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On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lakeland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Lakeland Police Department at 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue.  (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This service is also offered year round at LPD with an easy to use community drug collection receptacle in the front lobby. On April 30th, they will collect it outside so you don’t have to get out of your car.

 Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website .

 


March 31st  Update – Second Arrest in Shooting

On March 30th, Christopher Jerod Rose, 18 yrs old, came to the Lakeland Police Department to turn himself in after he heard there was a warrant for his arrest. Detectives identified Rose as the third subject involved in the shooting at Willow Glen Apartments.

The investigation to-date reveals that the deceased, Stephen Brenor, Javarius Ray’quann King and Rose had planned that morning to “Hit some Licks”, street term meaning commit burglaries, robberies, etc. Earlier that morning, the three suspects broke into a vehicle behind Arby’s restaurant at 803 E. Memorial Blvd. The three suspects then went to the Willow Glen Apts and saw the victim, Shawn Plain, in the laundry room not knowing he was an armed security guard. The three planned to rob Plain at which time Brenor fired a replica handgun (pellet gun) striking Plain twice in the face. As the three suspects, all armed with handguns retreated into the parking lot, Plain fired his handgun hitting Brenor four times.

 

Christopher Rose and Javarius Ray’quann King have both been charged with:

1.     2nd Degree Felony Murder

2.     Aggravated Battery

3.     Burglary to a Motor Vehicle.


Public Notice

LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation may send them to:


Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)

135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320

Gainesville, Virginia 20155



On March 11th, at 7:44 a.m., Samuel Alicea, 35 yrs old, entered the Lakeland Police Department to utilize the public restroom in the front lobby. One of the officers at the front desk heard a loud “thump” sound coming from the restroom. The officers concerned for the safety of Alicea knocked on the door several times and yelled out for a reply but to no avail. 


Officers used a key to gain entry and discovered Alicea lying on the ground unconscious and unresponsive. The officer observed several personal items of Alicea on the sink which included measuring spoons, small plastic baggies commonly used to store drugs and a syringe. Alicea was bleeding from the arm and it appeared he has just injected himself. Alicea was transported to Lakeland Regional Health. 

The substance in the syringe tested positive for heroin. After being released from the hospital, Alicea was transported to the Polk County Jail and charged with Possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Arrested:  Samuel David Alicea, DOB 11/16/80, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue.