Effort to return crack cocaine leads to jail


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:54 p.m.
A Gainesville man who was less than pleased with the quality of the crack cocaine he bought earlier this week tried to return his purchase.
But instead of a happy return, Roger Leon Lee, 28, went to jail.
Lee was arrested on robbery and attempted robbery with a firearm charges in connection to an incident Sunday in which he reportedly threatened two people to give him back the $10 that he paid for crack cocaine.
After the sellers refused to give him the $10, Lee threatened them with a gun, police said. Lee told police he only told the victims he had a gun to scare them into giving him his money back, but denied ever having a gun.
Lee was being held Wednesday at the Alachua County jail on a $30,000 bond.
  • In remembrance: Members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of one of their own this week.
    Sgt. Bobby H. Harris, 48, who was a 15-year veteran of the department, died Sunday after a brief illness, the Sheriff's Office said. Harris was a patrol sergeant and began his career at the Sheriff's Office in 1991.
    In a statement released this week, Sheriff Dean Kelly said Harris was "the ultimate professional, one of the most kind and caring men I have ever known, and has set the standard for all others to follow."
    A memorial service for Harris will begin at 6 p.m. today at Victory Christian Fellowship Church at 418 South Highway 17 in San Mateo.
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    The tipster said the man, charged with burglary and grand theft, had a large amount of quarters and gum balls, police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said.
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    In 2005, 44 people died in 42 fatal traffic crashes, according to FHP.
    Most of this year's crashes occurred at night. Those killed were not wearing seat belts in 60 percent of the accidents.
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