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Student Arrested for Making a False Bomb Threat

On Friday, May 16, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Lakeland Police responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. SRO Wesley had been informed that a handwritten note was found in the boy’s bathroom in the 6th grade wing of the school. As precautionary measures, an immediate evacuation of the school was done. A PCSO K9 team responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School to assist in the search of the grounds. The search turned up no explosive devices and the students were returned to the school at approximately 12:00 noon. The Lakeland Police Department appreciates the support of the PCSO K9 unit during the search of the school.

Through the investigative efforts of Officer Wesley, Officer Edwards and Lakeland Highlands Middle School staff, a student was arrested for Making a False Bomb Threat (felony). The student has been transported to JAC.


Bomb Threat Received at Lakeland Highlands Middle School

Lakeland Police are on scene at Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, in reference to a bomb threat. At approximately 10:00 a.m., SRO Wesley was informed that a handwritten note had been found in a boys bathroom in the 6th grade wing. At that time, an immediate evacuation of the school was called for.

The school has been cleared and all students have been returned to the school. If parents want to pick their student up, they will be allowed to do so through the normal process.

Police are actively investigating this incident and will make charges if appropriate.


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Grand Theft Suspects - Black Swan Bizarre


On Monday, April 28, 2014, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the victim placed her purse behind the counter at Black Swan Bizarre, 229 Kentucky Avenue. Later in the day, she realized she was missing items from her purse.

Her bank card was subsequently used at WalMart, Target, McDonald's, Steak & Shake and 7-11 by two unknown black females.

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


LPD Event #14-8736 Detective Strickland


Safety Belt Enforcement Wave begins Monday

The Lakeland Police Department will join departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave. This enforcement wave will run from Monday, May 12, 2014 thru Monday, May 26, 2014 at midnight.

We want to remind motorists that the single best thing you can do to protect yourself and save lives is to buckle up.