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'I pray for you too,' defendant tells family

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 3, 2006


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The sound of Cheri Ann Saccoman's heavy handcuffs clanking and scraping on the courtroom table eventually gave way to sniffles, then tears and finally sobs as she signed away the next 12½ years of her life for the drunken driving wreck that killed her friend Keidre Winborne in 2005. The emotional start foreshadowed a gut-wrenching hearing Thursday. "We've lost Keidre, and your family is losing you," said Keidre's mother, Willetha Winborne. "You were given a second chance at life, and we hope you use this time to put your life together." Saccoman replied, "I pray for you too. I liked Keidre like a sister, and I'll miss her every day of my life.

Tampa man tried to sell cocaine, officers say

Sheriff's investigators arrested a man they say tried to sell a kilogram of cocaine worth as much as $86,000 on the street. Luis Antonio Oliveras of Tampa is facing charges of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to commit a felony. The 22-year-old is a security guard at an Ybor City club, according to his arrest report. Oliveras remained in the county jail in Land O'Lakes on Thursday.

Two men missing from bloody crime scene

Investigators searched Thursday for two men missing from a gated subdivision. Detectives roped off the home at 23701 Acorn Hill Drive and referred to it as a crime scene. A trail of blood stretched about 15 feet from the front door to the garage. Foul play was suspected, Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. Authorities described Robert Dean Peterson, 48, and Gailen Eugene Thurnau II, 47, as "endangered missing adults."

Pizza holdup may hold clues in other robberies

A 16-year-old was arrested Thursday on a charge of strong-arm robbery in connection with an attack on a pizza deliveryman, police said. On Oct. 10, someone called a Domino's pizza restaurant from a cell phone and ordered nearly $60 worth of pizzas, chicken wings and beverages, according to Largo police. The deliveryman told police that when he arrived at the Brittany Bay Apartments, he saw the teen and another young man sitting in front of an apartment. As the deliveryman was about to knock on the door, one of the two ran up and punched him in the chin, police said. The teen arrested is a "person of interest" in some of about six recent robberies, mostly of pedestrians, police Sgt. Edward Sohoski said.

Ex-owner of Crown Hotel faces federal charges

Thomas Dryburg, the former owner of the historic Crown Hotel, is facing federal criminal charges. Dryburg, 52, was arrested in Jacksonville this week and charged with making a false statement to the Small Business Administration. An investigator for the agency said Dryburg lied on the form he used to get the loan to buy the Crown in 2001.

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