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PUBLIC MEETING:  Beacon Road Multi-Use Corridor Study

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a third Public Meeting regarding the Beacon Road Multi-use Corridor Study.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Legacy Christian Church Fellowship Hall located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 p.m.  An audio/visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. Following the presentation, City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The study is being conducted to evaluate potential options that include an extension of Beacon Road, a multi-use trail / greenway, a utility corridor, or a combination of these options. The limits of the study are from the proposed Wabash Avenue Extension to Harden Boulevard, a distance of approximately one (1) mile. The public meeting is being conducted to present the results of the corridor feasibility study and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners / tenants, business owners / operators, and other interested parties.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mr. Greg Moore, Study Team Project Manager, by telephone at (407) 896-0594, or by e-mail to gmoore@drmp.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Moore or Mr. Greg James, City of Lakeland Project Manager at (863) 834-6040 or by email to greg.james@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .


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


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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LPD Sergeant Brian McNabb Reinstated


State Attorney Jerry Hill issued Sgt. Brian McNabb a letter on September 16, 2013 stating that his office would no longer accept testimony from him in the 10th District unless he submitted to a polygraph. The City has reviewed the matter in greater detail and weighed the various options, legal considerations and potential outcomes, and as a result, has reached an agreement to retain him as a certified law enforcement officer with the LPD.


 

In his present capacity, Sgt. McNabb serves as a training officer for the department and coordinates the Mini-Academy, (in which he also provides instruction in the areas of physical fitness, weapons and other related programs, which does not include court testimony. It is very unlikely he would be called upon to testify let alone be the sole officer who would be called upon to testify in a criminal matter.  As such, there is little risk in him having to be called to court which could potentially impact his ability to testify in the 10th District.  


 

The agreement the City of Lakeland has reached with both Sgt. McNabb and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association  (WCFPBA) is that while he will be returned to normal status, the Department has the right to take into consideration, the effect of the letter to the extent it remains in effect, when and if he becomes eligible for any assignment, transfer or promotion wherein the requirement to testify may be implicated.  While this criteria cannot be exercised arbitrarily or capriciously by the Chief of Police, both McNabb and the WCFPBA have agreed that they will not pursue an administrative appeal of any denial that is made in such a manner.


 

Chief Womack state that the agreement reached with city management, herself and the WCFPBA represents the best possible outcome for all parties involved in light of the particular circumstances.  


 

Attachment:   Letter Agreement signed by Sgt. McNabb, Chief Womack and the WCFPBA and the letter received from the State Attorney’s Office.


 

 

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