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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Lakeland’s Fallen Police Officers Honored with New Memorial

Dedication Ceremony Set for March 20, 2017

 

WHO:  Lakeland Police Department, Families of Fallen Officers and the Public

WHAT:  Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Dedication

WHEN:  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Lakeland Police Department, 219 North Massachusetts Avenue

WHY:  Honoring Lakeland’s Fallen Officers


LAKELAND, FL (March 6, 2017) - The Lakeland Police Department invites the community to join us and family members of our fallen officers at the dedication ceremony for the Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Memorial is located at the front entrance of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue. 

 

The Memorial is a beautiful site that honors Lakeland’s five fallen officers: Patrolman William Barnett, Patrolman Thomas Nicholson, Officer Eugene DeBerry, Officer Carl Cushman and Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The centerpiece features a life-size bronze Honor Guard sculpture atop a granite backdrop watching over the names of the fallen officers. Attached to the granite are five glass plaques, each etched with a fallen officer’s name and photo.  Also featured is a large glass badge, illuminated with LED lights, to serve as a reminder of those still serving.  The foundation of the site is lined with personalized engraved bricks which were sold to help fund the project.

 

Assistant Chief Link, who also serves on the project team, stated “This memorial will forever honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Lakeland. It has been very humbling to see the support from our community. Without their donations, the memorial would not have been possible.”.

 

To ensure safety for those attending the event, the main entrance to the station will be closed beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those who need to visit the station for police business should enter on Bay Street. (see attached map)  The portion of Massachusetts Avenue between Cedar Street and Bay Street will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. Motorists will be detoured one block over to Kentucky Avenue. Detours will be clearly marked and traffic will be redirected.   Parking for the event is available throughout Downtown. 

 

For additional information, please visit www.lakelandpolicefoundation.com.


CONTACT
Robin Tillett, Media Relations 
| Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2963

www.lakelandgov.net/lpd | Twitter @lakelandpd




NOTICE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  WE WILL UPDATE THE NEW TIME/DATE AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.


During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.

Presentation

We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.


Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.

Lakeland, FL (November 22, 2016) - On November 21, 2016, at approximately 8:50 PM , the Lakeland Police Department (LPD) responded to the Old Navy store, located at 919 Lakeland Park Center Drive. An employee in the store stated that four suspects had entered the store, concealed merchandise into bags and attempt to exit the store. When confront at the exit and after passing all points of sales, the suspects dropped three of the bags of merchandise which contained at total of $1075.94 in merchandise. On suspect identified as Ashli Adams, struck the employee in the face as another suspect ran out the store with a bag of merchandise totaling $331.04. The employee was unable to get a look at the vehicle or provide a direction of travel for the suspects.

At approximately 9:00 PM, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gann was conducting a traffic stop on a 2010 Mercury Milan in the area of Kathleen Road and Interstate Drive due to the vehicle having a seize tag order. During a search of the vehicle, deputies observed numerous items of clothing from the Old Navy Store that still had the security devices on the merchandise. Deputy Gann contacted LPD and determined that they were conducting a robbery investigation at Old Navy that occurred 20 minutes earlier.

The employee that was battered was transported to the scene by LPD and she positively identified the four suspects. The officer who investigated the robbery also noted that the four suspects were wearing the same clothing as captured on video in Old Navy at the time of the incident. The video is not being released at this time.

  • Donovan Brown, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Ashli V Adams, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Robbery without a Firearm.
  • Rashonda Milton, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Alexis Lee, 18 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.




Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) – On October 29, 2016, at 7:11 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Subway store, located at 5395 Socrum Loop Road. The cashier stated that the suspect approached the front register and lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. The suspect demanded money and the cashier complied. The suspect fled on foot to the rear of the business.

On November 1, 2016, at 9:57 p.m.
, the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Exxon Station, located at 4655 Socrum Loop Road. The suspect entered the business through the south side door, approached the counter and then produced a handgun. The suspect demanded the clerk to give him all the money in the register and then fled out the south side door.

On November 6, 2016 at approximately 1:56 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to XYZ Liquor, 2190 Hwy 92 East, in reference to an armed robbery. The suspect approached the clerk at the registered, lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun and demanded the cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

A fourth robbery occurred in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction at the Marathon Gas Station, 111 Marcum Road, on November 3rd and it is believed to be the same suspect. The clerks were not injured in the robberies

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 6’0 tall, 150 pounds, clean shaven, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat, dark shorts and a gray sweatshirt during several of the robberies. The suspect should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Detective Edward Sealey at 863.834.5991 or by email at edward.sealey@lakelandgov.net. Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. To be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers you must contact crime stoppers before contacting police.

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