- JENKINS INITIATIVE: A $253,000 gift from the George W. Jenkins Foundation will enable United Way and Feeding Tampa Bay to set up 16 food pantries in parts of Polk County where many families lack access to healthy food.
- MOUNT TABOR: After county commissioners declined 4-1 to waive $3,680 in permit fees for Mt. Tabor Baptist Church to rebuild its tornado-destroyed food pantry, local businesses are providing the funds. Commissioners said they didn’t want to set a precedent in waiving fees.
4 P.M. WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Three adults died of gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide before 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve in a house on Atlanta Avenue near Edgewood Drive, and four children under age 10 were safely removed, Lakeland Police report. More
A 1:30 a.m. fire damaged a barber shop today at 105 W. Oak Drive, across the street from the Southgate Publix. Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly, but there was smoke damage to a neighboring business. No injuries were reported.
Joe P. Ruthven, a civic leader, former mayor and pioneer of Lakeland’s now-burgeoning warehousing and distribution center industry, died Saturday at age 92. More
Joseph Clinton Mills, 58, of Lakeland, has been indicted by a grand jury on six charges, including first-degree murder, in the 1981 cold case homicide of Linda Slaten that was cracked by the use of genetic evidence. A judge ordered him held in jail without bail.
Curry Mango, an Indian restaurant with two tandoor ovens and seating for 130 indoors/40 on a patio, opened today at 6625 Florida Ave. Today’s lunch buffet is getting favorable reviews in the Lakeland Food Group on Facebook. The lunch buffet is $10 Tuesdays through Fridays and $12 on weekends. A full menu is available for dinner.
Mike Link, 57, is retiring from the Lakeland Police Department on Dec. 30, more than 34 years after starting as a weekend reserve officer and rising to the rank of assistant chief. He oversaw criminal investigations and started the department’s cold case homicide unit.
Law enforcement officials and the sons of the victim commented to reporters today about the arrest of Joseph Clinton Mills, 58, of Lakeland, in the 1981 murder of Linda Slaten, who was 31 at the time. The murder took place at her apartment off Brunnell Parkway. Scroll past the video for links to more news coverage and a shorter video of the two sons’ comments about the man who was arrested. More
After genetic evidence pointed to a likely killer in the 1981 murder of 31-year-old Linda Patterson Slaten in her Brunnell Parkway apartment, Lakeland police last week arrested Joseph Clinton Mills, 58, of 12013 Bailey Road, Lakeland. Mills, who had been football coach to one of Slaten’s sons, had been interviewed by police days after the homicide | ALSO: Ledger coverage
A bomb threat during a 200-person rally supporting impeachment of President Trump closed several downtown streets Tuesday night. No bomb was found, but closure of a parking lot where a suspicious vehicle was spotted forced dozens of people to seek alternative transportation home.
Several local experts this morning gave an overview of homelessness in Lakeland and what is happening at social service agencies and schools to address it. The session, sponsored by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, was moderated by City Commissioner Sara Roberts McCarley. More
- PARKING LOT: Faced with opposition from residents and the Lake Morton Neighborhood Association, the Planning & Zoning Board voted 4-1 to deny a request to turn a house’s back yard into parking for Hubbell Eye Clinic in Dixieland.
- RECOVERY CENTER: Faced with a petition signed by 70 neighbors, Tri-County Human Services withdrew its request to turn a house at Carleton Street and and Hilltop Avenue into housing for women who have been through substance abuse rehabilitation.
Lanier Upshaw Inc., a 60-employee insurance agency founded in Lakeland in 1941, is being acquired by Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of BRP Group Inc., of Tampa, an insurance distribution firm, the companies announced today. More
Plans for affordable workforce apartments near Tigertown are a step closer. Developer Green Mills Group of Fort Lauderdale was selected for an $8 million state Community Development Block Grant for disaster recovery to build the 80-unit Parker Pointe building on East Bella Vista Street.