I never intended to write about Gow Fields again. Really, I didn’t. But there he was Friday, six months out of office, headlining my Kiwanis Club with a 20-minute speech about the awesomeness of his time on the Lakeland City Commission and as mayor. I feel like I need a shower. So bear with me […]
It really is astonishing. For eight months, we liberal media types in Lakeland pushed with all of our limited might against a giant bureaucratic rock of inertia. And yet we could not move the unified dead weight of Doug Thomas, Tim McCausland, and the City Commission — the people with the power to act to […]
The Lakeland Police Advisory Committee (LPAC) is headed and given voice by the forceful Bruce Abels, a longtime top executive with Saddle Creek. I know Bruce pretty well, and I respect his sharp intellect and civic-mindedness. He didn’t ask for the peculiar unpaid honor of taking a lot of crap in public — not to […]
This is what disarray looks like. And it’s healthy — vital even. Behold, Lakeland and Polk County, your leadership class — with nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no one to blame but itself. Long-term, mass-degradation-of-child-sexual-abuse-victim scandals at your largest city’s police department tend to have that effect. Here’s The Ledger’s story from this […]
To my shame, like lots of other people, I’ve made a couple jokes about the “sex” scandal at LPD. I was particularly proud of my cute little “and you thought red light cameras were about traffic” snark on Facebook a couple days ago. I was an ignorant idiot. If you have not read the actual […]
I haven’t written much about the meltdown at LPD because The Ledger has done an exemplary job dogging the story. The reporters and editors and even business management deserve kudos for keeping at it and committing lawyers and money. Well done. But now that it’s all exploded — and I’m back from the old country […]
Very quickly, I want to note the unspinnably bad news about the increase in homicides in Lakeland in 2010. Any rate over 10 per 100,000, I think you can safely call bad. Lakeland, with its 13 total in 2010, set a record eclipsing the worst days of the crack age in 1984. And our rate […]
You have the opportunity to take two tours today. Earlier this week, we wrote about the Lakeland Police Department Open House. Today we’d like to direct you the the Historic Lake Morton Home and Garden Tour. From 11 am to 4 pm, take a trolley through the Lake Morton neighborhood and step off to see […]
The Lakeland Police Department has an open house March 20th to give the public a glimpse behind-the-scenes. At least the part of the public not familiar with the downtown police station.
From 10 am to 2pm the 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. station is focused on Cyber Safety. Experts will provide instruction on identity protection and child safe web surfing. In addition to activities for the kids, the City’s mobile command center, armored rescue vehicle, and K-9 team will also be on hand.
While visiting the station, you can safely dispose of your unwanted and expired prescription medication. Just secure the pills in a clear air-tight sealed plastic bag. StandUp Polk will have a Purge Your Pills drop-off station available.
Lakeland Police Department Officers are on the lookout for unbuckled drivers and passengers. Through March 15th LPD officers are on the lookout for unbuckled drivers and passengers throughout the city. During this time period, drivers and passengers will be ticketed if they are not buckled up. Here’s the Florida law requiring seatbelts and the cost of the ticket is: $30 for unbuckled adults and $60 for improperly restrained children.
“Safety belt use in Florida climbed to 81.7% last year, almost reaching the national average of 82%. The minority of Floridians who do not wear a seat belt continue to make up the majority of traffic fatalities in the state, according to the Florida Department of Transportation website. The 1 in 5 Floridians who did not buckle up accounted for 3 in 5 traffic fatalities.” — Lakeland Police Department
The Lakeland Police Department have released a police artist sketch of a suspect in the December 6, 2009 shooting of Florida Southern College freshman Andrew Tuccinardi.
Some of Lakeland’s brightest have asked how it is possible that none of Lakeland’s finest have committed a red light camera violation.
Well, one has. We have the video. Check inside…
The Lakeland Police Department is changing their beats to improve officer assignment and response flexibility. In the past, LPD utilized smaller single officer assigned beats. Two or three officers will be assigned to each of the new zones. LPD Lieutenant Jody Sisson, who participated in the remapping project, says the new beats allow officers to work together in between calls to target problem areas.
The Lakeland City truck stolen the morning of April 28th was found approximately 12 hours later by a Lakeland Police Department officer. It was 3.2 miles South of the location of the theft. LPD reports the vehicle appeared ransacked, but drivable. The doors were unlocked, keys were left on the floor board, and personal property software were missing from the vehicle.
The city water utilities division needs your help. It seems the driver didn’t listen to any of the many Lakeland Police Department reminders, and left the keys in a city truck while he ran into a convenience store. As you’ve deduced, the truck was gone when the city employee ran back out.
The truck was stolen this morning from the 2000 block of East Edgewood Drive. Based on the description, we believe it is the location inside:
Wednesday, there wasn’t only a rally at Lake Mirror. Behind the nearby train station, Lakeland Police Department personnel conducted an investigation…
Recently Tom Hagerty noticed Happy Jack’s BBQ had closed and the owner was selling off everything. Of course, Tom took a couple of photos….
Highlights from this past week include:
Tom Hagerty’s guide to the Lakeland Highlands Scrub
Cat Carter’s Holiday Event Calendar
USFP looks for a Signature Architect by guest writer Catherine Lavallee-Welch
and the article that generated the most comments: Guns for Money
The bank robber was described as a black male, 6’03” to 6’05”, 25-35 years of age, 200 to 215 pounds, with gold teeth on lower jaw.
The suspect passed a note demanding money and fled by foot to the Northwest. Witnesses did not report seeing a weapon. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
If you think you know the person pictured, call Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS, or LPD Detective Tye Thompson at 863.834.8955.
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