Judge dismisses lawsuit over Florida’s migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard
ORLANDO, Fla. — A circuit court judge has dismissed a lawsuit over Florida’s decision to fly dozens of migrants to the northeast. In September, Florida flew about 50 people from Texas, to our state, and then to Martha’s Vineyard. Watch: 10 injured in Lakeland shooting, suspects still at large, police sayThe lawsuit argued the Florida Department of Transportation and a contractor did not fully comply with public records requests related to those flights. In her ruling, the judge said the plaintiff did not prove those documents had been withheld. ©2023 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police: 10 wounded in drive-by shooting in central Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — (AP) — Ten people were injured during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said. A crowd of people were gathered along a residential street when a dark-blue sedan rolled by, slowing but not stopping, police said. Taylor said investigators believe the shooting was a targeted attack. Police said marijuana was found at the scene of the shooting, and investigators believe drug sales were taking place. Taylor described the neighborhood as “challenged” and said the police had focused a lot of attention on the area in recent years.wftv.com
Police: 10 people shot with 2 in critical condition in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — Ten people have reportedly been shot in Lakeland, Florida, police say. Officers were called out to the area just before 3:45 p.m.Police say ten people have been shot. Two victims are in critical condition and eight have non-life-threatening injuries, according to WFTS. Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor in a news conference said that two men are in critical condition - one was shot in the abdomen and the other in the face. Authorities said that four people shot at the victims from both sides of the car.wftv.com
9 injured in Lakeland shooting, police say
LAKELAND, Fla. — Nine people were injured in a shooting in Lakeland Monday afternoon, police said. Officers responded around 3:45 p.m. to Iowa Avenue North and Plum Street. Of the nine victims, police said two have critical injuries and the other seven’s injuries were not life-threatening. READ: Tyre Nichols death: 2 Memphis Fire Department emergency medical workers, driver fired over Nichols’READ: Chloe’s Law: What does it, and how does it protect motorists? See a map of the scene below:Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Man arrested in Tennessee after attacking another man with a scythe
LAKELAND, Tenn. — A man was arrested after allegedly attacking another man at a motel in Lakeland, Tennessee with a scythe. When she opened the door, Adkins allegedly pushed her to the ground. Adkins allegedly was swinging a scythe at the man’s head. He was eventually able to escape and made his way to the Mobil Gas Station on Canada Road. Adkins allegedly walked into the gas station bathroom, ditched the scythe, and walked back out.wftv.com
Police: Mother intentionally drove car into lake with 2 sons inside, killing at 3 of them in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — Officials say a mother in Lakeland, Florida intentionally drove her car into Lake Wire on Dec. 30 with her two sons inside, killing all three of them. >> Read more trending newsThe Lakeland Police Department said in a news release that during their investigation found that all evidence suggests that Ortilla Zamora, 35, intentionally drove her car into Lake Wire on the morning of Dec. 30. According to WPEC, LPD said it happened just before 5:30 a.m. Officers were called out for a report of a submerged car on the west side of Lake Wire. Fire crews and dive teams were reportedly called out to search the water and get the car out as well. Divers reportedly noticed that the front driver’s window was rolled down with a woman inside of it, according to WPEC.wftv.com
Kissimmee business partners die after shooting each other over ongoing dispute, deputies say
LAKELAND, Fla. — Polk County deputies said a business dispute turned into a deadly shootout. The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at a business located at 3135 U.S. 92 East in Lakeland. Deputies said they believe the shooting happened between 31-year-old Akeido Bennett of Kissimmee, and 39-year-old Xavier Figueroa, who are Kissimmee business partners. Watch: Deputies: 2 men shot, 1 killed in shooting on Orange Blossom Trail in Orange CountyInvestigators said the men mutually shot each other as a result of an on-going dispute. Watch: Osceola County deputies investigating two people shot in BVL neighborhood“This was an avoidable tragedy stemming from a disagreement between business partners,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.wftv.com
12-year-old Florida boy dies after accidentally shooting himself at sleepover, police say
LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland police are investigating the death of a 12-year-old boy after he accidentally shot himself with a gun he found at a friend’s house.
Officers responded to a residence on Starling Loop around 7 p.m. on Saturday in reference to a shooting involving a juvenile.
When officers arrived, EMS was rendering aid to a 12-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound.
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Florida boy, 12, fatally shoots himself after finding gun at friend’s house
LAKELAND, Fla. — A 12-year-old Florida boy died Friday night after he accidentally shot himself with a gun he found at a friend’s home while visiting for a sleepover, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a news release from the Lakeland Police Department, officers responded to a residence at about 7 p.m. EST. Officers found emergency medical personnel rendering aid to a 12-year-old boy who was suffering from a gunshot wound, the release stated. Police said the victim had been dropped off by his mother for a sleepover with his 13-year-old friend, WTSP-TV reported. As the boy was handling the gun, it discharged and the victim was struck by one bullet, WTVT reported.wftv.com
Deputies investigate deadly hit-and-run crash in Lakeland
LAKELAND, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash that happened Saturday in Lakeland.
The crash occurred near the intersection of U.S. 98 and Innovation Drive.
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27-year-old arrested in Lakeland after hitting 2 deputies with her car, PCSO says
LAKELAND, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 27-year-old in Lakeland after hitting two deputies with her vehicle. Carina Holder is facing multiple charges after hitting two deputies with her vehicle and attempting to flee the scene, PCSO said. Deputies said they received a call in reference to Holder attempting to use a stolen credit card at the pawnshop. Holder drove directly toward two of the deputies with the vehicle, which led to them firing at her multiple times in an attempt to stop the car, according to PCSO. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Polk County Sheriff's OfficeHolder has a criminal history, as she was previously arrested in September 2022 for forgery, criminal use of personal ID, grand theft, and fraud to obtain property.wftv.com
The heat is on! Lakeland Fire Department releases 2023 Rescued Pets Calendar
LAKELAND, Fla. — Just in time for the new year, the Lakeland Fire Department and SPCA Florida have released their 2023 Rescued Pets Calendar.
The calendar pairs LFD firefighters and SPCA’s rescued dogs and cats, and each month of the year includes helpful safety tips and facts.
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Arson suspect shot by deputies, captured after chase on I-4 in Polk and Hillsborough counties, sheriff says
A 30-year old Lakeland man faces multiple charges after he attempted to start a house fire in Lakeland and then led deputies on a chase that made its way onto Interstate 4, closing parts of the highway on Sunday, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Publix to begin serving beer and wine inside select Florida locations
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix customers can now enjoy a pint or a glass of wine while grocery shopping at select stores in Florida.
Customers can order freshly brewed coffee, a glass of wine, or beer and sip while they shop.
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Publix pledges $23M to several nonprofit organizations to help alleviate hunger
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix has pledged $23 million to help alleviate hunger, the company announced Monday. The announcement is part of Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities’ commitment to supporting hunger alleviation by the end of 2023. Publix said the donation will go toward the purchase and equipping of mobile food pantries. #GoodTogether pic.twitter.com/XuhGu0APyN — Publix (@Publix) November 14, 2022Read: Orange County woman claims winning $1 million Powerball ticket from July drawingIn September, PSMC announced it would make a $5.65 million donation to 328 food banks and other nonprofit organizations. More information about Publix Super Markets Charities can be found here.wftv.com
Polk County 15-year-old brings gun to school, threatens student, deputies say
LAKELAND, Fla. — Polk County deputies said a 15-year-old boy was arrested after bringing a gun to school. Deputies said a school resource officer got a tip Wednesday morning about a weapon on campus at Tenoroc High School in Lakeland. Read: Powerball jackpot hits $800M after no one wins Wednesday’s top prizePolice said the boy threatened another student in the bathroom earlier in the morning. Watch: Some look to move Halloween trick-or-treating to weekends only for safetyThe student is now facing several charges, including possession of a firearm on a school campus, carrying a concealed firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Bonnet Springs Park will hold grand opening throughout this weekend
LAKELAND, Fla. — After years of development, Bonnet Springs Park had its grand opening commence Saturday, set to continue throughout the weekend. Right outside of downtown Lakeland, the 168-acre park serves to unify the city’s diverse population by providing unique opportunities in education and recreation. Some areas of the park include a kids treehouse, a butterfly house, multiple boardwalks and nature trails, playgrounds and a nature center. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 20 Lakeland's Bonnet Springs Opening Bonnet Springs Park (Kaitlyn Marcum (Tinsley Creative)/Kaitlyn Marcum (Tinsley Creative))Read: Crayola Experience Orlando celebrates National Color DayBonnet Springs Park will also serve as the new Florida Children’s Museum, set to open November 4, 2022. To learn more about events taking place throughout the weekend or about the new museum , guests can visit the Bonnet Springs website or the Florida Children’s Museum website.wftv.com
Select Publix locations accepting donations to help Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts
LAKELAND, Fla. — Select Florida Publix locations are now accepting donations to help with Hurricane Fiona relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The Lakeland-based grocer said donations can be made at checkout at any Publix store in the Jacksonville, Lakeland and Miami divisions, and 100% of the donations will go to the American Red Cross. “Our Publix family extends beyond our local neighborhoods,” said Publix Director of Community Relations Dwaine Stevens in a statement. Read: Happening Thursday: Publix hiring eventPublix Super Markets Charities is also making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Happening Thursday: Publix hiring event
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix said it will host another hiring event this Thursday, and the grocery giant wants you to know that all of its stores are participating. It’s the last in a series of three in-store opportunities that Publix has offered this month. Publix (WFTV.com News Staff)However, organizers said that job candidates must first begin an online application before arriving in person. READ: Happening this month: Rosen Hotels & Resorts hosting hiring eventClick here to apply online and to learn more about Thursday’s hiring event. READ: For restaurants, hiring remains ‘a challenge’ beyond pandemic recoveryPublix recallClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
AP source: MLB, players reach minor league union deal
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the players’ association will submit union authorization cards to an arbitrator on Wednesday under an agreement with Major League Baseball that will lead to collective bargaining for approximately 5,500 farmhands.
$30K reward offered for Lakeland man accused of assaulting officers during Capitol riot
LAKELAND, Fla. — The FBI is upping the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of a Central Florida man accused of assaulting multiple police officers with a deadly weapon during the Capitol riot. A reward of up to $30,000 is now available in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Jonathan Daniel Pollock, 23, of Lakeland. The FBI said Pollock is believed to have friends and family throughout central and north Florida, as well as in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The FBI said anyone with information about Pollock should contact the nearest FBI field office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI Tampa Field Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 813-253-1000, or information can also be submitted to www.tips.fbi.gov.wftv.com
Happening today: Gov. DeSantis to speak in Lakeland
POLK COUNTY Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis will be making a stop in Polk County Wednesday morning. READ: Trial to begin Wednesday for Seminole County ‘ghost candidate’ caseThe event will be held at LifeScience Logistics Distribution Center in Lakeland. Channel 9 will livestream the news conference when it begins. READ: Florida man pleads guilty to $2.6M COVID-19 relief fraudClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Speed was a factor: Driver killed, passenger seriously injured in rollover crash, police say
LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland police are investigating a fatal crash involving a single SUV that crashed and rolled over multiple times. The crash happened Sunday, around 2:30 a.m. near Memorial Boulevard and the Interstate 4 access ramp. According to a news release, the driver attempted to correct and negotiate the curve and then hit a concrete median, causing the SUV to roll over multiple times. The 31-year-old passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Read: IRS faces criticism over backlog of unprocessed tax returnsAccording to police, speed appears to be a factor in the crash.wftv.com
Police investigating deadly shooting inside Central Florida apartment complex
(Kali9/Getty Images)LAKELAND, Fla. — An investigation is underway following a fatal shooting inside a Lakeland apartment. Lakeland police responded to a shooting call at the Big Oaks Apartments on Big Oaks Drive around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a 24-year-old male inside an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound. According to a news release, officers attempted life-saving measures until the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived. Read: City of Orlando releases apology after controversial Fourth of July statementPolice have not released any other information regarding this shooting.wftv.com
Deputies: ‘Career felon’ arrested in Polk County bank robbery
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Lakeland man whom deputies describe as a “career felon” was arrested in connection with the robbery of a Polk County bank last week. Deputies arrested 39-year-old Jason Cherry of Lakeland after getting a tip from a Polk County resident. Read: Florida woman accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of fireworks from her jobSouthState bank robbery flyer (Polk County Sheriff)After getting a tip, detectives identified Cherry as the robber and he was later arrested at a Lakeland motel without incident. Read: Woman critically injured in road-rage shooting near OviedoCherry is also considered a suspect in another bank robbery in the city of Lakeland, by the Lakeland Police Department. Cherry is currently being held in the Polk County Jail without bond.wftv.com
Seminole County contestant crowned Miss Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — Saturday night at the RP Funding Center’s Youkey Theatre in Lakeland, Miss Seminole County, Lindsay Bettis, took home the coveted Miss Florida tiara in her final year of eligibility. This was the seventh time 26-year-old Lindsay Bettis has competed for the crown. Bettis is a University of Central Florida graduate. READ: DeSantis signs nearly 3 dozen bills, including banning smoking and giving grandparents more rightsEarlier in the evening, Miss Wekiva Springs’ Outstanding Teen, Aashna Shah, took home the title of Florida’s Outstanding Teen. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition will be held this August in Texas.wftv.com
6 car burglaries solved after boy, 14, accidentally shoots himself with stolen gun, Polk sheriff says
A string of car burglaries a neighborhood near Lakeland earlier this week was solved after a teenage boy who joined in the thefts accidentally shot himself in the arm with a gun he stole, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Lakeland officials vote to increase fuel charge for electricity customers
LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers beginning next month. The city says the rate increase is due to the rising cost of natural gas. Read: Pain at the pump: Florida gas prices hold steady, national average jumps againBeginning July 1, customers will see an increase from 4 to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Read: Rising gas prices lead to juggling act for Kissimmee’s fleet managerTory Bombard with Lakeland Electric said that even with the change, the utility company has some of the lowest electric rates in the state. Read: ‘$5 a gallon is quickly becoming a very real possibility’: Gas hits another record high in FloridaThis is Lakeland Electric’s first fuel charge increase in 15 months.wftv.com
Central Florida grandmother and five grandkids escape house fire on Friday
LAKELAND, Fla. — A grandmother and her five grandchildren managed to escape a house fire in Lakeland. On Friday, at 5:30 p.m., the Lakeland Fire Department responded to a house fire on Blossom Circle East. Firefighters got the fire under control in less than 15 minutes and contained the fire to the kitchen area. According to a news release, the oldest child helped get the other kids out of the house safely but was unable to assist her grandmother out of the residence by herself. Read: TIMELINE: 10 homes damaged, 5 destroyed by wildfire in Brevard CountyA neighbor from across the street ran into the house and was able to help get the grandmother out.wftv.com
Lakeland fire crews arrive at a home on Walnut Street engulfed by fire
LAKELAND, Fla — Sunday evening the Lakeland fire department responded to a fire call at 1207 Walnut St. and found a home completely consumed by fire. The flames and smoke were so strong that crews had to stay outside to fight the fire until it was under control. The fire spread to a van parked nearby and crews feared a store next door might fall victim to the flames as the fire grew so as a precaution they evacuated the store. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 3 Central Florida home fully engulfed in flames Central Florida home fully engulfed in flamesOnce the fire was extinguished, firefighters determined the cause of the fire was an electrical issue. READ: Woman rescued from burning car meets with ‘hero’ firefighter from hospital bedNo injuries were reported and the American Red Cross is helping the family.wftv.com
Pregnant Florida woman caught on video throwing violent tantrum at McDonald’s arrested
Sheriff: Pregnant Florida woman throws violent tantrum at McDonald’s before twerking her way out A woman who was upset with how long her order was taking in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Lakeland stormed into the restaurant, threw a violent tantrum and began t (WFTV)POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A woman caught on video throwing a violent tantrum and twerking as she left a Polk County McDonald’s, has been arrested, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. They said one of Jones’ relatives came into the store to try to hold her back and calm her down. Read: Sheriff: Pregnant Florida woman throws violent tantrum at McDonald’s before twerking her way outDeputies said Jones was asked to leave multiple times, but she remained in the store, calling 911 to say, “I’m 5 months pregnant. Jones was booked into the Polk County jail and charged with burglary with assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and misuse of 911. McDonald's: What you need to know McDonald's: What you need to know (NCD)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Sheriff: Pregnant Florida woman throws violent tantrum at McDonald’s before twerking her way out
Sheriff: Pregnant Florida woman throws violent tantrum at McDonald’s before twerking her way out A woman who was upset with how long her order was taking in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Lakeland stormed into the restaurant, threw a violent tantrum and began t (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman who was upset with how long her order was taking in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Lakeland stormed into the restaurant, threw a violent tantrum and began twerking Thursday afternoon, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)Investigators said Jones’ relative and another woman convinced her to leave the restaurant after about 10 minutes. Read the news release here: https://tinyurl.com/5n8ba7bb View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wmdTs03GNs&t=27s Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 20, 2022Judd said Jones caused about $100 worth of damage. Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477. McDonald's: What you need to know McDonald's: What you need to know (NCD)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Sheriff: Pregnant Florida woman throws violent tantrum at McDonald’s before twerking her way out
A woman who was upset with how long her order was taking in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Lakeland stormed into the restaurant, threw a violent tantrum and began twerking Thursday afternoon, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.news.yahoo.com
Florida woman charged after violent outburst creates ‘McMess’ at McDonald’s
Florida woman wanted after violent outburst at McDonald's 22-year-old Tianis Jones is facing charges of assault and burglary. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)LAKELAND, Fla. — Deputies are searching for a woman who threw a violent tantrum inside a Florida McDonalds that was caught on camera. …These people don’t know how to run a (expletive) McDonald’s!”“I don’t know what was wrong with her that night,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WTVT. “I don’t know if she was just two fries short of a Happy Meal, but she created a McMess and acted like a McNut. … She ended up a McBurglar.”While there were no injuries, Judd told WFLA that Jones became a “McBurglar” when she went behind the counter and threw cups.wftv.com
3-legged dog fighting cancer rescues baby otter from Minnesota river
Otter saved: A baby otter was pulled out of a Minnesota river by a three-legged Goldendoodle earlier this month. ( Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images)LAKELAND, Minn. — A three-legged dog battling cancer still had enough pep to rescue a baby otter from a Minnesota river on Easter Sunday. >> Read more trending newsThe 6-year-old Goldendoodle, named Gus, jumped into the St. Croix River to pull the young otter out of the water, WCCO-TV reported. “The otter is much too young to be in the water,” the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “We were quite concerned the first 36 hours,” the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota wrote on Facebook.wftv.com
Reports: Publix ending free prescription program on June 1
Program ending: Publix, which began offering several prescriptions for free in 2007, is reportedly ending the program on June 1. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images)LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is ending a program that allows customers access to some prescription drugs for free, according to published reports. The free prescriptions include medications used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and diabetes, according to WFOR-TV. @Publix reportedly plans to end free prescriptions at pharmacies. The free prescription program began in 2007, according to the newspaper.wftv.com
2 Orlando men among 4 accused of attempting to tamper with gas pumps, steal fuel
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Two Orlando men are among four Floridians accused of attempting to tamper with gas pumps to steal fuel in recent weeks. Investigators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement said they were alerted in late February and early March about fuel pump tampering at gas stations in Lakeland and Lutz. On March 10, investigators said they saw Yordian Diaz-Benitez, of Tampa, using a pulsar manipulation device to steal diesel fuel at a Circle K in Lutz and on March 12, Marlon Rosel-Rodriguez, also of Tampa, was also observed attempting to install a pulsar manipulation device at the same location. READ: High gas prices lead to spike in gas theft, authorities sayTwo days later, investigators said they observed Yulier Garcia-Martinez and Rogelio Llerena, both of Orlando, attempting to steal fuel by installing a pulsar manipulation device inside one of the pumps at a Circle K in Lakeland. “Whether individuals are trying to steal fuel like in these situations or credit card data with skimmers, know that our department will continue to crackdown on crimes at our gas pumps,” commissioner Nikki Fried said in a statement.wftv.com
Florida man claims $5 million scratch-off prize
LAKELAND, Fla. — A Lakeland man is Florida’s newest multi-millionaire after he claimed a $5 million scratch-off prize, the Florida Lottery announced. Marty Moon, 63, of Lakeland, claimed a $5 million top prize from the GOLD RUSH LIMITED scratch-off game at the Lottery’s Tampa District Office. The Florida Lottery said Moon chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,960,000. READ: Florida Lottery launches new scratch-off game with record-breaking top prizeMoore purchased his winning ticket from Nick’s Food Mart at 1219 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, the Florida Lottery said. The Florida Lottery said the scratch-off game features 32 top prizes of $5 million and 100 prizes of $1 million.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Fully vaccinated Publix workers no longer required to wear masks
New policy: Publix has relaxed its mask mandate for most of its fully vaccinated employees. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)LAKELAND, Fla. — Most employees at Publix supermarkets no longer have to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, the grocery store chain announced Monday. “Pharmacy associates, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear face coverings when administering vaccines. >> Publix makes face-coverings optional for fully vaccinated shoppersPublix does not require customers to wear face coverings in its stores, according to WFTS-TV. In May 2021, Publix made masks optional for fully vaccinated shoppers.wftv.com
Polk County deputy shoots man accused of stealing 2 cars, stabbing man
Polk County deputy-involved shooting A man accused of stealing two cars and stabbing a man in Lakeland was shot by a Polk County deputy six times Tuesday morning, deputies said. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A man accused of stealing two cars and stabbing a man in Lakeland was shot by a Polk County deputy six times Tuesday morning, deputies said. READ: Sheriff: $10K reward offers for tips after man, 78, carjacked, fatally shot outside CVSThe air unit advised Deputy Christopher Warren to “Use caution. READ: Orlando man dies after being hit by 7 cars while walking across I-4Deputies said Warren shot Bourcy six times before immediately beginning lifesaving measures. “By stating he possessed a gun and then pointing an unknown object at my deputy, Bourcy chose this outcome.wftv.com