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Deputies seize counterfeit DVD's in arrest

Published December 20, 2006


Donald Bandera Jr. hawked counterfeit DVDs, including popular children's movies like Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market in Pinellas Park, the county Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. After getting a tip from the Motion Picture Association of America, the Sheriff's Office made undercover buys from the 39-year-old Bandera, a Dunedin resident, before arresting him Saturday on a felony charge of unauthorized copying of recorded material. Detectives seized 2,000 DVDs. Authorities warn consumers to be wary of counterfeit products that are of inferior quality - even if they are a bargain.

Riverview biker hits hog, dies

A Riverview man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a wild hog in Manatee County. Carl Robert Beaver, 47, was heading to work Monday morning at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute when he hit the animal, which weighed 200 to 225 pounds, the Bradenton Herald reported. Beaver was thrown from the bike onto the pavement. He died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Burglars steal from 3 churches

Burglars ransacked three churches south of the city between Sunday and Monday, prying open at least two safes and stealing an undisclosed amount of offering money. The churches were Pasadena Baptist, Temple Baptist and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. No arrests had been reported by Tuesday.

He said, she said; cops arrest him

This brief tale of cause and effect begins at the Windtree Apartments off Congress Street. It comes from a sheriff's incident report. Man cheats on girlfriend. Girlfriend confronts him. Man punches her head. Girlfriend grabs steak knife. Man pushes her. Girlfriend stabs him. Man runs off Sunday night, wounded in arm, goes to emergency room Monday morning for treatment, says he was at "homeboy's house, chillin'," when four men jumped him and one stabbed him. But authorities conclude that he, Andrew Tyrone Poole, 21, of 8545 Congress St., Apt. 8, was "primary aggressor" in tiff with girlfriend. He goes to jail on domestic battery charge, stays there on Tuesday in lieu of $500 bail.

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