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Crime Stoppers offers reward in Jean death

Crime Stoppers offers reward in Jean death

LAKELAND, Florida -- Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case of the Jimmy Hughes Jean shooting back in Nov. 2010, that later resulted in his death, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

Police continue to investigate this homicide and are asking that anyone with information that can lead to the identity of the shooter to contact the Lakeland Police Detective Russell Hurley at 863-834-8973 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-8477.

Third attempt for Leon Davis trial this week

Bartow, Florida - Prosecutors will attempt for the third time Wednesday to select a jury in the murder trial of Leon Davis, Jr. The first two ended in a mistrial.

Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter declared te most recent mistrial in October.

Davis is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for the killings in Lake Wales in 2007. Investigators say Davis threw gasoline on 23-year-old Juanita Luciano -- who was six months pregnant -- and her 26-year-old sister-in-law, Yvonne Bustamante, then set them on fire.

Original Story: Two women set on fire, suspect surrenders

Both women died. Luciano's baby was delivered in an emergency c-section, but also died.

Florida Citrus officials to study China's impact

BARTOW, Florida --  The Associated Press reports that the Florida Citrus Commission will study the impacts of China's growing citrus industry.

The three-year, $174,941 study looks at how China will affect the world's orange juice and fresh citrus markets.

Researchers at the University of Florida will examine all aspects of Chinese citrus from horticulture to economics to determine if or when the country will become the third major player on the global market.

Florida's juice processors annually buy 95 percent of the state's orange crop. Brazil accounts for nearly 55 percent of the world's annual orange juice production, while Florida produces about 30 percent, mostly sold in the U.S.

Any changes in the global juice market could negatively affect the profitability of Florida citrus.

Woman charged in bicyclist death

Woman charged in bicyclist death

Lakeland, Florida -- The woman, who hit a bicyclist with her car and fled the scene hitting two other cars in the process, was released from the hospital and transferred to the Polk County Jail yesterday.

Janice E. Macqueen, of 7648 Chase Road in Lakeland, had been taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she was treated for minor injuries in yesterday's accident where she hit and killed Raymond T. Kohler, of 1425 Ritter Road #33 in Lakeland.

Macqueen was charged with the Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Death, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage. Further charges are pending the results of toxicology tests.

The investigation is ongoing.


Bay area bicyclist hit and killed

Bay area bicyclist hit and killed














The driver of one of the cars MacQueen hit helped to detain her until deputies arrived.

MacQueen is charged with attempting to leave the scene of a crash with death.

Vehicular homicide charges are pending the results of toxicology tests.

Lakeland, Florida - The scene started when an erratic driver wouldn't stop.

Lt. Bill Nichols with the Polk County Sheriff's Office said, "[The driver] was changing traffic in and out, she was speeding up, slowing down."

On the same stretch of road, southbound on US 98, deputies say 68-year-old Raymond Kohler was riding his bike with the flow of traffic.

Around 3:00 p.m., the driver hit Kohler, killing him instantly.

86-year-old woman in crash last week dies

86-year-old woman in crash last week dies

LAKE WALES, Florida -- Dorothy Stump of Lakes Wales died of the injuries she suffered during a two-vehicle crash last week, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Stump, of 299 Edgewood Blvd., died three days after the accident on Jan. 1.

Stump was airlifted to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center after her car collided with Kenneth Ainsworth's car on Waverly Road at the Lake Lee Drive intersection Dec. 29. Ainsworth, 66, died at the scene.

For more on the accident go to our story.

Family urges texting ban at highway dedication

Bartow, Florida -- Three years to the day that 26-year-old Heather Hurd was killed in a chain-reaction crash in Polk County, a portion of U.S. Highway 27 is officially renamed in her honor.

On January 3, 2008, Hurd and her fiance were heading to Disney World to meet a wedding planner.  Heather had realized a lifelong dream and was working at Disney.  She planned to get married there, too.

That day, Hurd and her fiance were stopped at a light near the intersection with Salt Mine Road when a tractor trailer crashed into them.  Hurd and another woman were killed.

Investigators believed the truck driver was driving beyond the number of hours allowed by law.  Hurd's family think he was also using his cell phone at the time of the accident. He was found guilty of careless driving with a fatality and fined more than $1400.  The driver died in 2009.