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Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 1:02 a.m.

Driver of speeding car faces drug charges

  • The driver of a car speeding 24 mph over the limit ended up in jail Tuesday on drug charges after authorities said they found a pound of marijuana in a backpack on the side of the road.

    Florida Highway Patrol Trooper William Berger clocked a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria driving 94 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 75 near Paynes Prairie on Tuesday afternoon, according to the FHP report.

    After Berger stopped the driver, Allen Jerome White, 30, at the Paynes Prairie rest area, another driver stopped and told authorities the driver had thrown a black backpack out of the car before being stopped.

    Sgt. Dan Miller found a backpack with three quart-sized baggies containing a total of about 1 pound of marijuana, the report states. White, of Gainesville, had $2,464 in cash in his pocket. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was booked into the Alachua County jail.

    White told authorities he didn't know anything about the backpack, according to the FHP.

    - Kathy Ciotola

    UF reception to focus on property, trust law

  • A reception will be held today at the University of Florida Levin College of Law for students interested in the areas of real property, probate and trust law.

    Panelists will include John Campo with the Robertson Group, Michael Faehner, president-elect of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Robert Lash with Moody & Salzman, James Burnett Kelly III of Salazar & Kelly, and Glorimil Rosario Walker of Three Rivers Legal Services. Attorney Rhonda Chung-de Cambre will moderate.

    The event, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the college's faculty dining room, is co-sponsored by two law student groups - the Estates, Trusts and Elder Law Society and the Real Property Group. The reception is free and open to the public.

    - Sun staff report

    Man charged with killing brother in fight

  • NAPLES - A man who got into a fistfight that left his brother dead was charged with manslaughter.

    Octavious James Ingram, 23, was driving his mother Vikki Lowe to work Saturday night when she asked him to pull over because he was driving too fast, she told Collier County sheriff's deputies.

    Ingram pulled into a parking lot, got out of the car and got into the fight with his 26-year-old brother Vashon Ingram who was along for the ride, according to sheriff's reports.

    After the fight, Lowe said she drove to Vashon Ingram's house while he slept in the back seat.

    Deputies called to the house found Vashon Ingram lying on the floor of the living room, bleeding from the nose and mouth and having trouble breathing.

    Paramedics took Vashon Ingram to Cleveland Clinic hospital, where he died, according to sheriff's reports.

    - The Associated Press

    Judge rejects appeal for Death Row inmate

  • ST. AUGUSTINE - A judge has turned down an appeal from Johnnie Robinson, who is scheduled to be executed next month for the 1985 slaying and rape of a woman he abducted from Interstate 95 after her car broke down. After a three-day hearing, Circuit Judge Robert Mathis denied motions Monday from Robinson, seeking a new trial and stay of execution. Robinson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 4 at Florida State Prison near Starke.

    Robinson's attorneys had argued the prosecutor, Steve Alexander, was a racist and that Robinson's co-defendant, Clinton Field, who is mentally retarded, had recanted his testimony about seeing Robinson shoot the woman.

    - The Associated Press

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