- Summary: Firefighters have substantially reduced a fire at a mulch plant, according to Polk Fire Rescue.
- Where: Lasso Lane just north of the Polk Parkway and east of Reynolds Road
- How long: 225 hours. The call came in at 11 a.m. on Nov. 16.
- How much: More than 12 million gallons of water used.
- Caution: Smoke may hinder visibility on nearby roads, including the Polk Parkway east of U.S. 98. More
Three children inside a home day care and a driver were injured around 5 p.m. today when the elderly driver pushed the wrong button in her car and crashed into a house near Seventh Street, the Lakeland Fire Department reports. Identities have not been released; all four were reported in stable condition.
ALSO: In south Lakeland, a pickup truck that apparently missed a curve on Handley Boulevard early Saturday plowed through a yard and damaged three parked vehicles, pushing one of them into the laundry room. Fox 13 reports.
The mother of a young woman shot and killed by Polk sheriff’s deputies in north Lakeland this week says her daughter didn’t have to die. Deputies said they shot because Sidney Alexis Renew, 20, was trying to run them down with a stolen pickup truck. But Ohio resident Heather Renew says they could have shot the tires out and questions why one of the wounds was to the side of her 20-year-old daughter’s head if the deputies were shooting from in front of the truck.
- Bay News 9: The food bank at Mount Tabor Baptist Church is operating again; a mobile container gifted from Kathleen Middle School replaces a structure destroyed in the Oct. 18 tornado.
- ABC Action News: Tucker, a 60-pound African tortoise that escaped through a backyard fence damaged during the tornado, was returned home by somebody who found him more than a mile away. Earlier: Ledger coverage
Sidney Renew of Lakeland was shot and killed by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies who say the 20-year-old woman disregarded their order to leave a stolen Ford F-250 Monday afternoon and instead floored it toward them on rural Lakeland Acres Road.
Oscar J. Pope Elementary School is faced with rebuilding its fifth-grade building after its roof collapsed in the aftermath of Lakeland’s October tornado.
Women locked hands in prayer and men laid on the ground in a death pose in a protest at the Polk County Courthouse. They came together to protest after prosecutors cleared Lakeland Police officers in the December fatal shooting of Michael Taylor.