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Lakeland Rotary Clue raised money to buy 131 AEDs for LPD

The Lakeland Police Department would like to recognize and thank the Lakeland Rotary Club for their dedicated fundraising efforts in 2013 in raising enough money to purchase 131 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for deployment with Lakeland Police officers. The AEDs, are devices that are demonstrated to improve the survivability chances of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest. Their gift of AEDs is not just to the Lakeland Police Department. In reality, it is a gift to the entire Lakeland community

Multiple training sessions were held on yesterday and today for the officers prior to the AEDs being deployed. Pictured below, Left, Bill LePere, Manager Communications Center, Michelle Ledford, Madden Brand Agency, President John Griffin, Lakeland Rotary Club, Dennis Matarese, Philips Health Care, Thomas Conger, Senior Vice President, Lanier Upshaw, Interim Chief Larry Giddens.


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. 



Jimmy Jermaine Brown Arrested for March 8th, Homicide

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at approximately 8:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 833 N. Florence Avenue in reference to a homicide. Inside the dwelling officers discovered Gregory Allen Ross Jr. (B/M 06/17/94) deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. At the time of the homicide, the dwelling was being utilized as an illegal drug distribution point commonly known as a drug trap house. Evidence found inside the dwelling included firearms and illegal drugs. Crime scene personnel recovered spent bullet casings and projectiles inside the dwelling.

On Monday, March 10, 2014, an autopsy was conducted at the Medical Examiner’s Office by Dr. Nelson. The results of the procedure identified five gunshot wounds to the decedent, to include shots to the head and upper torso area.

According to two witnesses that were in the dwelling prior to the homicide, only four people were inside which consisted of: Jimmy Brown, the decedent and two witnesses. Both witnesses had left the dwelling when they heard five separate gunshots. One of the witnesses returned to the dwelling and observed Jimmy Brown running out the front door. The witness followed Jimmy Brown for several blocks before catching up with him. The witness stated that Jimmy Brown told him he had robbed the decedent of an amount of drugs, to include powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, which he showed the witness. Jimmy Brown told the witness he accidentally shot the decedent during a struggle.

Detectives obtained the arrest warrant on March 11th and attempted to locate Brown at various locations throughout the evening. Jimmy Brown later turned himself in at the Lakeland Police Department yesterday evening without incident and was later transported to the Polk County Jail.

Brown was charged with  Murder in the 1st Degree with a Firearm, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Witness Tampering.


Update on Homicide Case from March 8th, 2014

Update on Homicide Case - Gregory Allen Ross, 19 yrs old.

The location the victim was shot at, 833 N. Florence Avenue is what is commonly called a “Trap House” (Term used to define a crack house, or the surroundings in which a drug dealer would use to make their profit).
Items of evidentiary value were located in the house which would indicate drug activity. No other details will be discussed on items located inside the house.

On 2/28/14 at 11:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in reference to Ross being shot in the right thigh. Ross stated that while walking west on 13th Street near Kettles Avenue, he heard what sounded like “firecrackers” and then realized he had been shot. Ross walked to LRMC at this time. Ross stated he saw no vehicle or person that could have caused this injury. Officers discovered dark marks near his wound that were consistent with stippling (Shots fired from close range leaving marks are discolorations of the skin caused by burning gunpowder) indicating the injury was self-inflicted or by an “unknown” person up close.  Ross gave several conflicting statements to responding officers at LRMC. 

Detectives are still working the case, attending the autopsy today and following up on leads. Anyone with additional information on this case should call Det. Hurley at 863-834-8973.