Larcenies in Lakeland dropped by 500 between 2017 and 2018, by far the biggest dip in a new report showing crime down by 550 incidents here last year. However, homicides are up from 1 to 8, robberies are up from 89 to 106, and assaults are up from 144 to 200, according to stats released today. More
The railroad tracks are closed at Ingraham Ave., Massachusetts Ave, Kentucky Ave, Tennessee Ave, and Missouri Ave. in Downtown Lakeland for maintenance by CSX for an unknown period of time. Please use South Florida Ave. or HWY 98 when traveling from north to south. pic.twitter.com/AgcPDTZ5Xw
— Downtown Lakeland (@DowntownLkld) March 12, 2019
Kimberly Houtz, 54, (Facebook) emerged from the water in distress within five minutes after starting a dive off St. Pete Beach on Saturday morning, witnesses said. She was attended to by the crew of an Eckerd College rescue boat and paramedics, but died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Hospital that afternoon.
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SUV IN LAKE MORTON: The SUV was totaled, but the driver was uninjured — as were ducks, geese and swans — when a Ford Excursion was driven into Lake Morton early this morning. Police said the driver was speeding in his girlfriend’s vehicle after having an argument with her at a nearby bar, and he failed to stop at the end of Success Avenue.
TEACHER CHARGED: Christina Lee Dobbs, a drama teacher at Kathleen High School, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash after a woman in another vehicle was injured in a collision at Knights Station Road and Galloway Road Thursday evening.
The motorcyclist who died Wednesday after speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and colliding with three vehicles in front of Santa Fe High School has been identified as José Noé Aguilar Jr., 25, of Lakeland, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The 3 p.m. crash closed U.S. 92 between Combee Road and Fish Hatchery Road for more than three hours. More
A fatal accident involving a motorcycle and three vehicles has East Memorial Boulevard shut down from Combee Road to Fish Hatchery Road until at least 7:30 p.m., the Polk Sheriff’s Department reports.
A westbound motorcyclist, whose identity has not been released yet, died after hitting the side of one vehicle, striking the rear of a truck and then going into the path of a third vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said. No other injuries were reported.
Sarah Y. Dobson, 77, was killed in a head-on collision on State Road 60 south of Plant City on Tuesday after she lost control of her 2009 Nissan Sentra when trying to change lanes, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The driver of the other car was hospitalized with serious injuries, and her infant passenger was uninjured.
News Channel 8 stays in front of the Rockridge Road fatal fire story, reporting that a “post-incident analysis” by a Polk Fire Rescue battalion chief concludes that the responding crews should have forcefully entered the house and that inexperience played a role in the decisions.
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