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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Elaine Silvestrini

Tribune Staff

Local priest, church hid dark secret, victims group says

- An organization dedicated to exposing sexual abuse by priests sought to shed light on what organizers said were The Rev. Innocente Clementi’s victims at Mary Help of Christians School in East Lake.

Judge’s wife wants restraining order case moved out of Hillsborough


— A lawyer for the wife of a Hillsborough County judge charged with domestic violence wants her injunction case moved to Orange County.

Hillsborough judge ordered to stay away from wife


— The wife of a Hillsborough County judge told the court her husband has violent tendencies when she sought an injunction the day after he was

High court debates Tampa case on judicial donations


Although Florida judicial candidates are not allowed to directly ask for campaign contributions, they are permitted to write thank-you notes to their donors.

Supreme Court to hear Hillsborough case regarding judicial candidate fundraising


Former Florida Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead is worried about the courts falling into the same level of disrepute as the other two branches of government.

Tampa at center of plot to sell computer equipment to Iran


— Days after a former City of Tampa engineer was charged in April 2012 with conspiring to export computer equipment to Iran, his Iranian contact was seeking price quotes for mor...

Mexico to issue birth certificates through consulates in the U.S.

- With an estimated 14,000 Mexican nationals living illegally in Hillsborough County, a decision by the Mexican government to issue birth certificates at consulates in the United States is likely to have an impact on local re...

Child sex trafficker was victim as a teenager

- Many stories have both a villain and a victim. In this tale, St. Petersburg's Keosha Renee Jones is both.

Weddings don’t mean gay marriage issue totally settled

- Clerks are issuing marriage licenses and presiding over weddings of gay couples, but that doesn’t mean the legal status of same-sex marriage in Florida has been decided.

Flu already at peak-season levels in Tampa Bay area

- With plenty of winter still to go, Hillsborough County already is experiencing levels of flu activity normally seen at the peak of the season.

Gay marriage legal in Florida, but gay divorce still cloudy

- Same-sex couples will be able to marry in Florida by Tuesday, but gay couples wanting to dissolve their marriages in Hillsborough County are, for the time being, out of luck.

New Hillsborough chief judge looking forward to the challenge


— Even as he prepares to assume a new role, Ronald Ficarrotta loves bei...

Swinger blames lawyer, hit man, victim for life sentence


— Even though he admits he helped hire a hit man to kill his then-girlfriend’s husband, Jerry Bottorff says he was stunned and overwhelmed when he was

St. Pete man gets 51 months in Middle East gun smuggling case


— A 20-year-old St. Petersburg man is “the tip of the iceberg” of an international arms smuggling ring that hid guns in cars to ship them to the Middle East, a def...

Woman at hub of Tampa police scandal pleads guilty in food stamp case

- Rita Girven pleaded guilty last week to petty theft and food stamp fraud and was sentenced under an agreement to 18 months in state prison. She has already served most of her sentence and might be free by Christmas, accordi...

Federal prosecutors in Florida’s Middle District collect record cash

- This past fiscal year, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Florida had its best year ever, collecting more than $367 million in civil and criminal penalties and seized assets, officials said.

Secret Service says fugitive still stealing IDs


— Michel Lermos-Hernandez was a fugitive for more than a year, wanted on charges he led a ring of thieves who stole credit card information from more than 1,000 unwitting shoppe...

Tampa tax fraud ‘queen’ may have sentence reduced

- Rashia Wilson, who is serving 21 years in federal prison for using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns and steal millions from federal taxpayers, is likely to have her sentence reduced after an appeals court ru...

Westchase pharmacy a victim of Florida’s pill mill war

- With its national certification, its clean rooms and emphasis on non-narcotic medications, the Westchase Compounding Pharmacy is an unlikely casualty in the state’s war on pill mills.

Buju Banton to courts: Release me, deport me to Jamaica


— Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton hopes recent changes

Plant High student's injury may improve street's safety

- A friend hopes the hit-and-run that put Jackie Faircloth into a Tallahassee hospital will lead to changes that will make the street where she was injured safer.