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On November 20th at 7:15pm, the Lakeland Police Department responded to Sikes and Ariana Street in reference to a bicyclist hit by a car. The driver, Henry L. Goodman, 67, of Mulberry was northbound on Sikes Blvd when a bicyclist crossed the road into his patch. The bicyclist, identified as, Byron P. Haas, 39 yrs old, was hit and landed in the roadway on Sikes just north of Ariana Street. Haas was pronounced deceased at the scene by Polk EMS.


Goodman and witnesses stated the light was green and that Haas rode his bicycle into traffic when he did not have the right away, and also outside of the pedestrian pathway. No charges have been filed and Traffic Homicide Investigator will follow up.



The Lakeland Police Department SWAT Team participated in the 33rd annual International SWAT Round-up at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office training facility from November 8-13, 2015. There were a total of 61 teams participating in this event from around the world such as Stockholm, Kuwait, Hungary and Sweden.


The SWAT Roundup consists of several competitive events over a five day period with a different event taking place each day. The events are geared for simulation of real life scenarios and are intended to challenge the team as a unit. Optional events emphasize weapon expertise and physical fitness. The competition is timed with the best time overall winning the entire event. Teams are penalized and additional time added on to an event for missed shots or other errors. The five events are: Hostage Rescue, Pritcher Scramble, Officer Rescue, Tower Scramble and Obstacle Course.

The officers that are selected to compete in these events train year round on a consistent basis. For LPD to finish in second place takes dedication and commitment from each member of the team. For SWAT team members, it’s an opportunity for them to come together as one to learn from each other from across the globe. Our agency is proud to say that LPD came in 2nd place


The 2nd Place Team Members are:


Sgt. Bob Bernhardt

Sgt. Brian McNabb

Sgt. Jasper Yzaguirre

Sgt. Dale Deas

Det. Mike Glass

Ofc. Mark Eby

Ofc. Preston Chatmon

Ofc. George Anthony


The training and education program is a vital component of the SWAT Round-Up International experience. Training for 2015 was conducted by nationally renowned instructors and included numerous relevant courses for SWAT.


The Lakeland Police Department is proud of these officers who represent our members not only in this competition, but day to day in their regular duties protecting our community. This award is representative of the commitment of these officers as individuals and the ability of our members to work together on teams.

The Annual Cops for Kids Lakeland Police Athletic League is on Saturday, November 7th, 6:30pm at Tigertown Hanger, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

Catered by Outback Steakhouse and featuring:

* MC Jason Alexander/Smart Mouth Entertainment

* Guest Speaker: Legendary Willie Horton

* Performances by: Revealing Truth, Mighty Marching Band and PAL Hurricane Cheerleaders.

Tickets are $35.00/$45.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the PAL office, 325 W. 2nd Street or by calling 863-834-8970.




On October 25, at 2:12 am, the Lakeland Police Department responded to 800 US 98 (Bartow Rd) south of Hollingsworth Road in reference to a pedestrian hit by a car.  Witnesses were southbound on US 98 in the inside lane and the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was directly behind them. The witness, Brianna White, saw an unidentifiable object lying in the roadway and quickly swerved to the left to avoid striking it.


The vehicle behind them, driven by Lawrence A. Glover , was unable to avoid striking the object lying in the roadway which was later identified as a white male pedestrian. Glover stated he did not realize what the object was until it was too late to avoid it. Glover was driving a 2012 Honda Accord, 2-dr.


The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at 2:24 am by PCEMS.  The pedestrian was identified as William Michael Mintner (W/M; 06/05/97) by his Florida driver’s license.  The next-of- kin notification was made by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.


The preliminary investigation revealed speed did not appear to have been a factor regarding the traffic crash and the officer did not observe any clues or indicators that Glover was impaired. It’s unknown why William Mintner was lying in the roadway at this time or if he had been hit by another vehicle beforehand.  


The Lakeland Police Department received a 911 call from an unknown citizen that there was a subject walking in the roadway on US 98 S, in front of Lakeland High School. The called stated the subject was a white male who appeared to be intoxicated. The 911 call came in approximately 1-2 minutes prior to this incident occurring. The roadway was shut down for approximately (4.5) hours and traffic barricades were also utilized for the road closures.


This case is still under investigation and follow-up will be made by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.


Deceased: William M. Mintner, w/m, DOB 6/5/97, 10619 SE 142nd Avenue Road, Ocklawaha, Fla. Mintner was a student at Florida Southern College.