The Lakeland Police Department has fired Officer William Long after he was charged with a third-degree felony count of making a false report of child abuse, abandon, or neglect.
A Lakeland teen died and four others were injured Saturday night when the pickup truck they were in left I-4 near the I-75 underpass and flipped over. Stephanie Carroll died at Tampa General Hospital from her injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Driver Ruben Ramirez, 17, suffered serious injuries, and passengers Tristen Green, 19; Kira Barclay, 17 and Raemond Ramirez, 16 sustained minor injuries, FHP said.
Update: Tuesday, 7:07 a.m.: With Hurricane Dorian’s track shifting away from the area, Polk County has downsized its emergency operations and is no longer planning to open shelters. Public schools are still closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of weather concerns, and other institutions will be closed in the early part of this week. Polk County is under tropical storm watch since winds are expected to reach into the eastern part of the county. Here’s our updated list:
NOAA’s Air Operations Center at Lakeland Linder International Airport, home of the Hurricane Hunters, is getting two new aircraft: a modified Gulfstream G550 for use in storm forecasting and atmospheric research, and a Beechcraft King Air 350 CER turboprop for use in flood and water supply forecasts.
Lakeland police are happy to get home surveillance video to help solve crimes, Lakeland Police Department Chief Ruben Garcia said, but the department can’t and won’t endorse a particular brand of camera.
LPD was identified in a Vice article as one of many departments throughout the country that has signed an agreement with Amazon-owned Ring Inc., a manufacturer of doorbell cameras and other home automation and surveillance devices. More
A 35-year-old Lake Wales bicyclist was killed during a pre-dawn ride on Galloway Road this morning after being hit by two vehicles, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Mitchell Johnson suffered head trauma and died shortly after arriving at Lakeland Regional Health, the Sheriff’s Department reported. More
Polk County Commissioners today unanimously approved a $200,000 settlement with the family of Loretta Pickard, who died in a house fire off Rockridge Road last November. Fallout from the fire led to changes in leadership and procedure at Polk County Fire Rescue.