Around the Region for Jan. 16, 2011


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Gun fired in store; owner is charged

LAKE CITY — The accidental firing of a handgun in the Lake City Walmart on Friday night led to the arrest of the gun's owner, Lake City Police Capt. John Blanchard IV reported.

L.J. Johnson, 59, of 237 Campus Place, was charged with culpable negligence and improper exhibition of a firearm for the incident, which happened about 10:28 p.m. at the store on U.S. 90.

Blanchard said Johnson had a concealed weapon and holster that fell to the floor from its place of concealment, causing the gun to fire.

The immediate and surrounding areas were searched for evidence of where the bullet had traveled. No one was injured.

Johnson was jailed with bond set at $2,000, Blanchard reported.

— Cindy Swirko

$11,000 in jewelry stolen from store

LAKE CITY — A bandit made off with about $11,000 in jewelry from a Lake City store Friday afternoon, said Steve Shaw of the Lake City Police Department.

The theft occurred at Jewels and Gold in the Lake City Mall about 12:48 p.m. Store video shows the man walk up to a display of gold pendants on a counter, take the display and walk out while the clerk was at the other end of the counter with a customer, Shaw reported.

The culprit was described by witnesses as black, wearing prescription glasses and wearing a tan hat, tan suit jacket, black pants and white tennis shoes.

Local pawn shops have been notified and a bulletin was issued to surrounding counties for law enforcement assistance.

Anyone with information about this incident or others can contact the Lake City Police Department anonymously on the TIP line at 386-719-2068.

— Cindy Swirko

STATE

Mom questioned after baby's body is found

FORT MYERS — Authorities are interviewing the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found in the woods.

Lee County sheriff's deputies said Saturday they had located the baby's mother. Authorities said it is a "full-term newborn."

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

— The Associated Press

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