Retired Ledger sports writer and web editor Mike Cobb and his family were displaced from their home of 25 years at 1836 Michelle Lane after a fire destroyed its middle section. No humans were injured, but eight cats are feared dead and a dog is hanging on for life.
UPDATE: A rooftop fire at Mojo Federal downtown did so little damage early this morning that the restaurant and bar is planning to open at 12:30 p.m., just an hour and a half later than their usual Sunday opening. The fire, which started after closing, was confined to a small area around the base of a rooftop smokestack connected to the barbecue restaurant’s meat smoker. Some debris could be seen on a nearby patio this morning. The fire set off interior sprinklers, so workers this morning mopped up water. Crews from the Lakeland Fire Department’s nearby downtown headquarters responded quickly, according to Stuart Simm, owner of the neighboring Federal Bar. The pre-dawn photos below are by David Dickey Jr.:
A Kathleen Road mom who’s worried about kids has launched a campaign to remind drivers to halt when school buses display their stop signs. She’s captured video that shows that many drivers keep going.
Westbound traffic on I-4 was diverted onto State Road 33 after a tractor-trailer hauling sweet potatoes burst into flames just east of the U.S. 98 exit around 5:10 a.m. The driver, 62-year-old Steven Tillman of Orlando, discovered a mechanical issue and got out safely before the fire started. The traffic backup was complicated by a four-car collision on I-4 westbound near the Polk Parkway east entrance around 7 a.m. MORE: ABC Action Traffic live video | News Channel 8 video More
After two late-night armed robberies of downtown pedestrians over a five-week span, police have added patrols and Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens will meet with business owners Tuesday morning to discuss safety measures. More
Six Lakeland firefighters returned from Mexico Beach Wednesday night, and six more left Wednesday morning to replace them.
An 11-year-old girl who lives in Imperial Southgate Villas told police she was chased Saturday night by a man after attempts to lure her to him with money and candy failed. More
UPDATE: Four people died around 11:30 a.m. today when the silver Chevrolet sedan they were in crossed a median on East Memorial Drive and crashed into a westbound Chevy truck towing an unoccupied horse trailer, the Lakeland Police Department said. More
Campus Police Officer Tommie Jackson was first on the scene Monday morning after a car on University Boulevard rolled over and ended up partially submerged in a pond and taking on water. Wading into the murky water, he was able to rescue both the driver and her infant. “This quick response could not have been made possible without the partnership we have with the Lakeland Police Department and the sharing for their communications division,” the university police said on Facebook.