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The results of the 2014 USPCA Spring K9 Field Trials are in! For the 4th year in a row, LPD won the Regional 4 man Team. And, for the 3rd year in a row, an LPD team has taken home the title of “Top Dog”. Congratulations to Officer Peterman and K9 Nox on their first Regional Top Dog Championship.

Below are the final results for LPD:

    1st Place - Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
    3rd Place - Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno
    5th Place - Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto
    6th Place - Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo
    9th Place - Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane
The Fred Wheeler Award for combined Obedience and Criminal Apprehension:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
The Ron Bowling Top Dog Award:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
1st Place Regional Department  4 Man Team:

    Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Nox
    Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno
    Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane
    Officer Ryan Back and K9 Remy
    Sergeant Tye Thompson and K9 Tiberius - team alternate
1st Place Regional Department Two Man Team:

    Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo
    Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto
Congratulations to all of the K9 teams who represented LPD so well at this competition.

There is still time to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Sun N Fun International Fly In & Expo!

PAL is seeking volunteers to work this year's Sun n Fun Fly In scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6th, 2014. All volunteers receive free lunch, free tickets, free hat & shirts and volunteer hours.

There are two volunteer shifts available: 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer. Volunteers between 13 – 17 need permission from their parents or legal guardian to participate.

For more information please contact Tim Abram at 863-834-8970.

On March 15, 2014 at approximately 2:09 a.m., 2004 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling north on South Florida Ave in the inside lane. The motorcycle entered the intersection of Lime Street and collided with a 2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV that was in the intersection. The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle failed to stop for the red light. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene and next of kin has not been notified.

The operator of the Jeep, Peter J Nelson, 2013 East Clinton, Street, Tampa,  was taken to LRMC with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation reveals that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Kissimmee on 12/20/13. The traffic homicide investigation is still open pending further investigation from the Lead Investigator Officer Catalano. Traffic on South Florida Avenue was detoured for 4.5 hours during the investigation. No other information is available at this time. 

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at approximately 8:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 833 N. Florence Avenue in reference to a homicide. Inside the dwelling officers discovered Gregory Allen Ross Jr. (B/M 06/17/94) deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. At the time of the homicide, the dwelling was being utilized as an illegal drug distribution point commonly known as a drug trap house. Evidence found inside the dwelling included firearms and illegal drugs. Crime scene personnel recovered spent bullet casings and projectiles inside the dwelling.

On Monday, March 10, 2014, an autopsy was conducted at the Medical Examiner’s Office by Dr. Nelson. The results of the procedure identified five gunshot wounds to the decedent, to include shots to the head and upper torso area.

According to two witnesses that were in the dwelling prior to the homicide, only four people were inside which consisted of: Jimmy Brown, the decedent and two witnesses. Both witnesses had left the dwelling when they heard five separate gunshots. One of the witnesses returned to the dwelling and observed Jimmy Brown running out the front door. The witness followed Jimmy Brown for several blocks before catching up with him. The witness stated that Jimmy Brown told him he had robbed the decedent of an amount of drugs, to include powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, which he showed the witness. Jimmy Brown told the witness he accidentally shot the decedent during a struggle.

Detectives obtained the arrest warrant on March 11th and attempted to locate Brown at various locations throughout the evening. Jimmy Brown later turned himself in at the Lakeland Police Department yesterday evening without incident and was later transported to the Polk County Jail.

Brown was charged with  Murder in the 1st Degree with a Firearm, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Witness Tampering.