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    © St. Petersburg Times
    published May 4, 2002


    Slain man's body found in car; police investigating

    TAMPA -- Tampa police are investigating the shooting death of a man early Friday morning, officials said. The body of Willie Jewel Hughey, 29, of 6804 Parkview Court, was found in his 1993 Buick near Florida Avenue and Broad Street at 3 a.m. Friday, police said. Hughey had been shot in the back of the head, police said. Officers were responding to a call of shots fired in the area when they found Hughey's car, spokeswoman Katie Hughes said. Hughes said there were no suspects in the case.

    Pinellas man killed in motorcycle accident

    SOUTH PASADENA -- A St. Petersburg man died Thursday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on Pasadena Avenue near the Corey Causeway.

    Dale Allen Babcock Jr. crashed his Kawasaki motorcycle just before midnight. Babcock was going about 70 mph in a 40 mph zone, officials said. He failed to make the turn and hit a utility pole, shearing it off at its base. He hit a second pole and was thrown from the cycle, which skidded another 200 feet into a fence.

    Partygoer falls to his death from window

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A 46-year-old Seminole man fell 40 feet to his death Friday from a window.

    William "Buddy" Lindsay Jr. was drinking heavily during a friend's birthday party at 512 Dartmoor St. N, police said. He was last seen at 2:30 a.m., smoking a cigarette on a windowsill, police said. A passer-by found Lindsay on the pavement at 6:30 a.m.

    Police do not suspect foul play.

    "Everything appears to be an accidental death," said George Kajtsa, police spokesman.

    The medical examiner will do an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

    Seminar teaches tips on writing grants

    The Hillsborough/Pinellas Grants Collaborative will offer a workshop on June 28 to guide individuals or groups who are new to the grant-writing process.

    "Building Bridges for New Grant Writers" will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. The cost is $35, which includes workshops, materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

    The workshop is being hosted by Rep. Sandra L. Murman of District 56 in Hillsborough County and Rep. Leslie Waters of District 51 in Pinellas County.

    The workshop will offer practical ideas about how to identify funding sources and how to prepare a successful grant application. Attendance is limited to 150 people, so interested people are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

    A copy of the registration form can be downloaded from the following Web sites: www.pinellasgrants.org (the Pinellas Grants Collaborative) or www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/grants-research (the Hillsborough Grants Collaborative). For information, call Michelle at 727-588-6538 or Paula at 813-272-2884.

    Suspected military bomb washes up at beach park

    A bomb squad was called to the beach Friday night after a ranger at Fort De Soto Park found what appeared to be a military bomb that had washed up on shore, authorities said.

    The device, which was discovered shortly before 9 p.m., appeared to be a bomb or the shell of a bomb, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. It was 3 feet long and 6 inches in diameter. Written on its side was "Department of the Navy."

    "Sheriff's deputies are there and have cordoned off the area. There's no threat to anyone at this time," said Pinellas sheriff's spokesman Cal Dennie.

    The Hillsborough County Bomb Squad was called to investigate the device.

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