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Highway dedicated to woman killed in 2008 accident

Highway dedicated to woman killed in 2008 accident

BARTOW, Florida -- A section of U.S. Highway 27 was officially designated the Heather Hurd Memorial Highway during a special ceremony this morning.

The dedication was done as a cooperative effort between the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization and the state Department of Transportation.

The formal dedication will consist of guest speakers from the county, a representative from state Sen. Paula Dockery's office, Heather's father, Russell Hurd, and others. Mr. Hurd was presented with a commemorative replica sign.

Lakeland man accused of stabbing wife to death arrested

Lakeland man accused of stabbing wife to death arrested

Lakeland, Florida --  Sunday night Polk County Sheriff's office arrested a Lakeland man who is accused of stabbing his wife to death.

According to investigators, Radiah Enzor's son woke up when he heard his mother screaming around 6 a.m. Sunday. He told detectives he ran into her bedroom and found his stepfather, 32-year-old Reginald Enzor, stabbing her repeatedly with a large knife. The son ran to a neighbor's home and called 911.

Suspect sought in December 30 shooting in Lakeland

Lakeland, FL -- Police continue to investigate the events that led to a shooting in Lakeland.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of Connestee Road and was reported on December 30 around 10 p.m. Dwayne Smith of Mulberry was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

Officers continue to interveiw witnesses and following leads. Several people in the area at the time recall hearing gunshots.

The investigation is ongoing.

FBI: No foul play in Winter Haven woman's cruise ship death

FBI: No foul play in Winter Haven woman's cruise ship death

MIAMI (AP) -- The FBI says there was no foul play in the disappearance of a woman who fell from a cruise ship two years ago.

The agency recently wrapped up its investigation into what happened on Christmas night 2008 when 36-year-old Jennifer Ellis-Seitz of Winter Haven fell from a balcony of the Miami-based Norwegian Pearl.

Ellis-Seitz and her husband, Raymond Seitz, took the cruise to celebrate their first anniversary. Four days after Ellis-Seitz disappeared, her family issued a statement saying she had emotional troubles and likely chose to end her life.

Despite a search by the U.S. Coast Guard, the woman's body was never recovered.


Man dies, woman critical in Lake Wales crash

Man dies, woman critical in Lake Wales crash

Lake Wales, FL -- A two-vehicle crash in the Waverly Area leaves a Haines City man dead and a Lake Wales woman in critical condition last night.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, around 6:45 p.m. Kenneth Ainsworth, 66, of 48 Buck Moore Circle, was driving west in a gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala on Waverly Road when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the double yellow line near the intersection at Lake Lee Drive into the eastbound lane. Ainsworth's car struck a red 2006 Toyota Matrix nearly head-on, driven by Dorothy Stump, 86, of 299 Edgewood Blvd.

Ainsworth was declared dead at the scene and Stump was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing.

$115 million in Florida crops lost because of freeze

 $115 million in Florida crops lost because of freeze

DOVER, Fla. (AP) -- Florida farmers have lost at least $115 million in this winter's cold blast. And it's not over yet.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, reports show the losses through Dec. 20 affected fruits, vegetables, citrus, foliage and aquaculture. Almost 9,000 acres of farmland was deemed a total loss.

Florida Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Sarah Criser said $115 million is a conservative figure that will likely rise.

The report says peppers, squash, endive, eggplant, cucumbers, sweet corn, cabbage and string beans suffered the worst damage.

Strawberries seem to have escaped major harm, but the freeze probably will delay the harvest.












Police search for robbers in Haines City

Haines City, Florida -- The Haines City Police Department is searching for three armed suspects who robbed a music store Monday evening.

Photos: Surveillance pictures of the robbers

The three suspects entered Vero's Music Store, 2551 Highway 17/92 North, at 5:25 p.m. and demanded money from store employees. One of the suspects shoved one employee to the ground and pushed a computer off the counter.

The suspects demanded money from the cash drawer and jewelry from the cabinets. They then fled on foot.

The first suspect is described as a black male wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants and white sneakers. He was wearing what appeared to be a stocking cap over his face. When he exited the store he removed the stocking cap and appears to be clean shaven with a short haircut.