Child injured by falling speaker begins therapy

Published March 9, 2007


Josiah Wineberger, the 3-year-old boy who was seriously injured by a falling music speaker at BayWalk two weeks ago, is no longer in critical condition and has been transferred to Tampa General Hospital for rehabilitation.

John Wineberger, Josiah's father, said his son can walk again, but still wobbles. Josiah still can't use his right hand and needs speech therapy before he can talk because of the brain damage he suffered.

Josiah has been at TGH since Tuesday. He had been at All Children's Hospital.

Donations to the "Josiah Wineberger Contribution Fund" can be dropped off at any Mercantile Bank branch in the area or mailed to:

Mercantile Bank

c/o Margaret Pena

4202 W Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33609


Couey jurors allowed home for the weekend

For a week, Citrus County deputies have shielded jurors from the media frenzy surrounding the high-profile trial of Jessica Lunsford's accused killer.

But now some of the jurors who convicted John Couey of murder Wednesday are home for the weekend.

The jury returns to Courtroom 4-1 on Tuesday to begin hearing testimony about whether the 48-year-old sex offender who kidnapped, raped and buried Jessica alive in black trash bags should live or die.

Judge Ric Howard released the entire 12-member panel and three alternates under the terms of a semi-sequestration.

The jurors were allowed to go home, but they couldn't go out, watch or read any media or talk to anyone about the trial.


New commissioner sells her pharmacy

Rose Ferlita, who has spent 40 years as a pharmacist, is putting away her white coat to concentrate on her new Hillsborough County Commission job.

Ferlita, elected in November, says her commission work is proving to take more time than her Tampa City Council post. She feared either giving her constituents or her customers at Rose Drugs Inc. short shrift.

So she announced Thursday that she is selling the drug store, a Seminole Heights fixture, to CVS Pharmacy. It will close Wednesday. "It's not one of the toughest decisions I've made," Ferlita said. "It's the toughest."


Investors announce plan to save Biltmore

An international asset management firm in Baltimore announced Thursday it wants to buy and save the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa.

Executives with Legg Mason Real Estate Investors would not disclose the proposed purchase price or the closing date, but said in a written statement they had a contract to buy the resort and intend to preserve the 110-year-old hotel.

A preservationist who led a 2 1/2-year fight to save the hotel applauded the agreement.