By Times Staff
Briefs and news of note.
Man arrested on murder, robbery, firearms charges
TAMPA - Hillsborough sheriff's officials say Roderick Lamar Burney shot and killed a man Monday night who was looking to buy ecstasy.
Burney, 28, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He is suspected of killing Kenya Jarvon Octavean Bellamy, 25, late Monday night.
Sheriff's officials say Polly Ann Pelaez, 40, drove Burney and two other men to Tinsley Circle to meet with Bellamy so Bellamy could buy ecstasy from them.
But the sellers really conspired to rob Bellamy, sheriff's officials said. Burney and a passenger got out of the red Nissan Altima, confronted Bellamy and shot him.
Bellamy died at the scene. Patrol deputies spotted the fleeing Altima and signaled it to pull over.
A chase ended near Harney and Tom Folsom roads. Burney got out of the car and ran until he was captured a short time later by a canine unit.
Burney remained in a Hillsborough County jail Tuesday without bail. Pelaez, the driver, was charged with felony fleeing and eluding. She remained in jail, also, in lieu of $7,500 bail.
Temple Terrace house burns during construction
TEMPLE TERRACE - A fire early Tuesday caused about $300,000 damage to a two-story home under construction, according to the Temple Terrace Fire Department.
No one was injured in the blaze, which is under investigation by the state fire marshal. Emergency crews arrived at the home at 11905 52nd St. in the Pleasant Terrace neighborhood near the University of South Florida at 6:36 a.m., said Temple Terrace city spokesman Michael Dunn. It took crews about 40 minutes to control the fire.