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Guard kills himself

Published October 24, 2006


A security guard at Tampa Electric Co.'s Ybor City offices shot himself shortly after reporting to work Monday morning, police said. Christopher Manos, 27, was sitting at his post about 6:30 a.m. when a Tampa Electric Co. employee arrived for work. She said hello to him, and he waved back, according to Tampa Police Department spokesman Larry McKinnon. Seconds later, the woman heard a gunshot and ran back to find Manos lying on the ground with a bullet wound in his head and his company-issued pistol in his hand. Police have ruled the death a suicide, McKinnon said.

Drug case goes to jury

After more than three months of testimony, the fate of Joaquin Valencia-Trujillo, accused of being a Cali drug cartel kingpin, is now in the hands of a jury. Valencia-Trujillo is a Colombian businessman accused of transporting and shipping more than 100 tons of cocaine to the United States between 1990 and his arrest in 2003. During the trial in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Ruddy called dozens of witnesses who described their participation in Valencia-Trujillo's drug smuggling scheme, which they said stretched from Ecuador to New York City.

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