Latest Lakeland News

Sheriff: Florida deputy kills suicidal armed man

Nov. 29, 2019 7:10 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man is dead after calling 911 to report an armed man outside his home and then pointing a gun at the responding deputy. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a news conference that 60-year-old Kenneth Layton’s Friday morning death was the result...

City truck smashes into a Florida state lawmaker’s office

Nov. 26, 2019 6:57 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida municipal worker appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he crashed a city truck into the office of a state lawmaker. The Ledger reports that the 21-year-old man was hospitalized after the crash Tuesday morning in Fort Meade. The Polk County...

Man wounded in shootout guilty of shooting at deputies

Nov. 22, 2019 6:07 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who was wounded during a shootout with deputies has been convicted of attempted murder. The Ledger reports that 34-year-old Joshua Imhoff was found guilty Thursday of firing gunshots at seven Polk County deputies. He faces up to life in prison at a Dec. 5 sentencing....

Sheriff: Man punched youth league umpire over disputed call

Nov. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about a youth baseball umpire being punched, The Associated Press, citing a sheriff’s office news release, incorrectly identified the victim as a “Little League umpire.” The victim works for a local youth baseball league, not the...

17 arrested in Florida child porn sting; 2 worked for Disney

Nov. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say two Disney workers and a former assistant principal at a middle school were among 17 arrested in a child porn sting. In a news release , Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday that the 17 men arrested range in age from 19 to 77. Authorities...

Nestor heads into Georgia after tornados damage Florida

Oct. 19, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nestor raced across Georgia as a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday, hours after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida while sparing areas of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Michael. The storm...

The Latest: Nestor brings rain, tornado warnings to Georgia

Oct. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Former Tropical Storm Nestor has spread heavy rains over a large part of Georgia and triggered warnings for two potential twisters in the state. The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings Saturday evening for...

Suspect in 3 slayings arrested in Florida after standoff

Oct. 15, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A suspect in three slayings in Florida and Tennessee was arrested in central Florida after a night-long standoff with SWAT team members. Stanley Mossburg was taken into custody early Tuesday by deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The Lakeland Ledger reports that...

City attorney arrested in undercover sex sting in Florida

Oct. 10, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A longtime city attorney in Florida has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Tim McCausland in a hotel in Brandon, Florida, on a misdemeanor charge of violating a county ordinance against public solicitation. McCausland...