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June 1, 2014 – August 31, 2014 young adults ages 12 – 18 can ride Polk Transit free of charge through the Youth Summer of Safety Program.  Simply fill out the Pledge card and registration and bring it to the Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department or Simpson Park to receive your identification card. The card will allow youth to ride any fixed transit bus in Polk County to locations, such as restaurants, movies, Kelly Rec Center, The Skate Park, Simpson Park and more. To map out the routes and hotspots, go to www.polktransit.org.

2014 Youth Summer of Safety brochure


Registration runs through June 6, 2014.


On Friday, May 16, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Lakeland Police responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. SRO Wesley had been informed that a handwritten note was found in the boy’s bathroom in the 6th grade wing of the school. As precautionary measures, an immediate evacuation of the school was done. A PCSO K9 team responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School to assist in the search of the grounds. The search turned up no explosive devices and the students were returned to the school at approximately 12:00 noon. The Lakeland Police Department appreciates the support of the PCSO K9 unit during the search of the school.

Through the investigative efforts of Officer Wesley, Officer Edwards and Lakeland Highlands Middle School staff, a student was arrested for Making a False Bomb Threat (felony). The student has been transported to JAC.


Lakeland Police are on scene at Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, in reference to a bomb threat. At approximately 10:00 a.m., SRO Wesley was informed that a handwritten note had been found in a boys bathroom in the 6th grade wing. At that time, an immediate evacuation of the school was called for.

The school has been cleared and all students have been returned to the school. If parents want to pick their student up, they will be allowed to do so through the normal process.

Police are actively investigating this incident and will make charges if appropriate.


 

On May 11th at 8:05 p.m., at 712 E. Garden Street #2, the two victims listed in the affidavit were sitting in front of this location. They observed a blackish-gray 4 door vehicle drive up from the westbound direction on Garden Street and come to a stop in front of the residence. One shot was fired from the front passenger side of the vehicle towards them and no one was hit. One of the witnesses identified the shooter as Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years of age. The other witness could not identify the shooter.

 

Violent Crimes Detectives were called to investigate the shooting and they later arrested Kelly without incident at his residence. Kelly is a documented Florida Gang Member and has been involved in three related shooting incidents within the past two weeks whereas he was a witness, victim and suspect.