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Jury: Mother should be executed for killing her 6-year-old

Jul. 20, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has recommended that a woman should be executed for murdering her 6-year-old daughter while imposing a life term for slaying her father. A Polk County jury returned its decisions late Friday against 29-year-old Cheyanne Jessie for the 2015 deaths of her daughter...

Florida man to compete in world dart championship in London

Jul. 14, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A professional dart player from Florida is heading to the world championship in London. Danny Baggish is fresh off his $10,000 win at the Dafabet North American Championship in Las Vegas over the July 4th weekend. The win qualified the 35-year-old for the William Hill World...

Man dies after crashing into truck helping disabled car

Jul. 10, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man died after crashing his minivan into a parked Road Ranger pickup truck that had stopped to help a disabled car. News outlets report that the crash happened Monday afternoon on Interstate 4 near Lakeland. Florida Highway Patrol says the truck was parked on...

Body parts found in gator after Florida man discovered dead

Jun. 29, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a man discovered floating in a Florida canal with some of his remains found inside an alligator. The Ledger reports that a person found the body floating west of Fort Meade and saw an alligator had parts of it in its mouth. The victim was...

Man gets 10 years for fatal beating

Jun. 27, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating another man to death during a fight. The Ledger reports that 26-year-old Shaquille Jadon Mothersill was sentenced after pleading no contest last week to manslaughter. He had been facing a second-degree murder charge...

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself...

Officials probe death of 84-year-old Florida jail inmate

Jun. 24, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an 84-year-old Florida jail inmate who fell down a flight of stairs. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday that inmate Arthur Gilmore hit his head during the fall, suffering a laceration. Officials say he was...

Florida woman charged with giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman who claimed her husband tried to run her down with a car is facing charges herself for taking guns from his apartment. Lakeland Police say 32-year-old Courtney Irby is charged with armed burglary and grand theft. An arrest affidavit says Irby knew her...

Deputy shoots woman during fight with daughter

Jun. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida deputy shot a woman who was fighting with her adult daughter. The Ledger reports that 76-year-old Linda Wages was recovering Monday at a Polk County hospital. The sheriff's office says a witness called 911 Saturday after seeing Wages and her 47-year-old...

Man gets 10 years in prison for drunken driving crash

Jun. 15, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his father. The Ledger reports that 35-year-old Ronald Rice Jr. was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crash involving death. Witnesses...