Here’s a story that bears watching: Two bear sightings have been reported in south Lakeland this week, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office, which got a call on Sunday about a bear spotted near Ewell Road. On Monday, someone reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that they saw a bear near Drane Field Road. More
Deputies continue investigating the suspicious death of 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring, whose body was found in the median on U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard) near Reynolds Road Sunday morning. Her friends built a roadside memorial today and recalled the mother of two as someone who would have called them if she were in trouble.
UPDATE: A woman whose body was found in the median of U.S. 92 East near Reynolds Road has been identified as Kara Fay Hanvey, 22, of Sebring. Deputies responded after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive woman around 6:40 a.m. today. More
As Lakeland police continue investing a Memorial Boulevard crash that killed two people, including a woman returning home from work, they released video taken from the dashboard of an officer who was following the driver who caused the accident.
Lakeland police are reviewing a Wednesday morning accident in which a young woman returning home from work died when her car was struck by another car whose driver ran a red light while apparently fleeing police, Fox 13 News’ Ken Suarez reports. (An officer “was unable to catch up to the car to conduct a traffic stop before it ran a red light and struck another vehicle in the Memorial Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive intersection,” LPD said Wednesday in a news release.) Suarez reports that key questions for victim Linel Vega-Ortiz’ family is whether police were chasing driver Cleon Truedell and whether the pursuit complied with department policy.
ALSO: The victim’s mother tells WFLA that police informed the family that an officer was chasing Truedell before the accident; the police department told the station Tuedell wasn’t being chased before he sped off from an attempted traffic stop.
UPDATE: Eastbound traffic and one westbound lane has reopened on Memorial Blvd. between Ingraham and Lake Parker Avenues. A water main break in front of Church of the Mall caused a utility pole to fall into the road, @lakelandgov says. Repair crews are at the scene. #lkld
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A “minor collision” between two charter buses on Rockridge Road near Dean Still Road sent Pasco County students to hospitals in Lakeland and Bartow for treatment this morning. An announcement from Pepin Academies said 30 students were taken to hospitals and that no major injuries were reported. But the Florida Highway Patrol said just two students were hospitalized, the Tampa Bay Times noted. The students were on a field trip to Medieval Times in Kissimmee.
Polk Fire Rescue Chief Tony Stravino, 62, said today he plans to retire in the next 30 days. The announcement came a day after the release of an investigative report that criticized the department’s handling of a November fire that resulted in the death of a disabled, 76-year-old woman.
A man identified as Bruce Wayne Johnson, 59, was in critical condition after being hit from behind by a dark-colored SUV Monday night on Main Street near Lake Bonny, Lakeland police report. They ask that anyone with info call Officer Tyler Anderson at (863) 834-2553.