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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 23, 2007


OFFICER SHOOTS DOG - AND OTHER OFFICER

Talk about hazards in the line of duty. When St. Petersburg police went to 3911 Fourth Ave. N to check out a report of a home with an open front door Tuesday, they encountered some unfriendly residents: two pit bullterriers. After one of the dogs charged at another officer for the third time, Officer Steve Trumbull, 40, fired twice at the dog. One bullet hit the dog in the leg, stopping the attack. But the other bullet ricocheted off the granite curb and hit acting Sgt. Edward Jacquemin, 45, in the right forearm. He was taken to a hospital, but his injuries weren't life-threatening. Police are doing an administrative review, a standard procedure. Turns out, the owner of the home had been burglarized. He took custody of his two dogs.

Driving with fishes

A federal fish and wildlife officer caught two Pompano Beach men trying to dump an Audi sedan Monday in a remote stretch of the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. A maintenance worker saw the silver Audi and a Ford F-150 pickup drive into a Boynton Beach no-trespassing area about 2 p.m. and radioed for help. The officer drove up and saw the Audi sinking. The officer caught up with the truck and arrested Marcos D. Franca, 19, and Douglas D. Capisch, 22, on felony dumping charges. Inside the pickup: a digital camera with an image of the sinking Audi. The men told police they were "getting rid of a car for a guy in Miami." Tony Soprano would not be happy.

Arrr! Free parking

FREE MOVIE PARKING IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG THIS SUMMER, COURTESY OF CAPT. JACK. STARTING FRIDAY CUSTOMERS GOING TO THE MOVIES AT THE MUVICO 20 THEATER AT BAYWALK CAN PARK FOR AT THE PARKING GARAGE, 117 SECOND AVE. N. USUAL COST: $1. THE OFFER COINCIDES WITH THE RELEASE OF Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Alas, the free parking ends Sept. 30.