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By TIMES WIRES
Published July 14, 2007
WOMAN, 28, ACCUSED OF SEX WITH TEEN
Tampa police charged a 28-year-old woman with lewd and lascivious battery Wednesday after she confessed to having consensual sex with a teen relative for more than a year, beginning when the boy was 14. It started in late 2004 when Jennifer Lee Dodd was married with three young children, according to a police report. Dodd told a detective the two had sex "several" times, the report stated. The boy, whom police did not name, said it happened "thousands" of times. Dodd became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. Paternity test results are not yet known, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. Dodd and her husband, Doug, have separated, a police spokeswoman said. According to the police report, Doug Dodd has custody of the three older children, aged 8, 6 and 4.
Stolen puppy is returned to store
Hillsborough sheriff's deputies charged a man and woman late Thursday in the theft of a Rottweiler puppy after an anonymous tip led them to the suspects. They recovered the puppy at the home of April Soto Wepplo, 27, of 5706 N Lincoln Ave. in Tampa. She and Damon Wepplo, 21, face felony grand theft charges. April Wepplo is separated from Damon Wepplo's brother, the Sheriff's Office said. The pair took the Rottweiler, valued at $1,300, from the All About Puppies store on 13705 N Dale Mabry Highway Monday afternoon, deputies say. Original reports said the puppy was 8 weeks old, but the store lists its birth date as April 26, which makes it 11 weeks old. The puppy was returned to the store.
Golf cart driver is struck by truck
A golf cart driver was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Friday after a semitrailer truck hit him, wedging the cart against a parked pickup truck, a Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman said. Anthony Lorenz, 41, of 8906 Railford Court in Tampa was operating a golf cart as part of his job near the Tampa Port Authority when the crash occurred just before 2:20 p.m. Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said Lorenz was taken from the scene of the accident on Maritime Boulevard to Tampa General Hospital. A hospital official said Lorenz was not at the hospital late Friday. No other details, including the name of the semi driver or the company for which Lorenz was working, were immediately available from the Sheriff's Office.
One convicted in skydiving stunt
It didn't take long for police to catch up with Bill "Wild Bill" Stroup and Brian "Potato" Barbarossa after the first man parachuted off the top of a new skyscraper and his buddy filmed the dive. Stroup, 43, quickly apologized and led investigators to the video. Barbarossa, 32, hung his head and claimed not to know his cell phone number or arrest history, Tampa police Detective Greg Stout said. Prosecutors didn't charge Stroup. They hit Barbarossa with felony trespassing. On Friday, a judge found Barbarossa guilty of a misdemeanor trespassing charge and sentenced him to five days in jail and six months of probation. The man with the camera had refused an offer from prosecutors for a year's probation and a chance to remain conviction-free.