A 75-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by two cars while trying to cross U.S. 98 at Ritter Road in north Lakeland around 5:50 this morning, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department said. The victim was identified as Julio Ramos-Bueno of Lakeland. More
A fatal accident on I-4 near County Line Road Monday afternoon serves as a chilling reminder of the importance for drivers to move over a lane when passing emergency vehicles with lights flashing, a Florida DOT road ranger says. He was slightly injured, but the 72-year-old Apopka driver who rammed the back of his truck died and the driver’s wife suffered critical injuries.
A fire that damaged a tall sliding board at Dobbins Park Saturday morning is the most recent of 16 vandalism fires reported to Lakeland police over the last few weeks. All have been in the early morning hours in Dixieland and neighborhoods near Lake Morton.
First, seven garbage and recycling containers were set ablaze on June 12, according to police spokeswoman Robin Tillet. Six more were set afire Friday morning. Also Friday morning, five lawn chairs were torched on a truck bed on Lake Morton Drive, and so was a construction dumpster at a work site on Florida Avenue at East Ridgewood Street. More
Lakeland police tonight apprehended a 25-year-old man who escaped from a patrol car this morning after he was arrested and charged with burglary, police spokeswoman Robin Tillet said. The search for Brandon James Beverly started late morning and focused on the Dixieland and Lake Morton Neighborhoods. More
“I didn’t know if I should stay in the car or run away. I was shocked. I was terrified,” Pablo del Valle said of seeing a bear as he arrived at work Monday morning at Ferrera Tooling, just west of Lakeland Linder Airport. The bear that del Valle and others reported seeing is thought to be the same juvenile recently spotted near Plant City and elsewhere in south Lakeland. Game officials urge people seeing bears to stay calm since the animal’s instinct is to flee.
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It would cost $8.9 million to pay for improvements recommended by consultants who analyzed Polk Fire Rescue’s response to a house fire that took the life of a 76-year-old woman on Rockridge Road, the agency’s new chief told county commissioners Tuesday. County Commission Chairman George Lindsey said the county can probably afford $3.5 million in improvements this year, with other changes having to wait.
Here’s a story that bears watching: Two bear sightings have been reported in south Lakeland this week, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office, which got a call on Sunday about a bear spotted near Ewell Road. On Monday, someone reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that they saw a bear near Drane Field Road. More
Deputies continue investigating the suspicious death of 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring, whose body was found in the median on U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard) near Reynolds Road Sunday morning. Her friends built a roadside memorial today and recalled the mother of two as someone who would have called them if she were in trouble.
UPDATE: A woman whose body was found in the median of U.S. 92 East near Reynolds Road has been identified as Kara Fay Hanvey, 22, of Sebring. Deputies responded after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive woman around 6:40 a.m. today. More