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Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 25, 2007


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Pasco man dies in collision with Bloodmobile

SHADY HILLS - A New Port Richey man was killed early Thursday morning when his vehicle veered in front of an oncoming Bloodmobile bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The patrol doesn't know why 58-year-old Robert Onstad's car drove into the bus' path. Onstad was not wearing his seat belt. The Bloodmobile driver, Jean Dinapoli, wore hers. Dinapoli tried to swerve, the patrol said, but the front left side of Onstad's car smashed the bus' front left side. According to Florida Blood Services, Dinapoli, 56, underwent surgery for a broken left leg at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Two other employees on the bus were not hurt, the patrol said.

 

Woman left kids alone at home, police say

TAMPA - A 26-year-old mother was arrested Thursday on suspicion of child abuse after leaving two children unsupervised while she went to a job interview. Neighbors found her 4-year-old nephew wandering in front of her house, police said. They entered and found her 14-month-old daughter asleep in a crib. When they found no one else inside, the neighbors flagged down a police officer. Police said Maddy Nactine of Tampa had left the kids unsupervised for an hour and a half. Neither was hurt. Jail records show Nactine works as a nursing assistant at a Sun City Center hospice provider. The Florida Department of Children and Families turned the children over to their fathers. Nactine was released from jail Thursday after posting $2, 000 bail.

 

Man's death raises charge to murder

YBOR CITY - A man shot outside of Empire Nightclub this weekend died Thursday afternoon from his injuries. Howard A. Williams, 28, of 6225 Palm River Road, died shortly after noon at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa police said. Police say Onassis George, 28, of 2804 N 16th St., shot Williams in the chest after they were thrown out of the nightclub for fighting. After Williams' death, police upgraded charges against George from attempted murder to first-degree murder. George has been at Orient Road Jail without bail since his arrest Sunday.

 

Man charged with raping male teenager

TAMPA - Police arrested a 47-year-old Tampa man Thursday, saying he lured a teenage male to his home and raped him. John Walter Kuhlmann was charged with sexual battery and aggravated battery with great bodily harm. He remained in the Orient Road jail Thursday without bail. Police reports say the 17-year-old was an acquaintance whom Kuhlmann invited over to talk and drink alcohol. Kuhlmann, who lists construction for an occupation, has been arrested several times for aggravated battery, domestic violence and drunken driving, jail records show.

 

7 dancers arrested at Vegas Show Girls

ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested seven dancers from an adult nightclub in unincorporated Pinellas County on Wednesday, charging them each with one count of being nude in a place that serves alcohol. They also cited the manager of the Vegas Show Girls club, Jonathan Bell, 36, of Pinellas Park, on a charge of allowing a prohibited activity in a place serving alcohol. Also one of the dancers, 31-year-old Leiska Veldestra, was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Detectives said this was the second time in two months they had made arrests at Vegas Show Girls, 10570 Gandy Blvd., which does not have a county "adult use" license.

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