City News Blog

rss

This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!




Lakeland, FL
(November 21, 2016) – Animal and firefighter lovers everywhere can rejoice this holiday season because SPCA Florida and the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) are presenting the ultimate stocking stuffer – The Rescued Pets 2017 Calendar! The calendar features actual SPCA Florida rescued pets and buff Lakeland firefighters beautifully photographed at famous landmarks throughout Lakeland. Each month of the year also features helpful safety tips and information from both organizations.

The high quality calendars can be purchased for a $10.00 donation and make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. 

Calendars may be purchased:

Online at SPCA Florida

In person at:

  • SPCA Florida Campus | 5850 Brannen Road, S Lakeland, FL 33813
  • Lakeland Fire Department Administration Building | 701 E Main Street, Lakeland, FL 33801
  • Wellness Wagon weekly route stops| Locations 

Cash and checks are accepted at all sites. Credit cards are only accepted online at www.spcaflorida.org and at SPCA Florida’s Medical Center, Adoption Center, and Administration buildings.

Partnership for Pets

A major highlight of the partnership between both organizations has been the Rescued Pets Calendar. Proceeds go directly to helping rescued animals in Lakeland.

Last year’s calendar was a great success, generating nearly $10,000 to pay for the medical care of animals encountered on human emergency scenes by the Lakeland Fire Department and treated at SPCA Florida’s McClurg Medical Center. Additionally, the funds raised allowed for the purchase of new animal oxygen masks to replace existing masks for Lakeland Fire Department apparatus.

The annual calendar is a fun and philanthropic cornerstone of the partnership. It is a great way for SPCA Florida to expand on its mission of helping animals while the Lakeland Fire Department can show its compassion and care for all of the living creatures in its community.

Firefighters featured in the calendar and SPCA Florida representatives are available for interviews. Please contact each respective organization’s communication contact for more information. 

View more photos at www.facebook.com/LakelandFD.



CONTACTS:

Janel Vasallo, Public Relations & Information Manager, LFD | 863/834-8219 | janel.vasallo@lakelandgov.net

Paula Creamer, Director of Marketing, SPCA Florida | 863/577-4608 | pcreamer@spcaflorida.org


Lakeland, FL (November 22, 2016) - On November 21, 2016, at approximately 8:50 PM , the Lakeland Police Department (LPD) responded to the Old Navy store, located at 919 Lakeland Park Center Drive. An employee in the store stated that four suspects had entered the store, concealed merchandise into bags and attempt to exit the store. When confront at the exit and after passing all points of sales, the suspects dropped three of the bags of merchandise which contained at total of $1075.94 in merchandise. On suspect identified as Ashli Adams, struck the employee in the face as another suspect ran out the store with a bag of merchandise totaling $331.04. The employee was unable to get a look at the vehicle or provide a direction of travel for the suspects.

At approximately 9:00 PM, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gann was conducting a traffic stop on a 2010 Mercury Milan in the area of Kathleen Road and Interstate Drive due to the vehicle having a seize tag order. During a search of the vehicle, deputies observed numerous items of clothing from the Old Navy Store that still had the security devices on the merchandise. Deputy Gann contacted LPD and determined that they were conducting a robbery investigation at Old Navy that occurred 20 minutes earlier.

The employee that was battered was transported to the scene by LPD and she positively identified the four suspects. The officer who investigated the robbery also noted that the four suspects were wearing the same clothing as captured on video in Old Navy at the time of the incident. The video is not being released at this time.

  • Donovan Brown, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Ashli V Adams, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Robbery without a Firearm.
  • Rashonda Milton, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Alexis Lee, 18 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.




Lakeland doesn't have Golden Gates or Amusement Parks. It's not marked by its Walk of Fame or defined by any one specific thing.

Lakeland is wonderfully eclectic, diverse, and filled with history (...and swans). So often when we ask people what they love about Lakeland, it's the intangibles that they say they love--the feeling of the City, the atmosphere....

So much of Lakeland's identity comes from its....VIBE.

The City of Lakeland will be producing a new video series, “VIBE”, that will showcase what is great about Lakeland and attempt to capture what Lakeland truly is and why we really LOVE Lakeland. Each video will feature a different theme and will showcase elements of Lakeland that add to our City’s vibe. We would like to feature original local music as the soundtrack for the VIBE videos. 

Entry Details

Musicians must play and submit original music. Musicians must live in the Lakeland area. Musicians or bands that are interested in submitting songs for consideration, please send music files/links by email to communications@lakelandgov.net.

Please Include:

• Musician/Band Name
• Song Title(s)
• Contact Email
• Contact Phone Number
• Permission for us to use your or your band's song(s)




Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) – On October 29, 2016, at 7:11 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Subway store, located at 5395 Socrum Loop Road. The cashier stated that the suspect approached the front register and lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. The suspect demanded money and the cashier complied. The suspect fled on foot to the rear of the business.

On November 1, 2016, at 9:57 p.m.
, the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Exxon Station, located at 4655 Socrum Loop Road. The suspect entered the business through the south side door, approached the counter and then produced a handgun. The suspect demanded the clerk to give him all the money in the register and then fled out the south side door.

On November 6, 2016 at approximately 1:56 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to XYZ Liquor, 2190 Hwy 92 East, in reference to an armed robbery. The suspect approached the clerk at the registered, lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun and demanded the cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

A fourth robbery occurred in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction at the Marathon Gas Station, 111 Marcum Road, on November 3rd and it is believed to be the same suspect. The clerks were not injured in the robberies

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 6’0 tall, 150 pounds, clean shaven, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat, dark shorts and a gray sweatshirt during several of the robberies. The suspect should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Detective Edward Sealey at 863.834.5991 or by email at edward.sealey@lakelandgov.net. Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. To be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers you must contact crime stoppers before contacting police.

*Additional pictures and videos are in our Drop Box here.