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Dateline Florida

Published June 2, 2007



The blustery weather forced officials to cancel Friday night's events at a Taste of Pinellas at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, including a concert by Peter Frampton. Today's events, including concerts by the Neville Brothers and Ziggy Marley, were scheduled to go ahead as planned starting at noon. For the latest developments, visit

Hair spray attack was not pretty

Hair spray is usually a weapon in the battle of the sexes. But sometimes, it can just be a weapon. Thursday night, Tampa police Officer Shane Gadoury approached Bethany Blattner, 24, of Brandon on a Tampa street on suspicion of violating open container laws. Blattner tried to leave the scene, and when Gadoury stopped her, she hit him with an aerosol can of hair spray before biting him on the thigh and trying to spray hair spray in his face, police said. Blattner was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Uh, ma'am? You took home a bomb

A woman brought home an object she found at a Pensacola beach. Bad idea. It turned out to be a practice bomb from World War II. Her condominium had to be evacuated before authorities removed the device and destroyed it. In the 1940s, Santa Rosa Island was a bombing range. In the past few weeks, several devices have been discovered along Pensacola Beach, said Michael White, a detective with the State Fire Marshal's Office. "Every time we have a storm, people find them on the beach all the time, " he said. "It's a fairly regular occurrence." Cook, 45, said she was glad it was she and not a child who picked up the bomb. "I can envision one of my little grandkids picking it up and throwing it like a rock, " she told the Pensacola News Journal.

2 years after storm, dog, family reunite

A dog who disappeared after Hurricane Wilma two years ago has been reunited with her family in South Florida. Chris Devilliers, 14, was so excited to see his 5-year-old dog Bella that he skipped his end-of-school party Wednesday. Bella was found undernourished and anemic with white gums, said Miami-Dade County animal control officer Lisa Yambrich. At an animal shelter, a scan with an identifying microchip was found on her. A few hours later she was brought back to her family. "It's always exciting to have a dog reunited, " Yambrich said. "This is one of the better things I like about my job."

Bar scene

Think there aren't any good bars in Tampa? Think again. Go to for the A-Z Bar Guide.

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