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Toddler still in critical condition after fire

By Times Staff
Published April 7, 2006

TAMPA - Sebastian Rosado, the 23-month-old who suffered life-threatening injuries after his family's home caught fire Tuesday, remained in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital on Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Sebastian's parents, William Rosado, 33, and Lisa Smith, 25, remained by their son's side throughout the day, TGH spokeswoman Ellen Fiss said.

The couple lost their 2-year-old son, Gavin, in the same blaze, which broke out in the family's mobile home at 113 Brian St. around 11 p.m. The couple scheduled a press conference Thursday to discuss their son's progress, but canceled it later in the day. The parents told investigators they were burning candles in order to save on electricity. Fiss said she expects a fund to be set up for the family in the next few days.

Firefighters find charred body at homemade tent

TAMPA - Firefighters found the charred body of a man near a homemade tent in the Palmetto Beach area shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, according to the Tampa Fire Rescue.

The body is believed to be that of a 54-year-old homeless man, fire officials said. An autopsy had not been completed by Thursday afternoon.

The body was found among the debris of a small fire in some woods west of 20th Street between Durham and Corrine streets. Fire crews extinguished the fire within minutes, and it did not spread.

Investigators from the Tampa Fire Marshal's Office, the state Fire Marshal's Office and the Tampa Police Department were on the scene.

Dog that bit official's father to be euthanized

Mary Anne Young has visited her dog, Buck, at the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter every day this week, bringing him home-cooked bacon and his favorite Florida State University blanket.

But those visits might soon end.

A hearing officer sided with county animal services workers who deemed Buck a threat to public safety and ordered him euthanized after he bit the father of County Commissioner Ken Hagan.

Ken Hagan Sr. was bitten multiple times after he knocked on the door of Young's South Tampa home Feb. 14. The hearing officer noted the owners' devotion to the dog: "I am more than cognizant of Buck's importance to Ms. Young and (her boyfriend) Mr. Newberg and their respective family members and how much he means to their family," Edmund S. Whitson III wrote. Young plans to appeal the ruling.

Two die when motorcycle hits car on bridge

LARGO - A motorcyclist and his passenger were killed Thursday after a collision on the Indian Rocks Bridge. Authorities did not release the identities of the victims Thursday. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The motorcycle was speeding east on the bridge when it sideswiped a 1999 Jaguar driven by Mary Rainey, 62, of St. Petersburg, said Pinellas County sheriff's Sgt. Jim Bordner. The motorcycle then veered into the concrete railing, throwing both passengers. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m.

The driver of the Jaguar was not speeding and was not cited, Bordner said. The eastbound side of the bridge was blocked for several hours while investigators examined the scene.

[Last modified April 7, 2006, 01:31:16]

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