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Tampa man arrested in park stabbing

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 12, 2007


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CLEARWATER

Clearwater police arrested a Tampa man in connection with a stabbing at Glen Oaks Park Tuesday. Rico Nash, 26, of 11312 N. 15th St., Tampa, has been charged with one count of attempted murder in the 11:40 a.m. incident at Court Street and Druid Road. Detectives say Richard James, 57, of Largo, was walking in the park when Nash approached him and pushed him. James tried to defend himself and the two struggled. Nash stabbed James in the neck with a screwdriver and fled on a bike, authorities say. James was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition. Nash was later located on N. Ft. Harrison Avenue and arrested.

Have questions for mayoral hopefuls?

The first major event of the Clearwater mayoral campaign kicks off at 7 p.m. today with a forum at Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplande. Incumbent Mayor Frank Hibbard and challenger and former Mayor Rita Garvey will answer questions about issues facing the city. The event is free and open to the public. The election is scheduled for Jan. 29.

SAFETY HARBOR

BB gun found on boy at school

A 15-year-old Safety Harbor boy was arrested Tuesday for carrying a BB gun near school grounds. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a call about an "armed person" near Safety Harbor Elementary School found the teenager with the weapon, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecelia Barreda. The school, at 535 Fifth Ave. N., was not locked down, said principal Debbie Ramker said. The teen was charged with possessing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school, a third-degree felony. He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.

Corrections

- Mary Ann Massolio is executive director of the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa. A story Sunday misspelled her name.

- The Humane Society of Pinellas assisted in the removal of 97 cats from a Tarpon Springs home Thursday. A story Friday misidentified the organization.

[Last modified December 11, 2007, 22:36:32]


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