FREE FOOD: The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is organizing a block party for February 24th. The Chamber is looking to have a communal dining event patterned after such events in other cities. Food is donated by the Chamber and area businesses and the purpose is to meet your neighbors. Contact Sarah Breed at at 863-688-8551, ext. 230, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LAKELAND MAN: John Waldau of Lakeland, 36, was charged with felonies related to committing adult sexual activity with a 16 year-old. Waldau is a city of Lakeland public works employee who developed an online relationship with the victim after meeting her through another adult.
VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: Austin Cabanas, 26, of Lakeland, was charged with vehicular homicide after his 5-year-old son died December 23rd. Police say the boy died from injuries sustained when Cabanas crashed while speeding to elude police.
WET DECEMBER: Central Florida had its second-rainiest December in 103 years. The area received 7.93 inches of rain, more than 5.5 inches above the historic average.