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On July 23, 2014, a dark colored vehicle was traveling southbound in the inside lane on State Road 37 (South Florida Avenue) in the 2600 block.  The vehicle drifted left of center and entered the shared center turn lane where construction workers were located.  The vehicle struck several construction barrels and subsequently struck a construction worker, later identified as Shelby Kenneth Shull, 44 years of age.  The collision with pedestrian Shull resulted in his death.  The vehicle failed to stop after the impacts and continued southbound.  

Investigative leads resulted in information that the vehicle at the time of the crash was a black 2006 Jeep Wrangler and was being operated by Dustin Halstead, 21 years of age.  The vehicle was located and an Inspection of the vehicle revealed biohazard on the hood.  The vehicle was impounded as evidence and processed for the aforementioned biohazard inside the Lakeland Police crime lab.  The samples were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for DNA comparison with the blood obtained from decedent Shull.  FDLE Lab report revealed a DNA match between the samples.

On Wednesday October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Dustin Halstead turned himself into Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano on the charge of - Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Death, a first degree felony.  Halstead was transported and turned over to the Polk County Jail in Bartow.


On Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:13 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Southwest Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. It was determined that a note containing a bomb threat had been turned in to a teacher, who notified the school administration. The school administration immediately implemented an evacuation of the school. LPD officers conducted a search and determined that no bomb existed and students were returned to classes.

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., a note was found by a student and turned in to the school office that contained a bomb threat. The school administration again implemented an evacuation until a search could be conducted. LPD officers responded and conducted a search of the school turning up nothing.

On October 14, 2014, an anonymous tip was received indicating information that could identify a suspect. Officers conducting the investigations into the two bomb threats followed up on the information and subsequently identified two students who were involved in the bomb threats.

On October 14, 2014 at 1:43 p.m., an 11 year old female was arrested for Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) for the bomb threat on October 14. She was transported to JAC. Subsequently this student was charged with a second count of Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) for her participation in the bomb threat from Monday, October 13, 2014. 

On October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., LPD officers arrested a second 11 year old female student who was identified as having participated in the bomb threat to Southwest Middle School on October 13, 2014. She was charged with Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) and transported to JAC.

Many hours of school were disrupted and valuable police and school resources were utilized as a result of these threats. Parents, guardians, friends, family, please impress upon the students you know that these bomb threats are taken seriously and you will be arrested and charged. These are felony charges!


UPDATE:

Brittany Paige Moore was located the evening of October 14, 2014 and is safely back home.

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The Lakeland Police Department needs help locating a missing juvenile. Brittany Paige Moore was last seen on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at her residence in north Lakeland. A note located indicated that she may try to go to Tampa and wants to be with her father who lives in Texas. Brittany was last seen wearing a turquoise top with “Pace” on it, blue jeans and flip flops. 

Description:

Brittany Paige Moore
15 years old
5’4”, 130 lbs
Black hair (last seen with it in a ponytail)
No physical or mental disabilities


Anyone with information on the location of Brittany Paige Moore is asked to contact Charlene Ali at 834-8974, Detective Weech at 834-8959 or 255-1631, or after hours, please contact LPD Communications at 834-6966.




Need to Identify – Suspects in Stolen Trailer/Motorcycles

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, there was a grand theft of a trailer with two motorcycles from the Travelodge, 3425 Highway 98 N. 

The trailer was later recovered at a bank on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Bartow Police Department recovered one motorcycle after a black male driving it ran from them and wrecked the motorbike, the black male was able to elude officers. The other motorcycle was recovered after a white male dropped it off running at the Tax Collector Office on N Massachusetts Avenue and got into an SUV and drove away. 

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-17424                                       Detective Bailey