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On October 21, 2014 at approximately 1:47 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Ramada Inn, 3260 Highway 98 North. The on-duty clerk advised that three (3) masked men rushed through the front door of the hotel and demanded him to turn around, shut up and face the wall. The clerk said they then demanded money from the register and he handed them the cash drawer. The three suspects fled out the front door in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured in the robbery.

 

A video surveillance system captured the robbery as well as the suspects’ vehicle. The vehicle is described as a; silver or gold colored Ford F150 crew cab with chrome (long) steps with a sliding rear window.

 

Suspect #1 - was 6’, skinny, wearing a black hoodie, tan pants, black mask, and gloves and armed with a small handgun.

 

Subject #2 - was 6’, skinny, wearing black pants, black hoodie and a white Halloween mask (possibly a “Scream” mask), white gloves and armed with a small silver handgun.

 

Subject #3 - was 6’, heavyset - 200-220 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, black pants and gloves.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-8978, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

 

 


Join Lakeland PAL in celebrating 100 years of the National PAL organization. On November 1, 2014, the PAL Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at the Apostle Henry Ross Center from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The MC for the evening will be Smart Mouth Entertainment’s Jason Alexander and includes guest speaker, Big Milton Creagh, and live entertainment.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25.00 or at the door for $35.00. We also thank the sponsors of this event: Publix Super Markets Charities, Lakeland Electric, Regal Lakeland and Super Choice Foods.

WHEN:         Saturday, November 1, 2014
WHERE:      Apostle Henry Ross Center
                    1302 MLK Jr. Avenue
                    Lakeland, FL
TIME:          6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TICKETS:   $25.00 in advance
                   $35.00 at the door

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Lakeland PAL at 863-834-8970.


The Loyal Order of Moose, District #20 is an international organization of men and women dedicate to caring for young and old, bringing communities close together and celebrating life. Today, they donated a bag full of Tommy Moose stuffed dolls for us to give out to children in need or who have been victimized. We certainly appreciate their donations, time and efforts in making our community a better place to leave.


On July 23, 2014, a dark colored vehicle was traveling southbound in the inside lane on State Road 37 (South Florida Avenue) in the 2600 block.  The vehicle drifted left of center and entered the shared center turn lane where construction workers were located.  The vehicle struck several construction barrels and subsequently struck a construction worker, later identified as Shelby Kenneth Shull, 44 years of age.  The collision with pedestrian Shull resulted in his death.  The vehicle failed to stop after the impacts and continued southbound.  

Investigative leads resulted in information that the vehicle at the time of the crash was a black 2006 Jeep Wrangler and was being operated by Dustin Halstead, 21 years of age.  The vehicle was located and an Inspection of the vehicle revealed biohazard on the hood.  The vehicle was impounded as evidence and processed for the aforementioned biohazard inside the Lakeland Police crime lab.  The samples were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for DNA comparison with the blood obtained from decedent Shull.  FDLE Lab report revealed a DNA match between the samples.

On Wednesday October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Dustin Halstead turned himself into Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Catalano on the charge of - Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Death, a first degree felony.  Halstead was transported and turned over to the Polk County Jail in Bartow.