Black bear spotted roaming Polk County
A Florida black bear has been spotted near Lakeland Linder International Airport several times since the weekend.
More recent sightings in Plant City are thought to be the same one seen in Lakeland.
Pamela Simmons, who lives just south of the airport, was having her coffee at a table in her garage early Sunday morning when it caught her eye.Read the full article
Motorcyclist killed by wrong-way driver on I-75
Florida state troopers say it's still unclear whether charges will be filed against an 84-year-old who drove the wrong-way on Interstate 75 and crashed into a motorcyclist Wednesday.
The motorcyclist died in the crash.
The northbound lanes of I-75, at the Pasco-Hillsborough line, were closed for much of the afternoon. Troopers say the 84-year-old driver of a 1994 Lincoln Town Car was going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-75 after making a U-turn from the I-275 entrance ramp leading onto northbound I-75.Read the full article
St. Pete photography studio makes fantasies come true
A photographer in St. Petersburg, Florida is helping people step out of their comfort zones and into their own fantasies.
The owner of Wild Artistry Photography, Hannah Davis says 95% of her clients have never before done anything like what she does.
Davis works with a children, brides, couples, and everyone in between to make their imaginations a reality.Read the full article
POLK COUNTY- For most, the Sunoco Snack Shop along Avenue G NW is a perfect pit stop for a pick-me-up. But one persistent patron of the Winter Haven store is forgetting one key part of the transaction: paying up.
Polk deputies say the serial shoplifter hit this same store three times with little interest in the cash drawer. Investigators say he's more concerned with lining his stomach than his pockets. The suspect is seen on surveillance video stealing chips, soda, and honey buns.
"On the third time he came in, he's just stuffing his pockets. The owner says, I've had enough of this and hit the button to lock his door," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday.
Nothing was stopping this honey bun bandit from bolting. He's seen on surveillance video barreling through the store's door with his snacks in tow.
While the crime may seem minimal, deputies say this suspect can't seem to satisfy his sweet tooth. They believe he's hit a number of convenience stores across Polk County.
"What really amazes me is the community put up with it for awhile. They would just tell him don't come back. They'd take the stuff back from him and tell him to leave," Judd said.
Sheriff Judd says there's no telling how many times the suspect indulged on someone else's dime. Judd's now on the hunt to cure the suspect's hunger pains once and for all.
"We have video. The community will help us and then we'll lock him up in the county jail. No bags of potato chips, no honey buns. Water and sandwiches," Judd said.
If you recognize the suspect, you're asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office or leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.