The city of Lakeland has accelerated its effort to collect tree limbs and other debris piled up in yards following Hurricane Ian. Starting today, trucks from a private trash hauler are beginning a series of debris-collection sweeps estimated to take two to four weeks to complete.
Cheryl Williams, a 46-year-old convicted felon who spent nine years in prison on a drug trafficking conviction, is now charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Blane Lane, 21.
Just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, four Polk County Sheriff‘s deputies drove up to a weather-beaten mobile home off Foxtown South Road in a rural area west of Polk City with an arrest warrant for 46-year-old Cheryl Williams for failure to appear on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine.
Out-of-state bucket trucks and pickups lined Cambridge Avenue on Monday afternoon as workers continued restoring power to Lakeland Electric customers. “We’ve fixed broken poles, reinstalled poles, picked up wire,” said Daniel Landrie, a lineman with LineTec Services of Lafayette, La. “Made people happy, made some people mad because we’re blocking their streets, but that’s the […]
Tuesday is shaping up to be a big day in Polk County. It’s the day that students are scheduled to report back to public schools throughout the county after they closed last Tuesday as Hurricane Ian approached, according to a news release. In addition, Lakeland Electric says power should be restored to all of its […]
Here are updates on where things stand in Lakeland in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Since many readers still don’t have Internet and are relying on spotty cell service, we are keeping it text-only and will share to all who have signed up for our email newsletters.
While Southwest Florida took the punishing brunt of Hurricane Ian’s fury, Lakeland fared much better. There were no lives lost in Lakeland or Polk County, although wind gusts of at least 78 miles per hour blew down trees throughout the city and left about 63,000 people without electricity. A National Weather Service meteorologist in the […]
Following Hurricane Ian’s trek through Central Florida, LkldNow is following recovery efforts and the storm’s aftermath. We’ll update this page throughout the day.
LkldNow posted updates about Hurricane Ian’s effects on Lakeland on this page all day on Wednesday, Sept. 28. We have a separate live blog for news about the storm’s aftermath and recovery efforts. Among the updates: Polk public schools and Polk State College have extended their closures to Friday.
Marilyn and Dave Whiting, 81, decided to pack a few things, leave their home in the Schalamar retirement community off U.S. 92 and head to Tenoroc High School’s hurricane shelter Tuesday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Ian’s eye’s expected Thursday morning landfall.