Seat belt stop uncovers dui prison record
A Jacksonville man convicted about five years ago of DUI manslaughter was arrested near Ybor City early Sunday after being stopped for not wearing his seat belt, according to records. Aaron Jerome Burney, 27, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Impala near N 15th Street and E Sixth Avenue when police pulled him over, the arrest affidavit said. Police discovered Burney's Florida driver's license "was very bad," according to the affidavit. The Florida Times-Union reported that Burney was driving while intoxicated in 2006 and crashed on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville. One of his passengers was thrown from the vehicle and died. Another was injured. Less than two months later, Burney was arrested again after driving away from his court hearing with his license suspended, according to news reports. Duval County court records show Burney pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and in 2007 was sentenced to two years in state prison and five years of probation. The sentencing included a permanent suspension of his driver's license. On Sunday, Burney was charged with driving with a revoked license and violating probation. He was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.
Firefighters mourn fallen rangers
Firefighters across the state were among the 1,000 mourners attending the funerals Friday and Saturday of two Florida forest rangers who died fighting the Blue Ribbon fire along the Georgia line. Brett Fulton, 52 and Josh Burch, 31, were plowing with bulldozers in Hamilton County when a small, smoldering wildfire flared up and trapped them Monday. It's the first time since 2000 that a forestry division employee has died fighting a wildfire. Citrus County Fire and Rescue Department Lt. Bob Bessler was one of five crew members from Citrus to attend Burch's funeral Friday. "We lost part of our family and we felt anything we could do like bringing our massive flag up here with our guard was tribute to these two firefighters. It was an honor for us to be here."
Six arrested in meth lab raid
Six people are behind bars after police raided a methamphetamine lab in a hotel. A tip led Lakeland police to the Relax Inn on Saturday. Officers found drug paraphernalia and drugs scattered around the room. Authorities arrested six adults, including 36-year-old Jerome Smith. He had outstanding warrants for other meth-related charges.
Pilot, instructor hurt in crash
A student practicing takeoffs and landings from a flight school at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport had a hard landing Sunday, according to Winter Haven police. The student and instructor, whose names haven't been released, were on their fourth landing when the plane went off the edge of the runway, Winter Haven police spokeswoman Jamie Brown said. The pilot and instructor were taken to Winter Haven Hospital for minor injuries, Brown said. The pilot is a student at Tailwinds Etc. Flight School, which is based at the airport. The plane, a 1972 Cessna, sustained major damage. No damage to other aircraft or airport property was reported.
Times staff and wires