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Digest

Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 19, 2007


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NEW PORT RICHEY

SON ACCUSED OF KILLING MOM DURING THEFT

A 24-year-old New Port Richey man was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of his mother, a multiple sclerosis sufferer known for her independence. Ryan Young was arrested at the home where Donna Young, 52, was found dead Tuesday. Young told authorities he found her unconscious. But on Wednesday, authorities said he had suffocated his mother, who used a wheelchair because of her illness. According to sheriff's officials, Young entered his mother's house in the Oaks at River Ridge subdivision Tuesday morning, hoping to steal a ring to trade for cash. Young was surprised to find his mother at home, the report said, citing a statement he made to a detective. According to the report, when he saw her in bed, he held a pillow over her face for about a minute.

ST. PETERSBURG

Man uses syringe to rob pharmacy

Pinellas sheriff' detectives are searching for a man who held up a local pharmacy with a syringe. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the man walked into the Tri-Med Medical Pharmacy, 5779 49th St. N, and feigned a transaction, detectives said. The man then went behind the counter and brandished a syringe he said was "tainted" and demanded oxycodone, a powerful pain reliever. The pharmacist complied, and the man ran from the store. Detectives said he may have left the area in a dark colored sedan. The man was described as white, 28-30 years old, approximately 5 feet 11 and about 180 pounds with dark hair and a full-face beard. Detectives said he was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt or jersey, faded blue jeans and a dark colored ski cap. He was carrying a dark green backpack.

TAMPA

Officers seek man in puppy theft

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are seeking a man suspected of smashing into a North Tampa Petland store to steal a 6-week-old puppy on April 12. Authorities said Yaser M. Iglesias, 23, whose address is unknown, may be the man security cameras recorded using a sledgehammer to smash the store's front door and the puppy's cage before fleeing with the female Yorkshire terrier. The thief sold the puppy, valued at $2,200, to Henry Oliva and Alyssa Ferraro for $300. Deputies recovered the puppy from the home of a relative of Ferraro's and arrested Oliva, 20, and Ferraro, 19, Tuesday on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

TEMPLE TERRACE

Pedestrian dies after van hits him

A van struck and killed a 45-year-old Temple Terrace man Wednesday morning as he tried to walk across Busch Boulevard, police say. Leonard A. Burston of 8740 Grove Terrace tried to cross the eastbound lanes of the road at 6:06 a.m., when a white van driven by Richard W. Trew, 79, of 8721 Overlook Drive hit him, police say. Emergency crews transported Burston to University Community Hospital, where he died. The crash is still under investigation. No charges have been filed, police say.

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