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Homicide Victim Identified


On March 31, at 7:55 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received a call in reference to an adult male found deceased in a ditch in the area of 1100 Prospect Street. The Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and canvassed the area for witnesses as well as looking for any additional evidence. The State Attorney's Office and  Medical Examiner responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The autopsy performed later in the evening revealed that the victim had been shot numerous times. Detectives are not releasing how many times he was shot at this time. The victim has been identified as Demetrice Tavontate Stacy, B/M, DOB 9/14/91, 1437 North Webster Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

This is investigation is still ongoing at this time and there have been no arrest. Anyone with information can call the Lakeland Police Department at 834-8950.   



I-4 Road Closure this Weekend

Notice from FDOT of upcoming road closures on I-4

Make a note that at the end of March I-4 in the Lakeland area will be closed in order to allow for CSX to make railroad track repairs at the Kathleen Road overpass. Drivers are urged to pla...n extra travel time during the weekend of March 29 – 30, 2014.

The schedule is as follows:

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 I-4 westbound will be closed from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The traffic flow plan is:
• Regional traffic will leave I-4 westbound at exit 41 and follow the Polk Parkway to I-4 westbound on March 29.
• Tolls westbound on the Polk Parkway will be suspended.
• Local traffic westbound on I-4 to Lakeland will use exit 32/US 98.

On Sunday, March 30, 2014 I-4 eastbound will be closed from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The traffic flow plan is:
• Regional traffic will leave I-4 eastbound at exit 27 and follow the Polk Parkway to I-4 eastbound on March 30.
• Tolls eastbound on the Polk Parkway will be suspended.
• Local traffic eastbound on I-4 to Lakeland will use exit 28/US 92.

Motorists are advised to use caution and extend courtesy to other drivers. Please buckle up and pay attention to traffic and detour signs.

Please call the Public Information Office for FDOT at (813)975-6060 with any questions.


LPD K9 Unit Takes Regional 4 Man Team TItle

The results of the 2014 USPCA Spring K9 Field Trials are in! For the 4th year in a row, LPD won the Regional 4 man Team. And, for the 3rd year in a row, an LPD team has taken home the title of “Top Dog”. Congratulations to Officer Peterman and K9 Nox on their first Regional Top Dog Championship.

Below are the final results for LPD:

    1st Place - Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
    3rd Place - Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno
    5th Place - Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto
    6th Place - Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo
    9th Place - Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane
 
The Fred Wheeler Award for combined Obedience and Criminal Apprehension:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
 
The Ron Bowling Top Dog Award:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
 
1st Place Regional Department  4 Man Team:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
    Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno
    Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane
    Officer Ryan Back and K9 Remy
    Sergeant Tye Thompson and K9 Tiberius - team alternate
 
1st Place Regional Department Two Man Team:

    Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo
    Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto
 
Congratulations to all of the K9 teams who represented LPD so well at this competition.


PAL Needs Volunteers for Annual Sun N Fun Fly In

There is still time to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Sun N Fun International Fly In & Expo!

PAL is seeking volunteers to work this year's Sun n Fun Fly In scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6th, 2014. All volunteers receive free lunch, free tickets, free hat & shirts and volunteer hours.

There are two volunteer shifts available: 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer. Volunteers between 13 – 17 need permission from their parents or legal guardian to participate.

For more information please contact Tim Abram at 863-834-8970.