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Detroit Tigers Spring Training Begins Again

Lakeland Police want to remind residents that as the Detroit Tigers Spring Training Season begins they will need to expect an impact to traffic. On Thursday, February 27, 2014 and extending through the end of March the Detroit Tigers will hold Spring Training home games at Joker Marchant Stadium.  All homes games will begin at 1:05 p.m. and the public should expect traffic delays on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in the area of Tiger Town from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. For those not attending a game, we request the use of Florida Avenue as an alternate route.  Those traveling on Lakeland Hills Boulevard are requested to be mindful of pedestrian traffic attempting to cross the street.
 
PARKING:

If you are coming to a game and arrive from the south, all traffic should turn right/east onto Bella Vista and enter the parking area off of Gilmore Avenue or Lake Avenue.  If you are coming to a game and arrive from the north, all traffic should turn left/east onto Granada Street and follow signs for parking.  The main entrance, Al Kaline Drive, will remain open before and during the games for traffic. 
 
EXIT PATTERNS:

In order to facilitate a timely exit, right turn only out of Al Kaline will be permitted.  All Granada Street traffic will either turn north on Lakeland Hills or east towards West Lake Parker Drive.  All Bella Vista Street traffic will go east towards West Lake Parker Drive, south on Lakeland Hills Boulevard or cross over to Florida Avenue.  Traffic in this area can expect delays from about 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Wanted Person - Dominique Denard Smith

Lakeland Police are investigating the Sexual Battery of a Juvenile and need help locating the suspect in the case. Lakeland Police have an active warrant for the arrest of Dominique Smith. 

The sexual battery is believed to have occurred in the latter part of 2013 with a victim that was known to the suspect.  Per FL Statute 119.071(2)(h)1 no further information will be released that will tend to identify the victim. 

At this point in time, it is believed that the suspect is eluding law enforcement. 

Suspect Information:

Dominique Denard Smith
19 years old, 5’7”-5’9”, thin build, dark complexion
LKA: 3215 Baird Ave #J63
Charge:  Sexual battery of a juvenile

Smith is known to frequent the area of Brandy Place in Lakeland, FL. His hair is a little longer and bushier than depicted in the photo.

Anyone with information on the location of Dominique Smith is asked to contact Detective Jason Perez at 863-834-8958, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.


Florida Click It or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave


Lakeland Police want to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, the Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Spring Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2014 thru March 15, 2014 at midnight. 


According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.   

The single best thing anyone can do to protect themself and save lives is to buckle up.


Crime Stoppers - Need to Identify J C Penney Grand Theft Suspect

    

On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., an unknown black male entered the J C Penney store, 3800 N Road 98, at the bedding section. The suspect selected two comforter sets and left without paying for them.

The suspect is described as a black male, 18-25 years old, 5’9-6’, 160-190 lbs with a medium complexion. He was wearing a black coat, black pants, a black Cincinnati baseball cap with red “C” on the front and blue shoes.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual 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 # 14-2838              Detective Burcham