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After fight with wife, man takes baby miles away

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 3, 2007


A Ruskin man drove across the state with his 1-month-old baby Thursday after fighting with his wife, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. Law enforcement caught up with Jason Travis Davis, 33, of 102 13th St. NE, Friday morning in Leon County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers were caring for the baby in Tallahassee until the mother arrived. Before Davis left Cecelia Guerra, 33, taking their son, he told Guerra she would not see him or her baby again, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Detectives and troopers worked through the night, tracking Davis' calls to Guerra and spotting his red Dodge pick-up westbound on Interstate 10. Davis is charged with battery, domestic violence and interference with child custody, Carter said. He was in custody in Leon County.

Ex-boyfriend jailed year after dog dies

A 20-year-old man accused of stomping a 1 1/2-pound teacup Chihuahua puppy to death last year was arrested Thursday by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Christopher Clark of 6802 Sutton Oaks Lane, Zephyrhills, was charged with animal cruelty. The dog, named Marley, belonged to Clark's girlfriend at the time, Joanna Carr, 19. Shortly after Marley's death, Carr broke off the relationship. She filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office, but Clark was hard to track down. She said he moved out of state for a while, but when she heard he was back in Zephyrhills, she alerted the Sheriff's Office. Clark was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday night on $10,000 bail. He could not be reached Friday for comment.

Driver gets prison for artist's death

A Citrus County judge Friday sentenced Lorie Norris to three years in prison for causing a 2004 car crash that killed a Floral City artist. Norris, 42, must also serve 12 years of drug offender probation for vehicular homicide and reckless driving. The wreck occurred Sept. 19, 2004, on U.S. 41. Norris was driving north when she swerved across the roadway into oncoming traffic, hitting the car driven by David Roy near the entrance to a church. The head-on collision sent Anita Roy to a hospital seriously injured. She died about a month later from her injuries.

Semitrailer hits man crossing road

A 74-year-old Gibsonton man was in critical condition Friday after a semitrailer truck hit him as he crossed Pendola Point Road near Port Sutton, authorities said. Wendell W. French, a supervisor for Coastal Security, was helping a security guard whose truck got stuck in a ditch when the accident happened, said Clementine French, 67, his wife. Wendell French waited for one truck to pass but was looking at a tow truck driver when a second truck came down the street and struck him about 9:15 a.m., Clementine French said. Fernando A. Gutierrez, 43, of 7811 N Jamaica St. in Tampa, was driving east on Pendola Point Road when he hit French with the left front corner of his truck, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. He was not charged.