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Digest

Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 30, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

DISTRAUGHT MAN SURRENDERS AFTER STANDOFF

A Snell Isle man accused of firing a gun and threatening his wife gave himself up to police Monday morning, ending a standoff at his home. Louis Spicer, 34, the assistant manager of an XTC adult store, came to his house at 417 Lido Way NE drunk and suicidal early Monday morning, and fired five rounds from his gun while his wife was in the bedroom, according to a police report. Robbie Lee Spicer, 47, the manager of the adult store, told police that she was trapped in the house for 30 minutes, but eventually managed to leave and drive to police headquarters. Police arrived at the Spicer home at 6:45 a.m. Monday, and Spicer turned himself in by 9:30 a.m. after talking to police hostage negotiators. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and false imprisonment.

LAND O'LAKES

Evidence of attack: bread and cheese

Matthew C. Morrison was arrested about 5 p.m. Monday in Land O'Lakes on charges of battering his mother. His weapons of choice, deputies say, were bread and cheese. Deputies say an argument turned violent when Morrison, 28, shoved a cheese sandwich in his mother's face and another in her hair. He then turned over the couch while she was still on it. Deputies used the food that covered Morrison's mom as evidence and arrested him. He was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail. Bail has been set at $500.

CLEARWATER

Robbers strike 2 banks in an hour

Two Clearwater banks were robbed within an hour of each other, but they are not thought to be connected, authorities said. The Bank Atlantic branch at 2575 Countryside Blvd. was hit at 10:11 a.m. Clearwater police arrested Jared Adam Belcher, 26, of Dunedin and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of bank robbery. He was being held in lieu of $10, 000 bail. The other heist took place at the Bank of America branch at 1610 S Missouri Ave. A would-be robber walked into the branch at 11:06 a.m. without showing a note or a weapon. He demanded money from the teller. But when the teller triggered the alarm, the robber fled with nothing.

WESLEY CHAPEL

AC coils swiped from store roofs

A bandit went on a rooftop rampage above some stores along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, making off with air conditioning coils from the units atop four businesses. The investigation started at the Beef O'Brady's restaurant at 1660 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. about 12:35 p.m. Monday, when employees called to report the theft.

SPRING HILL

Man's death in gulf still a mystery

Investigators still don't know what killed a Spring Hill man who was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon. Jay Mitchell Chapman, 45, had no apparent injuries, and preliminary autopsy results failed to determine the cause of death, said Gary Morse, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is investigating the incident.

[Last modified May 30, 2007, 01:12:39]


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