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Crime journal

Published April 11, 2007




A Clearwater man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting another man during an argument on New Year's Day 2006. Alvin Wells, 52, was scheduled to go on trial on a charge of first-degree murder in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, said Assistant State Attorney Brian Daniels. Instead, Wells pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and avoided a potential life sentence. On New Year's Eve, Wells was hosting a party in his apartment complex in the High Point area, investigators said. Around 2 a.m., Wells and Willie Alexander Cunningham, 34, of Clearwater started arguing over money outside the complex in the 15500 block of 60th Street N. Wells went inside and retrieved 12-gauge shotgun, Daniels said. He shot Cunningham once in the head.


Defibrillator stolen from rescue truck

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are searching for a defibrillator stolen from a Hillsborough Fire Rescue engine Sunday, said Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley. The $25,000 device, a Meditronic Lifepack 12, can be used to shock a stopped heart into beating again. If misused, however, it can cause electrocution or cardiac arrest. The gym-bag-sized device weighs about 25 pounds, Yeakley said. The engine crew noticed it was missing after they had returned from a medical call at the sheriff's substation at 7519 W Waters Ave. The crew did not, however, need to take it off the engine that day, Yeakley said. Anyone with information about the device's whereabouts should call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8240.


Reward offered for sex offender

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering up to $1,000 for information on the whereabouts of Eddy Ruiz De LaRosa, a registered sex offender who authorities say skipped out on his probation. Ruiz De LaRosa, 39, is wanted on charges of lewd and lascivious acts in the presence of a child, plus violation of probation for previous lewd and lascivious acts and failure of a sex offender to report. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-873-TIPS or provide information online at

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