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Digest

Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 12, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

SKYWAY DRIVERS REPORT POSSIBLE SUICIDE ATTEMPT

Drivers on the Sunshine Skyway bridge reported that someone may have jumped from the northbound lanes Wednesday. Ten units - including agents from the Coast Guard, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - began searching the water below the bridge just after 9:40 p.m. Witnesses also told authorities that a vehicle was abandoned on the bridge. Late Wednesday, officials had not found a body and could not confirm that someone had jumped.

CLEARWATER

Driver accused of DUI in crash

A Clearwater man who broadsided a police cruiser last week, seriously injuring an officer, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving under the influence. Tests showed David Brent Lloyd's blood-alcohol level was 0.263 and 0.265 percent, more than three times the level at which Florida presumes impairment. Lloyd, 44, also was cited for running a stop sign and failing to wear a seat belt, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. Police say Lloyd was driving an Isuzu Rodeo east on Rainbow Drive at about 2 a.m. April 4 when he ran the stop sign at Hercules Avenue and hit a cruiser driven by Officer Scott Dawson, 43. Dawson suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck but no paralysis. He recently left the hospital but faces months of recovery at home, Shelor said.

ST. PETERSBURG

Boys swallow oil; day care fined

A day care center was fined $100 after two young boys in its care drank lamp oil Tuesday, sending them to All Children's Hospital, authorities said. Both children were at the Preschool at the Point, at 3301 Pinellas Point Drive S, though neither child was seriously injured. The boys, ages 3 and 4, were able to open two bottles containing lamp oil, according to a report by the county's licensing board for day care centers, which issued the fine. The Preschool at the Point is currently operating under a temporary permit, but its owners expect to receive a probationary-provisional license May 2.

TAMPA

Jurors deliberate bank robbery case

After six days of testimony, jurors began deliberating Wednesday the fate of the man authorities believe is the Band-Aid Bandit and his alleged accomplice. At 5:40 p.m., after an hour and 20 minutes of discussions, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday sent the jury of eight men and four women a note asking how long they planned to continue. Jurors replied that they would adjourn at 6 p.m. and return today at 9 a.m. Rafael Rondon, 47, and his former brother-in-law, Emeregildo Roman, are named in a 13-count indictment charging them with bank robbery, illegal use of firearms and conspiracy.

LAND O'LAKES

Man charged in third bank robbery

A man who was arrested earlier this month in connection with two Dade City bank robberies was charged Monday with robbing a third bank in Zephyrhills, according to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Keith Karl Beams, 39, is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

[Last modified April 12, 2007, 01:21:15]


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