Ryan Raiche, WFTS

Ryan Raiche


Lakeland, FL, United States

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Past articles by Ryan:

Jackson Heights center gets bigger and better after each Tampa Super Bowl

It may be more than three years away, but it’s not too early to get excited about Tampa’s next Super Bowl, especially for some kids in East Tampa who have benefited in a big way from the league’s charitable arm. → Read More

Lakeland toddler dies after dresser falls on him

Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an unresponsive two-year-old in Lakeland on Sunday. The little boy died after a dresser fell on him. → Read More

County looks into adding guardrail where Lakeland man drove into Saddle Creek pond

At least five people stopped to try and rescue a Lakeland man Wednesday who drove his truck into a pond at Saddle Creek Pond, and appeared to struggle to get out. → Read More

Polk Schools ramping up efforts to identify kids struggling with mental illness

Teachers grade students on subjects like math, reading, and science, but you can add one more subject area for certain Polk County schools: your mental health. → Read More

Lawmakers to vote on controversial budget bill that may slash school funding

Monday night state lawmakers are expected to vote on a controversial budget bill that could slash funding for Florida schools. → Read More

Polk Co. man arrested for starting bon fire during burn ban; threatened to kill Sheriff Judd

A Lakeland man is under arrest for burning trash during a strict burn ban and for threatening to kill firefighters, deputies, and even Sheriff Grady Judd himself. → Read More

Fire crews looking for arsonist in latest brush fire in eastern Polk County

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on Indian Lake Estates in Polk County to make sure the latest brush fire there doesn’t rekindle and threaten more homes. → Read More

Florida Poly students test out self-driving cars for final exam

It’s big day for dozens of students at Florida Polytechnic University in Polk County — it’s their final exam to prove to their professor that their autonomous car can successfully drive on its own. → Read More

Investigators search for man scamming small business owners with smooth talk

Investigators describe Robert Hyers as a smooth-talking thief who is preying on nice, trusting business owners. → Read More

Haines City family escapes apartment fire believed to be started by hover board

A Haines City family nearly lost their apartment in a fire that officials believe started when a hover board burst into flames while charging. → Read More

Heavy load drone maker planning to setup shop in Lakeland

A Norwegian drone maker plans to setup shop in Lakeland — but these are not your Christmas gift-type drones. → Read More

Mother of Sarasota murder victim back in 2004 has died

Susan Schorpen, the mother of the Sarasota girl who was was abducted, raped, and murdered back in 2004, died on Monday, according to the Polk County Medical Examiner. → Read More

Lakeland family pet wanders off from home, gets adopted to another family by accident

A little Maltese named Brody wondered off from his Lakeland home over the weekend, and in a weird twist, is now another family’s pet. → Read More

Lakeland man to honor war heroes that many don't know are buried in tiny cemetery

A Lakeland man who stumbled upon dozens of old grave markers for local veterans is now trying to find a way to honor their sacrifice. → Read More

DOJ selects Lakeland girl's drawing for national missing kids campaign

A young Lakeland girl is about to turn heads nation-wide. → Read More

Polk officials institute burn ban to prevent another River Ranch-type wildfire

About a month and a half after the devastating wildfire that torched more than five thousand acres in the River Ranch community of Polk County, officials are now issuing a burn ban county wide until conditions improve. → Read More

After school program under investigation for leaving behind six-year-old in locked van

A Lakeland after-school program is under investigation for accidentally leaving a child in a locked van for more than an hour. → Read More

Polk County deputy left behind gut-wrenching open letter to be read after his death

The Polk County community came out to say goodbye to a young deputy who lost a courageous battle with colon cancer last week. → Read More

Polk County deputy left behind gut-wrenching open letter to be read after his death

The Polk County community came out to say goodbye to a young deputy who lost a courageous battle with colon cancer last week. → Read More

Lake Wales woman discovers she spent all day working next to six foot long snake in home office

A Lake Wales woman learned the hard way why you should never leave the backdoor open if you live on a lake in the rural part of Polk County. → Read More