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Crime journal

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 1, 2007


GULFPORT

DOCTOR ACCUSED OF PRESCRIBING DRUGS ILLEGALLY

A Gulfport doctor was arrested Wednesday after officials said he illegally prescribed narcotics to patients. Craig H. Bammer, 55, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was arrested on a warrant at his walk-in clinic at 5317 Gulfport Blvd. S, which doubles as his residence. Authorities began their investigation in January after undercover detectives posed as patients at the clinic. Bammer prescribed dangerous narcotics to patients without completing a medical history or a physical examination, detectives said. At least once, he prescribed a controlled substance without actually seeing the patient. Doctors of osteopathic medicine are licensed physicians who can perform surgery and prescribe medication. The Florida Department of Health is reviewing the status of Bammer's medical license.

TAMPA

43-year-old man dies in house fire

A house fire that may have been caused by cigarettes killed a 43-year-old man early Wednesday, Tampa Fire Rescue officials said. Roger Edward Toliver was found on the floor of his burning home at 1701 E Maple Ave. about 5 a.m. Rescuers carried him outside, where paramedics pronounced him dead. The cause remains under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, officials said.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Neo-Nazi opts for a lawyer after all

John Ditullio trudged into court with a chain around his waist. He was charged with capital murder. The authorities said he had wounded a woman and killed a teenager. Someone would have to build a defense. Ditullio had two choices. He could continue representing himself, or he could put his fate in the hands of Bjorn Brunvand, the veteran defense lawyer whose Web site resides at www.acquitter.com. On Wednesday, at a pretrial hearing before Circuit Judge Thane Covert, Ditullio announced he had chosen the latter. Ditullio, 20, is a neo-Nazi accused of killing 17-year-old Kristofer King last March in Pasco County.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Call for ambulance brings a police car

A 49-year-old man thought his sore finger was an emergency Tuesday, according to reports from the Zephyrhills Police Department. Byron D. Milligan, 38155 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, called 911 from Kmart on Gall Boulevard, and Pasco County Fire Rescue and Zephyrhills police responded. After they refused to take him to a hospital, he called 911 again and demanded a ride to Tampa. When an officer returned, Milligan told him, "I'm going to call 1,000 times until I can get to where I want to go." Milligan was arrested and charged with misusing 911. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $500 bail.