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Police are asking for assistance in identifying two subjects in reference to a residential burglary in the 700 block of Rebecca Street. On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at approximately 6:57 a.m., the victim awoke to a loud sound and found glass all over her room. No entry was made into the apartment.

Subject #1 is possibly a black male with a goatee and facial hair.
Subject #2 appears to have a stocking cap on his hair and he has facial hair.

A large white van pulled into the complex and stayed about five minutes and then a large SUV is seen pulling out.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-742           Detective Bailey


State Attorney Jerry Hill issued Sgt. Brian McNabb a letter on September 16, 2013 stating that his office would no longer accept testimony from him in the 10th District unless he submitted to a polygraph. The City has reviewed the matter in greater detail and weighed the various options, legal considerations and potential outcomes, and as a result, has reached an agreement to retain him as a certified law enforcement officer with the LPD.

In his present capacity, Sgt. McNabb serves as a training officer for the department and coordinates the Mini-Academy, (in which he also provides instruction in the areas of physical fitness, weapons and other related programs, which does not include court testimony. It is very unlikely he would be called upon to testify let alone be the sole officer who would be called upon to testify in a criminal matter.  As such, there is little risk in him having to be called to court which could potentially impact his ability to testify in the 10th District. 

The agreement the City of Lakeland has reached with both Sgt. McNabb and the WCFPBA is that while he will be returned to normal status, the Department has the right to take into consideration, the effect of the letter to the extent it remains in effect, when and if he becomes eligible for any assignment, transfer or promotion wherein the requirement to testify may be implicated.  While this criteria cannot be exercised arbitrarily or capriciously by the Chief of Police, both McNabb and the WCFPBA have agreed that they will not pursue an administrative appeal of any denial that is made in such a manner.

Chief Womack state that the agreement reached with city management, herself and the WCFPBA represents the best possible outcome for all parties involved in light of the particular circumstances.  


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