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Slideshow: Latest from Polk County
  • Sonja Wagner, 25, and her best friend Devon Callagy will leave on their 4,000-mile trek on May 31.
  • Showers and storms tore off the top of a screen at this home in the Imperial Lakes neighborhood in Mulberry. (Photo courtesy Barbara Garwood-Witty)
  • BN9 reporter Randi Nissenbaum, with some help from Jack Links stunt plane pilot Jeff Boerboon, took to the skies above Lakeland, performing flips, dips and spins at 3,000 feet above ground.
  • Bay News 9 reporter Randi Nissenbaum strapped on her flying gear and got a first-hand look at what it takes to be a stunt pilot.
  • Odilon Vela-Mendez Jr.(right), 19, and a 16 year old were charged with murder. Kayla Jordan, 19, was charged with accessory to murder. All three suspects, who are from Mulberry, were arrested in Polk County.
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  • The long-awaited Bone Valley ATV park in Mulberry is now open. The park has been in the works for several years. (Photo: Saundra Weathers, staff)
  • The Polk County Sheriff's Office released dashcam video they say shows Edward Hudson intentionally dragging a deputy from his car during a traffic stop.
  • Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd shows a surveillance image from Thursday's robbery showing one of the suspects pointing an assault rifle at clerks.
  • Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said the suspects' robbery was 'well planned and well thought out.
  • Authorities set up a checkpoint at the entrance of the Chanler Ridge subdivision during the suspect search. (Photo: Roger Johnson, staff)
  • Staff members at Home Instead Senior Care wrap presents that have been donated to the company through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. The company wants to donate gifts to 300 Lakeland seniors and still needs more gifts to meet that goal.
  • Christopher Barton's Winter Haven business would combine a bar with video gaming. But not everyone in the Winter Haven neighborhood where he wants to set up shop is on board.
  • Some Lakeland neighborhoods have a problem with feral chickens, but the private company tasked with trapping them has quit.
  • The bus experienced mechanical problems and began to emit smoke. (Photo courtesy Florida Highway Patrol)
  • All 38 middle school-aged children and the driver exited the bus without injury. The bus was later completely consumed by the fire. (Photo courtesy Angela Cook)
  • The list of candidates for Lakeland police chief has been narrowed to interim chief Larry Giddens (left), DeKalb County (Ga.) assistant chief Brian Harris (center), and Topeka (Kans.) deputy chief Tony Kirk.
  • Andrew Sallee, 17, won a spot to march in a national band for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Ken Riley was a star quarterback at Florida A&M University before playing in the NFL. He recently retired as the dean of students at Winter Haven High School.
  • Former LPD officer Julio Pagan's arrest was one of several last year during a department-wide sex scandal involving employees and officers. Pagan is charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and one count of aggravated stalking.
  • Several dogs had heavy logging chains around their necks, which are put in place to strengthen the dogs' necks for fighting. (Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office)
  • State officials said Harleigh Dunn (left) has recovered completely and is not infectious. Dunn's mother Jennifer Dunn said the family took extra precautions.
  • Dozens of family, friends and even complete strangers came out to celebrate the life of Rebecca Sedwick. (Photo: Michael Brantley, staff)
  • Former Police Chief Gary Hester, left, congratulates Charlie Bird, right, on his appointment as the acting Police Chief of the Winter Haven Police Department. (Photo: City of Winter Haven)
  • Doctor Eric Hensen, an ear, nose and throat specialist with Lakeland Regional Medical Group, invented a new set of wireless earphones called Free Wavz. The earphones can cancel out noise, allow you to make a phone call, and even check your pulse, among many other features.
  • Police are investigating a man's death after his partially decomposed body was found Wednesday beneath a vacant house in Lakeland.
  • Florida Polytechnic University features a stunning piece of architecture for its Innovation, Science & Technology building.
  • Kim Hansell, the director of Winter Haven's utility services, was killed Tuesday evening in a head-on crash near Wahneta. Aug. 13, 2014
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