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Intruder shot by homeowner dies in hospital

Published January 6, 2007


An intruder shot by a Plant City homeowner has died of his injuries, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Noe Alvarez-Ramirez , 20, was shot Nov. 27 by John Kilgore, 57, deputies say. Alvarez-Ramirez died of his injuries Dec. 31 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Detectives have no plans to file charges against Kilgore. Alvarez-Ramirez broke into the Kilgore's home near Plant City, and Kilgore's wife, Cynthia, 43, found the intruder in the couple's bedroom, deputies say. Cynthia Kilgore took the couple's two sons, 14 and 16, into another bedroom, and her husband shot Alvarez-Ramirez. The ability to use deadly force to protect a home stems from a common-law principle known as the "castle doctrine," which allows such force if people are attacked in their homes or cars.

Man robbed of gold chains, shot

Deputies are searching for a suspect who robbed a Tampa man of two gold necklaces, then shot him in the upper torso. The shooting happened at 11:35 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of a North Tampa apartment complex, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. Allen Jones, 49, of Tampa was walking in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 14002 San Casa Place near 139th Avenue and 15th Street, when a man demanded his gold chain necklaces at gunpoint, Carter said. The robber then shot Jones in the upper torso and drove off in a blue Dodge pickup truck with tinted windows, she said. Jones then walked to a friend's apartment where he called the Sheriff's Office. Jones told deputies he had seen the man before, but he didn't know his full name. Jones was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Carter said.

Fire at store was arson, officials say

St. Petersburg fire officials determined that an early morning fire near the Childs Park neighborhood was an act of arson. The fire at 4839 20th Ave. S began with an explosion at 1:34 a.m. Fire Lt. Rick Feinberg said the location, behind King's Market convenience store, was used for storage of commercial clothes dryers and had no capacity for electricity or gas hookups. No injuries were reported. Authorities have posted a sign at the location, offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Palmetto woman dies after collision

A 23-year-old woman from Palmetto died of injuries sustained in a car crash Thursday night on Ulmerton Road, authorities said. Jenna Shuman was pronounced dead after being taken to Largo Medical Center. Authorities said charges are pending against Bradley Maselbas, 20, whose Pontiac Sunfire struck the rear of a pickup pulling a trailer. The pickup had slowed to turn into Home Depot. Maselbas tried to veer left, but his car struck the trailer, authorities said. Shuman was a passenger in Maselbas' car. The pickup driver, Joseph Pisarski, 29, of St. Petersburg, was not injured. Maselbas was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with minor injuries.

[Last modified January 6, 2007, 00:49:43]

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