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Suspect in stolen manhole cover case caught

Haines City, Florida - Deputies say a 40-year-old Haines City man has been busted for stealing dozens of manhole covers.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Fink stole 166 manhole covers from Village 7 in Poinciana. The estimated value of the theft is more than $21,000.

The Toho Water Authority reported the steel covers missing on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The covers were stolen sometime between January 9 and January 23.

Police help with city's shopping cart problem

Winter Haven, Florida -- Apparently a problem with rogue shopping carts being left around the core city area of Winter Haven got so bad the police had to step in. They even have a name for the effort -- Operation Buggy Roundup.

In the first 20 minutes of the project this morning, police say they picked up 13 buggies. They plan to release a final count later today.

ATV joyride through city ends in arrest

Winter Haven, Florida -- A Winter Haven man's decision to take a joyride on an ATV early Wednesday morning landed him in jail.

Winter Haven Police say around 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 2, officers spotted Phillip Robinson on a Honda ATV heading down 6th Street at Ave. L, NW without lights or a tag.

When they tried to stop Robinson, he sped off recklessly. He continued traveling roadways, through numerous parking lots, neighborhoods, and open fields. He was eventually spotted at the Moose Lodge on Havendale Boulevard, approximately 2 miles from where officers saw him.

Year in Review: Weird, weird Florida...

Year in Review: Weird, weird Florida...

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- In 2012, Florida was a state where a lifeguard got fired for saving a life, a woman got arrested for riding a manatee and a man repeatedly used 911 as a phone sex service.

Think that's weird? It gets worse and more tragic.

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Woman critical after freezer contents explode

Lakeland, Florida -- An elderly woman was hospitalized Monday afternoon after contents from her freezer reportedly exploded at her Lakeland home.

Lakeland Police received a call about the incident around 12 p.m. Monday from one of Barbara Cunningham's relatives. 

"Bloody, the lower part and her face," describes neighbor Walter Wells. "I heard rumors she had a lot of shrapnel."

Police search for beer thief

Lakeland, Florida -- Polk County deputies are searching for a man who stole beer from a Lakeland convenience store on July 14.

The sheriff's office says around 2:09 a.m., the man walked into the Circle K in the 7200 block of US Hwy 98 N, grabbed an 18-pack of Budweiser, and left without paying.

He is described as a white male, approximately 20 years old, and was last seen wearing a red shirt and jeans. The sheriff's office says the beer was on display next to the register.