Man held in theft of doughnut truck

A man accused of stealing a doughnut truck because he was tired of walking was being held in the Marion County Jail on charges of grand theft auto and marijuana possession.

Ocala police say 20-year-old Randall Travis Roberts of Davenport stole a truck filled with 388 boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Haines City from a Tampa company. He told officers he was tired of walking and wanted to sleep. Police also found 0.35 ounces of marijuana in a plastic bag in the truck, but Roberts said the drugs didn't belong to him.

It was unknown if he ate any of the doughnuts.

JACKSONVILLE

Boater accused of opening drawbridge

A 27-year-old boater illegally opened a drawbridge, forcing a train to make an emergency stop to keep it from careening into a river, Jacksonville authorities said.

Andrew Hasty was charged with interfering with a railroad track, burglary and trespassing.

Hasty was on his boat March 26 when he came upon the closed drawbridge. Police said he broke into the bridge tender's building and activated controls to open the bridge. Police said he then jumped back in his boat, leaving the bridge open.

A CSX train was forced to stop to prevent going into the Trout River, causing a significant traffic delay.

MIAMI

Prosecutors want to seat 2 juries at trial

The Justice Department wants to retrofit a Miami federal courtroom with two jury boxes for a massive insurance fraud trial.

Prosecutors have proposed the unusual two-jury solution to get around legal obstacles of trying four defendants before a single panel. A court filing says the government will pay all construction costs despite current federal budget woes. And prosecutors say holding one trial instead of two would save money in the long run.

Defense attorneys responded with three words: "Are they serious?" They contend the whole thing comes down to a single elderly witness from Thailand who doesn't want to travel for two trials.

The case is a $1 billion fraud involving defunct Mutual Benefits Corp. Trial isn't expected to start until 2012.

GAINESVILLE

Police: Animals used in fighting seized

Police have seized 24 dogs and 100 roosters they say were used in animal fights.

Union County sheriff's Maj. Garry Seay said additional felony animal cruelty charges will be filed against Eric Cox, 44.

Authorities said they had been getting complaints from neighbors.

Seay said the dogfighting community is hard to infiltrate, but they had information that the animals were being trucked to other counties for big fights.

Associated Press

Man held in theft of doughnut truck 04/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 11:05pm]

    

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