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Updated: 12/19/2013 08:00:01AM

Lake Placid Police to make Christmas bright for local kids

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The Lake Placid Police Department will help make Christmas a little brighter for needy local children, thanks to the Arcadia and Avon Park units of National Guard armories. The citizen soldiers collected toys that will be distributed at the police department.

The free toys are available for parents of children 8 years of age and younger. Parents can visit the LPPD from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Parents are advised to arrive promptly at 2 p.m. as the giveaway will last only until the last toy is gone.

Contact LPPD Sgt. Heather Mulligan at 863-699-3758 for more details.

Burglary reported

The LPPD is investigating a burglary that occurred sometime around midnight Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Fiesta Food Market on South Main Avenue. The intruders forced entry into the store and removed several items including an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers were on the scene Friday, collecting and analyzing evidence, according to Police Chief James Fansler.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LPPD at 863-699-3757 or leave an email tip at As always, tips can also be forwarded to Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477) or A reward is offered for tips that lead to an arrest.

Don’t drink and drive

The LPPD has joined in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual “Drive Drunk … Get Pulled Over” campaign. The safe driving initiative is now under way and will continue through Jan. 1, 2014.

During this campaign, officers will be looking for impaired drivers as well as looking for other traffic violations. The effort is designed to help create a safe holiday season for all, Chief Fansler said.

“Consider it a challenge to not allow us to win any awards for issuing a large number of citations,” the police chief urged. “The lower our numbers, the better we must be at educating the community in traffic safety.”