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BREAKING:  Fire at McGee Tire in Winter Haven shuts down U.S. 17 at Cypress Gardens Blvd.

Drivers are asked to stay away from that area while crews battle the fire.

BREAKING: TPD fires homicide detective Eric Houston after a criminal federal investigation.

Slideshow: Latest from Polk County
  • Barbara Scott is accused of killing her husband in January of 2012 and then burying his body in an herb garden next to her home.
  • Former Head Start teacher Marilyn Groves volunteers time each week to read to young children. Her work was recognized this week when she was named Goodwill's Volunteer of the Year.
  • The view of a sunset over Eagle Lake. (Photo: Donald Graves, viewer)
  • Mayor Keith Cowie and Community Development Director Amy Palmer unveiled the plaque during a ceremony marking the addition of the Auburndale City Hall to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo: Paul Crate/The Ledger)
  • A gopher tortoise explores its new home at Circle B Bar Reserve, where the species is being reintroduced as part of a state program to protect them. (Photo: Tom Palmer/The Ledger)
  • Viewer Sabrina Houston shared this sunset over Lake Wales.  (Courtesy: Sabrina Houston, March 13, 2014)
  • The crash happened just after midnight at State Road 33 and Deen Still Road. A father, mother and their 5-year-old son were killed. Three other children are in hospitals. (Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office)
  • The model jets being flown at the Florida Jets event in Lakeland can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Needless to say, they're for serious hobbyists only.
  • According to park officials, great care has been taken to restore and preserve these historical areas of the park, including the Oriental Gardens.
  • The Cypress Gardens Belles are here at Legoland to take part in the ribbon cutting for the reopening of the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens. This part of the larger garden has been closed since the park opened in 2011.
  • The Florida Pool, part of the former Cypress Gardens, has been restored and now opened for the first time since Legoland opened in 2011. (Photos courtesy Virginia Johnson)
  • After 18 years in operation, owner Kermit Weeks said he is closing Fantasy of Flight to the public. The space will still be available for rent for private parties.
  • Robert and Tracy Robinson like to take their family 'legend tripping' in Florida's Green Swamp, where they search for legendary creatures like skunk apes.
  • Rusty and Julie Bulloch have taken dozens of young people into their home over the years. Now a reality TV series about their lives is entering its second season.
  • Inspectors from the Florida Department of Health recently inspected eight septic tanks in the community and found a variety of health hazards.
  • A body of a Lakeland teen reported missing by his mother a short time earlier was found early in a wooded area east of the railroad tracks at 1350 Atline Road. (Lakeland PD)
  • Authorities say Eric Wayne Pope was riding his bike north on the east edge of Reynolds Road around 1:30 a.m. when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle.
  • Lakeland city manager Doug Thomas will face an investigation initiated by his bosses: Lakeland city commissioners
  • The Legoland theme park in Winter Haven is hoping the success of the Lego movie will mean more visitors for the park.
  • A Polk County firefighter was awarded with a heroism medal by Governor Rick Scott for saving a woman from a burning home while he was off duty.
  • At least three mobile homes in Haines City sustained damage during Wednesday night's storm. (Photo: Holly Gregory, staff)
  • Winter Haven Police Officer Pete Kreticos presenting his recovered bike to 12-year-old Tristan. (Photo: Winter Haven Police)
  • Tyler Ewles, a 21-year-old University of Central Florida student, got his new leg much faster than he thought he would after the non-profit group
  • Interim Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens talks with the public on Monday, Feb. 3. Giddens is stepping in for former Chief Lisa Womack, who resigned in January. (Photo, Paul Mueller, Staff)
  • Lakeland resident John Ciempa, 66, flew to New York City in January to thank Christopher Howard - a New York City firefighter - for donating stem cells that ultimately saved his life.
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