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Tampa woman stable after being shot in chest

TBO.com Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM

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A 33-year-old woman was shot in the chest Monday evening, and Tampa police are looking for the shooter.

Officers found Sakiya Leathers shortly after 6:30 p.m. after responding to reports of gunfire at 3702 N. 52nd St., near Grant Park. The woman had been shot in the upper right chest/shoulder area, police said.

The woman was taken to Tampa General Hospital and is in stable condition, according to police.

Sinkhole closes part of Interbay Boulevard

Interbay Boulevard between South Sixth Street and South Sheridan Road in Tampa will remain closed to traffic for at least two days after a sinkhole formed after a car struck a fire hydrant.

About 7 a.m. Monday, the vehicle hit the fire hydrant at Interbay Boulevard and West Bay Street, causing a water main break, police say.

Drivers are asked to detour using MacDill and Himes avenues.

1 killed, 3 injured in I-275 crash

A St. Petersburg woman who was driving the wrong way was killed Monday morning in a two-car crash that temporarily closed all southbound lanes on Interstate 275 at 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Sandra Weems, 58, was driving a Pontiac sedan northbound in the southbound lanes on I-275 just before 6:30 a.m. at Exit 16 when she was hit head-on by a Ford van driven by David C. Davis, 44, according to the highway patrol.

The crash occurred just before the Miesner Bridge heading toward the Sunshine Skyway, St. Petersburg rescue officials said.

The lanes reopened shortly after 9 a.m., according to the FHP.

Three passengers in the van were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Dragan Radak, 40, of St. Petersburg, is listed in serious condition. Vincent Edward Ortiz, 38, and Fehim Dapo, 50, of St. Petersburg, suffered minor injuries, the FHP said.

Box for iPad was filled with legal pads

A St. Petersburg man hoped to surprise his wife with an iPad for Christmas, but she got a low-tech surprise when she opened the box: legal pads.

The case mimics one from earlier in December in which people were selling what they said were iPhones and iPads, but buyers opened the sealed boxes to find ceramic tiles cut in the shape of the Apple devices.

Patrick Metz, of St. Petersburg, said when his wife opened the box, she was shocked to see a stack of legal pads instead of the electronic device.

Metz said the box had been sealed but someone got inside, adding that the legal pads had been glued inside the box.

"It was like a sick joke," he said.

A spokeswoman from Walmart said it is a reoccurring problem that has struck other customers.

"It's happening all over and it's happening to all retailers," said Sarah Spencer, a Walmart spokeswoman. She would not say how many reports they've had or where it's happening. "It's been all over."

Walmart is reviewing surveillance video and checking its return process to see if customers are taking the iPads and returning the boxes with other items inside.

Earlier this month, two men outside a restaurant on Hillsborough Avenue sold someone two iPads, but the iPad boxes contained ceramic tiles. A similar incident happened about the same time elsewhere on Hillsborough.

From staff reports

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