Lakeland, FL

Child Porn — Lakeland Woman Arrested

A Lakeland woman faces multiple child pornography charges in connection with a plan to sell naked photos of a child online, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. Erica Larrow, 38, was arrested on charges of transmitting child pornography. She could face additional charges. Department of Children and Families was...
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Judge sides with University of Florida professors in academic freedom case

A federal judge on Friday in a decisive free speech ruling ordered that the University of Florida stop enforcing its conflict of interest policy against six professors who were barred from giving expert testimony in lawsuits against the state. Driving the news: Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker for the...
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Cross-county crime spree ends with arrest

Suspect in custody after leading authorities from Plant City into Lakeland. A man is now in custody after leading law enforcement agencies on a chase throughout Hillsborough and Polk counties. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detective and agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives...
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University revokes honorary degrees for Giuliani and Flynn

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island is revoking honorary degrees bestowed upon two once-prominent advisers to former President Donald Trump: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The university's board of trustees voted Friday to revoke the degrees following...

Multiple CSX Rail Closures to Slow Bartow Traffic Next Week

Another round of progressive rail crossing repairs by CSX Transportation will slow traffic in Bartow starting Wednesday, January 26. While two-to-three-day road closures are generally needed for crews to complete work at each crossing, the Crown Avenue and Baker Avenue triple-track crossings will take about one week to finish. The N. Broadway Avenue crossing is scheduled to close for one-day only. Short detours will be in effect and travel delays are expected at each of the listed road closure locations in order of the scheduled work. Heavier than usual congestion can be expected at peak hours. Commuters should drive carefully and be alert to signs redirecting traffic. Extra time should be added to trips in and around downtown Bartow.

Boil Water Notice issued for Rolling Oak Subdivision

Polk County Utilities has issued a Department of Health-required Precautionary Boil Water notice due to a water line break. This notice affects approximately 135 customers located from Mather Road through the Rolling Oak Subdivision in Lakeland within the Northwest Region Public Water System. As a precaution, we advise that all...

George Jenkins' Maslyn nabs top spot in Tremendous 10 poll

George Jenkins girls soccer player Ashlyn Maslyn won nearly 40 percent of the vote and is The Ledger's Tremendous 10 athlete of the week. Maslyn finished with 39.7 percent of the vote to finish ahead of Lakeland Christian girls soccer player Destinee Carroll (27.5 percent) and Lake Wales girls weightlifter Lexi Thomas (11.1 percent).

Dumont over Lakeland - Girls basketball recap

Colleen Heaney led Dumont with 15 points, three rebounds and two assists in its 55-27 victory against Lakeland in Wanaque. Meghan Heaney notched 14 points, six assists, three steals and one rebound for Dumont (10-1) as Julia Angeles posted 10 points, eight boards, two dimes, two steals and two blocks in the win.

Florida Tropics 15, Dallas Sidekicks 4

Nine different players had multi-point nights as the Florida Tropics rolled past the Dallas Sidekicks, 15-4, in a Major Arena Soccer League game Friday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. The Tropics came into the game with the second most goal in the league this year, and took...