Tuesday, January 23, 2018
News Roundup

Florida briefs: North Florida tea party leader dies in Marion County crash

OCALA

Tea party leader dies in auto accident

The president of a North Florida tea party group has been killed in a two-vehicle car crash in Marion County.

The Florida Highway Patrol told the Ocala Star-Banner that 70-year-old Stephen Hunter of Sparr died in the Friday night crash. Hunter headed the Ocala Tea Party or Tea Party Solutions for the past several years.

Friends say Hunter was a Vietnam veteran who later worked at defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Troopers say Hunter was attempting to make a left turn on U.S. 441 and apparently did not see an oncoming pickup truck, which struck Hunter's car on the driver's side.

Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the truck were uninjured.

They were wearing their seat belts, troopers said.

MIAMI

Wanted in 2 killings, man brought to U.S.

A man wanted in the killings of his ex-wife and her stepfather in a 2003 Miami double slaying has been extradited from Argentina to face the charges.

U.S. marshals brought 56-year-old Hugo Quesada from Buenos Aires to Miami last week. Quesada was arrested in Argentina in 2006 and had been fighting extradition ever since.

An Argentine court finally approved the extradition in August.

Quesada is charged with the strangulation deaths of his ex-wife, Maritza Quesada, and her stepfather, Emilio Xiques. Police also say he stabbed his ex-wife's mother, who survived. Authorities say there was a dispute over Quesada's desire to take the couple's children to Argentina.

Quesada is scheduled to make his first Miami-Dade court appearance Tuesday. Court records do not yet list an attorney for him.

ORLANDO

Talent judge gets 25 years for child porn

A talent competition judge in Central Florida has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography.

John David Baker was sentenced last week in federal court in Orlando.

Federal authorities say the 30-year-old acting coach helped train adults and children who were auditioning to work in film. He also was a judge for a talent competition.

Authorities say Baker said he had sexually oriented chats online with minors from the talent competition.

Authorities say Baker also created a fake Internet profile and persuaded two minors to send images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After seizing his computers, authorities found several images of minors engaged in sexual conduct.

Baker is a British citizen but resided in Celebration.

BELLE GLADE

Deputies shoot man they say fired first

A Palm Beach County man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after he opened fire on sheriff's deputies after they tried to stop his car, authorities say.

They identified the suspect Sunday as 25-year-old Lance Joseph of Belle Glade. Joseph was wounded when the deputies returned fire and was being treated at a local hospital. Authorities say a public defender will be appointed to represent him.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told the Palm Beach Post that deputies were looking for a car that matched Joseph's when he got out, pointed a handgun at their marked police cruiser and opened fire.

None of the deputies were injured.

Joseph is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Times wires

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