A new memorial dedicated to the men and women of the Polk County Sheriff's Office who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 


The new memorial was unveiled Tuesday in front of the PCSO Operations Center at 1891 Jim Keene Blvd. in Winter Haven.


The Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc, is currently raising money to place bronze statues of the agency's fallen officers at the memorial. 

Groundbreaking begins on new Winter Haven school

Groundbreaking begins on new Winter Haven school

Winter Haven, FL -- Groundbreaking began Jan. 7 on the new 15,000 square foot Chain of Lakes Collegiate High school on the campus of Polk State College.


PSC President Dr. Eileen Holden says the doors will open in August 2011.  


The school was founded in 2006 with 68 11th grade students. The current enrollment is 250 11th and 12th grade sudents.