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Crime journal

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 3, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG

TEEN STRUCK BY TRUCK DIES

Torey A. Hull, a Boca Ciega High School junior, died Thursday night from injuries he sustained from being hit by a semitrailer truck late that afternoon. His classmates learned of his death Friday morning. Hull, 17, was walking with a friend on a sidewalk along 43rd Street S at about 6 p.m. Thursday when they approached the intersection at Eighth Avenue. Hull was crossing the street when he was hit by the truck. The truck's driver, 55-year-old Donald L. Broom, of Clearwater, had made a wide right turn into the westbound lanes of Eighth Avenue S. No charges have been filed.

Burglars had gun, pursuer had a mop

For breaking up an armed robbery, Hilad I. Hanna was shot at Thursday, police say. Hanna, 48, heard strange noises coming from a neighbor's apartment at 2321 30th Ave. N. Hanna found four young men in the process of burglarizing the residence, authorities say. The men fled down the apartment stairs, and Hanna grabbed a mop handle and chased them. At least one of the men then turned and fired a gun at Hanna, but missed. The four men are wanted on charges of attempted homicide, police said.

Man sentenced for murdering brother

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for stabbing his brother to death and leaving his body to decompose for weeks in the home they shared. In September, a jury found Robert Slevin guilty of murdering his brother, Thomas, 56, in 2005. Neighbors reported last seeing Thomas Slevin in August of that year. In October, a neighbor called police after noticing a foul odor coming from the Slevins' house on 15th Avenue N. Police found the decomposing body inside the home. Robert Slevin was living at a hotel at the time, but police said he had been to the house well after his brother had been killed.

BROOKSVILLE

Houses, vehicles seized in drug raid

In breaking up a marijuana-cultivation operation, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office seized more than $3.2-million of drugs and property. They confiscated marijuana, ecstasy, houses, cars, sport utility vehicles, boats, plasma TVs, a home theater system, a tractor and cash. "Operation Long Leaf" also resulted in arrests of six people in Masarkytown, Spring Hill, Hudson and Port Richey. The arrests were announced Friday.

HUDSON

Crash on U.S. 19 kills two drivers

A St. Petersburg woman was one of two drivers who died Thursday night in a head-on collision on U.S. 19, authorities said. Joan H. Takacs was driving her Ford Tempo north in the center of the southbound lane about 11 p.m. when it collided with a Toyota Camry driven by Boupha Sengaroun, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Takacs, 58, of 15208 Bailey Hill Road in Brooksville, and Sengaroun, 58, of 3750 45th St., St. Petersburg, both died from their injuries. It was not known Friday why Takacs was driving on the wrong side of the divided highway, near Aripeka Road. Trooper Larry Coggins Jr., an FHP spokesman, said investigators don't think alcohol was a factor. They hope autopsy results will provide more clues.