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PAL Needs Volunteers for Annual Sun N Fun Fly In

There is still time to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Sun N Fun International Fly In & Expo!

PAL is seeking volunteers to work this year's Sun n Fun Fly In scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6th, 2014. All volunteers receive free lunch, free tickets, free hat & shirts and volunteer hours.

There are two volunteer shifts available: 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer. Volunteers between 13 – 17 need permission from their parents or legal guardian to participate.

For more information please contact Tim Abram at 863-834-8970.


Traffic Fatality Investigation, March 15, 2014

On March 15, 2014 at approximately 2:09 a.m., 2004 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling north on South Florida Ave in the inside lane. The motorcycle entered the intersection of Lime Street and collided with a 2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV that was in the intersection. The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle failed to stop for the red light. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene and next of kin has not been notified.

The operator of the Jeep, Peter J Nelson, 2013 East Clinton, Street, Tampa,  was taken to LRMC with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation reveals that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Kissimmee on 12/20/13. The traffic homicide investigation is still open pending further investigation from the Lead Investigator Officer Catalano. Traffic on South Florida Avenue was detoured for 4.5 hours during the investigation. No other information is available at this time. 



Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Theft-Fraud Suspect

On Saturday, March 08, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the suspect pictured approached the victim in the Wing House parking lot, 4515 S. Florida Avenue, asking for food and a cigarette. The victim placed his wallet and cell phone on top of his vehicle while he retrieved items for the suspect from the trunk of his car. The victim retrieved his wallet, but didn’t realize his cell phone was missing at the time.

On March 10, 2014, the victim discovered fraudulent transactions on his GTE Federal Credit Union bank account.

The suspect is described as a white female, approximately 6’1”, 160 lbs, with red hair and wearing yellow overalls at the time.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is 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 #14-4973 & #14-5053              Detective O’Neill


St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Have a Designated Driver

If you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, please have a designated driver.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result.  Even if you think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills; it also impairs your judgment.

The Lakeland Police Department recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.
•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
•  And remember, if you know people who are about to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.