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Prosecutors drop charges against boxer
By Times Staff Writer
Published November 28, 2007
The State Attorney's Office has dropped charges against International Boxing Federation No. 1 lightweight contender Nate Campbell.
Campbell, who lives in Tampa, was arrested Sept. 27 on felony charges of armed burglary of a dwelling with assault, false imprisonment and tampering with a witness. He also faced a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He was accused of battering and choking a woman in her home on Sept. 27 and preventing her from calling 911, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The State Attorney's Office filed a court letter indicating it would not seek charges on Nov. 19 because of a lack of evidence.
"We were pretty confident that that's the direction it was going to go anyway," said Terry Trekas, Campbell's promoter. "But you have to wait for the process to run its course."
Campbell's next fight hasn't been scheduled as he waits to face the winner of a Jan. 26 fight, Trekas said.
MACDILL AIRFORCE BASE
Virginia company to build base housing
The Air Force this week selected a Virginia company to build privatized housing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Clark Realty of Arlington, Va., will build 331 homes on the base in a project worth about $180-million, Clark officials said.
The homes will be owned by Clark under a 50-year lease with the Air Force. Work is expected to take up to six years.
The deal is part of the military's attempt to privatize most of its base housing around the nation - about 200,000 units by the end of next year.
Military personnel would pay their housing allowances to the developer if they decide to live in base homes. A majority of MacDill personnel live off base in private housing.
2 Land O'Lakes teens killed in collision
Two teenagers from Land O'Lakes were killed and another woman suffered minor injuries in a two-car accident on Handcart Road Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said the right rear tire of a southbound 1996 Honda Accord blew out as the Honda, driven by an 18-year-old male, tried to pass another vehicle.
Troopers had not released their names Tuesday evening.