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Police Investigate Homicide

On October 24, 2013 at approximately 10:12 p.m., several 911 calls were received about gunshots in the area of Gilmore Avenue and Parker Street. Patrol Officers responded and upon arrival located an adult male with a gunshot wound. The unknown male was found lying in the front yard of 708 East Parker Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The decedent has not been positively identified. An autopsy has been scheduled.

There are no arrests and no further details are being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. As further information becomes available, updates will be released.


Police Investigate Aggravated Battery - Shooting

On October 24, 2013 at approximately 9:24 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, investigating officers found the victim, 17 year old Omega Henry. Investigating officers discovered that Henry and two other friends were walking southbound in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard when he was shot. All three subjects advised that a Green Chevrolet Yukon drove by them heading southbound and several shots were fired from the vehicle. As Henry and his friends fled on foot, Henry was shot once and Henry was transported to LRMC by a friend where he underwent surgery. His current condition at this time is unknown.

Detectives responded to investigate the incident which is currently on-going at this time. No arrests have been made and detectives are currently following up on additional leads.


PAL Heart of a Champion Event

Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for the PAL Heart of a Champion Event

The event will be held at Florida Southern College from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It is being hosted by Aline Ouelette, Richard Fitzpatrick and Jean Dufresne. There will... be entertainment and a great meal. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL), Breast Cancer Research Charities and HOAC.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. You may purchase tickets at the Lakeland Police Department. For more information contact 863-834-8970.


Halloween Impaired Driving Crackdown

A Halloween costume will not disguise your drunk or drug impaired driving.  Officers will increase their patrols to specifically look for drunk drivers on our roadways. The stepped up enforcement runs Friday, October 25, 2013 through Friday, November 1, 2013.

Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 48 percent of highway deaths nationwide on Halloween night in 2010 involved a drunk driver.

The Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
•  Before drinking, designate a sober, ‘non drinking’ driver.
•  If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report drunk drivers, Call 911.
•  And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.