A standoff with deputies began Saturday afternoon when a man in a dispute with his estranged wife barricaded himself and his 6-year-old daughter inside a house on Dartmouth Road in north Lakeland. The man has made no threats against the child, Sheriff Grady Judd said.
A wooden box holding a sculpture honoring electric lineman was unloaded from a truck on Lemon Street near Lake Mirror this morning. Crews used a crane to lift the sculpture into place on a pedestal on the lake side of the Lakeland Electric building. After the sculpture is secured to the pedestal this morning, a parachute tarp will cover it until a public unveiling ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday. The monument was fabricated in Pennsylvania from steel and bronze in Pennsylvania based on a design created by three Lakeland High School students who won a competition sponsored by Platform Art. The wife of a lineman killed in the line of duty watched the installation this morning and told The Ledger it was moving for her to see it | Video: installation
#LFD, @LakelandPD, & Lake Morton Plaza employees are evacuating all residents as a precaution due to sinking smoke. Fire is out. Traffic in all areas is blocked. Avoid area. #lkld pic.twitter.com/kmB90uHns9
— Lakeland Fire (@LakelandFD) June 26, 2018
Two residents and two employees went to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation when smoke from a rooftop fire sunk into the 10 stories below, The Ledger reported. About 100 displaced residents have been transported to the RP Funding Center by Lake Morton Plaza management, according to the Lakeland Fire Department. Delays left residents’ families “fed up,” News Channel 8 says.
The High School Police Academy is one of the tools the Lakeland Police Department is using to recruit future officers.
A west Lakeland man and his two adult housemates are homeless today after fire damaged their house at 2027 W. Hunter St. to the tune of $20k. But he’s alive because an anonymous passing motorist noticed the smoke and woke him up around 8 a.m., the Lakeland Fire Department said. “This is a very important reminder to have working smoke alarms. Had it not been for the observant motorist this could have had a poor outcome,” Assistant Fire Chief Mike Williams said.
— lkld now (@lkldnow) May 30, 2018
Careful! Tractor trailer jackknifed on I-4 W between exits 27 & 28 pic.twitter.com/zSWrmiKr75
— Steve Andrews (@WFLASteveA) May 30, 2018
- Every public school will have a uniformed law enforcement officer next week, the last of the school year.
- Students will be prohibited from bringing backpacks to school next week.
UPDATE: Charles Kimbrough, Jr., 59, of Creekwood Run in Lakeland, died Thursday afternoon when his Nissan Altima was hit by a semi at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Rockridge Road, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
Kimbrough had a green light when he traveled eastbound on Rockridge Road toward his home a short distance away, deputies said. The driver of the semi failed to stop at a red light, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Its investigation continues.
A fatal accident at US 98 and Rockridge Road has traffic backed up. A Saddle Creek Corp. semi heading north struck a Nissan Altima that had a green light going east, @PolkCoSheriff says. The Nissan’s adult male driver died. No ID yet. The semi flipped on its side. #lkld pic.twitter.com/ZV3XD9xzbT
— lkld now (@lkldnow) May 17, 2018
Pedestrian fatality: A man with hospital release papers describing him as a fall risk died after he was struck by a car in U.S. 98’s middle southbound lane near Innovation Drive late Wednesday. No ID yet. He’s described as an older Hispanic man.