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Lakeland man arrested on car theft, drug charges in Clearwater


Man accused of ramming police cars

A 26-year-old Lakeland man suspected of driving a stolen vehicle rammed three police cruisers after officers tried to pull him over late Wednesday, police said. A Clearwater officer was randomly running computer checks on vehicle tags about 11:30 p.m. when a 2007 Hyundai came up as stolen out of Lakeland. Police tried to pull it over at Drew Street and McMullen-Booth Road. They say Justin Dale Nance drove away, ramming three police vehicles, and was taken into custody after the Hyundai became disabled. No one was injured. Nance, of 2717 Doyle Circle, had a loaded .22-caliber Beretta pistol in his pocket and threw it under the car before he was arrested, police said. They also found prescription pills and two clear glass pipes used for smoking drugs. Nance, who also goes by the alias Casey James Nance, is charged with grand theft auto, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He previously served 16 months in prison for felony driving on a suspended or revoked license and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Man sought in shooting at club

Clearwater police are looking for a man who fired a gun at a nightclub after he was kicked out early Thursday. The unidentified man fired two or three shots at the New York New York Nite Club, located at 18573 U.S. 19, about 1:30 a.m., police said. The building was occupied at the time. Police said the man became angry when he was told to leave the club. After security escorted him out, he went to his vehicle and got a gun. No one was injured in the shooting. A description of the man was not immediately available. The investigation is ongoing.


Program aims to cut waste volume

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