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The Lakeland Police Department will join departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave. This enforcement wave will run from Monday, May 12, 2014 thru Monday, May 26, 2014 at midnight.

We want to remind motorists that the single best thing you can do to protect yourself and save lives is to buckle up.

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.