Teenage girl charged in the death of her newborn son.

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Goodson was charged in the death of her newborn son.

LAKELAND — It started out as an investigation into a possible miscarriage by a pregnant 14-year-old.
It ended up as a homicide investigation, with the teen under arrest after detectives say she admitted to strangling her newborn to death.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Cassidy Goodson, age 14, told detectives she choked the baby to ‘stop him from breathing.’ She was arrested and charged with premeditated first degree murder, a capital felony, and aggravated child abuse, a first degree felony.
The teen was arrested late on Thursday, Sept. 27, then medically screened and cleared to be transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center, then the Polk County Juvenile Detention Facility.
The investigation started on Wednesday, Sept. 19, when medical staff at Lakeland Regional Medical Center contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s and members of the Florida Department of Children and Families after treating Goodson, who lives at Greenbrier Village Drive in Lakeland.
The hospital’s staff said the teen had come there to report a miscarriage, but after she was examined, they forwarded the information to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Continue reading

Man killed walking home on U.S. 27.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released the map of U.S. 27 showing where a 38-year-old man was struck and killed on Thursday morning. It also shows the lights that got damaged on the vehicle that struck the victim.

DAVENPORT — For 38-year-old Adrian Rivas, it probably seemed like a pleasant way to get home from work on a mild morning, taking a walk along U.S. 27 in Davenport.
Sadly, he never made it home.
Rivas was struck and killed early Thursday morning, and Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide investigators are now asking for the public’s help in solving this hit and run fatality investigation.
The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. The victim was found lying on the road by Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies who spotted the body while patrolling the area near the northbound lane on U.S. 27 and Ronald Reagan Parkway in Davenport.
That’s an intersection with several busy shopping plazas nearby, including Ridgeview Plaza. Continue reading

League of Women Voters urges a big “Thumbs Down” on ballot measures.

The League of Women Voters of Florida is urging a big “Thumbs Down” on all 11 of the proposed constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot this year.

TALLAHASSEE – There are 11 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot in Florida, dealing with issues that range from selecting judicial nominees to property tax exemptions to state aid to religious schools.
If having to decide 11 measures, in a year when Floridians will also be selecting a president, U.S. senator, congressmen and a host of minor offices sounds complicated, consider this: at least one group has a clear recommendation on how Sunshine State voters should decide each and every one.
The League of Women Voters of Florida is urging all Floridians to give a “thumbs down” to all 11 amendments.
“We are prepared to speak about any of the amendments that are on the ballot,” said Deirdre Macnab, the president of the league. “We feel like many of them are named like the apple in the Garden of Eden – they sound so appealing when you first read about them.”
But the more you get to know, she said, the more voters are likely to understand that these proposals don’t belong in the state Constitution in the first place, she added.
“These are very complicated,” she said. “A number of them challenge our most sacred principles of separation of church and government.” Continue reading

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