Lakeland police are trying to identify a 911 caller whose false claim of an active shooter triggered a massive response at the Ford’s Garage restaurant in north Lakeland Monday evening. The restaurant’s managing partner told News Channel 8 he was “scared to my core” when the restaurant was suddenly surrounded by first responders. False reports like this are a “huge waste of resources” that also threaten public safety, police spokeswoman Robin Tillett told the station. More
Crime / Justice
A 39-year-old man was arrested after he left and then returned to the scene of a collision that resulted in the death of a 46-year-old motorcyclist on South Florida Avenue, according to the Lakeland Police Department. More
Lakeland Police search for a man they say is possibly connected to a Sunday night shooting in Webster Park that left one person dead.
Detectives are attempting to locate 32-year-old Quinton Lakeith Owens. They believe he may have information related to the case. Owens is described as 6’1″ and weighing approximately 250 pounds.
Police spokeswoman Robin Tillett said officers responded to the park in the 900 block of West Sixth Street just after 8 p.m. after receiving information about a shooting. They found a 46-year-old man in a vehicle suffering from bullet wounds.More
Lawyers for quadruple murder defendant Bryan James Riley intend to argue that he was insane when he killed four people, including a 3-month-old infant, during a home-invasion attack in north Lakeland last September. More
A man who had been firing a gun and threatened to kill his wife was shot and killed by Polk County deputies Friday evening at the Ten Rocks Mobile Home Park on North Combee Road, Sheriff Grady Judd said. More
Brian Boele, 59, of Lakeland, was arrested by FBI agents today and jailed on charges of felony civil disorder and three misdemeanors involving the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, News Channel 8 reports. An indictment filed last week says Boele and a Clearwater man were part of a group that entered the Capitol grounds illegally and moved to the Lower West Terrace, where rioters clashed with police; the two were scheduled for first appearance in federal court this afternoon ALSO: Tampa Bay Times
Forty-nine people including elected officials and a retired FBI special agent submitted letters in support of former Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn, hoping to convince Judge Donald Jacobsen to be lenient while deciding Dunn’s fate. More
Former Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for the October 2018 shooting death of Cristóbal Lopez, a suspected shoplifter who died of a gunshot wound in his back just outside the door to Dunn’s Army-Navy Surplus store. More
A new court document opens the door for Bryan Riley of Brandon, the Marine marksman who was charged in the murders of four north Lakeland family members last September, to use an insanity defense. His attorney filed an intent to rely on a defense of insanity document that says Riley suffered from a “mental infirmity, disease or defect,” but the specific condition was redacted, News Channel 8 reported.