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On April 24th, at 10:45 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the scene of an airplane incident on runway 9L during the Sun n’ Fun International Fly-In. A 19991 Glasair II RG had a hard landing coming in from the east on runway 9L and the nose gear collapsed. The plane skidded off the runway into the grass. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

 

The runway was closed down for approximately 30 minutes as emergency personnel responded to the scene and moved the airplane to a secure location. FAA personnel responded to the scene for a preliminary investigation.

 

The pilot has been identified as Robert G. Wyber, 72 years of age, 41 Eagan Drive, Palm Coast, Florida. There is no contact number for Mr. Wyber and he is not available for comments.

 

The passenger has been identified as Douglas Shinn, 53 years of age, 2806 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona, Florida.  Mr. Shinn is not available for comments.



Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question, but didn't know how to go about doing it? The Chief along with the staff from the Lakeland Police Department will be available to answer questions from members of the community in a casual setting while enjoying a cup of coffee.  “Coffee with the Chief” will be a reoccurring event taking place on Wednesday every three months at various locations.

The “Coffee with a Chief” program is a unique way to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community and we will discuss special projects, and other related events. Members of the community will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighborhoods they live in. Coffee will be provided at no expense.

 All community members are invited to attend.

The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 .a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Village Inn, 3770 Lakeside Village Ct.

 


UPDATE…UPDATE…UPDATE

Traffic Crash Fatality from April 3rd

The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the traffic crash fatality form April 3rd on Galloway Road. No charges have been filed yet on who had the firearm in the vehicle. Detectives have identified that the driver of the stolen 2005 Buick Rendezvous and they had an arrest warrant issued for Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 yrs of age.  Antonio Jones, Jr, is in guarded condition at this time.

Antonio Tyrone Jones, Jr, 20 years of age. Identified as the driver. Documented Gang member

Charges:

1) Vehicular Homicide F-1

2) Burglary of a Conveyance F-3

3) Grand Theft Auto F-3

4) Fleeing to Elude F-3

 

 His criminal history is;

  • ·       Felony Petit Theft, 2 or more convictions.
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Trespassing
  • ·       Burglary of a dwelling
  • ·       Larceny – Felony
  • ·       Resisting Arrest w/o Violence
  • ·       Giving false name to a law enforcement officer
  • ·       Violation of probation
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Failure to Appear
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Fraud
  • ·       Burglary
  • ·       Grand Theft
  • ·       Grand Theft

The following occupants have also been identified as being in the vehicle. No charges have been filed against the occupants at this time.

 

1.     Raymond Morris, 16 yrs of age, Documented Gang Member.

2.     Kevon Rashard O’Neal, 18 yrs of age. Documented Gang member

3.     Kevonte Diemaine Isaac, 19 yrs of age.  Documented Gang member

4.     Earl Bostick, 14 yrs of age.  No gang affiliation.

5.     Deon Freeman, 17 yrs of age. Documented Gang member


On April 5th, at 10:02 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Mobil Station, 3437 Hwy 98 North in reference to a skimming device found on the inside of a gas pump. This gas pump had been clandestinely retrofitted with a device, one that enables a thief to steal drivers' credit-card and PIN information each time they paid for fuel at the machine.

The clerk stated an alarm went off to check the receipt paper at one of the gas pumps and when he opened the door, he noticed the skimmer. The clerk had to unlock the gas pump door and is only one key to the gas pump door.  There would be nothing suspicious for a customer to see since it was installed on the inside of the gas pump.

The skimming device could have been attached to the pump for up to 5 days. No other skimming devices were located on the other pumps.  If a citizen has recently used this Mobile Station, it is recommended that they check their statements and immediately call their credit card company as well as the Lakeland Police Department if they discover unauthorized charges on their account.

 A few tips to avoid gas-station skimmers are:

 Pump gas from the inside-lane pumps and those closest to the door of the establishment

Check to see if the gas-station pump has safety seal tape on the door. Many stations are placing this tape on the tank to ensure the tank is not tampered with

Do not use a tank if the cabinet appears to be tampered with, or if it is not locked

If you choose to use a debit card at a gas station, run the card as credit so that your PIN is not required.