Latest Lakeland News

Small plane loses front landing gear upon arrival

Apr. 3, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a small airplane was damaged while landing at a Florida air show. A Lakeland police news release says the front landing gear of a twin-engine Beechcraft Barron collapsed Tuesday afternoon, causing the aircraft to skid to a stop at Lakeland Linder International Airport....

Florida woman charged with killing 21-yr-old in orange grove

Mar. 30, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged with first-degree murder after authorities say she shot a 21-year-old in the back of the head as he drove through an orange grove Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives have arrested 28-year-old Heather Tyler with the crime, saying she and...

Big league teams appreciate the value of versatility

Mar. 29, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. The next logical step was to try him in center field, and manager Ron Gardenhire did just that during spring training this month....

Sister, 12 and 9, die in minibike crash in central Florida

Mar. 25, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two young sisters died when the minibike they were riding crashed into a pickup truck. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tells news outlets the truck driver didn't see 12-year-old Charisma Vega and her 9-year-old sister Kiara as they crossed a road near Lakeland on Sunday...

Zimmermann to start opening day for Tigers

Mar. 24, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is going to make his second consecutive opening-day start. The Tigers announced the decision on Sunday. They begin the season on Thursday at Toronto. Zimmermann has struggled during his three years with the Tigers after arriving as a free...

Florida city dismantles, relocates Confederate statue

Mar. 23, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from a Florida park. The statue had stood at the center of Lakeland's Munn Park for 109 years. City officials began dismantling the monument Friday. City commissioners voted in December 2017 to start the process to move the statue...

Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery

Mar. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The Tigers said Tuesday that surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow has been recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Fulmer, who experienced elbow...

Young girl killed by pickup in parking lot

Mar. 16, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old was struck and killed by a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Florida Walmart. The Ledger reports that the girl was hit Friday morning at an Auburndale store. Police say Alleria Elkins and her grandmother had just finished shopping and were returning...

Dodgers' Seager plays SS for first time since Tommy John

Mar. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition. The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery...

Pearce breaks out of slump in hometown of Lakeland

Mar. 14, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing. The Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers tied 4-4 on Thursday. "It just feels good to finally get a rhythm," Pearce said. "For...