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DUI manslaughter trial begins in fatal Hudson motorcycle crash

NEW PORT RICHEY

DUI manslaughter trial of bike driver begins

The DUI manslaughter trial of Michael Allen Rose began Wednesday morning. Rose, 51, is accused in the December 2003 death of Lucinda Reapp, a 34-year-old mother of three. Authorities say she died while riding on the back of Rose's 1978 Yamaha motorcycle in Hudson. Witnesses said Rose was weaving in and out of traffic on eastbound State Road 52 when he lost control, hit a curb and propelled them both into westbound traffic. Reapp was hit by a pickup truck and died at the scene. Authorities say Rose's blood-alcohol level was 0.17. Under Florida law a driver is presumed impaired at 0.08. He was arrested in 2004 and faces between 11 to 15 years in prison if convicted. The trial is expected to continue today.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Four are accused of manufacturing meth

Three men and one woman were arrested Tuesday and charged with manufacturing controlled substances after Pasco sheriff's deputies said they found the makings of a methamphetamine lab in a shed near their Sylvan Lane home. Terry Baker, 40, Eric Dean, 39, and Michele Copeland, 31, are being held at the Pasco County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000 each. Bruce London, 55, faces an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine. His bail was set at $15,000. Pasco deputies said they found tubing, glassware and chemicals necessary for the production of methamphetamine on the property.

DADE CITY

Trolley Tour wins Best of Show award

The Dade City Trolley Tour received a Best of Show award at the Governor's Conference on Tourism this week in Orlando. A 30-second commercial advertising the tour's services beat about 30 other finalists for the Best of Show honor. Jim Guedry, owner of Dade City Business Center which runs the Trolley Tour, accepted the award Monday.

DUI manslaughter trial begins in fatal Hudson motorcycle crash 08/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2008 2:58pm]
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