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Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 1:12 a.m.

Truck slams into Rodeheaver Boys Ranch

  • Deputies arrested an Interlachen man on Saturday after they said he slammed his truck through the side of the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch dining hall.

    Dennis Adam Jones, 20, is charged with driving under the influence with property damage, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office reported. A breath test showed Jones had an alcohol level of 0.12. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.

    The accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. at the Boys Ranch dining hall, south of Palatka, deputies reported. Jones was driving east on Boys Ranch Road off State Road 19. He didn't stop at the end of the road and drove into the dining hall. The truck traveled about 20 feet before stopping against the kitchen counter.

    The tables and chairs in the hall were destroyed, an employee said. The truck stopped short of hitting a gas stove in the kitchen. A dollar estimate of the damage was not available on Monday.

    No one was in the building at the time, deputies and a ranch employee said. Jones and another man riding in the truck were not injured.

    The ranch, established in 1950, is a home for neglected and dependent boys and currently houses 44 boys, ages 7 to 18.

    - Lise Fisher

    Woman charged in slaying of roommate

  • KISSIMMEE - A woman shot her roommate to death less than 24 hours after calling police during an argument between the two over dirty dishes, officials said Monday.

    Yolinda Wright Zinnerman, 31, of Buenaventura Lakes, was charged with murder on Sunday after deputies found her roommate's body on the ground outside their house. She was held without bail on Monday at the Osceola County jail.

    William B. Snyder, 35, had been shot five times, deputies said.

    On Saturday, Zinnerman made a 911 call to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, complaining that Snyder wasn't keeping the kitchen clean, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Al DeArmas.

    A deputy responded to the call and left after determining the roommates' argument didn't involve a threat, DeArmas said.

    Sunday, Snyder was shot inside the house and again as he lay on the ground, investigators said.

    - The Associated Press

    Limbaugh attorney criticizes prosecutor

  • MIAMI - Rush Limbaugh's attorney lashed out at Palm Beach County's top prosecutor Monday and argued that the conservative radio commentator's prescription use is commonplace for Americans suffering chronic pain.

    Defense attorney Roy Black questioned State Attorney Barry Krischer's justification for releasing letters detailing plea discussions and charged the prosecutor's spokesman leaked a false story to discredit Limbaugh.

    Mike Edmondson, spokesman for Krischer, responded Monday that the office stood by its release of the letters Friday after calls to the state Attorney General's Office and The Florida Bar.

    Prosecutors began their investigation of Limbaugh, 53, after his former maid said last year that she was his longtime supplier of prescription painkillers. No charges have been filed.

    Plea discussions began in October more than a week before Limbaugh stunned listeners by admitting his addiction on the air and entering rehab for five weeks.

    - The Associated Press

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