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On March 8, 2014 a relative arrived at 833 N. Florence Avenue to check on Gregory Allen Ross Jr., 19 years old.  At this time, Ross was found inside the residence deceased from a gunshot wound. The relative then called 9-1-1 at  8:23 pm. The Lakeland Police Department responded to the scene at 8:25 p.m. and located Ross who was later pronounced deceased by EMS at 8:37 pm.

The Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Scene personal responded to scene and canvassed the area for any additional evidence or witnesses. No witnesses or suspects have been located at this time and detectives are continuing with their investigation. Ross was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy which is scheduled for Monday, March 10th. At this time, no additional information is being released.


On February 22, 2014 at 4:51 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1350 Atline Road in reference to a possible dead body in the wood line area east of the railroad tracks. A citizen passing through the area spotted what appeared to be a body and notified the police. The responding officer located a deceased black male, appearing to be a juvenile. Violent Crimes Detectives, State Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene.  Investigators are not releasing the cause of death at this time and detectives are canvassing the area and attempting to locate witnesses.The decedent has been identified as a runaway from last night. He was reported missing to the Lakeland Police Department on 2/22/14 at 3:15 a.m. This investigation is now classified as a homicide. He was reported missing by his mother. He has been identified as: Damarco Powell, B/M, 10/10/96. 870 Candyce Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.

                                                                                                                                               


On October 10, 2013, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 215 West Belmar Street in reference to a Strong Armed Robbery. The victim, John J. Papay, 83, called the police department from his residence to report the robbery. Papay stated that he went for his morning walk and was struck from behind at least once in the head causing him to fall to the ground. An unknown suspect then took his wallet and Papay stated that he only got a glimpse of the suspect and could not identify him.

Papay was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for treatment due to a severe head injury he received from the robbery. The case was assigned to Violent Crimes Detective Tim McDonald. Detective McDonald worked the case reviewing all potential evidence. On January 29, 2014, Detective McDonald  contacted the a family member of Papay to see if there was any improvements in his condition at which time Detective McDonald was informed  that Papay had passed away while in care at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center on December 18th, 2013.  The hospital advised the detective that Papay had died due to unrelated causes not related to the robbery.

The Medical Examiner was notified and ruled the death of Papay was the result of the injuries he received in the robbery. The Lakeland Police Department then notified the State Attorney’s Office that the robbery had transcended into a homicide.

No other details are being released at this point and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

• Reported to LPD on 10/10/13
• Papay dies in the care of LRMC on 12/18/13
• LPD Det. McDonald notified of death on 1/29/14


On January 31, 2014, at approximately 6:31 p.m., Officer Nicholas Pollice was on duty and driving in a marked police car in a non-emergency mode when he was involved in an accident. Officer Pollice was southbound on Massachusetts Avenue at the intersection of Plum Street. A vehicle driven by Emilo M. Gonzalez, 49 years old, was westbound on Plum Street and after stopping for the stop sign, he drove into the intersection entering the officer’s right of way causing the accident.

Officer Poliice was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for a broken right wrist. Gonzalez was not injured and he was issued a non-criminal citation for Approaching/Entering Intersection.