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Children's author faces drug charges

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 28, 2007


TAMPA

Children's author Dennis Carr was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jail records list Bloomsbury Publisher as Carr's employer, and the company's Web site states that he and his wife, Elise, are the authors of Welcome to Wahoo. They live in Las Vegas and have roots in the film industry, the Web site said. The Web site for the couple's book said Dennis Carr, 59, wrote the TV pilot Razzle Dazzle Kids and the screenplay for the Warner Bros. movie Undercover Kid. Carr was released from jail after posting $3,000 bail.

DELAND

Dogs search for road rage gun

Four dogs from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Tuesday for a gun used to shoot Land O'Lakes resident Eric Houk, 36, who was killed during a road rage incident on his way home from the Daytona 500 on Feb. 19. Charles Onasanya, 19, Ronlee Harvin, 21, and David Edwards, 21, who were arrested in connection with the incident, told authorities they threw the gun off Interstate 4, according to bureau spokesman John F. Ryan. The dogs and their agents will continue to search today, Ryan said.

SAFETY HARBOR

Couple sentenced for exploiting uncle

A Safety Harbor couple convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from a relative with Alzheimer's disease have been sentenced to five years in prison. Susan and Jim Just each were sentenced Friday after being convicted Feb. 2 of exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. Their attorney has said they plan to appeal.

TAMPA

Argument leads to stabbing, jail

An argument between two neighbors over a woman ended Monday night when one of the men stabbed the other, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies arrested Michael Joe Wait, 45, of 1250 Skipper Road, Apt. 201, and charged him with attempted felony murder. Wait lived in the same North Tampa apartment complex as 41-year-old Sean Michael McGarvey, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Sometime around 8:30 p.m. Monday, McGarvey was stabbed in the upper torso and abdomen with an 8-inch kitchen knife. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was listed Tuesday in serious condition.