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***The runaway has been located***

 

On September 4, at approximately 8:10 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, 1015 Sykes Blvd in reference to a missing/runaway juvenile. The runaway had been at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home a few weeks and has made threats to runaway since she arrived. On September 4th, after school, she left a note written on her bedroom wall that said she hated staying there and felt like dying. She was last seen leaving the facility on foot carrying a backpack.

 

The Lakeland Police Department canvassed the area and utilized a blood hound from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as well as their helicopter. Detectives were called out and are currently working the case in an attempted to locate Williams. Williams has been entered into the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC), National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing endanger juvenile. This is not an Amber Alert.

 


Bullying is the systematic infliction of physical hurt or psychological distress. "Cyberbullying" is simply the use of information technology to do the same thing and it’s a first degree misdemeanor punishable by 12 months in the county jail, and a $1,000.00 fine for each alleged act. The Lakeland Police Department takes cyberstalking allegations seriously and we encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of cyberstalking to contact us and file a report.

Cyberbullying has emerged as the most prevalent and persistent online threat as technology is becoming a dependable form of communication. The internet provides a feeling of remaining anonymous which can cause someone to say something on-line which they might never say in person. Stalking may take the form of verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or repeated requests for a personal meeting through a variety of social media sites such as: e-mail messages, text messaging, blog or website postings, and postings on social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

Types of Cyberstalking Charges

·cyberbullying (or cyber bullying);

·masquerading as the victim on-line;

·anonymously posting private information about another person;

·texting sexually provocative information or pictures (sexting); and

·on-line sexual harassment.

If you feel like your child, you or someone you know is in danger, contact the police immediately and cut off contact with this person or user, staying offline if need be until you are otherwise instructed. Do not install any programs, or remove any programs or take other remedial action on your computer or communication device during this process. It may adversely affect the investigation and any eventual prosecution.
 


On August 13th, at 1:02 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department responded to Citizens Bank & Trust, 1985 East Edgewood in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred.  The suspect was described as a black male between 50-60 years of age.  He was estimated to be 5’07” – 5’09” and 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a dark color (possible blue) baseball cap, a Polk State grey colored tee shirt, dark short pants, white socks, and dark shoes.

 

The suspect entered the business about 30 minutes prior to the incident, inquiring about a new account.  He was greeted by staff, provided with information about the bank’s services, and departure.  He returned demanded an undisclosed amount of money and indicated he had a weapon however no weapon was seen.  After he exited the bank, he was last seen walking west in the parking lot.

 

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Stacey Pough at (863)834-8978 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477


Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990 with a relationship with Richmond Hill, Canada. Subsequently, relationships have been established with Imabari, Balti, Chongming and P...ortmore. These cities were chosen through direct ties with Lakeland citizens, the interests and commitment by a core group of individuals from both cities and the rich mutual interests of both cities for cultural exchanges.

Today our sister city from, Imabari, Japan visited the Lakeland Police Department. High school students travel to each other’s cities in alternate years learning language and living each other’s culture while building lifelong friendships. Imabari has gifted our art museum with pieces from their collections, has written a bilingual tabloid, and grows as we do through our rich relationship. As part of their cultural and educational experience, we gave them a tour of the police department and a K-9 demonstration.