CRIME: A Lakeland woman’s call to a reporter as part of a scheme to avert suspicion helped build the case that jailed her for first-degree murder. The information Victoria Collins, 58, provided to The Ledger’s Clifford Parody “linked all the evidence together for us,” Sheriff Judd said.
SWAN CRIME: A gray pit bull killed a black nesting swan on Lake Morton after its owner antagonized both animals, witnesses told police; now they’re looking for the couple walking the dog.
EARLY EDUCATION: Community leaders called a meeting to discuss their frustration with the low rate of local children ready for kindergarten. United Way and its partners have adopted a new curriculum and funded master teachers; now they’re seeking money to reach more kids and asking people to volunteer to read to struggling students.