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The Lakeland Police Department would like to recognize and thank the Lakeland Rotary Club for their dedicated fundraising efforts in 2013 in raising enough money to purchase 131 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for deployment with Lakeland Police officers. The AEDs, are devices that are demonstrated to improve the survivability chances of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest. Their gift of AEDs is not just to the Lakeland Police Department. In reality, it is a gift to the entire Lakeland community

Multiple training sessions were held on yesterday and today for the officers prior to the AEDs being deployed. Pictured below, Left, Bill LePere, Manager Communications Center, Michelle Ledford, Madden Brand Agency, President John Griffin, Lakeland Rotary Club, Dennis Matarese, Philips Health Care, Thomas Conger, Senior Vice President, Lanier Upshaw, Interim Chief Larry Giddens.

There is still time to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Sun N Fun International Fly In & Expo!

PAL is seeking volunteers to work this year's Sun n Fun Fly In scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6th, 2014. All volunteers receive free lunch, free tickets, free hat & shirts and volunteer hours.

There are two volunteer shifts available: 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer. Volunteers between 13 – 17 need permission from their parents or legal guardian to participate.

For more information please contact Tim Abram at 863-834-8970.

On March 15, 2014 at approximately 2:09 a.m., 2004 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling north on South Florida Ave in the inside lane. The motorcycle entered the intersection of Lime Street and collided with a 2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV that was in the intersection. The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle failed to stop for the red light. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene and next of kin has not been notified.

The operator of the Jeep, Peter J Nelson, 2013 East Clinton, Street, Tampa,  was taken to LRMC with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation reveals that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Kissimmee on 12/20/13. The traffic homicide investigation is still open pending further investigation from the Lead Investigator Officer Catalano. Traffic on South Florida Avenue was detoured for 4.5 hours during the investigation. No other information is available at this time. 

On Saturday, March 08, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the suspect pictured approached the victim in the Wing House parking lot, 4515 S. Florida Avenue, asking for food and a cigarette. The victim placed his wallet and cell phone on top of his vehicle while he retrieved items for the suspect from the trunk of his car. The victim retrieved his wallet, but didn’t realize his cell phone was missing at the time.

On March 10, 2014, the victim discovered fraudulent transactions on his GTE Federal Credit Union bank account.

The suspect is described as a white female, approximately 6’1”, 160 lbs, with red hair and wearing yellow overalls at the time.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-4973 & #14-5053              Detective O’Neill