Crime journal

Published March 7, 2007



A Tennessee trucker died when he stepped in front of oncoming traffic early Tuesday on a dark stretch of road near the junction of Interstate 4 and Interstate 75, troopers said. Ronald Turner, 35, of Harriman, Tenn., walked in front of a Dodge pickup at 4:45 a.m. at U.S. 92 and Falkenburg Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the pickup, Robin Witherspoon, 50, told troopers she felt her truck hit something. Witherspoon, of 109 S Webb Road in Plant City, was on her way to meet a friend and didn't have a cell phone with her. She drove to her friend's and then returned to the scene, where she saw Turner lying in the road, said FHP Trooper Larry Coggins. She didn't see Turner crossing the road because he wore dark clothing and the road was not well lighted, Coggins said. Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. His family told troopers he regularly drove a truck route between Knoxville, Tenn., and Tampa.


Tampa officer fires at attacking dogs

An off-duty Tampa police officer was attacked in Ridge Manor on Monday - by three dogs. Raymond Green was with his wife inspecting a property they own when the dogs rushed at them. One of the dogs, a red heeler, bit him on the calf. The dogs then retreated and got ready to rush at him again. So Green pulled out his pistol and fired at them. None of the dogs was hit, but the shot sent them running. Red heelers are Australian cattle dogs. Green wasn't able to identify the dog that bit him because there were two red heelers. No one was given a citation. But two of the dogs were quarantined because their shot records were not up to date. Green's injury did not require medical attention.


Behind bars, lawyer is disbarred

Now he can't even be a jailhouse lawyer. Gregory G. Schultz, a Clearwater attorney, was convicted in 2005 of participating in an $18.4-million Ponzi scheme between 1996 and 2000 and cheating hundreds of investors. Sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, he currently resides in the Federal Correctional Institution in Coleman, about 50 miles northwest of Orlando. For good measure this week, the Florida Bar had an announcement: Schultz, 58, has been disbarred.