MAN accused of neglect for son's driving
Deputies charged a man with child neglect Saturday evening after they say he allowed his 15-year-old son to drive his minivan for him because he was too drunk, an arrest report shows. Deputies stopped a red Dodge Caravan with no brake lights in Gibsonton and discovered it was being driven by a 15-year-old, the report said. The father, Darran Foraker, told deputies he was drunk and did not have enough money for a hotel room because he spent it on alcohol, the report said, so he had his son drive instead. He told deputies he was too drunk to care for the teen. Foraker, 41, of Gibsonton, was being held in a Hillsborough County jail on $2,000 bail.
Driver dies after car veers on I-275
The driver of a 2005 Toyota died Sunday evening after veering off the road and crashing into a light pole near the intersection of Interstate 275 and Roosevelt Boulevard. About 6:25 p.m., the driver of the car struck a guardrail, swept across four lanes of northbound traffic on I-275, went off the road and struck the pole, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The identity of the driver has not been released, pending family notification. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Body of missing bay kayaker found
Authorities located the body of a Lakeland man Sunday who disappeared Saturday while kayaking in Tampa Bay. The Coast Guard reported that a civilian found a body matching the description of Jerry D. Knight, 22, about 4:30 p.m. Sunday near E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. Knight had been missing since Saturday afternoon, after seeking help for a friend who grew tired and could no longer paddle. He was reported missing at 4:30 p.m., when a marine unit with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office found Wes Powell, 31, on his kayak tied to a buoy off Gadsden Point in Tampa Bay. A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday that searchers found Knight's kayak and paddle by helicopter on a spoil island just east of Gadsden Point just after midnight. Authorities searched the island, but found nothing. The spokesman said the kayak appeared to have washed up on the island. Knight, a resident of Highland City, attended Bartow High School and was an avid outdoorsman.
Flags fly half-staff for slain officers
Florida's flag will fly at half-staff in honor of the Miami-Dade police detectives who were killed in the line of duty. Gov. Rick Scott approved the honorary move on Saturday. The flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset today to coincide with the funerals of Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth. The pair were killed Thursday.
Times staff, wires and the (Lakeland) Ledger