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UPDATE: GREAT NEWS!
OFFICER MILLS HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND IS RECUPERATING AT HOME

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Lakeland Police are at 800 N Florence investigating an officer involved shooting.

Sergeant Jeff Gary and Officer Doug Mills responded to N Lake Wire Park in reference to a wanted person. When the officers approached the suspect, he shot at them. The officers returned fire, Officer Mills was shot and has been transported to LRMC. The suspect was shot and EMS personnel are working on him at this time. 

The suspect had 4 guns on his person at the time of the shooting.

More updates will be provided as they are received.


Beginning Monday, June 9th Public Works construction crews will be installing new sidewalk on Frank Lloyd Wright Way between Ingraham Ave and Park Hill Ave. Frank Lloyd Wright Way will be closed to through traffic Mondays thru Thursdays 7am to 5pm. Detours will be clearly marked.

Honor Flight from Lakeland Scheduled - Press Release

The Honor Flight ®of West Central Florida Board of Directors has announced Honor Flight Mission 19 to depart September 30, 2014, from Lakeland Linder Airport. This will be the second time LLA has hosted an Honor Flight mission.

On November 12, 2013, citizens in and around the LLA Polk County location had the opportunity to honor WW II veterans who by their sacrifice over 70 years ago, changed the world.

Everyone is urged to again support this terrific program. Veterans who wish to participate in the Honor Flight program are urged to visit the website, http://www.honorflightwcf.org/, and apply for a flight. Priority is given to all WW II veterans, along with those other Veterans who may be terminally ill who wish to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. created to honor their service to our country. Korean and Vietnam War veterans are also encouraged to apply. HFWCF has made a commitment to continue its mission until all veterans have had the opportunity to participate on an Honor Flight.

 

Gary Clark

Colonel  USAF(Ret)
Chairman
Polk County Veterans Council

1509 South Florida Avenue

 

Lakeland, Florida 33803

863-688-1725    LOCAL

877-564-6277    TOLL FREE

863-688-0692    FAX


LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH THE LEDGER

TO SOLVE COLD CASE CRIMES

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 28, 2014) - The City of Lakeland Police Department is teaming up with The Ledger to present information to the community regarding 40 unsolved cold cases that they are trying to solve.  Lakeland Police Department Chief Larry Giddens said, “Some of these crimes go back decades and we are pleased to be working with The Ledger to help solve these cases.” He added, “Perhaps we can get a lead or as we share information, someone will remember a detail that will be just the spark that we need to close a case.”

 

The Ledger will be publishing a three-part series on the City’s cold cases and unsolved murders. The series will run Sunday through Tuesday but will continue for months as The Ledger profiles some of the more interesting cases every other week.

 

Lenore Devore, Editor for The Ledger said, “The goal is to bring the community together to solve some of the cases. It’s easy to criticize law enforcement for not solving crimes and it’s much harder when you realize that people with key evidence won’t cooperate. That’s what LPD says it faced for a long time – a community often unwilling to get involved.”  She added “We hop that publicizing the information will make the community more aware and someone will step forward with a key piece of information.”

 

“In the past few months, community involvement has combined with excellent detective work to solve several homicides and shootings quickly,” said Assistant Chief Mike Link. “Things have gotten better and people are calling in tips, whether anonymous or not and that’s a step in the right direction."

 

Law enforcement officials often dedicate years of service to solve murders, battling frustration, fatigue and at times depression trying to clear just one crime. They deal with family members who range from understanding to inconsolable to very angry because of the many questions that are still left unanswered.  Who did it? Why? Was the victim the target or an innocent bystander? Why isn’t there a conviction? Why hasn’t justice been served?

 

The series, titled “It Takes a Community to Solve a Murder,” culminates with a community forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 5th in the City Commission chambers at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.

During the forum, citizens will hear from:

·      Assistant Police Chief Link

·      Cold case supervisor Jeff Birdwell

·      Detective Brad Grice

·      Brian Haas, spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office

·      Local psychologist and Ledger columnist Dr. Berney Wilkinson

·      The Rev. Arthur Johnson

·      The mother of a slain man, Linda Cook Thames 

 

Each panelist will bring their own perspective to dealing with unsolved murders and cold cases, from why some cases cannot be solved quickly to the toll cases take on families and detectives to the efforts made to raise community awareness.

 

This is a chance for the community to get involved in the conversation and to show your support for the Lakeland Police Department. Join us June 5th to hear from our esteemed panelists. If you have a question you’d like answered during the forum, please send it to coldcases@theledger.com; the best questions will be asked at the forum.  


The Lakeland Police Department has a tips hotline that is available for community members to report crime information/criminal activity 24-hours a day, 365 days per year. To access the hotline you can contact 863/834-2549, or e-mail us at tips@lakelandgov.net To report information on a cold case file, contact Lakeland Police through e-mail at coldcasetips@lakelandgov.net


Information is accepted anonymously, or the caller may leave information to be contacted by an investigator. All information regarding reporting persons is held in strict confidence, and shall not be divulged to any party. Remember, it takes a community to solve a murder!

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