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Weatherford could lead State House - in 2012

Published February 8, 2007


As one of 36 rookie lawmakers in the state House, Will Weatherford, 27, has emerged in an intense but cordial contest to be the future Speaker of the House.

Lawyer falls for fraudulent e-mail

City attorney Karla Owens wants to warn others that fraudulent e-mails from banks can look realistic - she fell for one herself this week. She received an e-mail Monday from complete with a SunTrust logo, providing a link for her to update her personal information in order to unlock an account the e-mail said was frozen. A few minutes later, she learned a co-worker had gotten a similar e-mail, and called SunTrust's fraud department, but $442 had already been withdrawn. She's opened a new account, but is worried that the personal information she gave out will enable the thief to open new lines of credit.


Woman leaves man who tried to kill her

A Lacoochee woman whose husband is accused of trying to kill her last year filed for divorce Wednesday. In court papers, Sylvia Denise Coleman says her marriage is "irretrievably broken." The Sheriff's Office said Joseph Coleman, 53, turned a gun on her at their house, then while the two were driving, Denise Coleman either jumped out or was let out. Hours later, Joseph Coleman was spotted hiding in some shrubs along Polite Street in Trilby and arrested. Joseph Coleman faces a charge of attempted murder stemming from last year's shooting. His trial is scheduled for March.

Attacked teen will need head surgery

The victim of a blindside punch Feb. 1 at Gulf High School will need surgery to repair his eye and skull, authorities said. A 15-year-old freshman was walking with friends in a common area about 2 p.m. when someone hit him in the side of the head, causing profuse bleeding, according to a sheriff's report. The report said a witness identified the attacker as Santiago Flores, 17, of 4245 Richmond Ave., New Port Richey, who told a deputy the attack was revenge for the previous shoving of his friend. Flores was arrested Tuesday, charged with felony battery and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. His status was not known Wednesday.

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