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Endangered Missing Adult

On July 17th, 2014, Priscilla Nicole Morales, 30 years old, threatened to do harm to herself and her children. The two children are Kayden Morales, 9 yrs old and Luis Morales, 5 yrs old. Morales left with her two children this morning driving a 2002 Honda Accord, silver, 4-door, with Florida tag # H13-5GK. The vehicle also has a broken passenger window, tinted windows and dark black rims.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Morales, please call the Lakeland Police Department at 863.834.6900

UPDATE - 9:00pm - Mother and two children recovered unharmed this date and DCF will take custody of the children


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Shoplifting/Petit Theft Suspect

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify an unknown black male who is a suspect in a theft from Dillard’s, 3800 Highway 98N. The subject frequents the Lakeland Square Mall two-five times per week for two-seven hours at a time throughout various stores.

If you can identify this person, please 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 #14-14544 Officer Robertson



Coyote Community Presentation

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Angeline Scotten with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  will be giving a presentation about coyotes in Lakeland beginning at 6PM in the City Commission Chambers. The presentation is being given in response to several cat mutilations reported in April around the Lake Hollingsworth area. In these cases, the cat carcasses were examined at the University of Florida in Gainesville by Veterinary Forensic Pathologist, Nanny Wenzlow, D.V.M.  The results of the examination were that each cat died of predatory animal and furthermore DNA samples taken from the cat carcasses confirmed a coyote was responsible.

The presentation will cover co-existing with coyotes, myths, facts about coyotes and how to keep your pets safe. Also in attendance to answer any questions will be Gary Morse, Regional Public Information Director with FWC, Craig Burke, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control and Sgt. Mike Lewis, Lakeland Police Department.

 

Date: July 23rd, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Lakeland City Hall, Commission Chambers, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue.


LPD Officers Cleared in Deadly Use of Force

In a letter received from the State Attorney’s Office, Officer Doug Mills and Sergeant Jeff Gary were justified in their use of deadly force. The incident occurred on June 10, 2014 at 800 North Florence Avenue. During the confrontation, the suspect later identified as Tommy Lanier pulled a handgun and shot Officer Doug Mills once in his right arm. Officer Mills and Sgt. Gary returned gunfire striking Lanier multiple times.