Published October 5, 2006

German tourist drowns off Indian Rocks Beach

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is trying to find out how a German tourist drowned off Indian Rocks Beach on Wednesday.

Peter Limberg, 64, of Griesheim, Germany, was unconscious when pulled from the gulf near the rear of the Gulf Towers Resort Motel, 404 Gulf Blvd., about 3:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at Suncoast Hospital in Largo.

Witnesses told deputies that Limberg had been wading in waist-deep water. Several people said they saw him bent over with his face in the water, but they assumed he was looking at something.

But after he didn't lift his head for a while, some people went over to check on him and that's when they noticed he was unresponsive.

Limberg's family in Germany told deputies he had a history of medical problems.

USF medical school hires expert in sports medicine

TAMPA - The University of South Florida medical school has named a sports medicine specialist to lead its newly created orthopedic surgery department.

Dr. Robert Pedowitz is a professor, chief of sports medicine and director of the orthopedic surgery residency at University of California-San Diego.

Pedowitz also is team doctor for intercollegiate sports at UC-SD and a consultant for the Player's Association of the NFL.

The move is part of USF's increased focus on sports medicine. This year, the state appropriated $3-million for the new Sports Medicine & Athletic-Related Trauma Institute at USF.

Gunman suspected in murder-suicide dies

ST. PETERSBURG - A Tierra Verde man who authorities suspected of killing his wife and then shooting himself in the head died from his injuries Tuesday at Bayfront Medical Center.

Dermot Reid, 52, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Sept. 24. Reid shot and killed his wife, prominent local attorney Stacey Plummer, 43, before trying to kill himself in a murder-suicide, the Sheriff's Office said.