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Bullying is the systematic infliction of physical hurt or psychological distress. "Cyberbullying" is simply the use of information technology to do the same thing and it’s a first degree misdemeanor punishable by 12 months in the county jail, and a $1,000.00 fine for each alleged act. The Lakeland Police Department takes cyberstalking allegations seriously and we encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of cyberstalking to contact us and file a report.

Cyberbullying has emerged as the most prevalent and persistent online threat as technology is becoming a dependable form of communication. The internet provides a feeling of remaining anonymous which can cause someone to say something on-line which they might never say in person. Stalking may take the form of verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or repeated requests for a personal meeting through a variety of social media sites such as: e-mail messages, text messaging, blog or website postings, and postings on social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

Types of Cyberstalking Charges

·cyberbullying (or cyber bullying);

·masquerading as the victim on-line;

·anonymously posting private information about another person;

·texting sexually provocative information or pictures (sexting); and

·on-line sexual harassment.

If you feel like your child, you or someone you know is in danger, contact the police immediately and cut off contact with this person or user, staying offline if need be until you are otherwise instructed. Do not install any programs, or remove any programs or take other remedial action on your computer or communication device during this process. It may adversely affect the investigation and any eventual prosecution.
 


On August 13th, at 1:02 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred.  The suspect was described as a black male between 50-60 years of age.  He was estimated to be 5’07” – 5’09” and 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a dark color (possible blue) baseball cap, a Polk State grey colored tee shirt, dark short pants, white socks, and dark shoes.

 

The suspect entered the business about 30 minutes prior to the incident, inquiring about a new account.  He was greeted by staff, provided with information about the bank’s services, and departure.  He returned demanded an undisclosed amount of money and indicated he had a weapon however no weapon was seen.  After he exited the bank, he was last seen walking west in the parking lot.

 

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Stacey Pough at (863)834-8978 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477


Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990 with a relationship with Richmond Hill, Canada. Subsequently, relationships have been established with Imabari, Balti, Chongming and P...ortmore. These cities were chosen through direct ties with Lakeland citizens, the interests and commitment by a core group of individuals from both cities and the rich mutual interests of both cities for cultural exchanges.

Today our sister city from, Imabari, Japan visited the Lakeland Police Department. High school students travel to each other’s cities in alternate years learning language and living each other’s culture while building lifelong friendships. Imabari has gifted our art museum with pieces from their collections, has written a bilingual tabloid, and grows as we do through our rich relationship. As part of their cultural and educational experience, we gave them a tour of the police department and a K-9 demonstration.


On August 6th at approximately 7:49 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 516 Oregon Avenue in reference to a report of gunfire. Responding officers located two victims that had been shot and they were later transported to LRMC. Victim (Davion D. Smith, 14 years of age) was later pronounced deceased by ER Trauma Surgeon at 8:25pm. Victim (Virgis Canteen, 43 years of age) was admitted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and his condition at this time is unknown. Both victims had been shot numerous times.

During the initial investigation, Violent Crimes Detectives learned that victim, Virgis Canteen, reported a burglary to his apartment on 7-28-14. Detectives discovered that victim Canteen believed the decedent0, Davion Smith, was responsible for committing this burglary. On 8-6-14, Canteen advised detectives that the decedent approached him in front of his apartment and produced a handgun. Victim Canteen also had a handgun and according to Canteen, the decedent began shooting at him first striking him several times in the upper extremities. Victim Canteen advised that he returned fire and struck the decedent numerous times. This exchange of gunfire occurred in the courtyard in-between the duplex apartments at 516 & 504 Oregon Avenue.

No charges have been filed in this case pending further investigation. Detectives have a witness that observed the decedent and two other unidentified subjects taunting the victim Canteen earlier. Davion Daqon Smith is a documented gang member.  

Victim #1 – Virgis Canteen, 43 years of age.

                    516 Oregon Avenue

                    Lakeland, Fla.

Victim #2 – Davion Daquon Smith, 14 years of age.

                    412 Aberdeen Court South

                    Lakeland, Fla.

      Documented Gang Member