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.

Source: The Ledger

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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