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Crime journal

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 31, 2007


BRANDON

DRIVER ACCUSED OF COVERING UP HIT-RUN EVIDENCE

Wondering how loud the Grand Prix cars will be as they zoom the Thompson-Stevenson wedding this weekend? Yeah, we were too. The couple is having a reception at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club today, right next to the ninth turn of the LeMans series race. Deputies say Vanhall, 22, of Apollo Beach left the scene and drove north to Philadelphia, where he got a new hood and abandoned his damaged one in a junk yard. He also bought a new right headlight and another right side light, and had them replaced in Citrus County as he was returning home, deputies say. Then, he left his car at another house in Hillsborough County. His passenger, who has known Vanhall for about a year, identified him as the driver. Friday, Vanhall was arrested and charged with leaving scene of crash involving death and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Vanhall of 7018 Monarch Park Drive was released on $25,000 bail.

ST. PETERSBURG

Suspect sought in man's shooting

Pinellas County sheriff's officers are searching for a 29-year-old St. Petersburg man who they say shot another St. Petersburg man Friday morning. Sheriff's officials have identified Tamaa Taylor, whose last known address was 1652 31st Ave. N in St. Petersburg, as the shooter in the incident that occurred just before 10 a.m. Friday. Sheriff's officials say Taylor shot 27-year-old Gerund Lavone Long multiple times with a handgun in the parking lot of the Sunny Moon Motel at 12600 U.S. 19 N in an unincorporated area of Pinellas Park, before driving away. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact Detective Keith Johnson at (727)582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 873-TIPS.

TAMPA

Officials identify house fire victim

The man who died in a Carrollwood house fire Wednesday has been identified as Can Nyugen, 58. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue workers discovered his body among the ashes after fighting the two-alarm fire at the home on 4707 Whispering Wind Lane. He was a renter there, with four roommates. Deputies believe he died of smoke inhalation. No one else was home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

MOON LAKE

Officials unsure of stabbing motive

A 51-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife Thursday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say Paul Pullins, 51, of 10031 Windel Street in New Port Richey, was stabbed by a 56-year-old woman who also lives at the same address. Officials have not yet released the woman's name. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said detectives are still questioning the woman to figure out whether the stabbing was in self-defense. The Sheriff's Office said the woman's wrist and hand were injured. She was treated at a local hospital and released. Pullins had a history of being on the wrong side of the law.