Two Lakeland teens, including one who used the CPR he learned at Kathleen Middle School, rescued another teen from the bottom of a pool and revived him. For that, they were honored for heroism Monday by the Lakeland Fire Department. More
Local police agencies have adopted an idea for preventing child hot-car deaths conceived by Scott Headley, a Lakeland grandfather and insurance company owner. It involves a colorful bracelet a driver wears as a reminder that there’s a child in the back seat. They’ll be available at next week’s First Friday in downtown Lakeland | ALSO: PCSO Facebook post
Does your driver license or other Florida-issued ID have a gold star in the upper right hand corner? If not, you have one year to update your ID to comply with federal air safety regulations, according to the office of Polk Tax Collector Joe Tedder. More
A Lakeland teen died and four others were injured Saturday night when the pickup truck they were in left I-4 near the I-75 underpass and flipped over. Stephanie Carroll died at Tampa General Hospital from her injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Driver Ruben Ramirez, 17, suffered serious injuries, and passengers Tristen Green, 19; Kira Barclay, 17 and Raemond Ramirez, 16 sustained minor injuries, FHP said.
Update: Tuesday, 7:07 a.m.: With Hurricane Dorian’s track shifting away from the area, Polk County has downsized its emergency operations and is no longer planning to open shelters. Public schools are still closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of weather concerns, and other institutions will be closed in the early part of this week. Polk County is under tropical storm watch since winds are expected to reach into the eastern part of the county. Here’s our updated list: