• An Alabama man and 4-year-old Lakeland girl sought in an amber alert have been spotted in Forsyth, Ga., and may be headed for Russell County, Ala., just across the Georgia line from Columbus.
  • Precious Colbert, 27, was charged this morning with second-degree murder after Devontae Poole, 20, died in a fight last night over synthetic marijuana at 702 Whitehurst St. in Lakeland. (LPD news release)
  • A hostage situation at the County Line Road McDonald’s ended peacefully Saturday with the arrest of three young men but was prolonged by a man who falsely claimed to be held inside the restaurant.
  • LPD officers responding to reports of gunshots at 4:34 a.m. today at the Lakewood Terrace Apartments found Jean Makenson Deroche, 21, lying next to his car with multiple bullet wounds. He died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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