News on the go

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 10, 2007


Man is killed trying to cross Roosevelt Blvd.

A 29-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a pickup as he crossed Roosevelt Boulevard. The name of the pedestrian had not been released Sunday evening. The accident occurred about 9 p.m., near 28th Street N. The Ford F-150 driven by Paul Labbe of Bradenton was westbound on Roosevelt as the pedestrian tried to cross, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The victim was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center. Charges are pending.


School bus driver arrested in attack

A Pinellas County school bus driver was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a motor vehicle Sunday. Police said Joseph John Cordeiro, 31, got into an argument with Christopher B. Franchino, 42, before hitting him with a 2000 Chevrolet minivan. Franchino, who suffered scrapes, was treated at Bayfront Medical Center. The argument, which occurred about 11 a.m. near 7975 73rd St., was investigated as a domestic incident because the men were described as former step-relatives, police say.


Driver dies during stop on U.S. 301

A 45-year-old Riverview woman was killed Sunday morning when a Ford Bronco crashed into her stopped car on U.S. 301. Sueann Johnstone had turned on her hazard lights and stopped her compact car in the center lane south of Everhart Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The Bronco, driven by John R. Bartlett, 29, of Lithia, rear-ended the car at 7:50 a.m., the FHP said. Johnstone died at the scene. Bartlett was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The extent of his injuries was unavailable Sunday.


Man accused of sexual assault try

Police arrested a 21-year-old man after he allegedly took a woman's keys, pinned her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her Saturday night at MacFarlane Park. According to an arrest affidavit, a woman was driving Christopher Glen Hicks of 2918 W La Salle St. home Saturday night. Hicks gave her directions to MacFarlane Park. At the park, he took her car keys. When she got out of the vehicle to get help, the report said, he attempted to sexually assault her, according to the affidavit, but stopped when police pulled up.