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LPD Makes Arrests in Homicide of Damarco Powell

LPD Homicide Arrest Press Conference - 10:00am

 

On February 22, 2014, at approximately 3:17 a.m. Tiffany Powell Humphries reported her son, Damarco Powell missing to the Lakeland Police Department. On the same date, at approximately 5:07 a.m. Officer Ryan Back located Damarco Powell’s deceased body in the wooded section of the 1300 block of Atline Road. The decedent suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. 

 

On February 24th, the Defendant’s Taqiy Lewis and Tyler Knight were arrested in the late evening hours and charged with their involvement in the murder of Damarco Powell:

 

1)    Tyler M. Knight, B/M, 16 yrs old, 324 W. 10th Street, Lakeland, Fla.

Charge – First Degree Murder w/Firearm  View Arrest Affidavit

 

2)    Taqiy Malik Lewis, B/M, 16 yrs old, 2211 Dillie Street, Lakeland, Fla.

Charge – False Reports to Law Enforcement Concerning a Capital Felony  View Arrest Affidavit

 

 

According to witnesses, the decedent and Tyler Knight were part of a gang known as Armed And Dangerous (AAD). The investigation revealed that Knight and another witness allegedly received threats form the decedent that he was going to set them up. Witnesses stated that as they walked through the wooded area off Atline Road with the decedent, Knight pulled a handgun and shot the decedent in the back of the head. During the investigation, Taqiy Lewis provided false information to detectives which results in him being charged with false report to a law enforcement concerning a capital felony.

 


 

 

 

Tyler M. Knight










Taqiy Malik Lewis


LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

 
LAKELAND, FL (February 21, 2014) -- Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas has announced that Police Chief Lisa Womack and the City of Lakeland have agreed to accelerate her planned separation from the City from May 1, 2014 to February 17, 2014.  Chief Womack previously tendered her resignation on January 24th, with an effective date of May 1, 2014.  That period was intended to give the City time to prepare for her transition from the department as well as for her to provide support to the City on a number of ongoing personnel and other administrative matters involving the Lakeland Police Department.  Womack was placed on paid administrative leave on January 30th following receipt of a report alleging concerns involving various hiring practices of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Larry Giddens was subsequently appointed as Acting Chief of Police.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Womack will continue to be available to provide support services to the City as needed through May 1, 2014, but she will do so as an independent consultant.  As such, effective February 17th, Womack no longer holds the title of Chief of Police.  As an independent consultant, she will be paid $5,800.00 every two weeks which includes her professional services, associated taxes as an independent contractor and the costs of benefits that she would have otherwise received should she have remained a City employee through May 1, 2014. 

The scope of services Womack will provide are as follows:  
  • Assist in providing information that may be required in support of defense of any administrative matters.
  • Provide advice, support and information in any collective bargaining matters, and/or any other legal or administrative proceedings regarding employee investigations and related disciplinary matters arising out of the Lakeland Police Department during her tenure as Chief of Police.  These services include, but are not limited to:
    • Assistance in preparing requested background materials and briefings for City administration and legal counsel;
    • Participation in discussions concerning labor and legal strategies;
    • Assistance in grievance processing; depositions and providing testimony as may be required.
  • Be available upon request to address departmental operational questions from City personnel as may be needed to assist in the orderly administration of the Lakeland Police Department.
  • Participate in any internal investigations that may require her testimony through May 1, 2014 or beyond, if required. 
In the event that additional administrative support services may required by the City Manager beyond May 1, 2014, Womack has agreed to be available to the extent reasonably possible on an hourly rate.
 
 

 


Lakeland Electric Has Lowest Rates in 12 out of 15 Categories

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2014 is now available. The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities. Municipal Electric Utilities are the lowest in all of the 15 categories.

Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bills in 12 categories. The City of Tallahassee showed the lowest rates in two categories, while the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach reported the lowest rates in one.

For commercial bills, the report shows Lakeland Electric is lowest in five categories, Tallahassee is lowest in two, and the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach is lowest in one.

In the industrial sector, Lakeland Electric is lowest in all four categories.

For residential bills, Lakeland Electric is lowest in all three categories.

The FMEA Bill comparison provides a fair comparison of customer bills served by different utilities. The report includes utility rates, average franchise fees of 6 percent, local payments in lieu of taxes, and gross receipts taxes.

To view the full report for the month of January click here.

* article courtesy of Florida Municipal Electric Association / written by Carly Mertz


Lakeland Values Survey - Make Your Voice Heard

CITY OF LAKELAND SEEKS CITIZEN INPUT

LAKELAND VALUES SURVEY AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

 

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2014) - The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on values and priorities of the community with an online survey at www.lakelandvalues.com.

SURVEY

Visit lakelandvalues.com and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 24th.

WORKSHOPS

Two Workshops are currently scheduled.  The Workshops are intended to receive further input from the Community regarding City services.  The first Workshop will be held on February 19th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Tiger Town Administrative Building (formerly the Jaycee Building) with a continental breakfast being served.  Call 834-SWAN to RSVP as seating is limited.  A second Workshop is being held on February 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The Community can participate in one of three ways; in person at City Hall Commission Chambers; online via webcast by logging on to www.lakelandvalues.com and following the prompts; or by viewing the event on LGN.  Please note that an electronic device (Smart Phones, ipads or laptops) is required to participate.  A limited amount of electronic devices will be available at the City Hall Commission Chambers for those attending in person who do not have an electronic device.  Both Workshops will be Facilitated by Dr. Lawrence Ross.

Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey or Workshops are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, Tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit
www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information. 

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