A 71-year-old man was shot and killed by six Lakeland police officers in his front yard Thursday night when he approached them with a shotgun and refused orders to drop his weapon, LPD reported this morning. More
Crime / Justice
Thirty-eight animals were seized from property on Bella Vista Street near Galloway Road (map) as deputies arrested Gail Anne Nichols, 66, who said she’s a part-time veterinarian at clinics in Gulfport and Port Richey, and Paul Craig Smith, 74.
“Community beware; he is out, and he shouldn’t be,” Sheriff Grady Judd said after William Torres-Morales was ruled incompetent to stand trial for harsh punishment and sexual assault and sent to live with his father in a neighborhood near Jesse Keen Elementary School.
TROPICAL FISH: Hidden cameras at a fish farm captured video of a masked woman taking about 50 bags of cichlids, angel fish and kois worth up to $20,000. Now deputies hope to reel her in. – ABC Action News
PANCAKE PRANK: The video went viral when a man in pajamas ate breakfast in a Memorial Boulevard crosswalk in March. Now he has to pay fines and court costs after being found guilty of placing an obstruction in the roadway and obstructing the free flow of traffic. – News Channel 8
The alligator had become ensnared in a device set in Lake Parker by a licensed trapper. Police say a passerby killed it, severed its tail and then he and his girlfriend tried to sell the meat door-to-door to nearby residents.
Tyson McMorrow was arrested Saturday after 10 p.m. and charged with DUI, DUI property damage, leaving the scene of a crash and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.