Archive for February, 2012

Mayoral candidates allege dirty tricks in requests for absentee ballots.

ORLANDO – Three political candidates for local office are calling for an investigation into requests made for absentee ballots, as they accused two incumbents – Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Samuel Ings – of using their office to stack the deck in their favor. “It is very clear this is an incumbent protection plan, [...]

Freelining with Mike Freeman: a fond farewell to Davy Jones.

Sometimes in the course of a very busy day, you leave the rest of the world behind you as you throw yourself into everything loading up on your plate. When you finally have a moment to stop, catch your breath, and check to see what’s happening outside your little corner, you find yourself stopped in your [...]

A success story in a rough economy: the friendly greeting at your table by Chef Eddie.

ORLANDO – His name is Eddie James, but most people in this city are probably more likely to know him as Chef Eddie. That’s the name, after all, of the restaurant that he runs with his wife Bessie, at 3214 Orange Center Boulevard. Chef Eddie’s Restaurant is a place where patrons can get Eddie’s popular Jalapeno [...]

From moonshine to marijuana, tipsters collect a reward for helping law enforcement fight crime.

BARTOW – A.G. “Chip” Brown Jr. remembers the call that came in not long ago, letting him know that in Winter Haven, that there was a drug operation going on – but not the kind involving cocaine or marijuana. Instead, the tip was about a “moonshine” operation – or an illegally produced distilled beverage, sometimes known [...]

Suspects sought in armed robbery in Auburndale.

WINTER HAVEN – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding two men who are suspects in armed robberies in Winter Haven and Auburndale. Robbery detectives with the sheriff’s office are hoping for tips that help them locate Gabrielle “Gabe” Drayton and his younger brother, Frankie Webster. There are Polk [...]

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