Hold your fire! Saying that what goes up must come down, Lakeland police are warning people to forego what for many is an annual New Year’s Eve midnight tradition. People raise their guns skyward and welcome the new year by pulling the trigger, often numerous times. It can be deadly, and it’s a felony. More
Residents along Lake Gibson Shores Drive cleaned up Thursday after an EF-1 tornado hit their neighborhood around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, spewing damage and destroying Scott Leavitt’s home. “You work your tail off all your life and it’s gone within a couple of seconds,” he told News Channel 8.
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Tornadoes that skipped from Pinellas Park to northern Lakeland on Wednesday night damaged three homes off Daughtery Road north of Lake Gibson, leaving two uninhabitable, Fox 13 News reports. The occupants were unharmed, according to Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.
THE LEDGER: Damage centered on Gibson Shores Drive
ABC ACTION NEWS: Video of the damage
An unusual partnership of lay ministry, law enforcement and local government combines strengths to create a safer place for residents in a west Lakeland neighborhood. More
Government workers usually face little punishment if they’re caught misusing a Florida law enforcement database that contains sensitive personal data, according to a 10News investigative report. But Lakeland’s police department proved the exception: The police chief said an officer who was accused of using the database for personal reasons would have been fired if he hadn’t resigned. More
Polk County public schools and Polk State College will be closed Thursday out of an abundance of caution for protection against winds expected from Hurricane Eta, expected to reach 35 to 40 mph in the morning with wind gusts up to 60 mph. More
Lakeland police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Danne Frazier, 21, who was reported missing on Wednesday. He is 5’ 3” and weighs around 170 pounds. He drives a 2018 silver Chevrolet Impala. If you have information, contact contact Detective Lawson (863-834-8975/email) or investigative aide Charlene Ali (863-834-8974 /email).