Winter Haven (WTFF) – A Florida couple was arrested on Tuesday after sheriffs raided their home with an arrest warrant. Full Story »
Lakeland (WTFF) – The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation cited four violations at a Red Lobster in Florida, causing the restaurant to shut down for a day. Full Story »
Winter Haven (WTFF) – A 14-year-old Florida boy was arrested for allegedly bringing weapons to school. Full Story »
Davenport (WTFF) A 13-year-old Florida boy was found “passed out drunk” on a sidewalk, leading to an investigation that revealed his alleged plot to shoot up his school. Full Story »
Lakeland (WTFF) – A Florida man was sentenced to 7 years in prison for putting plumber’s lye in the “Yum Yum Sauce” at a restaurant he cooked at. Full Story »
This message found in a public restroom somewhere in Polk City describes our state perfectly.
Bathroom graffiti reading “Florida is not for the faint… if you [a] bitch go back up North.”Source: Miss_Kay13
Lake Wales (WTFF) – The FBI corrected the Lake Wales Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office after they reported that two IED’s blew up at Eagle Ridge Mall on Sunday night. Full Story »
Bartow (WTFF) – A 69-year-old man was severely beaten, robbed, and shot in the leg while taking an early morning walk with his 88-year-old friend. Full Story »
Polk County (WTFF) – An attorney from Tampa, who was also a police officer, was arrested on drug trafficking charges along with two other men. Full Story »
We all know that two wrongs don’t make a right, but sometimes 1 wrong and 1 right can balance each other out. Like when you’re from Polk County and get piss drunk and start driving, but suddenly decide to call 911 and report that very same drunk driver… anyway, here’s the 911 call, enjoy! Full Story »
(WTFF) – Put on extra pairs of socks before you step into your sandals this week, because Florida’s gonna get really f*cking cold and we’re all gonna die*. Full Story »
Auburndale, FL – A former Florida cop and his wife stand accused of stalking their professional water-skiing neighbors, hurling anti-French slurs, and making threats to the family dog in a next-door vendetta that went off the deep end. Full Story »
Lakeland (WTFF) – A train ran into a semi-truck and ripped open a free supply of frozen food to the locals.
On Wednesday morning, a Colorado Meat and Seafood Company semi truck was cruising down Ingram Avenue and stalled on some train tracks. Full Story »
(WTFF) – A 53-year-old Polk City woman was arrested near Lakeland on charges of DUI and animal neglect.
It was right around 1:30 pm on a Thursday afternoon in Polk County.
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A mom in Winter Haven wanted to smoke some weed. Now, in civilized places, this is no major feat. You simply go to the store and get some, just like people buy alcohol or tea or tomatoes.
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Two childcare workers have turned themselves into police custody after a video surfaced of them berating, taunting and throwing a backpack at an 8-year-old child with autism. Full Story »
POLK COUNTY — A 25-year-old man is accused of looting a restaurant after curfew in Polk County on Tuesday. Full Story »
Redditor GALACTICA-Actual has a brilliant exposition on this:
I’m ex law enforcement, and yes, this was an asshole move. I don’t know anything about this guy, so I’m not going to try to speak to his motivations, but this is problematic in a few ways.
Yes, if we run someone for a warrant and they pop, we’re duty bound to arrest them. And that’s how it should be.
The problem arises that people with warrants will possibly not seek shelter and may die because of that. Warrants can be for things as minor as traffic offenses. Full Story »
DAVENPORT, Fla. – A 25-year-old Orlando man was arrested on DUI charges after he struck 17 parked vehicles at an apartment complex in Osceola County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Tony Futch was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
The FHP said troopers were called to The Gate Apartments in Davenport for a report of an impaired driver.
Troopers said Futch was driving a blue 2003 Chevrolet Blazer and struck 17 vehicles in eight different crashes as he kept trying to park his SUV. Full Story »
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A Winter Haven police officer has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 39-year-old Winter Haven police Officer William Kenna was arrested early Saturday after the department received a tip about the relationship.
Winter Haven Police say officers found Kenna and the girl alone in a room. They contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation.
Kenna and the girl told investigators they had consensual sex previously.
Kenna resigned from the force, where he has worked since 2012, instead of being fired. Full Story »
Shaun Sparks, 33, and Christy Michelle Vincent, 27, both of Lakeland, face charges after trying to sell an alligator tail that Sparks had cut off. [Polk County Sheriff’s Office]A Lakeland man faces charges after he killed an alligator, cut off its tail and tried to sell the meat to neighbors, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A licensed alligator trapper found the seven foot alligator with stab wounds to the head and missing its tail at Lake Parker on Sunday night.
During the FWC’s investigation, several witnesses said Shaun Edward Sparks, 33, of 1816 W. Lake Parker Dr. in Lakeland, had tried to sell them the alligator tail. Officers who arrived at Sparks’ house found the three-foot long appendage.
Sparks “spontaneously uttered that he stabbed the alligator with a large knife, then cut off its tail,” his arrest report said. Full Story »
Only the “Right Of Adults To Cannabis” amendment can secure your RIGHT to possess, cultivate, and use cannabis in a manner similar to your 2nd amendment right to “keep and bear arms” … think about that for a minute.
Whether you agree or disagree with Americans right to gun ownership, the strength of this protected right is clear and viewed my many as absolute. Floridians For Freedom believes adults right to whole plant cannabis should be comparable and hopes you agree. Full Story »
BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — A massive rattlesnake was recently caught on camera near Bartow. Full Story »
Incident at Southwest Sports Complex.
LAKELAND (Facebook: @LakelandPD) – On June 24, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Southwest Sports Complex, 1444 West Highland Street. During a game, a 2-year-old child got separated from her parents. A citizen who was at the at the game visiting a few friends noticed the young girl wandering by herself and believed that she was lost. The citizen attempted to ask the girl where her parents were and walked with her in hopes she could point them out. At least one independent witness stated they observed the citizen walking with the child trying to help find her parents. Full Story »
A Lake Wales man was charged with trespassing and indecent exposure after a couple said they found him naked in their yard.
Investigators say the homeowner was awakened when his home security alarm went off around 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.
He told police that he went outside to his porch to see what was going on and saw Matthew Gamwell, 35, standing near the east corner of his home. He said that Gamwell was naked with his genitals exposed. Full Story »
Man says friend duped him; pocketed lottery ticket money
BARTOW — A 45-year-old Lakeland man with limited education is suing his friend for misleading him on the value of his $1 million lottery ticket, and for pocketing the proceeds after helping him cash it in.
John Rhoades said he asked his friend, Tyler Scott, 28, for help after realizing the scratch-off ticket he bought in April was a winner, but he wasn’t certain how much it was worth nor how to cash it in. Full Story »
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man took an interesting approach to shoplifting when he took a trip to a local 7-11, according to authorities.
Surveillance footage shows 38-year-old William Jason Hall walking into a 7-11 recently and exiting with a little extra baggage in his pants. Full Story »
A naked Florida Man stole a checkered swan statue worth $25,000 fromLakeland Cold Storage on Frontage Road South.
Brian M. Dodson of Polk County. Proudly posing with his backwards Florida face tattoo.
A tattoo of Florida. On his face. Backwards.
What. The. Fuck. Florida.
These first 2 pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Thomas, Winter Haven, Florida. The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios. Full Story »