St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Familiar face to lead Corrections
  • Panel ponders 3 amendments, costs
  • Miami police in focus at court, City Hall
  • Police investigate acid bomb blasts
  • Around the state: House leaders renounce new taxes as budget cure
  • Bush picks 3 new trustees for USF board
  • Future of historic gardens starts to look a little rosier
  • Trial begins for officers accused of corruption

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story

    printer version

    Police investigate acid bomb blasts

    A man links the blasts at his home to the immigration case of a Palestinian-American.

    ©Associated Press
    January 7, 2003

    ORLANDO -- Police are investigating the detonation of three acid bombs at the home of a man whose friend is an informer in an immigration case against a Palestinian-American businessman.

    The bombs exploded outside John Reedy's Orlando apartment early Sunday.

    Reedy, 18, is a friend of an informer involved in an investigation of Jesse Maali, an International Drive gift shop magnate awaiting trial on immigration and money laundering charges.

    Last week, Maali Fuad Maali, 22, Jesse Maali's nephew, surrendered on a warrant charging him with assaulting Reedy at gunpoint two days before Christmas. Investigators said the younger Maali threatened Reedy with a gun and asked where the informer was.

    About 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Reedy heard an explosion outside the front door, he said. Seconds later, there were two more explosions on his back porch.

    Reedy thinks the bombs are "scare tactics to get to my friend."

    Reedysaid his apartment complex has asked him to move because of the incident.

    Jesse Maali and five associates were arrested in November on 53 charges of illegally hiring foreigners and two charges of laundering money to pay those workers at his retail stores and gift shops.

    One man, Saeedullah Awan, 43, pleaded guilty last month and agreed to testify against the others, who have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Awan faces up to nearly three years in prison.

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan

    From the Times state desk