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Florida briefs: Motorcyclist killed in Lakeland

LAKELAND

Motorcyclist dies after red-light crash

A motorcyclist is dead in Central Florida after running a red light and colliding with a sports utility vehicle.

The Lakeland police department announced the 2004 Suzuki motorcycle struck a 2000 Jeep Cherokee SUV in the intersection of South Florida Avenue and Lime Street shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Kissimmee in December.

Peter Nelson of Tampa was driving the Cherokee and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

MIAMI

Anti-crime official eats paper in court

A Crime Stoppers administrator was found in contempt of court after eating a piece of paper a Miami-Dade County circuit judge ordered turned over.

The Miami Herald reported that Judge Victoria R. Brennan ordered Richard Masten to turn over information gained from a tip, but Crime Stoppers policy guarantees anonymity. Masten, who oversees the nonprofit organization, refused and ate the paper in court, saying the identity of the tipster could be determined.

The information concerned a case in which a Hialeah woman named Lissette Alvarez, 45, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge. Alvarez's lawyer, Jean Michel D'Escoubet, said the information is important to the defense and they are not interested in the identity of the tipster.

Masten faces 14 days in jail if he doesn't cooperate by Thursday.

Hispanic TV anchor honored for career

The National Association of Broadcasters is honoring Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos for nearly three decades of distinguished service.

Ramos started at Univision in 1986. He co-hosts the network's nightly news program with Maria Elena Salinas, as well as a Sunday weekly affairs program.

Times wires

TALLAHASSEE

Changes planned for Board of Pharmacy

The Florida Legislature is considering a change in the composition of the state's Board of Pharmacy. The change would reduce the number of at-large pharmacists on the board and increase the number of pharmacists who represent community and corporate drugstores.

The measure would raise from one to three the number of seats reserved for pharmacists representing both small and large chain stores. The number of at-large spots would be reduced from five to one. Two people would continue serving as consumer representatives.

The board is appointed by the governor and meets every other month, hearing issues that include the licensing of new pharmacists and technicians, disciplinary cases and other issues.

Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Adoptive families to get free park passes

More than 15,000 foster and adoptive children and their families are getting free passes to Florida's state parks.

First lady Ann Scott will visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale on Monday to promote the partnership between the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Environmental Protection. The event will also include presentations by park staff and a guided nature trail walk.

Each year, thousands of children and their families are able to visit Florida's 171 state parks and trails for free.

Times wires

Florida briefs: Motorcyclist killed in Lakeland 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:06pm]
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