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By Times Staff
Published August 16, 2006


One killed as car flips over on I-275 on-ramp

ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating a crash on an Interstate 275 on-ramp Tuesday night that left one person dead.

The crash occurred around 9:40 p.m. on the on-ramp to I-275 at Roosevelt Boulevard. The vehicle flipped over, pinning one person underneath, according to dispatchers.

The name of the person killed and further details about the crash were not released late Tuesday.

Man arrested after crashing SUV, fleeing

ST. PETERSBURG - A 19-year-old man accused of speeding away from an officer Monday morning, crashing a sport utility vehicle into two cars at a red light and running from the scene was arrested Tuesday.

Gabriel Hyman Sullivan faces a charge of fleeing and eluding, according to authorities.

Gulfport police said Sullivan rolled through a stop sign in a white Mercedes SUV after pulling out of Boca Ciega High School's parking lot around 7:40 a.m. Monday. A police officer signaled for him to stop but didn't pursue when the driver sped away on 58th Street S.

Sullivan crashed into two cars at Central Avenue and 58th Street, police said. He then got out of the SUV and ran away, as a few bystanders tried to catch him.

No one was seriously injured, police said. According to Gulfport police the SUV, which is registered in Naples, was stolen.

Sullivan might face more charges.

Muslims tell authorities of fear of terror backlash

TAMPA - Members of the local Muslim community met with about 20 law enforcement leaders Tuesday at the Tampa headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.

Representatives from local, state and federal agencies - including police from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Temple Terrace and Tampa International Airport and bay area sheriff's officials - attended to discuss safety concerns among local Muslims.

Muslims worry about a backlash after news of the latest terrorist plot, said Ahmed Bedier, CAIR's Tampa director. So far, he said, there have been no hate crimes reported, but he wanted the public and law enforcement leaders to know of the community's fears, and concerns about being singled out for special security screenings.