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The Lakeland Police PAL Chapter was awarded a $25,000 reimbursement grant from CareerSource Polk for the upcoming PAL Youth Leadership Summer Camp. The program works with at risk teens to promote positive attitudes and help them develop the skills needed to go out into the world. This is a great program and a good example of one way the Lakeland Police Department is working to keep children active during the summer.

PAL will provide summer camp for 40 at-risk teens ages 14 – 19 years old, 20 boys & 20 girls. This is an outstanding opportunity to get children off the street during summer months and non-school hours where latch key kids often find themselves participating in unstructured and unsupervised activities that lead to crime.

During the summer program, the teens will go on field trips, to include visiting state and local colleges, as well as an out of town trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The trip to Georgia will include visits to Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Clark Atlanta College, CNN Center, World of Coca Cola, Georgia Dome, Fox Theatre, Jimmy Carter Library, Stone Mountain, Glady’s Knight Chicken and waffles and the underground mall. The teens will also participate in trainings to include; workforce readiness, dress for success, teenage pregnancy prevention, Culinary Arts, Life skills training, financial management, SAT/ ACT preparation, gang awareness, leadership training, cyber space bullying, social media, etiquette training. And, that’s not all; the youth will perform community service projects while attending the camp.

Pastor Boss from Greater Faith Christian Center, 2035 W. Parker Street, has partnered with PAL to provide the location for the 2014 Youth Leadership Camp.

This camp is normally used as a recruitment tool to get teens to join the year around Youth Leadership program offered by the PAL program. The main focus is to get our community children more exposure so they can see that there are greater opportunities in our country to live the American dream!    

For those interested in the PAL Youth Leadership Summer Camp, registration will begin Monday May 5, 2014 at Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, from 12:00noon – 8:00pm.

For more information on this program and others provided by PAL, contact 863-834-8970.

The Lakeland Police Department has obtained warrants for D’Angelo Cartele Johnson and Dante Kelly Williams in reference to the shootings on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

D’Angelo Cartele Johnson
20 years old
113 Emma St

Aggravated Battery with Firearm - 1500 W 2nd St

D’Angelo is known to hang out around Texas and Emma.




Dante Kelly Williams
16 years old
LKA: 1102 Blossom Cir S

Aggravated Battery with Firearm - Brunnell Pkwy / George Jenkins Boulevard

Dante is known to hang out in the 6th Street area, Dakota Apartments and the Bottoms.




Use caution as both may be armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information on the location of these individuals, please contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.

On April 27, at 6:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 842 North Brunnell Parkway in reference to a shooting. The victim, Mark Rhodes, 16, was walking southbound on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Brunnell Parkway when a vehicle drove by heading northbound and fired several shots at the victim. Rhodes could not identify anyone in the vehicle which is described as a small silver sedan.  A nearby witness observed a subject hanging out the rear passenger window with a gun pointing in his direction. Rhodes realized he had been shot once in the chest at which time he ran to a nearby family members house who transported him to the hospital. Rhodes condition is unknown at this time. It is unknown if this was a gang related shooting at this time. Anyone with additional information can call 863.834.6900.

On April 26th, at 3:00pm, Dayquon Raheem Longs, 15 years old, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Brunnell Parkway near George Jenkins Boulevard. There were three other subjects in the vehicle. A vehicle, unknown make and model, passed them firing rounds at the vehicle striking Longs in the left arm. The other subjects drove him to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and hospital personnel called the police. His condition is unknown at this time. Patrol officers located the crime scene at 3:58 p.m. and Violent Crime Detectives responded to investigate. A passenger in this vehicle, Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years old is the victim in the next shooting described below.

The second drive-by shooting occurred at 2nd Street and Jewel Avenue this same date at 6:50pm. The victim, Bayshawn Kelly was standing outside at this location when a vehicle drove by and fired several rounds hitting him in the back and arm. He was airlifted to Tampa in critical condition. There is no vehicle or suspect description.

Both of these cases are currently under investigation and its unknown at this time if this was gang related or not. There is no additional information at this time. Anyone with information on either shooting can call 863-834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.