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Briefly: Decomposed body found in Thonotosassa

Published August 7, 2006

THONOTOSASSA - Hillsborough sheriff's deputies found a decomposed body Sunday in a field in Thonotosassa.

Deputies found the body about 60 feet from a home at 3806 Midway Road. Investigators have not determined how long it was there. The medical examiner will do an autopsy to determine a cause of death and help detectives identify the remains.

Missing Seminole man found at bottom of lake

LARGO - A Seminole man reported missing from a party was found at the bottom of a lake Sunday morning, the victim of an apparent drowning.

Michael Craig Baron was at a birthday party at 8021 Smoketree Circle when he told his friends he was going swimming in a lake behind the house.

When Baron, 44, didn't return, his friends reported him missing. His shirt and shoes were found about 150 yards from the bank of the 5-acre lake.

The Sheriff's Office and Largo Fire and Rescue searched the lake Saturday night but did not find Baron. They resumed the search Sunday at 9:10 a.m. and found Baron in 7 feet of water, 15 feet from the bank.

Detectives said the drowning appears accidental and that there was no evidence of foul play. Toxicology tests are pending.

Man in stable condition after being shot in back

TAMPA - A night of drinking at a Fowler Avenue sports bar ended early Sunday when one man shot another in the back, Tampa police said.

Willie Williams, 19, of 1817 French Creek Road, drove away from the Bull Ring Sports Bar at 1241 E Fowler Ave. and called 911. Police said he was shot just to the right of his spine.

Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said Williams told investigators he had spent the night at the bar with the man who shot him about 4 a.m. with a silver handgun, McElroy said Williams gave detectives a suspect's name.

Williams was at Tampa General Hospital Sunday in stable condition.

Man eludes police after arrest on drug charges

TAMPA - A man who had just been arrested on narcotics charges escaped Sunday as officers were switching him from one police car to another, according to a written statement from Tampa police.

Officers were moving Timothy R. Moore, 25, at 11414 N Central Ave. when he broke free and fled on foot with one handcuff still attached to his left arm. He ran eastbound across Interstate 275 near Fowler Avenue, according to an incident log prepared by Sgt. J. Gamson.

A warrant was issued for Moore on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, escape, tampering with evidence, petit theft and resisting arrest without violence.

Officers searched for Moore late Sunday with police dogs and by air, but he remained at large.

Holiday man accused of beating another in the face

NEW PORT RICHEY - Pasco sheriff's deputies have arrested a Holiday man who was accused of beating another man in the face, then pointing a gun at him.

Adolph Cortez Jr. was charged Friday with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

The arrest report says the victim's face was "extremely bloody and swollen" and his jaw may have been broken. Authorities did not indicate whether the two men knew each other.

The incident occurred Friday at Valu-Lodge of New Port Richey on U.S. 19. Cortez, whose clothes were covered in blood, was arrested at a nearby Burger King. His gun was found in the grass.


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