Demetrius Haynes resigned as vice chair of Lakeland’s police advisory board on Monday night after the head of the police union said posts he made on Facebook could endanger a sheriff’s deputy, Fox 13 News reports. Haynes, who remains a member of the advisory panel, had said the deputy harassed him in a case of mistaken identity.
A 44-year-old woman died in a hit-and-run accident that threw her into a ditch as she walked on Reynolds Road between Main Street and Barrington Avenue around 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office. Deputies believe she was hit from behind by an older model pickup truck or SUV as she walked in dark clothing with the flow of traffic, ABC Action News reports. The victim was identified as Nichole Lynn Williams by The Legal Advocate website. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Walsh at (836) 297-1100.
The vice chair of Lakeland’s Police Advisory Board took to Facebook to complain he had been harassed when a Polk County sheriff’s deputy asked him to exit his car and questioned him for nearly an hour in what he claims is a case of mistaken identity. Now Demetrius Haynes is under fire from the head of the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association and Sheriff Grady Judd for denigrating the deputy and posting her photo online, Fox 13 News reports. Judd is calling for his removal from the Lakeland board.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it has granted Lakeland Electric more than $3.2 million in reimbursements for costs to restore power after Hurricane Irma in October 2017, 10 Tampa Bay reports.
Lakeland city government should look seriously at equipping police officers with body cameras, Mayor Bill Mutz said today. It’s a topic he’d like to see city commissioners focus on starting in January. More
The Lakeland Fire Department’s new rescue task force is getting boosted by a donation of protective gear for firefighters to wear when they are called to assist with dangerous situations, including active shooters. More
A missile with possible live explosives was discovered in a shipment to Draken International at Lakeland Linder Airport on Friday, leading to a temporary evacuation of Draken and the next-door NOAA Air Operations Center. The evacuations ended when an explosives team inspected the package and gave an “all clear” call, 10 Tampa Bay reports. | Earlier: WFLA video
State Road 33 is closed at the Interstate 4 interchange this morning after a semi-trailer became wedged under the highway overpass. I-4 remains open as the bridge is inspected for structural integrity, News Channel 8 reports. One person was hospitalized as a result of a collision between two semis | Photos via LPD Facebook