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Digest

Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 27, 2007


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CITRUS SPRINGS

Snitch foils Macabre plot hatched online

Authorities on Friday arrested a Citrus County man who they said tried to persuade a St. Petersburg man to help him kill someone so they could use the body for sex, officials said. Kevin Wade Daley, 50, of Citrus Springs was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He was being held without bail at Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto. According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Daley struck up a friendship over the Internet with a 44-year-old St. Petersburg man and, while chatting online, talked about his desire to kill someone and use the body for sex. The man, whose name was not released, instead alerted authorities on Oct. 11. St. Petersburg police, in conjunction with Citrus Country investigators, began recording conversations between Daley and the St. Petersburg man. Daley later revealed his intended target, a 27-year-old Homosassa man who had done some work in his neighborhood, sheriff's officials said. On Thursday, Daley called the man's place of employment to compliment his work and detectives, fearful about Daley's next step, decided to arrest him, they said.

TAMPA

Officer's suspicion rewarded by arrests

Something caught the eye of a Hillsborough sheriff's detective cruising through the Hickory Hills subdivision Friday searching for clues to several daytime burglaries in the area. At about 11:30 a.m., Detective Brian Bryan noticed a dirty Mitsubishi Galant backed into the driveway of 401 Running Horse Lane. It seemed out of place, sheriff's officials said, so Bryan parked and watched. Two men came out of the house, spotted Bryan, got into the Mitsubishi and sped away. He followed. The pair made it about 2 miles out of the subdivision when the driver, James Flanning Jr., 24, of Tampa, crashed into a pole. He was arrested at the scene. Passenger Thomas Davis, 22, of Tampa ran into nearby woods. He was spotted by a sheriff's helicopter and tracked down by a sheriff's dog. Neither man was hurt. Deputies found a flat-screen television, computer and printer and a ski mask inside the Mitsubishi. They are charged with burglary, car theft and fleeing and eluding and illegal possession of firearms. Davis was being held in lieu of $17,500 bail. Flanning's bail was set at $29,250.

CLEARWATER

Sex abuse suspect found out of state

A man accused of sexual battery on a preteen girl has been arrested in Pennsylvania, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. David Trepanosky, a 28-year-old transient, is accused of abusing the girl in May or June while babysitting her in unincorporated Pinellas County. Sheriff's investigators learned that Trepanosky had been staying in a homeless shelter in New Castle, Pa. He was picked up Friday on an unrelated warrant and was being held in the Lawrence County Jail.

CLEARWATER BEACH

To elude arrest, nude man swims

It took the Coast Guard and Clearwater Fire Rescue officials to arrest an Iowa man who was seen naked and fondling himself on the beach early Friday. Officials said Matthew Berns, 35, ran into the gulf and began swimming when police arrived. Two hours later, he agreed to board a rescue vessel, police said.

[Last modified October 26, 2007, 23:59:11]


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