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Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 12, 2008



Storage unit houses TRIO, NAZI symbols

A Largo fire inspector found three people living in a Missouri Avenue storage unit filled with Nazi symbols Friday. Fire inspector Don Feaster found a juvenile girl, an adult man and an adult woman living in the storage unit at 311 Missouri Ave. during a routine inspection at the facility, said Largo fire chief Michael Wallace. Feaster was inspecting an adjacent unit when he asked to check the room next door to verify a fire wall hadn't been breached. He found the people inside when the door was opened. Their identities were not available Friday. The walls and ceiling of the unit were covered in carpet that had been spray-painted with "obvious Neo-Nazi symbols," Wallace said. A flag with a swastika symbol was also found inside, Wallace said. It was obvious the people were living there, he said. "There were hot plates, beds, a second story loft made out of lumber," Wallace said. Largo police were called out, but no arrests were made, said Largo police Lt. Mike Loux. Both Bob's Carpet Mart and Chester Electric Co. have their addresses listed as 311 Missouri Ave. An employee at Bob's Carpet Mart said the storage units belong to the electric supply company. No one answered the phone at Chester Electric Co. Friday evening.


Officers develop leads in slaying

The lead Hernando County investigator in the slaying of a 19-year-old St. Petersburg woman said Friday that detectives have identified several "people of interest" in the month since her body was found at the end of a remote two-lane road in Hernando County. One of those people is Dominique Lewis' boyfriend, Jeremy Grisby, who has been in the Pinellas County Jail since Dec. 14 on an unrelated charge of sexual battery. His bond has been set at $100,000. Lewis' body was found Dec. 11. Sgt. Bill Beetz estimated the Sheriff's Office has invested more than 300 hours of overtime, out of about 1,000 hours of investigation, into solving the only reported homicide in Hernando in 2007.


Man dies after fight with parents

A 30-year-old man with mental problems died Thursday night after a disturbance at his family's home, authorities said. About 8:30 p.m., Robert Poole was on a rampage, destroying things in the Sue Ellen Drive house and attacking his parents, according to the Sheriff's Office. As Poole's father held him down, Poole suffered an unspecified medical complication and fell unconscious. He was pronounced dead at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. A medical examiner will determine Poole's cause of death. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said the investigation is continuing, but charges are unlikely to be filed.


Woman robbed in Winn-Dixie lot

A 28-year-old Spring Hill woman faces a charge of robbery with a weapon after being accused of taking $58 from a woman in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie grocery store. Crystal Schaffer was arrested late Thursday and taken to the Hernando County Jail. She remained in jail Friday on $20,000 bail.

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