Lakeland police and Highway Patrol troopers stopped more than 150 people. Most got warnings, while a dozen received citations. The focus was on pedestrian safety in the high-accident corridor of Memorial Boulevard east of Florida Avenue.
Lakeland Fire Department says don’t be worried about the smoke you’re smelling and haze you might be driving through. It’s the result of Florida Forest Service controlled burns around State Road 33 and also in Highland City. The Fire Department is working no structure fires this afternoon, spokeswoman Janel Vasallo says.
The outage affects some Frontier Communications Co. customers. Polk’s 911 center is operating, but officials suggest using cellphones to contact them.
“How hard is it to play a frickin’ cop when you’ve been doing it for 30 years?” said Gary Gross, who appears briefly in “The Florida Project.” Willem DaFoe was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film, which was shot in Orlando. Gross, LPD’s public information officer, has a side gig advising movie and TV crews on portrayal of police and leasing law enforcement gear to them.
John Shiver of Lakeland has been found in Clermont and is safe, the Polk Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The silver alert has been cancelled.
The city of Lakeland’s contract for 18 red-light cameras expires this year and commissioners must decide whether to renew it. Police brass want to keep the cameras, saying they improve safety by changing driver behavior. During a workshop Friday, commissioners gave few clues how they would vote.
Avoid State Road 33 near University Boulevard (Florida Poly University area) and Combee Road. Those intersections are closed following a deputy-involved shooting. No deputies are injured, a suspect is in custody, and no other suspects are being sought, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office. More info is coming.
The train has departed, but Ingraham Avenue remains closed as cleanup continues. LPD says it will provide updates on Facebook.
A tractor-trailer was bisected by a CSX train on Ingraham Avenue between Oak and Oleander (near Colorado Boxed Beef) around midnight after the big rig got stuck on the tracks. The train did not derail. The truck driver was uninjured. https://t.co/VgvjeL9Eiq pic.twitter.com/Wpga4YLce3
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Suspected “acid bombs” were found this morning on the east side of Lake Hollingsworth and at Common Grounds Park, the Lakeland Police Department reports. Nobody has been injured. Members of the Tampa Police bomb squad neutralized the Hollingsworth device with an air pistol, around 1 p.m., the Lakeland Fire Department said.