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Museum director takes interim post in Tampa

By Times Staff
Published July 26, 2005

Ken Rollins, executive director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, resigned from his position of 11 years Monday to accept the two-year post of interim director of the Tampa Museum of Art.

Rollins' move to Tampa was long expected. He was Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio's first choice for the $159,000-a-year job at the Tampa Museum. Museum trustees voted to accept Rollins as interim director last week. He replaces Emily Kass, who resigned from the position in April after nine years.

Rollins will begin his new job in September.

Woman turns self in for boyfriend's killing

ST. PETERSBURG - A Chipley woman walked into the St. Petersburg Police Department on Sunday and turned herself in for attacking her boyfriend - who was later found dead - in Chipley last week.

Karlene Alexander, 42, told police that she argued with her boyfriend, William Roberts, at the mobile home they shared in Chipley, a small town in the Panhandle. Alexander said she hit Roberts with an axe, knocking him unconscious. She then locked the door of the mobile home and drove away in Roberts' truck, according to her statements.

Alexander spent Saturday night with relatives in St. Petersburg, and on Sunday she told them what happened to Roberts on July 20. Accompanied by family members, Alexander walked into the St. Petersburg Police Department and described last week's events.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department obtained a search warrant Sunday and discovered Roberts' body in the living room of the residence he shared with Alexander.

Alexander has been charged with an open count of murder and is being held in the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

One killed, three hurt in mobile home invasion

ODESSA - What began as a home invasion Sunday night ended with one man dead and three others in the hospital.

About 9:30 p.m., four men entered a single-wide mobile home on Rails Road occupied by five people and demanded money, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

A brawl erupted, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said, and three of the residents were injured in the fight: Robert Kirkendall, 27, was shot; while his father, Richard Kirkendall, 50, and brother, Kenny Kirkendall, 24, were stabbed.

One of the intruders, Cecil Alfonso Huggins, 21, was shot in the buttocks when another intruder's gun went off during the fight, Carter said.

One intruder fled into the woods, Carter said, and the others fled with the wounded Huggins in his 1998 Toyota Camry, leaving him at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died.

Richard and Kenny Kirkendall were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and were both listed in serious condition Sunday night, Carter said. Robert Kirkendall was taken to Tampa General Hospital and listed in critical condition Sunday night.

The Sheriff's Office found one suspect, Adel'B Schulter-Brandt, 23, in the woods by using a search dog. .

He was arrested on charges of armed home invasion and three counts of aggravated battery. The sheriff's office is still searching for two other suspects.

[Last modified July 26, 2005, 04:46:30]

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