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One of our own is facing a difficult situation and needs our help. Monica Yzaguirre Purvis has been diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and as a result a fundraising site has been set up to assist with medical and other expenses. There are some immediate financial medical needs as she begins this battle to beat this cancer!! Let’s rally together around Monica and her family and let them know they are not alone in this fight.

Please visit the following link to donate, or donations can be brought to LPD and dropped off with LaShunda Luster (Chief’s Office) or Evelyn Berrazueta (Uniform Patrol Division).

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/monica-s-breast-cancer-journey/354610#.VVZTW2FwxPw.facebook


Lakeland Police Investigate

Hit & Run Traffic Fatality

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2015)

 

On May 16th, at 5:02 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 130 Lake Bonny Drive East, west of Dixie Place, in reference to a traffic accident. This is a two lane roadway divided by a double yellow line. Officers observed a motorized bicycle lying in the southern most curve of East Lake Bonny Drive. The driver of the motorized bicycle was found lying on the roadway in the north bound lane, north of the motorized bicycle.

 

A juvenile traveling in the area located the accident and notified his father who came to the scene and then called EMS. The driver of the motorized bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

 

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was traveling south on Lake Bonny Drive E. in the north bound lane of traffic. It appears as if the victim was hit head on by an unknown vehicle which left the scene.

 

The victim has been identified as: Julio E Medina Ocasio, 54 yrs old, 430 Arizona Avenue. Next-of-kin has been notified.

 

There are no witnesses at this time the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lakeland Police Department at 834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.


Do you have an iPhone or Andriod for Sale, how about a computer or other electronic device, or perhaps some jewelry? Do you need a safe place to conduct a transaction from an online advertisement such as Craigslist? The Lakeland Police Department lobby is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. You can come into our lobby and have a safe place to conduct your transaction. 

We encourage our residents to use our lobby as a safe place to conduct transactions when meeting someone from an online site to buy or sell items. Transactions for the sale, or purchase, of weapons is strictly prohibited at the police department, but anything else is encouraged.

We feel as though using our lobby to conduct transactions will take any worry or stress off our residents of being the victim of a possible crime. If the buyer/seller knows that you are meeting at the police department and they had possible criminal activity in mind, this will be a deterrent for them. Our goal is to give our residents a safe place and peace of mind when conducting transactions.

REMINDER:  You MAY NOT bring any type of weapon into the LPD lobby or conduct the sale of a weapon from our lobby.


The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from Monday, May 18, 2015 thru Monday, June 1, 2015 at midnight. 

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety. 

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person: 

•  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen ( 18 ) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or 
•  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. 
•  It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion. 

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

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