3rd USF student is indicted in weapons case

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2008


A University of South Florida student was indicted Thursday on a weapons charge in a case with ties to that of Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed. Karim Moussaoui, 28, was arrested in December inside his dorm room on a charge that he violated his student visa by posing for a photograph at a gun range with a firearm in his hand. Federal law prohibits those with student visas from possessing firearms. A judge ordered him released from custody at a Dec. 14 hearing on a $50,000 signature bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Scriven placed restrictions on the condition of his release. Megahed, 21, and Ahmed Mohamed, 26, both suspended USF students, are in jail awaiting trial on federal explosives charges. Moussaoui is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 22. Megahed and Mohamed are scheduled for trial as early as March.


Fifth motorcyclist dies in a month

The fifth motorcyclist killed in a month in Pinellas County died Wednesday night in a wreck on Hercules Avenue. Lawrence "Jerry" Kwiatkowski, 29, who moved from New York six weeks ago, crashed into a pickup. He was wearing a helmet, but appeared to be speeding, authorities said. There were just 24 motorcyclist deaths in all of 2006.


Man dies after 2-vehicle crash

A 46-year-old Largo man died Thursday after a two-vehicle accident on Ulmerton Road near an entrance ramp to Roosevelt Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said. James Berrios of Largo was driving east on Ulmerton, approaching the entrance ramp, about 6:42 a.m. The driver of a 1999 Cadillac Catera, John A. Stewart III, 17, of Clearwater, was turning from the westbound left turn lane of Ulmerton onto the ramp. Stewart hit the driver's side of the truck. Berrios was pronounced dead at Northside Hospital. Charges are pending.


Holiday man dies in crash on SR 54

A 25-year-old Holiday man died Wednesday night when his car clipped another car in a failed attempt to pass, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The accident occurred on State Road 54, near the Seven Springs subdivision. Highway Patrol officials said Cody Hayes was headed west in a Mazda when he tried to overtake a Lincoln driven by Anthony Sandora, 35, of New Port Richey.