Sidney Renew of Lakeland was shot and killed by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies who say the 20-year-old woman disregarded their order to leave a stolen Ford F-250 Monday afternoon and instead floored it toward them on rural Lakeland Acres Road.
Oscar J. Pope Elementary School is faced with rebuilding its fifth-grade building after its roof collapsed in the aftermath of Lakeland’s October tornado.
Women locked hands in prayer and men laid on the ground in a death pose in a protest at the Polk County Courthouse. They came together to protest after prosecutors cleared Lakeland Police officers in the December fatal shooting of Michael Taylor.
A Lakeland Police Department K-9 officer who was charged with DUI while driving a department SUV in the Panhandle last weekend has been fired, and the police chief issued a public apology. More
The head of the Lakeland NAACP chapter is asking the State Attorney’s Office and Lakeland Police Department to have an outside agency review whether police were operating within standards the night they shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Jerome Taylor in a restaurant parking lot. Prosecutors said they’ve done their job in determining that deadly force was justified. The police chief said his agency is looking into whether their procedures need to change and suggested the NAACP is welcome to hire its own expert, saying the records are open to public inspection.
The actions of three Lakeland police officers who shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Taylor in a crowded restaurant parking lot on the morning of Dec. 26, 2018, were justified, according to an opinion released today by the State Attorney’s Office. More
A mom is pushing for changes at the intersection of South Florida Avenue and Alamo Drive, where her 24-year-old son died when a vehicle turned left in front of his motorcycle last month. Angela Naberhaus wants left turns to be allowed there only with a green arrow; she also wants the Legislature to change the law to impose criminal penalties for fatal traffic accidents.
Students return to Kathleen Middle School Monday for the first time after a tornado ripped off part of the roof last week, but teachers returned Thursday and got their first look at the damage.