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Deputies find body of Skyway jumper

Published April 13, 2007


TAMPA - Deputies have recovered the body of a man who jumped Wednesday from the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office has not released the man's name, pending the notification of his family. Investigators searched for the body after they received reports that someone jumped. A 2000 Ford Mustang was found abandoned on the bridge, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. The recovery of the body was tricky because investigators had to climb along sharp, slippery rocks, she said. One member of the dive team fell, hitting his head. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.


Suspect explains syringe threat

HOLIDAY - Pasco County deputies Thursday arrested a Port Richey man and accused him of robbing a convenience store by threatening to inject the clerk with a syringe he claimed held AIDS-contaminated blood. Viro Dincecco III, 21, was charged with four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of robbery by sudden snatching. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Dincecco, 21, confessed to committing six robberies to fuel his crack cocaine habit. He flashed a knife or claimed to have a gun in most of them, except for the March 31 robbery at the BP gas station, where he waved the syringe. On Thursday, Dincecco told deputies what was really in the syringe: Kool-Aid.


With guns blazing, man confronts ex

CLEARWATER - Things haven't being going well for Cody E. Flanders lately. On Nov. 19, Flanders' 19-year-old brother, Addison M. "Addy" Flanders, died in a motorcycle accident. Thursday morning, police say, Flanders saw his ex-girlfriend with another guy at a Clearwater bar. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Flanders confronted Megan Ann Kramer, 21, and her boyfriend, James Daniel Laguna, 27, at the Lucky Sports Bar at 27867 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. Carrying two handguns, Flanders fired a round at Laguna, but did not hit him. Flanders then shot himself. Flanders, of 2373 Vanderbilt Drive, Clearwater, was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with life-threatening injuries. Neither Kramer nor Laguna was injured.


Suspect arrested just after robbery

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy arrested a St. Petersburg man Thursday just moments after the man robbed a bank in the Countryside area, authorities said. Omar Rahim Williams, 27, of 3866 13th Ave. S, went into the BB&T bank at 28050 U.S. 19 N about 2 p.m., gave a teller a note demanding money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, sheriff's officials said. Deputies set up a perimeter, and their investigation led them to the Days Inn at 28596 U.S. 19 N. There, an employee told them that someone matching the robber's description was staying at the motel. As Deputy Jason Stibbard left the lobby, Williams came around the corner and was arrested, officials said.

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