Sometime between 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13 and 9:00 a.m., Sunday April 14, 2013, damage was done to a B-25 airplane that was part of the Sun-N-Fun event. The damage to the plane is approximately 18” long and 6’1” off the ground. The damage is a deep scratch to the exterior portion of the plane, on the left side, in the area of the fuselage.
The plane is named “Panchito” and was parked near the beer tent. Lakeland Police are hoping someone may have seen something, or may have a photo or video in their possession that shows when and how the damage occurred.
The estimated cost of repair to this vintage plane is approximately $30,000. The owners participate in Sun-N-Fun each year and support the City of Lakeland and our community. If anyone has any information, we ask that they contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.
Join the Lakeland Police Department and Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) across the nation on April 27, 2013 in celebrating National PAL Mentoring Day. The local event will be held at Simpson Park Field from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and is free to the public. Visitors will be treated to live entertainment, a wide variety of activities, giveaways and opportunities to meet with local organizations that support youth development.
Revealing Truth Ministries Mighty Marching Lions returns
FUN for KIDS Complete w/ Arts n’ Crafts, Balloons, Bounce Houses and more
City of Lakeland Police & Fire Departments
The Lakeland Raiders Arena Football Team
Family Programs such as Family Fundamentals & Early Leaning of Polk County
Interactive Performances by:
Polk County Aces Cheerleaders
Crystal’s World of Dance
Let’s Move Health and Fitness
Ignited Church Youth Department
* EAT BREAKFAST: WAFFLE HOUSE Waffles, Juice & Coffee sold 9AM-NOON * APPLY FOR JOBS: POLK WORKS MOBILE BUS onsite * SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR VPK & OTHER SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS * FREE FOOD
Along with the many fun activities for kids, adults and teens will also have a chance to interact with local groups that could help them change their lives. Representatives from various community groups such as Youth & Family Alternatives, Peace River Rape, Recovery Resource Centers, Polk Works and many others will be on hand to provide information about programs designed to help young people stay off the streets, bring families together, and help others gain job experience and chart out their futures.
NATIONAL PAL MENTORING EVENT SPEAKERS:
Fort Myers PAL Youth Mentor Charlene Edward Topic: Bully Proof (Anti Bullying) & Skit performance
Bio: Charlene was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. She has been married for almost eight years, and has a beautiful two year old daughter. She enjoys acting, photography, helping others, and most of all being a mother and wife. She is an alumni of Fort Myers High School. Some of her accolades are as follows: Miss Congeniality and 2nd runner up of Fort Myers beauty pageant, Most Optimistic, dedicated service award, Founder of Jackets for Juniors, Vice president of the NAACP Youth Council, and Youth Mentor for Ft. Myers Police Athletic League.
Melbourne PAL Youth Mentor Lorenzo Jones Topic: Students Working Against Tobacco (S.W.A.T)
Bio: Lorenzo was born in Dothan, Alabama and move to Florida in 1967. Lorenzo has been married to the Executive Director of Melbourne PAL Marthenia Jones for 10 years. Together they have 7 children. He loves sports, children and most of all he loves God. His favorite football team is the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). His calling is to speak to children and help lead them in the right path. He volunteers for the Melbourne PAL program Students Working Against Tobacco (S.W.A.T), and he is the cook for the basketball program. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Lakeland PAL Director Tim Abram Topic: Our Youth need positive E.N.E.R.G.Y. to do the right thing
E: Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm – Be excited about the opportunity to make a difference. N: Never let anyone tell you that you are not important (everybody is somebody) E: Effort is what it takes to accomplish your dreams R: Results, what we will do is often inferior to what we can do G: Goals: Keep your eyes on the prize and you will win if you don’t quit. Y: Your Attitude will determine your aptitude
Bio: Tim was born and raised in Lakeland, FL and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL). Annually, PAL serves over 900 children in the Lakeland community. Tim has worked with troubled youth for over 21 years and has served as mentor to thousands of children for the Department of Juvenile Justice Systems. Tim graduated from Lake Gibson High in 1991, and later attended Grambling State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation/ Leisure Studies. While attending Grambling State University, Tim is very proud to have had the pleasure of playing football for the late legendary coach Eddie Robinson. Tim has since gone on to earn an MBA from Everest University in 2005, and he recently completed the Certified Public Manager certificate from Florida State University. Tim is married to Tomeka Abram and they have 3 boys; Corinthian 18, Timadre 17, Tylan 12 and 2 girls; Tinika 22 and Tia 4.
PAL seeks to promote and safeguard the interests and general welfare of the youth of the community; to instill good health habits, good sportsmanship, and high morals. PAL also promotes civic standards in the youth of the community, to help fulfill the need for recreational, educational and social activities that are designed to rehabilitate youthful first-time offenders and prevent their return the criminal justice system.
The Lakeland PAL office is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
Our community’s Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 7 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.
Drop-off locations on April 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm are:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL Bartow Police Department – 450 N Broadway, Bartow FL Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All medications were safely disposed of via incineration.
For folks unable to attend on April 27th, unwanted medications may also be brought to the Lakeland Police Department’s and placed in the drop box located in the lobby. Medications may also be safely disposed of at home in the following manner: Dissolve medications in water, and mix with coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, pour into a zip lock bag and put in your trash. Do not dump any medications into the toilet or your trash, to avoid harming our lakes and ground water.