Sunday’s killing of a Lakeland woman by her estranged boyfriend highlights the sometimes fatal consequences of domestic violence, News Channel 8 reports. The most dangerous time for abuse survivors is right after they end the relationship, according to the CEO of The Spring of Tampa Bay, an organization that protects victims and can help devise a plan to safely leave an abusive relationship. | The Spring |Peace River Center
Lakeland city commissioners today discussed the hot-button issue of police body cameras and concluded that they want to hear from other Florida cities about their experiences with the devices. More
Adults should have the same opportunities as kids when it comes to criminal justice. That’s according to the Rev. Melissa Stump, who spoke Tuesday night at the 21st annual rally of PEACE, a coalition of Polk churches who unite around social action. More
Reginald Jackson, 43, recalls the night in 2001 when he was shot in the neck by a Lakeland police officer; he said he still feels a cold numbness in his arm sometimes, Gainesville’s WUFT reports. A jury awarded him $412,500 in 2009, but he received less than a quarter of that from the city. In the past, the city of Lakeland has lobbied against bills filed in the Legislature to recover the rest, but this year it is staying neutral. | LkldNow coverage
Lakeland police are asking residents for help locating Ingrid Purvis, 70, a dementia patient who was reported missing Tuesday from Lakeland Regional Health’s Hollis Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd. More
Assistant Chief of Police Rick Taylor will retire Feb. 26 after a 25-year Lakeland Police Department career. He’s landed a job as a captain with the campus police at the University of Florida in Gainesville. More
Lakeland’s Citizen Police Advisory Board — whose members were appointed by city commissioners, the city manager and police chief — agreed Monday to draft a letter supporting the police union’s push for higher pay and improved benefits, The Ledger reports. A combination of no raises for 15 months and a system that takes 20 years to reach top pay has made it difficult for the department to recruit and retain officers, union representatives told the board.
At a Florida Fire Chiefs Association board meeting last month, Lakeland Fire Chief Douglas Riley asked if he could be the one to deliver the Fire Chief of the Year award to the next winner.
What he didn’t know at the time was that he would be the one selected as 2020 Florida Fire Chief of the Year. More
Guiseppe Avigliano, a Lakeland police officer since 2013, has been arrested on charges involving falsified time slips for off-duty work, the Police Department announced today. More
Sheriff Grady Judd today announced the arrest of a Polk deputy on allegations that he made threatening comments in writing in reaction to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Judd said Deputy Peter Heneen’s “hate talk” crossed into illegal threats of violence, News Channel 8 reported. Heneen has been suspended from his job, and Judd said he will be terminated. ALSO: View video of Judd’s news conference.