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On December 17th, at 11:44 pm, the Lakeland Police Department responded to New Tampa Highway at Airport Road in reference to a pedestrian that had been hit. Officers located a deceased female lying on the pavement in the middle of the roadway. There was witness at the scene who stated that he could provide the current location of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian.

The investigation revealed that a 2006 Freightliner Semi was traveling west bound on New Tampa Hwy in the west bound lanes of travel. While entering the intersection with Airport Road, the semi-truck driver felt that he impacted something. After impact the driver pulled over and observed minor damage to the front of his semi-truck, however he could not determine what had caused the damage and continued traveling west bound to complete his delivery.

The semi-truck and the driver were located at 7105 New Tampa Hwy where he was making his delivery. The driver of the semi-truck is Ferdinand Senatus, 57 years of age from Lakeland. Senatus was interviewed and released from the scene pending further investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

The deceased has been identified as Tina H. Marshall, 48 years old, Lakeland, Fla.

The roadway was shut down during the investigation for approximately 4 hours.

 Members of the Traffic unit responded to process the scene for follow-up investigation and the other necessary investigative procedures. 

 


Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, December 7th, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. This month, Chief Giddens will speak on the crime stats and how we compare to our stats from last year this same time. 


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.