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Lakeland Police Search for Armed Subjects

Date of Release:  9/315

Location:  940 Golden Rule Court

Time:  1240 Hrs

LPD Event:  15-17844


Lakeland Police responded to 940 Golden Rule Court on 9/3/15 at approximately 12:40 hours after a call from a resident.  The resident stated that two black males had knocked at the front door – when there was no answer they went to the back of the house.  When the two were confronted by the occupant of the residence at the back of the residence they pointed a gun at him and then fled.

Lakeland Christian School was placed on lock down until approximately one hour until police units arrived to stand by at the school.  Lakeland Christian School is now on soft lock down with officers there working to coordinate an exit plan that will not interfere with the search.

Dixieland Elementary is on lockdown at this time.

Police continue to search for the suspects.

One of the black males was wearing a white tank top and one was wearing a black doo rag. 

This release will be updated as information becomes available.




Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.


LAKELAND, FL (September 2, 2015) - The Lakeland Police Department is joining the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day where citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs may bring them to the Lakeland Police Department (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Those unable to attend the September 26th event can still properly get rid of unwanted medications by using the secure prescription drug drop box located in the Lakeland Police Department lobby. The City of Lakeland Water Department would like to remind citizens to not flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because flushing medications leads to water pollution.

Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All recovered medications were incinerated. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 24.6 million Americans are illicit drug users. Each day, thousands of teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.


LAKELAND, FL (August 28, 2015) - Tropical Storm Erika’s projected path continues to bring the storm closer to Florida. Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 declaring a state of emergency in every county within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
As of the 2 p.m. update on Friday, the National Hurricane Center says Erika was located near latitude 17.7 North, longitude 70.2 West. Erika has been moving westward near 18 mph for the past several hours. A motion toward the west-northwest is expected to begin later Friday afternoon or Friday night and continue through Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast this afternoon and tonight as Erika moves over land, followed by little change in strength through Saturday night. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles to the east of the center.
There is still a lot of uncertainty in the long range forecast. For now, the intensity will be kept as a tropical storm and not a hurricane. Polk County is still in the cone of concern. Keep in mind that the models could shift again west on east.
For now, the big impact days for the area could be Monday and Tuesday depending on the track. A track going into the Gulf keeps inland areas in tropical storm conditions.
In preparation for a storm, Lakeland Electric would like customers to know that when an outage occurs, thanks to Smart Meter technology, Lakeland Electric is notified within seconds of approximately 90% of all outages with the help of this technology and action to resolve the outage begins immediately. However, Lakeland Electric customers are still encouraged to call (863-834-4248) if they lose power.
Customers can sign up for Outage Notifications online.  With these notifications, customers can receive texts or emails advising that their power was interrupted and a follow-up text or email notification that power has been restored.
To sign up for outage notifications and to view an interactive outage map, please visit
Lakeland area residents should know that due to the recent wet weather, the ground is saturated in many areas. In fact, during the month of August, Lakeland has received 11.5” of rain.  Erika is expected to deliver additional rainfall making trees are more susceptible to being uprooted. When trees fall, the potential for outages increases as trees can cause direct damage to the power system, as well as to our customer’s homes and other personal property.
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North Wabash Avenue Extension
60% Design Public Workshop
From 10th Street to Fairbanks Street

The City of Lakeland is holding a 60% Design Public Workshop regarding the North Wabash Avenue Extension Project in Lakeland, Florida. The project will construct an extension of North Wabash Avenue from 10th Street to Fairbanks Street, a distance of approximately 0.75 miles. This project is shown in the Polk Transportation Planning Organization’s Cost Feasible Plan through construction.     

The 60% Design Public Workshop will be held Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Life Church of God located at 1942 West Memorial Boulevard Lakeland, Florida 33815. City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions related to the 60% Design Plans under consideration. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The Workshop will end at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Participants may provide written comment at any time during the Workshop. Written comments can be submitted at this hearing or by mail to: Mr. Greg James, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801 or by email to, no later than Monday, September 21, 2015. All comments will become part of the project’s public record.   

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services, free of charge, should contact: Special Projects Coordinator, Ms. Lana Braddy, at (863) 834-6779 or by e-mail to , at least seven (7) days prior to the workshop.

For more information concerning the project, please contact City of Lakeland Project Manager, Mr. Greg James, at (863) 834-8440, by e-mail to or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at