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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Crime & Courts

Report: Glitch led to slain inmate being housed with violent suspect

CLEARWATER — Inmate Kelly Harding was put into a cell by himself because he had been disruptive, making racial remarks and throwing water at another inmate, when the staff at the Pinellas County Jail decided to give him a roommate, Scott Green...
Updated: 23 hours ago
Homosassa dad arrested in son’s death faces another charge

Homosassa dad arrested in son’s death faces another charge

A Homosassa man — previously accused of suffocating his 1-year-old son because he wanted to have time to play video games — faces another charge after a 3-month-old girl was found at his home living in deplorable conditions, deputies sa...
Published: 04/22/14
Police: Man had gun at Tampa park where shooting occurred

Police: Man had gun at Tampa park where shooting occurred

TAMPA — Al Barnes Park is nestled in a quiet neighborhood in East Tampa and is known as a popular place for kids' birthday parties. Neighbors walk and jog on a paved path beneath majestic oaks. Typically, the only noise that comes out of the ni...
Published: 04/21/14
Updated: 04/22/14
Pair sentenced in videotaped beating of homeless man

Pair sentenced in videotaped beating of homeless man

CLEARWATER — A producer in the 2011 videotaped beating of a mentally disabled homeless man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday, while the woman who beat the man was sentenced to about three years.
Published: 04/21/14
Updated: 04/22/14
Evaluation ordered for Sebring bear feeder

Evaluation ordered for Sebring bear feeder

SEBRING — A woman accused of illegally feeding bears will receive two mental evaluations, a judge decided Monday.
Published: 04/22/14
Man sought in arson that killed three cats in Tampa

Man sought in arson that killed three cats in Tampa

TAMPA — A stuffed pink bunny, a potted Easter lily and other assorted flowers served as a shrine Monday to three cats that died two days earlier in a fire at the Animal Coalition of Tampa building....
Published: 04/21/14

Sheriff: Second suspect identified in fatal Tampa shooting

A second Tampa man has been identified and a warrant has been issued for his arrest in last week’s shooting death of a man in the University area, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Published: 04/21/14

Justice Stevens: States need to check backgrounds on gun purchases

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat.
Published: 04/21/14
Keyshawn Johnson arrested on domestic battery charge

Keyshawn Johnson arrested on domestic battery charge

ESPN football analyst and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Keyshawn Johnson was arrested after a domestic dispute early Monday at his California home, deputies said.
Published: 04/21/14

Supreme Court won’t hear Gov. Scott appeal on drug testing

MIAMI — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his 2011 executive order that would have required random drug tests for as many as 85,000 state workers.
Published: 04/21/14