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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.


National Drug Take Back Day

StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Our community’s Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 6 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.

Drop-off locations on October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm are:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All medications were safely disposed of via incineration.

For folks unable to attend on October 26th, unwanted medications may also be brought to the Lakeland Police Department’s and placed in the drop box located in the lobby. Medications may also be safely disposed of at home in the following manner: Dissolve medications in water, and mix with coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, pour into a zip lock bag and put in your trash. Do not dump any medications into the toilet or your trash, to avoid harming our lakes and ground water.

For more information on the local Pill Drop event or locations, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.


Middle School Student Arrested for Making Bomb Threat

On October 17, 2013 at 10:40 a.m., Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, received several messages over a coach’s walkie-talkie in which someone was impersonating school officials. The messages ordered certain individuals to the office. One message in particular stated, “The explosives are in place and I’m feeling crazy”.
 
The school was evacuated and Lakeland Police Officers along with school officials conducted a search of the school for any suspicious packages. The school was closed until approximately 12:38 p.m. at which time students were allowed back inside. The School Resource Officer and school administrators received information from several students on who a possible suspect was. Lakeland Highlands Middle School student, Timothy Brian Keyes, 14 years old, was interviewed and admitted to making the threats using a walkie-talkie.  He was able to get on the same channels that are used by the schools coaches. The walkie-talkie was also located in Keyes backpack.

Timothy Keyes was taken into custody and charged with Making a Bomb Threat, Felony 2 degree. He was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.