Woman sues city over rape investigation

Published March 16, 2007

TAMPA - A woman who said she was raped after the Gasparilla parade is suing the city for access to her case records on the grounds that police don't believe her and have stopped investigating her claim.

A Tampa police spokeswoman countered that the investigation continues despite the woman's lawyer barring her from further aiding detectives.

The 21-year-old University of South Florida student reported being grabbed off Howard Avenue by a stranger and raped behind a building in broad daylight as she left the parade. But she ended up sitting in jail for two days after police learned there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to pay restitution for a juvenile crime.

The jail stint halted the rape investigation and set off criticism about police treatment of an apparent crime victim.


AAA offers free rides to St. Patty's partiers

ST. PETERSBURG - Don't get caught in the drunk tank on St. Patty's Day. Not when you can get a free ride home.

AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser are cranking up the free "Tow to Go" program for St. Patrick's Day weekend, which gives a free lift for both the intoxicated driver and the car.

If you have too much green beer in you today through Sunday, call 1-800-AAA-HELP. You don't have to be a AAA member.


Superintendent chosen: The Hernando County School Board agreed Thursday to hire Broward County administrator Harry J. La Cava.

Thrift shop okayed: There will be a Salvation Army thrift store across the road from an upscale Wesley Chapel development. Only three people opposed the store at a hearing Thursday.