Ex-detention officer pleads no contest

Published November 14, 2006

A former Hillsborough County detention officer who was accused of having sex with a female inmate pleaded no contest Monday to a lesser charge of felony battery. Craig M. Hall, 37, was arrested on allegations that he raped the inmate several times between December 2004 and January 2005 at the Orient Road Jail. But further investigation did not support the sexual battery claim, prosecutor Kyle Pennington said. Hall's sentence, negotiated in a plea agreement, includes three years of probation and 50 hours of community service. He cannot have contact with the victim, who is now in prison. Hall recently resigned from the Sheriff's Office rather than get fired, said his attorney, Grady Irvin.

Student with gun arrested

Deputies arrested a 15-year-old Bloomingdale High School student Monday after finding an unloaded .22-caliber revolver in her purse. The girl was taken to the office about 8:45 a.m. for being disruptive, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. A school resource officer noticed she smelled of alcohol. The girl pushed the deputy. As the deputy tried to handcuff her, she pushed the deputy and an assistant principal, Carter said. She started kicking, and the deputy placed her in leg restraints. She started spitting, and the deputy placed a spit mask over her mouth, Carter said. The girl is charged with possession of a firearm, battery on a law enforcement officer and a school employee, and resisting arrest with violence. "The students weren't in any danger," said schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty.

Vandalism suspects held

After tapping into a wide circle of teens and narrowing them down one by one, police have identified the three they think smashed statues at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park during Halloween. Police arrested two young men this weekend in connection with the vandalism. They face charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.

Robber hits credit union

A bearded robber stole money and escaped from the Florida Central Credit Union at 10:45 Monday morning, police said. Nobody in the facility, at 1499 Belcher Road, was injured. The man escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. The incident appears to be related to an Oct. 13 robbery at Cornerstone Community Bank. The descriptions of the two robbers were very close, police said.

Man struck by car dies

A 22-year-old Tampa man died Sunday night after being struck by a car. Arnoldo Bravo-Chavez was crossing Bearss Avenue just east of 22nd Street when a 22-year-old Lutz woman traveling eastbound crashed into him. He died at University Community Hospital, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Carla M. Caltagirone, 3313 Pine Run Lane, pulled her 2001 Honda into a parking lot east of the accident after the wreck. Detectives are investigating.

Home builder surrenders

Steve Bartlett, the president of now-bankrupt Coral Bay Construction Inc. turned himself in at the Hernando County Jail on Monday on charges that he stole from customers. Bartlett was held in lieu of $10,000 bail.