The Lakeland Police Department has issued a silver alert for retired Deputy Police Chief Clarence Grier. He was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday leaving a residence on west 8th Street. His 1998 Ford F-150 with tag #ID49LX was spotted north of Ocala early this morning. Grier, 82, suffers from dementia, according to his family. If you have any information on Mr. Grier’s whereabouts, please call 863.834.6900.
Officer Ken Foley, 57, was found unresponsive in his patrol car parked outside the Hampton Inn on Socrum Loop Road on Wednesday night and taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Lakeland Police say. Detectives said the 29-year LPD employee suffered a medical episode.
VIDEO: Chief Ruben Garcia remembers Foley in a news conference.
- Summary: Firefighters have substantially reduced a fire at a mulch plant, according to Polk Fire Rescue.
- Where: Lasso Lane just north of the Polk Parkway and east of Reynolds Road
- How long: 225 hours. The call came in at 11 a.m. on Nov. 16.
- How much: More than 12 million gallons of water used.
- Caution: Smoke may hinder visibility on nearby roads, including the Polk Parkway east of U.S. 98. More
Three children inside a home day care and a driver were injured around 5 p.m. today when the elderly driver pushed the wrong button in her car and crashed into a house near Seventh Street, the Lakeland Fire Department reports. Identities have not been released; all four were reported in stable condition.
ALSO: In south Lakeland, a pickup truck that apparently missed a curve on Handley Boulevard early Saturday plowed through a yard and damaged three parked vehicles, pushing one of them into the laundry room. Fox 13 reports.
The mother of a young woman shot and killed by Polk sheriff’s deputies in north Lakeland this week says her daughter didn’t have to die. Deputies said they shot because Sidney Alexis Renew, 20, was trying to run them down with a stolen pickup truck. But Ohio resident Heather Renew says they could have shot the tires out and questions why one of the wounds was to the side of her 20-year-old daughter’s head if the deputies were shooting from in front of the truck.
- Bay News 9: The food bank at Mount Tabor Baptist Church is operating again; a mobile container gifted from Kathleen Middle School replaces a structure destroyed in the Oct. 18 tornado.
- ABC Action News: Tucker, a 60-pound African tortoise that escaped through a backyard fence damaged during the tornado, was returned home by somebody who found him more than a mile away. Earlier: Ledger coverage