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Deputies: Jail inmate beaten to death over food debt

Apr. 10, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jail inmate was beaten to death over a food debt by two other inmates, officials said. Shawn Holliday Jr., 30, suffered severe trauma to his head during a fight Tuesday at the Polk County jail and died Wednesday at a Lakeland hospital, the sheriff's office said. Brett Crosby,...

Sheriff: 3 arrested for probation violation after car crash

Apr. 6, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Three people were arrested for violating probation after their vehicle crashed into a Florida home, authorities said. Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Bruchey said the crash happened early Sunday morning, news outlets reported. Bruchey said Sarena Stokes, 42, was...

Florida man faces 15 years for fatal punch

Mar. 17, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces up to 15 years in prison for fatally punching another man in the face. Travis Brian Barlow, 37, was found guilty of manslaughter last week in Polk County, the Ledger reported. His sentencing is scheduled for April 30. Barlow went to the Lakeland home of Adam Frank...

Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. gets back to first safely on a pickoff attempt to Houston Astros first baseman Nick Tanielu during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boo Who? Astros already paying price , Red Sox await fate

Mar. 5, 2020 7:17 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — By recent standards, the heckling the Houston Astros heard at JetBlue Park was rather tame. Some boos during pregame introductions, a chant of "cheaters!" in the ninth inning. Maybe that's because Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and rest of their All-Stars were missing from the lineup...

Cole allows back-to-back homers twice to Demeritte, Cabrera

Mar. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit's Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday. Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second. "Probably pleased with most of the pitches,...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs on the field during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees star Judge to have more tests on shoulder Monday

Mar. 1, 2020 4:02 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is scheduled to have additional tests Monday as the team tries to pinpoint the cause of soreness in his right shoulder. Judge underwent an MRI Saturday, which was negative. The right fielder has been receiving treatment at Steinbrenner Field in...

Semi kills 2 pedestrians walking along highway

Feb. 26, 2020 4:27 AM EST

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men were struck and killed by a semitrailer Monday night while walking along a rural highway, authorities said. The crash occurred along State Route 60, northwest of Mulberry, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Rafael Gandoy, 29, and Armando Melendez,...

Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve runs to first base after getting hit with a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs Tigers

Feb. 24, 2020 8:38 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

A fan holds a sign during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophy

Feb. 23, 2020 5:51 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Away from their friendly cocoon, Alex Bregman and some of the bigger names on the Houston Astros are about to see — and hear — how fans really feel about what happened. No hooting or hollering at Houston's most prominent sign stealers Sunday. Once again, the...