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CRIME: Police Chief Larry Giddens credits community involvement for a 31 percent decrease in violent crime in Lakeland between 2014 and 2017. There were no gang-related shootings last year, compared with 18 in 2014, LPD says.

POLITICS: In the GOP primary race for the Florida House District 39 seat, Josie Tomkow has raised $119,905 from a combination of local sources and statewide political action committees, and Jennifer Spath has raised $27,325, all from local sources.

PIPELINE: A test of a natural gas pipeline will close some roads between Polk City and Kathleen in the wee hours of March 12. A similar test will be conducted April 3 from Kathleen to Buddy Rogers Way in Hillsborough County.