Prize-winning FLORIDA-BORN JOURNALIST dies
Mike McQueen, bureau chief for the Associated Press in Louisiana and Mississippi, has died. He was 52. Mr. McQueen died Sunday from complications of cancer and congestive heart failure. His career spanned three decades, including two stints with the AP and work on two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper teams. He began his career in 1977 as a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 1993 while an editor at the Miami Herald. Mr. McQueen was born Nov. 3, 1956, in Jacksonville, and raised in Coconut Grove.
Man charged in death of baby
The man who gave Anthony Ruiz-Portal life violently took it early Saturday after a domestic dispute with the infant's mother, authorities say. According to Clearwater police, Jose Ruiz-Lopez, 25, battered Veronica Portal, 23, inside the couple's apartment and held her against her will. She was able to escape from the S Corona Avenue apartment, but while she was gone, Ruiz-Lopez shook his 5-week-old son and threw him on the tile floor. The couple called 911 at 2:04 a.m. Saturday because the baby was vomiting and unresponsive. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died at 4:10 a.m. An autopsy revealed Anthony, who was born Sept. 17, died from blunt trauma. His father was charged with second-degree murder.
Crash takes out power in Polk
A car hitting a mainline power pole early Sunday caused a major power outage in the Polk City area. The accident happened about 4:15 a.m. Lakeland Electric was working to restore power Sunday afternoon. Luke J. Huber, 28, of 125 Hamolia Ave. in Polk City who suffered minor injuries, was arrested on charges of DUI and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Associated Press and the (Lakeland) Ledger