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On January 14th, at 1:36 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1615 W. memorial Blvd in reference to a shooting. The victim, Jamal Rashaad Fleming, 33, was found in the parking lot with a gunshot wound. As was a passenger in a vehicle and got out to pump some gas when he was injured by a gunshot. He was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time and there has not been an arrest. Violent Crime Detectives are currently working the case, following up on leads and canvassing the area. There are no other details at this time.


Today the Lakeland Police Department boarded up a known drug house at 1220 Wright Drive and posted signage stating the house was closed as a public nuisance. The Nuisance Abatement Board ordered the closing of the property because it has a reputation as a location where controlled substances are illegally possessed and can be purchased. The landlord refused to correct the problem. The house will be closed for a period of one year.

After receiving numerous narcotic complaints on a drug hotline, an investigation was conducted by the Special Investigations Section. During the investigation, crack cocaine and marijuana was purchased from the house. In addition, during a search warrant, more controlled substances (over 100 pills), 95 pills of MDMA (commonly referred to as “ecstasy”, cash, two loaded firearms and supplies for cooking, weighing and packaging cocaine was found.

The Lakeland Police Department continues to work towards improving personal safety for residence and landlords by keeping drugs and other illegal activity off their property



Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. 

Cancel....Child was located at 334 W. 10th Street, Lakleand, Florida and detectives are following up with interviews of the parents.


A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 4 months old, Ta'kera Gilbert, who was last seen at her residence, 1225 North Lincoln Avenue, Lakeland, Florida. The Department of Children and Family Services received court order today to take custody of the child due to concerns of the mother, Lisa Buckowski, current mental state and information that she is not taking her medication. There are no allegations of child abuse and no criminal charges at this time against the mother. The mother may be going to Tampa in an unknown vehicle. The above photograph of the left is of the mother.

Ta’Kera Gilbert is 4 months old and was last seen wearing white onesie with a pink design, pink pants, and a pink cap. She has black hair and blue eyes.

Detectives are currently following up on leads to locate the child and anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gilbert should call 911 or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6966.