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Published August 2, 2006

Palm Harbor man arrested after dogs found dead

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old man on two counts of animal cruelty Tuesday after finding two dead dogs in his Palm Harbor apartment.

Jason J. Lovell was arrested after deputies found a chihuahua mix and a poodle mix dead in his apartment at 2480 Cypress Pond Road. The chihuahua was found in a cage and the poodle in a bedroom, deputies said.

Deputies said they arrived at the apartment and were told Lovell hadn't paid his rent and that a foul smell was coming from inside the residence.

Two plead guilty to lesser charges in marijuana case

TAMPA - Two men accused of using upscale Tampa Bay homes to establish a multimillion dollar drug operation pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana possession Tuesday.

Rigo Same, 54 and Delvys Castellon, 29, are two of 11 people accused in a scheme to create marijuana growing farms in at least 10 homes in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to the federal indictment handed up in December.

Same was responsible for growing nearly 1,000 marijuana plants at his home, 2809 Safe Harbor Drive, according to court documents.

In exchange for agreeing to cooperate, Same and Castellon were allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 plants.

They could face between 5 and 40 years in prison.

Tampa bicyclist hit by two cars dies from injuries

TAMPA - A 48-year-old Tampa bicyclist died Monday of injuries from collisions with two vehicles that morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The man's name was not immediately released. Troopers said he was crossing Hillsborough Avenue at Orient Road, near the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, just before 10 a.m.

First, a Chevrolet Beretta driven by David L. Abernathy, 44, of Seffner, hit the front of the bike. After falling, the cyclist stood up, troopers said, but he was hit by a Ford Mustang driven by Steven A. McMillan, 26, of Tampa.

He died at Tampa General Hospital 12 hours later.

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