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  • Mother Kills Two Children, Self Over Custody Dispute

    New Staff Reports|Updated Aug 28, 2023

    The insanity of anger and revenge resulted in three deaths in a horrific shooting in Lake Wales Sunday. A dispute over child custody was the likely motivation that caused a woman to kill her children and herself. Brandy Hutchins of Lake Wales lost a ruling that had brought her former spouse here from his relocated home in Maine. She was ordered to turn over custody by 6:00 pm Friday. Instead she fled. Hutchins had apparently chosen to hide in a mobile home in the Waverly...

  • SR 60 to Tampa Blocked for a Week Starting Monday

    New Staff Reports|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    A seven-day closure of a rail crossing on State Road 60 in Hillsborough County will impact area residents who use the highway to reach destinations in Tampa and beyond. Beginning Monday morning, July 17, CSX Transportation will close their rail crossing just east of Clarence Gordon Jr. Road. That location is between County Line Road and CR 39, a few miles west of the Willow Oak neighborhood. During the CSXT closure, motorists will not be able to cross the tracks. Westbound...

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